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3/28/13

Beachy Waves | Featuring Zoya PixieDust

Bonne journée!

If you're following me on Instagram then you'll probably already know that I spent a few days at the beach. I absolutely love being at the beach! The ocean's waves are so relaxing and beautiful to me. 

While I was down there my favorite thing to do was to open the balcony doors and listen to the waves crashing. And if you can't tell already, my love for the ocean inspired today's design.


I love the nude-blue gradient going on in this manicure! It's an unexpected combination that's perfect for the beach.


Can I just say, Zoya Godiva makes for perfect sand? Nail art win!


For this manicure I used Zoya Avery (index and middle), Zoya Nyx (ring), and Zoya Godiva (pinky) as the bases. For the gradient I took a sponge and carefully sponged on Zoya Nyx. Since the PixieDust polishes are sheer, I sponged on many layers making sure to make it more opaque towards the tip of the nail. For the "waves" I used a thin nail art brush, steady hands, and OPI Skulls and Glossbones. I left the index and middle sans top coat for a cool effect.


This was my first time using the Zoya PixieDust polishes and I was more than impressed! I have heard many complain about the slow dry time but for me these dried extremely fast for three coats each. As I said earlier, these both were quite sheer and required 3 to 4 coats for full coverage. I just love the interesting textured matte finish that sparkles! Although these are textured they are not rough and won't catch the threads on your clothes, etc. Love, love, love these!

The Zoya PixieDust Collection are available now and can be purchased from Zoya.com for $9.00 each.

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3/20/13

Rustic Embroidery | Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Contest Entry

Finally a new post! Sorry for the delay guys.

Today I'm sharing my entry to Sally Hansen's I Heart Nail Art contest! This contest is pretty fun, there will be themes for the nail art design within the entry period and the finalists of each theme compete for $2,000!

For more info and to enter, click here. And say you want to just browse...well pretty please vote for my design!


For this manicure I used American Apparel Peacock as the base and did a subtle, non-precise sponging of Sally Hansen Innocent Nude. Then, using a fairly thin nail art brush  I created the floral and embroidery details with Zoya Ziv. 

The theme for the contest is runway. My inspiration for came from the lovely red carpet of Marchesa Spring 2013: 

Image source: Imax Tree
What do you think? Did the dress translate onto the nails nicely? And don't forget to vote for my design if you like it!

3/4/13

Pastel Veins | Abstract Nail Art

Good morning loves!

Today's going to be a quick post showing this very soft, very spring-y design inspired by Chalkboard Nails

Purple is a color I always (always, always) struggle to like! It may be the prettiest shade of purple but I'll still find something to hate about it. I will say though, that I like purple in this manicure! 

Maybe I'm just ready for spring?

For this manicure I used Essence Bloom A Loom as the light purple base. I then sponged on Sally's Girl Medium Purple and used a thin nail art brush to create the random, abstract lines. These lines were created using the same light purple I used for the base. I finished off with top coat. 

Are you already wearing pastels or are you still in the winter mood?

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