Saturday, September 13, 2014

Star Power

Today I have my very first mani where I used the awesome Nail Vinyls!  I've been pretty obsessed with them since I discovered them and for my first try I used the stars.

For my base color, I chose Chanel Attraction.  For the second color, I used Enchanted Polish Yesterday.

Here's what the star sheet of the Nail Vinyls looks like - and you can use them in two different ways!  Placing them on will let the base color show through as the star, and using them as a stencil the accent color will be the star.  I used both methods.

 The stars come in different sizes, and I played around with them quite a bit for the final result

 I happened to be wearing a star shirt that day, as you can see in these pics

This mani got me hooked on Nail Vinyls - I have several other shapes including hearts, lip prints, chevrons, straights, and lightning bolts!  

Since this was my first time, I wasn't quite sure of the best technique - having used the Nail Vinyls several times now, here's my recommended method to get the best result:

1. Paint the base color, 2 coats and then top coat.  Wait at least 30 mins.
2. Use the vinyl in either fashion, and only do one nail at a time because you'll want to pull the vinyl off fast with tweezers after applying the second color.
3. After you've placed the vinyl where you want it, paint two quick coats of the second color, wait about 30 seconds and pull the vinyl off with tweezers.
4. Wait at least 20 mins and top coat again.  Two coats of top coat if you feel you need it. Just don't top coat too soon, you don't want to drag the design and mess it up!

Nail Vinyls can be purchased from their site as well as Llarowe.

Chanel can be purchased from their site as well as Nordstrom's.

Enchanted Polish can be purchased from their site, but Yesterday is more easily available through stockists like Mei Mei's and Nail Polish Canada, and of course Storenvy, eBay, and various Facebook groups.

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