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 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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I am a huge fan of Game of Thones (both the books and the movies) and I am crazy excited for the start of season five today! I usually end up missing the opportunity to do nail art for the premiere, but not this time! (I did use a GoT-themed polish two years ago.) I put together some nail art based off of this season five poster, and added in a nod to my favorite house (partially because the season slogan – Vengeance is Coming – wouldn’t fit on my nails).
I used OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy? as the base for all the black nails, and Cult Cosmetics El Matador as the base on the red accent nail. The Game of Thrones logo was painted with OPI Haven’t the Foggiest – I love that it’s a darker silver, but still sparkly. For the rose, I used white acrylic paint (and a bit of black mixed in for shading) and Essie Head Mistress for the Blood. The Targaryen house motto – Fire and Blood – was painted with black acrylic paint. And the silver triangle studs are from Bundle Monster. I topped it all off with OPI Matte Topcoat.
I am completely obsessed with how these turned out! Acrylic paint is definitely upping my nail art game. I’ve been practicing with painting words on my nails, but this is the first time I’ve attempted a script, and I’m honestly really surprised it doesn’t look like a huge blob. If only I was ambidextrous…
I haven’t made it all the way through the books yet, so I’m not sure what to expect this season, but I can’t wait! Let me know what you’re most excited about for this season in the comments below! I’m definitely ready for some more Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow.
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.
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 am still kind of obsessed with these flowers (previous posts here and here). They’re super cute, and actually pretty easy to do. This time, I went a little bit simpler with the flowers, but used a tie-dye background (creating using the watercolor technique), and accented them with a cool geometric pattern (inspired by Mr. Candiipants). I absolutely love them!
The triangles and leaves are butter LONDON Poole. I’m don’t remember what other colors I used, but I’m pretty sure the green is China Glaze Def Defying, and the black and white are most likely Sinful Colors. I basically just pulled most of my bright green and blue shades out of my Helmers.
I really, really love the way this watercolor turned out. I’m going to have to try it again. And I liked using it as a background for the designs – it added a really cool element. Let me know what you think in the comments!
I can’t get enough of these flowers! I’ve been slightly obsessed since I first painted them (in this mani inspired by my iPad case), and thought they’d be a good way to use some of the polishes I picked up at T.J. Maxx last week.
I used OPI Schnapps Out of It!, OPI Black Onyx, OPI My Vampire is Buff, Orly Frisky, and Sephora by OPI Seriously It’s a Naan-issue.
I love how they turned out! I really like how unique and whimsical these flowers are. They did take a while to do, but I think they were totally worth it. Plus, I couldn’t think of anything new to paint, so these were a nice option.
Let me know what you think in the comments below! And let me know if there’s any nail art you’d love to see!
After I did some nail art inspired by my iPhone case, I thought I’d make an attempt at some nail art inspired my my iPad case. It’s from Fossil, maybe about a year ago, and I really love it. It protects my iPad better than any other case I’ve liked, and it’s really pretty.
I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Mint Sprint, OPI Black Onyx, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Essie Bahama Mama, and China Glaze Desert Sun.
I absolutely love how these turned out, and I might try these flowers again in a different color combo.
I’m a huge fan of the quirky, vintage prints on Fossil’s canvas bags and tech cases. They change every season, and I love pretty much all of them. It’s almost a good thing I can’t justify spending that much on their stuff because I’d never be able to decide. This one was on sale, so that helped my decision making a bit.
I while ago, I went to see this exhibit at Bower’s Museum. Ok, I really went to see the Treasures of the Medici exhibit, completely unaware that they were featuring the Tsar’s Cabinet. I was completely fascinated by the intricate designs (including several authentic Faberge eggs!), and they stuck with me.
There was one set of china that particularly stuck in my mind. They were white plates trimmed in gold, with cobalt blue flowers around the edges, so that’s what I tried to replicate in this manicure. I think it turned out pretty well, even though any nail art I could ever do would never hold a candle to the art in that exhibit. I’m still in awe over the detail that was put into these objects. Seriously, just type in the Tsar’s Cabinet into Google images.
I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Essie Good as Gold, and Nina Ultra Pro Cobalt (which sadly doesn’t photograph accurately – it’s most like the darker spots – but trust me, it’s gorgeous – you need it).
Hope you all liked these as much as I do! I still have a few other designs in mind from the other artifacts in the exhibit, so hopefully I will get those done eventually (perhaps a museum inspired series?). Thanks for reading!
Yet again, I was inspired by Mr. Candiipants. Check out her tutorial for these nails here. Even though I like hers a lot better, I’m still completely in love with these.
I started with a base of Essie After School Boy Blazer, and dotted on the flowers using OPI My Vampire is Buff, OPI Dating a Royal, OPI Do You Lilac It?, OPI You’re Such a Budapest, Sation Super Nail-tural Powers, Julep Dianna, and Essie Rock the Boat.
These turned out a bit brighter than I had planned – next time I’ll try more muted colors. I still think they’re super pretty! What do you think?