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Showing posts with label Matte. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matte. Show all posts


Graphic Floral Stripes Nail Art

Today will be my first time participating in one of these but I'm excited! I have decided to take part in The Busy Girl's Summer Nail Art Challenge which was created by @beautybykrystal, @drinkcitra, @mirandasmakeup and @beautybyarielle on instagram. 

Basically this is a weekly challenge that can be posted any time during that week (you can also skip weeks). Ill be posting my nails on my instagram using the hashtag #busygirlnails so if you prefer to see them there make sure you're following me. This week's theme was stripes! 

These nails refused to photograph (or even edit) well but I had a lot of fun doing them! They're fun without being too over-the-top.
I wasn't inspired by anything in particular when doing this design but I have a feeling this has been done before so if it has it's purely coincidental!
For this manicure I used black and white acrylic paint along with a nail art brush for the striped base. Then, using a small nail art brush, I created the rose pattern along the top of each nail using a variety of colors (just ask if you'd like specific names!). I drew leaves on only two fingers for a more unique look, I used Essie Mojito Madness for those and lightened it for the lighter green. Essie Matte About You was applied to create the matte finish. 

I loooove today's manicure! What do you think? Too much or just right?

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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?


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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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. 


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


Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell Mattified

Good morning!

Yesterday I showed you Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black mattified but today I have the equally stunning Bluebell to show you matte!

After trying Chunky Holo Black with a matte topcoat, I knew I had to post Bluebell too. I think these were made to be worn with matte topcoats.

I'll go ahead and show you how beautiful it is...

Finally, the blue I have been trying to capture for ages, I knew it was in there somewhere:

*You can click any picture to enlarge it.*

For this manicure I started with two coats of CCUK Midnight Blue. I then layered two coats of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell on top of that. I finished it off with Essie Matte About You.

I think the end result on this one is a lot more exciting. I just LOVE it matte!


Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black Mattified

Today is another Monday, the weekend just flew by! I guess I should start getting used to it.

So the theme this week in PAA was "Creative Layering".  Which just means layering different nail polishes for a crazy and fun combination.

I didn't go too crazy since I was dying to wear Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black and also to use my new matte topcoat that I got from my sweet friend Nicola!

I got a ton of compliments at school too. Not so much "oh, that's pretty" but more like "wow, your nails look so cool" or "this is amazing, how does it do that?"

Yeah, it was a good week.

For this manicure I started off with one coat of Rimmel London Black Satin as the base. Then I layered on one coat of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black. After letting it dry I added Essie Matte About You matte topcoat.

Apparently it wasn't dry enough when I added the matte, as you can see by my horrendous index finger. I later re-did it and was still very happy. This is one of my favorite layering combinations!

Again, nothing extravagant but I think it looks pretty amazing.


Whimisical Flowers

Good morning everyone!

I mentioned on Twitter that I would be going back to school today so I won't be able to post as I normally would. Today's post is a scheduled post. Most of the posts this week will be. But it's only until I find a posting, swatching and nail art routine that works for me.

I was inspired to do this beautiful design after seeing JaeMarie2008's tutorial on "Simple Abstract Flowers." 

I fell in love with it as soon as I saw the video. It's so simple but I am obsessed with it!

Here it is with a topcoat, I prefer it matte though.

For this manicure I used Zoya Lolly--from the Mod Mattes Summer Collection--as the base. Then I started creating thin green lines all over the nails using China Glaze Starboard. Afterwards I took Wet N Wild French White Creme and I drew the flower petals. I went back in and drew the dots using Barielle Do Unto Others and a small dotting tool.

This could possibly be the most simple nail art I have ever done. It took me less than 30 minutes to create this.

I only wore this for a day because I wanted something else for my first day of school mani.


Zoya Lolly

Happy Earth Day! Make sure you join in on Zoya's Polish Exchange. They will recycle all your old nail polishes for you! More details here.

Anyway, here's Lolly, the third color from Zoya's new Mod Matte Collection for summer. I ordered this a while back when they were having their BOGO sale on all three of their summer collections. But it was back-ordered for a while.

I mentioned that I would add this in with the other two when I finally got it, and that's exactly what I did. Now all three of them will be in the same place. You can check out the complete Mod Matte Collection review here.

Daylight--no sun
And here's Glossy Lolly, as I like to call it:

Zoya Lolly is a hot pink creme with a velvet matte finish. It needs at least three coats for full, opaque coverage. Maybe two if you were super careful. Like the other two mattes in Zoya's Mod Matte Collection, Lolly dried lightning fast. You could literally see it drying on your nails.

It's so hard to pick a favorite from Zoya, every one of their polishes is just amazing.


Zoya Mod Matte Collection: Phoebe, Mitzi and Lolly

I was super excited when I saw that Zoya was coming out with three matte shades for summer! And what made me even more excited is that they were bright--really, really bright! These are actually my first mattes, so I was quick to try them out.

I ordered all three, but Lolly is on backorder. I'll show her later, but for now, here's Phoebe and Mitzi:
Here's Phoebe, Mitzi and Lolly:

The shimmer shows up better with a topcoat on...

Zoya Phoebe is a bright, electric blue cream with a velvet matte finish. This is the only one with a hint of shimmer in it. It dried super fast, within 30 seconds and it could not have been easier to work with. I effortlessly applied two coats.

Zoya Mitzi is a bright, yellow toned lime green with a velvety matte finish. Mitzi is a nice cream with no shimmer. Like Phoebe, it dried super quick. I also found that Mitzi is a little more opaque than Phoebe was.

Zoya Lolly is a hot pink creme with a velvet matte finish. It needs at least three coats for full, opaque coverage. Maybe two if you are super careful. Lolly dried lightning fast, just like the other two from this collection. You could literally see it drying on your nails.

I'm really impressed with this collection. The formula is good, drying time is quick and application is so easy. I have nothing bad to say about these polishes.

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