The Lacquer Legion: Reinvention - Tree of Hearts Nail Art

 When you do as much nail art as bloggers do you can sometimes find yourself at a loss for ideas, so  Sarah at Chalkboard Nails, Rebecca at Rebecca Likes Nails, and Leslie at Work/Play/Polish came up with the awesome idea of Lacquer Legion. Each month there will be a new prompt and January's prompt is Reinvention.

I'm starting to get in the mood for Valentine's Day nail art. I'm not a huge Valentine's Day person but I love V-day inspired nail art. This idea has been floating around in my head for awhile and I attempted it last week and absolutely hated the way it turned out. So I decided to "reinvent" the original design. See what I did there? 

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My original concept for this was a more distressed finish with painted on red hearts. Sound really pretty except for the glaring fact that I suck at painting hearts and they all came out looking like red wonky splotches on my nails. I was thoroughly bummed with the end result, but I loved the concept so much that I decided to take acknowledge and accept my heart-painting deficiency and re-work the design using my heart-shaped rhinestones.
I started with two coats of Elevation Polish Limestone, which was also the base color for my original design. I seriously need to get a backup bottle of this polish- it's such a perfect base color for nail art. I then mixed OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys and a bit nail polish thinner and painted the tree and branches using a detailing brush. I then applied HK Girl Top Coat and while wet applied my pink heart-shaped stones. 
I am so glad that I decided to reinvent this design because the concept is so simple and yet so pretty. Be sure to check out the other Lacquer Legion posts today. Search for the hashtag #LLreinvention across social media. 
*This design has been submitted to the River Island We Heart Nail Art Blogger Challenge competition!