This was the first look that I created. I had just received my bottle of Nails Inc. Noho, a black leather polish, so I clearly had to incorporate it into the manicure too! The sexiness of the leather called for the addition of red, so I grabbed American Apparel Downtown LA. BUT I DIDN'T STOP THERE! I also added a coat of Wet N Wild Tonight's Gonna Be a Good Night to the red nails, tying them in with the black.
The finishing touch was the Hex Nail Jewelry Bow Charm. They offer two sizes of bow charms -- this is the larger one. I attached it with nail glue and it added just the right amount of sweetness to the sexiness.
This magical manicure has only three components! The white base is Cult Nails Tempest, the awesome neon glitter topper is Lush Lacquer Clowning Around, and the star of the show is the prancing unicorn charm from Hex Nail Jewelry. I mean... cmon. It's a unicorn, and it's prancing. You can't not love that.
This third look made me feel RICH! I began with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff and watercolored OPI Jade Is the New Black on top of it. I thought the linen shade and the money green would represent dollar bills well! Then, I added a coat of Cirque Au, my favorite gold leaf topcoat, because what's a manicure about money if you don't include a little gold? The Hex Nail Jewelry Money Charm was the final touch that tied it all together.
I'm sure you guys have questions, I know I did! Let's tackle some.
How do these sit on a nail?
Hex Nail Jewelry charms come curved. The curve allows them to stick to your nail better and minimizes the chances that they will snag on something. Of course, certain charms may work differently for different people depending on their specific nails and the size of the charm. Some of the charms I tried sat perfectly on my nail while some of the larger ones didn't sit completely flat along the edges. They were still wearable either way!
Are you supposed to topcoat them?
That's really up to you. As you can see, I didn't add topcoat to my looks so you could get a better look at the charms themselves. I tried applying topcoat to a few charms, and they still looked totally fine. Obviously adding a layer of topcoat will help the charms stay on longer, too!
How do you attach them?
I attached my charms to completely dry nails with nail glue. If you anchor them to the nail with just topcoat, they may detach faster. You can even include these in your gel manicures to enjoy them for weeks at a time!
Can you reuse them?
Yes! These are completely reusable. Hex recommends that you soak the charm in hot water to dissolve the glue and remove it. If you need to take off a top layer of topcoat, be aware that acetone will make the gold plating on the charms wear down more quickly.
How long do they stay attached?
It depends. There are a number of factors that can influence how long they last: nail curve, polish underneath, method of attachment, topcoat... Currently I'm wearing a charm that I attached with nail glue and finished with topcoat, and it seriously feels solid as a rock.
Where can I purchase them/get more info?
Hex Nail Jewelry charms are available at www.hexnailjewelry.com. From a teddy bear to a starfish to a charm that says 'foxy,' there is bound to be something for everyone. You can also keep up with the brand on Facebook and Instagram.
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Now -- on to the giveaway! The ladies over at Hex Nail Jewelry have generously provided me with a set of five of their Love Struck charms to give away to you guys.
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