The lovely Born Pretty Store recently sent me these 1.5mm gold studs to review!  I’m totally into gold lately so they are perfect for adding texture and a bit of edginess to any design.  The studs arrived in a plastic package with about 400 studs (that’s my rough estimate but for sure it’s enough to last through many manicures).  They were pretty easy to apply and still look nice and shiny with a layer of top coat over them (something I was afraid would take away from their look). The studs are also pretty flat so they lay nicely on the nail (I rarely use 3D items since they generally bother me) and don’t get caught on anything during normal everyday wear.

To apply the studs, I started by painting a layer of clear polish on my nail.  Then, I dipped a brush in clear polish to pick up the stud and place it on my nail.  Once the stud was in place, I gently pushed it down with an orange stick.  Finally, I went over the studs with a coat of Seche Vite. 

These studs cost only $5.86 (less if you buy in bulk) and are shipped for free.  Also, if you use my coupon code (ERINW12) before December 30th, you will receive 5% off your purchase!

The Born Pretty Store was a pleasure to work with and I would definitely recommend these 1.5 mm gold studs!

*I am in no way affiliated with the Born Pretty Store.  The opinions stated in this review are solely the my own. 

My first attempt at this mosaic look. Sorry for the horrible picture. I didn’t have time to clean this up! I’m definitely getting better with the striping tape so I think I’ll try this look again with different colors! #nailyoudown #nailart #queennails #craftyfingers #thenailartstory #mosaic #benailed #nailartoohlala #sinfulcolors #colorclub

I bought a macro lens for my iPhone from @photojojo around Christmas and just decided to bust it out. This is a macro shot of my last manicure with @opi_products Gargantuan Green Grape & Which is Witch? #nailyoudown #opi #macro #photojojo

•Zoya | Holly•
I don’t have too many greens in my collection but this one is just gorgeous. Not too keen on the finish since you can see brushstroke a but the rich color makes up for it! If you’re looking for an emerald, this is it! @zoyanailpolish I’m so impressed with the formula now compared to the Zoyas I got a year or two ago. #nailyoudown #notd #zoya #zoya2013 #holly #sundayswatchday

•Illamasqua | Obsess•
I was so excited to try this gorgeous color! It’s a bit neon and the perfect mix of pink and purple. I was surprised by the matte/rubber finish on this one. I’m partial to shiny nails so I think I’ll add a coat of SV. :) Overall I love the color and the formula so @illamasqua is definitely worth it! PS: I’ve been thinking of going square (though I’ve been a squoval for SO long), so I’m finally growing them out. :) #nailyoudown #illamasqua #sephora #obsess #sundayswatchday #queennails

•Sinful Colors | Cinderella•
•Essie | Stroke of Brilliance•
Sorry for the horrible lighting. I snagged the famous Cinderella but its not what I expected. It took like 5 coats to get it this opaque. Not my favorite but it will do for now. :) #nailyoudown #benailed #barbiefingers #queennails #nailartoohlala #notd @essie_nailpolish_ @essienailpolish #luxeffects (Taken with Instagram)

•Sally Hansen | Mint Sprint•
•Maybelline | Gold’s Night Out•
Love this shade of green (though I’m not sure why its called mint since its much darker than other mint colors). I also couldn’t resist picking up this gold glitter since I have the same one in silver and its my favorite! @maybelline @sally_hansen #nailyoudown #swatch #glitter #gold #green #sundayswatchday