Below: Close-up of my handiwork. It's far from perfect, but it was fun to try. I'm sure I'll be practicing using this kit for some different looks.
Below: This is how the kit is packaged. It even has a carrying handle!
Below: The kit includes 2 sheets of nail decals, and although I didn't use any today, I think they're some of the most intricate and beautiful decals I've ever seen.
FedEx delivered a package yesterday and I thought it was my LORAC Cosmetics orders, but I was pleasantly surprised to read the address label from Forsythe/Color Club. They sent me the Pretty Shiny Things Nail Art kit to try out. I was glad they sent it, but I was a little concerned, because I don't know that I've ever tried nail art beyond the occasional Konad or a nail decal. This is my first real attempt, and I am happy to report it wasn't too terrifying! It's certainly not perfect, but it was fun to do and I'm sure now that I've broken through my fear of trying nail art, I'll do it more often.
BeautyJudy did some nice work with her kit recently and she mentioned that she got it at a local beauty supply. I also see that they're available on the Victoria Nail Supply website for $19.95, and she offers a variety of them. It comes with 3 art striper polishes that are easy to work with, 2 sheets of nail decals, 2 jars of sprinkles and a carousel with compartments filled with jewels and gems. According to the brochure, these items can also be purchased separately.
Here's what I did...the instructions show several looks you can try, and they start out by saying to paint your nails with one of the striper polishes. That sounded a little too time consuming to me, given the narrow and long size of the brush, so I opted to paint 2 coats of Color Club's Rule Breaker, a turquoise shimmer with a nearly metallic or foil finish. I then used You're Golden and painted a quick "Lazy S" shape on each nail, beginning at the cuticle. I took the copper art striper, Penny Pincher, and drew a thinner line inside of You're Golden. Taking a drop of clear polish on a piece of paper and a toothpick, I put a small amount of the clear on a toothpick, picked up a "Sprinkle" jewel, and placed it on the nail. I pressed it down for a few seconds using the clean side of the toothpick. It took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish, which delighted me simply because I don't have a lot of time or more importantly, a lot of patience. I think that's one of the reasons I've avoided nail art, because I thought it to be too time consuming. Granted, mine was a simple look, however.
There are endless looks that can be created with this kit and now that I've tried it, I'm sure I'll be ordering a few more. Victoria Nail Supply now has their China Glaze Wizard of Ooh Ahz sets in, so I'll be sure to ad another Art Club Nail Art Kit onto my order. How many of you do nail art on a regular basis? How many of you have been afraid to try it, like I was?!!
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