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Spectacular Nail Art: A Step-by-Step Guide to 35 Gorgeous Designs Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 62 user ratings
ISBN:1623540259
LANGUAGE:English

" I love painting my nails!! So when I saw this book I knew I had to have it. I have tried so many of the designs in the book. I only wish I could have seen the pictures in color. " said.

" 3.5 StarsARC generously provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Some really cute ideas. Some of them my seven year old is dying for me to try on her. Some are designs I have seen before but beautiful pictures and still gives some good inspiration. " said.

" Its ok. Ive read better nail care books. I like the parts of the nail care advice including the part of how to do basic nail styles and basic nail care. I would rename this book to "Nail Care 101: How to jump nail-first into the world of nail art". Is it bad to want to rename a book??? Maybe so " said.

" I think this book helped me a lot. I was interested in trying to do some nail art for myself but I wasn't sure where to begin. This author helped me get started and showed me a few things I could do. This author is very creative and I'm glad I got a chance to check this book out. * I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* " said.

"I love painting my nails. I have over 60 different color of nail polish, so when I saw NetGalley had this I wanted it right away. I was so happy when the approved me to review it. There is so, so many neat trip and tips. May favorite part of this book is the step by step how to’s. For every Halliday, from 4th of July to snow flaks, to sick spider-webs, to hears, to flowers, paw prints, birds, dots and so much more. The best part is you can change it to and mix and match too. For example, you don’t just have to have nails of spider-webs this Halloween you can have pumpkins together!
Overall I love this book, NatGalley is digital so this is one book that I would want a physical copy of.
Thanks for letting me review this book!
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"I enjoyed the many inspiring nail art examples. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the fact that the step-by-step pictures are shown from the wearer's point of view, i.e. upside down. Reading the directions while seeing images of painting a jack o'lantern upside down is much easier to follow than looking at images right side up and trying to translate it in my mind while I'm trying to actually paint my nails.

I really hope the author comes out with another Spectacular Nail Art book with new designs. While all the designs were fun to look at, some are too young for my taste and I ended up only considering about 12 really wearable for me. If I had an 8 year old niece, I still would've studied the rest of the designs for her as I'm sure the elementary school crowd would LOVE all of those designs.
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"INITIAL THOUGHTS
I do really enjoy looking at books like this from more than one point of view. I look with interest to see if I would be able to do any of the designs. I look at the book with a professional eye as many moons ago I qualified as level 2 Nail Technician, my daughter is a fully qualified level 3 qualified Nail Technician. Finally I look at the book from the point of view as a parent, and ask myself the question would I purchase/recommend this as a gift for a friend relative.

MY REVIEW
I downloaded an e-arc of this one from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. The cover I would say is quite busy, showing lots of pictures of the different nail designs that are featured inside the book. There's lots and lots of girly pink on the cover too. The title and author name are the main focus of the book and are in the centre of the front cover as well as the sub-heading/by line of "A Step by Step Guide of 35 Gorgeous designs" which describes the book and it's contents quite well. Would the cover of this book make me pick it up from a book store shelf? If I were browsing in a book store I think I'd pick it up to take a quick look inside at the designs, though in my opinion the cover is targeting the girly tween market, which I guess is the perfect audience for a book like this.
The book begins with the "Basics" which explains the contents of the book, that it is a step by step guide to a good range of designs, a mixture of special occasion to everyday wear creations too. This section also explains that there are different skill and patience levels for each different creation.
The book goes on to a Caring for your hands and nails list of do's and don'ts for example "always wear gloves both when washing up or using any chemicals" There's also a section which recommends how to choose a Nail Salon.
The Techniques section covers the different nail shapes and how to push your cuticles back. Personally and from a professional point of view I think the book could have done to put a little more emphasis on doing so carefully so as not to tear the cuticle. I think the description on the method for how to apply nail polish is totally spot on as is the tip of rolling nail polish between your hands to mix the colour pigment and so enabling the polish to be applied evenly. (A really great professional tip!).
I think the instructions on how to do a french manicure and how to apply the white makes it sound quite easy when to be honest I still see poorly applied french manicures done by so called qualified professionals. A french manicure is also variable upon where you live in the world too. I think the description of pouring nai polish onto cardboard or foil could be a ittle wasteful when you could paint the colour onto the dotter and that way is much more economical. The actual designs fall under five categories though are not individually labelled as so, they just flow one design after the next. I'd say I loved the vintage style flowers, the darling daisies, pearly bubbles and cascading blossoms too. A quirky wedding themed nail covered is the Tux deluxe.
The book felt like it ended a little too abruptly for my taste. It would have been nice to have a paragraph or so at the end of the book saying "Good Luck with your nail creations" and something like "Remember practice makes perfect!" then perhaps have some media links to a few popular nail blogs.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, it I enjoyed flicking through it. Would I recommend the book? Mmm yes to a young tween or teen interested in Nail Art and Makeup etc. Would I want to read another book by the people who created this one? I don't honestly think I would buy one for myself, perhaps as a gift. Would I be interested in another Nail Designs book? I usually check out all Nail Design books and Hairstyle book, old habits die hard lol.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Perfect for Tweens and Teens, or perhaps even for you to try yourself, or to have a mini pamper party time with your daughter! I remember my daughter being very into having her nails done and also her wanting to do mine too. I often ended up going to work with different colours and designs!
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" I love painting my nails!! So when I saw this book I knew I had to have it. I have tried so many of the designs in the book. I only wish I could have seen the pictures in color. " said.

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