Thursday, September 5, 2013

Zoya Cashmeres Fall 2013 Collection Swatches

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OMG it is Thursday already!! 

  This week has been such a blurr for me, I'm not quite sure why. I hate the feeling of "missing days". I know I have not spoken much about my health in a while... it's been really rollercoaster-y. The good news is that I do not have Crohn's afterall... It was something else all along, basically my stomach is too slow and does not empty properly.
 It sucks because there is no treatement for it other than "lifestyle changes" which I have been working on since 2010, when these issues started presenting... I'm really frustrated, and a fairly anxious mess, which does not help with my "gastric distress"... Fun, right?! Needless to say all of these things have been getting in the way of life in general. I'm trying my damn hardest to keep a positive midset and stay calm, but some days are harder than others. Today is not so great, my heart feels heavy, my body drained but my mind is doing 100 miles per hour. I'm hoping to dive into some nail art and hopefully get lost in it for a while. I really need to catch up on my #31DC2013 posts. 
 Now that "that's" out of the way, how about some swatches of the Zoya Cashmeres Fall 2013 collection? This portion is the creamy half of this year's Fall releases. Six new yummy shades that range from classic nudes and browns, to bold reds and a very uniqe Green & Blue.  
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 To see close up swatches and find out my thoughts on these shades just continue reading ♥.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 3: Yellow Nails in Lime Crime Crema de Limon

(**Press Samples**)
Happy Tuesday! 

  Today is my nemesis.... Day Three of the #31DC2013, freaking Yellow nails. You know, it's not that I dislike Yellow. I just don't find the color inspiring. Yellow is a hard color for me to wear, if it is not *just* the right shade of Yellow... It can make me look too Red, or too pale and Green. Basically, Yellow is just not my color. I really wanted to try hard and do something cute though.. So, I did some more stamping for today's look, and accented the look with some studs.  
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 I started off with Two effortless coats of Lime Crime nail color in Crema de Limon. Once my base color was dry I stamped using Pueen plate Pueen25 and Milani Fast Dry nail color in Quick Teal. I then top coated my nails with Seche Vite and a light coat of INM Northern Lights and then set my Cult Nails studs into the glittery top coat. After giving my nails a second to set I did a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top to seal in my studs.
 I really like the finished look, but it took me forever to land on this. The original plan was to try and freehand something. But long story short, I suck at freehand... I keep trying out stuff on nail wheels... Just not having any success on my actual nails. 

Lime Crime Crema de Limon
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 Crema de Limon is a really nice shade of pastel Yellow creme. What you see here is Two effortless coats of color and top coat. The formula on this shade is really great! 

 I was trying really hard to get something done with these!!! These awesome nail art brushes from Winstonia are great for detailing and small freehand creations. I so want to improve my freehand skills and I know the only way to do so is by practicing more. I tend to get frustrated, like I used to with stamping... SO! I am practicing a lot and wasting a lot of polish hahah... Some day I will produce something blog-worthy with these awesome brushes. They are the perfect sizes for nail art! 
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 Tomorrow should go better because I love GREEN!!!! I'm off to see about stalking the #31DC2013 hashtag. There are SOOO many awesome looks coming out every day! I could spend hours looking at all the nail art!! 

 To see an inlinkz gathering of many of the bloggers participating in the challenge just keep on reading after the jump! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 2: Orange you a Sun of Peach!

(**China Glaze Press Sample**)
Happy Monday and happy Labor day to my US dolls! 

  Day Two of the #31DC2013 the prompt is Orange nails. I decided to make this mani a throwback to the 90's "pop art" look. When I was trying to pick what Orange shade to go with, China Glaze's Sun of a Peach jumped out at me with it's awesome punky vibe. Stamping always feels like "home" to me. So, I reached for some plates that screamed "90's Punk" to me and went to work :D. I must say, every time I catch a glimpse of these nails, they make me smile. 
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 This look started with Three fairly easy coats of China Glaze's Sun of a Peach, of their Sunsational Neons collection. I will rant about how much I adore this shade soon. Lets talk about stamps now! The zig zag stamp came from Bundle Monster plate BM201. The checker stamp came from Cheeky plate CH3 and the smileys came from Bundle Monster plate BM304. For those of yo who might be curious, I did my thumb to match the Middle fingernail. I used Konad Black Special polish for all the stamps.  
 I top coated my stamps in Seche Vite since I know that TC doesn't smudge when I do stamped art. I followed my Seche with a light coat of INM Northern Lights to give the look a little bit of extra flare. To finish the whole thing off I decided I wanted to mattify the entire thing, so I did a coat of Cult Nails Wax That. I adore this finished look of the mixed patterns and cute smiley faces. How can one have bad day when your nails look like this? I mean, really ;-D. 

China Glaze Sun of a Peach 
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 I knew I loved this shade from the second I read the name, Sun of a Peach. C'mon!! If that didn't make you at least smile, you are a grumpus cat hahah. This shade is the most amazing shade of pastel neon Peach, leaning Orange. I know the words "pastel" and "neon" should not usually go together.... But that is the best way I can describe this fantastic shade of summery fun. I seriously love this color and if I was only going to pick up ONE shade of the Sunsational Neon collection, it would be this baby right here. 
 The formula on this shade is not the best thing ever, but it was not as horrid as I was expecting from reviews I had read. I found it to be quite nice, smooth and even for being a neon shade. There was some slight streaking, but if you keep a light hand it should not be a problem. I used Three easy coats for my base. Here it is shown with top coat, as it dries to a satin-matte finish.  

 So, Day Three calls for Yellow nails.. Ahh my old nemesis.. YELLOW!!! I am determined to make this year's Yellow mani a great one! Now, I am off to see what all the other awesome ladies have done for their Orange Day prompt!! 

Thanks for stopping by loves! 

 To see more Orange looks from many more awesome gals check out the inlinkz after the jump! 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

#31DC2013- Day One: Red Nails! Vintage Inspired with OCC Mein Herr & Lustgarten

(**Press Samples**)
Happy Sunday!!! 

  Yep, it's happening again! Against my better judgement, I've decided to take on the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge ;-), for the Third year in a row. This year there are A LOT of bloggers taking the challenge on together. To follow the posts via social media you can use the hashtag #31DC2013. 
 No, Sammy and I did not coordinate haha. I recently received the OCC Moderncraft Collection. The promo shots for this collection really captured my imagination with the edgy throwback/cabaret look. I knew, immediately, when I saw these two shades that I wanted to do a 1920's inspired half-moon mani. So, without further delay, I give you my Red Nails for Day one of the 31 Day Challenge. 
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 This look features Two new shades from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. The almond creme shade is Mein Herr and the red metallic shimmer is Lustgarten. I cleaned up the seams of the moons with a Red glitter streiping polish. I will be reviewing the OCC Modercraft collection very soon. There are some amazing shades! I finished the whole look off with some KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
  I actually eneded up LOVING this look to bits. I felt so retro-glam and "flapper-ish" haha. I am sooo excited to see alll the amazing looks from all the gals participating in the challenge this year!

Here are all the prompts we will be taking on over the coming 31 Days. Thank you to Sarah of Chalkboard nails for the pretty prompt list!
 To see my looks from years past you can head to my 31 Day Challenge Tab ♥. How many awesome Red looks have you seen today?!

To see many more of the bloggers participating check out the inlinkz after the jump!