Dandelion Water Decals

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

Don’t forget to use code PSQW10 to get 10% off your order at Born Pretty Store!

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

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Golden Son

Time for some more book inspired nail art!  I”d been looking forward to Golden Son by Pierce Brown for almost a year, and it absolutely did not disappoint.  It’s the sequel to Red Rising (check out my Red Rising inspired nail art here).  I wanted to do these for the book release on the 6th, but that was a busy week and I didn’t have time.  I did end up going to the book launch party in Hollywood, though, so it was totally worth it!

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On my thumb I painted a golden laurel (which is on the cover of the book), the index finger is the gold sigil (in the book, society is divided into color classes), my middle finger is the symbol of the Sons of Ares (the rebels), my ring finger is a gold/red/black watercolor/gradient, and my pinky is the red sigil.

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I used OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy? (black), OPI Rolling in Cashmere (gold), and OPI Coca Cola Red (red, obviously).

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These honestly turned out a lot better than I was expecting!  I’ve been slowly investing in more good quality brushes from the art store, and they are really helpful for detail work.

Golden Son was just as good as, if not even better than, Red Rising, which is one of my favorite books ever.  If you haven’t read it yet, I’d highly recommend it!  I’ve read the hard copy of each book as well as listened to the audiobooks, and if your more of an audiobook person (0r if you have a long commute) the narrator does an incredible job.  Definitely worth a listen.

And don’t forget to, add me as a friend on goodreads.com!

Winter Watercolor

I’ve really been loving the watercolor technique (here is a great tutorial of a similar effect – I just layered more than one color).  It’s actually really easy once you get the hang of it, and it looks amazing.  Usually, I do them on a white or off-white base, but I thought I’d give it a try with some of my favorite dark colors.  I absolutely love the way these turned out!

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I think most – if not all – of the polishes I used are from OPI’s fall collection.  I think they look really great together.  This is my first time using shimmer in a watercolor, and I think the effect is really cool.

winter watercolor

This is the last of the posts that has been hanging out in my drafts folder while I’ve been tied up with school and work, so I’m hoping to get some holiday nail art up soon!

Sunset Skittle

Here is another post using some of the polishes from OPI’s Nordic Collection for Fall 2014.  I am honestly really loving all of the colors in this collection, and I thought these three would look good together.  This is semi-inspired by Mr. Candiipants and my Modcloth-inspired mani.

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I used OPI Can’t A-Fjord Not To (coral/orange), Thank Glogg It’s Friday! (berry), and OPI With a Nice Finn-ish (gold).  All of them were pretty pigmented and great to work with for nail art.

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I’ve already got a few more queued posts using this collection, and I just got Essie’s fall collection in the mail, so expect to see some of that soon!  All of these amazing fall colors are making me wish for sweater weather even more!

Tie-Dye Flowers

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!

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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.

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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!

Watercolors

Last week, I was trying to think of something new I could do on my nails,  and I remembered the watercolor technique.  I’ve done it before, but I’ve never really been too happy with the results.  So after looking at lots of pictures of watercolor nails, and after many attempts (most of which were too overdone and ended up with my nail showing in spots), I came up with this.

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I (obviously) used a ton of purples for this, and I don’t remember what they all are, but if you really need to know, I can probably figure it out.  It needed a little something, so I added a coat of INM Northern Lights.  I’m not too big on sparkle, but I really love how subtle and pretty Northern Lights is.

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I really love how this turned out!  This technique took a while for me to get the hang of, but I think I’ll be using it a lot in the future – it would make an amazing base for some simple nail art.

If you’re interested in watercolor nails, there are about a million tutorials out there, and of course I’d be happy to offer some tips.

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day!  It’s a real thing, I swear.  Obviously I couldn’t miss the opportunity to do some squirrel nails.  I attempted a watercolor technique, which I need to practice some more, but I think my little squirrel turned out really cute!  He’s a little bit chubby and insane-looking, but it’s ok 🙂

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The base on most of my nails is OPI You Don’t Know Jacques.  For the squirrel nail, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales walls as the base, and OPI You Don’t Know Jacques, OPI Get in the Espresso Lane, Orly Decades of Dysfunction, China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Exotic Encounters, and China Glaze Mahogany Magic for the squirrel.

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My technique needs some work, but I really love the watercolor effect.  But, since I was not expecting a recognizable squirrel on my first attempt, I call this a success.