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Showing posts with label Glitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glitter. Show all posts

6/1/13

2 Easy Glitter Makeup Looks | BA Star Review



Today I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and mixing things up on the blog! For a while I have wanted to work some makeup into my posts and I thought that this would be a fun way to do that.

I've created two makeup looks using BA Star adhesive and glitter. Both these looks were easy to achieve and fun to 


For the first look--the purple look--I started with the crease (I used the purples first then black to darken it) and then applied a silver shimmer eyeshadow to the lid. I used the BA Star Holo Silver Glitter along with the Glue Liquid Base to help adhere it.


Surprisingly, the glitter application went smoothly. This was my first time using glitter on my eyes and it was a success! I used the glue applicator to apply the glue but I used a flat shader brush to apply the glitter.

My only issue with the glue is that the applicator must be dabbed. That makes it very difficult to get a smooth, even application. I had to use my fingers to smooth it down and make sure it wasn't too thick. If the applicator had a small brush instead that would be so much easier to use.

All applicator issues aside, I actually really liked this look! The glitter is holographic so it gives it an interesting look. The holo shows a lot stronger in real life.


My second look was this neutral eye with a glitter/black winged liner. My mom loved this one lol! This look is a lot more wearable and something I would actually wear during the day. 


For the eyeshadow I started with a light beige base then used a medium and dark brown matte in the crease. I used the same glue/glitter combo for the liner except this time I used an angled brush to apply both.


Overall, I really liked this glitter. I keep it pretty basic with my makeup so this isn't something I'm likely to wear everyday. I love the idea of using little pops of glitter (like my second look) though. I would recommend this glitter for sure, but I'd also advise you to use your own adhesive as this one can be a pain to apply.

If you've been wanting to try some glitter, check out BA Star's website for a large color selection of glitter (and other makeup like shadows and liners). Use code BBGLITZ for 50% OFF (glitter and glue orders)! Not sure if you're aware but that is a great deal. (:

You can also find BA Star on Twitter.

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.

5/2/13

My Prom Hair, Makeup, and Nails + Dress!


Finally, after three weeks I have finally put together this post of my complete prom look. Prom was so much fun, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did!


Let's start with the nails! The "bursts" look was created to somewhat match the same bursts on my dress.

This is version two of my prom nails, the version that I actually wore to prom used different colors that I can't even remember.
For this manicure I used Zoya Kendal as the base. Using a thin nail art brush and Zoya Monica I created the bursts details. I made sure to give them a somewhat sharp tip. I added Shimmer Polish Karen over each burst to mimic the jewels on my dress. I finished off with a shiny top coat.

Keep reading to see my prom hair, makeup, and of course my dress!

4/1/13

3 Easy Beginner Nail Art Designs for Prom


Prom season is here and today I want to share with you three quick and easy designs that anyone can recreate. I know this post is a little late for some but you can also rock these designs in other variations any time of the year!

I promise this is easier than it looks! If you're just starting out with nail art and are not comfortable with drawing letters, skip the black letters and just use any dotting tool to create the word "PROM" with polka dots.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I achieved this look:

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

2/15/13

Chevy | Featuring Laquerlicious Pebble Stone

Good morning!

Today is the last day of Laquerlicious nail designs. So far I've done a V-Day design, a Geometric design, and now a Chevron design right here on this post. This one is my favorite design of the three! 

On top of the Laquerlicious designs and swatches this week, I am hosting a giveaway where a lucky follower will win three mini polishes from Laquerlicious, you can enter here

For this manicure I used Laquerlicious Pebble Stone layered over Zoya Monica as the base. Then I carefully drew the chevron stripes, one at a time. For a more interesting look I created three chevron stripes on the middle and ring fingers and only two on the index and pinky fingers. For an extra accent I created horizontal stripes across the index finger. All these stripes were created using Wet N Wild Bite the Bullet

The base of this mani, Laquerlicious Pebble Stone, kind of reminds me of a galaxy, no?
Laquerlicious Pebble Stone is a multicolored small glitter suspended in a dark purple--almost black--jelly base. This is two coats layered over Zoya Monica. This is another one of those colors that is just "meh" in the bottle but then transforms on your nails! So unique and pretty! This is a semi-hungry glitter though so I used two thick coats of topcoat for these swatches and the above design.

Pictures are just not doing this polish justice, the colors are much more vivid in real life! Love.

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

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

2/11/13

Mismatched Hearts | Valentines Day Nail Art Featuring Laquerlicious Cobalt Twist

Finally some new nail art, right?

Valentines day is one of those holidays where I struggle to create an interesting, unique design for my nails. Memorial Day and Easter are the same way for me! Sooo as a result we have this pretty simple, kind-of-expected design but I still think it's really cute!

All this week I'll be showing designs featuring Laquerlicious polishes! Michelle was kind enough to send me some of her creations to review as well as a few for a giveaway (up tomorrow) and I will be showcasing them throughout the week!

For this manicure I used Zoya Jacqueline as the the nude base and Laquerlicious Cobalt Twist as the blue glitter base. To create the hearts I used a thin striper brush and alternated the colors. I first drew the left side of the heart and of course went back and drew the other half. One thick coat of top coat finished off this look.

The star of this manicure, Laquerlicious Cobalt Twist, has a pretty medium-blue base with small blue glitter and larger purple and violet glitter as well as iridescent blue shimmer. In the bottle this polish wasn't too exciting but on the nails it is stunning! I used about three easy coats in this manicure to reach it's full opacity. 

Laquerlicious retails for $8.50-$15.00 (depending on what type of nail polish) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

*Laquerlicious polish sent for review

11/26/12

Gradiance Week | Gradient Squares

Good morning!

For Day 4 of Gradiance Week I'm sharing this design that I quickly created. I was trying to get into the "fall mood" with more fall toned colors, I think I succeeded!

These colors remind me of the desert, the sand especially. I don't know, that's all I think of when I see this design!

For this manicure I used China Glaze Below Deck as the base. I created the gradient effect with a sponge, China Glaze Desert Sun, and China Glaze Kalahari Kiss. Then I took my nail art brush and Essence Grand-PliƩ in Black created the "square" shape. You could also use tape and only tape off the squares. I finished off with top coat to blend the gradient and leave a glossy shine.

So that's it! This is one of those manicures that anyone could do, even if you mess up it's easy to go back and fix those errors.


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