I got so much cool stuff for my nails from Born Pretty Store and also Pueen stamping plates (the Love Elements plate set). You can see a review and photos of the plate set on Ordinary Misfit’s blog here. We struggled to get our stuff through customs and there was quite a hefty pay in for the orders (Sanita and I ordered together). We waited quite a while for the parcels, but once they cleared customs we had them the next day. On the same day a rep from Maskscara came in to work and sold some goodies to the ladies there (including me, of course). I ended up with 5 China Glaze polishes and a spare Seche Vite top coat. What a day for nails! I got LOADS of studs, holographic polish, nail appliques and a dotting tool set…not to mention 24 new stamping plates in a cute leather pouch.
I couldn’t wait to use one of my new toys! I bought China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer which is a gorgeous neon mint green. I thought it would look great with my China Glaze Are You Jelly? I also had studs that matched both the polishes and that was the inspiration for this mani.
I painted a base coat on all my nails to protect them. I painted four coats of Are You Jelly? on all my fingers except my ring fingers. I know four coats seems like a lot, but jellies are really sheer and if you would rather not have visible nail line it takes a few coats to get it opaque. On my ring fingers I painted 3 coats of Highlight Of My Summer. Polishaholic moaned about the formula of this polish, but I honestly didn’t have issues with it. I even got away with a coat less than she painted. Perhaps she paints thinner coats than me. I did the studs one nail at the time. I used a regular clear top coat to prepare the nail for the studs and for the studs to “stick” to. I used a dotting tool with the tip dipped into clear polish to pick up and place the studs. It was quite tricky, but once I got the hang of it I managed to do it quite quickly. I used the 2mm square neon and square pastel studs that I bought from Born Pretty Store. I sealed everything in with Seche Vite. I used two coats of Seche over the studs to secure them well. This is the result:
I absolutely adored these nails! We went away for the weekend and I spent a lot of time in the water (we went to a resort with hot springs and jacuzzis). I was really chuffed with how well the studs stayed on. I was even able to scrub them! The polish started peeling off, but the studs didn’t budge. I ended up removing them when I removed my polish. I was quite impressed! The studs slipped off easily while removing my polish as normal. The remover took the colour off the studs, leaving them a shiny silver. If you were that way inclined you could keep them and re-use them as silver studs at a later stage 🙂 I love the ‘texture’ of the studs too. It felt like ‘cobbles’ on my nails.
What do you think? Would you rock these? Do you like neon colours?