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7/2/13

2 Easy Fourth of July Nail Art Designs and Tutorial

Happy Independence Day! 

This will be the first year that I have posted a Fourth of July manicure before the actual holiday. I really wanted to make sure that this tutorial was available for anyone who wanted to try it. 


Let's dive into both these designs and make sure to let me know which is your favorite! Click below to keep reading.



Creating this look was a little complicated but the steps themselves were easy! It takes a lot of patience but it can certainly be done.


Step 1: Paint your nails with a red creme nail polish. I used China Glaze Hey Sailor. Allow this to dry.

 Step 2: Next, use a sponge to create a vertical gradient of white and red. It's okay if it's messy. The Nailasaurus has a great tutorial on gradients, just switch the directions and make this horizontal with white on the two sides!

 Step 3: Using a nail art brush and a light blue nail polish, start creating your stars. Doing half stars is much easier than whole stars so that's what I chose to do. Start with an outline and fill them in.
Step 4: Finish drawing your stars by filling them all in with your nail art brush and light blue (Zoya Kristen). The brushes I use are from Born Pretty (use code GFL91 for 10% off).

All done! Just add top coat.
 This is such a fun look! I think it's perfect for the more funky and edgy people out there.



This second design is much more simple for beginners--or anyone--to recreate. I didn't get the chance to make a tutorial but it's so simple so I will just walk you through it.

I'm loving the textured look lately, it's such an interesting look.
Using vibrant colors really turns this simple manicure into something more exciting!

For this manicure I used China Glaze Hey Sailor as the red base. Afterwards I used a nail art brush and white acrylic paint to paint about 2/3 of the nail white. The blue stripes were created with a thin nail art brush and Zoya Liberty. I used a dotting tool for the dots.


The Fourth of July is filled with fireworks, fun nights, and good food. Nail art can now be added to the list! Which of the two designs is your favorite?

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway! You could win a $100 shopping spree to PersunMall and buy all the clothes you want!

6/28/13

Graphic Floral Stripes Nail Art


Today will be my first time participating in one of these but I'm excited! I have decided to take part in The Busy Girl's Summer Nail Art Challenge which was created by @beautybykrystal, @drinkcitra, @mirandasmakeup and @beautybyarielle on instagram. 

Basically this is a weekly challenge that can be posted any time during that week (you can also skip weeks). Ill be posting my nails on my instagram using the hashtag #busygirlnails so if you prefer to see them there make sure you're following me. This week's theme was stripes! 

These nails refused to photograph (or even edit) well but I had a lot of fun doing them! They're fun without being too over-the-top.
I wasn't inspired by anything in particular when doing this design but I have a feeling this has been done before so if it has it's purely coincidental!
For this manicure I used black and white acrylic paint along with a nail art brush for the striped base. Then, using a small nail art brush, I created the rose pattern along the top of each nail using a variety of colors (just ask if you'd like specific names!). I drew leaves on only two fingers for a more unique look, I used Essie Mojito Madness for those and lightened it for the lighter green. Essie Matte About You was applied to create the matte finish. 


I loooove today's manicure! What do you think? Too much or just right?

*click image to read*

6/19/13

Bohemian Ikat Nail Art | Feat. Indica Jewelry


Happy Hump Day! Which, by the way, I really thought today was Tuesday and I was literally surprised when I saw that it wasn't. I am very clearly losing my mind.

Today's post features a gorgeous hand chain from Indica Jewelry on Etsy. This is a new Etsy shop that sells everything from bracelets, to necklaces, to toe rings to earrings. And the owner, Robine, is so sweet!

My inspiration for this design came from the hand chain itself. As soon as I looked at it, it reminded me of something vintage/bohemian so I had to do my nails to match.
For this manicure I used Zoya Bevin as the base. This was my first time attempting Ikat print so I followed this tutorial by Phoenix Beauty Lounge. The colors I used were Zoya Jacqueline (nude) and Sally Hansen Chartreuse Chase (green that looks like yellow). The black is acrylic paint. 

Now you guys have to give me some credit for these creative pictures you're about to see...

5/24/13

Mosaic Tiles| Shimmer Polish Nail Art


I remember when I was little every Sunday my mom would take us to church. Our church as a French/Creole church and at the time I couldn't understand a thing they were saying. The entire time I just stared at the pretty stained glass windows surrounding us and admired them. As a little girl, this seriously fascinated me!

Today's design reminds me of the stained glass windows. Although not exact, they take me back a little!

I decided to try this design on naked nails, with no base. I'm not feeling it so much but I think it's an...interesting look.
Below is this manicure before top coat. The glitters dry this matte! (Black is acrylic paint).
For this manicure I used Shimmer Polish Eva (red) and Shimmer Polish Cristina (blue) for the glitter "tiles". As I said, there is no base used in this mani. I started off with acrylic paint and used it to draw sections in the nail. I then filled random "tiles" in with the two Shimmer Polish polishes.


Now let's take a look at the two glitters on their own! They have such a unique, matte finish that I love.

Shimmer Polish Eva is a beeeeautiful cranberry red glitter. This has a nice balance of silver and darker/lighter  red glitters throughout. Without topcoat it almost looks like a textured finish, with topcoat it GLOWS! 2 coats, easy application.


Shimmer Polish Cristina is a turquoise-blue-clear base packed with turquoise, red, and darker teal glitters. Gorgeous in 3 coats. This one also dries matte but is pretty with or without topcoat!


Shimmer Polish retails from $10.00-$12.00 ($10 for top coats) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on Facebook, and their website.

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5/14/13

Streaked Out

Hello, hello!

I'm finally back with some new nail art. Weeks ago, I came home to a package waiting for me. Inside was the gorgeous Zoya PixieDust Collection-Summer Edition. These colors are bright, vivid, and pretty! I'll have to use these more in the future.

Also, just throwing it out there, make sure you're following me on Bloglovin as well. Google is so unpredictable these days.

PixieDust polishes dry to an amazing texture but for this manicure I had to add some gloss!
Got to give credit where credit is due, Simply Rins inspired this design. Her work is incredible.
For this manicure I used Zoya Jacqueline as the nude base. I then created random lines of black throughout each nail, followed by Zoya Liberty, then Zoya Destany, then Zoya Stevie. I finished with a shiny top coat but I think this would also look amazing matte!

I think it's official...I have a Zoya problem. From now on I am challenging myself to use a variety of brands in my designs.

4/26/13

Simple Floral | Zoya Irresistible Summer 2013 Collection Nail Art


A few years ago when I created this blog floral nail art was one of my favorite types of nail art. I always admired Love4Nails one-stroke nail designs or Robin Moses' always intimidating floral designs.     Years later, floral is still my favorite type of nail art and that becomes pretty obvious as I continue to post them. 

Today's design also features three of the six colors from Zoya's new Irresistable collection. These polishes are beyond beautiful, swatches will be up next week!


For this manicure I used a gradient of Zoya Rikki (green), Zoya Hazel (beautiful blue), and Zoya Bobbi (raspberry red) as the base. Using a dotting tool I created the flower shape by starting off with the petals and going back to fill in the inner circle. The black is acrylic paint by the way. (:

As mentioned above, I will have complete swatches and a review on the Irresistible Collection posted next week! These colors are so beautiful and work really well with dark skin tones (and every other skin tone of course).

4/22/13

Hawaiian Floral | Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 Collection Nail Art, Swatches, and Review


When the press release came out for the Zoya Stunning Collection, I already knew exactly what design I wanted to create with these beautiful creams! The Stunning Collection really is stunning...sorry, I just had to. 

For this manicure I used Zoya Rocky as the blue base. I outlined each nail (but not the tips) with a thin nail art brush and black acrylic paint. Using the same nail art brush (just cleaned off) and Zoya Micky I began drawing the floral details. I used a dotting tool and Zoya Thandie for the polka dots and other orange details. 

Keep reading for swatches/review of the entire collection!

4/11/13

Robotic Lines | Featuring Bondi NYC Nail Polish and Review

Press Sample
Good morning y'all!

This design reminds me of Transformers for some reason. Bumblebee to be exact. Of course the yellow but there's more about it that I can't figure out. It doesn't bother me though, Bumblebee is my favorite anyway!

Today's design features a brand new nail polish brand, Bondi New York. More information on Bondi New York, including where to purchase, can be found at the end of this post.

If you really squint your eyes, you'll see that there's actually two different yellow polishes in this design. I promise it's more of a contrast in real life!
I love the nail polish bottle; the "bondi" letters are written so cute! It's the smallest details that make the bottle appear much nicer and more appealing.
For this manicure I used Bondi NYCBrick Road (see swatch below) as the yellow cream base. Then I drew the black border around each nail, followed by the thick vertical stripe down my nail. Afterwards, I created a thin, diagonal line across one side of the vertical stripe. I filled in one of those halves with Barielle Soul-er Powered (again, you'll have to squint those eyes!).


As I said before, Bondi NYC is a new nail polish brand. Let's take a closer look at this brand, shall we? 

4/8/13

Pastel Hex | Geometric Sponged Nail Art

Bonjour!

Can you believe it's already April? I was just thinking about how freakishly fast this year has gone by.

Today's design is one I'm really excited to share with you! The color combination is unexpected yet so pretty and fresh. I'm probably a little too happy for Spring to be here; I was ready a long time ago! Hopefully you'll be seeing more Spring-y designs on the blog.



For this manicure I used Rimmel Peppermint as the mint base. Next, using a cosmetic sponge, I sponged on Revlon Strobe to random areas of the nail. Using a clean part of the same sponge I randomly sponged on Revlon Garden. Afterwards I used a nail art brush and black acrylic paint to create the hexagons at the top of each nail. I finished off with a thick coat of topcoat. 




La la la love this color combo, whats your favorite Spring color combination?
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2/28/13

Techno Edges | Shimmer Polish Nail Art

I hope y'all aren't getting tired of seeing glitter around here!

I'm pretty much a Shimmer Polish fan for life now, Jennifer has got to be my favorite so far. So beautiful and different from your typical indie polish.


Shimmer Polish Jennifer works amazing as a base for nail art. *wink* *wink*


For this manicure I used Shimmer Polish Jennifer as the glittery base. After allowing that to dry some I created the "square edges" with a thin nail art brush and black acrylic paint. After drawing the lines I used a thick coat of top coat to seal in this design!


Of course I had to finish this post with a swatch of the ridiculously gorgeous Jennifer on it's own. When I opened up my Shimmer Polish package this is one polish that really stood out to me. The mix of small blue/periwinkle glitters with the accents of red, purple, orange, and gold is divine! This is glitter suspended in a clear base so I used three coats for this picture.

Shimmer Polish retails from $10.00-$12.00 ($10 for top coats) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on Facebook, their website, and recently Twitter.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway!
*Polish provided for review

2/25/13

Dazzling Bricks | Shimmer Polish Nail Art

It was like Christmas came early when I received this amazing package from Shimmer Polish! She was kind enough (very kind, in fact!) to send me some of her creations to showcase on my blog. What better way to do that than with nail art?

I quickly started brainstorming designs and when I thought of a "bricks" design, the color Trisha instantly jumped into my mind!


I absolutely adore the matte effect in this design! It really works great with the glitters in Trisha.


And for the Curious George in you, here's what it looked like glossy...


For this manicure I used Shimmer Polish Trisha as the glitter base. I then created the brick design using a nail art brush and black acrylic paint. I curved the sharp edges to make it look more like brick. Added a coat of Essie Matte About You Top Coat and was done!


Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is Shimmer Polish Trisha? This is a stunning orange-y red with small gold, red, orange, pink, purple, and blue round glitters. I got full coverage with three easy coats. 

LOVE.


Shimmer Polish retails from $10.00-$12.00 ($10 for top coats) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on Facebook, and their website.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway!
*Polish provided for review

2/13/13

Geo Scales | Featuring Laquerlicious Salt Water

Another day, another Laquerlicious nail polish!
Today I'm featuring Laquerlicious Salt Water in this nail design. I'm wearing this design as we speak! A lot of times I'll do a design, take it off immediately after taking pictures, and do something another one. Not even gonna lie, I do this when I either don't like a design enough or if it's too hard to do with my non-dominant hand (our secret?).

Oh, the life of a nail blogger...

For this manicure I used Laquerlicious Salt Water as the turquoise glitter base. I layered Salt Water over China Glaze Exotic Encounters, by the way. Then I created the scales/tiles (whatever you want to call them) with black acrylic paint and my nail art brush. Two coats of top coat finished off this look.

Salt Water is a beautiful--I mean really gorgeous--turquoise, blue, and white glitter in a clear base. This has a nice variety of square, hex, and round glitters in multiple sizes. So stunning, it glows like this in real life too! This is two coats over China Glaze Exotic Encounters

Laquerlicious retails for $8.50-$15.00 (depending on what type of nail polish) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram
*Polishes sent for review

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