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Showing posts with label Holiday Inspired. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday Inspired. Show all posts


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!


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


Melted Candy Cane

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Yeah, I just did that.

My brain is filled to the top with drip designs to do but I'm trying my best not to overwhelm you guys with them. You'll probably see more in the next coming weeks but for now I'll ease in the marathon of drips with this simple candy cane manicure.

With candy canes being the official Christmas candy (at least in Shaina Land) it was bound to get on my nails one way or another. I mean, I did it last year so really the past repeated itself. I had no say in it. But maybe this should be a yearly thing while we're on the subject?

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Break the Ice as the shimmery white base. Then I used Wet N Wild Red Tape for the base of the drips. The stripes were created using a nail art brush and the same WNW Break the Ice polish that I used for the base.

Here's a quick how-to on the drips, just add stripes afterwards!

Now you cannot tell me this doesn't look like a melted candy cane?
*Wet N Wild polishes sent for review


Plaid Christmas Drips

Good morning! I haven't done a nail art post in a while since I've been so wrapped up in my giveaways lately. 

I've been planning this design for so long. I'm not kidding y'all, this has been planned far before December! I kept putting it off, waking up every morning and saying "okay, I'll do it tomorrow, it's not very sunny outside today" or "hm...I'll watch this movie then get right to my nails." And of course that last one almost always results in me forgetting, or falling asleep. Oops. 

And sorry for the weird pictures that make my fingers look extra dry and sickly. The sun was going down as I took these and these pictures just came out really...strange.

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Break the Ice for the white shimmery base. Then I drew the "dripping" part of this design with a regular nail art brush and Wet N Wild Red Tape. The plaid was created using a thin nail art brush and these colors: Sation I Paint in Peace, Zoya Ray, Sation 3 Free-Dom, and a black acrylic paint. 

This was so pretty in person, I actually have another drip design I plan on doing so that will be posted soon!
*Polishes sent for review


Easy Christmas Drag Marble Nail Art w/ Tutorial

Happy Sunday!

Today I am posting my monthly guest post for Creatively Yours. I love contributing to CY, it's so much fun trying new writing styles and creating tutorials. It also allows me to challenge myself and do something that's easy for anyone to do!

This month's post features my first Christmas design of the year. To check out this post, plus a full step by step tutorial click here.

I hope you enjoy. See you tomorrow for a very exciting giveaway!


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!


Festive Leopard | Featuring Sation Review and Swatches (Part 2)

Gooood morning everyone!

This is part two of the Sation manicures/reviews! The holidays are right around the corner so what better way to prepare then with a holiday manicure? I apologize for the lighting being so "off" in these pictures, I was battling with the sun all day!

For this manicure I used Sation 3 Free-Dom as the taupe base. Next, using a nail art brush, I created the outline of all the leopard spots using Sation I Paint in Peace. I used the same brush to fill in the spots with Zoya Ziv, then I went over the spots with Sation No Rings Attached. The accent finger (the ring finger) was created with a chevron print inspiration. I used Zoya Ziv and Sation NRA once again for the gold and Sation I Paint in Peace for the thin green chevron. As always, I finished with a top coat.

Now let's have a closer look at the polishes used in this manicure...


Creeping Cat + Tutorial

Good morning-almost noon!

I promised you guys a Halloween design and I was not going to break my promise. This year I was only able to create the one design but I wanted it to be a cute design that was simple enough for beginner, intermediate, and advanced nail artists.

I hope I accomplished that with my monthly guest post over at Creatively Yours. I missed last month (sorry!) but I already have next month's planned out so no more excuses!

To see the full step-by-step tutorial for this design plus more, head over to my guest post HERE.

Check out some of my other Halloween posts from last year, click on the pictures below!

I hope you enjoy!


Fourth of July Love

Happy Independence Day!

I spent about two hours doing this design this morning. I made sure to wake up early enough that I didn't miss the sun, not a success. The sun was almost out of my yard but I managed to get some decent lighting in these pictures!

When I created this design, I originally planned for something else but it turned out almost identical to my valentines day manicure earlier this year. Oh well, I still love it. 

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme as the white base. Then I took my nail art brush and China Glaze Hey Sailor and I slowly created each stripe, slightly slanting some and completely rounding others. Next I created the hearts using Orly Royal Navy (my all time favorite blue!) and bordered it with black. The dots were created using the same white I used for the base. 

I don't have any big plans for the fourth, what are you doing for Independence Day?


Mardi Gras Inspired

Happy Mardi Gras!

Do people say that? I know there's "Happy Valentine's Day" and "Happy Birthday" but I've never heard anyone say "Happy Mardi Gras."

Ah, whatever, it is what it is.

This took me close to two and a half hours to do. And that's just one hand! I especially had a lot of trouble with the index finger. Apparently it's impossible to get an evenly proportioned mask. But it was all worth it; I love the finished result!

For this manicure I used Orly Out of this World (which my best friend, Emily, gave me) as the deep purple base. Then I created a horizontal stripe in the middle with Color Club Enchanted Holiday. The green stripe, closest to my tip, is Orly Here Comes Trouble. I used a dotting tool and China Glaze Brighthouse to create the gold beads and then I outlined them in black. The mask was created using (mainly) Zoya Lolly and a variety of pink polishes. I then added on some loose glitter and slapped on a thick coat of Seche Vite.

I don't feel like these pictures are doing any justice to this manicure. It's fun, glittery and so pretty in person!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day loves!

I hope you all had an amazing day celebrating, and if you're single (like moi) you can celebrate the way I did...with nail art!

I actually created this manicure this past Saturday but I knew it would be perfect for V-Day. Pink, hearts, polka dots? There's a little bit of everything in here.

I got a ton of compliments on this manicure too. I love the look on people's face when I tell them I did it myself. Never gets old...

For this manicure I didn't start with a base color. Instead I applied a clear base, let it dry then began drawing the stripes. For the stripes I used a nail art brush and the following polishes: Wet N Wild Candy-licious (bubble gum pink), Wet N Wild Tropicalia (bright medium pink), and Wet N Wild French White Creme. Afterwards I took my nail art brush and white polish and drew the hearts. I then outlined the hearts in black and used my dotting tool to create pink polka dots inside of them. Add a slap of topcoat and you're done!

In real life, the contrast between the two pinks is hardly visible. It just looks like one big stripe unless you look up close with good lighting. I would suggest using shades of more contrast for a better pattern.

And just for fun, here's a cute layering combo I did for V-Day. This is two coats of Sally Hansen Twisted Pink with two coats of Zoya Chloe on top:



The inspiration for this manicure came from two manicures I've done in the past. The first was my zebra bordered with blue design and the second is my "Sexy Leopard" post.

If you haven't noticed, I love the idea of bordering your nail design with a color! I hope you're not getting tired of this trend because you'll definitely be seeing more of it in the future.

So anyway, here is today's manicure.

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Cream for the base. I then created the letters 'x' and 'o' throughout the entire nail using a nail art brush and a black polish. I had a lot of trouble drawing the letters 'x' and 'o' so I ended up just doing my best with the letter 'x' and using a dotting tool and the same method I used for this post to make the 'o'. After drawing the letters I took my nail art brush and I created the border around my nails using Zoya Lolly.

This would be perfect for Valentine's Day. Or any day really.

I have another V-Day mani for Tuesday that I can't wait to share with you all!


Follow the Candy Cane Road

Merry Christmas!

I'll keep this post short and sweet since it's the holidays and many of you are probably very busy.

This is a..."creative" manicure I came up with yesterday. I didn't really have any type of inspiration but thought it would be fun to do something a little different.

And just for fun, here's our Chrsitmas tree this year! The theme was blue, silver and a touch of gold.

For this manicure I used China Glaze Starboard as the base. Then I applied one layer of Orly Bubbly Bombshell on top. The "candy cane-esque" stripe was made with Wet N Wild Break the Ice and, using a nail art brush for the stripes, China Glaze Hey Sailor. I then went back with Holly Jolly (the snowman polish) and sponged it around the sides of each stripe. Fun, simple, easy, and quick.

Happy Holidays to you! I hope you get everything you want, eat delicious food and enjoy time with loved ones!

See you in 2012!

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