Friday, May 17, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Bling Week day 5 - glitter polka dots and chains nail art

Hey everyguys, happy Friday! We've reached the final day of Bling Week and I'm actually a little sad about it. I wish I had done more of my manis in advance this time only because I ended up loving them all so much that I wanted to wear them for more than a day. Luckily I get to wear the nails I'm showing y'all today as looooong as I want (so like... two days instead of just one haha!)

Dressed Up Nails - glitter polka dots and chains nail art with Maybelline Turquoise Paradise

I knew that for one of the days this week, I wanted to use chains. I've had a package of chain that I got at the craft store sitting around for a really long time just waiting to be glued to my nails, and I figured that Bling Week was the perfect excuse for it. I didn't really have an idea of what I wanted to do WITH the chains, though... I thought about stripes or florals, but that just didn't seem right for some reason.

Dressed Up Nails - glitter polka dots and chains nail art with Maybelline Turquoise Paradise

Then last night as I was preparing to start on these, I thought about doing polka dots in loose gold glitter  to match the chains and got pretty irrationally excited about it. My semi-OCD brain didn't want to use the same thing twice for bling week, and I already used loose glitter, but I couldn't think of anything else that made me as excited so I just went for it.

Dressed Up Nails - glitter polka dots and chains nail art with Maybelline Turquoise Paradise

I started with Maybelline Turquoise Paradise, another color I picked up from the summer LE collection that I'm pretty much in love with - I'm doing a swatch post of all three colors soon, so I'll talk about it more in depth then (spoiler alert: I wanna wear this color all the time forever).


I applied a coat of clear polish and used an orange stick to place the loose glitter as I usually do. This was actually the easy part - it took me a minute or less per nail to place the glitter. It's so much easier when you aren't Tetrising it together like I did in my other glitter mani this week!


Dressed Up Nails - glitter polka dots and chains nail art with Maybelline Turquoise Paradise

The part that was surprisingly difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating was gluing the chains on. I pre-cut pieces of chain off using little scissors before I even started painting my nails so that I wouldn't have to do it when my nails were wet and risk ruining them and crying forever. After I finished the glitter on each nail, I put a drop of nail glue at my cuticle and used an orange stick to spread it around a little. I ended up flooding the cuticles on several of my fingers with nail glue, but it came off pretty easy with acetone.

I used tweezers to place the chains, and doing that was a lot harder than I had anticipated because the chain kept kinking up and twisting around and individual links would stick up weird and it was just kind of the WORST. I think it was more annoying because I had expected it to be super easy, but it had a steeper learning curve than I thought it would. After a few nails, though, I kinda got the hang of it. My left hand took me probably 40 minutes to finish the glitter and chains, but my right hand took under 20!

Dressed Up Nails - glitter polka dots and chains nail art with Maybelline Turquoise Paradise

Look ma! Both hands! I'm super happy with the way both of my hands came out, except for one tiny thing... a rogue piece of glitter managed to attach itself to my right ring finger and I didn't notice until I was already in the process of topcoating over it haha. Oh well.

Dressed Up Nails - glitter polka dots and chains nail art with Maybelline Turquoise Paradise

Even though these were a little more difficult than I thought they'd be, I am basically obsessed with the result. I don't know what it is about these, but I can't stop looking at them! What do you guys think?


12 comments:

  1. I love this look! It totally makes me want to jump into my old jewelry making supplies and experiment now!

    Awesome job as always!

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  2. Wow I'm obsessed with these! So stunning!!

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  3. wow haven't seen a chain effect before, very different love it! x

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  4. Great mani! Love the use of chains at the cuticle!! :)

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  5. I think these are so perfect! Ahh! I think this is my favorite manicure of the entire week.

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  6. Wow! I love the whole mani but the chains are my favorite, amazing!

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  7. These are awesome! Definitely worth the time and effort!

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  8. Fabulicious! Chain is a bitch but the payoff is definitely worth it.

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  9. These look so hott! I love them

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  10. Love this! I don't think I've ever seen the chain look before.

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