NAIL ART: Speckled Green Tropical Leaves Nails

by - August 28, 2023

How is it already the last week of August? I very sincerely don't even understand how time works anymore. Anyway, for my last Summer themed #CBBxManiMonday, I decided to recreate a tropical leaves mani that I loved from last summer. Whenever I recreate a mani I've already done, I always try to change the color story and a few other elements, which is what I did with this one, and I think I like this one even more than I liked the first one, which is rare but very exciting. 

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I really, really love the speckled polishes from Cirque Colors and I've had Paloma in my collection for quite a while, but I'm not even sure if I had used it before doing this mani. It's so gorgeous though! Like the rest of the speckled polishes from Cirque, it features fine, irregular black specks that give it a really lovely but subtle texture to the final look. 

To start, I applied two coats of Paloma to all of my nails. 

For the stamping, I used the KADS Nature 043 Stamping Plate, which features 4 full cover images as well as several small leaves and wildlife images. To start, I used two of the full size images along with a stamping polish in what is essentially a darker shade of the green in the base polish. I alternated both the images and the direction of placement to get a unique look on each nail. Next, I went in with the single images and a white stamping polish. I decided I wanted one full image and one partial image on each nail, so I first applied the full image and then added a partial at a corner to give the appearance of the design continuing off the nail.

Once I was happy with the design, I sealed it in with a nail art top coat and then finished with a layer of matte top coat to bring down the shine and give a smooth finish. And voila!

All Products Used
Cirque Colors - Paloma
KADS - 35 Bean Green
KADS - C01 Bright White
DRK Seal Glaze
Anchor & Heart Sea Glass Matte Top Coat
KADS Nature 043 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper & Scraper
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard

I really, really enjoy how this mani turned out and I think it's a solid way to end the summer. I mean... stores are full of Halloween things and Starbucks has started PSL season, so I feel like I am finally allowed to lean into the fall of it all on my nails now, right?

Be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK for more #CBBxManiMonday nails this week! And, as always, head over to @pblnails on Instagram to check out the video tutorial for this design and follow me there to keep up on all of my nail art.

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