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8/25/13

Midnight Velvet m.vie Mineral Makeup Review and $50 GIVEAWAY!

I'm finally back! I apologize for the delay in posts. It seems like every year, the weeks leading up to school mess up my mojo. And then I got sidetracked by a new job (my first job by the way!) but I'm finally catching up!

Today I'm reviewing a new to me brand, m.vie from Midnight Velvet. After my first makeup review I got a great response so I'm excited to post more for you guys.


For this look I used the m.vie Tangerine Dream Mineral Gem Trio loose pigments. I fully expected to have to pack these on but a little goes a very long way. I also used NYX Eyeshadow Base to help the pigments stick.
*Image credit*
Go-Go Gold (the gold) is my favorite. It applies so vibrant and beautiful. It's a gorgeous antique gold. Savvy Saffron (the bronze-y color) is more orange in real life but still wearable. And finally Green Light, my second favorite, is a light mossy green. It's very flattering and wearable as well.


Along with the pigments, I used my first gold eyeliner--the m.vie Waterproof Eye Liner in Gold Shimmer. This gold is even prettier than Go-Go Gold (if that is possible). This is great on the water liner and didn't rub off one bit. I also like the convenience of the attached smudger.

Click below to keep reading and enter the $50 GIVEAWAY!

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...

6/9/13

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. 

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?

5/21/13

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. (:


4/30/13

Zoya Irresistible Summer 2013 Collection Swatches and Review

As promised, today I have the Zoya Irresistible Summer 2013 Collection to show you. Last week I created a simple, floral design using these gorgeous colors and I loved it! I think this is one of my favorite Zoya collections ever. 

All of these polishes are shown with two coats and no topcoat.

One of my favorites in the collection, Tinsley, is a rosy pink metallic foil packed with gold shimmer. This applied so ridiculously smoothly. 

I would describe Kerry as a sunflower yellow-gold color. This has the same metallic foil finish as the other polishes in this collection, but no added shimmer.

Zoya Amy is a vivid orange metallic packed with gold and orange shimmer. If this could get any prettier I think I would die. 

Zoya Ricki is an apple green metallic with mostly silver and some gold shimmer packed in. I love the mix of gold and silver shimmer in this polish.

Zoya Hazel is a pretty slate blue metallic with gold shimmer. Not only is this one of my favorites but I'm also obsessed with the name! The formula on this one was a little thick but not hard to work with.

Zoya Bobbi is a red metallic foil with mainly silver and some gold and silver shimmer. As gorgeous as the color is in this picture is it's not quite this bright in person. Instead it is a true red, similar to the bottle you see above. It also does not have visible magenta shimmer as the picture suggests. 


Overall, I am 100% pleased with this collection. It is on point! I absolutely love the easy formulas and nice range of colors. Even when all the colors have the same finish, Zoya manages to give us diversity within the collection. I've seen many swatches of these polishes and it seems to be so flattering to all skin tones! Trust me, you guys are going to want these colors. My favorites are Amy, Hazel, and Tinsley.

Zoya's Irresistible Collection is available now on Zoya.com and retails at $8/bottle.

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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!

4/8/13

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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2/13/13

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

1/25/13

Hint of Tribal

I can never get enough of tribal print! The weird thing is I only really like tribal print on nails, not a fan of it anywhere else. 

Let's see this will be the sixth time I've done a tribal inspired nail design? I've done it here, here, here, here, and kinda here.

And this probably won't be the last time either, the possibilities are endless!


For this manicure I used the ever-so-wonderful Simple Nail Art Design's tutorial from Youtube. Following her steps, I used a very thin nail art brush to create each line/stripe. I used the colors Wet N Wild Club Havana (orange), GOSH Miss Minty (mint), and Zoya Cho (nude) . 

These pictures do not do this manicure justice at all! I had to fight with the lighting but in person this is such a pretty and striking design.

1/11/13

Two Faced Triangle

Good morning!

After blue, green is one of my favorite nail polish colors. Any green really, army green to neon green. I love them all!

I plan on reorganizing my collection and updating my spreadsheet this week and I guarantee green polishes are going to have a big pile of their own! 

For this manicure I used my clear base coat as a base. Then I took my nail art brush (you could also use tape) and painted half my nail with Zoya Neely and the other half with Essie Mojito Madness. Then, using the opposite colors for the sides, I drew half the triangles to form a whole triangle. I finished off with topcoat.

I love the monochromatic, green-on-green look here! What's your favorite nail polish color?

1/9/13

All the Stripes

I'm going to start this post off by saying that I am freakishly in love with this design! I say freakishly because I look at these pictures and almost want to print them and paste it on my nails. 

Why did I ever grab my acetone and remove this pattern off my nails? There's no doubt that I'll be doing these over again.

And by the way, the inspiration for this design came from the lovely Nearly Natural Nails


For this manicure I used OPI Planks A Lot as the purple base. Then I painted a large vertical stripe going down the middle of my nails with Orly Ancient Jade. To create this chevron-like pattern I took my nail art brush and a black acrylic paint and drew diagonal stripes throughout the center stripe. Afterwards, I connected the ends of the diagonal lines, on both sides, one going upwards and the other side downwards. Finally, I outlined the green center stripe with black. 

J'adore this manicure! Are you as excited about this design as I am? 

12/28/12

Leafy Abstract | Featuring Born Pretty 15 Pc Nail Art Brushes and Review

Good morning!

Today's post is a combination of nail art and a Born Pretty store review. They were kind enough to send me their 15pc Nail Art Brush Set. Can you believe these are my very first nail art brushes? I have been using striping polishes for the longest.

Also you can use the code GFL91 for 10% off your entire Born Pretty order, yay!

For this manicure I used Zoya Neely as the light green base. I used a small nail art brush (see below) and American Apparel Peacock to create the leaves and different patterns. My inspiration came from this and this picture. Then I took a small dotting tool (see below) and created the tiny dots you see. Top coat finished off this design. 

I used the small dotting tool and angled striper brush for this design. Look how small that dotting tool is!


So what do I think about the brushes you ask...

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