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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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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 and retails at $8/bottle.

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Gradient Spheres

Happy Hump Day!

If you're a beginner in nail art, in a rush, or you're just looking for a basic design then today's post is for you. This design is quick, easy, and still eye catching!

I gotta say, this is one of my favorite designs I have ever done. 

Confession: My nails are a little uneven at the moment so guess what Shaina did to even out this design? Yup, I had to overlap some colors. 

For this manicure I used Zoya Jacqueline as the nude base. Then, in order from dark to light, I dotted on the following colors: Wet N Wild Red Tape, Zoya Reagan, Zoya Shelby, Zoya Arizona, Bondi Brick Road, and a custom mix of Jacqueline and Brick Road for the lighter yellow. That's it! I added a top coat and called it a day.

This manicure could also be done with blacks/grays, purples, reds, the possibilities are endless! What color(s) would you use for this manicure? 


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!


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


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.


Lazy Scales

Good morning!

I titled this post "Lazy Scales" because this design was originally supposed to look something like this print but as I was doing it I became impatient and just rushed through it. I do not recommend to rush a design, never a good idea.

But I still loved the finished look so I thought I'd post it for you all! Anyway, I love the gradient.

For this manicure I used the following colors to create an orange-yellow-green gradient (in order): Wet N Wild Club Havana, Barielle Soul-er Powered, and Essie Mojito Madness. Instead of my usual black nail polish I used black acrylic paint for the scale-like details. I used a nail art brush for those. I finished off with two coats of top coat.

This was my first time using acrylic paint for nail art and I absolutely love and recommend it for details like these! I'll most likely only use black and white paint since I run out of those color polishes so quickly. Wish I had tried it sooner!
*Barielle and Wet N Wild polishes sent for review



Happy Sunday! Can you believe we're already in December?

I am completely in love with today's post, this design I actually sketched during class, just hours before I did it.

The colors and the placement of everything is probably why I like it so much. It just puts me in a good mood. I will say it was a little more time consuming trying to align everything but it's completely worth it!

For this manicure I used Zoya Farah for the nude base (which is mostly covered up). Then I drew the minty turquoise stripes/bands with the beautiful Zoya Wednesday. The "X" shaped, crossing lines were drawn with the same minty turquoise shade. The yellow, pink, and orange triangles were created with Barielle Soul-er Powered (yellow), Wet N Wild Candylicious (pink) and Wet N Wild Club Havana (orange). I used a dotting tool with black polish to make the dots.

P.S. I now have a Born Pretty discount code for my readers! The code is GFL91 and will take 10% off your order. If this code is used 10 times BP will sponsor a giveaway for you all!
*Polishes in this post sent for review, code is in affiliation with Born Pretty


Gradiance Week | Tropical Explosion

Welcome to Day 2 of Gradiance Week!

Now I know we're in the middle of fall but I couldn't resist this manicure. It's so summery, bright, and refreshing! I'm just one of those people...I don't care what season it is, my nails will be whatever color, whenever.

I'm not alone on this am I?

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Heatwave as the red base. Then I sponged on Zoya Arizona on the center of the nail. Lastly I sponged on Zoya Shelby to the very center of the nail. It almost looks like a pink stripe in these pictures but it is sponged on! I let it dry, hm...let's say 50%, then added a topcoat.

Super bright, super crazy, just perfect. 


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!

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Patterned Stripes

I'm so happy to be able to post this today, you don't even know. I had a huge break on my pinky last week and didn't want to shorten all my fingers down to such a tiny length so instead I just let that one be.

I personally don't like such uneven nails on me but I really wanted to get back to blogging. I hope you guys don't mind! (:

Anyway, the idea for this manicure came from the other striped manicures I've done in the past, here's just one. It's one of my favorite types of designs to do. 

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme for the white base, Barielle Soul-er Powered for the yellow base, and Essence What Do U Think? (horrible name, sorry had to mention that) as the orange base. For the leopard print I took my nail art brush and China Glaze First Mate to make the outlines of the spots. I filled in the spots with Pixel Naughty Bit Nice (another bad name). The stripes were done with Wet N Wild Black Cream and a nail art brush. After painting on the orange stripe I finished off with top coat.

I apologize for the smeared polish on some of the pictures, didn't even notice until I started editing them...oh well, what can you do?


Accented with Tribal

I'm back with another design! My inspiration for this design came from Nails by Kayla Shevonne. She is one of the main bloggers that I have seen take on the new accent trend that has been going on, and she does it well! I decided I would have to try it myself. 

I'm running on about five hours of bad sleep, last night, or really early this morning (2:00 am) there was a pretty bad thunderstorm here and lucky for me my bed was right by the window. The thunder, the lightning, and the extremely heavy rain was enough to wake me up several times. And I've slept through hurricanes in the past!

For this manicure I used Zoya Arizona as the main orange base and Zoya Breezi for the pinky. Using a nail art brush I took the following colors and created all the stripes, zig zags and polka dots you see: Zoya Breezi, Essie Mojito Madness, Wet N Wild Black Cream, and Wet N Wild Through the Grapevine. The dots were created using a dotting tool. .  The tribal inspired print was completely random so if you ever try tribal, just have fun with it! 

Do you like this double accent nail art trend or is it just not your thing?


Vintage Sally Hansens

I'm really excited to be posting some of my favorite polishes from my collection, my Sally Hansen "vintage" nail polishes! I call them vintage but really they're just long discontinued, hard(er) to find nail polishes.

I've been wanting to share this post with you guys for a long time but it took forever for one of the polishes to arrive and I didn't want to post without it. When it finally did come I wasn't able to take pictures since the sun wouldn't come out, then I had a huge break in my nails and wanted to let it grow out.

Now, rain free, sunny, and longer nubbins--I finally could put this post together! 

*This post is kind of picture heavy*

Blue Aura is from Sally Hansen's Magical Nail Makeup Line. I'm not sure when these came out but I think these are older than the Nail Prisms. This is a gorgeous aqua blue linear holographic polish. It's also my first linear holo. I've never really been a fan until now...I'm in love, deeply in love, with linear holos! I purchased this on eBay from this seller.

Fire Opal is from Sally Hansen's Nail Prisms line. It's kind of hard to believe how different this looks over black! It's a sheer pink frost on it's own but layered over black it's a stunning purple, blue and turquoise duochrome. This is only one coat, two coats starts revealing the pink base. This really is a beauty. I purchased Fire Opal from cassiecosmetics on eBay, my favorite seller for nail prisms.

Amber Ruby is from the Sally Hansen Nail Prisms line and is also my favorite nail prism. The duochrome on this is so intense and so strong and Amber Ruby has a gorgeous glow to it! It's a beautiful orange, red and bronze duochrome with a tiny hint of green. I've swatched this before here. No pictures can do this polish justice. I also purchased this from cassiecosmetics on eBay.

The two nail prisms are fairly easy to find on Amazon and eBay, but the magical you'll have to do a little more work. Also, Blue Aura ( or any from the magical line) can often come with a hefty price tag. I had to go through days of bidding until I finally bought it for around $18 shipped but I have seen it go for more than $30. At the end of the day though, it was all worth it to me. 

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