Friday, 1 July 2016

ABC Challenge 'I': Ice pop nail art

It's Friday again - and today we've arrived at the letter 'I' on the ABC Challenge. Last week I did hibiscus nails for 'H', and I thought I would keep with the summer/tropical theme with this ice pop or popsicle design.

Popsicle / ice pop nail art with reverse stamping, by polilish
Bottle: ILNP 'Cutie Pop' (I did choose this polish partly because of its name!)
This adorable pattern is from the same stamping plate as last week's hibiscus pattern, which is UberChic Beauty's 9-01 plate. Check out the full post for more details, photos and the video tutorial!
I'll jump straight to the video tutorial today. Like last week, I used the reverse stamping method, although this pattern was more challenging to fill in as the ice pops are tiny.



The base colour is a really pretty periwinkle blue shade by China Glaze called 'Boho Blues'. I actually bought this as a gift for my mum, so sadly it will be staying behind in Malaysia when I return to the UK. This is why I avoid buying nail polish as gifts - I end up wanting to keep them for myself!

The stamping polish I used is Colour Alike's 'Ice Coffee', and the pink polish is ILNP's 'Cutie Pop'. As usual, I used a sticky base coat (Glisten & Glow's 'Stuck on Blu') to make the decals, as dried sticky base coat can still stick to dry polish. This really helps me to position the decal on my curved nails with minimal wrinkling.

Popsicle / ice pop nail art with reverse stamping, by polilish
Bottle: China Glaze 'Boho Blues'
A wrinkle or two is quite inevitable with my nails, however, which curve significantly not only from side to side but also from cuticle to tip. Top coat does smooth it out, but it can leave trapped air bubbles where the wrinkles are.

Popsicle / ice pop nail art with reverse stamping, by polilish
This is definitely a design that looks better from a slight distance!
But minor imperfections aside, I did end up liking this quite a lot, it's just so cute! Do let me know in the comments below if you liked this design too. Don't forget check out the other entries to this week's ABC challenge by following the links below.




6 comments :

  1. Adorable! And that's a great tip on the sticky base coat to help a dry decal stick to a dry base coat, I'll definitely try that out :)

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    1. Thank you! :) The sticky base coat trick works so well for me - when I try to apply a decal over wet polish, it sometimes shifts around and creates loads of wrinkles.

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  2. I did a similar mani too ^_^

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  3. Hi where did you purchase the China glaze boho blue nail polish? Thanks

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    1. Hi, I'm based in the UK so I got it online at www.nailpolishdirect.co.uk.

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