When life gives you lemons…

So I was having a rummage through my nail art supplies and came across some lemon water decals that I’ve not used since last year. I decided to pair them with some simple gingham-esk lines to create this super cheery look, great for brightening up the week!

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BornPrettyStore: Silver Metal Frame

So today I’m reviewing some ‘Silver Metal Frames‘ sent to me by BornPrettyStore. I chose them because I’ve seen some super cool ways they’ve been used by Japanese nail artists whom I follow on Instagram. Unfortunately those guys are nail art wizards and I’ve came no where close to achieving their standards, but I’ve done my best to make them look as best as I can!

They’re literally just little hoops of metal, very light-weight and beautifully beveled to sit better on your nails. They come in a lot of different sizes, shapes and also you get the option of either gold or silver. As you can see I went for the Silver Circle in 6mm.

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I first applied my base coat, and whilst still wet, settled the little frame on to my nail. (As I was going to be applying UV gel top coat over it later, I didn’t think it would need any proper fixing to start with). I then filled the frame with little chunks of silver. I think it almost makes it look like a silver geode or precious rock. I’m no expert in geology terminology, any help with what I’m trying to describe here would be appreciated!

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I then encased the whole thing in UV gel polish top coat. As you can see the polish affected neither the metal frame nor the silver chunks – hooray!

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So what do you think of using the frame like this? I think without it, the silver chunks would have looked a bit random and there’s no way they would look so neatly arranged.

For the second look, I painted my left hand. I know, I bet yous thought I didn’t have one, I hope you didn’t faint from shock. I just couldn’t bear to take off the first design as I really liked how it turned out. This time instead of filling the frame up I chose to use it as a decoration in it’s own right.

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I went for a bright, summery beach look that required zero painting skills. It’s just a shame I didn’t included another frame as it’s looking a little lonesome. But hopefully you can see what I was trying for!

So which design do you prefer? For me, it has to be the first look even though the second is a lot more seasonally appropriate. The frames are currently on sale (16/05) at $1.29 for 10 which is a great price.

Have you got metal frames hiding in your nail art supplies already? Has anyone else seen the Japanese nail artist wizards that I’m talking about? So inspirational.

If you would like to purchase anything from BornPrettyStore, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout and you’ll receive 10% off all your full priced items – yaaay to savings!

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Puppy Love…

So apparently it was ‘National Puppy Day’ yesterday? (What I want to know is when national guinea-pig day is!) To honor the occasion, I cracked out these unused dog decals and made them in to a mega decal on the silicone mat I reviewed earlier this week.

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Lady Fingers…

So I bought these 3 in 1 water decals in June, (so not too long ago…) and decided to focus on the lady sheet as there’s also cat and dog sheets hence the ‘3 in 1’. I don’t know wether they had dried up or something but they didn’t adhere at all. Therefore I had to stick them to wet polish on a stamping head and create a decal of decals – a mega decal!

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Primark Tattoos…

So these are actually temporary tattoos for your body, but I’ve seen a lot of people using them on their nails recently as I suppose they’re just like ‘water transfers’. They were £1.50 from Primark and they looked good in the pack – really gold and metallic. I applied them to my nails just as you would with a water transfer – peeled off the protective layer, put it face down onto the nail, soaked the back with water, slid the paper off and voila! They look good right, maybe a little crinkled and for some reason the tattoo on my middle finger was harder to peel off and it ended up cracking. I also applied some to my fingers to see how they would actually look on skin, on the cuticles they work quite well but the one on my actual finger it looks more wrinkled – still super shiny and metallic though!

Over all for £1.50 it was worth trying them out. I might even put one of the larger designs round my wrist or ankle and see how they get on.

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Primark Metallic Tattoos