Tuesday, 27 May 2014

500 Nail Designs by Chelsea Franklin

While I'm a huge nail polish lover, I have to admit that nail art is not my forte. 500 Nail Designs by Chelsea Franklin* ($24.99 on Amazon) is a new book featuring a ton (500, to be exact) of nail art ideas. I was quite excited to check out this new book, because I've been wanting to get a bit more creative with my manis.

500 Nail Designs by Chelsea Franklin

"500 Nail Designs is a collection of gorgeous, inspired nail looks. You'll find hundreds of dramatic nail art designs from multi-colored graphic patterns, to plays of textures and finish. Want super glossy nails for the beach? How about accent glitters for a night out? Get rockin' with the rough crackle look, or just go natural with a sexy, simple matte finish. There are also dozens of thematic designs such as red and green Christmas ornament designed nails, fancy floral patterns for spring, or tie-dye for summer. 500 Nail Designs is the ultimate nail art sourcebook for fashionistas--simply swap out different polish colors or textures, or add and subtract elements to get a whole new look!"

500 Nail Designs by Chelsea Franklin

500 Nail Designs includes pages upon pages of full colour, glossy pictures of beautiful manicures. If you're already fairly good at nail art, then this book would be great for you. However, I found that for myself, I need a bit more direction. While I absolutely love a lot of the manicures in this book, I have no idea how to recreate these looks. There is no description of the look, tools used, etc. If you're just looking for some inspiration, and are quite artsy, you might really benefit from this book. Otherwise, I think you'll do just fine with a quick Google search. I do appreciate the many different categories: prints & patterns, the seasons, work-appropriate designs, holiday designs, special occasions, & movie & television-inspired designs. There's definitely something for everyone!

500 Nail Designs by Chelsea Franklin

500 Nail Designs by Chelsea Franklin

The pictures in 500 Nail Designs by Chelsea Franklin are gorgeous, but I do think that it's lacking instruction. If you're just looking for nail art inspiration, then I think you'll really enjoy this book. Would you be interested in a nail art book?

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12 comments:

  1. Yea I would want to see what products were used along with some general instructions. but 500 is a lot of inspirations to choose from so that's good!

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    1. Definitely a ton of inspiration! But ya, some tutorials would have been nice!

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  2. Ooh I'd love to have a book like this (with instructions though!) looks really cool :) and would be fab for inspiration!

    Frankie x

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    1. Definitely perfect for inspiration! :)

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  3. I love the pretty pictures but I am a mess at nail art so tutorials would've been great! I wonder if this girl has a site you can check out with tutorials

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    1. She's a part of The Nail Network! I'll need to check it out :)

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  4. No instructions? What? That's silly.

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  5. Cool concept but I'd also need some instructions! :)

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  6. Nice big pictures are great, but I'd like a little direction in how to create the looks.

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