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7/2/13

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!

5/24/13

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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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).

4/24/13

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? 

2/25/13

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. 

LOVE.


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

12/23/12

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

12/22/12

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

11/24/12

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. 

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