Monday, April 29, 2013

Baby's first nail foils + freehand swirls and glitter!

Hey friends! Today I have another "baby's first" post for you guys. There are so many things I still haven't tried that I'm kinda liking the idea of making these a series - what do y'all think? If you have any ideas for other things I should try and post about for the first time, let me know in the comments! Trying new things is a little scary for me but it's always fun.

Today I have my first manicure using nail foils!

Dressed Up Nails - nail foils and freehand swirls with star glitter nail art

The foils I got are from Born Pretty Store. I got four colors and each one comes in a long strip rolled up inside a little plastic cylindrical container. There is a lot in each container, which is always nice. The strips were a little unwieldy so I cut them into little squares and stuffed them back in the container after I was done using them.

The first time I tried using the foils, I thought you were supposed to stick them colored side down and I could not for the life of me figure out what I was doing wrong because I just couldn't get them to work. Then I found a post on Nailed It NZ where she talked about making the same mistake and how the foils are actually supposed to be stuck to your nail colored side UP in order for the color to transfer... haha. I felt like such a newb but excited that I found out how to use them properly.

Dressed Up Nails - nail foils and freehand swirls with star glitter nail art

The foil nails started with a base of Sinful Colors Endless Blue and Super Black Lacquers Little Piggy. Endless Blue is the most saturated, amazing blue I own - I can't get enough of super-saturated blues, and this one definitely does not disappoint. It's like SH Pacific Blue, but even brighter and more saturated. The formula was perfect, opaque in 2 easy coats.

SBL Little Piggy was similarly flawless - even though it's a fairly light pastel color, it was opaque in two coats and the formula was perfection. It's a lovely balance between pink and purple and I'm so glad I have it! I recently got a whole package of Super Black Lacquers, so I'll be doing a swatch post or two of those soon, but I couldn't wait to use at least one because oh man they are all gorrrrgeous.

Dressed Up Nails - nail foils and freehand swirls with star glitter nail art

After my second coat of polish was almost dry but still a little tacky, I took all four colors of my nail foils and pressed them randomly on each nail. I really love the result! It's sort of Pollock-esque in its abstraction and I love the bright colors and the metallic finish of the foils.

On my two middle accent nails I used a striper brush to freehand the swirls and then attached loose star glitter, also from Born Pretty Store, to the center of each swirl set. I love how the stars make the swirls look more finished... definitely can't wait to use these more!

After everything was done, I still felt like the manicure was missing something, so I added a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust for a little extra sparkle. That seriously tied this whole thing right together for me.

Dressed Up Nails - nail foils and freehand swirls with star glitter nail art

On my right hand I stuck to all nail foils over Endless Blue. I loved this look so much I almost wished I had just done this across both of my hands!

Dressed Up Nails - nail art with nail foils from Born Pretty Store

What do you guys think of these? Have you ever used nail foils? I was a bit apprehensive at first but they're definitely a really quick and easy way to make a manicure more awesome!

You can buy the nail foils and loose star glitter from Born Pretty Store and you can also use my code CLJ61 for 10% off your order! Super Black Lacquers can be purchased from their website, but I'm warning you guys now - don't even go look unless you're prepared to buy all of them or gain a whole bunch of new lemmings. Y'all are gonna die when I get swatches up of these!

Some of the products in this post were provided for review.


  1. Wow this is so cool! I love the designs on your right hand... looks awesome! I'm still confused about how nail foils work though... I've never heard of them or tried them.

    I like the idea of these "firsts" posts. It's always fun to try something new!

  2. Those foil colours look amazing with your base colour! I watched a YouTube tutorial before trying nail foils, but I'm sure I would have made the same mistake if I hadn't haha. You'd think it was like those nail polish strips with the design face up right??

  3. This is a really cool look, great job!

  4. I absolutely love these! I have been wanting to try nail foils, but never thought to do it this way, which is much more my aesthetic. I don't know if you've done feather, but I have been curious about seeing those done too.

  5. I love these! I've got some foil coming my way and this is only making me more excited. Yeeee!

  6. This is so pretty. I love your pointer finger.

  7. I love it! Did you change the design of the blog? It is cute :)

  8. These look great! I really love the bright colors.

    I love the idea of First Time posts. I've never heard of nail foils before and I wondered if you might include a picture or two of the product you're trying? Or maybe a photo of the process? That would be really cool.

    1. An excellent idea! Next time I use the foils I'll do either a video tutorial or a pictorial and post it :)

  9. Yay for foil nails, and yay for frist times! I'd love to see more posts like these :).

  10. This is awesome, I really like the swirls. I haven't tried nail foils yet but they do look great so I may have to get some.
    I really love the idea of first time posts, I can't wait to see more of them :)

  11. Thanks for the mention! These look gorgeous!


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