Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rainbow Texting Thumb

Poor Berry Hard—few people seem to like is at much as I do. Never mind that, on to today's fun. I finally got a chance to play with the last untried item in the package of goodies that the Born Pretty nail art store sent to me for review: a wheel filled with 12 colors of flat-backed rhinestones.





Rather than try for a subtle or sophisticated design with these, I decided to go in the opposite direction and used five of the colors to make a rainbow on my thumb. I first put down a silver foil base (Nicole by OPI Give Me the First Dance from the Justin Bieber collection—don't judge me). I laid down a line of light green stones first, then added the adjacent lines until I mostly ran out of space on my nail and definitely ran out of patience. To pick the stones up and place them, I used the end of one of the dotting tools; keeping the end wet helped with that.



Before I put topcoat on to seal the stones, I could see the faceting:



After a liberal application of topcoat, the stones looked more rounded but also more shiny:



I don't tend to like things sticking up off the surface of my nails, but these weren't too bad in that regard. They do have some thickness, obviously, but lay pretty flat on the nail and don't catch on clothes thanks to the rounded edges.



Disco rainbow nails are obviously not practical to do very often, but can see myself using these rhinestones as accents for stamping designs.

Born Pretty sells this wheel for US$3.33 (or less if you order higher quantities). They also have other wheels: heart-shaped rhinestones, flat-backed pearls in white and colors, flowers and other motifs. If you use code KARENDK31 you will get 10% off from now through March 31, 2011.

The rhinestones shown in this entry were provided to me for free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider, and I get to keep the rhinestones for my own use.

26 comments:

  1. Oh man, I LOVE this!!!!

    It looks awesome! :D I am going to have to try that sometime.

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  2. This thumb is so full of win! Great idea :)

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  3. I have one of these wheels as well i like to use it a lot. Your manicure is very cute.

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  4. Ahhh this is cute. I have the same stones, I'm going to try something similar :):) Great thumb!

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  5. That's so freaking awesome!!!!

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  6. love this :) i still wonder why topcoat does that too the gemstones

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  7. What a fun idea, looks great!

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  8. Sooo cool! For a special ocassion I would try to cover all my nails with them, it should look just awesome! :D

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  9. fancy fancy! i love tricked out thumbs. :O) thanks for sharing

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  10. looks great! i need to order me some rhinestones

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  11. CUTE!! I wonder if I could do something not quite so bling-y with a dotting tool and rainbow colors instead?

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  12. I love this rainbow. :) Great texting thumbs.

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  13. That is so out there I love it! I think with things like that you can't do it in between. Doing it all out made it so awesome.

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  14. I totally agree about the bumpy-ness, but I think this design makes up for this awesome design! Great idea too, and again I love it!!

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  15. I like this a lot. It reminds me of My Little Ponies for some reason. Haha. But I like this take on the texting thumb!

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  16. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive. Beautiful! Glad to know they're don't stick out too much.

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  17. LOVE this.. it looks like my cell phone cover! LOL.

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  18. "don't judge me" hahaha ;) I like this rainbow design a lot and I think it looks best naked, without a topcoat.

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  19. While visiting my sister this past week, I came across all the Bieber polishes, and I was determined that no matter how pretty I would NOT buy into the Bieber fever. I'm quite proud of myself. *sits back and judges karend* lmao! I really did laugh out loud when I read that "don't judge me."

    This is an awesome design. I certainly couldn't find the patience to do it, but I'm glad you did. It's fantastic!

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Thank you for reading and commenting! I greatly appreciate knowing I'm not just talking to myself here. :)