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Christmas Glitter Nails – LongHairPrettyNails

I have been so busy this Holiday season that I haven’t set time aside for my nails. I received another package in the mail from Born Pretty Store that included some gorgeous nail treats and a few Christmas themed nail art items. So, I decided to try them out. I came up with this Christmas Glitter nails with red and gold glitter tips.

Christmas Glitter Nails

Products used for this design:

  • Nails Forms
  • No-lift Nail Primer
  • No-lift Acrylic Liquid
  • LongHairPrettyNails Pink Nude Acrylic
  • Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic Powder
  • Red Glitter Born Pretty Store (use CVEK31 10% off code)
  • Gold Star nail art Born Pretty Store (use CVEK31 10% off code)
  • A/b Czech crystal rhinestones
  • Red Rhinestones
  • Pink Gellac Ultra Shine Gel Top Coat
  • IBD Soak off Builder Gel
  • UV/LED nail lamp

For these Christmas Glitter Nails, I opted for sculpture nails this time instead of using nail tips. A sculptured nail is when a nail form (usually made of paper and is disposable) is used to create the nail extension. I wanted to be able to really shape the c-curve of the nail and this is best achieved with sculpted nails. I used LongHairPrettyNails Pink Nude Acrylic for the base color of the nails.

Christmas Glitter Nails

For the glitter tips I applied a thin layer of Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder mixed with red glitter (from Born Pretty Store). Before the glitter mixed dried, I applied the small gold stars from Born Pretty’s Christmas decoration wheel on to the tip. I then encapsulated the entire nail tip with clear acrylic powder.

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I used nail tweezers from Born Pretty Store to gently pinch the sides of the nail to form a deeper c-curve before the acrylic completely hardened.

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Next I filed, shaped, and buffed the nails. Then I applied the Pink Gellac Ultra Shine Gel top coat. I cured it in my UV/LED nail lamp for 120 seconds.

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Next, I placed a small amount of the IBD soak off builder gel to my nails and used that to adhere my rhinestones. After all of the stones were placed to my liking, I cured for 120 seconds.

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And that’s it. A fairly simple but elegant Christmas Glitter Nails nails. I love the simplicity of this design with a hint of bling lol. Tell me your thoughts below!!


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Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails – Pink Nude Ombre


Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails – After wearing some crazy colors and designs for a few weeks, I was longing for my pink nude nails again.
This design is a pretty basic pink nude ombre but of course, I had to add a little something. I did a 3D
encapsulated flower on each ring finger nail.Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails

Products used to create this design:

  • No-Lift Nails Primer
  • No-Lift Liquid Acrylic
  • Natural Color Nail Tips
  • GERmanikure Crystal Glass File
  • Iridescent Glitter (from Born Pretty Store)
  • Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic Powder
  • Tammy Taylor P3 Acrylic Powder
  • Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder
  • Medium Pink Acrylic Powder (purchased from @nunis_nails on Instagram)
  • Kolinsky #6 Acrylic Brush
  • White and Silver Nail Art Paint
  • Pink Gellac Ultra Shine No-Wipe UV / LED Gel Top Coat

I removed my previous acrylic nail set and prepped my natural nails for a fresh acrylic nail application. I
love my acrylic nails but I also make a point to take care of my natural nails. I was sent a crystal glass nail
file from GERmanikure to try out. From my researched, I found out that glass files are much safer for
natural nails. This file is made of Boeheim glass and is chemically etched, which basically means that you
can file your natural nails in both directions without causing frays or gouges in the nail. It also shapes
them fast and leaves a smooth edge.Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails

Next I applied my nail tips using Nailene nail glue. I get a lot of questions about this nail glue and I don’t
quite get that because this just regular cheap nail glue lol. I picked this up on my trips to the grocery
store. It lasts a long time for me. I haven’t had any nails break while using it.Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails

Next, I trimmed that extra length with scissors and shaped them with the GERmanikure glass file. This file works great with artificial nails too. I find that I have better control with the file and I’m able to get the perfect shape more easily. Once again, I love that it leaves the filled edge smooth. Anyone else tired of stabbing yourself with sharp nails? Lol. Encapsulated 3D Acrylic NailsEncapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails

I applied my No-Lift Nails primer to all ten nails. I then created the 3D flower. I formed the flower directly on my natural nail and made it as flat as possible. This will ensure that once I cover it with clear acrylic, the nail will not be too chunky.Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails encapnails.Still011 (1)

I then moved on to the rest of my nails. I applied Nuni Torrez Medium Pink acrylic powder to my nail bed and clear to the tips for the perfect natural gradient.Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails

I filed, shapped, and buffed my nails. Then I used white and silver nail art paint to create some free-hand nail art on the two encapsulated nails. Finally, I applied Pink Gellac Ultra Shine Gel Top Coat and cured for 60 seconds.encapnails.Still012 (1) Encapsulated 3D Acrylic NailsEncapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails

I love the simplicity of this design. This is actually my first time trying encapsulated 3D nail art. I love it and will definitely incorporate this into more designs in the future. Let me know what you think. Share your thoughts below.


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Halloween Nails w/ 3D Acrylic Art – LongHairPrettyNails


Halloween NailsI have been so in love with nude nails lately that I haven’t really been doing any complex nail art. I love crazy nail designs. I realized that I’ve never done a Halloween nail design before. So, I decided to see what I could come up with.

Products used to create this design:

I removed the aquarium nails from my previous design by soaking them in 100% acetone nail polish remover. I prepped my natural nail and applied a nail tip for added length. Then I applied the LongHairPrettyNails Pink Nude Acrylic Powder to the nail bed. Feathering the acrylic lightly towards the free edge so there would be no harsh lines.

Halloween Nails Next, I took a bead of Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic Powder then dipped in into the orange glitter mix from Born Pretty Store. I placed the glitter bead on the tip of the nail and lightly brushed it downwards to create a gradient effect. Halloween Nails I placed the Rose Gold Glitter just below the Orange Glitter and did the same technique.Halloween Nails Once everything was blended to my liking, I encapsulated the entire nail with Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic. Halloween Nails I incorporated the OPI nail polish into the design by cleverly covering up the white tips. I did a french tip on some nails and painted the entire nail on others. Halloween Nails Next, I use Orange Acrylic powder (purchased from Born Pretty Store) to create the pumkin. halloweenails.Still007 (1) I used an Xacto knife to make the indentations in the acrylic before if fully harded. I dipped the Xacto knife into the orange acrylic powder before doing this step. This keeps the knife from sticking to the acrylic. halloweenails.Still008 (1) I used Brown Acrylic powder, also purchased from Born Pretty Store, for the stem. halloweenails.Still009 (1) To create the ghost, I used Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder. halloweenails.Still010 (1)

For the spider web, I used black acrylic nail art paint that I purchased from Sally’s Beauty Supply.halloweenails.Still011 (1) I used the same paint to create the face for the ghost and the pumpkin.halloweenails.Still012 (1) I received this tray and pen tool from Born Pretty Store. I love applying rhinestones to my nails, but I often have a difficult time placing the stones quick enough before the acrylic I use to adhere them, dries and harden. The tray keeps all of rhinestones organized. Mine had always found it’s way all over the place lol. The pen tool has wax on the tip which makes picking up the stones very easy. I was able to work quicker. That means I’ll be doing way more bling nail designs in the future!halloweenails.Still013 (1) halloweenails.Still014 (1) IMG_0971 (1)I’m really happy about how these turned out. Surprisingly, I received so many compliments on this set. What are your thoughts about these Halloween Nails? Share them below!


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Aquarium Nails: Second Attempt – LongHairPrettyNails

Aquarium nails (or water nails) were a big thing about 10 years ago. Now, it seems to be making a comeback because it is all over Instagram. In my last nail post, I tried the aquarium nails once before. It didn’t turn out too well. The glitter inside the nail did not move freely like it should. So, I decided to try it again with a slightly different technique.

Products used to create this design:

I really loved my nail design from last week. It’s a classic Pink and White design where I use the LongHairPrettyNails Pink Nude Acrylic Powder. I just wasn’t happy with how the aquarium nails turned out. Since this is a fresh set of acrylic nails, I didn’t want to completely remove them. So, I just removed the two failed aquarium nails by soaking them in 100% acetone nail polish remover.

As stated above, I wanted to try a different technique to see if that would yield better results. Last time, I adhered the clear nail tips to an already completed acrylic nail. Which I later learned, didn’t leave enough space for the glitter underneath the clear tip to move easily. This time I glued a clear tip to my natural nail. I lightly shaped it and blended it into my natural nail. Then I placed another clear nail tip over my entire nail and sealed the top and sides with the Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic powder. This method left enough space between my natural nail and the clear tip on top. Next, I put in glitter and baby oil. Then I sealed in the opening with more Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic powder. With the extra space in between the nail, the glitter inside moves freely and now resembles how an aquarium nail should function.

I topped off the aquarium nails with a little bit of free hand nail art using white acrylic paint. And lastly, two coats of Seche Vite Top Coat

I am much happier with these results. What do you think about the aquarium nails? Share your thoughts below.


Aquarium Nails: Second Attempt – LongHairPrettyNails

 

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Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails with Rose Gold Glitter


Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails

I have been neglecting my nails lately. As you might have noticed, it’s bee a few weeks since my last nail post. I’ve been extremely busy these past couple of weeks, but I finally set aside a little time to breath some life in my nails again.

This time around I decided to take it back to the basics (somewhat lol) with the classic long pink and white acrylic nails with a little twist. It has been a while since I did a french tip. I must say, my smile lines have gotten a lot better. The pink I used was of course my custom LongHairPrettyNails nude pink. The white acrylic I used was Whitest White by Tammy Taylor. The glitter used for the rose gold tips is from Born Pretty Store. Use the code CVEK31 to get an additional 10% off your order!

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Products used to create this design:

This is a fresh nail set, so I started by soaking my previous set off and prepping my natural nails for the acrylic application. After prepping my natural nails, I applied the nail tips and shaped them to my liking.

I used the LongHairPrettyNails pink nude for the nail bed. Pink Nude Acrylic Nail Powder

I applied the acrylic using the reverse application method. Which is basically applying the acrylic to the nail bed first and shaping the edge for the smile line. Once the nail bed is shaped. All you do is apply the white acrylic to the free edge and it doesn’t have to be neat. That is because when you file the nail, it will reveal the perfect smile line 🙂Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails

For the glitter tips, I used the reverse technique as well. To apply the glitter, I picked up a bead of Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder, then dipped in into the glitter. I then used the glitter/clear acrylic bead to fill in the free edge. I repeated this process until I achieve the right amount of thickness on the tip, then capped it with just the Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder.Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails

For the left middle finger and right ring finger, I was going for the aquarium nail. Which turned out to be a complete fail, but I’ll walk you through the process.

I took a clear nail tip and placed it on top my the nail. I used Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder to fill in 3 sides, leaving the side near the cuticle open. I used an xacto knife to place the glitter inside the nail. Then I used a re-purposed medicine syringe to fill the nail with baby oil. Finally I sealed the opening with clear acrylic. I lightly filled and buffed the nail to make it more smooth. I realized that I didn’t make enough room inside the aquarium nail for the liquid and glitter to move freely. Next time, I start with a thinner nail base before adhering the clear tip.Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails

I was a little disappointed that the aquarium nails didn’t come out exactly as I had hope for. I had a totally different vision in my head about how this was going to turn out lol. But I was able to save the design somewhat by adding some free hand nail art. Long Pink and White Acrylic NailsI plan on trying the aquarium nails again for my next design.

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Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails with Rose Gold Glitter

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Acrylic Overlay – Short Square Glitter Nails


Acrylic Overlay Acrylic Overlay This designs was done using “Pixie Pink” nude acrylic powder that I finally received for Nuni Torres. I hadn’t really got into details about my last order. What an ordeal it was! Well you all know that I am a huge fan of his work. I also love his nude acrylic powders. He doesn’t sell them all the time. More like 2-3 times a year. So when ever I see that he is selling them, I immediately place an order. I order 2 nude acrylic powders from him; “Pixie Pink” and “Cover Me Nude”. I paid $25 each plus $3 shipping for each bottle. Ridiculous, I know. So two weeks after sending him $59 via paypal. I hadn’t heard anything. Another two weeks go by and still nothing. My text messages, emails, dm’s, everything kept going unanswered. He request that payment is sent through paypal as “friends and family” so he doesn’t have to pay the fees. Which I can understand. I payed that way last time and received my order in a timely manner. So, because I sent the payment that way, I couldn’t dispute the charges! I was finally able to get a response from Nuni two months after placing my order. He informed me that all the packages where shipped out the week before. So, what it looks like to me is he accepts orders and them ships them all that the same time. I mean, he could at informed me of that.

This whole ordeal motivated me to create my own custom pink nude acrylic for a fraction of the cost.

Anyway, since I paid for these powders I decided to try them out.

Products used to create this design:

I soaked my previous set off and instead of cutting off my natural nails like I always do, I decided to use the “Pixie Pink” nude and do an acrylic overlay over my natural nails. This technique gives you a very slim and natural shape. I wanted to take a break from the bulkiness of long nails.

Honestly the “Pixie Pink” acrylic powder is not worth what I paid. I was expecting it to have more glitter in it. I ended up putting a glitter polish over it to give me more of the glittery look I was going for. Also, the color wasn’t doing much for me. Not pink enough at all in my opinion. Using my custom blend acrylic would have looked a lot better. But the Sinful Color polish helped greatly. I must say that I love the shape of them. They’re the perfect natural square shape.

I used Beauty Secrets clear acrylic powder to adhere the gold charms and various sized rhinestones for a little embellishment.

Acrylic Overlay

Let me know what you think about the acrylic overlay set. And if you want a beautiful nude color for a fraction of the price of Nuni’s click here.


Acrylic Overlay – Short Square Glitter Nails