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Showing posts with label China Glaze. Show all posts
Showing posts with label China Glaze. Show all posts

7/13/13

Nautical Stormy Seas


I'm back with a nail art design I have had planned in my head for the longest, looooongest time. 

This is my first time using Born Pretty Store's water decals but I was very pleased with them. They actually surprised me because I wasn't sure I would like them. 


These decals work great for nail art! I don't know about you but I couldn't do this design without the decals.
When I'm shopping for nail stickers/decals the most important thing to me is that they don't just look like a photo printed on your nails. And in real life these blend perfectly!
You can purchase these water decals for $2.86 at Born Pretty Store using my coupon code  GFL91 for 10% off your purchase plus free shipping.
For this manicure I used China Glaze Sea Spray, China Glaze First Mate, and CCUK Midnight Blue for the gradient background. I used the Compass Chain Anchor Pattern water decals for the nautical print. I found that the directions were helpful but not specific so below I've written out exactly how I applied them. 

EDIT: I wore these decals in this manicure for almost four days and had no problem with the decals coming off, lifting,fading, etc.  

How to Apply Born Pretty Store's Water Decals
1. Paint your base color and let it dry completely.
2. Fill a cup/bowl/tub with room temp. water.
3. After choosing which design you want to use, cut it out and dip it into the water for about 15 seconds. 
4. After it's been soaked in the water the design itself should literally slide off the white paper (if this doesn't happen, dip it back in the water). Once it slides off apply the design to your nail.
5. Wipe off any water excess and use a blow dryer on low setting to set the decal. Do this for about 8-15 seconds.
6. Apply top coat to your nail and blow dry again for about 8-15 seconds and you're done!
*TIP: Do this one nail at a time.


What do you think about water decals? Have you ever tried any? Let me know below!


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!

6/24/13

Starfish on the Beach | My I Heart Nail Art Contest Entry

Good morning!

To start this week off I'm sharing my Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art contest entry! This month's theme was texture. I've had this design in my head for the longest and this was the perfect excuse to finally put it on my nails.


This design was inspired by Chalkboard Nail's Beauty & the Beach contest entry. A contest entry inspired by another contest entry? Lol.
I'm really happy with the way this turned. It's so much more interesting to look at with the added texture nail polish. Don't you agree?
For this manicure I used a variety of nude nail polishes for the "sand like" base (including nudes from Zoya, China Glaze, Sally Hansen, L.A. Colors, etc). Then I used a nail art brush and Zoya Destany to create the starfish shape. Using a small dotting tool I created polka dots inside each star with Zoya Solange.  I only applied topcoat after creating the "sand like" base.


Thanks in advance for anyone who votes. (:

6/5/13

Art Deco

Happy hump day! I'm out of school now so I surprised myself by even knowing that today was Wednesday. When you don't have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. anymore, the day of the week just doesn't seem to matter!

Today's design was impossible to photograph. And believe me, I tried! I tried every angle, lighting, pose and nothing was working for me. I was lucky enough to get a few decent shots *le sigh*.

There are actually two versions of this manicure, the one above has gray stripes on the ring finger and in the pictures below the stripes on the ring finger are green and yellow. 
For this manicure I used China Glaze Exotic Encounters as the teal base. I then went over the lower half of each nail with Catrice London's Weather Forecast (gray). For all the stripes and lines I used my Born Pretty's nail art brushes and Bondi Brick Road (my new favorite yellow). I finished off with top coat.

I'm not really sure what inspired this design but I do love the finished look! What do you think?

5/30/13

Neutral Nail Art

I know you all are really amazed at my genius post title, clearly I used all my creative juices for this one!

No but really, it was a struggle to get this post up. I have been trying to edit these pictures for what feels like weeks and then trying to come up with a creative post title? Too much for this girl to handle!

Is it just me or does this design remind you of a Zebra or some type of animal you'd see on a safari? Maybe it's just me but it really does remind me of that. 
I always like to show my matte manis glossy, so here you go! I think I prefer it glossy. 
For this manicure I used Zoya Jacqueline as the nude base. I then used one of my thin nail art brushes to create each individual line. For the black I used acrylic paint, the dark brown is China Glaze Below Deck and the caramel-like brown is L.A. Colors Serenity. To achieve the matte look I used two coats of Essie Matte About You (love this stuff!).


Which version of this manicure do you like best? Matte or glossy?
  

5/21/13

50s Retro Nail Art

This week has been a stressful one. Seven finals packed into four days plus I have practice most nights. Thank goodness for blogging and bright designs like this one because otherwise I'd probably go insane! 

As I mentioned in my last post, I am challenging myself to use a larger variety of brands in my nail art. Not gonna lie, pretty proud of myself for using three different brands here and none being Zoya (my go-to!).

For this manicure I used GOSH Miss Minty as the pretty mint base. Then I used a thin nail art brush and Bondi NYC Brick Road for the yellow stripes. I used the same nail art brush for the tan-ish stripe, which is the gorgeous China Glaze Kalahari Kiss

I've been liking these simpler designs lately (well, simple for me). They're so much less time consuming and I end up liking them better since I'm not obsessing over the details. Nail designs can be bittersweet. (:


11/27/12

Gradiance Week | Animated Flowers

Good morning!

For the last day of Gradiance Week (which was really just five days, but whatevs) I decided to go out with a bang!

Remember my Abstract Paisley design from this summer? Well I took inspiration from that manicure and put it into this one. I showed my sister this manicure after doing just one finger and she immediately recognized where it came from! How funny is that?


For this manicure I used Zoya Carey as the blue-ish gray base. I sponged on Wet N Wild Break the Ice on the upper portion of the nail (which isn't too obvious in these pics). Then I created all the details with a nail art brush and the following polishes: China Glaze First Mate (love, love, love this polish SO much!), Zoya Monica, and Zoya Kristen.

This didn't take me as long as you'd think, It actually went pretty fast! Or maybe I was just enjoying myself since Four Christmases was on while I was doing this...
*Zoya and China Glaze polishes were provided for review

11/25/12

Gradiance Week | Centered in Stripes

Welcome to Day 3 of Gradiance Week!

Yesterday's design was the epitome of summer, so of course I had to use more fall-ish colors for today's design!

Today's design is inspired by a design of Sarah's (Chalkboard Nails) that I instantly fell in love with! I've had it bookmarked in my mind for a while now. The only difference between hers and mine is that I chose to do a gradient along with stripes, I also opted out of tape.

For this manicure I used China Glaze First Mate as the navy blue base. Using a sponge, I created the gradient of China Glaze Exotic Encounters and China Glaze Sea Spray. Taking my nail art brush I created stripes going across the entire nail with Zoya Evvie. The panels of black were created with a black polish and nail art brush. You could use tape for the last two steps but I chose not to.

This is by far my favorite gradient color combo, la la love!

11/21/12

Dazzling Feast | Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving! Well...tomorrow. 

What are you thankful for this year? Every year my response is the same: family, friends, or my health, but this year I'm changing it up! I'm thankful for the internet, which has opened my eyes to this world of nail polish and nail art, a nice escape from my day to day life. I've gained some really great friends and amazing readers all thanks to the internet.


For this manicure I used Zoya Ziv (index and middle), Sation Free-Dom (ring), and China Glaze Desert Sun (pinky) as the bases. This manicure has a lot going on so I will break it down for you...Index & Middle fingers: Using a nail art brush I took China Glaze Desert Sun (caramel orange), Wet N Wild Club Havana (orange), Sation 3 Free-Dom (taupe), and Wet N Wild Heatwave (red) for the leaves. I drew the leaf details in China Glaze Below Deck. Ring finger: I first drew the feathers of the turkey with the same colors as I used for the index & middle fingers' leaves. Afterwards I added dots on the red feathers using Sation Free- Dom. The body of the bird was made using Diamond Cosmetics Decadence.

Check out my Thanksgiving manicure from last year, click the picture below!

So what unique thing(s) are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Tell me in the comments below!

P.S. Check out the brand new Haute Lacquer Pinterest Gallery!

11/19/12

Burst-ed Accents

Hello lovely readers!

I actually did today's manicure while I was eating breakfast,yes I know...multi-tasking at it's finest.

I've already done a Thanksgiving design (which you'll see either Wed or Thurs) for you guys, it's pretty detailed and time consuming so to offset that I want to post more simple designs throughout the week. This literally took no time at all and was really fun to create!


For this manicure I used China Glaze Re-fresh Mint as the pretty mint base. Then I took a sponge and sponged on Barielle Do Unto Others, diagonally, coming from the top left corner of my nail (closest to my cuticle). For the accent fingers I took my nail art brush and Zoya Shelby (my favorite pink!) and created stripes that extend from the top left corner of my nail to the bottom right corner. You'll notice that the stripes get larger as they reach the bottom, this is what creates that "bursting" effect. As always, I finished off with top coat!

This is a fun, cute, and simple design that would be great for nail art beginners or even if you've been doing nail art for years. Be sure to let me know if you try this design, or any of my designs, out; email it to me or post it on my Facebook!

*Zoya and Barielle polish sent for review

8/11/12

African Tribal

Happy Saturday!

Today's design is a design that I did days ago but wasn't happy with so I delayed posting it. I figured I'll post it anyway because I really liked the idea for this manicure. I googled "African tribal prints" and drew my inspiration from all the different pictures. 

Before removing the manicure I showed my sister and she was all "oh it looks very African-y!" and I decided that I'd post it if she could tell what it was without me telling her!


For this manicure I started with China Glaze Starboard as the green base. Then taking my nail art brush and Zoya Creamy I created the lines as if they were capitals X's all connecting together at the tips. After that I used a thin nail art brush and created the black lines the same way. The green will peek through using this method. I created the red stripes with Zoya Rekha

I absolutely loved the idea of this manicure but I just don't like the way I executed it. But the perfect manicure really doesn't exist, right?
*Zoya polish sent for review

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*

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