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KBShimmer Up and Cunning floral nail art

Besides glitter, you know what rocks my world? Holo nail polish. It’s everywhere, and for good reason. Man oh man, I cannot get enough of that rainbow flame – it makes even a simple manicure really beautiful! KBShimmer makes some fabulous holo polishes, and I am really drooling over Up and Cunning. I think KBShimmer is just generally great, and I am paying homage to the brand today with some KBShimmer inspired nail art! The brand’s logo has some pretty flowers, which are really easy to create in nail art.

KBShimmer Up and Cunning floral nail art | The Dalai Lama's Nails

KBShimmer Up and Cunning floral nail art | The Dalai Lama's Nails

I’m still learning how to photograph holo polish indoors, and this photo is my best shot! I went outside to coax the holo flare into photos. Look at that rainbow! whooooeeeeey!
KBShimmer Up and Cunning floral nail art | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Here’s one of the KBShimmer flowers I was telling you about! Isn’t it cute?KBShimmer Up and Cunning macro| The Dalai Lama's Nails

Up and Cunning is seriously stunning. It’s a teal blue linear holographic polish. I applied three thin coats, though you could probably get away with two. Application was flawless – no issues to report whatsoever! I top coated with Glisten & Glow HK Girl.

KBShimmer Up and Cunning macro swatch| The Dalai Lama's Nails

KBShimmer Up and Cunning macro| The Dalai Lama's NailsHere’s a super quick video tutorial I made for KBShimmer flowers, if you want to try them out yourself. All you need is a dotting tool in two different sizes,  a small detail brush, a base color, and a flower color. I used Essie Nothing Else Metals for the flower.

 

You can purchase Up and Cunning on the KBShimmer website for $8.75

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  • Vic

    What a beautiful polish and fab art. I’m fairly sure that the experts in photographic holos are involved in some heavy witchcraft. The rest of us just get lucky from time to time.

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      seriously! I did just order a small LED light, I’m wondering if I angle it properly if I can bring out that rainbow!

  • This colour is gorgeous and I love the flowers. I recently bought my first holo and I found it hard to photograph inside!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      it’s tricky! I hope I figure it out šŸ™‚

  • jsarina

    The flowers look like stickers. I love this one!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      aw, thank you!

  • Cheyenne

    Beautiful polish and art! Jealous that your vid is so clear. Every time I try to put a vid on my blog it gets all distorted and yuk lol

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      oh no! That’s no fun!

  • Color Me So Crazy

    These are so cool! Love the color and the flower art. l. It makes me sooo miss summer!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      I know… I know!

  • TKny

    My goodness, you have turned yourself into a 3D copier! I couldn’t find where you wrote which plate you used for the flower until I noticed the video attached. When I watched you “moving so quickly” making all your dots, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Yes, the timing was speeded up but your couldn’t add or subtract the steps!

    It all looks lovely from the color and texture of the polish to the design of the flower with the silver metallic quality that ups it several notches! TX for your sharing.

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you! hehe, I like the idea of being a 3D copier.

  • TKny

    BTW, forget about the little storage cubes from Michael’s. I read a few reviews and am waiting for call tags so I can send back all five units. They weigh a ton and reviews claim that a couple of years ago they were manufactured much better than now.

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      oh, good to know!

  • Great tutorial! You are a moth attracted to the holo flame…

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      I so am, dude. I’m obsessed!

  • Jennifer Channell

    Beautiful sun shot!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you!

  • ValiantlyVarnished

    Such a gorgeous polish!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      I love it!

  • Ohh, that polish is beautiful!! This is a great look!!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      It’s a great polish – the holo is just drool worthy!

  • I think you captured the holo beautifully. I always have trouble trying to indoors because I swatch at night. Love the little video tutorial.

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      aw, thank you!

  • These polishes are stunning together! I love the art you created – your flowers are so perfect, I thought they were stickers for a second!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      oh, thank you for such a nice compliment!

  • This is just too pretty!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you!

  • Kathryn J

    Oh this is lovely! The floral nail art looks so effective against the holo polish and it looks a do-able free-hand technique. Beautiful! šŸ™‚

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      totally doable!

  • I’m all the way with you about holos! I can’t imagine my life without loaaads of them! This one is really gorgeous!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      I know, it’s hard to imagine life pre-holo lol!

  • Lothwen Akira

    Beauuuutiful polish and such cool nail art, I must try it!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      yeah!

  • This is gorgeous!! I love the color combo! I thought I didn’t need Up and Cunning, but dayum – it looks good on you! PS – holos are really amazing!!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      it’s SO pretty šŸ™‚

  • This is beautiful Hannah! I LOVE that you recreated the KBShimmer flowers, they look perfect!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thanks so much!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    beautiful! Love how the flowers look like they are floating in that closeup!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      they so do!

  • So stunning!