Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mermaid Tail Nails!

Good morning, readers! In an attempt to make my Zoya Charla and Mimi Gradient nails last a bit longer, I decided to add and change them up a bit!

I did 2 coats of Ozotic Elytra 528 over the Zoyas because the multichrome glitters change from teal to purple so it went really nicely on top of both colors. Then, I stamped a silver fishnet design over top of it all. I think it definitely looks mermaid-ish!


Look at those gorgeous Ozotic glitters!!

I used:
One coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
2 coats of Zoya Charla
Zoya Mimi and a makeup sponge to do the gradient
2 coats of Ozotic Elytra 528
Pure Ice Silver Mercedes and Bundle Monster stamp plate BM-209
Top coat of Poshe

What do you think? I love the added shimmer from the Ozotic! Thanks for reading!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Like Mother, Like Daughter...

Good morning, readers! If you are following my Facebook page, you'd have seen this picture I posted for you yesterday.

As I've mentioned before, I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter named Hailey. She loves nail polish and watching me do nail stuff, as well as painting her own nails. She wanted to try out 2 new polishes that we received from Carly at the Lacquered Lover and set to work at painting her own nails. She used the red as a base and the glitter as a topper.

The cutest part was that she went to get her little kid's Dora camera and sat out on the back steps and tried to take pictures of her own mani. That's when I took this picture that almost made me tear up:


How adorable is that? She was having a bit of a hard time so I took this picture for her of both of her hands:

(her little camera is obviously not the best with focus and pixel size so excuse the blurriness lol)

Tonight, she decided to paint her toes to match so here are some more pictures she took with her camera:


Showing off her two Wet n Wild polishes she used


Wanted to take one like Mommy does

And here is another picture of her from her camera so you can see her better.


 I asked Hailey what she liked about the nail polish she used today and she said, "I love them and I really want to put stamps on them." Hah so there you have it. Looks like we may have to do some nail stamps this weekend on her nails. 

So this was my proud mommy moment for the day. Hope you liked. Thanks for reading!!

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Zoya Charla and Mimi Gradient!!

Hello readers! I received my 2 free promo polishes from Zoya yesterday and had to do a mani using the both of them since I couldn't choose just one! I love how this turned out! So simple and easy to do, and yet I can't stop staring at my nails!

These were Zoya Charla and Zoya Mimi! I love them both so much. Mimi is what we call my grandmother so it's even more special to me that I have a polish now with her nickname on it!





 I used:
Base coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
2 coats of Zoya Charla
Used a ripped makeup sponge to do the gradient with Zoya Mimi
Top coat of Poshe

What do you think? Very mermaid-like in my opinion. Love! I now want to order more from this Zoya Sparkle collection! Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pretty and Polished Polish Reviews!

Hello readers! I have an exciting post for you today! My friend, Chelsea, from the blog  Pretty and Polished , started selling her nail polishes on Etsy! I have 2 of her polishes to review and share with you all! You can find her Etsy store here with tons of gorgeous polishes! She offers full size and mini versions of her polishes.

She sent me Forest Phire and Born Again to show to you all! These are both the mini sized bottles.


Look at those beauties in the bottle!!


I'm going to show you Forest Phire first! It is described online as "a decadent green Jjelly packed with richly colored glitters. Looks like an enchanted forest full of Sapphires." This is 3 coats with 1 coat of Poshe top coat:
In the sunlight.

In the shade. You can see the glitter a bit easier in this shot.

Macro! Love it, check out those gorgeous glitters!!

Because I could still see my nail under 3 coats, I decided to try a layering look with Forest Phire and LOVE how it turned out. This is one coat over butterLONDON's British Racing Green. Also, one coat of Poshe top coat.


You can see it better in this macro shot. This is a great way to conserve Forest Phire as well! So pretty!



Onto the other polish: Born Again! This is described online as "an entrancing navy blue jelly base filled with blue, purple, black, and silver glitter. This polish is sure to make you feel alive!" I can't get enough of the shimmer in the jelly base! Love love love! This is 3 coats and 1 coat of Poshe top coat. 


So pretty!!

What do you think of these 2 gorgeous polishes from Pretty and Polished?? I really like them and am so glad I was able to share them with you all! Head on over to Chelsea's Etsy shop to see what others she has available as well! Thanks for reading!


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Periwinkle Shimmer Magnetic Polish!

Hello readers! I have my very first magnetic polish to share with you today. You Mix Cosmetics started selling a ton of awesome magnetic polish colors, as well as magnets, on their site! As of right now, I see 28 different magnetic color polishes and 4 different design magnets for purchase. They also have a ton of glitter and color changing pigments to make your own nail polish creations! This is the link to their magnetic polishes if you are interested!

This is 2 coats, and I hovered close to the nail(without touching) right after painting the 2nd coat. One nail at a time. I held the magnet for about 5-10 seconds over each nail and this is how they turned out. I am really happy with them!! I couldn't leave it as just a base color, though, so I did a small holo glitter gradient on the tips.

Look at the gorgeous blue shimmer on the magnetic parts!!

I used:
Base coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
2 Coats of You Mix Cosmetics Periwinkle Shimmer
The Diagonal Stripe Magnet
China Glaze Fairy Dust and Nubar Star Sparkle(and a makeup sponge) for the gradient on my tips
Poshe top coat

What do you think? I love the look of magnetic nails and I can see myself ordering more colors in the future!! Thanks for reading!!
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

There's A Zoo On My Nails!

Good morning, readers! I had too much fun and had such great feedback from my Giraffe Nails post that I decided to add to the animal idea and do different zoo animals on each finger! My daughter, Hailey, LOVED them!! They are kind of like "animal skittles"(thanks, Heidi, for the term lol) and I like how they turned out. My husband told me I should do my right hand nails with the food for the zoo animals to coordinate with my left hand. So you will see my right hand as well in this post!

My left hand zoo animal nails:

Thumb: Elephant, Index: Monkey, Middle: Giraffe, Ring: Panda, Pinky: Lion



 My right hand animal food nails:
Thumb: Peanuts, Index: Bananas, Middle: Tree branch, Ring: Bamboo, Pinky: Steak(don't make fun of my "heart" looking steak hahaha)



 On to the paired up nails:

Peanuts for the Elephant


Bananas for the Monkey

Tree branch for the Giraffe

Bamboo for the Panda

Steak for the Lion(figured it was less gruesome than a cute little Gazelle)

What do you think? I'm going to list all of the polishes used for each nail below so feel free to skip it if you aren't curious of a color. Thanks for reading!!

Elephant:
OPI No Room For The Blues (base color)
Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid (head)
Essie French Affair (Inner ear)
Sinful Colors Black on Black(detail lines)
OPI Alpine Snow(eye and tusk)
OPI Absolutely Alice(water drops)

Peanuts:
Color Club Earthy Angel (peanuts)
OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys (details)

Monkey: 
China Glaze Starboard (base color)
OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys (head)
Color Club Earthy Angel (Nose)
OPI Alpine Snow (eyes)
Sinful Colors Black on Black (details)

Bananas:
Orly Lemonade (bananas)
Sinful Colors Black on Black (details)
OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys (details)

Giraffe:
OPI That's Hot! Pink (base color)
Orly Lemonade (head)
OPI In My Back Pocket (nose, horns, and spots)

OPI Alpine Snow (eyes)
Sinful Colors Black on Black (details)

Tree Branch:
OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys (branch)
China Glaze Starboard (leaves)


Panda:
Color Club Puccilicious (base colors)
OPI Alpine Snow (head and eyes)
Sinful Colors Black on Black (ears, nose, eyes)

Bamboo:
Color Club Earthy Angel (bamboo sticks)
China Glaze Starboard (leaves)
Sinful Colors Black on Black (details)


Lion:
OPI In My Back Pocket (base color)
OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys (mane and nose)
Orly Lemonade (head and ears)

OPI Alpine Snow (eyes)
Sinful Colors Black on Black (details)


Steak:
OPI Alpine Snow(fatty part of steak)
Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar(red meat)
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Giraffe Nails!!

Hey readers! I have a treat for you today! Finally some free-hand nail art! I have been struggling for inspiration on some good nail art lately and today I had a good plan: ask my 3 1/2 year old daughter, Hailey, what I should do on my nails. She immediately asked if I could do giraffe nails, bringing us to this post!


I used: OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
2 Coats of my new OPI That's Hot! Pink
Orly Lemonade and a striper brush to freehand the giraffe head and ears
OPI In My Back Pocket and a striper/dotting tools to do the noses, spots, and the horns
OPI Alpine Snow and Sinful Colors Black on Black with dotting tools to do the eyes and nostrils

Accent nail:
I stamped OPI Alpine Snow with the giraffe print design on Bundle Monster Plate BM-215 
I used my striper and filled in the giraffe spots with the orange OPI In My Back Pocket(since the orange wasn't able to stamp opaque enough)

Top Coat of Poshe

What do you think? I think these are just too cute and one of my favorite animal designs I've done! I will  most likely do a tutorial on these giraffes in the near future if any of you would be interested? Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Neverland Nail Blog Blogger Spotlight!!


Lindsey from Neverland Nail Blog asked me to do a Blogger Spotlight on her blog! How awesome is that? You can go check out the post HERE and read my interview questions!
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Friday, January 13, 2012

OPI DS Temptation Stamping!

Hello readers! TGIF! Anyone excited for the weekend or have any fun plans?

I have another stamping post to show you today! I received OPI DS Temptation for my birthday and knew it would be a really neat base color for a stamping mani. This design is from one of the Born Pretty Store stamping plates I got over the holidays and I like how it turned out! It's so sparkly in person and was a little hard to photograph since the sun was bouncing off all of the glitters in Temptation.



I used:
Base Coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
3 coats of OPI DS Temptation
Stamped with Pure Ice Silver Mercedes on stamp plate m79
Dotting tool used to add the accent dots with Orly Sweet Peacock
2 top coats of Poshe to get smooth

What are your thoughts on this? I love the colors in this design and think its one of my recent favorites! DS Temptation has a couple of different color glitters in it(pink and blue added to the purple) so its really pretty to stamp over. It adds more dimension to the colors.

I'm not sure if I'll take these beauties off over this weekend unless they chip so I hope you all have a safe and fun weekend! Thanks for reading! 

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Flaky, Fancy Clouds! And A Contest..

Good morning readers! Surprised for a post the day after the last one? Me, too! It was a rainy day around here yesterday and I couldn't help brainstorming about more mani ideas and decided to try something new sooner than expected!

I saw these "fancy clouds" yesterday on Nailside and thought it would be a fun design to try! Here's a tip that I learned the hard way, use one coaters or its very thick and easy to smudge by the end of adding all of the colors. haha. It wasn't too hard, but since I used some OPI polishes with the pro-wide brush, it wasn't super easy to make the "bumps" for the layers.

Since all 3 colors are similar to one another, it ended up being more of a subtle design that still got to showcase the new Finger Paints Special Effect I got recently! Next time, I'll do more contrasting colors, but I knew I wanted to do darker colors so you could appreciate the flakies.

I used:
Base Coat of OPI Base Coat for Natural Nails
2 Coats of OPI Roadhouse Blues
OPI Dating A Royal and
Sinful Colors Black on Black for the cloud layers
1 coat of Finger Paints Motley
Top coat of Poshe.

A close up so you can see the gorgeous purple and teal flakes in the Finger Paints top coat!

What do you think? I love the different color flakies!!

Also, I recently entered the Cult Nails Nail Art Contest on Facebook and wanted to share my entry link with you in case you wanted to vote for me! You just have to "LIKE" my photo in their contest photo album for a vote.


OR you can click on my photo below to go to it! This is the Needle Marble Design I did a while back!

I really hope I win because the prize is a lot of nail art tools as well as some Cult Polishes!! Thank you for any votes you are willing to give! Also, Cult Nails is going to give a prize away to one of the people who voted for the winning entry!! How awesome is that?

Thanks for reading! Hope you all have an amazing day!!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe!!

Hello readers! Well, I finally took off my stamping mani and got to try out this gorgeous polish!! Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe. This was one of my amazing birthday presents from my bff, Heidi, and I am SO happy to have it. When we got together yesterday, she said it looked like a glitter sandwich without having to do the layering part! I totally agree! Love love love this polish!


Since it's a dark blue jelly, it wasn't that easy to photograph. 


Here is a close up so you can see the different glitters! How pretty is this?!

I did 3 coats in these pics but it could easily be worn over a dark color with less coats of ATU. I did one coat of Poshe top coat and it was almost completely smooth after that. 

What do you think? Do you have this polish or any other Deborah Lippmanns? I didn't think I'd ever own this so I am super thankful that Heidi got it for me!! Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Paisley Nails!

Hello readers! I feel like it's been ages since I've posted a stamp nail design so I am happy to do this post today! I've been wanting the Konad paisley design stamp plate for the longest time and when I found out that Born Pretty had a dupe(and it was on sale a few weeks ago!) I snatched it up! I couldn't wait to use it and am not disappointed!

I had to try out the gorgeous new blue OPI that Ashley got me(as seen in yesterday's haul post) so I decided that would be the base color. It was pretty enough to be left on it's own, though! I wish I'd taken a pic to show you just the blue before the stamping.


I used:
Base Coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
2 Coats of OPI No Room For The Blues
Sally Hansen Color Quick Chrome Pen in Fuchsia Chrome and Born Pretty Plate m60
Flower detail dot in a-englad Lady of the Lake
Dot detail in butter LONDON British Racing Green
Top Coat of Poshe

This was the first time I stamped with the Sally Hansen Chrome polish pen and love the coverage! I think I grabbed this on clearance a while back and am now wishing I'd grabbed some more colors. Also, I can't wait for my nubbin nails to grow back out. I was keeping them shorter over the holidays when I was too busy to keep up with them and now I miss my longer nails! Grow grow grow!!

What are your thought on this plate design? I love paisley!!! Thanks for reading!
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Polish Gift Haul!

Hello readers!! I'm back from our long 2 week holiday visit to my parents' house so now I'm ready to get back to some blogging! While I was gone, I received some gorgeous polishes for my birthday and Christmas that I want to share with you now!

Here is a group shot for you of all of my new goodies:



These are for my birthday from my bff Heidi! She sent me OPI DS Opulence, OPI DS Temptation, Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe(!!!!!omg!!!), and the butter LONDON Dressing Table Duo of Tart With A Heart and The Black Knight! How spoiled am I?! Thanks dear!!!

I received these for Christmas from my brother's girlfriend, my dear friend, Ashley! OPI No Room For The Blues, That's Hot! Pink, and Happy Anniversary! I can't wait to try these!!!! Thanks, Ashley!! :D


How's that for a new haul post? I love love love all of them and can't wait to show them off to you!! I also received 2 Born Pretty Stamping plates so I'll be showing you some new stamping designs this week as well!!

Thanks for reading! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!
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