22 March 2013

Hipster Galaxy Nails + Nail Art Stud Review!

This blog entry contains products that were sent to me for review.

I think it might be the studded cross I did, but these nails just give off a hipster vibe to me... you know, like the phone cases with the studded crosses or all the upside down cross stuff they sell at Urban Outfitters. Wow, I think I might as well shake my cane and tell you to get off my lawn after writing that huh? Stereotypes aside, these nails are fun to wear but I'm not sure they're completely my personality! But before I get into the pictures I feel like I should give you some backstory about the things that inspired my manicure. Or you can just scroll past all the text and look at the pictures first; Whatever floats your boat, I'm not gonna stop you!

I found the following pictures on Pinterest and Tumblr, and since I had never tried galaxy nails before I thought that a monochromatic theme would be an easy way to ease into the design! Plus the other manicure was just awesome and I had been staring at it for a while so I figured why not combine the two?

Around the same time I discovered the inspiration pictures and knew that I wanted to attempt something similar, I was contacted by the Born Pretty Store and asked to review some nail art items, and it was just the boost I needed to do some nail art for the blog! I've been seeing studs on a ton of nail blogs lately and although they're not so far from rhinestones they were a nail art item I had never tried before and wanted to sample! Born Pretty was more than happy to send over the "Heart Square Elliptic Round Hollow Stud Rhinestone Acrylic UV Gel Nail Art w/box" wheel that contains a variety of shapes and colors for me to play with.

This nail wheel is made up of twelve styles of studs: small gold rounds, large silver stars, medium gold rounds, large gold ovals, large gold rounds, medium gold hearts, medium silver rings, medium silver squares, small black rounds, medium gold squares, medium gold rings, and small gold squares. The studs are beveled in on the backside which allows for easier adherence to the nail. I prefer this to a flat back because I was able to get a much smoother application in pressing it into the polish with no sharp edges sticking up! I doubt I'll be able to reuse the smaller studs, but I do think that if you're careful with removal you could reuse the larger studs without too many issues. I do wish that there were more silver options among the studs, but if you're a fan of gold you're sure to love the variety!

I originally wanted to replicate the union jack design from my inspiration manicure, and since I'm still not an expert with my nail art brushes I requested this stamping plate because I figured it would be a fool proof method! This is the "UK Flag Design LV Logo Nail Art Stamp Template-QA39" stamping plate from Born Pretty.

Now, I'm no novice at stamping and I gave it a few really good tries but I just couldn't get the image to stamp clearly or get the placement correct on my nail. Overall it was pretty frustrating! The quality of the images are crisp and clear, but I think it's an issue with how large the open areas are. The scraper just wants to scoop out the middle of the image! I ended up changing my design and not using this plate, and if you're interested in the plate solely because of the Union Jack design I wouldn't recommend it. Again, not because of the quality but because you're unlikely to be able to easily use the design. I am however looking forward to trying out the other seven designs on this plate! (especially the LV logo design because c'mon, it'd be fun to have that luxury print on your nails for a day! haha!) Overall I think the quality of the Born Pretty stamping plate is really nice and I would recommend them for other types of small or more detailed designs.

Okay okay, enough rambling, onto the nail art pictures! I used a base of three coats OPI You Callin' Me A Lyre? on my pinky, middle, and index fingers. I applied two coats of China Glaze Liquid Leather on my ring nails and thumbs. All of this was over a base of OPI Nail Envy and I used Poshe as my top coat. I used probably over six different polishes for the galaxy nails, Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the stars, and Wet N Wild Black Creme for the framing. The half and half middle nails are You Callin' Me A Lyre? and OPI Done Out In Deco. I used the small gold square studs for the design on my ring fingers. My thumbs have a large silver square stud towards the cuticle.

These nails took a lot more time than I anticipated, but I feel like I gained a lot of experience with my nail art brushes so it was totally worth it! If you'd like to purchase any of the items I mentioned in this post, or any nail art supplies from Born Pretty Store I have a 10% off coupon code that you can use to save a bit on your order!

Have you tried galaxy nails or using nail studs before? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading, and have a good weekend!

This post contains products that were sent for review by Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own honest reviews and the coupon code mentioned is not an affiliate link, nor are the links to the products themselves. I do not profit if you choose to use the coupon code or order from Born Pretty using any of the links provided. You can reference my disclaimer policy here

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