Lately I’ve felt a big need to do some nail art with my new polishes instead of just taking swatch photos. Though I try to keep it so that you guys can still get a good look of the polish too.

This time I used A England Gloriana from the Elizabeth & Mary collection (and what a stunning collection it is). The formula on this was great! Application was very smooth and this was a one coater (!!) with a normal dry time. I really must have a couple of more polishes from this collection. So pretty!

For thumb, index and pinky nails I used a coat of Sally Hansen Nail Rehab treatment, a coat of Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu! base coat, a coat of Gloriana and HK Girl top coat.

For middle and ring finger I used a coat of Sally Hansen Nail Rehab treatment, a coat of Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu! base coat and a coat of Essie Sugar Daddy for a nude base. I let the base dry and used Born Pretty Store stamping plate 05 and Gloriana to stamp the pattern on the nails. I also applied a coat of HK Girl and let everything dry again. I wasn’t looking for crisp clean lines for the patterns and Gloriana didn’t give those either. I wanted the stamping to look old-ish and fading and it did. I test stamped with Gloriana on a plastic tip cos I wanted to make sure it looked right for the manicure.

Then I cut wavy pieces off of blue masking tape and placed them on to the nails. For middle finger nail I used a coat of Essie Licorice and for the ring finger a coat of Gloriana to cover the parts that the tape left uncovered. I immediately removed the tapes and added the dots using a small dotting tool and Essie Licorice. I let the nail art dry for a bit and then added a coat of HK Girl.

Is me explaining the process of creating these manicures enough or would you sometimes like to see tutorials too?


***Gloriana was a gift. Stamping plate was sent for review. Essie polishes were purchased by me.  I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post