Black Lace

Lately, I haven’t been doing much with my nails. Last week, I only painted my nails once – gasp! But I’ve been really wanting to get back into nail art, and since I used this blog as an excuse to buy a lot of polishes from all the new fall collections, I kind of had to use them in a post.IMG_8919

For these nails, I started with a base of OPI Amore at the Grand Canal from the new Venice collection. I have probably somewhere around a hundred red nail polishes, and I always love new ones. This one is fantastic! I wore it for almost a week after doing this manicure.

The black lace is actually not stamping or water decals – they’re stickers! I got these really cool 3D lace stickers from Born Pretty Store (click here to check them out). I almost put them on a nude background, which would have been really pretty – but what’s cooler than glossy red and black lace? They have a ton of different designs, and I found them really easy to use – just trim and stick. The directions recommend using topcoat, but my Seche Vite made them curl up just a teensy bit on the edges and did cause a few bubbles. Really minor issues – any normal person probably wouldn’t notice – but I thought I’d give you a heads-up. I’d suggest trying a regular (not quick drying) topcoat if you decide to use these.

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Hope you enjoyed these nails! I have a bunch of other Born Pretty Store products to review for you, so keep an eye out for more posts soon!

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Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

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Black Opal

I’ve been experimenting with some new nail art decorations lately. I thought these teardrop rhinestones were pretty cool, so I thought I’d give them a try. They were actually a bit bigger than I’d anticipated – I have pretty large nails, and they are too big to fit on my pinky nail – but I still think they’re really cool. They definitely have the potential to compliment some pretty nail art or made more edgy. It honestly took me forever to come up with what I wanted to do with these, but I ultimately decided to play up the iridescent flakes that are inside them.

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I started by painting my nails using Pretty & Polished Prism Break, which is a clear polish with small iridescent flakes in a rainbow of colors. Then I used Butter London Brass Monkey to add a bit more sparkle just on the tips. The flakes in Brass Monkey are bigger and thicker and lean toward the gold side. Then I attached the rhinestones just using some topcoat since I didn’t plan to wear these very long. Nail glue might be the way to go with these, because they’re completely flat on the bottom so they do stick up a bit where my nails curve. I was a bit worried they’d catch on something, but I didn’t wear them long enough to find out.

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I do think these are really pretty, but I wish they were smaller or at least curved on the bottom. I think they’d make a really edgy accent to some black nails, too, so I might try that later. You can pick these up from Born Pretty Store by clicking here (they also come in white, which looks gorgeous!).

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Turquoise Cabochons

I’ve been a bit uninspired lately when it comes to nail art, so I decided to branch out a bit and ended up getting these turquoise cabochon studs. I think they are gorgeous, and I love how these nails turned out!

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I used OPI Black Onyx as a base for these nails. The turquoise studs and round silver studs are actually both from Born Pretty Store. I just attached them with using a coat of topcoat. I used a wax pencil (also from Born Pretty Store) to pick up and place the stones. I’ve been using it for a while in my nail art, and I have to say: it is sooo much better than tweezers or a dotting tool! If you use any kind of nail embellishments, I’d highly recommend getting one because it makes placing stones or studs a breeze!

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If you’re interested in the turquoise studs, you can purchase them here (they come in a wheel with three different shapes and four different colors). The round silver studs (which also come with gold ones) can be found here. And you can get the wax pencil here (I’ve tried both kinds on the Born Pretty Store Website, and while they’re both good, I prefer this one, which has a softer, clear wax).

And don’t forget to use code PSQW10 for 10% of your Born Pretty Store order! Let me know what you get in the comments!

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

Roses, Roses, and More Roses

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?)

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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.

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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.

Windowpanes & Flowers

Lately I’ve been seeing windowpane plaid everywhere, and I really love it.  I think it’s vintage-y and fresh at the same time.  I wanted to do a nail art version, and decided to combine it with this vintage floral design that I’ve been obsessed with lately.  Honestly, I’m not loving this manicure for some reason, but I do kinda like the 60s vibe.

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The base of the window check and the flowers is Essie Suite Retreat from this year’s resort collection.  The leaves are China Glaze Trip of a Lime Time.  I used my new favorite white polish for the windowpane and the base for the flowers: Cult Cosmetics El Porto.  I’ve been obsessed with their polishes lately – especially their basic black and white.  This is the most opaque white polish I own, and it has a great formula.

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I considered not posting these, because I’m just not really feeling them, but I still think they’re kind of interesting. And I think the windowpane came out really well.  What do you think?

Neon Rose

I don’t wear neon all that often, but I really love it as an accent to more muted colors.  I think its a really cool trend, and there is a lot you can do with those highlighter-bright colors.  I picked up a few of the Color Club neons on Amazon recently (Color Club doesn’t seem to be sold in stores near me), and I am really loving them!

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The neon pink is Color Club Warhol.  The other two polishes are from another brand I’ve been getting into recently: Cult Cosmetics.  The gray is Marina del Rey and the gold glitter is Whisky a Go Go.  All of the polishes are named after locations in Los Angeles, which is pretty cool.

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This mani is definitely something that seems a bit out of my comfort zone, what with the pink and glitter, but I think the gray and the neon keep it a little more edgy than girly.  I really like how the abstract rose turned out. I’ve seen a bunch of designs like this around, and my first few attempts weren’t that great.

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I know Color Club is a relatively well-known brand, but if you haven’t tried them, I would definitely recommend them.  I am loving their neons and holographic polishes, and some of their cremes are really unique and beautiful (Wild Cactus and Artsy Crafty are my favorites so far).  I’ve been getting all of mine on Amazon. Cult Cosmetics (not to be confused with Cult Nails) are available on their website.  I highly recommend their black and white if you’re looking for some staples.

Vintage Flowers

You’ve probably figured out by now that I tend to repeat nail art that I really love, and these flowers are no exception.  I last did them here, inspired by a floral print I saw on Pintrest (which I can’t find anymore – why don’t I ever pin these things?), and just recently saw this this post from Mr. Candiipants, so I thought I’d give her version a go.  I don’t like mine quite as much, but I’m still totally in love with this print.  I’m going to try it in some spring colors next, I think.

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The base of the flower nails is Cult Cosmetics Joshua Tree.  The flowers were done in Cult Cosmetics Chateau Marmont, Cult Cosmetics Rose Bowl, OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, and China Glaze Intelligence, Integrity, & Courage.  The rest of my nails (and the flower centers) are OPI Who are You Calling Bossy?.

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I was going to try and do some Valentine’s Day nails this year, but this was the first week of my Medieval Literature class, and I’ve had migraines every day this week, so these will have to do.  I’m not really one for pink and hearts anyway.  Hope you like them!