Friday, February 28, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 28: Galaxies

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Happy Friday!!! 
  Yesterday I was stuck on what to say... Today I am overflowing with words of excitement. Why is that? Because I took on a nail art challenge and actually saw it through to the end! Today's look is the final prompt in the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a Life Challenge". Day 28 calls for galaxies. 
  I was suuuuper excited to take on this prompt. Galaxy manicures are incredibly fun to work on for me. I wanted to depart from the other galaxy looks I have posted. For this one I went with a Blue galactic feel, instead of Black how I had done for the other two galactic looks I've done. I can honestly say that this is definitely my fave galaxy manicure I have done to date. I was surprised at how fast I managed to get these done too. Normally I tend to overthink my galaxies, for these I just let them flow from me and the results were wonderful.
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 For this galaxy look I started with a base of Zoya Dream. For the galactic elements I used Lime Crime Milky Ways(soft off White), Bettina Vanity(pale Sky Blue), Milani Raspberry Delight(vivd Pink creme), OCC Man by Man(amazing Teal jelly shimmer), Zoya Seraphina(shimmery White) and Catrice Heavy Metallilac(metallic shimmer Purple). To create the galactic look I used little tiny bits of cosmetic wedge sponge. I cut them into tiny pieces that I could control with tweezers to get more control of where the color was being sponged. It also helped me keep a light hand when applying color. I used a toothpick to create the little dot "stars". I finished my galaxies off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

 And with this look the challenge is complete! I am so happy to have taken this challenge on. It reminded me of what I am capable of when it comes to nail art. It also reminded me that now I then I need to push myself :D. I will be doing a post soon with a re-cap of all the looks to see them all together. 
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 I hope you guys enjoyed this post and this challenge. I had so much fun working on these prompts. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Thanks for coming by! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

O.P.I L.A.M.B & Hey Baby Ruffian Nail Art

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Good morning beauties! 

 Pink & Gold.... Can't really go wrong with those two together, right? Ahhh blogger's block, how I loathe you lol... This might be a post about how I am stuck trying to come up with something witty to say today :D. This is the "darker side" of blogging... You know, that moment when you are sitting there with a blank screen and nothing but a picture? Yeah, that is me today haha. I'll admit it, the muses forget me sometimes, and I am left speechless... Not because of beauty, but because I literally have nothing remarkable to say. Which then makes me feel like a slacker, which then makes me not post at all.... 
 But then I thought, why hide the fact that somedays aren't as productive as others? I know I'm not the only one who struggles with blogger's block. We all go through it, probably more often than we would like to admit. So here is my confession: I'm fairly blocked today, the words keep escaping me and I have nothing special to say.... But I did want to share this look that has been sitting in my drafts for a while :D...
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 This look started with a base of O.P.I L.A.M.B. I am so madly in love with that shade of satin matte Gold. I went for a contrasting ruffian using O.P.I Hey Baby. I decided not to top coat my final look because I wanted to keep a slight contrast between the glossy Pink and the matte Gold. Looking at pics now, I kinda wish I had top coated the finalized version. I've yet to see L.A.M.B all glossed up :(. Regardless, I still really dig this look. 

Thanks for coming by today. And on a more random note; thank you all for your support and feedback, even on days when I get stuck! You guys rock my worldview! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

LTHP Quickies! Milani Lip Intense- Liquid Lip Color for Spring 2014

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Hey hey hey!!!! Humpday treat! 

  In this quickie I want to go over some of Milani's new product releases for Spring 2014. If you are a fan of all things lips, you want to keep an eye out for these Milani releases. They did a very extensive lip product release for the season that practically has me dancing on one leg. You guys know how much I ADORE Milani products, right? They are, hands-down, my favorite drugstore brand... actually, just one of my fave brands in general. 

 So, back to lippy stuff.. Milani released a new line of liquid lip colors, the Lip Intense liquid color line. This release consists of Four, full-coverage, liquid lip colors. These babies are intensely pigmented, and very vibrant. Don't be fooled by the "gloss like" packaging, these babies are packed with color!
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 The packaging is really nice and sleek. Each tube represents the lip color very accurately. These have a flat sponge applicator wand. I've only had a chance to wear one of the shades but I found the application to be very easy. These also have very impressive wear. 
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 Formula- wise, these are fantastic. They are very even and smooth. The color glides with ease over the lips and feels creamy and moisturizing. They have a really pretty finish as they are not full on glossy, nor matte. These have a beautiful satin finish. As far as a scent, I honestly did not notice much of one. They have a soft cupcake scent that is not very strong, does not linger. 
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Red Extreme: beautiful, Blue toned Red. 
Pink Rave: amazingly vivid Magenta Pink.
Fiery Coral: fun, vibrant bubblegum Pink with slight Coral undertones. 
Violet Addict: this one was the most sheer of the bunch. This shade is dead on for the Pantone color for 2014; Radiant Orchid. 

Below you can see Pink Rave in action. I did prep my lip with the new Milani Anti-Feathering lip pencil all over my lips. This created a perfectly smooth and "grippy" surface for my liquid color. 'm pretty sure it may have also extended the wear.
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 The Lip Intense line is available now at most Milani retailers as well as online. They retail for $6.49. I'm very impressed with these four shades and highly recommend these to anyone who enjoys a nice, vibrant lip color. 

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 25: Simple

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Hello my beauties an happy Humpday!

 Today I want to share my look for day 25 of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life Challenge". The prompt for day 25 is to do a simple look. Since I have been so enamored with the O.P.I Brazil collection for Spring-Summer 2014, I decided to use some of those shades. O.P.I knocked it out of the park with this collection. The colors compliment each other perfectly. I brought a few of them together for this scotch tape mani. 
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 For this look I started with a base of Taupe-less Beach. Once my base was dry I used scotch tape to create uneven horizontal halves. I painted the exposed portions of my nails with I Just can't Cope-Acabana. This shade was a lovely surprise. For a Yellow creme, it has an amazing formulation. 
 Once my halves were dry enough I used some more tape to create some complementing "side panels". On my pinkie I used Amazon Amazoff, which is an amazing shade of rick Peacock Teal. On my Ring finger I used Live.Love.Carnival, which is a lovely shade of rich and vibrant coral. On my middle nail I did accents in Red Hot Rio, which is a classic shade of deep Ruby Red crelly. For my Index I used Where did Suzi's Man-go?, this shade is also used on my middle nail. I finished the whole look off with a generous layer of top coat.

 I really adore this look. Sometimes simplicity can be so striking and fun. I had forgotten how effective scotch tape is for creating cool manis in a pinch. I feel like I have to say it again.... The O.P.I Brazil collection has my heart. I am so madly in love with the variety of this collection. There really is a shade for many different tastes. 
 The next, and final, prompt is to do Galaxies. I am PUMPED on that prompt. As much as I love galaxy manicures... I've only done Three on myself. So, this challenge giving an excuse to do one makes me very happy. 
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Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 23: Animal Themed

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Happy Tuesday everyone!! 

  I have been having SO much fun taking on this challenge by Californails. The prompts have been really fun to interpret. I also love that I had a few days between prompts to really give some thought to my next look. The prompt for day 23 is "animal themed". 
 Now, this look may seem familiar to some of you. Especially if you have been following LTHP for some time. Back in 2011 Sammy (The Nailasaurus), Rie (Nails and Noms) and I took on the 31 day nail art challenge and had so much fun doing it as a team and pushing each other to the finish line. One of the prompts in that challenge is "animal print" and [THIS] was the look I did back then. 
 To this day that is still one of my favorite looks (as well as most stolen picture lolol), and I had been really been wanting to recreate it.. So I figured it would be perfect to re- do this look for this challenge. It really begs to be said... Practice really does make perfect, or at least MUCH improvement :D.
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 This look started with a base of Milani White. Which, as the name suggests, it is a clean, crisp White creme. Once my base was nice and dry I started working on my gradients. I used all Bettina shades for my gradients. Bettina shades are so ideal for SO many different types of nail art. They truly do shine when it comes to watermarbles and gradients. 
 On my Index and Pinkie gradients I used Bettina Pink Bikini, Epic and Yellow. For my middle nail gradient I used Bettina Vintage Jean, Purple and Pink Bikini. For my Ring finger gradient I used Bettina Yellow, Hopeful and Vintage Jean. To achieve the gradients I used a bit of cosmetic wedge sponge. I usually paint the colors onto the sponge and the work on my gradients. My technique is fairly similar to the one used in [THIS] tutorial. I will be making a video to show my technique soon.
 Once I was satisfied with my gradients I top coated them with some KBShimmer Clearly on Top and followed that with a coat of INM Northern Lights (of course!!). For the stamp I used Konad plate M78 and Konad Black Special Polish. I sealed it all off with a light coat of Seche Vite and called it a day. 

 Two years later and I am still SO in love with the final product... That said, I was  very temped to just leave my gradients with out the stamping. They looked so Summery and playful! 
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 I hope you guys enjoyed this little stroll down LTHP memory lane. It is also amazing to see what a few years of practice can do for ones skill set. This is why I can't stress the importance of patience, time and practice enough. Seeing the improvement is always so encouraging, and gives me hope that someday I might actually get good at freehand designs! 

 The next prompt to take on is "Simple". Even though I have not been posting my designs "on time", I am still so happy to be almost done with this challenge. And not because I want to be done... More because I am actually seeing through to the end. I needed a swift kick in the bum to get motivated and this challenge has helped me a lot. 
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 Thanks for stopping by today my beauties!!! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

O.P.I Hey Baby & In True Stefani Fashion Glitter Gradient

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Happy Pink Friday! 

  It's a Friday quickie! Today I have a sweet and simple sparkly look using Two of the shades from O.P.I's Gwen Stefani Collection. When I first laid eyes upon In True Stefani Fashion I just knew it would make beautiful glitter gradients. 
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 The base Pink color is O.P.I Hey Baby. I used a bit of cosmetic sponge to apply O.P.I In True Stefani Fashion to the tips of my nails. I finished my nails of with some Seche Vite to smooth out the sponging and bring out the sparkle. I so adore glittery gradients. They are a very easy way to spice up any mani. 

Thanks for stopping by and happy weekend! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 20: Floral

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Hi hello and happy Thursday! 

  Today I want to share my look for Day 20 of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a Life Challenge". The prompt for today is "floral". I really wanted to try my hand at a free hand floral look. I've never tried one, you guys know of my fear of freehand nail art. 
 That said, I had completely fallen in love with [THIS] look by Katy of Nailed It. Her tutorial is fab and easy to follow. I am not afraid to admit that this was my FOURTH attempt at this look. I am actually super happy with how these turned out. They are nowhere near as pretty as Katy's though. Still, they are definitely a good step forward toward overcoming my "fear" of freehand nail looks.
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 I used shades from the O.P.I Brazil collection. My base is Don't Bossa Nova Me Around. I really loved the contrast of vivid flowers against the muted base in Katy's tutorial, so I went for a similar vibe. For the flowers I used O.P.I Kiss me I'm Brazilian (Pink), and Toucan Do it if You Try (Coral). For the leaves I used Milani Showy Sea Green. The Black accents were done with Cult Nails Nevermore. I finished off with a coat of Seche Vite. 

 I'm really happy about how these turned out. I can't believe it took me four tries, this look really is very simple and easy to do. I was having a hard time with creating the "petals". I think I will be trying this look again soon. I really love this type of floral. 
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 I'm excited for the Animal Theme prompt. I think I want to revisit one of my older looks :D. Thanks for coming by today! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 17: Studs

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Happy Pink Humpday! 

 Today I am sharing my look for day 17 of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a Life Challenge". The prompt for today was "Studs". I was really looking forward to this prompt. I love playing with studs, but I rarely get to do so. I'm a huge fan of studded nails. My nails are pretty short right now, which made this a little extra challenging. I wanted to do something a little more elaborate, but studs tend to be too big for my tiny nails. However, I really have been loving the chunkier stud/gem looks so I figured I'd give one a go anyways. 
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 For my look I started with a base of Salon Perfect's In Love. I used three easy coats. This shade of Pink is just lovely, and playful. I used studs from a wheel I got from Born Pretty Store to create a girly look. I used petal shaped studs to create my metallic Daisies :D. I topped everything off with some Seche Vite to seal my studs and smooth the surface. 

 The next prompt is "Floral". I am both excited and nervous for this prompt. I really want to do some freehand floral nails. In all the time I've been blogging, I've never done a freehand floral. As you guys know I've really been trying to push myself when it comes to trying more freehand nail art. 
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 Thanks for coming by today!! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 14: Match OOTD

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Good evening loves!! 

 I'm trying to catch up on the prompts for the "Totally Doable- I have a life challenge" so I decided to post my OOTD prompt today as well. I won't even lie, I've been wearing my PJ's all day, every day for like Two weeks now... So I matched my nails to my PJ pants... yes, I did.
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 I started with a base of Nicole by O.P.I  This Blue is so You. This beautiful shade of Navy Blue creme was a great match for my PJ pants. I freehanded some horizontal stripes using Nicole by O.P.I Sweet Surrender. I finished my nails off with a coat of Seche Vite. 
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Ta-dah!!!! PJ Nails :D hahaa. This is quite possibly the most lazy mani I've ever done haha. That said, I king of dug it a lot. My next prompt is "Studs", which I am excited about :D. 
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Have a good night my lovelies and I will see you soon!

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 11: Pastel

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Hi everyone and happy Tuesday! 

  Today I'm picking back up with the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a LIfe Challenge". The next prompt I had to work on was "Pastel". While I was out of town last week, it was press sample mayhem back at my house. Within that mayhem was the wonderful Perfectly Poised, Spring 2014, collection by Seche. This collection is made up of Six beautiful pastel shades that were perfect for this prompt. 
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 For this look I wanted to practice my freehand a bit. I kept it simple by freehanding some vertical stripes on my nails using all the shades from the Seche Perfectly Poised collection. For my base color I used Head to Toe, this is a shade of light Peachy-beige. I did top coat my base, just in case I had to wipe off my stripes or any mistakes. For my stripes I used Perfectly Poised(pastel Yellow), Keep it You (sweet Pink), Effortlessly Styled(pastel Coral), Buttoned Up(pastel Lilac) and Conquer the World(pastel Aqua). 
 All of these shades were wonderful  to work with. These all have creamy formulas, and are saturated with color. To finish my nails off I did a coat of Seche Vite, followed by a coat of INM Northern Lights.  

 The next prompt is to match my OOTD (Outfit of the Day), which I will be sharing tomorrow.
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Thanks for stopping by beauties! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Ultimate Mermaid Nails with Inglot Spangles

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Hello and happy Thursday! 

 Today I want to share some of my favorite nails I have ever done. I'm calling these my ultimate mermaid nails. Back when I first received my set of Inglot nail and body spangles, I just knew this look had to happen. I'd also done a "disco mermaid" version of these some months ago for LTHP's birthday. These though!! THESEEEEE!!!! 
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 For these ultra mermaid nails I started with a base of Milani's Blue Zoom. Once my base color was top coated and dry I started to work on my spangle placements. I worked on one nail at a time. I used a slow drying top coat and set my spangles in an overlapping pattern. Once I was done placing the spangles on all my nails I did a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top top coat to seal my "scales". 

 I used Inglot Spangles in #23. These pretties have an amazing duochrome effect. They all shift from Sapphire Blue to Emerald Green and Copper at extreme angles. These were the perfect colors and shape for this look I had been dreaming of for months. These Inglot spangles are also very easy to work with :D. 
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 I am so madly in love with how these turned out. They may have even come out better than I had envisioned. It is always such a great feeling to see a mani I had been wanting do come to life beautifully. 

Thanks for stopping by!!! I must go back in the water before my tail dries out though ;). 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

O.P.I Gwen Stefani Collection Swatches

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Happy Humpday!! 

 Today I want to share my swatches of the O.P.I Gwen Stefani collection. I won't even lie. I was SOOOO excited to find out that O.P.I would be doing a collaboration with Gwen Stefani. She is such a music and fashion icon. But what I love best is that Gwen is one of the original "nail girls". I remember watching No Doubt music videos and always admiring her long vampy nails, Pink hair and fantastic Red lips. This collection is such a beautiful representation of Gwen's style. 

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 For close up swatches and more details just keep on reading. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

O.P.I Gwen Stefani Edgy Half Moon Nail Art Look

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Good afternoon beautiful people! 

 Today I have an edgy half-moon nail art look featuring some of the new shades from O.P.I's Gwen Stefani collection. Half- moon nails are some of my favorite looks to combine finishes and edgy shades together. For this look I went with a Satin matte on gloss theme, mixing vampy and flashy, for an eye catching manicure. 
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 I started with Two easy coats of O.P.I I Sing in Color. Once my base color and top coat were dry I proceeded to tape off my moons using hole reinforcers. The beautiful satin matte shade of Gold is Love.Angel.Music.Baby. Since the color is so opaque it was perfect for this technique. I cleaned up the seam of my moons using a bit of Gold glitter striping polish. I did not top coat over the moons to avoid altering the matte against shiny look.
 The little Black stones and Gold stud bar are from the O.P.I Over and Over A-Gwen set. I used a toothpick to dab a bit of nail glue where I wanted the stud and also placed a teeny drop on the back of the studs and stones. The toothpick method made it easy to get the glue on precise spots and avoid making a mess. I wore this look for about Four days and didn't lose any stones or experience any chips. 

 I will be posting my swatches of the O.P.I Gwen Stefani collection very soon :D. I was definitely a "child of No Doubt". I grew up with Gwen's music so I immediately knew I'd have some kind of connection to these colors. I always remember loving Gwen's iconic Pink hair, long vampy nails and kick ass Red lippie. I'm was beyond excited to see Gwen collabing with such a fashion and music icon.

Who doesn't love a little  No Doubt!? 

Monday, February 10, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day Nine: Hearts

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Hi hello and good afternoon!! 

 Today's post is Day Nine of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life challenge". That said (lolol).. I won't be posting the prompts for days 11 through 14 until next week as I am out of town. The husband and I are moving... again haha. We are scoping out our new home this week, exciting stuff. 
 For today's prompt I went with a stamped look using a Pueen stamping plate from the Love Elements set and a Milani shade.  
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 For some reason hearts have never been my "thing", but then again neither is Valentine's in general.. Which is why this challenge seemed so much fun. It is taking me out of my comfort zone and is actually challenging... which for me equals more fun. My base color is the adorable Milani Cupid's Touch. This shade was just released for Spring 2014. I used Two coats of color and then did a coat of INM Northern Lights for a sparkly Pink base. For my heart themed designs I used Pueen plate Pueen43 and Konad Back Special polish. I finished the whole look off with a coat of Seche Vite. 
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 So, the challenge prompts will pick back up next week. I hope you guys enjoyed this sweet and simple look :D. Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day Seven: XOXO

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Hello and happy Friday! 

  Today is day Seven of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life" challenge. Today's prompt is XOXO. Initially, I had intended to attempt a freehand look. I must admit that my attempt did not go at all how I had envisioned. I'm still very intimidated by freehand nail art. So.. I went with an open interpretation of the XO theme. XO= kisses and hugs, right ;)? For this look I chose all Nicole by O.P.I shades from their 2014 core expansion. 
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Index and Pinkie nails: These nails started with a base of I Shop Mintage. This dreamy shade of Mint Green is Spring perfection. For my "O's" I used That's Just Grape then I went back and dotted with I Shop Mintage to create little "O's". I topped my nails off with Seche Vite, followed by Twee & Honey This is Matte-ness top coats.  
Middle and Thumb nail: For these nails I started with a base of Teal me Something New, this shade is a fantastic shade of vivid Teal. This sucker stains badly. It is crucial to prep properly before wearing this shade. On these nails I did a stamp with Pueen plate Pueen41 and Konad White special polish. I topped these off with Seche Vite, then INM Northern Lights. 
For my Ring nail I started with a base of Something About Spring, which is a lovely, classic Hot Pink creme. I then accented with an all over kiss stamp from Bundle Monster plate BM303 and Konad red Special polish. I then added a little Black Kiss with Bundle Monster plate BM03. On top of my little Black Kiss I did a bit of INM Northern Lights to make the kiss stand out. To finish it off I did a coat of Seche Vite.

 Even though it is an "abstract" interpretation of the XOXO theme, I quite like these :D. They are so cheery and playful. The next prompt in the challenge is Hearts, which should be fun. 
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Thanks for coming by and happy Friday! 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Milani High Speed Fast Dry Shades for Spring 2014

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Happy Thursday! 

  Today I want to share some swatches of the new Milani High Speed Fast Dry shades. In terms of Milani polishes, the high speed fast dry line is one of my favorites. The colors always have incredible formulas. They also really do dry quickly, and are fantastic for nail art. These three shades are definite wins for me :D!
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Milani Aqua Brisk- This shade is such an epic win! Aqua Brisk is your quintessential "Baby Blue" creme. The formula on this shade is very impressive. This shade could be one coat, but I did use Two. I am SO madly in love with this shade. I've been wearing this color as a pedi for about Four weeks now and it still looks great.  
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Milani Sangria Rush- This shade is a beautiful, red toned Plummy creme shade. As with Aqua Brisk, this shade also has an amazing formula. I used Two coats for my swatch. 
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Milani Blue Zoom- This shade is such an epic amount of WIN! Blue Zoom is a fantastic shade of light Cobalt Blue. The formula on this shade is slightly crelly and an absolute dream to work with. If you were/are a fan of Revlon's Royal, you will LOVE Blue Zoom. This shade also reminds me a bit of YSL's Blue Majorelle. I used Two coats for my swatch. 
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 I love everything about these polishes. From the flat brush, to the buttery smooth formulations... They are just perfect. These also dry with a high shine and adding a top coat only makes them look even more amazing. 

 These shades are available now in CVS, Walgreens and Meijer stores as well as online. They retail for $4.99. 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I- Carnival Cotton Candy & Goodbye Shoes Broken Lines Nail Art Tutorial

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Happy humpday! 

  Today I have an odd color combination nail art look for you guys. These two Nicole by O.P.I shades come from the Carrie Underwood Collection. For some reason the odd mix of Cotton Candy Pink and muted smokey Green kept jumping out at me, so I decided to combine them into this quirky look. 
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 This look started with a base of Carnival Cotton Candy. This shade is a lovely soft Pink with slight Blue undertones. Once my base color was dry I added some "broken line" accents on my middle and ring nails using striping tape and Goodbye Shoes. Goodbye Shoes is a muted shade of smokey, mossy Green. On my pinkie and index nails I did the spun sugar technique. I top coated my striped nails but left the sugar nails as they were to avoid altering the effect. 

 Here is Carnival Cotton Candy before any nail art was added. I only needed Two easy coats of this color for my swatch. The formula on both of these shades is fantastic and easy to work with. 
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And just for shigs, I actually did a mini pictorial on how to achieve the broken lines look with scotch and stripe tape. It is a pretty straight forward process, but if you guys have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments ♥. 
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 I hope you guys enjoyed this look and tutorial. Even though it was a weird color combination, it really did something for me. They remind me of vintage decor for some reason. 

Thanks for stopping by today!