Monday, September 24, 2012

#FlBeautyBloggers Guest Posts!! Maria from Cult Nails

Hi loves,
  As announced last week I will be out this week and the coming week. I am having a laparoscopic exploration done tomorrow. Then I will be in and out of doctors appointments after that. It's not a big deal, but I will need to rest up and take my time to recover. So, I reached out to some of my amazing friends and favorite bloggers to keep you guys entertained while I am away getting better. Today's post comes to us from Maria of Cult Nails

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to be posting on Cristina's blog! WAHOO! I feel so honored. Now before we go getting crazy here, my skills are no where near the amazing Cristina's so don't say I didn't warn you! 
 Recently on Let Them Have Polish, Cristina featured a flowered gradient manicure. I instantly fell in love and knew I had to recreate the look. Since I was working on this, I decided why not do a tutorial while I was at it. 
 The talented Alyssa from Pretty Little Bottles (who will be on later this week) came and hung out for a day and she did a flower mani too. Here is what our mani's looked like. 
 I was a bit worried about using these flowers in a natural nail manicure because I thought it would end up being lumpy, but with a thick coat of top coat over the top, it was just fine!

Here is how I did it.
 First things first, paint your nails in whatever polish color you want. Go crazy, do some nail art, or a gradient manicure, Whatever you want. For this simple tutorial, I just am placing it on a painted nail.

What you need: You will need flowers of course, which you can pick up at most beauty supply stores like Sally's or on Amazon. You will need a toothpick or orange wood stick and a top coat. I'm using Wicked Fast here, but I will admit this is not the best top coat for this job because it dries to fast.(And that's normally a good thing!) But it is the only one I have (For hopefully obvious reasons.) :) 
Once your nails are painted and dry apply a top coat either to your entire nail or just where you want to apply the flower. (The choice is a matter of preference as to whether you want to put the top coat all over the entire nail or not.) and add a drop of the top coat to your toothpick/orange wood stick and pick up the flower and place it on your nail.
Using the opposite side of your toothpick/orange wood stick, gently press the flower into the nail. 

Let it set for a minute and then add a top coat to the entire nail to seal the flower in. (Wicked Fast is perfect here!)
That's it! It was so easy! I don't know why I waited so long to try using these! Thank you Cristina for showing us how to have fun with flowers! I hope you all enjoyed my guest post! 
  Here is a quick vid by Maria.


 A huge thank you to Maria for taking from her time to do this awesome tutorial!! 



  1. I adore dried flowers I did a little design with a few overlapping each other on one corner of my nails. These are stunning.

    Jazz x

  2. I just got some of these in a swap, cute! I feel like I need more Cult Nails to wear with them :P.

  3. Oh this is so pretty! Pressed flowers make awesome nail art...I've always heard this to be the case in theory, but this is the first I've seen them in practice with non-acrylic nails! Way cool, I'm going to ebay stalk some for myself later!

  4. So exciting to see you here, Maria! And Cristina, I'll be thinking of you! Hope all goes up and make sure to give yourself a fun mani if you're up for it! Sending love and hugs!

  5. These are so feminine and gorgeous!

  6. this is just too cute!!
    I have got to try this...seriously!

  7. Awesome tutorial! I'll have to check these out!

  8. Yay I love seeing you here Maria! What a great tutorial too :)


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