Showing posts with label Freehand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Freehand. Show all posts

Friday, October 10, 2014

KBShimmer Mint-al Vacation & You're so Shellfish

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Happy Friday lovely people!! Today is all about simplicity, down to this very post :D.

KBShimmer Mint-al Vacation- beautiful mint holographic.
KBShimmer You're so Shellfish- amazing neon Coral creme with slight pink undertones.

The glitter details were freehanded on using Inglot ProPerfection glitter stipers in #52 (silver holo glitter) and #66 (gold holo glitter). It was all sealed off with a coat of Seche Vite.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! I will be hula hooping it up at Florida Flow Fest :D! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

How I Wore It: Zoya Ultra PixieDust Collection- Fall 2014


Happy start of a new week my beauties! Today is all about the new Zoya Ultra PixieDust shades for Fall 2014. This release is made up of Three new, Red- based, textured and glittery pretties. These shades are classic for the Fall season, with the added twist of texture and sparkle. For my look I brought them all together in a swirly freehanded design.  This design was painted over a base of Zoya Sari. 
 Although you can mainly distinguish Two shades, I did use all Three colors. I was slightly disappointed that the contrast between Zoya Ariana and Zoya Oswin was not greater. However, if you look pretty hard you can see that Oswin is slightly more matte and textured than both Ariana and Noir. I dig this look though. It was fun to work on :D. 

Zoya Oswin- Zoya describes Oswin as a true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles. She is the densest and more textured of the Three. For me, she was also the only one to dry fully matte. 
Zoya Arianna- Zoya describes Arianna as a true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles. She is more berry-toned and jelly in finish. The texture particles are not as dense in Arianna
Zoya Noir- Zoya describes Noir as deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex particles. 

The crimson hexes make an appearance in all Three of these shades and tie them together. The formulas were easy to work with and packed with sparkle. I only wish there was a bigger difference between Arianna and Oswin. That said, they are all lovely shades and I am happy to see more textured vamp shades. 
These pretties are available from Zoya.com and retail for $10/ shade.

What are your thoughts on these PixieDusts?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Nail Art with Shades from the Zoya Ignite Collection

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 Ahh Zoya. You and your perfect Fall collections will forever have a special place in my heart. This look features shades from the amazing Ignite collection for Fall 2014. I am just blown away by the richness and opulence of these shades. For this look I wanted to incorporate Three of the shades in a slightly Steampunk- Boba Fett fashion. This look features Zoya Yuna and Zoya Remy in a gradient, and Zoya Autumn as the freehanded accent.

Zoya Yuna- Zoya describes Yuna as  a full-coverage warm grey with copper and gold liquid metal. This shade is stunning and so unique. I love the strong golden shimmer that gives it an almost duochrome look. 
Zoya Remy- Zoya describes Remy as a  a brilliant indigo with copper and gold liquid metallic shimmer. This shade is MAGICAL. If you were a fan of Charla you will absolutely LOVE Remy. She is so saturated and richly pigmented that she practically jumps off the nails. 
Zoya Autumn- Zoya describes Autumn as  a varnished copper liquid metal. I was on the fence about this color until I saw her in action. She has a beautiful glowy quality and is just spectacular. 
 I really love these ultra reflective shades. These beauties are bold and beautiful and so very unique. I am definitely thoroughly enjoying the Ignite Collection by Zoya. These beauties also coordinate so well, they are beautiful as nail art. The Ignite collection is available now from Zoya.com.

Did you pick up any of these shades? Also, thoughts on glam Boba nails? 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tutorial Thursdays! LVX Summer Leopard Spots Nail Art (+ Video Tutorial)

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It is Thursday already?! Right on! For this Tutorial Thursday I went with leopard spots. I adooore doing leopard spot manis. They are super easy and fun to do. For this leopard printed look I used all shades from the LVX Summer 2014 collection. The finished look kind of reminds me of old porcelain tea cups, but leopard printed :D. More details and tutorial after the jump.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cool Toned Dots with NYC City Samba Shades

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 When in doubt... Or just plain lazy.. DOTS!!!! This simple mani brought to you by shades from the New York Color City Samba Collection ;D. 
 I started with bases of NYC Ocean Blue and Palm Tree. Both of these shades have a great formula. They both felt a bit crelly to me, which I loved. I used Two coats of both colors. For my dots I used NYC Amazon Green. This shade is an odd and dated mint FROST.. A Mint frost... Anyways.. I decided to "make it work" by using it to create little pearly dots over my vibrant base colors. I think this is the only way I could ever enjoy such an odd color. 
 As for my base colors Ocean Blue and Palm Tree... They are actually quite wonderful! The formulas are really easy to work with, and I had no issues with staining. I finished off my nails with a top coat of Seche Vite. 

I am so ready for the weekend :D. Also, don't forget that I am taking requests for tutorials! So, don't be afraid to throw suggestions out there!! Happy Weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hot Little New York Color Clouds

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 ... is my apartment a TARDIS? 

 Today I am sharing some hot little clouds because I need something bright, shiny and cheery to combat this dark and gloomy day in "Sunny" 'ol Fl. For this mani I got to play with a brand I had never tried before, New York Color. IDK why I'd never tried them.... But these were AWESOME! 
 I had been wanting to rock a cloud mani for some time now. I just love how cute these always turn out. Anyhow, I saw these three shades together and I just knew they would be my trio for my hot little clouds. These three shades come from the NYC In a NY Minute City Samba collection for Summer 2014. 
 I started with a base of NYC Copacabana, which is an amazing shade of bright, true primary yellow creamy shimmer. This shade reminds me, a lot, of Catrice's Birdie Reloaded; which is supposed to be a dupe of Chanel Mimosa (but, with a significantly better formula). By simple powers of deduction, one could then say that NYC Copacabana is a possible dupe for Chanel Mimosa. As for the formula on Copacabana, it is PERFECT. I only needed two effortless coats (insanely fast dry time). 
 For the middle cloud I used NYC Sweet Melon. This shade is an adorable shimmering true melon shade. There is no better way to describe this color that "melon". For the top cloud I used NYC Tropicoral. This pretty is a super vibrant and saturated shade of vivid, orange leaning, coral creme. I finished my clouds off with a good coat of Seche Vite to make them really shiny and smooth. 
 I feel like I have to comment on the amazing formula on all three of these colors. They were so easy to work with. These suckers retail for $1.99, but apply like a much more expensive polish. Tropicoral is especially amazing. The formula is really shiny and self-leveling. I really enjoyed this shade. These three shades also do live up to the "In a minute" claim. They dried really quickly which made for even easier clouds. 

 If you guys have any suggestions for other NYC In a NY Minute shades I should check out, definitely let me know! Thanks for coming by! 

PS- I am taking requests for nail art tutorials!! What do you guys wanna see? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cult Nails Spring Radiance Nail Art and Swatches

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  I am closing out this week with something I've never done for the blog before... a delicate freehanded floral. Ever since I got my hands on the Cult Nails Spring Radiance collection; I just knew this is what I wanted to do with the colors. Such delicate, much dainty! More after the jump.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hey Girl... Nice Melons!

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Happy Humpday! 

  I'm pretty sure that as a beauty blogger in South East Florida... that it is a requirement for me to rock some watermelon nail art at some point in my life. I mean, IDK... melons, Florida heat... they just seem to go hand in hand. So, I did just that this past weekend. Some of the shades from Zoya's Tickled and Bubbly collections were the perfect choices for my fruity nails. 
 I started with a base of Zoya's Tilda. She is a bright, grass green creme. I wanted to add some pops of sparkle to my melons so I layered a two thin coats of Zoya Stassi over my middle and pinkie nails. To create the melons I basically just did some ruffians over all my nails, except my pinkie. I used Zoya Wendy for the coral-y parts of the melons. Wendy is a perfectly opaque shade of pink- leaning coral. 
 To add some sparkle to some of my melons I layered a coat of Zoya Harper over the pink portions on my ring and thumb nails. For the "seeds" I just used a plain black creme and a small dotting tool. I cleaned up the seams of my melons with a green Stripe Rite glitter. To finish everything off I used a coat of Seche Vite followed by a light coat of INM Northern Lights. 

 Here are Zoya Tilda and Stassi over Tilda. I really love how the shades of the Bubbly collection look layered over the shades from the tickled collection. Putting the sparkling, jelly based, shades over an opaque color really seems to bring out all the tones in the sparkly shades. I feel like on their own they all lean a bit too gold. They are all beautiful regardless though.  

 And now I must go shop for some watermelon because I really want some :). I'm thinking I also want to try my hand at more fruit themed nails. What should I do next? I think pineapples... 

Thanks for stopping by!!  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How I Wore It: KBShimmer In Bare Form and Lo and Be Bold

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Hi and happy Tuesday! 

  I hope everyone had a good and safe Memorial Day weekend. My weekend was hella chill and awesome. I got to go to my first "hoop jam", met some amazing people, learned new tricks and got all bruised up from practicing said tricks haha. 
 So, since I got in the KBShimmer Early Summer collection, they are all I've been wearing. Much like the Spring collection, these were much too awesome to just swatch. I ended up wearing most of them as "looks" or just paired... because... KBSHIMMAH!!!!! IDK what is this hold this brand has on me, but I love it!


 Less is more when awesome colors are involved :D. For this dotted look I started with a base of KBShimmer In Bare Form. This beautiful nude holographic shade made a great base for some vibrant contrasting dots using KBShimmer Lo and be Bold. I love how the vibrant cobalt blue dots just jump off the nude base. I think I may have a new "favorite" color combination in nude and cobalt. I really love how the colors seem to make each other pop. 

 And here is a quick, sunny, look at In Bare Form. This shade has a fantastic, two coat, formula. I love how creamy this shade is, yet it still remains very linear in the holo effect. A holo for the office? Don't mind if I do! 


 The KBShimmer Early Summer collection is available from kbshimmer.com right meow :D. As you may have guessed.. I shall be sharing my "Early Summer" looks over the coming days ;). 

Thanks for coming by today! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Fun with Nicole by O.P.I Nail Color

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Happy Friday!! 

  I'm sorry this has been such a quiet week around here. I'm just starting to feel slightly better from that nasty little cold I caught. It could not have come at a worse time. I was supposed to be packing up stuff for our move this Saturday. LTHP and husband will be relocating to the South East coast of Florida. However, it is not a huuuuge move as we are only relocating from Sarasota, FL; from coast to coast... exciting stuff... 
  Anyhow, I wanted to check in and share these looks I've worn recently. I've been slacking some this past week since I was so sick... But, my nails were looking FAAAAAB! Sometimes I really dig manis that are really simple, with just a hint of something sparkly to make it special. 
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 This first look is just a simple sparkling gradient with Nicole by O.P.I Sweet Surrender as the base color and Fab is my Middle Name sponged on the tips for a sparkling gradient look. Both of these shades are part of the Nicole by O.P.I 2014 core line expansion. Sweet Surrender is a beautiful mily off White. The formula is nice, very smooth and surprisingly opaque. I used two coats of this color. Fab is my Middle Name is a re-release. This glitter was originally created for the core line back in Spring of 2012 [original review can be found here]. I finished this look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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One can never really go wrong with a nice chunky glitter, now can they? These two pretties also come from the Nicole by O.P.I 2014 Core expansion. The awesome diamond- shaped topper is called Be Awesome. It definitely lives up to its name. This glitter is just so much fun. The diamonds are Pink, Blue and Coppery shifters. There was no fishing or troubles with the pieces. What you see was completely random :D. A video on my glitter application technique can be found [HERE]. Finished off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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 Last but not least is this Nudey- with- a- pop- of- Teal cloudy look. These shade also come from the same collection. The base color is Nicole by O.P.I That's Putting it Mild. I only needed two coats of this beautiful Almond toned creme. For my pop of Teal I used Emerald Empowered which is a beautiful shade of shimmery metallic.... TEAL. Definitely not Emerald. Still gorg though. The final cloud is Nicole by O.P.I Taupe of my Class. Which is your classic shade of brown-tone Taupe-y goodness. I finished these off with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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Thanks for stopping by today my painted beauties!! I hope I can be back up and running very soon. Our move should be a smooth one since we don't have much to move, or a very long way to go.. Still, send some good vibes our way ♥. 

Have a beautiful weekend everyone! 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Recap Post

Happy Sunday!! 

 Today I want to to a really quick post to recap all the looks I did for the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life Challenge". This challenge was only 11 prompts, but it was so much fun to take on! 
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 To see all the looks just keep on reading after the jump. 

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! 

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, September 5, 2013

#31DC2013 Days 4 & 5! Green and Blue Nails

(**Most of these products were provided as press samples**)
Never go to bed angry... 

 And never try to nail art when you are sad... or you might end up with derpy looking cats on your nails lol. Now, lemme remind you of why exactly I don't freehand...

#31DC2013 Day Five- Blue Kitteh Nails 
 The base color for my moon is a custom made shade by Honeybuttons Nail polish. She made a beautiful memorial Periwinkle Blue shade for my Muffin called Muffin Picks Blue... It seemed fitting that I used my kitty inspired shade for my kitty nails. This look is a modified version of the owl nail look I did Two years ago. To give my kitties a fuzzy look I used a bit of Sally Hansen Wool Knot. For the eyes I used Nicole by O.P.I Sweet on Pete, and for the pink noses Barielle Smarty Pants Pink. All the Black details were done with Cult Nails Nevermore. I finished the whole thing off with some KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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#31DC2013 Day Four: Green Nails 
 I had actually attempted some more freehand over my Green base, but it was a failure... I shall keep trying.... I am determined to produce some blog-worthy freehand looks! So, for my green nails I give you Cirque nail polish in Erda, from the Arcus collection. This color alone is a work of art. This shade of rich Emerald Green is lit from within thanks to all the beautiful and fine microshimmer. I used Three thin coats for this swatch and a top coat to bring out shine. 
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 And with that I am official caught up on the challenge prompts! YAY!! Though I am really pondering if I will keep going with the challenge. I was looking at my desk and I am REALLY backed up... Like ridiculously backed up and it is bothering the crapola out of me. We shall see... I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to take this beast on again lool!! I should have known better. 

 Have you seen many awesome Green and Blue looks? I'm off to stalk the interwebs for some Purple inspiration. ♥. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

@LCNUSA Blossom Sorbet Collection- Spring Nail Art Look

Good morning and happy Thursday! 

  A few weeks ago I received this, extremely adorable, Spring nail polish set by LCN. This cute little collection of Four is called Blossom Sorbet.  The Blossom Sorbet set is made of Four adorable pastel shades, right on trend for Spring 2013. The second I unpacked these cuties I knew I HAD to do something fun with them. 
 The formula on these polishes was great and easy to work with. I really enjoyed the creamy texture and  perfect pigmentation of these polishes. Oh! They also have a really nice, fluffy brush that fans out perfectly for flawless application. 
 This look started with a base of Soft Daisy. From index to pinkie for the moons: I Love Mint, Vintage Rose and Lilac Blossom. I then went back and added little dot accents above the moons in Soft Daisy. I gave the dots a minute to set and then went back with a very small dotting tool and dotted the centers with corresponding colors.
 For the stripes I used a long, fine striping brush and patience. I'm pretty proud of my stripes. I had never really attempted this technique. I found it surprisingly simple to do, as long as you are not in a rush. I topped my stripes off with INM Northern Lights to hide the little imperfections. After giving my dots some time to dry I topped all my nails off with some Seche Vite and called it a night :D.
  I must say that I absolutely LOVE these shades. They are just adorable and they compliment each other so well. I love when I look at polishes and I actually feel inspired by the colors alone. The Blossom Sorbet set did just that.

 Here is a swatch of my base color, Soft Daisy. This pretty pastel Yellow has the most subtle shimmer that makes the formula a dream to work with. Soft Daisy has a very smooth, even and just plain awesome formula. I used Three coats for my swatch.
 I'm loving the Spring pastels! I had so much fun with this adorable little set. LCN is pretty new to me but so far I am a happy camper!! I hope they keep this up!

**EDIT**- Here is a tutorial on how to achieve this look**
 What are your thoughts on this look? Are you liking the Spring pastels?

(**LCN products provided for my consideration**)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2011-2012 Re-Cap Post!!

Hello darlings!! 

  This is a quick post to update you guys on my new "31 Days of Nail Art" Tab. It has been updated with the photos from the 31 Day Challenge looks of 2012. But just for fun...

Day 1: Red 2011-2012
To see the rest of the looks just keep on reading :D! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

X-Mas Rush! Snowman Pinkmas♥

Happy Friday!! 

  Today I have an uber cute "Pinkmas" mani. Last year I did several Pink themed X-mas/ Wintery manis. I decided to make it an LTHP tradition to feature uber girly Holiday manis. I really like Wintery- Holiday themed manis that stray from the usual palette of Wintery- Holiday Colors. Here is my girly take on X-mas this year! 
 I love these so much!! The little snowman is just too cute! On my index finger and for the glittery inverted gradients I used Nicole by O.P.I My Sleigh's in the Shop. The white base color on my Index and Pinkie nails is Nicole by O.P.I It's all about the Glam. On my ring finger I used NOPI Naturally and then did a gradient using Naturally and Zoya Purity to create a snowy look. I topped my ring finger off with some INM Northern Lights Top coat.
  For the snowman stamp I used Bundle Monster plate BM319. I touched up some of the little details with a very fine brush. The scarf is Zoya Sookie, the hat is O.P.I Jade is the New Black. The nose is Bettina Starfish. The snowflakes on my index finger are from Bundle Monster plate BM318. I used Konad special white polish for the flakes.
  To finish the whole look off I topped my nails off with some Seche Vite and then touched up the snowflakes and snowman with some INM Northern Lights and finally one more coat of Seche Vite.
Merry Pinkmass!!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

X-Mas Rush!!! Zoya Holiday Drips

Good Morning loves!!

  Today I am starting a mini-series that will go until Christmas Day. Nothing but Holiday themed looks, all day, everyday until December 25th! I'm kinda bummed I'm getting started so late in the month, but better late than never! Today's look is a quick drippy mani in some beautiful Zoya Ornate Collection colors.
 This look started with two easy coats of Zoya Ziv. For the Green drip accents I used Zoya Logan. For the Red drips I used Zoya Posh. I used a fine brush to freehand my drips. My initial idea was to let Posh dry to its intended satin matte-finish. Basically I wanted matte against glossy. That didn't work out too well, Posh was kinda looking like dried blood drips on my pretty Gold base. Instead I top coated my nails all in Seche Vite followed by Cult Nails Wicked fast. The top coat brought out the pretty Red tones in Posh and brought the look up to Christmas speed, instead of glam-Halloween lol.

  What do you guys think of my melty Christmas look?