Elegante Amarena: Nail Art with Hologlam Decals

Black cherry and chrome nail art, chrome french tip nails, OPI GelColor Black Cherry Chutney, Arti water decals, Daily Charme Chrome powder

Hey there! I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. I am back today with a nail art design that features water decals from a new-to-me brand that I discovered on Instagram. And also a new-to-me product that you’ll have to read on to learn about.

Like most nail artists, I have my favorite places to shop for accessories. But that doesn’t stop me from keeping an eye out for new or unique accessories in other shops and, as I mentioned above, I will be using two of them in this design.
Hologram Decals 26

I came across Hologlam Decals on Instagram. They specialize in metallic and holographic water decals and the silver metallic sheet in this photo inspired my design. I have seen stickers like this before but not water decals so I rushed to my work area to get started when they arrived this past Saturday.

If you’d like to try them yourself let Becky at @hologlamdecals know that you saw them on my blog and get a 5% discount off of your first purchase!

Black cherry and chrome nail art, chrome french tip nails, OPI GelColor Black Cherry Chutney, Arti water decals, Daily Charme Chrome powder

Design Details

I began with 3 coats of OPI Gelcolor in Black Cherry Chutney and top coated with Akzentz Matte-On to kill the shine. I have LOVED this color since it was first released and wanted to include its name in my title. It wasn’t so special in English, but I think it is wonderful in Italian!! Elegant Black Cherry.
Black cherry and chrome nail art, chrome french tip nails, OPI GelColor Black Cherry Chutney, Arti water decals, Daily Charme Chrome powder

Working on one nail at a time I applied my second new-to-me item, Clear Chevron Vinyls from a variety sheet I purchased at Polished Vino. I must say that being able to see where I was placing the vinyl made it much easier to keep the chrome tip size more consistent across each nail.

By the way, don’t let the lacquer bottle fool you, this is a gel manicure. But most gel bottles are more about functional than fabulous, so I substituted.

Black cherry and chrome nail art, chrome french tip nails, OPI GelColor Black Cherry Chutney, Arti water decals, Daily Charme Chrome powder

Then I applied a thin layer of Gossip No-Rub topcoat to the tip and free edge and cured. I quickly applied Chrome Powder #3 from Daily Charme using my favorite sponge applicator from Amazon, applied another layer of Gossip and cured again.

To the naked eye, my chrome application looked perfect, but my all-seeing camera felt a little differently. I decided to do another layer of chrome on every nail and the Clear Chevron Vinyls were so easy to reapply in their original position.

Black cherry and chrome nail art, chrome french tip nails, OPI GelColor Black Cherry Chutney, Arti water decals, Daily Charme Chrome powder

Next, I added Swarovski Light Chrome crystals from Artbeads in sizes ranging from ss9 to ss16 on my index and pinky fingers. I attached them using a detail nail art brush and a dot of Akzentz Bling On and they stay on until I remove them.

Black cherry and chrome nail art, chrome french tip nails, OPI GelColor Black Cherry Chutney, Arti water decals, Daily Charme Chrome powder

The final step was to apply these gorgeous water decals from Hologram Decals to my thumb, middle and ring fingers. I cut them out carefully and then, working on one nail at a time, dunked them into a small cup of warm water for 20-30 seconds.

I had some trouble getting them to stick which I believe was caused by the matte gel topcoat. So I got them positioned perfectly and stuck my finger in my LED lamp for 60 seconds. Why you ask? Because I had no idea what else to try…and it actually worked! And I proceeded to wear these nails for 3 days without top coating the decals (matte topcoat would have ruined the shiny finish) and they looked like new at the end. Doesn’t the silver metallic just pair so perfectly with chrome?
Product Recap Photo

Product Recap

(clockwise from 6am, links provided to product and/or brand homepage)
Clear Nail Vinyls – Chevron Variety Sheet from Polished Vino
OPI GelColor in Black Cherry Chutney from Amazon
Akzentz Matte-On Topcoat from The Nail Hub
Gossip Gel No-Rub from Daily Charme
Magic Nail Chrome Powder No. 3 from Daily Charme
Gold Disposable Double Sided Eyeshadow Applicator from Amazon (not shown)
Metallic Silver Water Decals No. 26 from Hologlam Decals
Light Chrome Swarovski Crystals from Artbeads
Akzentz Bling On from The Nail Hub (not shown)

Ah, 3 posts under my belt and I am finally starting to feel like a blogger again! What do you think of these metallic water decals? Are you excited to see the holographic decals I also purchased? I look forward to hearing your answers!
Thanks for reading! See you at the next post!

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