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Hello lovelies,

 

How have you all been? I can't believe another month had passed and it's time for the Paint All The Nails nail art challenge again! In two, months it will almost be New Year's! Crazy!

 

This month's theme is GILDED so I obviously had to reach for some pretty gold foil and I paired it up with some gorgeous blue and a hint of white lace inspired by various russian nail techs (for the love of me I can't find them because I don't remember their names :(

 

Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac

 

For this look, I've been using a new to me brand of gel polish, Semilac. It is a very popular Polish brand and it is now available in the UK too.

"Semilac is a hybrid nail polish which combines gel, UV and nail polish properties to create a high performance, long lasting product."

 

I've used a shimmery blue colour called Shooting Star (#114). Two thin coats were perfectly opaque and applied very nicely. I've cured it with the 6W UV LED lamp that I got in the Semilac Starte Kit*. Once cured, I've used the inhibition (sticky) layer as an adhesive for the gold foil and just pressed a piece against the nail in random places. It created the gold distressed look I was after. I wasn't happy with the look because it was a bit boring and plain so I added a freehand white lace. I've painted it using a white acrylic paint. I think it would have gotten a better result if I'd use a white nail art gel because the acrylic paint was a bit patchy and uneven even with second coat. Well, live and learn!

 

Lastly, I've sealed the whole design with a coat of Semilac Top Coat from the same Starter Kit.

 

Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac
Paint All The Nails Presents Gilded | Gel Polish Nail Art with Semilac

 

So what do you think?

 

I'm pretty pleased with the whole look, and enjoyed wearing it. If you'll recreate it then tag me @lucysstash and #lucysstash so I can see your recreation :) You can also see other nail artists' interpretation of this theme by searching the #paintallthenailsgilded or check out the link-up widget below.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

 
 

 


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Hello lovelies,

I've got another post for the ABC Challenge (yes, I know I've been slacking!) where I'll be exploring the uses of coloured cellophane. It won't be the pretty pearlescent cellophane used for shattered glass nails but equally cool metallic gold one! I've cut out half moons and stuck them on the nails, creating a very chic look.

First up is a load of photos because I just couldn't narrow them down much more, I love photos with flowers! :D

ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge

 

 

I started with two coats of Models Own GlitterGel Petunia Glitz (for some reason this colour was part of last year's holiday collection) and one coat of topcoat to smooth out the surface. Then I've applied a nail foil glue to where I wanted my gold half-moons to be. You could also use topcoat or clear polish. Then I applied the gold foil pieces and sealed with another coat of topcoat.


It took me ages to cut the gold half-moon shapes so that they would fit my nail beds well. Thinking about it now, I would probably take a bit of translucent plastic, draw the shape of the half-moon following my nail bed and then use it as a template.

 

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and are perhaps thinking of joining the ABC Challenge. You can read everything about the challenge in this post from Emily from Nail Polish Society, who is hosting it :)

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x