Steampunk Nail Art and Review of Dimension Nails Notorious Stickers

I had my gears turning trying to come up with some nail art that would go with some 3D stickers that I got from Dimension Nails recently.

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3D nail art stickers from Dimension Nails in Gum Drop, Tsunami, and Notorious.

These stickers are made of foam and have adhesive on the bottom flat edge so that you can apply them to your nails without having to use glue.  They come pre-sliced into thin strips as shown, and you can choose to paint them before or after application.  If you’re feeling creative, you can cut the stickers to make different shapes and glue them to your nails in a manner other than the kind pictured on the box.

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Designs pictured from top to bottom: Tsunami, Gum Drop, and Notorious.

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My shipment also came with instruction cards and a Nail Art Cutter.

The ridges of Notorious spoke to me, so I decided to make some steampunk themed nails with gears.  Stay tuned to see how I turned the stickers into cogs!

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I used a brushed metal color palette for this manicure. From left to right: Iconic from Formula X for Sephora, Torque from Formula X for Sephora, Number One Nemesis from OPI, and Konad Special Nail Polish in Black.

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I painted all my nails with Torque, which has a gorgeous flat metallic finish.

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I used Harunouta plate L004 for the gears.

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Stamping was achieved with Konad Special Nail Polish in Black, and a matte top coat from Sephora by OPI was applied over it to keep things looking industrial.

The gears were a bit of a pain to make.  I cut the foam at the peak of the design on the left and right sides of a strip and applied nail glue to connect the ends together.  My bottle of fast dry nail glue dried out, so I used Kiss Nail Art Glue and a pinching tool to hold the shape in place until it dried.  After realizing that my first gear would be rather large compared to my nail, I tried making two other smaller sized ones, but I found that the smaller the gear was, the harder it was to glue together because the shape wouldn’t hold.

In any case, I painted the inside ring of each cog with Number One Nemesis and the rest of the gear with Iconic.  It should be noted that I painted directly over the adhesive backing, so don’t worry about trying to get all the sticky stuff off first if you’re not using the product conventionally.

When the polish was dry on the gears, I attached them to my nails with Kiss Nail Art Glue, making sure to align them so that they locked into place.  I decided to not use the smallest gear that I made because I wanted the stamped gears to show through more, and I didn’t think I did a good job gluing it together.

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Almost looks like these gears can turn and do something- how cool is that?

The 3D stickers are also so lightweight, you’ll hardly notice that they’re there.  They stay in place surprisingly well!

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Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

Overall, the stickers from Dimension Nails were fun to use and allowed me to be more creative in trying to come up with a design.  I already have an idea for what I want to do next with them!  What would you create?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy polishing!

 

Coral and White Striped Mani

Welcome to the hot days of summer!  One of my favorite warm weather color combos is coral and white, so I wanted to do a fun little manicure with that palette.

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Polishes used from left to right: Sweet Daisy by Nicole by OPI, Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in #4 and #8, Planks A Lot from OPI, and Meet Me At the Disco by Sephora by OPI.

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I began by painting all my nails with Sweet Daisy.

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Using plate Qgirl-046 from Ya Qin An and white stamping polish, I applied the striped pattern pictured on the right side of the plate to my nails. For the horizontal stripes, I only used the bottom half of the striped pattern and tilted my stamper accordingly.

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I did some reverse stamping using the flowers from Qgirl-046 and some purple polishes. To make it look more sparkly, I applied Meet Me At the Disco to the image first before coloring it in with lavender polish.

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I stamped the flowers directly onto my nails, and after applying Seche Vite top coat, I applied a drop of Kiss Nail Art Glue and added a rhinestone to the center of each flower.

It’s a very simple manicure, but it screams summertime!  If you don’t have the plate, you can opt to handpaint the lines with a striping brush or use some striping tape.  I’m sure the results will look just as fabulous.

Happy polishing!

Elegant Purple and White Mani

After so many fun hand painted manicures, I felt like stamping something elegant.  I was still pretty strapped for time, so after my last manicure peeled off unexpectedly, I needed to whip something together in a hurry.

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I started by painting my nails with this shimmery purple/blue chameleon polish MS03 from Ators.

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I used plate BPL-007 from Born Pretty Store to do the stamping. For this mani, I used the design in the top row, 2nd from the left for my middle two nails and thumb and part of the design from the middle row, 2nd from the left for my index finger and pinky.

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I used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #4 (white) and a clear stamper to transfer my selected designs. For the index finger and pinky, I isolated the 3 leaves from the rest of the pattern by stamping the whole image first and removing the excess parts with a piece of Scotch tape.

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I glued a few rhinestones to the bottom center of the patterns to finish the look.

The ironic thing is that this Ators polish is water based and a peel off polish, so this design also started falling off in under 2 days!

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I got some souvenirs from this manicure!

I should have just used a regular purple polish, but it’s onto the next mani for me!

Happy polishing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elegant Blue Manicure

People always associate spring with pastel colors, but this beautiful blue really appealed to me, especially because it has been raining quite a bit over the last few days.  I drew my inspiration from my color palette for this manicure.

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Mood in blue. From left to right: Fathom by Formula X for Sephora, #19 from Ya Qin An, and Evolve by Divergent.

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I started by painting all my nails with Fathom.

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I added an iridescent sheen to the base color with a coat of Evolve.

I stamped on a pretty filigree border vertically on my index and ring fingers using a design from plate BP-35 from Born Pretty Store.

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I used the topmost design in the lower left hand quadrant of this plate.

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A very easy and simple manicure by itself, and yes, I intentionally did not stamp the border in the same place on both nails.

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I finished by gluing a few pearl rhinestones haphazardly to my other fingers with Kiss Nail Art Glue.

I think the look is very pretty and understated for the season.  I do hope we start getting warmer temperatures again soon, though!

Happy polishing!

Mermaid Inspired Nails

I know it’s a little early to be thinking of the beach, but I know a few people who recently went on vacation to Florida and Barbados, and I couldn’t help but be jealous.  The closest I’m getting to any sand these days is on my fingertips!

I also wanted to take advantage of these beautiful holographic vinyl stickers I got from Born Pretty Store.  They have a fish scale design, so I instantly thought of doing a mermaid themed design.

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These sticker templates are pretty even on their own. They are pattern JV203 by Tiebeauty.

As for the color palette, I tried to use glittery gold to represent sand and shimmery teal green and blue for the scales.

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From left to right: Glitz by Formula X, Cuckoo for this Color by OPI, Keep Me On My Mistletoes by Sephora by OPI, and Shay by Julep

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I started out by painting my middle two fingers with Cuckoo for this Color and my other nails with Glitz.

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To help aid with clean up of the gradient, I applied some liquid tape from Born Pretty to the skin around the teal nails.

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After making sure the polish was completely dry, I applied one of the vinyl stickers to my nail.

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For the gradient, I dabbed Keep Me On My Mistletoes and Shay onto a plastic bag and applied the combination onto my nail with a sponge.

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Keep sponging the mixture from the bag onto the nail until a nice gradient effect is achieved.

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After removing the sticker, you can see some parts are not perfect. I cleaned up excess polish by tracing the scale outline with an orange stick and filling in any gaps with the appropriate color.

I repeated the process with my ring finger.  To finish off the design, I added a few pearl studs, securing them with Kiss Nail Art Glue.

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She sells sea shells by the seashore.

Hope you’re enjoying the wonderful weather we’ve been having lately!  In no time, it will be summer.  Happy polishing!

Audrey Hepburn/Breakfast At Tiffany’s Inspired Nails

I have been hanging onto these Audrey Hepburn water decals for the longest time now, so I wanted to finally use them in a manicure.

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YE-261 water decals from Born Pretty Store.

This manicure is so simple to do once you have the decals.  I started out by picking out which ones I wanted to use and cut around my selections with a small pair of scissors.

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My left hand and right hand decal choices. The words have some typos (“beauliful” and “Angd an eaeth” should read “beautiful” and “Angel on earth”), but no one really notices that they are misspelled unless they look closely.

I also prepared a small container of water in which I could soak the decals later.

For the polish colors, I wanted white nails for the decals and black nails for contrast.

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Left: Johnny by Julep. Right: Alpine Snow by OPI.

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Does anyone else feel like playing Othello after seeing this?

I worked with the decals one at a time, first soaking the decal in water for about 10 seconds before sliding it off the paper backing, applying it to my nail, and blotting it dry with a napkin.

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Underwater Audrey.

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The decal can float on the surface of the water after you slide it off the paper backing.

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The final decal layout.

I wanted to add some pearl studs to liven up the black nails.  After all, Holly Golightly wears quite an impressive pearl necklace along with her iconic black dress.

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Pearl rhinestone decoration wheel from Born Pretty Store.

I opted to use two different sizes of pearls to mimic the necklace, so I placed a larger sized pearl in the center of my nail and flanked each side with a smaller pearl.  I used Kiss Nail Art Glue to secure the beads.

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The finished look. Of course I made sure that Audrey had her tiara on for her closeup.

I know using water decals is kind of cheating for a nail artist, but I really loved the artwork and couldn’t resist buying these.  I don’t think I’ve used water decals since I was in junior high (trust me, that was quite a long time ago), so it was great to see how much more advanced the artwork has become.

In any case, classy ladies will love this manicure, and if you have any friends who are fans of Breakfast At Tiffany’s, these decals make a great gift.  Using code RSSPX31 will save you 10% off any regular priced items in your order from Born Pretty Store.  Happy polishing!

Wintery Bridal Nails

Blame it on the exceptionally warm winter weather that we’ve been having, but I’ve been dreaming of a frosty winter wedding theme: silver and white and sparkly.

This manicure only requires two polishes, a stamping plate, and some rhinestones.

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The stamping will be done with plate BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store. I used the design in the lower right hand corner, but you could use any lace pattern and still get a beautiful result.

I wanted a low contrast look, so I picked a glittery silver stamping polish to go over a pearl white base.

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Konad Special Nail Polish in Silver and mayfair by nails inc.

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Show us your pearly whites: mayfair by nails inc.

I used a squishy stamper and the silver nail polish to transfer the pattern from BPL-028 over to my nails.  I tried to line up the center of the design with the middle of my cuticle so that the circle would be in the same position on each nail.

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This metallic lace pattern could pass for snowflake crystals.

After adding topcoat, I used Kiss Nail Art Glue to secure a rhinestone to the base of each nail.

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All finished! I added a tiara ring for some extra bling.

If you don’t like the bling and would rather have a more subtle look, pearl studs would also work nicely in place of the rhinestones.

Whether you’re getting married or just want a wintry look for the season, this mani will get you in the mood.  Happy polishing!