What’s a better way to start the summer off than with a super cute ice cream cone nail design. I love the soft pastel ombre. For this nail design I did a three color ombre with 3D acrylic ice cream cone. This design was inspired by Amnesty Nails. She does amazing “ice cream” acrylic nails. Her beautiful work definitely inspired me to give it a try.
Gold Chrome Nails – Chrome nails seem to be the lastest trend these days. I have been seeing all of my favorite nail techs on Instagram using these powders to create awesome nail designs. When I saw one of my top favorite nail techs Poochiez Nails began to offer chrome powders in her online store, I knew I had to try it out. I purchase most of my nail supplies from Poochiez Nails because she carry great quality items at a fair price. With so many people selling chrome powder, I wanted to make sure I was getting a quality product. Purchasing from Poochiez Nails gave me the confidence that I was getting a good quality powder.
I purchased the Gold Chrome powder, Poochiez Nails 3D acrylic brush, and Poochiez Nails Super Shine Gel Topcoat. The chrome powder was to include a sponge applicator brush for applying the powder however she emailed me to inform me that she was out of stock on those. So she ended up included a nail art brush as a gift. What great customer service!
To achieve these Gold Chrome Nails I first applied the Poochiez Nails Super Shine Gel Topcoat to my nails. It is recommended to apply a dark color polish as your base color and then the gel topcoat but I wanted to see how the gold chrome powder would look over light pink acrylic. I used a makeup applicator sponge to apply to the gold powder to my nails using circular rubbing motions. A small amount of powder goes a long way. I just assumed that this powder would be like loose eyeshadow pigment powder but is it more finely milled that makeup pigment. As soon as the gold chrome powder to rubbed into the surface of the nail the pigment is bold and sort of “stuck” onto the nail (for lack of a better term). I applied one layer of gold chrome powder then applied the Poochiez Nails Super Shine Topcoat. After curing that for 60 seconds under my LED nail lamp, I repeated the process; putting on a second layer of powder.
I am truly impressed with the gold chrome powder as it is very metallic and the color pay-off is so bold. I plan to purchase the silver chrome powder from Poochiez Nails once it is restocked.
Let me know what you think about these Gold Chrome Nails. Have you tried other brands of chrome powder? What was your experience?
I did a cute Valentine’s Day inspired design using the new Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel nail color in “It’s Sher-Bert Day”. If you are a nail freak like me, I’m sure you’re familiar with the affordablility and how easily acessible Wet n Wild products are. They’re available at most drug stores. Wet n Wild has really stepped up their nail polish game with this one. This polish has a gel formulation that requires no uv lamp or topcoat.
For this design, I applied nail tips and shaped them into an almond shape. I left them a bit longer and wider than what I wanted the final shape to be. It’s easier for me to do the shaping after the acrylic is laid.
I formed two hearts out of Tammy Taylor Whitest White acrylic powder which were used in the two heart design nails.
Next I filed, shaped, and buffed the nails. Then I applied the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish. I was really impressed with the quality of this polish. It’s a thick formulation that goes on really smooth and even. After applying two coats of the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish, you can seriously go without a topcoat.
I used a small dotting tool and the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish “It’s Sher-Bert Day” to accent the heart and glitter striped nails. Then used clear builder gel to adhere a/b crystals to both glitter nails.
I created a 3D acrylic bow using the Tammy Taylor Whitest White acrylic powder. Once the bow was formed, I added dots using the same polish and added a/b crystals to the center of the bow.
And here’s the final look. I added my favorite gel topcoat, Pink Gellac Ultra Shine, to the unpolished nails. I definitely could have went without the topcoat on the polished nails but it’s just a preference for me. Needless to say, I’ll be stalking my local Walgreens for the more colors of the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish.
Have you tried the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish yet? What are your thoughts? Share below!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Encapsulated 3D Acrylic Nails – Pink Nude Ombre Coffin Nails
I 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.
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.
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. I placed the Rose Gold Glitter just below the Orange Glitter and did the same technique. Once everything was blended to my liking, I encapsulated the entire nail with Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic. 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. Next, I use Orange Acrylic powder (purchased from Born Pretty Store) to create the pumkin. 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. I used Brown Acrylic powder, also purchased from Born Pretty Store, for the stem. To create the ghost, I used Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder.
For the spider web, I used black acrylic nail art paint that I purchased from Sally’s Beauty Supply. I used the same paint to create the face for the ghost and the pumpkin. 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!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!
Halloween Nails w/ 3D Acrylic Art – LongHairPrettyNails
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!
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 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 🙂
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.
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.
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. I plan on trying the aquarium nails again for my next design.
Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails with Rose Gold Glitter