Stamped Fruit Nail Art

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I love fruit manis and I think this design came out really cute! Even though it’s been kind of rainy lately, this just reminds me of eating fruit on a hot summer day. The plate I used is number Y004 by Ya Qin An, and it has several fruit designs. I bought it off the Born Pretty Store website, and you can get it here. They’ve also got some nail art photos that use the plates if you want some ideas on how to use it.

I used mainly sheer colors to fill in the fruit so I wouldn’t cover up the black outline. But since I don’t have many sheer tint polishes, I ended up mixing a few to get the colors I wanted. Last minute I decided to add the little heart rhinestone as a cute detail so the grape nails wouldn’t look as empty.

Sparitual Dreamsicle
Sparitual Emerald City
Kleancolor Sheer Red
Ciaté Loop the Loop
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Black Heart
Pure Ice Super Star

2 Nail Art Designs Using Born Pretty Stamping Plates

I’m so excited because my Born Pretty stamping plates finally arrived this week! I don’t stamp often, so I only had a couple of older plates that just weren’t catching my eye anymore. I ordered these off the Born Pretty Store on Amazon.

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I didn’t use any polishes specifically meant for stamping, but I think the images transferred well. My nails are really curved, so I did have some issues with patchy areas. I think I just wasn’t rolling the stamper on properly since I didn’t have as much of a problem on my thumb nail which is flatter.

For the watercolor background, I applied nail polish on a piece of paper towel, scrunched it up, then dabbed that onto my nails, making sure I didn’t overdo it with a certain color or cover up all the white.

Pure Ice Super Star
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Black Heart
Sinful Colors Pull Over
Piggy Polish Blue-ming Romance
Sephora by OPI Personal Shopper
Sinful Colors Most Sinful

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This is the first one I did, when I was mainly just trying out the stamping plates. I’m not a huge fan of the color combination, but I think the design turned out nice. I love how the red bikinis look on top of the words.

Revlon Sassy
Sparitual Yes, I Can
Sinful Colors Most Sinful
Sephora by OPI Personal Shopper

Below is the plate I used. It has a nice mix of both full and accent images. Not only do I love the beachy/summer theme, but I see myself using all of it. I’ve passed on a lot of stamping plates in the past because there are always a few designs I don’t like, but that’s not the case with this one.

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This is my other favorite – the nesting dolls are so cute and I’m a sucker for sweater patterns. I think I’d use this one more during the holiday season.

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The plates all come with a blue protective cover that needs to be peeled off. The large rectangular plates also have a white backing attached to them. I’m not a fan of the backing because there ends up being more I have to clean later. Each plate (both large and small) also comes with a patterned slip cover for protection. Since the pattern doesn’t continue on the back, I wrote the themes on that side so that in the future I don’t have to pull them all out to find the one I want to use.

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My order also came with a pink organizer for the small round plates. I didn’t specifically order it, so I’m not sure if that’s always included or not, but it came in handy to store my other plates that don’t have covers. I can’t wait to try out all the different designs!

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Neiru Workshop “Redefine Fine Lines” 3

These are the last designs I did for the Neiru Workshop. I love geometric/tribal inspired nail art, so I was really happy this was a theme. All of the nails I created did take me quite a long time, and several tries, to complete but they’re my favorites out of all the ones I’ve done for this workshop.

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I’m so proud of this design, I love it! I had to do a lot of corrections with the white and black to thin out some sections, but thanks to the top coat that’s not too obvious. I did this design on both hands (though the right is nowhere near as neat) and I ended up splitting it between two days because it was so time consuming for me. The red polish is one of my favorites, Revlon Parfumerie China Flower. I could still smell the fragrance a couple of days after I painted them which was nice.

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Above are my three designs inspired by the theme. I like the first and second one the most since I’m not too happy with how the color combination looks on the third one. I was tempted to use tape to make the lines straight, but I didn’t want to “cheat” so I stuck to my liner brush. I’d like to eventually do a full set of nails with these designs, though maybe use them more as an accent.

navajodusk_step1The original design is called “Navajo Dusk,” and this is my recreation of it. The white part should be a bit smaller than what I did, but it ended up covering a lot of the nail. I should’ve done it over so the background could be more visible (especially since I spent a while layering colors), but you can see more of it in the middle, so that’s okay.

That was it for the workshop! With so much nail art to do it became stressing at times, but I’m really glad I was able to complete it. This makes me want to do more challenges, though preferably ones that are slightly less involved!

Part 1
Part 2

Spring Peach Floral Nail Art

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I know . . . another floral design, but they’re so easy to do! :) I’m never completely satisfied with how my petals turn out, but I didn’t have much difficulty with them this time around. The flowers are more abstract, which I like. I used Sinful Colors Cinderella, a light blue with pink shimmer, for the base color. That took about two coats, and it applied  thickly and unevenly. Even though I really like the color I don’t use it often because of the consistency. I’m not sure if it’s just my bottle or what – I’ll put some thinner in it and see what happens. Apart from white, I used  Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven for the leaves and Kiss Nail Art Soft Blue for the flower centers. The peach in the flowers is also from a Sinful Colors striper polish, but unfortunately the name was torn off when I bought it, so I don’t know what it’s called.

Neiru Workshop “Redefine Fine Lines” 2

The second section of the Neiru Workshop required creating designs with organic, vine-like lines. I really like this style of nail art and often do flowers, so it didn’t seem as difficult as the first one.

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Still, my lines didn’t come out as thin as I wanted them to look, but I’m happy with the result. I only used three colors for this one so I was able to do it pretty fast. I started with Finger Paints Scenery Greenery, then drew the heart parts with Sinful Colors Bamboo, the lighter bluish green. I was originally going to use a burgundy color, but it wasn’t showing up well against the deeper green. For the outlines I used my favorite metallic gold, Maybelline Bold Gold.

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Creating the three individual designs was really challenging for me. For some reason I had the hardest time coming up with ideas. I wanted them to be slightly similar to the original design we had to recreate (pictured below), but still have something unique. I went for different styles of gradient backgrounds on each nail, my favorites being the green and purple.

whimsyvinelines_step1I love the whimsical nature of the original nail design and tried to stay true to the theme while working on my own nails. This type of look is very delicate and reminiscent of Spring. I think these designs would look nice as accent nails too.

Next week, I’ll be posting the last part of the workshop! To see the first one, click here.

Purple and Green Leopard Print Nail Art

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I love how this design turned out! I hadn’t done leopard print in a while so it’s nice to see it on my nails again. I knew I wanted to do something involving a purple and bright green gradient, so I spent some time playing around with the colors and where I would use them in the print. I was originally going to use shades of purple and green to outline the marks, but it wasn’t showing up well with the background. I prefer the black anyway as it’s more of a contrast.

Wet ‘n’ Wild On a Trip
Sinful Colors Mauve
Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier
Kleancolor Neon Green
Sinful Colors Envy
Sinful Colors High Strung

Neiru Workshop “Redefine Fine Lines” 1

This month has been pretty hectic for me, but throughout it I’ve managed to find time to take part in another Neiru workshop. It’s finished now and I’m proud to say I got a cute certificate for my efforts :)

The workshop was split into three different sections, each featuring a nail design we had to recreate. We were also supposed to create three new designs inspired by it, and finally an entire five-nail design. Suffice to say, it was work!

This is my final design for the first section:

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My top coat caused major smudges, which surprised me because I hadn’t had smudging problems with it before. I also think the gray to white gradient in the background didn’t help matters since fixing mistakes was trickier. As you can see, not all of the lines are thin as I wanted some of the outer portions emphasized.

neiruworkshop1-2These are the three separate designs I came up with.

I’m really happy with the color combinations even though the majority of my lines are uneven. As you can tell, the first part of the workshop was all about curved lines and Pucci-inspired designs.

Curved lines in general are hard work for me, and when I have to focus on making them thin, it’s even more challenging. But, I think they turned out pretty well.

Sorry for all the smudges by the way! I’m looking for some new top coats so I can find one that won’t smudge, is fast drying, and affordable. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Finally, below is my (second) recreation of the original design. When I had finished all my nails and looked back at the first one I couldn’t upload it, it was just so bad >.< So I re-did it and I think this one is still not great, but it’s way better.

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Part 2
Part 3

Spring Floral Nail Art

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Sorry my posts have been a bit sporadic lately, but this past month has been hectic for me, so I’ve been trying to think of easy and quick designs to do. I only used the polish brushes for this nail art and a white striper for the outlines. To give the background a watercolor effect, I chose several colors of polish then wiped the brushes so only a little bit was left when I dabbed them on the nails.

Revlon Peachy
Revlon Sassy
Revlon Charming
Ciaté Hidden Gem
Ciaté Talent Scout
Fresh Paint Passion Fruit
Wet ‘n’ Wild French White Creme

I’ve recently started working on a new Neiru Challenge that I’m really excited about! It’s more involved than the last one I did, but I can’t wait to share the nails I’ve created :)

Sunday Comics Newspaper Nail Art

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Newspaper nails are so easy and fun, and using comic strips makes it even better. I love that these are both colorful and slightly faded so they don’t just look like regular nail wraps or stickers.

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I began with a white base, let that dry, then used 50% alcohol to transfer the paper strips. I messed up a few times and had to redo some nails because I kept shifting the cotton pad with the paper by mistake, resulting in blurry images. It was all worth it though, because I’m loving the end result! Would you do newspaper nails using comic strips? Which would you use?

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?