Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Bling Week day 2 - floral, framed and studded nail art

Hey loves! It's day 2 of bling week and today I have some nails that aren't sparkly, but I'd definitely still qualify them as blingy.

Dressed Up Nails - floral, framing and stud nail art

The day before I did these, I got a package in the mail from KKcenterHK with round studs and these 3D acrylic floral ovals (that sounds weird but I have no idea what to call them!). I really wanted to use them together and I thought they'd be perfect to include with the theme this week.

Dressed Up Nails - floral, framing and stud nail art

Originally I wanted to do the floral ovals on my ring fingers and then frame the rest of my nails with round studs, but the package didn't have enough studs in it for me to do that. It had probably 40-50, which I thought was just because it was a sample sent for review, but when I just checked the website the listing was for a package of ~50 studs.


The studs are nice quality and I was surprised by how much I loved the way they look. The only drawback is how small the package is - I mean, I need a lot of studs, okay? I also would have expected a lot more for the price ($4.23), especially considering how many studs/rhinestones come in the packs sold on other websites.


Dressed Up Nails - floral, framing and stud nail art

I started with a base of three coats of Maybelline Poolside, which is a beautiful super-light blue that's part of the summer LE collection. I framed my two middle nails using a striper brush and China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le, and I framed my pointer and pinky by painting the darker blue on top of the lighter blue (sort of like a ruffian) and then adding a French tip. I've never tried that way of framing before, but I definitely prefer it... it's a lot easier and less anxiety-inducing.

Dressed Up Nails - floral, framing and stud nail art

I added a layer of clear polish to my middle and pinky fingers and stuck the studs into that while it was still tacky. I used nail glue to attach the acrylic oval to my ring finger. I love the way this looks SO much! The only problem was that 2 came in the package but one was pretty unusable (at least for me)... the top was sort of melted down and cloudy and it probably wouldn't have been noticeable from a difference, but it really bothered me.

See what I mean? The one on the right is the one I used, and the one on the left was the wonky one.


I freehanded the floral design on my pointer finger to echo the acrylic floral. I kind of want to do a whole mani with that design!

Dressed Up Nails - floral, framing and stud nail art

I don't know why, but I completely fell in love with these nails and I was pretty sad at the prospect of only being able to wear them for a day. Once the studs started popping off I wasn't as bummed to change them, but I still wish I could have worn them a little longer!

I do really like both the round studs and the 3D acrylic floral ovals that I got from KKcenterHK, but I was disappointed with the quality of the acrylic ovals and I don't really think that a package of this few studs is worth the price. I can imagine that my wonky oval might have been a fluke, but I'm not positive about that. If you want to order from KKcenterHK you can use my discount code DRESSEDUPNAILS for 10% off!

What do you guys think of these?


15 comments:

  1. This is absolutely stunning! I wish I was as talented as you <3 xx

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  2. These nails are so fun. I really like the studs with the floral; i.e. the elegant and edgy look.

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  3. Gorgeous! I love the freehand version better than the acrylic studs! But the whole combo you did look really oriental! Love it! :)

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  4. I love the mix of freehand, studs and the oval thingie.. very cool!

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  5. I really like those acrylic floral cameo things!! I've never seen them before. And I love how you tied everything together so seamlessly

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  6. sooo amazing :) very beautiful :)

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  7. I love these! Your freehand is amazing. It makes me think of cowgirls in the Wild West meets Little House on the Prairie. Is that weird? They make me want to run through a field of flowers in a white peasant blouse and a blue prairie skirt :-D

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  8. This looks amazing, and I love that Maybelline!

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  9. These are stunning! I'm loving them!

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