From Katherine: I loooove looking at thermal polishes, so I love this post that the wonderfully creative Keely put together for us today! Keely does awesome nail art so be sure to check her out after you read this post!
Hi everyone! I'm Keely from Keely's Nails, and thank you so much to Katherine for letting me guest post for you today. I've got the Bow Polish Thermal Top Coat to show off today, but I'll introduce myself quickly first.
I've been into nail art for a really long time and a few years ago decided to start blogging as a way to keep track of my progress (as well as learning some technical skills). Since then, I've mastered stamping, watermarbling and Wordpress skills too! It's definitely been an adventure and I've made some great friends along the way.
It is very hot in the UK at the moment, so it isn't really the best time to be playing with thermal polishes. I couldn't resist the pull of this black, glittery top coat though. I'd seen Sveta Sanders videos last year and finally caved in and bought it.
Polishes and tools
My favourite base coat and top coat (at the moment Nailtiques and Seche Vite)
Cult Nails Faded and Disicplined
Hit The Bottle Black
Clear Jelly Stamper The Big Bling
MoYou London Suki 05
Bow Polish Thermal Top Coat
I can't handle my naked nails showing through, so I started with a grey base. Disciplined is quite a sheer holographic polish, so having a single coat of Faded underneath makes sense. I normally follow up with a layer of top coat so I have a firm base to stamp on.
Next, I stamped the design from the Suki plate, and can I just say thank you for clear stampers. They have finally allowed me to stamp a design straight! I have really curvy nails, so I always used a rolling technique across my nails to make sure I could even get the design on my whole nail. Getting a design straight was a distant dream!
There is another layer of top coat in here - I didn't want to experiment and find that the Bow Polish streaks the stamping, so I am playing it safe.
Bow Polish Thermal Top Coat
Finally, two coats of the thermal top coat. It is so hot here at the moment, it goes clear as soon as I brush it on - I'm not sure I got it all the way down to my cuticles as a result. To get the cold photo I had to get my hand straight from the cup of water to in front of the camera in a few seconds, but as you can see it was already transitioning.
It looks really great though, and I love showing off the transition to non-nail polish people - they are always amazed.
From Katherine: Thanks so much Keely! I think it looks awesome with that thermal layer on top, and I love the transition gradient. :) I really need to get my hands on some thermals! If you want to see more from Keely make sure to check out her blog, instagram, facebook and twitter!