Bloody and bruised nails

Do you guys remember day 20 in the 31 day nail polish challenge (the watermarble prompt) where I told you that I had a water spotting attempt that looked like bruises and blood that I didn’t want to use for the challenge?

I saved that attempt to show you as an abstract halloween design instead. I think it looks just gross enough to pass for a gory halloween look – what do you think?

 

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Polishes used:

  • Essie – Cocktails & Coconuts
  • Essie – Hide & Go Chic
  • Essie – With the Band

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Blue Leaves and Glitter

These nails were my first attempt at blue nails for 31DC2017, but I scrapped them because they weren’t completely to my liking. However, I still wanted to show them to you, because they actually took quite a while to do 😀

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Polishes used:

  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Color Club – Take me to your chateau
  • Vivien Konder – Blue
  • W7 – Crushed Pineapple
  • Color Club – Beyond the Mistletoe

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Holographic laser stickers

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I fall into the trap every. single. time. I see some nail wraps or some stickers that look cool and think, ‘Hey, what an easy way to spruce up a mani when I’m in a hurry’. When will I ever learn that the end result is never what you want it to be?

These holographic laser stickers from Born Pretty Store were no exception.

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They were exceptionally thin and hard to work with, and I ended up tearing off corners (and sometimes halves) when I went to remove it from the backing paper. Furthermore, I was unable to apply them evenly, because they stuck to my fingers (or tweezers when I tried to use those), and once even a corner had stuck to the nail, I could not remove them for replacement without tearing them. (Do you see the flecks of gold on my thumb? Yeah, that’s pieces of sticker that I could not for the life of me get off again.) That left me with an uneven application and air bubbles that not even top coat could conceal.

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Lastly, the thing with stickers is that – even if you can apply them without being able to see the transparent film – they peel INSALE quick. A couple of hours were all these lasted me, even though I was careful to seal all edges with top coat.

Also, can you see how they lose their color around the edges? Yeah, that happened when I applied the top coat.

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I think, I am done with stickers. The end result is just not what you want it to be, and the application is not as easy as hoped.

Silver and Marble

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After some practice, I’ve really grown to love water decals. I didn’t find them too easy to use at first, but now that I’ve gotten good at using them, I love how quickly they can spruce up a manicure for a very little cost.

For this manicure, I used this sheet from Born Pretty Store, and I guarantee that you will see more manis with this sheet, because there are so many images, and I really love the simplicity of the images.

I messed around with making diy decals on my nail art mat and attempted doing marble nails this way, but I still think I prefer Continue reading

Holographic Foil Nails

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This review has kinda been in the pipeline for a long time. I received these sheets of holographic foils, which I thought looked super awesome! You get 16 different kinds of foils for under $2 – granted, the sheets are not that big, but it’s a nice option if you have trouble deciding on a design.

The reason why this has been long underway, is that the website says that you can apply it over nail polish, and it will stick just fine. I tried that, and it. did. not. work. I was prepared to give this a very negative review, but then – by chance – I saw a YouTube tutorial on how to apply foil where they used nail foil glue. Once I bought a bottle of that, I was able to get it to transfer.

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The sheets where folded in half, meaning that the transferable parts stuck together, and when I went to peel them from each other, some parts of the design didn’t come off. That was kinda annoying since that meant I couldn’t get a crisp design.

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When I actually tried out the foils, I discovered I needn’t have bothered getting annoyed about that, because it was nearly impossible to transfer the design perfectly anyway. I was left with this distressed look instead. I don’t know how I feel about that, maybe it was because I was expecting something else?

Well, doing the same design on both hands when you have 16 different to choose from was boring, so I did another one on my right hand. This stuck even more together and thus the result was even more distressed, and I don’t really like this design.

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Overall, I have mixed feelings. First, why wasn’t I informed that I needed to buy nail foil glue? It could have saved me the additional shipping time. Second, the packaging was not optimal because the sheets stuck together. Third, the transfer wasn’t as crisp as expected, but if you go into this wanting a distressed look, then you’ll like this. Fourth and final, this is under $2 so what can you really expect? This could work nicely as an accent nail, maybe?

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Sideways Gradient and Roses

Exam season is upon me once again. Even though this is my 8th exam season since starting university, it just never gets easy or fun. Leave it to the procrastinator to leave things to the last minute when I could have started months ago -.- .. Maybe I’ll learn some day.

Anyway, summer is here (hence the procrastination and spending time outside instead of locked up with my computer). My nail art still lingers a little bit in spring in terms of color selection. Here is a soft pastel sideways gradient plus roses mani.

Polishes used:

  • H&M – Pink
  • Essie – Virgin Snow
  • Essie – Peak Show
  • China Glaze – Material Girl

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NOTD: Blue Aztec

Sometimes, I want something on my nails that may be intricate – because I’m not very good at keeping things simple – but not necessarily something that screams ‘look at me!’ That’s what I tried to achieve here with the color selection. The pattern was inspired by bed sheets we sell where I work, which has an aztec print on it, and after having mailed A LOT of those recently, I took my inspiration from Continue reading