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Valentine's Day Nail Art Made Easy - Meet Hot Designs

Valentine's Day Mani
Valentine's Day Mani
Caitlin Gambee

I love doing my nails! Trust me, I also love a professional mani in a salon as much as the next girl, but there is something so calming about sitting at home, watching TV and painting away...

From all this practice I actually can say that I have gotten pretty good! But when it comes to nail art, eh I just can't seem to do it. Thankfully Hot Designs™ contacted me about testing out their 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens which launched this month.

So last night, I gave it a whirl - and tried my own Valentine's Day themed manicure!

New Hot Designs™ 2-in-1 Nail Art Pens are fine tip pens and nail polish in one. So on one side you can paint on the color with a regular nail polish brush, where as the other side is a metal point which pushes out polish with the squeeze of the pen. The makers advocate the easy creation of painted polka dots, flowers, chevron patterns, etc. Each set comes with six vibrant colors, a brush for polishing, and a full size precise tip for drawing.

But what about hearts...

I was lucky enough to try out both sets each retailing at $14.99:

  • Basic Beauty: Midnight Black/Royal Blue, Kelly Green/Red Flame, Hot Pink/Star White
  • Glitz & Glam: Sparkling Silver/Paradise Pink, Purple Pizzazz/Lemon Yellow, Crushed Berry/Hot Orange

To be honest, I was having no luck what-so-ever painting my nails, letting them dry and then trying to do nail art. I'm just not that savvy. But -- I found a way to use the pens that was unique, creative and worked for me 100%! I would paint on the polish that my whole nail was going to be - then while it was still wet, use the nail art pen to marble the design. Yes - just like you would on a cake! From there on out it was super easy to make fun marbled designs like a (my goal) a cute Valentine's Day heart.

Need an incentive to try it...

Going on now, Hot Designs will be hosting a 4-week Facebook sweepstakes beginning on January 20. In the Glammy Awards sweepstakes, fans can upload a picture of their best nails for a chance to win a package of Hot Designs daily, and vie for a chance at the grand prize of a $1,000 American Express gift card! Like us on Facebook for your chance to win and follow the hashtag #HOTnotd

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