Today I got a chance to try out and play with a pack of goodies kindly sent to me from Scatter Crystals – they are an authorised UK distributor of Swarovski Crystal. Countless nail technicians use their non-hotfix flatback Swarovski crystals specifically for nail art, and the results are striking! 💎
I was sent a mixed pack of 254 Crystal AB (Aurora Boreale) Flat Back Shapes. The AB crystals produce the most amazing rainbow effect in the light that shimmers tones of pink, blue & yellow. To buy the set, please click here.
The pack costs £24.99 and here’s a detailed breakdown:
- Round SS5 x 50
- Round SS7 x 50
- Round SS9 x 50
- Round SS12 x 50
- Round SS20 x 25
- Round SS30 x 10
- Raindrop (10 x 2.8mm) x 5
- Fan (6mm) x 5
- Rhombus (10 x 6mm) x 5
- Moon (8 x 5.5mm) x 2
- Star (5mm) x 2
I couldn’t wait to use them, so decided to demo a #blingky (blinged up pinky) inspired by @notorious_nails_ on Instagram (go check her out!)
Here’s my YouTube video Swarovski application tutorial:
Otherwise, carry on reading below….
After cleansing my pinky nail, and adding a gel primer, I decided to use Light Elegance Cool hard gel. I wanted a clear base and something that was going to hold for at least a couple of weeks!
I applied a layer with a gel brush and my base for stones was ready…
I then decided I wanted to use an array of the stones, so chose a raindrop as my central stone, then a mixture of SS5, SS7 and SS9 around it. The closer I got to the tip of my nail, the smaller of stone I used.
I used a dotting tool with a small amount of nail foil adhesive swiped over the tip. Once it dried clear, it was super sticky!! This means the stones stay nice and shiny when picking them up and transferring to the nail.
So, once all your stones are in place you can cure your hard gel.
Then cure your top gel, and that’s it! Because the top gel has no tacky layer, there’s no need to wipe any residue from the nail!
Here’s the final result! (Pic taken on same day, but after a quick design change!)
To summarise, this pack is absolutely brilliant value for money – for those who are nail techs, the stones work at under 10p each! There’s a fantastic variety and shapes to suit all.
Thanks again to Scatter Crystals for sending me these!
See you soon!