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Many, many moons ago, my 8th grade algebra teacher Mr. Powell used to have a slogan: Algebra is FUN! If we didn’t recant it loud or boisterous enough, we were forced to repeat it until it was to his liking.
Today: Nail art is: FUN!!!!!
As I stated in my previous post, nail art isn’t my forte. However, these Nail Rock nail art sets from the UK were the most fun I’ve had with nail art endeavors ever since I received a Konad stamping set 5 years ago.
All of the sets contain a bottle of polish, a small jar of caviar/fish egg microbeads, glitter or flocking powder and an instruction booklet. One set has a silver polish and iridescent beads and the other with bronze polish and mostly black beads with a few bronze beads interspersed in the vial for contrast.
The polish colors aren’t outstanding but apply well. Here are two coats of each:
My technique is to apply the final coat to each nail right before pressing into the jar of beads. If you apply the final coat and wait until all nails are covered, the first nail painted may be too dry to allow the beads to stick.
Iridescent set: Moon
I love the iridescent beads…they’re very understated and elegant, just like pearls. I put them over OPI Funny Bunny to give the beads center stage.
Black/Bronze set: Jupiter
You can apply a top coat over the beads, but I don’t like the Floam-like texture that results from that.
Sequin Set – Green
Nail Rock also has a “sequin glitter” set. Considering glitter is the herpes of the craft world, this was a bit of a nightmare to deal with. I prefer glitter to lay flat so dipping my nail into the glitter just had them all willy-nilly.
Velvet set – Burgundy
The last set is described as a “velvet manicure”. I’ve seen the fuzzy manicures on other blogs and thought they were pretty but never delved into it myself. After putting this one on, I wanted to curl up in bed and snuggle with it. If I wore this as a regular manicure, I’d probably spend all day stroking it like Mr. Bigglesworth.
For those of you struggling with the excess product, I used my OPI Fluffy Nail Duster to try to remove it from my cuticle area. What’s a nail duster, you say?
For those of you who’ve ever had acrylic nails, a perfect example is that giant blush brush used by a nail tech to sweep off the excess nail dust after shaping. The difference between that and OPI’s Fluffy is that it’s easier to clean and sanitize.
Nail Rock is available at: Claire’s, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, Rue21, Charlotte Russe, and many other retailers
What do you think of nail art fads? Have you tried any of these techniques? Hit us up below!