Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall mosaic nails! (China Glaze On Safari nail art PART SIX)

Hi everybunny! Today I'm VERY EXCITED to show you part 6 of my China Glaze On Safari nail art series/obsession.

Fall mosaic nails!

China Glaze On Safari fall mosaic nail art

I can't even lie to you guys right now, I really love these nails. I had this idea a week or so ago and knew I wanted to make them part of my On Safari nailz series. I kept tweaking the idea a little in my head and ended up with this design as the final iteration.

China Glaze On Safari fall mosaic nail art

These were a little bit time-consuming to do but not as bad as I thought they might be. The awesome thing about glitter is that it's really forgiving when it comes to nail art, so smaller mistakes don't really show up and I was able to move a little more quickly than I might have been able to if I was doing this on a creme base.

China Glaze On Safari fall mosaic nail art

I used eleven out of the twelve On Safari colors for these nails, and maybe for all of you guys who have never seen all of the colors together this will kind of make me seem less crazy for wanting to use them all together ALL THE TIME. I mean, like, look how perfect they all look together. I just can't stop. The only color I didn't use was I Herd That, the darker/warmer glitter, because I thought that glitter on glitter might look kind of weird. I don't know.

China Glaze On Safari fall mosaic nail art

To do these nails I painted on my base color (China Glaze I'm Not Lion) with the polish brush, leaving a little bit of space above my cuticle. Then I came back with my mid-length striper brush and added the angles at the bottom, and then one color at a time started adding shapes in the other colors on top of the glittah. I tried to sort of vary the color positions and combinations on each nail so they wouldn't all look the same.

When I first started working on these nails they looked like crap and I was dismayed at the prospect of them not turning out like I wanted. Something about the jaggedy edge of the glitter just looked super gross by itself and when there were only a few random colored shapes on top I could barely bring myself to finish them because they looked so lame. I sallied forth anyway and thankfully they ended up looking like I imagined, haha.

China Glaze On Safari fall mosaic nail art

My right hand got the same pattern but a simpler variation. I just made all the shapes bigger so that they'd be faster and easier to paint! I spent probably just under an hour on my left hand and about 30 minutes on my right.

China Glaze On Safari fall mosaic nail art

Here is a SUPER BONUS SUNSHINE SHOT so you can see the extra-sparkliness of I'm Not Lion and the richness of all the colorz in the sunshine. You can also kinda tell how the glitter ate my colors like it eats topcoat in this pic! See how you can see the glitter through some of the shapes? I'd paint them on and then they'd kind of get absorbed into the glitter, it was very strange to watch. This is definitely a super hungry glitter but 2 coats of Seche Vite smooooothed everything out real nice. I just said glitter a lot of times, but oh well.

China Glaze On Safari fall mosaic nail art

That's all I have for you guys today! What do y'all think of these? If you've never seen all the On Safari colors together before, does my obsession make a little more sense now that you can see how PERFECT they all are together? I hope so. I'll see you guys again soon!

37 comments:

  1. Omg these are absolutely gorgeous, I can't stop staring at them! It looks like little shards of jewels on your nails! <3 And the colours looks seriously amazing together. This may be my tipping point...need more of this collection NOW.

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  2. This is gorgeous! So reminiscent of stained glass. I think it was a good idea to skip the other glitter, I love this they way it is!

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  3. How did you do this?! Would love to see a tutorial!!

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    1. well there's a brief description in the post but i will definitely add this to my "tutorials to eventually do when i stop being lazy and terrified of my awkwardness being on camera for the whole world to see" list!

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  4. Whitney you are ON FIRE right now!

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  5. Awesome job! I would also love to see a tutorial on this :)

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  6. They are magnific ^^ You always do such a great job..!

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  7. Oooh, these are nicely done!!! I'm impressed by how well your dominant hand came out too!! :)

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  8. OMGAHHH Why are you so awesome?! Love these!!!!

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  9. Why only 11 of the 12 Whitney? ;) These are gorgeous!

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    1. lol! i know right. i tried to figure out a way to incorporate the other glitter but just couldn't think of a way that would look good haha!

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  10. You are seriously one of my favorite nail bloggers! I love the designs you do, Whitney! I just wish checking out your blog didn't make me feel like a stalker, lol. Keep being amazing, hon! :D

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    1. thank you so much for this awesome comment! you aren't a stalker at all, haha, i'm glad you like my blog so much!!

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  11. These look amazing. I've haven't been a fan of the safari collection, but they look fab together!!

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  12. This is awesome! I have never seen this type of manicure before but I really like it!

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  13. Really really pretty Whitney! You're going to make me buy the remaining colours from On Safari that I don't have yet haha.

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    1. girl you know you need to just go ahead and do that!

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    2. So far I have I Herd That, Adventure Red-y, Jungle Queen, Kalahari Kiss and Desert Sun. No idea what I'd get next! Maybe Elephant Walk and Exotic Encounters. hmmmmm.

      I've just ordered some of the Skyfall collection. Yay!

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    3. Exotic Encounters is one of my top 3 in the collection I think, it's GORGEOUS. Elephant Walk is really growing on me too - I thought it was super close to Pelican Gray at first but it's darker and it leans sort of teal in the right light, too!

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  14. You are so talented! I've now had to add a few of these colors to my wishlist thanks to your posts. :)

    Do you have a Facebook page for your blog? I'd love to follow you there too.

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    1. thank you so much! and yeah you should definitely get these colors asap :)

      I do have a Facebook! facebook.com/dressedupnails and there should be a lil Facebook widget thing in my sidebar too!

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  15. Dude seriously-these are absolutely amazing as well! I'm in awe of you right now!~

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  16. Ahhh, each time you post another installment in this series I have a new favourite! :P These are absolutely beautiful, Whitney. I love the bits of naked nail that you left and I'm so glad you kept going with this manicure because it's stunninggg <3

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  17. Pheeee-FREAKIN-nominaaaaaaal!!!!!!! I wish I could see them in person! I would be drooling....so maybe it's a good thing I can't. It would be gross. And then, you'd be all like, "Get away you freak!" I'll just drool from here. In my living room.

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  18. I wanted to thank you for your inspiration. This is a beautiful manicure. I saw this post and promptly set out to do my own. They didn't turn out quite as lovely as yours but check them out at my blog http://adventuresinnailart.blogspot.com/ I posted a link to your blog to show what gave me the inspiration.

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    1. oooh GIRL you did an awesome recreation! thanks for crediting me too!

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  19. These are flat out phenomenal. Im going to do mine like this with metallics tonight-thanks for the idea Ill be sure to credit you <3

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  20. These are so beautiful, they remind me of windows on churches. You did a spectacular job fitting in all of those colours.

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