Saturday, July 28, 2012

Flower Power

Hey everyone!!! Today I'm showing you a mani I did using my dotting tools to make some cute flowers. You can use any size dotting tool to make the flowers how big or small you want them. Hope you enjoy! 



For this I used Zoya's Gilda as the base color. It's a super bright pink with tons of shimmer in it. Then I used Cover Girl's White Night for the flowers. I wanted to do a yellow dot in the middle but the yellow I have isn't opaque enough so I used Zoya's Lara instead. I used a medium sized dotting tool to make the petal and then just used a toothpick to drag the petals to the middle. I topped it of with Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Anti-Chip top coat

I think this is super cute especially now for summer time! Let me know what you think! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Goooollldddd!

Hey everyone, I have another quick lunch break post for you. I recently picked up Good as Gold from Essie's Metallics collection and WOW!!! This is gorgeous!! I'm not a big fan of metallics but this one made me want to run out and buy the other ones in this collection. Here's a few quick pics!




I used two coats of Essie's Good as Gold and then topped it off with two coats of Amused Silver Moon. Silver Moon ispacked with tiny gold micro glitter and long gold bar glitters. This was a perfect accent to the Good as Gold. 

I love this metallic and will definitely be purchasing some of the others from this collection. Does anyone else have colors from the Metallics collection?? Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Carnival Nails

Hey everyone!!! I have a quick post for you while I'm on my lunch break. I saw something similar to this on Pinterest a while back and finally got around to trying it out on myself. These colors are super bright and funky and reminded me of colors you'd see at a carnival for some reason! This was a super fun mani and I'm really happy with how it turned out! 

 Left Hand 
Right Hand

For this manicure I used NYC in Sidwalkers as the gray base color and Zoya's Lara for the pink, with Sally Hansen's Parrot for the green.  I just cut pieces and strips of normal Scotch Tape to create the designs. 

Let me know what you guys think!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Funky French

Hey everyone, double post today!!! My mom and I purchased some new polishes this weekend and I wanted to share the mani I created on her with one of the newbies we got! My mom likes bright flashy pinks so I wasn't surprised when she picked Zoya's Alegra. It's a beautiful pink with lots of shimmer. She wanted something different than her norm and decided on Alegra with a black french tip. Here's how it came out! 

 Sorry for the rough looking cell phone pics

I really like how it turned out and I think she did too! What do you think?

Lapis of Luxury

Hey everyone! So I got some new polishes this weekend in a deal at Ulta and my favorite so far is Essie's Lapis of Luxury. It's a fun blue color that went on great! I needed two coats of for full opacity and I love it! Here is a quick pic! 



Currently Ulta is offering buy 2 get 1 free on some of their nail polishes. It includes, Essie, OPI, Zoya, China Glaze and Piggy Polish. I also had a coupon for $3.50 off a $10 purchase so I think I got a good deal! Does anyone else own Lapis of Luxury? What do you think? And has anyone else taken advantage of the nail polish deal at Ulta?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pink Leopard

Hey everyone!!! I love the leopard print look and decided to try it out myself. I started with one accent nail and loved it but I didn't trust myself enough to do all ten fingers so I just did my two ring fingers! Practice makes perfect though so I might give it a shot later tonight, although I don't think they will turn out post worthy, especially my right hand. My left hand is always so shaky, I'll need to work on that hahaha. Well here are some pictures of what I did! 

This picture was taken in sunlight and the glare kind of washes out the color. It's more of a bright pink/ fushia color. 

This polish went on great and you could probably get away with only one coat but I used two coats for the picture.

I waited over an hour before I added my top coat and it still smeared the black :( 


For this look I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nails as a base coat and two coats of Sinful Colors in Folly. For the accent nail I used NYC in Taxi Yellow and Maybelline Express Finish in Onyx Rush. I used a small dotting tool and a small nail brush I got from Sally's to create the prints.

I really liked this and had lots of fun. This is definitely something I'm going to be practicing a lot! Let me know what you think! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Out of this World!!!

Hey everyone!!! Today's post is my spin on galaxy nails. I've been wanting to try this for a long time and finally sat down to give it a shot. This is such an easy and fun nail look to recreate, I had a blast doing this! All you need is some nail polish and a make up sponge! Enjoy the pictures!




For the base color I used Sephora by OPI in Absinthe Makes the Heart. It's a dark greenish color with TONS of micro glitter/ shimmer. I don't even know how to describe it correctly, but it's awesome! I thought this would be a good alternative to the normal black that people have used since there's so much shimmer in it. I think it gives the base a lot more dimension and helps blend the colors that are sponged on. It also dries surprisingly fast which is also great! 

Polishes I Used: 
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails as Base Coat
Sephora by OPI Absinthe Makes the Heart
China Glaze Sea Spray
Essie Sexy Divide
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Pedal to the Metal
Cover Girl Disco Dazzle
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

I really enjoyed doing this mani and will definitely try this out again. Let me know what you think! Anyone else love galaxy nails?? Thanks for reading!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Watercolor Mani

Hey everyone!!! Today's post is inspired by a You Tube guru MissJenFABULOUS. You can visit her blog as well, www.polishandpearls.com. This is a truly simple nail look using a sandwich baggie! That's right people, a sandwich baggie! All you need is 3 polishes of your choice and a small sandwich bag. I tried using plastic wrap instead but it didn't work out as well so I advise sticking with the baggie. Here are some photos I took, hope you like!





 I tried to get a good close up but my camera wasn't cooperating and this is the best I got. 
This last picture was taken about a month ago when I first tried this method. :/ Not so hot huh? 

Polishes I Used: 
Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails as base coat
Cover Girl Boundless Color in White Night
Essie Muchi Muchi
Essie Lilacism
China Glaze Sea Spray
Sally Hansen Instra-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

I really like this look and will definitely be trying this more with different color combos. Let me know what you think! 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mini Target Haul

Hey everyone!!! I recently went to Target and picked up a few polishes so I figured I'd share what I got. I swatched them all when I got home and here are the pictures I took. Hope you like! 


 This one is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in the color Parrot. This is one of my favorites I got during this haul. It's a creamy lime green color that's perfect for summer time. This went on great as well, no streaking and only needed 1 coat! 
 This one is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in the color Marine Scene. This on went on a little sheer and streaky and it took me 3 coats for it to look like this. It's a nice turquoise color though. 
 This one is my favorite I got! Its Sonia Kashuk nail color in Fatigued. It's a dark army green. This will be great for the fall. This went on smoothly and only 1 coat was needed as well. 
 This is Essie's Lilacism. I loved this color in the bottle and loved it even more when I applied it. It's a gorgeous light pastel purple. The only down fall is that like most Essie polishes, it took 3 coats for it to be completely opaque. 
 Next is another Essie polish, Muchi Muchi. This is a nice baby pink. I think its a great color but I'm not so sure I like it on my skin tone. This one also needed 3 coats. 
Last is my FAVORITE!!! This is Essie's Ole Caliente. This is from their summer collection I believe. I love love loooooove this color. Its not too red and not too orange, it's the perfect combo. This one went on great, 2 coats was perfect. I added a bit of glitter to my ring finger but I like it better without. 

So this was my little haul, hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think. Do you love Ole Caliente as much as I do???

Friday, July 13, 2012

Marble Mani...Or Something Like That

Hey everyone!!! Today's post is my first attempt at water marbeling!! I had to completely redo my left hand because I smudged 3 of my fingers and didn't like the other two. I'm not 100% happy with it, but for my first try I don't think it's too bad! Next time I try it I will make the design a little more intricate since I have such short nails right now. Anyway, here's a few pictures I took.


 This is my left hand 
 Left hand again 
This is the right hand. I accidentally pulled out my pointer finger as I was trying to collect all of the dried polish off the top of the water so it came out weird.  


Poilishes I used: 
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails base coat
Cover Girl Boundless Color in White Night
Milani NEON in Fresh Teal 
Essie Plumberry 
OPI Siberian Nights
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

I loved this technique and can't wait to try it again! Let me know what you think! Any tips for better water marbeling??

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Braid or Fishbone??

Hey everyone!!! What I'm showing you today is kind of my take on the whole "fishbone" style nails I've been seeing lately. I've seen people just painting on the stripes with a nail brush or even just the brush from the polish applicator itself. But.... Im kind of anal about straight lines so I decided to try a method using scotch tape instead. Here's a few pictures for you.  




Polishes used: 
Maybelline Express Finish in Onyx Rush
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pedal to the Metal 
Essie Trophy Wife
Sally Hansen Insta- Dri Anti Chip Top Coat

I love the way this turned out. I think I may try it again on all of my nails instead of just one accent nail. What do you think? If you would like to see instructions or a tutorial on how I did this using tape instead of painting the stripes on let me know!



My first NEON

Hey everyone!!! So I've never been into neon colors, I've always passed up anything neon. But while at Target I saw this color and thought, I HAVE to have this. (I think that a lot while in the make up and nail aisle) Much to my surprise I picked it up and realized it was part of Milani's NEON collection. It's amazing!!! It's the color Fresh Teal. It's the perfect turquoise/ teal color!! I think it looks great on its own, or would be great in water marbeling or any kind of nail art. It's super creamy, opaque and only 1 coat is needed!!! Although it is labeled as a neon color I don't know that I consider it neon?!? Its not horribly bright and obnoxious as most neon colors I've seen. Either way, its gorgeous and may be one of my new favorite colors for this summer. Heres a few pictures! 


This picture was taken inside with no flash. 

This picture was taken outside in direct sunlight. 

This one was also taken inside with no flash but in front of a window. 

Let me know what you guys think! What are your feelings on neon nail colors? 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Sponging

Hey everyone!!! I am so excited to start my blog and I truly hope everyone enjoys it. Here is my very first post! I have been loving all of the Ombre nails I've seen and this is kind of my spin on it. I've tried it before with 3 colors in the same color family but it turned into a disaster. I decided to try it with only 2 colors and figured I would mix it up a little bit and use two totally different colors. Here's what I came up with, hope you like it!



To achieve this nail look I started by painting my nails white as a base.  Then I painted the green and purple polish onto a make-up sponge. You have to use quite a bit of polish because the sponge tends to soak it up. You can wet the sponge before you paint your polish on so it doesn't soak so much of it up, but I find that only works for some of my polishes. Once your polish is on the sponge you have to work fast and just dab the sponge on your nails. You have to dab up and down, don't drag the sponge across your nails or you'll end up with streaks. Once you get the look, pattern and color intensity you like, just top it off with a clear top coat and you're all set!! 

Polishes I used: 
OPI Alpine Snow
Sinful Colors in Mint Apple
NYC in Lincoln Square Lavender 
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. 

Let me know what you think! Have any of you tried something similar to this?