Friday, November 11, 2011

My Birthday Mani and My First Stamping Experience!!

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day! I want to say Happy Veteran's Day to all of you and thank any of you that have ever served our country, or had a family member who served. 

For today's mani I wanted something special, in addition to it being my birthday, it is also my one-month blog anniversary! Thank you all for following along in my nail adventures! I never dreamed I would 165 followers in a month, so thank you all so much. It really means a lot to me.

I've had an idea in my mind for weeks that I knew I wanted to try but didn't know how to pull it off. I didn't have stamping plates and we all know I fail at freehand. Well, surprise - when I received my plates yesterday there was an image that was pretty much exactly what I had pictured! Not exact but close enough. The base color I really wanted to use for this was too dark, the black didn't show up. But, I have another idea for it that I may try tonight so I'm not going to tell you what the color is. ;) 

So for this design I started out with a base of NOX Twilight Red Velvet (I would normally do a post on this color on its own first but I was so excited to get the design up that I decided I would post the swatches of Red Velvet later). This is my favorite red creme, it's kind of somewhere in between a creme and a that a crelly? LOL Anyway, it is SUPER SHINY like a jelly but a little more opaque. I used 2 coats since I knew I was stamping over it but when I wear it alone I usually wear 3 coats so there is no VNL.  I then used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Black Out, Ozotic 531 and Ozotic 532.

I love roses, they are my favorite flower. I have a bouquet of fake roses in my bedroom that are black and dark burgundy with silver and holographic glitter on the tips. I wanted to recreate this look on my nails. Like I said before, my base was too dark and that's why I changed to the bright red. I then stamped with Bundle Monster plate #BM14 with Black Out all over each nail. I was trying to make it look like you were looking at a bundle of roses from the top. After that I used my small dotting tool and went around various petals with the two Ozotic polishes. It's not perfect but I am very happy with it. I think it is pretty darn good for my first try at stamping. I used Color Club top coat to finish it off.

 NOX Twilight Red Velvet, Sally Hansen Black Out, Ozotic 531, Ozotic 532, Color Club Top Coat

I hope you all enjoyed this mani!

The NOX Twilight polishes with the amazing Cullen Crests can be purchased at Twilight Beauty. They have 12 polishes, I have 6 and want the other 6! Besides having the lovely bottles the colors are very pretty and excellent quality. I will review Red Velvet on its own later today or sometime over the weekend.

Have a fabulous day!




  1. This looks great Ashley and Happy Birthday!

  2. Looks great Ashley! <3 Happy Birthday

  3. I love the bottle of this red polish <3

    I started to write my blog in English :)
    The new posts: Artdeco dress up your nails 251 and collection of my polishes.


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