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Golden Autumn Nails with 3D flowers and Heart cut-out

Golden Autumn Nails

Golden Autumn Nails with 3D flowers and Heart cut-outs-This nail design is a little muted from my previous design. Although it is gorgeous, this beautiful golden color makes these nails very wearable. I wanted to incorporate new elements into my designs, like trying out the “cut out” shapes and utilizing some the these gold beads that have been collecting dust in my nail box.
The leading element in this design is this beautiful gold color. This is from OPI. The pictures dose it no justice. It reminds me of the color of 24 carat gold. It a rich, deep golden color with lots of shimmer.

Golden Autumn Nails

Next, I switched up the shape of my nails. Last design was square-shaped. I love my stiletto nails, but I didn’t want a point this time. I settled with the happy medium; Coffin-shaped nails. This is my first time trying out this shape. I love it because it’s very similar to how my natural nails grow. Also, I don’t have to worry about poking holes in my shirts (I know I can’t be the only one that has done that lol!)
Products used to create this design:
OPI nail polish- Rising Star
Kiss Nail Art Paint- White
No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
• Size #6 Acrylic Brush
Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
• Small gold beads (purchased from ebay)
Seche Vite topcoat
I applied two coats of the OPI Rising Star to the nails, skipping the nails I chose to put designs on.

Golden Autumn Nails

For the heart shaped “cut out”, I use the nail polish brush to lightly outline the heart. Then I carefully painted all around the outline. Once the polish was all dry, I used the Kiss nail art paint to outline the heart.

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I did basic 3 petal flowers for this design adding the gold beads to the center to tie the design together.

Golden Autumn Nails

Golden Autumn Nails

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Golden Autumn Nails

Golden Autumn Nails
This is a really cute nail design. I’m looking forward to creating more designs using “cut out” shapes.
How do you like this design? Share your thoughts below.

Golden Autumn Nails with 3D flowers and Heart cut-out


 

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Hello Kitty 3D Acrylic Nails – Sweet Tooth Edition

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Hello Kitty 3D Acrylic Nails – Sweet Tooth Edition

This nail design is very fun and girly! I wanted to challenge my 3D acrylic art skills. I love Japanese nail art, so I actively read (or rather look at the pictures lol) Nail Max and Nail Up magazines. This design is definitely inspired by them. The ice cream cone and cupcake shapes are new for me. I think they turned out really nice! Products used to create this design:

  • Nanacoco Pink Nail Polish (purchased from local beauty supply store)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint- Black
  • No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
  • Size #6 Acrylic Brush
  • Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
  • Pink,Blue, Brown, and Red Acrylic powders (purchased in a set from bornprettystore.com)
  • Cuticle pusher (used for adding detail to the 3D acrylic art)
  • 2mm Clear Rhinestones
  • 2mm Pink Rhinestones
  • Flat back Pearls (various sizes)
  • Seche Vite topcoat

This is the same set of nails from my previous nail post. I simply did a fill-in, filed, shaped, and buffed the nails. Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.28.43 PM Next, I painted my nails with this soft pink color by Nanacoco. I originally painted my nails white as a base beforehand to make the pink more intense, however it turned out way too thick. So I decided to just apply two coats of the pink. Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.29.17 PM After the nail polish was dry. I cleaned up the cuticles with a flat brush and %100 acetone nail polish remover. Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.30.11 PM I used the Kiss Nail Art Paint to create the vertical lines. It is very important to let this paint dry completely. Otherwise, it will smear and ruin the design. Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.30.45 PM I then began with the 3D art. I started with the Hello Kitty face. I used the Tammy Taylor Whitest White for this step. I am pretty comfortable making Hello Kitty faces with acrylic. But trust me, I practiced a lot. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails hello kitty 3d acrylic nails hello kitty 3d acrylic nails Then on to the ice cream cone. I started with brown acrylic powder and shaped it into a triangle. Once the acrylic lost some shine, but before it completely hardened, I used the flat end of my cuticle pusher to create the waffle cone design. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails I then applied the blue acrylic and overlapped it on the cone for the dripping ice cream effect. I applied the white acrylic the same way only I overlapped in on the blue. Then I added a small red bead for the cherry on top. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails Lastly, the cupcake. I used the same brown color as with the cone and shaped it into a trapezoid. I did the same technique with the cone to create the indentations for more detail. I then applied pink acrylic and manipulated it with the acrylic brush to give it the cupcake icing look. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails After I finished all of the 3D art, I add some detail to Hello Kitty’s face. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails I am so ecstatic about this design! I still can’t believe I did this lol. Anyway, I thought my nails looked a little “empty”, so I randomly applied clear and pink rhinestones along with pearls. I think it added the perfect touch. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails Tell me what you think about this super cute Hello Kitty Sweet tooth design!


Hello Kitty 3D Acrylic Nails – Sweet Tooth Edition

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Short Square Nails with 3D flowers

Square Nails

Short Square Nails with 3D flowers

I have been wearing my stiletto shaped nails for some time now, so I wanted to switch this up a bit. I will also be on the job hunt and wanted “interview nails”. These nails are actually an acrylic overlay. My natural nails grew out very well underneath my previous set of nails. I loved the shaped and length of them so much that I would have just worn them. However, no matter what I do, the corners of natural nails will always eventually break, taking away from the perfect square corners that I love. So in I decided to do an overlay before that happened. This process is so much faster as there are no tips or nail forms to work with. Also I love that the shape of the nails are automatically slim and very natural looking. I was initially I was going to just do the plain American manicure, but you guys know that I just have to have some sort of design. So, I decided to show a little restraint and just do designs on two nails.

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Products used to create this design:

For my nail bed color, I used a mixture of Tammy Taylor P3 pink acrylic and Beauty Secrets Pink acrylic powder. I love the durablility of Tammy Taylor powders however, they do set very fast. This is why I always “dilute” them with another powder that doesn’t set as fast. Except for when I use the Tammy Taylor whitest white powder for 3D art.

For the overlay, I start with the tip first. I used Beauty Secrets white acrylic powder and place it on the free edge and slightly dragged it down the nail a bit to not have a definite line of demarcation between the white and the rest of the nail.

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Next, I used the pink acrylic powder mixture and placed the first bead of acrylic on in the middle of the nail. I then pat it across the nail bed and stoke it down the nail over the tip. I use the pink to cover and soften up the transition between the white tip and the nail bed.

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I really take my time with placing the acrylic. I try to do it as neat and even as possible so I would not have to file as much. I prefer to use a hand file to do my acrylics versus an electric file. It takes so much longer to smooth and shape but I think it’s way safer for the health of my natural nails.

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Once I have completed all the nails, filled, shaped, and buff, I move on to the 3D flowers. These flowers are simple three and four petal flowers .

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Let me know what you all think about this shorter length. I love long nails, but these shorter nails make typing so much easier lol.

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square nails


Short Square Nails with 3D flowers

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Sailor Moon Nail Art Tutorial

Sailor Moon Nail Art


This nail design is inspired by my all time favorite anime, Sailor Moon. I wanted it to be very fun but also practical for daily wear. With the return of Sailor Moon in the new series Sailor Moon Crystal, there’s no better time to rock this cool design.

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Products I used are:

  • Soft Pastels- Red and Yellow
  • Tammy Taylor acrylic powder- Whitest White
  • Beauty Secret acrylic powder- White
  • Pink acrylic powder
  • Acrylic Brush #6
  • No Lift Acrylic Liquid (monomer)
  • Pink Tinted Polish
  • Sinful Color Glitter Polish – Show Stopping
  • Ruby Kisses HD glitter polish- HDP43
  • Clear Rhinestones- 2mm
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

First I prepped my nails for the design. This picture is after I filled in, shaped, filed, and buff  the nails.

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I don’t have two colors of acrylic needed for this design, so I am going to create them using soft pastels.

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I am using this red to create a red acrylic powder. I place a small amount of the Beauty Secret white acrylic powder into a container. Then I use a straight razor to shave off some of the soft pastel into a container. I use the opposite end my by acrylic brush to thoroughly mix the powders.

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I repeat the same process to make the yellow acrylic powder.

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Next I use this pink tinted polish on all ten nails. I created this polish by adding a few drops of a red polish into a clear polish.

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I then use ???? glitter polish by Sinful Colors. I concentrate the polish only on the tips of the nails. I apply two coats of this polish.

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I then use Ruby Kisses HD glitter polish. This is a silver, chunkier glitter polish. I place this polish only on the tips as well.

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Here, I am using this silicon mold (purchased from Ebay) to create star and crescent moon shaped acrylic pieces. I use the Tammy Taylor powder and the yellow acrylic powder for these pieces.  The acrylic powder must be complete dry and hardened before the pieces can be removed from the mold. While the powder set, I move on to the next step.

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Here I began to create Sailor Moon’s bow. I start with a medium size bead of red acrylic and place it in the center of my nail. This will be the center of the bow and my guide for placing the remainder of the acrylic. I pat the ball of acrylic with the side of my brush to flatten it.

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I then began to work of the lower ribbons of the bow first, then I work on the top bow area.

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To finish off the bow, I place a small bead of yellow acrylic in the center and flat it out.

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For the wand, I began by placing a large bead of yellow acrylic on the nail. I then start from the center of the bead and work from the inside out to create the crescent moon shape.

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I use the pink acrylic powder for the wand handle.

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I use the yellow and red acrylic powder to add details to the wand.

sailor moon nail art

sailor moon nail art

I then remove the acrylic pieces from the mold. I did not use all of them for this design. At the time, I didn’t know which or how many pieces I would need.

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I use the Seche Vite topcoat to adhere the 3D acrylic pieces to my nails.

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I then apply the rhinestones.

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Lastly, I apply two coats of the Seche Vite topcoat.

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This is the completed look. I really love this design.

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 Tell me what you all think? Share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!


Sailor Moon Nail Art Tutorial

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Red Bottoms Nails – Christian Louboutin Inspired

Red Bottoms Nails

Christian Louboutin – Red Bottoms Nails
Everyone is familiar with the sleek and sophisticated look of the infamous Christian Louboutin nude red bottom pumps.  This design was inspired by that. I wanted simple and sleek but with a little twist.

Here are the products I used to create this nail design:
• 100/180 grit nail file – File Emory Board Set 5 100/180 Grit Creative Nail Design Polish Buffer
No Lift Nail Primer .75oz
No-Lift Nails Monomer Liquid
5pcs Acrylic Nail Art UV Gel Carving Pen Brush Liquid Powder DIY No. 2/4/6/8/10
Tammy Taylor Nail Powder 2.5 Oz Dramatic Pink
• Nail forms – Nail Art Guide Form Acrylic UV Gel Tips Extension 500ps
e.l.f. 4 Piece Nail Polish Set – Color Nude
Kiss nail art paint polish, red
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat, 0.5 Ounce

I began with removing the old nail polish and designs. I like to use %100 Acetone nail polish remover. It makes the process a lot easier and faster.

Red Bottoms Nails

Since I am doing a fill-in, I try to remove as much of the acrylic that has lifted with my nail nippers.

Red Bottoms Nails

Red Bottoms Nails

Once that is complete, I file my nails making them as smooth as possible. I also file my nails into the shape I desire. For this look, I was going for a more almond shaped nail.

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I use a cotton round with acetone to remove any excess dust and to remove any oils from the nail. Add a little primer my natural nail only, then I began to apply the acrylic. I take my time with this process. I like for my fill-ins to look like a fresh set of nails. A pet peeve of mine is harsh fill lines.

Red Bottoms Nails

Red Bottoms Nails
When that process is complete, I then file and buffs my nails. It’s really important to take your time with this step as well. If the nail is not smooth, it will be very noticeable once you apply the nail polish.
Next, I wash my hands to remove any dust and towel dry completely.
Then I apply the ELF polish. I am unsure of the name of this polish. It came in a set of four. None of the nail polishes had names (weird I know lol). But any nude brown color would do. I applied two coats of polish.

Red Bottoms Nails

Red Bottoms Nails
Next I used Kiss nail art paint in red. These nail art paints are great because they come with the long, slender brush which makes it easy to apply. Also the paint itself is a little thicker than regular nail polish so one coat is all that is needed. For this design, I paint the edges first, and then I use a small angled nail art brush to paint the underside of the nail.

Red Bottoms Nails

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red bottoms nails
Next, I use the same small flat nail brush (once red polish is thoroughly removed) and remove any polish on the cuticle or sides of the nail.

Once it is all completely dry, I use two coats of the Seche Vite top coat.

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And done…..

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What do you think?


Christian Louboutin – Red Bottoms Nails

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Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers

Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers

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I am very pleased about how well this design came out. I have been practicing on making the perfect 3D acrylic flowers for so long. I am finally pleased with the result. Just a side note, I am not a professional nail tech. I’m purely self-taught. These are the products I used to create this design:

  • 100/180 grit nail file
  • No Lift Nails Primer
  • No Lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
  • Size #6 and #8 Acrylic Brush
  • Beauty Secrets-Pink /Tammy Taylor –P3 Acrylic powders (mixed)
  • Light Green Acrylic Powder
  • Nail forms
  • 3mm Clear Rhinestones
  • Seche Vite topcoat

I start off by taking the shine off of my nails with the 100 grit side of my nail file. I also take majority of the length down and round the edges. This helps guide me when I’m applying the acrylic. Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Next, I place the nail form on my nail making sure it is very secure. You don’t want it move while you’re applying the acrylic. Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers I then brush on the nail primer. Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers While the primer is still wet, I grab a ball of acrylic and begin forming my nail. I take my time with this step as to get the perfect shape. Also, the neater you place the acrylic, the less filing you’ll have to do. .Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Once I’ve finished placing the acrylic on all ten fingers, I then file, buff, and wash my hands. Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Next, I begin painting. I start of by using a pink tinted polish on the ring finger, index finger, and thumb. I created this pink tinted polish by mixing a few drops of a red nail polish into a bottle of clear . Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers I then paint the full nail of the middle and pinky fingers with color Mediterranean by Nanacoco. Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Then I used this same color to paint only the tips of the index finger and thumb. I applied two coats of this polish. I did this on both hands. Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Next, I used my #6 brush to create the 3D flowers. I first grabbed a tiny ball of Tammy Taylor whitest white. Then I immediately dipped it in the light green acrylic powder. This technique gives it a very soft gradient effect. I let the ball sit on the brush for about 3 seconds and then I place it on the nail and begin to form a flower petal. I use this process for all of the flowers. Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers   Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Once all of the 3D art is to my liking, I simply add rhinestones and my topcoat. I purposely didn’t apply the topcoat to the 3D art because I like the “dry” look. Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Like I stated before, this has taken me lots of practice. If you’re a nail enthusiast like me, I encourage you to try it out! Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers Tell me what you think about this look!

Mint Green Nails with 3D Flowers