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Kathryn  Nail art and photography enthusiast ~ finally found the courage to start posting my own photos ~ so much to learn but enjoying the journey πŸ’…πŸ»πŸ’—πŸ˜Š

Today I am showing you a very special polish created by the lovely Christy from @kbshimmer for the @hellaholocustoms Facebook group where each month, two makers create limited edition holographic polishes inspired by the group photo submissions and choose the polish names from among those suggested by group members. In August, I had the privilege of naming two of these polishes so today [drum roll please] πŸ˜„ I have the honour to present Pinking of Paradise based on this photo (please swipe to see) of a cotton candy pink sunset in paradise with a tropical aqua waves lapping against the shore.
I knew I was going to love this polish (well it’s pink ... it’s got my name on it!) πŸ˜‰ but I hadn’t realised how much! 😜😍 Even with the first coat I felt like I was wearing Aphrodite’s shell on my nails and was completely mesmerised! This soft pink polish is opaque in 2-3 coats, and full of holo glow flakes which light up in sunshine with a subtle aqua shimmer veil on the surface which pops out in softer lighting. The shimmer is rather camera shy but I did manage to capture it in the macro shots. (Please swipe to see these plus a sunshine shot at the one coat stage). So the not quite so good news is that by the time the UK group buy arrived this pretty polish is no longer currently available. πŸ˜• However, all is not lost ... Christy does return to the HHC group from time to time and has re-released past favourites by popular request. So if you’re now wanting to Pink of Paradise with me, you might like to click over to @hellaholocustoms to join and politely pester for a re-release next time around ... I think I’ll be buying a back up bottle! Plus ... the October polishes are rather lovely! #justsaying πŸ˜πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„ #kbshimmer #kbshimmerswatch #kbshimmerswatcher #kbshimmerpolish #pinkingofparadise
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I have a cute story to tell you from when I wore this nail art, but I’ll post that in the comments below and tell you about the polishes first! So ... to recreate the textured wooden background for the @theinspirationchallenge Shabby Chic Floral Macaroons design I used
@aengland_official Sleeping Palace smudged with a little Symphony in blue and silver. Sleeping Palace is a beautiful prune coloured polish with a myriad sparkles in bright light, but it looks softer in natural lighting and seemed just right for the wood details. The floral macaroons somehow reminded me of fine china teacups ... and fine china reminded me of @colorsbyllarowe Chasing a Unicorn which has a beautiful, translucent porcelain finish - perfect for displaying floral nail art. I painted the floral sprays with a mix of white polish (with my @whatsupnails Pure Colour nail art detail brush 10), acrylic paints (with my Royal & Langnickel pointed round 3/0 brush) and the gold details with China Glaze Best Ponies Forever and a fine dotting tool. The roses are my first public attempt at the one stroke technique. I definitely need heaps more practice but I watched one of the @nailartsakura one stroke tutorials on repeat and that was super helpful! I used an unbranded 3mm wide flat bristle brush for the one stroke flowers. (Story continues below ... πŸ˜‰)
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I am finally be able to share with you my design for the current @theinspirationchallenge group challenge based on this beautiful photo (please swipe to see the inspiration photo and collage of all the other beautiful entries). I have been calling this Shabby Chic Floral Macaroons in my head for the last month, and I was particularly inspired by the grungy background texture and the floral pattern on the macaroons. I will list all the polishes in my next post, but in the meantime you might like to head over to the #theinspirationchallenge feed to see all the other designs. First one there gets a πŸͺ and a πŸ₯‡! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„ Thank you once again to @sammbnails and @damningeden for running this lovely challenge! 😊

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September Collage for the @clairestelle8challenge with all four designs from the last month. Do you have a favourite? I find it depends on which one I'm currently wearing ... so just now it's all about Metallic, although I loved them all individually. I really wanted to work on my stamping technique for this challenge, so two out of four (within the limitations of my plate collection) is progress! Thank you once again lovely Claire for planning so many fun prompts to work on! Query: does anyone else have bad dreams about breaking their nails? 😬 Since joining this challenge I have actually started having proper nightmares about breaking a nail and my collage not matching. It's always a huge relief to wake up and find them all still intact! πŸ˜΄πŸ˜–πŸ’…πŸ»πŸ˜› Does anyone else do that or is it just me? #reassuremeplease #clairestelle8sep πŸ™πŸ» πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚ #nailartchallenge
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Here is a closer look at my Metallic design for the @clairestelle8challenge along with the polish and stamping details as promised! As you can see, my base polish is the very beautiful @picturepolish Winter. A gorgeous gunmetal grey with a myriad of glass flecks scattered through. It applies a little sheer but is nicely opaque in two coats and dries quickly. I bought this polish quite a while ago and at the time it was a brave colour choice for me ... so much so that I wasn't entirely sure it really suited me. Now that I am looking at it again, I'm wondering where my eyes were last time and I'm thinking of all kinds of winter nail art possibilities! 😜😍 Stamped with @bundlemonster Blogger Collaboration Stamping Plate BM-XL209 by Lucy's Stash using @aengland_official Excalibur Renaissance ... the perfect silver stamper which is sadly now discontinued. 😭 If anyone knows of a good alternative I would love to know. πŸ™πŸ» Anyhow, let us think cheerful thoughts and enjoy the moment! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„ Finished with silver tape and gems. #clairestelle8sep

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This is my entry for the fourth @clairestelle8challenge September prompt: Metallic/Chrome and as I really loved the additional bonus pattern prompt (but am short on time) I'm cheekily combining the two in a Metallic Argyle Manicure! (Hope that's allowed!) 😜 Of all the prompts this was the one I was least focused on at the beginning of the challenge (I was excited most about planning the stained glass design) but when I arrived at week four I absolutely loved working with the metallic ideas and I'll be wearing this one as long as possible! πŸ˜πŸ˜„#clairestelle8sep Polish and stamping details in my next post.
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I wanna match my lips & tips with a @picturepolish twinset. #picturepolishtwinset

And here is a closer look at the delicious @aengland_official Symphony in Green and Gold. This peridot green polish has a beautifully soft holographic finish with a subtle touch of gold as you would expect from the name. Whilst it does pull to the slightly warmer side of green (not my usual choice) it is a very pretty polish and a useful addition to any polish colour palette. In addition to autumnal designs, I'm looking forward to using it for Spring designs with cherry blossom or peonies ... so much to look forward to! 😊😍🍁🌿🌷#clairestelle8sep
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This is my entry for the third @clairestelle8challenge September prompt: Autumn Leaves. This challenge is doing an excellent job of highlighting all the gaps in my plate collection πŸ™„πŸ˜„ so here with a return to freehand, are my autumn leaves painted with acrylics over @aengland_official Symphony in Green and Gold. My design is loosely based on this photo from an @parents leaf craft project featured on their website and was super useful for drawing the different leaf shapes. I particularly enjoyed painting the maple and oak leaves ... and we never really grow out of colouring in so it was fun mixing up the colours for this one! #clairestelle8sep
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Ooh yes please! 😍 My favourite is Turn on the Northern Lights ... what would you choose? #NPDIceland @nailpolishdirect

A closer look at my Stained Glass nail design for the @clairestelle8challenge and details of all the polish pretties as promised! Yes ... it is a return to my @aengland_official polishes with Carnation Lily Lily Rose as the beautiful base over which I used Shall Be My Queen, Briar Rose, Crown of Thistles, Princess Tears and Excalibur Renaissance for the roses and Proserpine and Symphony in Green and Gold for the leaves. It made an interesting change switching from painting with acrylics to polish ... these polishes are incredibly pigmented so the colour builds beautifully. Plus the glowy holographic finish is just perfect for the stained glass look. And as a bonus ... the sunshine came out especially to light up the holo for the photos! βœ¨β˜€οΈβœ¨πŸ‘πŸ» In addition, the black details were painted with @justricarda Blackout and the gold highlights with @chinaglazeofficial Best Ponies Forever. All painted using the @whatsupnails Pure Colour nail art detail brushes 9 & 10. #clairestelle8sep #aengland_official #aenglandpolish #aenglandnailpolish #whatsupnails #notd #manioftheday #lovemynails
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This is my entry for the second @clairestelle8challenge September prompt: Stained Glass. I went for a Charles Rennie Mackintosh floral theme based on this glass panel created by Apple Stained Glass (please swipe to see the inspiration photo and collage etc). I'll list the polishes I used in my next post ... (SPOILER: my @aengland_official polish collection might just feature rather heavily!) πŸ˜‰πŸ˜#clairestelle8sep

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