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Showing posts with label Taupe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Taupe. Show all posts

1/2/13

The Triangle

My first post of the new year!

New years never really feels all that "new" to me. I don't wake up and think "Yay! 2013!" It's just "oh, today's Tuesday." I don't know, maybe it's just me but it just feels like another day. It just so happens that I'll write the date wrong a million times on this day.

For this manicure I used Sation 3 Free-Dom as the base. I started the triangles off with Zoya Reagan, slowly creating it in the center to help align the others. I drew one side, then the other, and finally filled it in. The other triangles were made using the same method only this time going upside down. Afterwards, I drew the two stripes above and one below the triangles with my nail art brush. The black I used was acrylic paint. 

Stay tuned for a giveaway post tomorrow! ;)
*Polishes sent for review

11/14/12

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...

1/1/12

Zoya True and Fleck Effect Collections Swatches and Review

Happy New Year!

By the looks of this Spring collection from Zoya, this is going to be an amazing year for polish!

Not only do we get Zoya's great creams and shimmers but we also get a new finish from them..."Fleck Effect" flakies top coats. Are you excited yet?

First is Cho, a pretty nude with subtle silver shimmer. I found this one difficult to work with as it was pretty sheer but was fine after three coats. I just love the hidden shimmer in it!

Another neutral, this one is Farah. This is just your standard nude-taupe. Farah had very smooth application and was opaque in two easy coats. Nothing better than a full coverage nude, am I right?

Bevin. This is a soft, cool-toned, sage green. Application was a dream with two flawless coats. How many more gorgeous greens can Zoya give us? I thought the best had come with Yara and then they give us another one. But hey, I'm not complaining.

Next we have Skylar. Just stunning! Skylar is a stunning dusty blue with silver and gold microglitter. Oh my gosh, this baby is gorgeous. This was an easy two coats. This is a similar finish as Neeka and Yara from the Smoke and Mirrors collection from Fall. I cannot get over how much I love this.

Tru is a medium grape purple with copper shimmer. Application was perfection with two effortless coats, but could have also worked with one thick coat. I'm not excited by this color for some reason but it is pretty.

Lotus is a dusty purple with pink shimmer. In real life, it's a little darker than you see in these photos. We've seen this before in polishes like Revlon Perplex but the finish on this one is different. Lotus is also more packed with the pink shimmer than Perplex. I much prefer Lotus. Plus, the name is really pretty. This was two easy coats.

Now Zoya's new "Fleck Effect" flakie top coats! These are not only Zoya's first flakies but also my first flakies:

11/18/11

Zoya Feel Collection Swatches and Review

Today I have the Zoya Feel Collection swatches to show you today!

I feel like I say this a lot but I was really excited about this collection since I pretty much love anything from Zoya.

The Feel Collection features six full coverage neutral creams.

All these pictures are taken in natural sunlight. The descriptions of each color are written below the pictures.


First up is Kristen. On their website, Zoya calls this a "gull gray nail polish with a mild bluish hue". On me, this is more of a pale blue with gray undertones. The formula on this was perfect, two flawless coats.



Carey is a simple blue toned gray. The formula on this polish was easy to work with and applied well in two coats. Carey is my least favorite in this collection simply because it's the most simple.



Next we have the beautiful Megan. This is a surprise favorite from the Feel Collection. Megan is a delicate, soft lilac with gray tones. I just love it! Formula was very easy to work with and I only used two coats. This appears lighter in the pictures than it does in real life.



Kendal is next in this neutral collection. I kind of wish the name had an extra "l" at the end. Name issues aside, this is a very pretty soft lavender with, of course, gray tones. Formula wise, this polish was great, this is 2 coats. For some reason, this picture brings out mauve tones but really it's more purple toned in real life.



Kennedy. I would describe Kennedy as a beige toned nude. Unfortunately, the formula was difficult and hard to work with. This is three coats. I kept getting bald spots, even after two coats. This looks wonderful on my skin though.



Last, but not least is the gorgeous Avery. Avery is a beautiful peach toned nude. This is really the perfect nude! Avery gives me a very fresh and clean look. Formula was easy and I reached full opacity with two coats.


Overall, all the polishes had great application and were easy to work with. Kennedy was the only one I struggled with and had to use three coats to cover bald spots. These are all very wearable and would be great for the workplace and perfect for Winter! Leave it to Zoya to make neutral creams so unique. These all look really great with darker skin tones like my own; so if you were hesitating to buy these before...don't! A few of my favorites were Kristen, Megan and Avery.

The Zoya Feel Collection is now available on zoya.com and retails at $8.00 each per bottle.
*Products in this post were sent for review

11/2/11

Sexy Leopard

Hey guys!

I'm going to try to catch up in posts since I missed pretty much all of September and a lot of October.

Here's a design that I think is so dang sexy. Seriously guys, leopard and red? To die for.

This is similar to my zebra print manicure I did last month. I got the idea from that mani and just changed up the color and print.

This is yet another design that I am just obsessed with!


For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the base. The spots were created with Diamond Cosmetics Decadence and the inside was filled with Zoya Richelle. That's usually how I do this type of leopard/cheetah. The red outline was done with a nail art brush and China Glaze Hey Sailor.

I actually like this better than the zebra print I mentioned. How about you?

8/29/11

Sexy Stripes

Good morning!

This is a manicure I did Saturday night. I always do the more time consuming and less simple designs on the weekends, that way I can leave the weekdays open for studying and I won't be distracted.

Anyway, I saw this picture on tumblr about a month ago (I don't know who to properly credit since I saved it on my computer, sorry!) and I really wanted to try it. It was relatively easy to do but pulling off straight lines were difficult. I wish I had a white polish that I could have used for this, oh well.

I love the end result though, LOVE!


For this manicure I used OPI Skulls and Glossbones as the base. Then I created a thick gold stripe with Color Club Enchanted Holiday. Using my nail art brush and a black polish, I drew a horizontal line through the middle of my nails. The leopard tips were made with a base of Wet N Wild Heatwave. For the spots I used the same Color Club Enchanted Holiday polish as the gold stripe and the leopard outlines are made with a black polish.

These are so "in-your-face", I just love it.

8/5/11

Skulls and Glossbones

Hey everyone!

I've been complaining on Twitter about how there has been no sun lately. No sun means blurry and bad quality pictures. Luckily there was some sun this morning so I quickly took pictures. I literally ran out of bed and downstairs before the sun went away! It wasn't until after the pictures were taken that I brushed my teeth and ate breakfast.

I created this design yesterday using my new dotting tools that I won from Midnight Manicure's giveaway. I had dotting tools before but they were all the exact same size.

This is also my first time wearing OPI Skulls and Glossbones from their recent Pirates of the Caribbean collection for Spring. I am madly in love with this color! Words can't even describe. It's like a dusty taupe-gray that is just amazing.


Of course, taking the name literal, I drew skulls and bones on all my nails.



For this manicure I used OPI Skulls and Glossbones as the base. I created the bones using Rimmel London Black Satin. The hearts in the middle were made with China Glaze Hey Sailor. Taking my dotting tool and the same black I created large dots to represent the skulls. Then I used my nail art brush to draw the three lines attached to the skull. What are they called anyway? Going back in with my dotting tools, I dotted some eye holes with Skulls and Glossbones.


This design came out kind of messy but I think it's really cute so I'll just ignore that. (:

6/29/11

Diva Nails!

Anything with bling and leopard print is automatically Diva to me. I know I wanted to do something way out of my comfort zone so I went straight to this design.

These are "in-your-face", tacky, hooker nails at it's finest.

I couldn't get all the nails to line up straight but I think they still qualify as divalicious.

Wow, this post just keeps getting cheesier. Anyway, here's what I came up with:


For this manicure I used my favorite nude/taupe as the base, Ulta Set The Nude. Then I created a thick black stripe across the nail with Rimmel London Black Satin. While that was still wet I applied gold rhinestones that I got from Born Pretty. The next two steps were simple: I freehanded the leopard print with Zoya Richelle spots and Diamond Cosmetics Decadence lining. Lastly, I applied Funky Fingers Golden Coast to the tips.

Not sure why the rhinestones look so huge in these pictures but they are small, normal sized rhinestones in real life. 

I took this off after about an hour and did another design which I'll post later. This was WAY too much for me but I do like the design. It'd be great for someone whose going out to a party or club or something. Or if you just like to rock fierce nails!

6/26/11

Diagonal Funky French

I was going to post this early this morning but I just got around to making it now. I've been gone all day at my sister's college orientation. Not only did it take hours to get there (and back), but we stayed for an additional 4 hours listening to people talk, talk, and talk some more. It was brutal. The only fun part was going out of town, and doing out of town things.

Anyway, this is another design I created while my internet was down.

I'm currently in the process of using all 32 of my untrieds. I figured, "it's only 32, I'll just use them in my nail art." So far I've worn about 8 of them, including China Glaze Below Deck, which I used in today's post.


For this manicure I used China Glaze Below Deck as the brown-ish, purple base. Then I took Ulta Set The Nude and applied it diagonally from the tips of my nails. I also went back with my nail art brush and drew a thin line, diagonally, following the tips. The dots on the accent nail were made with Rimmel London Black Satin.

I have no idea why I didn't use Below Deck sooner! It's so beautiful, one of my favorites from all my China Glaze polishes.

That's all from me today, I'll be back tomorrow with my "Monday's Nail Art Challenge" design! This week it's floral. (:

5/16/11

Half and Half

This manicure was inspired by Deez Nailz. For the life of me I cannot remember which post I read where she did something similar to this! If I knew I'd link you to it. Her manicures are always so creative and amazing. I'm always watching for what she does next!

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I have been trying out some of the nail art ideas in my "inspiration file". So most likely I'll be posting more inspired looks throughout this week.

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For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the base. Then I applied a piece of Scotch tape to half my nails and painted over it with Claire's Evil Queen. I then used a tooth pick as a dotting tool and made dots of the opposite color on both sides of the nail.

Later I removed this manicure and tried it with pink...


For the pink version I used Ulta Noel as the base and China Glaze Ahoy on the other half of the nail. I did not use the tape for this one and instead free handed the halves. I got too lazy to wait for it to dry.

I immediately fell in love with the pink version, slapped on a topcoat (SV) and wore it for a few days! So pretty, I love it!


Which one do you like better?

4/21/11

A Twist on the Half Moon Manicure

I woke up this morning feeling very uninspired. I tried SO many different ideas and manicures but nothing felt right. I didn't really want anything insane, but I definitely wanted something more than just a plain color.

I tried and I tried and I just couldn't get anything right! After about two hours of no success I gave up. There was just no way I was going to get anything done with how frustrated I was.

Luckily I found myself scanning though pictures of nail art and it inspired me to try one last time and do something with my nails. Anything--as long as they weren't bare!

The outcome was better than I expected:


Here's Set The Nude all on it's own.



For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the creamy nude base and Art Deco Black as the black moon and lines. Both polishes were easy to apply and dried quick. Which made this manicure 100% frustration free.  

I applied my base then I added the moon and the lines. I didn't wait for it to completely dry and the black kind of dragged when I applied my topcoat but it didn't bother me too much so I didn't redo any nails.

Oh, and can I just say that Set The Nude is the best nude I have ever come across? Maybe I'm speaking too soon since I do not own that many, but I'm not sure anything will top this anytime soon. (Unless Orly Country Club Khaki magically appears at my doorstep.)

What's your favorite nude polish? I'm always looking for more.

2/7/11

Half and Half

I thought I'd do a quick post about the nail polish I'm wearing today.
I quickly did this last night so I didn't really have time to worry about my cuticles or clean up. Please ignore those two issues.

First, I used Nicole by OPI in Light a Candle as a base, then I added L.A. Colors Serenity to the top half of the nail. To conceal the line where the two meet I used L.A. Color's Art Deco in Gold Glitter for the horizontal stripe.
See the bottom of this post for a small review of each polish.



L.A. Colors Serenity- This is a nice taupe color with a hint of pink. It has tiny gold shimmers in it, but I failed to capture it in my pictures. This color is opaque with just one coat.

Nicole by OPI Light a Candle- A metallic lavender purple. It is incredibly opaque with just one coat and it dries super fast. It does leave a little bit of a streaky finish, but it's too pretty to pass up, so I don't mind.


Art Deco Gold Glitter- A glittery gold nail art polish that is a bit closer to yellow than a true gold. I went over the stripe twice to get it opaque.

I'm very happy with this manicure, and can I say that it looks much better in person? The pictures do not do it any justice. In person, the minor mistakes are not nearly as obvious.

Maybe I'll take my pictures in the daytime from now on. I'll probably end up re-taking these pictures in the morning.

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