This is my Thursday manicure with Nubar Tiger's Eye from the Royal Gems Collection. The light was variable with clouds moving across the sun for much of the day. I did capture a few sunbeams on my nails. I accomplished more painting and photography today. I am a little behind on commenting and posting because I am recovering from a cold. Saturday is my birthday. I have a lovely day planned beginning with brunch with my girlfriends and ending with seeing fireworks at Longwood Gardens with my friend David. I'm really excited for the day.
I was feeling nostalgic when I chose Konad plate M20 and green special polish for stamping. The design had me contemplating ginkgo leaves. If I squint and round out the edges into two distinct parts, it could be transformed into a ginkgo. The proportion of stem to leaf is correct. The rest of it is clearly a bit of fancy. I really love ginkgo trees. When I lived on Pine Street, there was a row of female trees shedding spheres of golden orange fruit to the pavement. Women would come from Chinatown and sit on the sidewalk with baskets, sorting the ginkgo fruit and chatting together. I always looked forward to walking outside and catching sight of them at harvest time. Nubar Tiger's Eye makes me think of stained wood or bark. I added some rhinestones to represent the fruit.
I have a handful of red tiger's eye stones from the store. Nubar did wonderful color matching.
Coming down the steps from the canal, I spied this starry trumpet. It's a Milky Way Morning Glory. How fetching!
Nubar Tiger's Eye is beautiful on it's own. I wanted to try it with the Konad to see how the stamping would appear with such a strong shimmer. I am happy with the embellishment. The leaves were subtle, but they added some charm. Unlike the rest of the Royal Gems collection, Tiger's Eye doesn't contain micro glitter. I wish Emerald shared the same formula. Tiger's Eye is a stunning brown. It makes me think of mahogany.
The application was atypical. The polish felt like it had a drier consistency than usual. There were some brushstrokes that disappeared after drying. My advice is don't try to correct what appears to be a mistake if the polish doesn't look quite level. It evened itself out for me and dried smoothly with Diamont topcoat. Tiger's Eye required careful application, but I love the resulting look on the nail. It's definitely worth purchasing.
I hope you ladies enjoyed the manicure, the gemstones and the flower. I will be back on Sunday with some pictures from my birthday outing.
Happy painting, ladies!