- Monday, 7 March 2016 -

Kitsch, Springtime Nails

Hello you lovely lot! As soon as I get even the slightest whiff of Spring in the air, I'm cracking out the lighter hues and pastel tones like there's no tomorrow. With adorable bunny and baby chick products in abundance and softer colours like lilacs and mints making a comeback, Spring is without a doubt one of my favourite seasons. Be it the lighter evenings or the prospect of eating your own body weight in chocolate eggs, this time of year definitely lifts moods as we break out of that dreary and sluggish cocoon we found ourselves wrapped up in these past winter months. 

So, to ease myself smoothly into the seasonal transition, I decided to experiment with some nail art this weekend and create some subtle little springtime designs. Always eager to try new things, I bought myself some cute nail decals from Instagram shop Jinxie and Trixie, which up until now, have been a completely foreign art form to me. I also purchased a mixed set of nail art decorations from eBay, which includes the most adorable array of mini bows, hearts, stars and jewels!

For the decals to appear sharper on the nail, it's advised you use a light base colour before applying them. Essie is one of my all-time favourite nail polish brands, but of course it was a no brainer for me to opt for a soft pink! Once your base colour has successfully dried, you can then cut out your favourite decal (as close to the image as possible) and dunk it in a cup of water for 15-20 seconds. Just like when a sticker peels away from its backing, when you retrieve it from the water, the decal should peel away too, leaving you with the image on a transparent base. 

You may then proceed to press the image down on your nail of choice, smoothening it out from any bumps or bubbles. After you're well and truly sure that you decal has dried, you can then cover it in a top coat in order to secure the image. When this was done, I then decided to pick a cute little bow from my assorted decorations set and perch it prettily above my decal, just to complete the look! With the run up to Easter, I plan on experimenting more with the decals, maybe even implementing a bunny, chick or lamb design, just to make it appear that bit more seasonal! 

Have you ever tried nail decals before?

  1. OMG SO CUTE. I would love to do this but I'm so clumsy and impatient I know I'd cock it up haha.x x

  2. Aw this is adorable! I've tried to do this on my nails, but I find the sequins fell off so quickly. I love the light pink shade and it really does make the sticker pop. Great post :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  3. How cute! <3 I clearly don't use nail decals enough! I will look into these! <3


  4. Awww these are so cute, i have a 50/50 relationship with decals, depends on the brand and the quality =]


  5. This is such a great tutorial! Thank you for the shop shout out! We really appreciate you and your nails look kitschtacular!✨xoxo- Trixie of Jinxieandtrixie💖

  6. Your nails! They're so cute. I love this idea. x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  7. pretty nails :)


  8. Oh my god these are so cute! I haven't used nail decals in such a long time, however these are so cute I'd definitely want to try them!

    Beka. xo | littleworldofbeka

  9. Utterly adorable! I just love this. I just bought a whole bunch of pastel nail polishes too. Can't wait to play with them.

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  10. Omg girl !!!! I LOVE THESE !! I literally cannot even deal with how adorable they are .. I must definitely try this !! So perfect for Easter and SO easy! I am absolutely loving your blog too darling !! It's adorable !!


  11. Utterly adorable and such a good idea too, especially as I'm not very good at nail art so these are brilliant. Love it! And I'm so glad it's finally Spring too! - Tasha

  12. Adorable nails! I love using nail decals. I had cute little snowmen ones I wore for Christmas x

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