This is a super complicated mani, but I kinda love it. I was sent some very tiny rose gold caviar beads to review from the Born Pretty Store, and I went to town with them!
Most of my caviar beads are what I would consider standard size…which is easily twice the size of these ones. Look at how many pretty rows are on my middle finger! I ended up mix-and-matching with a fishtail, some other studs, and basic diagonals. I had seen a similar mani online, but I didn’t want to use a black base so I settled on a very dark blue with subtle gold shimmer 🙂
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Blake
~ Rose gold metallic: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Rose gold glitter: ILNP – Juliette
I have never really tried to place a bunch of studs and then surround them with caviar beads, mostly because my other caviar beads are larger, and the whole thing takes forever. That said, I did my middle finger first (well, I did the polish-only nails first, but it was the first nails with 3D elements) and since that only took 10 minutes, I went ahead and did the others with lots of tiny beads too. Success!
If you want to pick up these tiny beads for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store, where you can find them for $1.79. I kinda love them, and can’t wait to figure out ways to use them now!
It has been a while since I last did mermaid nail art! Don’t ask me why though, I’ve always loved looking at pretty scales!
This design was inspired by @xnailsbymiri, although I liked my scales enough not to add the glitters or pearls (not that I own tiny pearls like that) I do own gold seashell charms but they are SO SMALL that it would have looked silly! Starfish don’t make great necklaces, but you work with what you have!
The nails with scales were actually more complicated; I made stamping decals using a gold stamp and colored them in with a dark teal creme and a teal holo. I applied the stamping decals over a light teal creme base using top coat (since that works better and is faster than my old method of coloring in the designs on my mat). Otherwise, I just added some caviar beads and a charm!
~ Light teal creme: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Dark teal creme: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Teal holo: Powder Perfect – There be Mermaids!
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamps: BC – 04, BP – L003
Honestly, I used the lighter teal holo just because of its name. It is also a great color, but if I am painting mermaid scales, I need a mermaid polish! I am also glad I got these posted sometime over the summer. We shall see when my other summer nails make it up! Oops 😀
Today, I reached for the last of this most recent batch of nail art supplies from the Born Pretty Store, and came out with something awesome! Honestly, the water decals are stunning although the color change on my nail is a bit underwhelming.
I decided that for these really nifty fan-shapped decals, I needed to do a reciprocal gradient on my nails…white-purple-white. And it looked fairly awesome when I was done! But when I went to add the decals, the middle purple section was mostly covered.
The decals themselves come as two long strips, and would fit very long nails (even my longest nail only has about 2/3 of the decal on it). Unfortunately, the pointy part of each design is slightly too narrow for one nail, so if I had kept the webbing between each the sides of my nails would have been exposed. I decided to just hollow out alternating pieces of the decal and put them on my nail that way. My thumb has what they actually look like (webbing between each concentric fan pattern).
The designs removed very easily in the water, but were thick enough to reposition with ease. They were actually really really easy to use, which is often not true with full-nail decals!
I added silver caviar beads at the end…just for fun. 3D nail art makes me happy! Hope you enjoyed, and you can pick up these decals if you like them from the Born Pretty Store for $0.99. Don’t forget my 10% off code, LY5X31!
Day 2 of chrome/metallic week is blue shimmery metallic with lots of things on top!
This started with two coats of a teal metallic shimmery glittery polish that I haven’t used in way too long (it has a small bottle, so I’m always worried I’m going to run out!). I then stamped with a blue polish over that in a swirly pattern, to try and simulate underwater ripples.
I went and added a less-dense swirly white pattern on top of the swirly blue pattern, and then decided to go NUTS with the 3D additions. I had just come off my 2 weeks on Medicine when I did this, and I was dying to get some forbidden color and rhinestones onto my nails! This is the best anti-hospital mani ever. It might also be one of the most bits of 3D-ness I’ve put on my nails ever. Certainly this year!
~ Teal: Julie G – Mermaid’s Tale
~ Blue: Zoya – Wednesday
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Bundle Monster – S108, 607
Hope you enjoyed! Friday’s post is EVEN MORE chrome-y goodness!
How I wish my naked nails looked just a little better! This mani was a lot of fun to put together, and would look STUNNING on someone with longish healthy nails. Mine are long…but a bit funny looking!
This design was inspired by Baroquen Nails only this time (unlike the last time I tried to duplicate one of her nail art designs) this one totally worked! I modified the original design slightly, and I love it! Extra beads = awesome.
I don’t have a list of colors today, because the only color used is Black on Black by Sinful Colors. All the caviar beads and studs are from either the Born Pretty Store or Lady Queen Beauty. Everything else is just differently sized striping tape!
I really love how naked manis look on others, and it makes me sad that I can’t do them on myself without revealing how bad my nails look. This is why I paint them…so no one has to see them! Oy.
Hope you enjoyed! More gradients AND tape tomorrow!
Another nude-ish lace mani! There really isn’t much to say about this, except that I am glad I went ahead and added the purple highlights and the studs.
The base color is yet another Mentality matte, called Gesso. Gesso covered in two thin coats, but was streaky and prone to separate over a base coat. I maybe shouldn’t have added a base at all, but it makes me feel more secure to have more layers on my nails! Either way, not my favorite polish but a passable nude-ish.
The purple was dabbed on by hand after stamping (which is to say I did not make a stamping decal for this one). Still looks alright I think!
~ Nude: Mentality – Gesso
~ Purple: Zoya – Giada
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L020
Hope you enjoyed this rather simple mani!
Like water droplets, but in teal! Today’s prompt was “inspired by a color”. Usually, I would just go ahead and do rainbows for this prompt, but I was feeling lazy. Instead, I grabbed Teal Opaque by Mentality and a stamp that I haven’t gotten to work due to tiny tiny lines, and went to town!
You guys. THE STAMP WORKED. Turns out stamping polishes really ARE the best for stamping. Who knew? I usually get away with just using a thick older polish, but polish MADE for stamping takes the cake. This awesome droplet stamp by Emily de Molly had been making me want to cry for weeks, because I love it but it kept failing on me! Turns out I just needed stamping polish.
All the teal in this mani is Turquoise Opaque by Mentality. I was technically sent this polish for review, but then Mentality decided to release its bloggers to the wild (*roar*?), so I feel included to use it but not to show you a swatch on its own. On my ring and thumb I used two thin coats of Turquoise Opaque, which went on surprisingly smoothly for a stamping polish. It is ever-so-slightly brush-stroky. That being said, it stamps like a champ!
My other nails got one coat of Black on Black by Sinful Colors. The black stamping was done using Black Opaque by Mentality, since my previous use (a dried up Black on Black…I think have 3 bottles in various stages of drying out) didn’t work at all. Black Opaque worked though!
I finished it off by adding diagonal lines of the stamping color (for fun) and then either black caviar beads or blue striping tape. Sadly, I don’t own teal striping tape, but this was fun anyway! Maybe I should have used silver caviar beads though, you can barely see them!
Hope you enjoyed! Maybe by the end of this challenge I’ll have used all my EdM images. I doubt it, but there is a possibility! :-p
My Emily de Molly stamping plates are sitting out on my polishing desk, so I keep wanting to use them! So, we have another EdM mani. I started with a circle gradient (because they are so cool!) although using pink made my nails look like they were bleeding. Not the best idea. I’ll do a fire theme next I think!
Once they were dry and top coated, I used my old, dried, thick black polish and two of the stamps from EdM plate 09, and went to town! I intended to use the mostly-black stamp only as an accent, but I actually liked it BETTER than the other one, so I just used both and alternated them. My thumb came out PERFECT! Yay 😀
~ Light pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Stamp: EdM – 09
I am incredibly pleased that this stamp works as a black-out…a lot of times, stamps with this much negative space don’t cover very well. Super cool!
I also added tiny pink caviar beads in the middle…because I am on a texture kick and I like running my fingers over my nails and feeling 3D pieces. Because I am strange. Hope you enjoyed!
Just a bit of purple and gold today! This mani was inspired by Liliumzz, although mine ended up a lot darker than hers. I wanted something light and girly…oops!
Anyway. This was very easy to put together, mostly because the white and gold flowers are stickers from the Born Pretty Store. I had to cut them just a little bit to make them form a straight line on my ring finger, but still easy!
~ Light purple: Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Caviar beads: Lady Queen
~ Larger beads: Born Pretty Store
~ Flower stickers: Born Pretty Store
So this came out less subtle than I wanted, but still rather nice! I do wish the flowers were water decals not stickers, because stickers are about 200% harder to remove. Oh well!
Hope you enjoyed!
I wanted to show off the gold caviar beads that I got to review from Lady Queen Beauty, and I wandered on this awesome nail art by Baroquen Nails. Her title is perfect…its the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland!
This was a simple mani, but rather time-consuming because as much as I love caviar beads, they are a pain in the butt! Mostly because they are hard to manipulate before the polish you are placing them on is dry.
I started with a white base on most nails (except obviously the gold textured ones!), and then stamped over it. The nail with the clock had the clock section covered by tape during the stamping, so it remained white. All that was left was painting the clock face and adding the beads!
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Zoya – Solange
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – 201
This was a lot of fun! I love how many beads came with the Lady Queen set, I’m not afraid of playing with them because I won’t run out for a long while!
If you want to pick up the caviar beads yourself, you can find them here for $3.09, plus 15% off with my discount code: BPLC15. Hope you enjoyed!
This post is dedicated to my baby sister, Jojo. On Valentines day, I was actually wearing this mani. In honor of Jojo. Because February 14th is her birthday and purple is her favorite color. So here you go Jojo, a post in your honor that does not feature your nails (sorry!).
A really nice simple bit of art by Deanne29 had been floating around pinterest recently, and I wanted to see if I could somewhat recreate it using purple (the initial design was in pink). With the arrival of my new dark purple, I could finally do it! It’s astounding (and sad)…I have over 250 polishes, and I am still missing certain color groups. Like dark purple, until now. I suppose it doesn’t help that fully a quarter of my collection is in the teal/blue range.
The other amusing bit about this mani is that everyone went gaga over the rhinestones. I don’t often wear 3D art (they get pulled off under my gloves in lab), but maybe I should try more often? Not just as a single rhinestone accent, but as actual designs. *shrug*
~ Light purple: Sally Hansen – Lacy Lilac
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Monica
The silver studs are from the Born Pretty Store and can be found here for $4.14 (less if you use my 10% off code LY5X31). Hope you enjoyed! (Yes, even you Jojo).
I seem to be on a monochrome kick! I found this beautiful design on Prettyfulz and decided to try and replicate it. I have neither the right stamp no silver caviar beads, but I gave it my best shot!
Regardless of the fact that the beads fell off in <24 hours (hence the ‘sunlight’ photos are bead-less), I really liked this! It was sharp, contrasty, and matched anything I wanted to wear the next day. I might have to try this again!
- Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
- Silver: A England – Excalibur
- Stamp: Bundle Monster – 203
I don’t quite know if this counts as abstract, but I’m going to pretend it does 🙂