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Gradient Faux Bois Nail Art

Have you ever had this great idea in your head but when you go to do it things just don't translate as well? That's kind of what happened with this design. I mean I love the way it turned out, don't get me wrong, but I expected it to look a lot more like wood and not so abstract. You know? Yeah, you know. ;)

Regardless of it not looking much like wood, I do love these colors together!
And the base color...just pure love.
For this manicure I used Zoya Carey as the gray base. Using a thin nail art brush, I created each detail to somewhat resemble "faux bois" (fake wood). For these details I used Bondi Brick Road (yellow), Sally Hansen Green with Envy (lime green), and American Apparel Peacock (teal). I finished with topcoat. 

The overall look is so bright and summer-y! I can't help but love it. 


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?


Neutral Chevron

Happy New Years Eve!

Chevron is on everything right now. Phone cases, pillows, clothes, even mugs! With the trend still going pretty strong, I decided I'd finally put it on my nails.

I've attempted this design before (and never posted it) but this is the most successful I've ever been so I thought I'd share! 

For this manicure I used Essence Irreplaceable (which is stunning!) as the shimmery nude base. Then using my thin nail art brush from Born Pretty (use code GFL91 for 10% off) I slowly created each chevron stripe with the colors Zoya Kelly and black acrylic paint. Some lines are thinner than others and some are connected. These can be as random as you'd like. I finished off with top coat.

My favorite part about this manicure is the base, why don't I wear Essence Irreplaceable more often? My official (nail) resolution this year is to use my untried polishes more in nail art.

*Code is affiliated with Born Pretty


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


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).


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*


Inspired by The Patchwork

Happy Sunday!

I meant to post this last week but I'm just now getting around to it.

Remember my last patchwork mani that I posted? As soon as I took pictures I removed it and made this design. It's patchwork inspired but not as mismatched...this one is a lot more "uniform" looking.

By the way, anyone else obsessed with Lana Del Rey's Born To Die? I'm listening to it as I type this. I just can't get enough of this song!

For this manicure I used Zoya Cho as my base...or at least I think it's Cho, can't remember. Then I started off by painting the top edge of my nail with Zoya Carey and then the bottom edge of my nails with Zoya Petra. I took two different dotting tools: a small one and a larger one. I created increasingly big polka dots with black polish and then finished off with a fast drying topcoat.

I got a lot of compliments on this manicure. Which was weird to me since it took me less than 30 minutes to do one hand and some of the dots look kind of rushed. Lol.

Well anyway, enjoy the rest of your day!
*Zoya polishes sent for review


A Twist on The Patchwork

Hello lovely readers!

Ever since I first found Chloe's Nails blog I was instantly obsessed with her "patchwork" manicures. Every combination, every color she all was pure perfection.

Well, it has been a long time since I've seen anyone replicate her unique tape manicure until I saw this picture on pinterest...

Need I say more?

For this manicure I used China Glaze Pelican Gray as the shimmery gray base. Pelican Gray is definitely a must-have in any collector's collection! I actually freehanded this entire manicure since I was too impatient to use tape. I used Zoya Bevin (green) and Zoya Kendal (lavender) for the sections. For the stripes and polka dots I used the same colors I just listed as well as Zoya Breezi (blue) and a white cream.

I think it turned out pretty well! I'm loving my shorter nails if you can't tell. They'll probably be like this for a while. It's nice not having to worry about them breaking all the time.

Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments!
*Zoya Bevin and Kendal sent for review.


Zoya Feel Collection Swatches and Review

Today I have the Zoya Feel Collection swatches to show you today!

I feel like I say this a lot but I was really excited about this collection since I pretty much love anything from Zoya.

The Feel Collection features six full coverage neutral creams.

All these pictures are taken in natural sunlight. The descriptions of each color are written below the pictures.

First up is Kristen. On their website, Zoya calls this a "gull gray nail polish with a mild bluish hue". On me, this is more of a pale blue with gray undertones. The formula on this was perfect, two flawless coats.

Carey is a simple blue toned gray. The formula on this polish was easy to work with and applied well in two coats. Carey is my least favorite in this collection simply because it's the most simple.

Next we have the beautiful Megan. This is a surprise favorite from the Feel Collection. Megan is a delicate, soft lilac with gray tones. I just love it! Formula was very easy to work with and I only used two coats. This appears lighter in the pictures than it does in real life.

Kendal is next in this neutral collection. I kind of wish the name had an extra "l" at the end. Name issues aside, this is a very pretty soft lavender with, of course, gray tones. Formula wise, this polish was great, this is 2 coats. For some reason, this picture brings out mauve tones but really it's more purple toned in real life.

Kennedy. I would describe Kennedy as a beige toned nude. Unfortunately, the formula was difficult and hard to work with. This is three coats. I kept getting bald spots, even after two coats. This looks wonderful on my skin though.

Last, but not least is the gorgeous Avery. Avery is a beautiful peach toned nude. This is really the perfect nude! Avery gives me a very fresh and clean look. Formula was easy and I reached full opacity with two coats.

Overall, all the polishes had great application and were easy to work with. Kennedy was the only one I struggled with and had to use three coats to cover bald spots. These are all very wearable and would be great for the workplace and perfect for Winter! Leave it to Zoya to make neutral creams so unique. These all look really great with darker skin tones like my own; so if you were hesitating to buy these before...don't! A few of my favorites were Kristen, Megan and Avery.

The Zoya Feel Collection is now available on and retails at $8.00 each per bottle.
*Products in this post were sent for review


Skulls and Glossbones

Hey everyone!

I've been complaining on Twitter about how there has been no sun lately. No sun means blurry and bad quality pictures. Luckily there was some sun this morning so I quickly took pictures. I literally ran out of bed and downstairs before the sun went away! It wasn't until after the pictures were taken that I brushed my teeth and ate breakfast.

I created this design yesterday using my new dotting tools that I won from Midnight Manicure's giveaway. I had dotting tools before but they were all the exact same size.

This is also my first time wearing OPI Skulls and Glossbones from their recent Pirates of the Caribbean collection for Spring. I am madly in love with this color! Words can't even describe. It's like a dusty taupe-gray that is just amazing.

Of course, taking the name literal, I drew skulls and bones on all my nails.

For this manicure I used OPI Skulls and Glossbones as the base. I created the bones using Rimmel London Black Satin. The hearts in the middle were made with China Glaze Hey Sailor. Taking my dotting tool and the same black I created large dots to represent the skulls. Then I used my nail art brush to draw the three lines attached to the skull. What are they called anyway? Going back in with my dotting tools, I dotted some eye holes with Skulls and Glossbones.

This design came out kind of messy but I think it's really cute so I'll just ignore that. (:


Zoya Smoke and Mirrors Collection Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Today I have both the Smoke and Mirrors collection to review. These are Zoya's new collections for Fall 2011 and I'm so excited because I love Fall collections and Zoya collections!

Descriptions and reviews of each color are below each picture. I apologize in advance for the messy clean up on some of these.

Let's start with the Smoke Collection:

First up is Jana. Jana is a light, dusty, taupe-y brown mixed with the slightest hint of purple. Jana applied like a dream. One thick coat and you're good to go. I had trouble capturing the beauty of this color, each picture was a different shade of the color. This is like a lighter version of China Glaze Below Deck.

Next we have the beautiful Petra. Petra is a dark taupe/gray/brown with purple undertones. This applies nicely in 1-2 coats. I love this one, reminds me of Zoya Kelly, except Kelly is a little darker and has more blue undertones in it than Petra.

Codie is a unique dark brown with subtle olive tones running throughout it. This one needed two coats. Application went smoothly. I actually like Codie more than I thought I would.

Anja is your standard dark, burgundy wine red with a hint of purple. I'm not a fan of these types of colors, but it's still nice. This applied great in two coats but really stained my nails. I strongly suggest using a base coat with this one, which is where I made my mistake. 

Cynthia is a dark, teal-ish navy blue with the most subtle shimmer you will ever see. Capturing the shimmer is almost impossible, but this is such a beautiful color! I used two coats for full opacity.

Dree is, in my opinion, the star of the Smoke Collection. I can't tell you how much I love colors like these. Dree is a beautiful mossy, camouflage green cream. Wow! One of Zoya's best right here. Like Jana, Dree applied perfectly. One thick coat is all I needed.

Now let's get onto the Mirrors Collection:

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