Showing posts with label rhinestones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rhinestones. Show all posts

20 September 2014

Born Pretty Store Review: Iridescent Acrylic Rhinestones

Hi everyone! I received some new products as a gift from the Born Pretty Store (sort of a thank you present from my rep), including a set of clear acrylic rhinestones. I ended up using them for some simple nail art, so I thought I'd do a review for you!

In addition to having some product photographs, I also compare them to a previous set that I reviewed. I think both sets are nice but there are definite differences between the two.

27 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Five, Blue: Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

Hi everyone! The nail art I did for day five of the 31 Day Challenge was inspired not by wanting to represent something, but rather by a polish in my collection. Blue is by far my favourite colour, and I have no shortage of blues in my collection, but when I was thinking about today's challenge, one in particular stood out in my mind.

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

About this design: What inspired this design was both the beautiful colour of Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise, and the idea of sunrises in general. When I think about sunrises, I think of gradients. My goal was not to depict a literal sunrise, but rather to do some beautiful gradients that evoked changes in light and colour.

Gradients with Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

To get this look: I started with a base of Arctic Sunrise - a sheer baby blue with a gorgeous pink and iridescent shimmer. I needed three coats for (almost) full coverage, so if wearing this as a stand alone mani, you might want to wear it over a base colour.

Gradients with Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

On my ring finger, using a makeup sponge, I did a gradient using several colours from the Zoya Irresistible collection: Bobbi (magenta foil), Amy (orange foil), and Hazel (blue foil). The foils don't allow for the smoothest gradient, but they do create an interesting effect.

Gradients with Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

On my other nails I did a glitter gradient using China Glaze Liquid Chrystal - a stunning glitter bomb with lots of silver micro-glitter and tiny silver and multicolour hexes. On my middle finger I added a few flat-backed crystals. I use a dab of top coat to fix them, and then seal them with a generous layer of top coat.

Gradients with Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

I really love the combination of gradients in this one. And the light reflecting off the base polish, the foils, crystals, and the glitter is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to seeing how this looks when the sun rises - which is soon if I don't go to sleep!

What do you think of this design? Do you like gradients or not so much?

24 April 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 1: Lust

Hi everyone! A quick announcement before I jump into today's post. My first giveaway has officially closed and I've emailed the winners. I'm still waiting to hear back from one, so if your name is Rachael J. make sure to check your email (and spam folder). I also wanted to thank everyone for all the support. And if you're disappointed about not winning, don't worry, I'm sure it won't be my last giveaway! ;)

Image courtesy of Dahlig at

About today's design - I'm participating in a challenge called the 'Seven Deadly Sins', which was put together by Alice of One Nail To Rule Them All, and Helena of Nail Wish. There's so many talented ladies participating so make sure to check the links at the bottom of this post. Every week has a different sin as the theme, with two challenges each week. I will be doing my best to complete both of them.

Lace and rhinestones nail art

The theme for this week is Lust, and today's challenge reads as follows: Day 1 - Be a bad girl and make something you have wanted to do soo badly.

Lace and rhinestones nail art

Lace and rhinestones nail art

Well I have wanted to do lace nails for awhile, and I have *really* been dying to do a glitter/rhinestone gradient, so combining the two seemed natural. It also was an opportunity to use some new rhinestones I picked up over the weekend. 

Lace and rhinestones nail art

I started with OPI My Vampire is Buff as my base, then did a coat of Pahlish Coney Island Queen. The lace was painted freehand with Cult Nails Fetish. On my accent nail I dabbed some Hare Own Your Opulence on the tips creating a gradient. Then I used my base coat to glue on the rhinestones. 

Lace and rhinestones nail art

I feel pretty good about this design. I'm very happy with the lace on my middle finger, but I wish my index and pinky fingers turned out better. The rhinestones will take some getting used to. Overall though, I like how this is in keeping with the 'Lust' theme. 

What do you think of this? 

21 March 2013

Born Pretty Store Review: Rhinestone Skittle Manicure

Hi everyone! I received two more goodies from the Born Pretty Store, one of which was a set of round clear rhinestones. Since rhinestones are a new thing for me, I had a hard time figuring out a design that still felt like "me". And after my first failed attempt that I mentioned on Monday, I didn't want to take too many risks. So I came up with this pastel / springtime skittle manicure that feels a bit similar to the pastel skittle manicure I did last week.

Rhinestone skittle manicure

About this design: I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff and Nicole by OPI Purple Yourself Together. I know I use MViB a lot, but it's now officially my go-to polish for nail art - I love it! I also wanted to try my new Lynnderella Crocus Pocus, which I used on my pinky, index and thumb. Crocus Pocus might be my new favourite Lynnderella. It has a beautiful mixture of metallic and neon glitter in a variety of shapes: hexes, squares, flowers, moons, and stars. The colours are predominantly lavender, purple, fuchsia, blue and white. And to top it off, there's a gorgeous iridescent shimmer! On my ring finger I painted a small crocus with Nubar Into the Wild, OPI OPI...Eurso Euro, and Purple Yourself Together. I'm trying out a new detail brush so I didn't want to go crazy with the freehand painting.

Rhinestone skittle manicure

Rhinestone skittle manicure

About the set: This is a set of round, clear, faceted rhinestones made out of acrylic. There's three sizes - 1.5mm, 2mm, and 3mm - with each one filling four slots of the storage wheel (there's 12 sections in a wheel). I don't know how many are in the set, but as you can see from the photo there's a generous helping in each slot, so perhaps a few hundred. I like that it comes with three sizes of rhinestones, which allows for some variations in your designs. I don't have anything bad to say about these, it's a good set and the rhinestones are fun to use.

Born Pretty Store three sizes rhinestone set

Applying rhinestones: Instructions I got off the Internet call for you to apply some nail glue, place your rhinestones, seal with a bit more nail glue, then finish with top coat. I'm trying to avoid nail glue since it's a PITA to remove, so I used base coat instead of nail glue. A top coat would work as well. I'm only sort of happy with this method, they are fixed well, but I can see some imperfections and bubbles around the rhinestones. So I'll continue to experiment and get back to you.

Rhinestone skittle manicure

The set is called "3 sizes round rhinestone nail art glitter decoration" but you can find the link to the product here. It's pretty affordable, and you can use my coupon code MSL91 and get 10% off. Full disclosure: I do not get compensated if you use the coupon code, but if enough people use it, the Born Pretty Store will sponsor a giveaway on my site.

What do you think of this? Have you used rhinestones in nail art before?

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*
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