2 Sticker Manis: Cats, Chevrons, & Gingerbread Men

Normally I’m not a fan of stickers or decals because I find they don’t stick well, and end up peeling off the nail. But lately I’ve been seeing so many cute designs that I bought a few and decided to give them a try.

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For the above design, I used Scratch & Sniff Nail Wraps (Watermelon) that I bought from my local pharmacy. These come with 12 nail wraps of varying sizes and designs. I was able to do both my hands, but had to adjust some of the wraps with scissors. They were easy to apply, though as you can see, they’re not perfect. In pressing them down I got some tears I tried to fix with nail polish. When I first applied them I noticed a light floral scent (not really like watermelon, but still nice), but that went away once I top coated them. The instructions don’t say to top coat, but I like to anyway to avoid chipping and wrinkling. For the $2 I paid for these I’d say they’re pretty good!

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I did these about two weeks ago, but couldn’t upload them sooner because I had misplaced my camera cable. Sorry for the bad lighting, but I didn’t take any more because I removed them right away! I bought the cat stickers at Five Below (they’re just called Crazy Cats Nail Stickers – I’m pretty sure they’re from the same brand as the nail wraps above) and I love them. But they just weren’t properly sticking to my nails. I used Sparitual Magnify as a base color, and waited until it was nearly dry before applying them. At first they would stick, but then in a few seconds the edges would pull up. I really hate how that looks especially since they catch on everything. It was kind of a bummer since they’re super cute. I still have a lot left (comes with 1 sheet), so maybe I’ll try again at some point. Here’s a link for them, though mine have slightly different packaging.

EDIT – I just noticed on their website that they advise sticking them over wet polish, but the instructions that came with the one I bought say to apply over dry polish, and then to top coat. I’ll have to try them on wet polish to see if they stick better.

Have any of you used stickers like these before? How did you get them to stick to the nails properly?

Easter 2015 Nail Art

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I’m a bit late with this post, but I’ve been really busy and haven’t had much of a chance to upload my nails. For Easter nails I tend to do more pastel designs, but this time I wanted to do a design that was bright and more cartoon-ish. I think the bunny turned out super cute and I love the big egg on the middle nail. I kind of messed up on the yellow nail egg pattern and had to fix it with some white polish, which unfortunately looks really obvious, but I’m still proud of it!

Sparitual Dreamsicle
Kleancolor Neon Yellow
ORLY Pink Waterfall
KISS Nail Art Soft Blue
Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven, Sour Grapes
Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink
Sally Hansen Nail Art White

Spring Purple Glitter Nails

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Purple is one of my favorite colors as well as one I associate with Spring (which is thankfully here!). I wanted to keep these pretty simple, but still fun, so I added the glitter. I used two purple polishes, both from Milani: Vivid Violet, and Hi-Res, an amazing holographic purple. You can’t tell much from these photos, but in direct light it’s very obvious. For the glitter, I first applied a diagonal stripe with Art Club Nail Art Fine Silver then topped it using KISS Nail Art Rock Star.

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Pretty Little Liars Nail Art

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Who else is excited for Big A’s reveal in the Pretty Little Liars season finale? I know it’s still a week away, but I hope we’ll be getting some major hints in tonight’s episode! I’m so excited I decided to paint my nails for the occasion. I’m really happy with these and love how they turned out.

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For base colors, I used Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme and Revlon Parfumerie Spun Sugar, which does smell slightly sweet. For my pinky and the blood around the A, I applied Ciaté Mistress. As accents, I used Sephora by OPI Just a Little Dangerous, a deep violet, and Art Club Nail Art Fine Gold. To get the purple stripes to show over the black, I first drew them in white, then painted over them. By the way, excuse my thumb nail, it cracked and I had to cut it short.

Who do you think A is? My bet is that one of the girls has a twin – I’m thinking Spencer, but really, it could be anyone.

St. Patrick’s Day 2015: Two Nail Art Designs

I always have a hard time coming up with St. Patrick’s Day designs. I wanted to do something different from what I’ve done in the past, but I don’t think that really worked out.

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For this nail art, I began with curved white tips, then topped them with a few layers of Sinful Colors Pacific Ocean, a semi sheer blue-green duochrome. Originally, I wanted to create a gradient, but liked how the green tips looked. For the clovers, I applied a layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold and then Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven on top.

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I prefer this design over the other one – I like how the clover pattern turned out. I first applied two coats of Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast A Latte Love, a color I got recently and love! It’s a milky cream with a tiny hint of lilac. The regular clovers are Sinful Colors Open Seas, and for the accent clovers I used the same polish as in my other nail art: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold.

Spring Yellow & Green Color Blocked Nails

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I’m so glad the snow is finally melting where I live – it was nice for a while, but Spring can’t come soon enough. In anticipation of the warmer weather, I decided to break out my greens and yellows (colors I love but don’t use enough) for a more lively look.

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I went with Sally Girl Canary and Ciaté Apple & Custard. The green applied well, but I had to do a couple extra coats of the yellow because my bottle is almost empty and half dried out. I got some slight bubbling and it took forever to dry, but I really like it. I free-handed the white lines with a striping polish.

Nail It! Magazine Cover Inspired Nails

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When I saw the cover for the latest issue of Nail It! I instantly fell in love with the nail art (you can kind of see it in the background of the photos). The original design is by Ashley Craig, and the magazine includes several of her amazing rock-inspired nail art looks. I really wanted to recreate it but in a greenish/blue color scheme.

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I began by applying a coat of Sparitual Emerald City, a semi-sheer teal polish. I wanted the nails to be less opaque in certain areas to give the impression of layers, like in Ashley’s original design. Using Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink, I then drew the curvy lines across the nails, trying to keep them “natural” looking. Finally, I added Hard Candy Emerald’s Eve, a super dense green and gold hex glitter in some of the sections. I love it! The original has bunches of Mylar as accents, but since I didn’t have that and didn’t want to use rhinestones, I just decided to leave it as is.

Maybelline – Blue Blowout

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Love this color! 1-2 coats, no topcoat. There are some bare spots on the thumb because the polish dries quickly and the brush dragged some of it. It turned out best when I applied it in quick strokes.

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esNAIL Inspired: Gold Gradient Nails with Rhinestones

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I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do with my nails, so I was browsing for some nail art to recreate when I saw these esNAIL silver gradient nails. I love how smooth the gradient looks, and the glitter they used on the tips. I decided to do a gold version since I haven’t done a gold gradient in a while. I didn’t use a sponge as I blended the colors with the nail polish brushes. I used several different gold toned glitters, and they helped to blend as well. Finally I added some AB rhinestones (though they just look clear in the photos), yellow and orange rhinestones, and a few yellow caviar beads, which unfortunately fell off by the time I took the pictures :-/ I’m really happy with these overall though!

Fresh Paint Steampunk
Maybelline Bold Gold
Finger Paints Key To My Art
China Glaze 5 Golden Rings
Sinful Colors All About You
Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure
Sephora by OPI The Golden Age

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Valentine’s Day 2015: Cutout Hearts Nail Art

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I have to say I’m disappointed in these nails. The design was great in my head, but it didn’t transfer well to reality. The base color is Wet ‘n’ Wild Under Your Spell, a deep shimmering red I was surprised to find is a bit sheer. It built up easily with a couple of coats, but it doesn’t give the same effect as in the bottle. The gold glitter on the tips and around the hearts is Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me Top Coat. To make the hearts, I waited for the base color to become tacky, then took a pointed Q-tip soaked in acetone to remove the polish leaving a heart shape. I filled in those areas with Milani Creme Brulee, a semi-sheer cream. Part of me likes how the hearts turned out, but the other part just doesn’t like how it all looks.