Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Nail Win: Monarch Wings

A few months ago, I had a giant nail fail. Like epic...I showed you here.  PEOPLE, this time, I figured it out. I've got the right color choices and everything. Since I showed you Lemon Fizz way back when during the nail fail, lets start off by looking at the other color I'm going to use today. 

This is China Glaze Surreal Appeal from their Cirque de Soleil Worlds Away Collection. I love this color. Its a vivid pink leaning coral that reads so much brighter in real life. This color is a huge winner for me. I'm just a sucker for a pretty coral. 

I then did a gradient over a base of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicures Lavender Cloud (shown in this post). My gradient wasn't stellar on my ring and pinky fingers, but I really liked the way it turned out for the most part on the other fingers. Then it was on to making them butterfly wings. 

I have a confession to make. These wings are from a stamp. There is no way in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks, I could ever make tiny lines that perfect. I wish I could. This is from Nail Craze plate NC01. For the butterfly spots on the wings, I decided to go with hand placed hex glitter, because well, I'm crazy like that. Sadly I did have some smearing on the middle finger, but I still loved the overall look. 

What do you think about Monarch Nails? Have you tried them?

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me


  1. oh my goodness! this is gorgeous! love it :)

    1. Thank you so much! The stamp makes it look phenomenal and it was so easy to do. Can't go wrong.

  2. I didn't realize when you showed me these on IG that the little spots at the tips were hex glitters!!! I loved these when I saw them on IG and I love them when I see them here. I'm all for a butterfly wing stamp. I love uniformity and hate disasticures so this is right up my alley! :) Good job!

    1. The stamp was the best $7 I spent. I tried and tried and they always went wonky, so this made it so simple to do the look. Can't go wrong.