I loved these little rose nail studs, but it took me forever to come up with a nail design I liked. These were inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I think they turned out amazing! (Side note: who else is ridiculously excited for the Emma Watson live action Beauty and the Beast movie?)
I started out with a base of Color Club Macaroon Swoon, which is a really buttery pale yellow. Then I stamped the rose design using Bundle Monster plate H16 (from the holiday collection) and (I think) SpaRitual Copper. I can’t remember the exact stamping color, but Copper’s still on my desk, so it’s the most likely suspect. The roses are from Born Pretty Store. I’ve never used any 3D nail decorations before (other than most flat studs and rhinestones), but these roses were really easy to use. Obviously, you can’t seal them with a topcoat, but they felt surprisingly secure with just a coat of Seche Vite. You can probably use nail glue on top of dry polish for an even longer lasting hold. I do have to say that they stuck up off the nail a bit more than I would prefer, but I thought they looked pretty cool anyway.
The nail studs can be purchased here from Born Pretty Store and are available in a bunch of different colors. I think the peach ones are really pretty, and the red and black ones would be great for some pretty vampy/gothic nail art! I’ve been ordering from Born Pretty Store since before I started this blog (over three years!) and they are still one of my go-to places to buy nail art supplies.
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Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.
I was in the mood for something super colorful, and ended up with this design inspired by fiesta party decorations (at least in my head). They’re kind of tribal, kind of cutesy, but definitely colorful. They didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned them, but I still really like them.
I started all the nails with a base of Cult Cosmetics Redondo Beach, which is a gorgeous nearly neon red. Then I painted on the stripes with Cult Cosmetics Newport Beach, Cult Cosmetics Playa del Rey, Cult Cosmetics Point Dune, OPI Good Grief!, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
These looked awesome from a normal distance (read: not HD close-up photos). I kept staring at my nails all day! Usually I prefer horizontal stripes, but I love how the vertical works here.
P.S. In case you missed the announcement in my last post: I officially have a Born Pretty Store discount code exclusively for my readers! Use code PSQW10 to get 10% off of anything at bornprettystore.com! They have tons of great stuff – from stamping plates and polish to studs and rhinestones of all shapes and colors. I’ve been buying nail art supplies from them since I started this blog over three years ago.
I’m baaack! Sorry for the long absence, but honestly, I just didn’t feel like doing nail art for a while. But I finally sat down the other day and painted a design on my nails. And I have to say, I’m really happy with how these turned out.
I really liked how the rose turned out on my Game of Thrones nails, so I decided to make it into a pattern. I started with a base of OPI Embrace the Grey (I hate 50 Shades, but love grey polish too much to pass up that collection). Then I used some red acrylic paint to paint on the roses, and went over them/highlighted with OPI Coca Cola Red (one of my favorite reds ever!). Love the red and grey color combo!
I think these turned out really pretty, and I kind of love this way of painting roses – kind of abstract. Let me know what you think of them in the comments!
P.S. I’m excited to announce that I officially have a Born Pretty Store discount code exclusively for my readers! Use code PSQW10 to get 10% off of anything at bornprettystore.com! They have tons of great stuff – from stamping plates and polish to studs and rhinestones of all shapes and colors. I’ve been buying nail art supplies from them since I started this blog over three years ago.
These were another attempt at using acrylic paint for my nail art. Honestly, I just wanted to see if the yellow acrylic paint was more opaque than yellow nail polish. It was a bit easier to use, but I’m not quite sold yet.
I used OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini as the base, and used acrylic paint for the lemons. I’ve been wanted to do some more fruit nail art for a while and finally got around to it. I did initially try to do actual lemons (rather than lemon slices), but I couldn’t get them to look right. Oh well.
We had a pretty serious heat wave in southern California a week or so ago (when I painted these), and, while I hate the heat, it had me craving some summery nails. I like how these turned out – they definitely put me in the mood for some more fruity nail art.
Today I’ve got another Pretty and Polished polish for you! This one is called Sugar in a Sundress. It’s a pale yellow with medium blue and dark cobalt blue glitter. I honestly didn’t think I’d like this as much as I do. I absolutely love the glitter colors, and the yellow is really nice and delicate and doesn’t clash with my skin tone.
I was planning on layering this one, but I ended up really liking how it looked with just two coats on its own. The formula was really nice, but it did pull a bit at the cuticle, so just make sure your first coat is dry before you go for a second. If you’re looking to layer, I think Color Club Macaroon Swoon would be the perfect base color.
It doesn’t look like this one is currently available (sorry!), but you can buy Pretty and Polished on their website or Etsy shop. I’ve mentioned before that Pretty and Polished was one of my very first indie polishes back when I started blogging (check out my first P&P post from three years ago – Valentino – here!). If you haven’t tried this brand yet, I’d definitely recommend it!
I recently got some new acrylic paint colors to use in my nail art, and I was really excited to try them out. I really love Katrina’s floral patterns over on Cotton Coney, so I decided to go for something similar. Not completely in love with these, but they were definitely good practice!
I used OPI You’re So Vain-illa as the base, and the rest is acrylic paint. Looking at the pictures now, I wish I’d made the leaves a bit darker, but I was playing around with mixing colors (I just got basic black, white, red, green, blue, and yellow).
I mentioned in a previous post that I wasn’t a fan of using acrylic paints for nail art in the past. And then I tried it, and I have to say I’m a convert. I’m still planning on using mostly nail polish in my nail art, but the acrylic paint just allows for a bit more control (and, in a lot of cases, opacity). Let me know what you think in the comments!
I haven’t ordered any indie polishes in a while, and I’ve been playing catch-up in the past few weeks. I kind of feel like my polish tastes go in phases, and once in a blue moon I really want some glitter. This polish definitely satisfied my glitter craving, and I couldn’t help adding some abstract-y mermaid scales (inspired by Mr. Candiipants).
I used Pretty & Polished Arcane in the Membrane as the base, and then painted on the scales using white acrylic paint. I was pretty tired when I was doing this, so they didn’t come out perfect, but I still like them. I love how glitter looks with a matte topcoat, so I topped it with OPI’s Matte Topcoat.
I really love this combination of glitter! This is two smooth coats, and it dries really smooth – I didn’t even need to add a topcoat to smooth the glitter before I painted on the design. I’d definitely recommend this one!
Pretty & Polished polishes can be purchased from their website or Etsy shop. Right now, Arcane in the Membrane is still available in both shops. I’ve been a fan of Pretty & Polished for years (Valentino was one of my first indie polishes), and I have to say, they just keep getting better! You can check out all my past Pretty & Polished posts here. I’ve been trying to use a lot of my untried polishes in my nail art lately, so you’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of Pretty & Polished and other indie brands!
I really wanted to use this beautiful blue polish from the China Glaze spring collection, but I had absolutely no idea what to do on it. I briefly considered some Cinderella nail art, but I was feeling kind of lazy, so I ended up with this. I was inspired by some folk art floral prints. Not my favorite, but I don’t hate it. I do love the colors together, though!
The base is China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer, which is a gorgeous pale blue with peachy pink shimmer. You can just barely see the shimmer, and I love the slight glow it gives with the matte topcoat. The flowers were painted with Essie A-List and OPI Aloha from OPI. I’m trying to use my untried polishes for nail art because I feel like I’ve been using the same bunch of colors a lot. This was my first time wearing both Dashboard Dreamer and Aloha from OPI. Dashboard Dreamer is a favorite for me (despite the fact it needs three coats), but Aloha from OPI is a bit unoriginal. In fact, China Glaze came out with an almost-dupe in the same collection as Dashboard Dreamer – I Brake for Color.
This is for sure a color combo I’ll be keeping in mind from now on! I really love how they look together. The nail art is definitely not my best work (can you tell it was one in the morning?), but it didn’t turn out all that bad. Let me know what you think!
Lately I’ve been trying to use a lot of my untried – or never before used – polishes in some cool nail art. A while back, I found three of the Urban Decay polishes at Nordstrom Rack for like $4 each. I’d never tried Urban Decay polishes (although I love their makeup), but I’d seen pictures on other blogs and was very interested in Chaos. So I was super happy when that turned out to be one of the polishes that I found! I haven’t worn it yet, but it sure is beautiful!
I used Chaos as a base, and painted the abstract flowers with white acrylic paint. I was actually pretty against using acrylic paint in nail art for the longest time, but Cotton Coney‘s designs changed my opinion. It’s not the easiest to clean up, but acrylic paint actually allows for a lot more control, especially for more intricate designs. I just bought black and white to start out with, but I will definitely be expanding my collection soon!
I think Chaos is definitely my favorite out of the Urban Decay polishes I picked up (the other two are Bang and Zodiac – all three are actually still on sale at urbandecay.com). The formula is really nice, and I’m definitely on the lookout for more on sale (they’re a bit expensive normally). Have you tried them yet? Let me know what you think in the comments!
I’ve finally got another book-inspired post! I’ve actually been reading a lot lately (outside of my medieval literature class), and recently read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I’ve loved the movies since I was a kid, so I thought I’d finally read the book. I actually really enjoyed it! I’ve also been experimenting with acrylic paints in my nail art, and I find they really allow me to paint more detail, which is perfect for this design. And, bonus: I used two untried polishes in this design.
The black base is OPI Who are You Calling Bossy?, which is an awesome glossy black creme. The red on the sign and as the background for the t-rex is Essie A-list, which I surprisingly hadn’t tried yet. The plants were painted with Color Club Wild Cactus and Color Club Twiggie (another untried). I used white acrylic paint for the Jurassic Park sign and black acrylic paint for all the dinosaurs (I hope you can tell there are dino silhouettes in front of the ferns).
They’re not perfect, but I am kind of in love with these. Definitely got a lot of practice with details in this design. I am especially happy with how the t-rex skeleton (from the cover of the book – and the Jurassic Park sign in the movie) turned out.
Anyone else super excited for the Jurassic World movie coming out this summer? I can’t wait! I might have to do some more dino nail art for the occasion.