Manicure Monday | Pumpkin & Lace Nails

Monday, 20 October 2014

If you have never tried Nail Decals before, now is the perfect time! They allow you to have flawless nail art in seconds, without all the fiddly fuss of painting and hours of drytime, plus, you can pick them upo super cheap online in any design your mind could think up!

I love shopping for my nail decals on eBay, there are so many and they are so affordable that you can always pick up a few at a time. When I bought these lace decals latley I just couldnt wait to use them and I had something autumnal in mind.
When Autumn & Winter come around its easy to become fond of all the rich, berry shades but this week I wanted to try something a little more vibrant, that would work well as both an autumn and Halloween design.

I decided to use 2 of my 'Sinful Colors' Professional Polishes. This gorgeous Shimmer Orange in 'Cloud 9' and an orange glitter top coat for my statement nails in 'UFO'. These polishes are just £1.99 each and I love the smooth coat and glossy finish that they give. The wear time is good, especially when finished off with a good, clear topcoat.

To achieve the look for yourself start by filing your nails into the desired shape, I rounded mine to keep it simple and natural! You may want to buff and smooth your nail surface and trim your cuticles, but this is not essential. 
Follow this with a good base coat, to prevent staining and maximise wear time, I am using Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Treatment.
You can then begin to apply your first coat of colour polish (I applied 2 colour coats in total), do this carefully to stop bleeding onto the skin and to prevent streaks and patches. If you decide to apply further coats make sure you leave 5 minutes between each coat for drying time.
Next, I wanted to add some glitter for feature fingers so I applied 1 coat of 'UFO' onto my ring fingers and thumbs.
Once this is completely dry you can begin to apply the decals, these will usually come with instructions so make sure you check yours, but I find the best way is to cut each decal out as close to the pattern as possible (this will eliminate overhang), then gently press it onto the nail in the correct position and hold it down with a damp flannel for 15-20 seconds. You should then be able to peel the backing off of the decal, leaving the beautiful design on your nail!
When you have finished each decal (I decided not to use them on my feature fingers) you can go over everything with a clear top coat. This will prevent chipping and allow everything to keep shiny for as long as possible!

Make sure you give your nails plenty of time to dry once completed and soak up the compliments! These decals are super pretty and will look great with any colour polish you may prefer to use!


  1. This is awesome! I don't have any orange polishes, and this one looks awesome!
    Modern Beauty Girl
    Other Modern Girl

  2. It is a beautiful shade! Definitely worth picking up! I've just layered the UFO glitter polish over a plain black polish too and it is amazing - so sparkly!
    Thanks for reading!