I have never used water decals before, but I’ve been really wanting to try some because they look really cool! When Born Pretty Store offered to send me some products for review, I immediately went to check out their enormous water decal selection. These caught my eye, and I ended up really loving them!
For these nails, I started off with a base of China Glaze Light as Air. Then I created a very subtle watercolor/tie-dye (which sadly didn’t show up that well on camera) using Color Club Holy Chic!, Feathered Hair Out to There, and Meet Me at the Rink. After that, I applied the water decals and added some topcoat.
Honestly, one of the reasons I hadn’t tried water decals is because I thought they’d be messy and thick and just not worth the effort. These totally proved me wrong! They were much easier to apply than full nail decals or polish strips. They look similar to stamping, but they took me less time and there was almost no clean-up involved. I’d definitely use these again!
You can check out these dandelion water decals at Born Pretty Store here. The only thing I didn’t really like was that the full nail designs included in this set were very long and narrow, which didn’t work well for my short, wide nails. I ended up trimming the design I used on my thumb so the edges weren’t obvious. Next time, I think I’ll go for one of their continuous designs and cut it to fit my nails, like this zodiac water decal set – I think it looks really cool! I am officially a fan of water decals!
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Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.
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.
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 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 been pretty busy lately painting false nails for my new Etsy shop, but I finally sat down and did some nail art on my own fingers. Despite the fact that the weather has finally cooled down in Southern California (it’s been like 90 degrees for the last two months), I wanted to do some spring flowers.
I started off with a base of OPI You’re So Vain-illa. The leaves are done with OPI Life Gave Me Lemons (I’m obsessed with this color right now). And the flowers were painted with a mixture of Color Club Holy Chic, Color Club Macaroon Swoon, China Glaze Sweet Hook, China Glaze Life Preserved (mixed with white), Essie Fiji, and Butter London Kip, with OPI How Great is Your Dane? for the centers.
These didn’t turn out exactly as I’d envisioned, but I really like the colors together! I need to do some more nail art with Life Gave Me Lemons – I don’t have anything else like it, and I’m completely in love. I might need a backup bottle.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?.
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!
I’m back! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, it’s been a crazy month. I went on a mini road trip over the holidays, bought a new car, and quit my job. Throw in grad school, and I haven’t had all that much time for nails. And honestly, I wasn’t that motivated to do nail art. But I’ve been feeling great lately, so I’m going to try and start posting more.
These were inspired by vintage floral patterns, and I really love the thick stripes as an accent. I used OPI You’re So Vain-illa as the background, with OPI Black Onyx for the stripes and OPI Coca Cola Red, OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, and Cult Cosmetics Chateau Marmont for the flowers.
I absolutely love how these turned out! I actually already did a very similar design that I will be posting soon.
I hope you all had an excellent holiday season! I had a great start to 2015 and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year (which includes a lot more time for nail art)!