Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cult Nails & BeautyPopShop Rhinestone Tuesday Mani

Maria of Cult Nails (who is exceptionally fabulous if you're not familiar with her) and I were tweeting back and forth regarding manis last week when she came up with the fabulous idea of challenging ourselves to come up with themed manis! I wear nail polish all the time (with the occasional exception of short periods when I try to give my nails a break for a day or so), but I don't focus on super creative manis as much as I should. And when I do, I often forget to take pics! Awful I know, but life is such a whirlwind right now what can you do? ;)

The theme of our mani Tuesday is "rhinestones"! I love, love classy bling. I really do! Unfortunately, I have allergic reactions to most metals and it's gotten worse over the years, so my daily jewelry wearing has gone down dramatically (ugh hurts just to think about how much I miss my jewelry!). So, I jumped at the chance to bling out my nails when Maria suggested rhinestones as a possibility!

I'm a huge swarovski fan. Can you tell given the swarovski-covered polish racks we released shortly after our launch back in January of this year? I had purchased a bunch of different swarovski sizes a while back for use on my nails and had barely touched them---perfect opportunity to dig in! I played around a bunch but I'm admittedly extremely hyper-critical of myself so after shifting around different swarovskis for far longer than I'd like to admit, I finally landed on this! I know it's not insanely complicated, but I really like clean lines and for some reason this really grabbed me after I arranged them this way. And just a heads up, my dad was so long yesterday I couldn't choose between photos after I edited my favorites so you get to see them all lol.

I realized after I took my mani pics that I could have included a nice or at least neutral background ... classy laptop in the background I know. I tend to do my nails at my desk so there you have it!

What do you think? I used 2 different size swarovski flatbacks in 2 different colors over Sheswai Hot Damn.

Line from cuticle up to larger swarovski = Xilion Rose Provence Lavender in PLV5

Large swarovski at tip of nail = Xilion Rose Crystal AB (my fav) in CAB7

I prefer the new 2058 style swarovskis over the older 2028 because they have a slightly different cut. They have a smaller table (the flat part of the face of the swarovski) and higher profile which really makes them flash and reflect a lot of color. I love them! The only downside is that they do stick up slightly higher than the old ones on your nails which actually isn't a huge deal in my opinion with the super small sizes, but still something to note ;) I used 1 super thick coat of gelous over them once I placed them into the layer of gelous I placed over my solid purple nail and then another coat of topcoat over that so while it's nowhere near flat, it's not quite as pointing.

So, what do you think?


  1. I really need to add this to the list of polishes I must have! I also am soooo going to do this design in the future I love it!

  2. I love the smaller rhinestones.. so pretty, makes the manicure looks so gorgeous~!!

    1. I love them, too! And they definitely glamify your mani ;)

  3. I love these! That purple is really gorgeous, and the rhinestones look fabulous.


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