On these nails I used Gelish Olé My Way from the Fall 2017 Matadora collection, with mermaid pearl powder from Born Pretty on a couple of the nails. This deep blue color turned out beautifully in just two coats!
Unfortunately I can’t recommend the pearl powder, as I’ve tried it two times with different top coats and haven’t had good results. For these nails I used the inhibition layer to adhere the powder, then top coated with Top It Off from Gelish. When I didn’t get the result I wanted after the first coat, I cleaned the inhibition layer off the index finger nail and applied some OPI Top Coat. Once that dried I added another layer of powder.
This time around I also used one of the silicone nail art brushes from a five piece set that I ordered from Born Pretty to press in the powder. Even then I wasn’t satisfied with the finish – it still seemed uneven – and so I went back to using the applicator sponge provided with the kit for the second layer on the pinky nail. I can, however, recommend the silicone brush set. The brushes seemed like good quality for the price.
I’ve also found that Born Pretty now has an Amazon store. Buying from them through Amazon seems safer and slightly faster – rather than waiting 4-6 weeks like usual for order delivery, I waited only 25 days for the brushes to come in. Have you bought any items from Born Pretty through Amazon? What did you think?
For this design I used the following Gelish colors:
- Black Shadow – for the tips
- Fashion Week Chic
- Let’s Hit the Bunny Slopes
- Clean Slate – for the base
This design is done with Gelish From Rodeo to Rodeo Drive topped in an ombre style with Plum Tuckered Out. Both of these colors are from the Urban Cowgirl Collection.
I stamped using plate BPL003 from the Born Pretty Store, first with silver stamping polish, then black.
It’s been too long in between nail art posts! Here’s my last hurrah for winter-ish nail art:
The base color is Gelish Dancer, Prancer Cranberry Vixen, and the chevrons are Gelish With his Red So Bright, both from the Gelish Winter Reds 2013/2014 Collection. The charm is from the Born Pretty Store.
You can’t see it in the photo, but I used With his Red So Bright only on my thumbs, and it is a gorgeous, sparkly red. It would be perfect any time of year, not just winter!
This is Gelish Deep Sea, with Arabesque water decals and silver flat back studs from the Born Pretty Store.
Stay tuned for a review of these embellishments soon!
This snazzy combination is Gelish Let’s Hit the Bunny Slopes (gray) and Race You to the Bottom (teal). I love how the colors in each Gelish collection mesh well together, and these colors are no exception. The photo doesn’t do justice to Race You to the Bottom – it’s a stunner in person!
A couple months ago I submitted some nail art photos to Nail Art Gallery Magazine, and it was accepted and published in the September issue! Check out pages 13, 53, and 61.
If you aren’t already a subscriber, you can get a free subscription to this digital only magazine for nail art enthusiasts. It provides plenty of inspiration for nail artists at all levels.
For these nails I used Gelish Black Shadow, and stamped on them with white Konad special stamping polish and Bundle monster stamping plates 311, 401, 409 and 411. On some of the nails I used a 2 coats of Gelish A Pinch of Pepper, although the black glitter is not visible. Finally, to give the nails the “blackboard” look, I used Gelish Matte Top it Off.
For this design I used two coats of Gelish “Night Reflection” and “The Great Googly Moogly” from the Aurora Collection. Then, I stamped with the special black Konad stamping polish and Bundle Monster plate BM-314. (Yes, you can stamp the ring, as well!) The dark purple makes a great contrast with bright green glitter. The ring and nail art are even more impressive in person!
If you’d like more information about how to make your own nail polish jewelry, try Sweeter Lemon or Rebecca Likes Nails for a tutorial. I’ve read that you can find the supplies to make your jewelry at Etsy.com, but I purchased all mine at Fire Mountain Gems and at our local Michael’s craft store.
For this design I used Gelish Lust at First Sight from the Under Her Spell collection on the tips over a Gelish Vanilla Silk base. The design was done with a striping brush using Gelish Meet the King. I applied the black rhinestone in the Top It Off and cured.