Mermaid Nails

Summer is pretty much right around the corner at this point, and the temperatures have definitely been rising in the city! It’s been making me crave a beach day, or at least some mermaid nails!

I started by painting my nails with a black soak off gel polish from Born Pretty. I applied and cured 2 coats of color and followed it up with a layer of Clavuz no wipe gel top coat. Each layer was cured for 60 seconds in a 48W UV/LED lamp, and then a blend of teal and green chrome powders from iMethod Beauty was applied with a sponge applicator and sealed in with another layer of gel top coat.

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I applied teal chrome powder to the tips of my nails and green chrome powder to the rest of the area in order to create this gradient effect.

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Shattered Mirror Nails

Not too long ago, I dropped my phone and cracked the screen for the first time ever! It’s limited to only 2 corners, so it doesn’t really get in the way, but for a perfectionist like me, it’s annoying! I’m due for a new phone upgrade anyway, so maybe it’s a sign… In any case, it inspired the creation of this shattered mirror nail art.

I began by painting all my nails with black gel polish. Because I knew I was going to apply chrome powder over my base, I didn’t mind using one of my lower quality gel polishes to do the job. This black gel polish in color 01 from Born Pretty’s Solid Color Series was the very first gel polish I owned and was part of their silver chrome starter kit. My, how far we’ve come since then! Now I know not to wipe off the tacky layer between coats of color and to use a good gel base coat with it! This shade still left much to be desired in terms of coverage as 2 thin coats still wasn’t very opaque, but like I said, I wasn’t picky about it because I knew I was topping it with a chrome powder.

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Each coat cured for 60 seconds in a 48W UV/LED lamp.

I then applied and cured a coat of Clavuz No Wipe Top Coat prior to applying a silver chrome powder from IMethod Beauty over it with a sponge applicator. The results are super shiny and reflective, and you can’t tell that the black polish underneath it had uneven coverage.

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Another layer of Clavuz No Wipe Top Coat was applied over the powder to seal it into place.

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Christmas Plaid Nails

I guess you might say I’m trying to make up for lost time this month by doing all my Christmas manicures after Christmas. Oops! Even though all the gifts have been unwrapped, I still feel the spirit of Christmas in me.

Today’s manicure doesn’t scream Christmas. It speaks to those who prefer to keep it classy and understated, but it definitely has fall/winter vibes.

The inspiration for the green, white, and gold color combo for this look started with this gorgeous holographic peacock powder in color J2952-1A from Beauty Big Bang. It is a multichrome pigment with holo powder added to it to give it extra kick.

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This container is a little bit larger than the size of a sample container from Sephora.

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Inside is this lovely shimmery dark green pigment powder, color J2952-1A.

In order to use the powder, you must apply it over gel top coat in order to get a perfectly smooth finish. I never have luck with my black gel polish, so I prefer to use regular black polish (What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI), wait for it to dry, then apply a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat over it. I cure this for one minute before proceeding to the next step.

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Pictured here are 2 coats of What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI with one layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat.

The peacock powder then gets rubbed onto the cured gel top coat with an eyeshadow applicator, and another layer of gel top coat is applied and cured.

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The black polish gets transformed into this beautiful green chrome color with a holographic effect.

The plaid can be done either freehand or with stamping. I’ve been dying to try out this plate from Clear Jelly Stamper for a long time, so you can guess which way I did mine! You can layer the patterns with different colors to create your own unique plaid look. Continue reading

Globe Trotter Travel Nails

I have some serious travel envy after seeing people’s vacation pictures online! Meanwhile I’m stuck in NYC painting my nails. So what’s a girl to do? Make some appropriate nail art!

I started out by painting all my nails black because I planned to use a chrome nail powder on top of this to create that gorgeous blue background you see in the featured image.

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Seems like I’ve been using What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI a whole lot lately!

After letting the polish dry, I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat to my nails and cured it under a lamp for 30 seconds. The chrome powder was applied with a sponge applicator onto the top coat layer, and I sealed in the powder with another layer of gel top coat and followed up by curing this layer for about a minute.

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Born Pretty chrome powder in color 3 has a royal blue tint with purple undertones when it is applied over black polish even though it looks like an iridescent white in the container.

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Review of Born Pretty Store Iridescent Chrome Powder #585

Have you jumped on the chrome powder bandwagon yet?  It’s so easy to fall in love with these powders, and they’re so affordable, too!

Today’s review is on an iridescent chrome powder from Born Pretty Store in color 585.  In all honesty, I couldn’t remember which color I ordered, so when I saw this beauty in the packaging, I thought it was for white iridescent nails.  More on this in a bit.

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Approximately one gram of Born Pretty Store chrome powder #585 is contained in a cute small plastic faceted jar with a Styrofoam seal covering the opening to prevent leakage. It also comes with a small sponge tip applicator and a holographic Ziploc bag.

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Open the jar and you will find the prettiest iridescent snow powder inside.

This powder consists of super fine glitter particles that change colors in the light.  It basically looks white in color with hints of pink, purple, and green.  It is ultra sparkly and really beautiful.

If you’ve used the classic silver chrome powder before, you’ll know that this powder works best with a gel top coat, so this is what I used to try out the product.

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After applying and curing a gel top coat over white polish, I applied some of the powder to my index finger. The color is iridescent and sparkly and apparently hard to photograph well.

The best part about these powders is that you don’t need to use a lot to get the effect to show.  I rubbed in a tiny bit of the powder with the sponge applicator from the kit, and the effect was instantaneous.

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Pearly white nails.

There is a bit of a mirror effect with this powder, as you can see in the photo below.

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Shot in natural sunlight outdoors, you can see the iridescent color shift more clearly.

My one critique is that some of the glitter particles in the powder don’t totally disappear into the gel top coat, so you do not get a totally smooth and uniform color effect.  I have heard that the best results happen when you apply the powder while your nails are still warm from the lamp light, but I do think that some of the glitter is on the chunky side.  No one will notice this though because your nails will look so chic!

It wasn’t until after I checked the link for the product on the website (listed at the end of this post) that I realized that the effect of the powder was to turn your nails into a chrome green color, which made sense because the other powders suggest that you use them over black polish.  I still maintain that the pearlescent white from my first try is a beautiful way to use the product.

Over black polish and a cured gel top coat, the powder turns a deep hunter green.

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The same #585 powder applied over black nail polish and a cured gel top coat.

The mirror effect is even more pronounced over the black base, and there is more of a gold to dark green color shift.  It’s amazing how the same powder can look completely different!

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I stamped on an accent nail with some gold polish to complement the pigment’s multichrome undertones.

The only other materials you need to get these nails are the powder, a curing lamp, and a gel top coat.  If you already do your own gel nails, you’re on your way to having some stunning nails with not much effort needed.  If you need a lamp, you can buy one from Born Pretty along with the powder.  Shipping from them is always free.  Try it out and see how amazing this product works first hand!  I guarantee that people will notice your nails.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this chrome pigment and top coat set (retail price is $7.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

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Blue-Green Fall Multi-Chrome Mani

After I did my iridescent nails, a few things occurred to me.

  1. I can’t commit to gel nails.  I got sick of having the same manicure for so long without having an excuse to change up my polish.  On the other hand, it was nice having a chip-free week!
  2. Gel polish removal sucks.
  3. The iridescent powder that I used was actually a chrome pigment that was meant to be used over black polish!  I still loved the pearl finish.

In any case, I had to see what the powder looked like over a black base, so that was my inspiration for this week.  I used a peel off base coat this time so I wouldn’t have to deal with that horrible gel removal process though!

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I started out by painting all my nails with Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora. I only needed one coat for full coverage.

After applying a gel top coat and curing it (I used Born Pretty Store Soak-off Gel), I rubbed in the chrome pigment with a sponge applicator.

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Still looks like an iridescent powder to me, but just wait until you see it over the black polish!

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A totally different look! This pigment has a mirror finish and shifts from dark green to gold to teal blue in the light.

I applied another layer of gel top coat to seal in the pigment and cured it.

Because of the gold tinge in the chrome finish, I decided to use gold polish from Ya Qin An to do some stamping with Harunouta Plate 10.

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Patterns upon patterns on Harunouta Plate 10.

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Originally I went with the plaid pattern, but I felt like it covered up too much of the lovely chrome finish, so I ended up taking it off right away. A huge benefit to using gel is that you don’t have to redo your base color if you didn’t like what you stamped.

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I switched it to the design from the center of the plate and made it a single accent nail instead.

Notice that you can see my blond hair reflected in the finish of the polish.  It has the same mirror effect as the silver and gold chrome mirror pigments but with a teal hue instead.  It’s definitely eye catching, and several people have told me that they loved the polish, so that makes it all worthwhile, right?

Happy fall and happy polishing!

Classy White Pearl Iridescent Gel Nails

Due to my very hands on side job, my nails have been a wreck lately.  Peeling, breaking, dry- just name it and it probably describes in what kind of condition my nails are.  I heard that gel polish can really help protect natural nails while they grow out, and although I never thought that I would take that plunge, I decided to do it anyway…  at least in part.

The big dilemma is that being a nail art blogger, it’s hard to commit to just one shade of polish for a long period of time.  When gel polish is applied correctly, the manicure can last for weeks, and that just doesn’t cut it in the nail art world!  As much as I would like to take a bit of a break, I feel compelled to try to produce something at least once a week.  So what’s a girl to do?

I thought that a white base would serve my purposes the best.  It intensifies whatever color you paint on top of it, so it was a pretty good trade off.  Plus I could try out one of my new chrome pigment powders on top of it to give it a pearly look.

With a good gel application, thorough preparation is key.  I began by lightly removing the shine from my natural nails by filing the surface with the coarse side of a buffing block.  After brushing away the dust, I put on a coat of Nail Tek Step One primer.  It is essentially alcohol with some additives, so you can also simply wipe your nails down with rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad.  Once the alcohol evaporated, I applied a thin coat of Structure base coat from Red Carpet Manicure and cured it under a light.

I made a jelly sandwich by using regular nail polish over the gel base and sealing it in with a gel top coat.  I own one gel polish color right now, but I have hundreds of bottles of regular nail polish, so it would be a shame not to use part of my extensive collection!  My white base this time was wild white ways by essence.

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This white polish was opaque in just two coats, and contrary to the name, you do not need a light to cure the polish.

Because I was using regular nail polish, I had to wait for a bit to make sure the polish dried fully before I applied gel top coat.  I used Born Pretty Store Soak-off Gel Polish top coat for this manicure.

After curing the top coat, I applied my magical shimmery fairy dust, otherwise known as Born Pretty Store Chrome Pigment #585, with a sponge applicator.

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Pretty iridescent magic in a jar!

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Whoever came up with the saying that you can’t wear white after Labor Day obviously never meant the iridescent kind!

I applied another layer of gel top coat over this and cured it.  This means that beautiful pearly white gets sealed in until I officially remove my gel polish!

These nails already look fit for a bride, but I jazzed it up with an accent nail by stamping a floral design from Harunouta plate L009 onto my ring finger.

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Any one of these patterns would look lovely over a white base, but I chose a bunch of flowers from the right side of the plate for this manicure.

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The stamping polish used is Konad Special Nail Polish in Flash Black.

To allow myself the ability to be able to change up my nails, I applied Seche Vite top coat over the stamped nail.  The next time I want to paint my nails, I can easily remove only the stamped portion without affecting the base color.  This is also a great hack for those who like to stamp because you can erase any bad transfer jobs by using regular nail polish remover with a cotton pad, and you won’t have to start over from scratch.

Photographing how beautiful these nails are was quite difficult as the color changes in different light settings, so I’m humoring you with a few different shots.

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Hope you enjoyed this look!  Happy polishing!