NAIL ART: Soft Pastel Blue Swirly Botanical Nails

by - April 25, 2022

Happy Monday, all! And by happy I mean... I dunno about you but between the Monday of it all and the brutal spring storms and flooding and FREAKIN' WIND CHILL we're having here in Winnipeg, I'm about ready to go back to bed and stay there. Anyway, I had a bit of a weird weekend when it comes to my nails. Because of a break a few weeks ago, which I had temporarily repaired with some polygel, I finally decided it was time to cut my nails down so I gave them a good filing and took down a bunch of length before settling in to do some nail art. Abstract stamping is definitely where my brain is at with nail art at the moment, so don't be surprised if you see a lot of different versions of that in coming weeks. 

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I have to say I've been falling more and more in love with Jen & Berries polishes the more that I try. A friend of mine really turned me on to this particular indie brand and so far I haven't tried a polish that I haven't absolutely loved from her. One thing I love, love, love in my favorite polishes from her is when she pairs a crelly base with a matching shimmer. Thus far I've only experienced it in white polishes - white crelly with white shimmer, that is - but when I saw that I Dreamed That I Was Racing from March's Polish Pickup was described as a light aqua crelly with aqua shimmer, black and holographic flakes I had to have it and I knew it would be a perfect base for spring and summer nail art.

For this mani, I applied two coats of I Dreamed That I Was Racing to all of my nails and let them dry down before I moved into my stamping.

Admission - this is my third attempt at some version of this stamping, but I'm really glad I kept trying to get it right. I tried different base polishes, finishes, and images before I settled on this one and it definitely turned out just as I wanted. I started by applying a swirling image in white to all of my nails, alternating the direction and angle of the placement to really try to disguise at least a little that it was the same image on each nail. Next, I applied the leafy botanical images, two different ones, alternating which nail I placed it on and again playing with the placement for a little bit more interest. Finally, I added a little cluster of dots to each of my two middle nails for a little bit of interest and to fill spots that felt a little bit sparse.

Once I was happy with my stamping, I sealed it in with a nail art top coat and then followed with a generous layer of glossy top coat for volume and shint to really pop the design. And voila!

All Products Used
Jen & Berries - I Dreamed That I Was Racing (PPU)
Whats Up Nails - Blanc My Mind*
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat
Nicole Diary 267 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard

I sincerely can't believe just how in love with this mani I am. It's so simple and straightforward, but the pairing of this beautiful base polish with the really stark black and white stamping is just everything I wanted it to be. If you like indie polish and you haven't checked out Jen & Berries yet, I highly recommend it. All of the polishes I've tried from the brand have been gorgeous with really beautiful formulas.

Be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK today for more Pastel themed #CBBxManiMonday nails. Also, head over to @pblnails on Instagram for a video tutorial for this mani as well as all of my other nail art designs.

Thanks for reading!

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