Nail Art Society: California Dreaming

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The Nail Art Society‘s latest kit, California Dreaming, totally makes me crave spring even more than I already have been! We’re having crazy weather here in South Jersey. It’s been one of the most intense winters I’ve ever lived through!

So what about this kit makes me feel like warmer weather is around the corner?!

Here’s a run-down of this NAS kit!

  • Jessica Nail Polish in Tangerine Dreamz
  • Joyme Nail Stickers (a set of 10)
  • Two iridescent rhinestone bows
  • Small baggie of round pearls
  • Small wooden stick

Between the flirty blows, iridescent rhinestones and the nail polish from Jessica’s 2012 summer collection, I’m feeling spring all over the place right now!

I WILL, however, say upfront that while I think this kit is so pretty, it wasn’t my favorite. Not because it wasn’t the ingredients for cute nail art – it totally was. But I just had issues with the nail art bits when I went to use them. Let’s check things out first, then I’ll chat about it.

First off, look at the cute branded bag the kit came in!

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Here’s the pearls and bows:

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A look at the Joyme stickers:

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The insert, with step-by-step instructions for creating the look that nail artist Sheila Monaus did for NAS:

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Finally, here are swatches of Jessica Tangerine Dreamz nail color:

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These swatches are actually from 2012, when the Gelato Mio collection launched!

Finally, here’s what I did with the kit! My swatch hand, the left:

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I tried to create a negative space heart on my index finger, and outline it with pearls. My nail beds feel small for this type of work, so I’m going to find other ways to incorporate negative space in my nail art.

And my right hand:

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I prefer the simpler look of my right hand.

Unfortunately, the Joyme stickers were a bit of a bear to work with. I heard this from other NAS Renowned Artists, as we were all testing out our kits, so I tried to carefully pull them off the paper backing knowing this.

The problem is that the glue is extremely gummy and pliable. So I completely ruined the designs I tried to pick up. As I’d pull, the design would stretch in its resistance to coming off the paper, and when I’d let go it would remain out of shape.


My ring fingers on both hands are supposed to have heart-shaped stickers on them but instead they look like rhinestone and glitter clusters. It looks OK, but not as intended. You might be able to tell in the right hand picture that the rhinestones were a bit more jumbled than the left.

It’s possible that the harsh winter conditions, and my kit having to wait for me to come home outside, may have had a factor in the temperamental stickers.

The pearls were great! Except they clung to my glass-top coffee table, where I do my nails. They were static cling-central. I had trouble picking them up with the wooden stick (which I dampen with a little saliva, then touch to the pearl to pick it up) so I used the tweezers that came in the Accent with Attitude kit. I had to be gentle, or the pearls would fly across the table.

I had to wipe the floor up after I was done and my nails were dry, to ensure my Timmy cat didn’t find any of these pearls in his paws or lick them up.

The bows were great, and the polish was a dream! I knocked one of the bows off, but it got loose so I was able to salvage both bows for a future mani. I cleaned them off with a cotton swab and nonacetone remover and they are sill perfect!

I am excited to see what the next kit will be.

Did you get this kit? What do you think?! Don’t forget, when you create nail art with your NAS kits, tag your pictures on social media with the following hashtags: #CaliforniaDreaming and #TangerineDreams !

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