Monday, February 10, 2014

Love is Love - Pastel Rainbow Hearts- Valentines Day nails #8, NPC's Valentine's Day Nail Art Challenge, and #31Nails2014 Day 19 Rainbow

Hello everyone!

I was invited to Nail Polish Canada's Valentine's Day nail art challenge! :-) You can vote for me here by choosing my blog url; nailphotosbylani. I've already seen some very beautiful entries, so I don't think I can win, but I do have many hearts on my tiny nails. Lol! How many hearts do you see?

I must admit that I was inspired by the discrimination against homosexuals and lesbians, that happen many places, but that we've heard so much about now before the Olympics. I think people should be treated with respect no matter who they happen to fall in love with. Love is Love.

Rainbow nails was one of the challenges in the 31 day challenge I tried to do in January. So now that I've finally done day 19, I only have 5 manicures to do for NAILS Magazine's #31Nails2014 Challenge! Sadly, I have only showed a few here on the blog. But if you are on facebook, you can see my #31Nails2014 photo album. I will also share them on Instagram soon. Please follow me on Instagram! Btw, have you seen that NAILS Magazine now have a new 31 day nail art challenge for February?

This manicure was also made for the Sunday challenge in the facebook group Adventures In Stamping. I've never made a manicure for 3 challenges before. :-)

And also I have my own Valentine's Day nails series. This is number 8. I've included links to the ones I've made so far at the end of this post.


Duri Rejuvacote (as base coat)

Nailstation: Guimauve (pink)
Nailstation: Agrume (orange)
Nailstation: Lightening Lemon (yellow)
Mi-Ny: #56 Klimt (green)
Nailstation: Gomme (blue) -used here in NPC Holiday Challenge
Gina Tricot: #47 Lilac me (indigo/ blue purple)
Linda Johansen: Violetta (violet/ red purple)

Sponge & dotting tool (for the gradient)
Messy Mansion: MM31 (stamping plate & palette)
Konad: SN White
Purple rectangular stamper
XL stamper (for the thumb)
Seche Vite

Nailstation, Mi-Ny and Linda Johansen are cruelty- free. I thought Gina Tricot was cruelty- free too, but now I couldn't get it confirmed...

I bought Nailstation, Linda Johansen, and the XL stamper from Norway Nails - The purple rectangular stamper, and MM31 from Messy Mansion.


I used all the pastels horizontally on my thumb. On the other fingers I tried to make a diagonal pastel rainbow gradient; Index: pink, orange. Middle finger: orange, yellow, green. Ring finger: green, blue, indigo. Pinkie: indigo, violet. And then I stamped white over it with my new absolutely gorgeous Valentines stamping plate MM31 from Messy Mansion.

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I really love this stamping plate. The designs are awesome, and as you see, the images are so detailed that I can use them even though I have tiny nails that are very short, and the full nail image size is big (2,2 x 1,7 cm). So thank you Messy Mansion for making a stamping plate for all nail sizes!


It's also the first time I use a rectangular stamper. It was soft, but not as soft as the XL stamper, but easier to position, and the purple surface made it easier to see the white stamping polish. I also tried my new purple replacement head for the XL stamper, but it was harder than I had expected, and I couldn't make it work. So I guess I have to prime it. And it's the first time I use Duri Rejuvacote. After reading about it on the Messy Mansion web site, I really hope to get healthier and stronger nails. That, and using gloves when doing the dishes and housework, will hopefully prevent them from breaking so that I can get long nails again...


Valentine's Day nails 1: Heart of a Vampire
Valentine's Day nails 2: Purple holo with red hearts
Valentine's Day nails 3: Black holo+ holo glitter+ black hearts
Valentine's Day nails 4: Black/ white rhinestone hearts+ 3 Halo Hues
Valentine's Day nails 5: Hearts with Sweet Dreams
Valentine's Day nails 6: Hearts with Gold and Raindrops
Valentine's Day nails 7: Black Hearts & Sparkling Venus



  1. Replies
    1. I'm glad you like it! Thank you for the positive feedback. :-)

  2. super cute! love that it's not just pink

    1. Thank you! I just realized that I've made many untraditional Vday manis... It's good to know that you like it like this.

  3. What an absolutely adorable and pretty pastel mani - love it!

    1. Thank you! I had to try Nailstation after seing your swatches! And now I'm in love with pastels. :-)

  4. Love this mani. The colours are so good together!

    1. Thank you! I like them together too. But as a rainbow I guess the purples are a little too similar. And the blue is perhaps a little more pastel than the other colors, but I didn't have a darker pastel blue...

  5. Beautiful :) You got my vote Lani :D

  6. Your mani is screaming SPRING lol... it looks so pretty

    1. :-) Thank you! I'm screaming for SPRING, but as you see on the photos the snow is still here...

  7. Ooooh! Love the colorful gradient! Gorgeous!

  8. I love the soft pastel rainbow background you used in this mani... and the meaning behind it :) there's also a prize for most hearts on your nails... I think you might actually win that one because I haven't seen many people cover their nails in hearts yet! I don't think I'll win either... but I think nail contests are fun and a good way to meet other nail bloggers anyway :) best of luck!

    1. Thank you! Yes, and if I was better at stamping I would have had even more hearts. I'm just doing this for fun, but it's nice to get more views than normal. Yes, it's interesting to find new bloggers and too see how different manis we make. Good luck to you too!

  9. This is so pretty! <3

    1. Thank you! I like it a lot too. Love the plate, and am about to use it for the third time this week!

  10. beautiful, youre very good at stmping, ive never seemed to get the hang of it