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7/31/12

Accented with Tribal

I'm back with another design! My inspiration for this design came from Nails by Kayla Shevonne. She is one of the main bloggers that I have seen take on the new accent trend that has been going on, and she does it well! I decided I would have to try it myself. 

I'm running on about five hours of bad sleep, last night, or really early this morning (2:00 am) there was a pretty bad thunderstorm here and lucky for me my bed was right by the window. The thunder, the lightning, and the extremely heavy rain was enough to wake me up several times. And I've slept through hurricanes in the past!


For this manicure I used Zoya Arizona as the main orange base and Zoya Breezi for the pinky. Using a nail art brush I took the following colors and created all the stripes, zig zags and polka dots you see: Zoya Breezi, Essie Mojito Madness, Wet N Wild Black Cream, and Wet N Wild Through the Grapevine. The dots were created using a dotting tool. .  The tribal inspired print was completely random so if you ever try tribal, just have fun with it! 

Do you like this double accent nail art trend or is it just not your thing?
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7/26/12

Vintage Sally Hansens

I'm really excited to be posting some of my favorite polishes from my collection, my Sally Hansen "vintage" nail polishes! I call them vintage but really they're just long discontinued, hard(er) to find nail polishes.

I've been wanting to share this post with you guys for a long time but it took forever for one of the polishes to arrive and I didn't want to post without it. When it finally did come I wasn't able to take pictures since the sun wouldn't come out, then I had a huge break in my nails and wanted to let it grow out.

Now, rain free, sunny, and longer nubbins--I finally could put this post together! 


*This post is kind of picture heavy*


Blue Aura is from Sally Hansen's Magical Nail Makeup Line. I'm not sure when these came out but I think these are older than the Nail Prisms. This is a gorgeous aqua blue linear holographic polish. It's also my first linear holo. I've never really been a fan until now...I'm in love, deeply in love, with linear holos! I purchased this on eBay from this seller.


Fire Opal is from Sally Hansen's Nail Prisms line. It's kind of hard to believe how different this looks over black! It's a sheer pink frost on it's own but layered over black it's a stunning purple, blue and turquoise duochrome. This is only one coat, two coats starts revealing the pink base. This really is a beauty. I purchased Fire Opal from cassiecosmetics on eBay, my favorite seller for nail prisms.


Amber Ruby is from the Sally Hansen Nail Prisms line and is also my favorite nail prism. The duochrome on this is so intense and so strong and Amber Ruby has a gorgeous glow to it! It's a beautiful orange, red and bronze duochrome with a tiny hint of green. I've swatched this before here. No pictures can do this polish justice. I also purchased this from cassiecosmetics on eBay.

The two nail prisms are fairly easy to find on Amazon and eBay, but the magical you'll have to do a little more work. Also, Blue Aura ( or any from the magical line) can often come with a hefty price tag. I had to go through days of bidding until I finally bought it for around $18 shipped but I have seen it go for more than $30. At the end of the day though, it was all worth it to me. 

7/16/12

Above The Influence

I think this manicure really speaks for itself. I was inspired by abovetheinfluence.com's logo. I've been meaning to do this manicure for so long but for some reason never got to it until now.

Being in high school, this really relates to my life. Although I've never been offered drugs (thankfully, I would have laughed straight in their face) I know a lot of people who do them, buy them, sell them, bring them to class, etc. I've never been interested in drugs ever in my life and don't ever plan to be but I decided to do this manicure since I am happily living above the influence.

Too cheesy?


For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Cream as the base. Then, using a nail art brush and Wet N Wild Black Cream, I created the circle outline. I made sure to do this as bold as possible while still leaving space for the arrow. The arrow was then created using the same polish and brush. I started with the tail of the arrow and then created the two ends of the head of the arrow. The purple accent nail was made using Wet N Wild Through the Grapevine. I finished off with topcoat.

7/14/12

Back to Draggin'

Good morning!

It's been a while since my last nail art post but I have something semi interesting to post today. After attempting my last drag marble nail art, I wanted to do more. It's actually really fun once you get the hang of it!

I bought Essie Mojito Madness on Copious.com (for only $0.01!) but I didn't really know how I wanted to incorporate it into a design...that is until I realized that drag marbling literally takes five minutes.


For this manicure I used Zoya Kendal as the base. Then I applied thick vertical stripes of Zoya Robyn and Essie Mojito MadnessRobyn in the middle and Mojito Madness on either side. Then I took my needle and dragged it through the stripes horizontally, switching which side I started from each time. You must alternate which side you start from or you will not get this pattern. I finished off with a ridiculously thick and bubbly  top coat.

I wore this for a record breaking four days, people!

7/10/12

Zoya Designer, Diva, & Gloss Fall 2012 Collections Review & Swatches

Good morning!

Today I have swatches of Zoya's Fall collections Designer, Diva, and Gloss. Zoya's Fall Collections this year have left big shoes to fill for next year's collection. I love that these collections have such a large variety.There is a different finish for everyone, whether you're a jelly girl or a metallic girl.

Let's start with the Diva Collection, six gorgeous metallics and shimmers.

Zoya Song. I love the name of this one and it just happens to be one of my favorites. Song is a super vibrant metallic blue with blue shimmer particles. When I say vibrant I mean a really vibrant, really bright blue! This reminds me a lot of Orly Royal Navy, only this shimmer isn't the same tone of blue.

Zoya Suri is a royal purple shimmer. This has a bit of a frost characteristic to it but it's not a complete frost either. The application was incredibly smooth with Suri, it was like melted butter. This is 2 coats.

Next we have Zoya Ray, a sexy dark pine green shimmer! This is the same type of finish as Suri, not quite a frosty finish but close. You have to be careful with application to avoid brushstrokes. They aren't as visible in real life as they are in this picture. 2 easy coats.

Zoya Elisa. This has the same finish as Ray and Suri but I found this to be the least frosty. Elisa is a bright red shimmery metallic. When I was removing it, I noticed it had a bit of a pink undertone to it.

FeiFei is a stunning grayish blue metallic with gold, blue and silver shimmer particles. This is an extremely unique and gorgeous color, I have nothing else like this in my collection! Easily one of my favorites. It is a lot more blue in person than my camera picked up, you have to see this in person to appreciate it's beauty. 2 coats.

Zoya Daul is a beautiful blue toned purple packed with gold glitter/shimmer particles. This is more like chunky shimmer if there was ever such a thing. This polish is similar to Zoya Faye and all it's dupes but they have different colored bases. 3 coats here.


Moving onto the Designer Collection, six delicious creams. Two of which were originally designed for fashion designers Bibhu Mohapatra (Rekha) and Peter Som (Evvie).

7/9/12

Love-ly Roses

Good morning!

I did this manicure a while ago but never got to posting it. The inspiration for this manicure actually came from my collection! These colors all kind of sit pretty next to each other and I really wanted to see them together on my nails.

Also I loved doing letters on my nails, like my 'Faded Gradient' post so I gave it another try!



If you're wondering what the thumb looks like...
*Apologies for the awkward hand pose*
For this manicure I used Essence I Like as the base. Then, using my nail art brush, I took Wet N Wild French White Creme and painted each letter (and the heart on the thumb). I did it as large and as bold as I could. Afterwards I started to create the roses by painting random blobs of Zoya Shelby, Zoya Reagan, and Essence Bloom-a-Loom and outlining them with black. Once all the roses were created I outlined all the letters (and the heart) with black. I even added a scalloped border to the heart. I finished off with topcoat.

This is one of my favorite manicures that I've done, it took me a while but it turned out nice!

7/8/12

China Glaze On Safari Collection Swatches and Review! (6 of 12)

Today I have 6 of the 12 new colors China Glaze has brought us for their Fall 2012 Collection!

This collection is filled with unique, yet simple, colors. When I saw the press release pictures I thought "yeah, I'll only be needing two of those" but after seeing these in person, I realize I was wrong. 

Fall collections are definitely my favorite in nail polishes, with Winter being my second favorite. Obviously, these are right down my alley!

All pictures were taken in direct and indirect sunlight with no top coat unless otherwise stated.


First up is one of my favorites, Exotic Encounters. Exotic Encounters is a gorgeous medium teal cream. This is one coat! ONE flawless coat.


Elephant Walk is a blue toned gray with subtle silver shimmer. The shimmer is  a little more obvious in real life than in these pictures. This is two easy coats. 


Next up, Im Not Lion. Another one of my favorites! This is a champagne silver microglitter in a clear base with scattered holo particles. I am in love, so pretty. 3 coats here but two would work too. Also, this picture is me wearing topcoat, the polish itself dries matte. 


Kalahari Kiss. I loved this a lot more than I thought I would. Kalahari Kiss is a beige-y, sandy, murky yellow. It's a very unique color. Not a pale yellow, not a tan or nude, just...a unique combination of them both. This is almost a one coater, I used 2 here. Application was super smooth with this one.


Desert Sun is yet another one of my favorites! It's a beautiful caramel/butterscotch orange. This dries extremely shiny, it has an almost jelly like finish. 2 coats here.


Last but not least, we have Call of the Wild. This is a dark burgundy, almost brown. I am not a fan of these types of colors on me but this is one of the very few that is flattering to my skin tone. It also doesn't stain like most vampy burgundy polishes that I've tried. 2 coats.

Overall, out of the six I received, this is a really great set of polishes. I really had no issues with any of the applications and every one of them dried super shiny (with the exception of Im Not Lion). Fall collections, for me, are usually hit or miss when it comes to skin tone flattering colors, but all six of these were very complementary to my skin. My favorites were Exotic Encounters, Desert Sun, and Kalahari Kiss.
*Products sent for review*

7/6/12

Doin' Drag

Hello, hello!

I tried my hand at drag marbling again! People make it look so easy but it definitely takes time and patience! I had to redo several fingers and I'm still not 100% happy with it.

I do think it turned out way better than my last one, which you can see here. This time I actually made a nice little pattern out of it!


For this manicure I used a white cream as the base. Then I created stripes on each nail, applying thickly and not thin layers. I used Barielle Soul-er Powered (yellow) and Revlon Garden (green) for the stripes. Using a toothpick (you can also use a needle or striper brush) I went down horizontally, then up and back down to create this pattern. There are many great videos you can search for on Youtube if you'd like to learn how to do this method.

I will definitely be trying out more patterns in the future! This is a great alternative to water marbling. 

7/4/12

Fourth of July Love

Happy Independence Day!

I spent about two hours doing this design this morning. I made sure to wake up early enough that I didn't miss the sun, not a success. The sun was almost out of my yard but I managed to get some decent lighting in these pictures!

When I created this design, I originally planned for something else but it turned out almost identical to my valentines day manicure earlier this year. Oh well, I still love it. 


For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme as the white base. Then I took my nail art brush and China Glaze Hey Sailor and I slowly created each stripe, slightly slanting some and completely rounding others. Next I created the hearts using Orly Royal Navy (my all time favorite blue!) and bordered it with black. The dots were created using the same white I used for the base. 

I don't have any big plans for the fourth, what are you doing for Independence Day?

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