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Candy Cane Nails – Christmas Nail Design


Candy Cane Nails

This nail design is a Christmas favorite of mine. Every Holiday season, I have to do some sort of Candy Cane or Peppermint design.  This time around I did the candy cane design on clear nails. I love the effect it gives with the clear peeking through, almost like an ice sickle. The candy cane design is completely hand-painted and the bow is of course hand sculpted as well!

Products used to create this design:

I refilled my nails and shaped and buff.

Candy Cane Nails

Then I began creating diagnol lines using the LA Colors while nail art paint.Candy Cane Nails

I then go over the previous lines to make them thicker. In between the thick line, I do thinner lines. This technique really gives the illusion of the candy cane design

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I repeat this same technique for all of the nails. I use the acrylic brush moisten with a small amount of monomer to clean up any lines I messed up on.Candy Cane Nails

Next, I work on the 3D acrylic bow. I used the Tammy Taylor Whitest White acrylic powder for this step. I wanted a fairly large bow, so I used medium/large sized beads of acrylic.Candy Cane Nails Candy Cane Nails Candy Cane Nails

Next, I used the Kiss red nail art paint to create random thin lines to complete the candy cane design.Candy Cane Nails

Finally, I wait until all the paint is completely dry, then I apply my Seche Vite topcoatScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.33.39 AM

 

Candy Cane Nails

This is a really cute and simple nails design perfect for the holiday season. How do you like it? Try it out for yourself!


Candy Cane Nails – Christmas Nail Design

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Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails with 3D Flowers


Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails

This design was not planned but I love the way it turned out. While in Sally’s restocking on my nail supplies, I came across Beauty Secret acrylic powder in color extreme pink. I had used the regular pink before and had planned on just repurchasing that. But I’m a sucker for really pink acrylics and I was extremely curious to see how pink the color was, so I bought this color instead. I was surprisingly impressed. As I stated, I have used the Beauty Secret’s powder before and it was ok, but nothing to rave about. However, this must be a reformulation because the quality is so much better than before. This powder is extremely easy to use and is not as loose and runny as it had been in the past when I used this brand. The only con is I was expecting a more opaque pink color. It’s way clearer than I expected but it still turned out super gorgeous!

Products used to create this design:

As always, I start off with properly prepped natural nails. I soaked off my previous set of nails in acetone. Then I trimmed my natural nails, gently removed the shine, and applied No-Lift Nails primer. I used nail forms to sculpt my acrylic nails. I prefer to use nail forms instead of nail tips because I think you get a more natural, slimmer shaped nail with nail forms. A pet peeve of mine is extra wide acrylic nails!

Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails

After I’m done sculpting the nail. I file, shape, and buff the nails. Then I work on my 3D acrylic flowers. Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails

Next, I applied a few clear rhinestones just for a little bling lol. Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails

Finally I applied my top coat, which is the Seche Vite top coat. I didn’t apply this so the flowers. I like them to look “dry”. Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails

Let me know what you think about this crystal pink nail design. Leave your thoughts below!Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails


Crystal Pink Acrylic Nails with 3D Flowers

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Fall Inspired Acrylic Nails – 3D Acrylic Flowers and Bows


Fall Inspired Acrylic Nails-This design is fall inspired. I wanted to incorporate the beautiful orange and brown colors of the season. I wanted to do different designs on all fingers but have them come together as a whole. I think this turned out pretty good! I have recently purchased two Kolinsky acrylic brushes from Ebay. The size brushes I bought were #4 and #6.  With the size 4 brush, I am able do smaller and more delicate flowers and petals.

Fall Inspired Acrylic Nails

Products used to create this design:

  • Tammy Taylor P3 Acrylic Powder
  • Beauty Secret’s Pink Acrylic Powder
  • No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
  • Size #6 Kolinsky Acrylic Brush
  • Size #4 Kolinsky Acrylic Brush
  • Gold Nail forms
  • Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
  • Orange and Brown acrylic powder (purchased from Bornpretty.com)
  • Gold rhinestones (purchased from ebay)
  • LA Colors White Acrylic Paint
  • Seche Vite topcoat

I used the Tammy Taylor P3 acrylic powder on the nail bed doing the reverse application technique. I usually mix it with Beauty Secret’s Pink acrylic powder, but this time I was going for a deeper pink for the nail bed. I was once again reminded how difficult it is to work with the Tammy Taylor P3 powder alone. It sets so fast! But I was able to make it work 🙂 I used the brown and orange acrylic powders for the tips. Next, I randomly did 3D acrylic flowers on each nail. I used the Beauty Secret’s Acrylic powder to do the bow using the fold over technique (which was my first attempt).

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What do you all think? What design would you like to see next? Leave your comments below!


Fall Inspired Acrylic Nails  – 3D Acrylic Flowers and Bows

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Pink and White Acrylic Nails with a Twist

Pink and White Acrylic Nails


Pink and White Acrylic Nails

This is a twist on the classic Pink and White Acrylic Nails set. I wanted to practice more on perfecting the reverse application technique for applying the French tip design. But, I didn’t want just a plain pink and white set. So, I gained some more inspiration from Nunis_Nails.

Pink and White Acrylic NailsI saw this picture on his Instagram and a simple pink stiletto nail set with an accent pink and white nail. I wondered why I never thought of that lol. So I decided to do a design inspired by this. For my design, I added the pink and white tip on every other nail and my accent nails are emblished with pearls and clear rhinestones.

 

Products used to create this design:

  • Tammy Taylor P3 Acrylic Powder
  • Beauty Secret’s Pink Acrylic Powder
  • No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
  • Size #6 Acrylic Brush
  • Gold Nail forms
  • Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
  • Various sizes of clear rhinestones (purchased from ebay)
  • Various sizes of flat back pearls (purchased from ebay)
  • FolkArt White Acrylic Paint
  • Seche Vite topcoat

 

I began this set as I do most of mine. I trimmed my natural nails and removed any protein buildup around the cuticle. Then I lightly filed the shine off of my nails.

Next I applied my nail form and primer. I use the Tammy Taylor P3 powder mixed with Beauty Secret Pink acrylic. I mix the two, because it gives me the perfect color. The Tammy Taylor P3 powder is too opaque on it’s on. Also it set really fast. When working on the nail bed, I need a little extra time to shape the nails so mixing the slow setting Beauty Secret’s acrylic helps a lot.  As stated above, I did the reverse application method which is when you began applying the acrylic to the nail bed first. I form the acrylic into my desired shaped nail bed. For me, I have to shorten my nail beds some. I have long nail beds, so if I were to follow the natural shape of them, then I would have less white and more pink. I love to have a lot of “tip” lol, so this is why I do it this way. Of course, everyone’s nail shape is different, so you have to do what work for you.  I always have a problem with getting the smile lines perfect with the traditional method of applying acrylic. Doing this technique helps with creating the perfect smile line with ease.

The next I use the Tammy Taylor Whitest White acrylic for the free edge. This is my favorite white acrylic because it is truly a bright white and doesn’t yellow over time. However, it does set really fast so I have to work quickly when applying it. The awesome thing about the reverse method is even if you get a little white acrylic on the nail bed, once you file the nail, the smile will be perfect.

I wanted to stay a little simple this time, so I just did a thin white outline on the bare nails and added some various sizes of clear rhinestones and pearls to one nail on each hand.

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I am really pleased with the final product. How do you like this twist on the classic Pink and White Acrylic Nails? Share your thoughts below!


Pink and White Acrylic Nails with a Twist

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Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails with 3D Roses


Clear Stiletto Acrylic NailsThis nail design is pretty simple but very interesting. I was going for a “see-through” look. I also wanted to practice doing 3D roses. I have always had a problem with these. I could never get mine to look like a rose rather than a mountain blob of acrylic lol. I think they turned out very well.

Products used to create this design:
• Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder
No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
• Size #6 Acrylic Brush
Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
• 3mm Clear Rhinestones
Seche Vite topcoat

I used only Beauty Secrets clear acrylic to sculpt the nails.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails

I have really improved on my acrylic application at the cuticles. This area has always been a work in progress for me lol.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails

Then I added some free hand nail art using LA Colors white nail art paint

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Next I added some chunky 3D roses.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails

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Lastly, I adding a one clear rhinestone on each nail.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails

Once I added the Seche Vite clear top coat, it really gave the clear acrylic that “glass” look. How do you like this design? Share your thoughts below.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails


Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails with 3D Roses

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Pink Glitter Tips with 3D Flowers


For this design, I wanted to do something that would make me smile every time I looked at my nails. Nothing makes me smile more than colorful 3D art and glitter. So, yes here you have it! I follow a few nail techs on Instagram from which I gain inspiration. My top favorites are Glamsusie, Clarahnails, and Nunis_nails. For this design, I tried to bring together all the things I admire from each artist. My 3D flowers were inspired by Glamsusie. I love the way she does her 3D art particularly flowers. They are so perfect! You have no idea how much I practice to make my flowers like hers. I believe these 3D flowers on this nail design has been the closest. I was inspired by Nunis_nails to do the pink glitter tips. His designs have the best smile lines ever! I wouldn’t dare compare my work to his, but this has been my best attempt thus far. My inspiration from Clarahnails is creating flawless shaped sculptured nails. She never uses nail tips for her designs. Sure I could have used nail tips for this design, it would have been a hell of a lot easier and saved a lot of time. But she says she doesn’t use them because you get a more natural, slimmer shape when you use nail forms. I totally agree. I also like that I don’t have to spend more money on nail tips.

Pink Glitter Tips
Products used to create this design:
• Chunky pink gliter (purchased from Hobby Lobby)
• Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder
Tammy Taylor P3 Acrylic Powder
No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
• Size #6 Acrylic Brush
• Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
• Pink, Purple, and Blue Acrylic Powder (purchased from Bornpretty)
• Various shaped rhinestones (purchased from ebay)
Seche Vite topcoat

Pink Glitter Tips
Tell me what you guys think! What colors should I try next?


Pink Glitter Tips with 3D Flowers