Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This mani was inspired by Ivana*. She does the prettiest color combinations using this image plate. I stamped with an old school Sally Hansen Chrome from the dollar store.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I used a Kiss striper to divide the colors and stamped half of each nail with XL plate B.
It's not perfect but its interesting. I think I like it better without the stamps.
Which mani do you prefer?
Monday, March 21, 2011
To celebrate, I'll be having a giveaway as a small thank you to my subscribers. I'm not exactly sure how I'll set it up. I thought about having a nail art contest but I want everyone to be able to participate, so I'm pretty sure the winner will be drawn using Random. I'm having a great time collecting items but its taking longer than I thought, so the giveaway will be sometime in April.
I also wanted to share my weekend mani. This is somewhat similar to the mani in my first post, which was made using real black lace. The white lace is not as racy but its still cute. Hope you like it!
China Glaze - Knotty
Konad - White
Starboard. Gorgeous green creme that applied with 2 coats. The color reminds me of freshly grown grass. I'm really becoming a fan of green polishes. This is my favorite from the collection.
Lighthouse. Bright yellow glass speck. I think this one would look great layered over other colors to wake them up. I like to think of it as sunshine in a bottle.
Life Preserver. Bright poppy creme that is opaque in 2 coats. I like to call this the happy color. Another favorite.
Hey Sailor. My camera couldn't capture this beauty correctly. It wanted to make it a jelly but in reality its a vibrant red creme. Two coats.
First Mate. Intense navy creme. I like how it's dark but still vibrant. A surprise favorite. Two coats.
Ahoy. Intense pink with glass specks, my camera couldn't handle the color. Its more of a dark magenta.
China Glaze did a great job capturing the nautical theme with this line. I wouldn't have expected a pink but it was a fun turn from the usual. First Mate, Starboard and Life Preserver were the standouts. Overall the collection was well done.
*These polishes were provided to me for review*
Zoya Nail Polish presents two new collections with six new metallics and six new creams for summer 2011.
Sunshine and Summertime
...everything should be this good!
Summer 2011 color so perfect that it could only come from the nail polish experts at Zoya... Zoya is the New Color of Fashion!
ZOYA SUNSHINE COLLECTION
· Reva (ZP546) - A cool toned strawberry red with glowing golden metallic sparkle. A very rich and luxurious looking gilded red.
- Kimmy (ZP547) - Gleaming metallic candy apple red brightened by gold sparkle. Not your usual red shimmer- this one has a fiery attitude.
- Apple (ZP548) - Luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle. A dimensional green that's clean and bright.
- Tanzy (ZP549) - Light, bright tangerine orange with yellow gold metallic sparkle. A sunny orange that's easy to wear year-round.
- Rica (ZP550) - Warm light coral with pink and orange tones and heavy gold metallic sparkle. An alternative to flat corals for when you want to shine.
- Faye (ZP551) - A bronzed mauve with purple and brown undertones flooded with right gold sparkle. A unique gilded shade that will work in any season.
ZOYA SUMMERTIME COLLECTION
· Sooki (ZP552) - Bright, clean, crisp cool cherry red cream with a subtle jelly finish. For an irresistible, attention-grabbing red nail.
· Tamsen (ZP553) - Medium warm brick red with strong orange tones with an opaque cream finish. A special red that is both enticing and mysterious
· Areej (ZP554) - Pink with an opaque cream finish. A pink for when you want a bold pop of color but not something neon-bright.
· Kieko (ZP555) - Warm, red toned dusty light purple with berry tones with an opaque cream finish. A nice alternative to pure pink or berry, especially flattering on warm skin tones.
· Mira (ZP556) - Blue toned medium purple with dusty lavender tones and an opaque cream finish. For a muted yet colorful purple that isn't too dark.
· Breezi (ZP557) - Soft, dusty, medium cerulean blue with an opaque cream finish. A super chic high-fashion denim look for nails.
Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Find Zoya Sunshine and Summertime as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com.
As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women.
Sunshine and Summertime by Zoya, available March 21, 2011
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)
Available at www.zoya.com
Friday, March 18, 2011
Today I have the Stroke of Luck Collection by Diamond Cosmetics. But first I wanted to share yesterday's Holiday mani. Its not quite clovers but I thought it suited the clover theme, or at least it looks like clovers from a distance.
Four Leaf Clover (#368). A Festive Kelly Green that went on with two coats. This is in natural light without a topcoat. It went on smooth and applied easily.
Lady Luck (#370). A dusty peach with matching micro glitter. It almost reminds me of caramel. Only two coats without a topcoat. Unfortunately my camera didn't capture the glitter very well.
Once in a Blue Moon (#369). My favorite from the collection. A dark Juniper creme that also went on with two coats. This one dried with a high gloss, super shiny!
Overall, I think it's a great collection. This was my first time using DC polishes and I must say that I'm impressed. They all applied well and went smoothly. Once in a Blue Moon was the stand out for me. I can see myself wearing this often because the color is so beautiful!
The Stroke of Luck Collection can be purchased at diamondcosmetics.com
All of Diamond Cosmetics' polishes are free from Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP and Camphor.
*The above polishes were sent to me for review*
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Green with Envy
Milani Cosmetics gets gorgeously green for St. Paddy’s Day
This St. Patrick’s Day, Milani Cosmetics is offering 25% off their classic green shades for eyes and nails! This is the deal that will have everyone green with envy!
Also, check out Milani Cosmetics DIY nail tip of the month to achieve sassy shamrock nails without breaking the budget at the salon!
Retail, $4.09 to $8.99
Available for purchase at: www.MilaniCosmetics.com
*Discount will be applied at checkout after entering promotional code.
How to video: http://www.youtube.com/user/
Milani How-to Steps:
1. Apply Smoothé Base Coat Specialty Nail Lacquer MST-01 to entire nail. Let it fully dry
2. Apply French Manicure Nail Lacquer MFM-302 Angel Pink as a color base coat. Allow it to fully dry
3. Use Nail Lacquer MNL-829 Dress Maker across the very tip of the nail, creating a French tip. Allow to fully dry
4. Add 4 small “V’s” the arrangement of a four leaf clover using Nail Art Lacquer MNA - 709 Green Sketch
5. Apply a tiny dot in the center with Nail Art Lacquer MNA – 701 Art of Gold. Allow to fully dry
6. Apply Glossé Top Coat Specialty Nail Lacquer MST-02 over entire design
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Anyways, I also wanted to share my nail of the day. After I saw so many beautiful swatches I ran out and purchased Lightning Bolt. I read a lot of comments about the opacity but it looks awesome over silver chrome. My nails were so bright today I couldn't stop staring at them. I used 1 coat of Lightening Bolt over 1 coat of LA Colors LIVE. This is the end of day one, so you'll notice some shrinkage due to Poshe. The ring finger is accented with China Glaze Fairy Dust.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Donate $1 to Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund for a chance to win Chanel Nouvelle Vague. Alternatively, you can donate to any of the 4 Charity Organization listed here.
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This give-a-way ends on April 22nd at 5pm US Central time. Open Internationally.
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Friday, March 11, 2011
To my surprise it went on with one coat and dried in about 15 minutes. This is the first time I haven't used a quick dry in months! I topped it off with Essie Matte About You and stamped with one of the old school Sally Hansen chrome polishes, Royal Purple Chrome.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
International Women's Day!
UPDATE - We have sold out initial quantities -We don't want anyone to miss out on this great deal! We are going to keep the offer going! All orders placed after 12:30PM EST on 3/8/2011 may take an additional 7 days to ship but will be fulfilled. You can still take part in this great offer until 11:59PM EST!
Celebrate the great women in your life on March 8th - International Women's Day! This 100 year old holiday is traditionally celebrated by giving small gift to the women that are important in your life. On this Women's Day we honor you, our fans and customers with a big gift at a small price - the entire intimate collection at a special price of $25 with free shipping.
Here's how it works:
Add one " International Women's Day - Intimate Collection" to your shopping cart. Once in your shopping cart enter the code: ZOYAWD the price will be reduced to 25.00 and you will receive free standard ground shipping .(Limit 1 per customer) You must enter the code to redeem the offer. Then just complete the checkout process. Remember only one "International Women's Day - Intimate Collection" will be discounted. Offer available only while supplies last.
*Online promotion only. Consumers only, Continental US only, Valid Credit card with sufficient funds needed to process order. Limit one "International Women's Day - Intimate Collection" per customer. Code: ZOYAWD MUST be entered at time of purchase to redeem offer. No refunds or exchanges. Any additional Women's Day - Intimate Collections can be purchased at retail price. Offer Valid 3/8/2011 ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Non-Transferable. Not Valid with any other promotions or offers. Please allow up to 14 business days for delivery. For complete details see www.zoyanailpolish.blogspot.com
Monday, March 7, 2011
I really like this design but they are not as sturdy as the Sally Hansen nail strips. I placed them over a base coat and then added a topcoat to help the mani last a little longer. This is the end of day 1 and they are holding up okay, but I'm starting to see them lift near the base of the nail. I planned on doing a wear test but I'm getting antsy about painting my nails. I'll probably change them tomorrow.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Anyhow, I finally got my hands on the China Glaze Crackles and of course I had to try out Broken Hearted first. It's much brighter in person than I realized, almost neon. So I paired it with Neon Greenlight by Studio-M. The style sorta reminds me of the 80's Glam Rock Era.
My daughter also wanted to share her mani from earlier in the week. I was a little sad at first because she hasn't asked for a mani in quite a while. She's also fallen into the habit of biting her nails, but hopefully polishing them more often will change that. For her tiny fingers I used Zoya Sweet and Essence "Hide Bella Hide" (this name cracks me up, lol). She was super excited when I finished and couldn't wait to show her friends. I think she'll be asking for more mani's again, or at least I hope so.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Today I have a simple St. Patrick's mani to share. For the base I used Zoya Suvi, a beautiful dark emerald green. Then I highlighted the tips with a gold striper and stamped with the four-leaf clover from M22.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
It's giveaway time again!!!
CSN Stores would like to present one of my lucky readers with a $40 gift code to shop at any of their stores!
There are 2 requirements:
1. You must be a follower.
2. You must go to one of CSN's 200+ stores and tell me what you would buy! You can use your gift code to purchase whatever you like such as: baby accessories, pet furniture, or a luxury gift for yourself such as an Eames lounge chair. The choice is yours!
3. Blog post or side bar (2 additional entries)
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian readers only. Sorry International Readers, I will be hosting a Birthday Giveaway next month that you can enter.
-image plate M70 (loopy french tip)
-4 of your favorite nail polishes or water paints
Let's get started: First, select your colors. I chose blue, green, purple & gold Orly polishes. Click here to see the complete list. You can use whatever colors you like! I think this mani would also look great in purple & gold with blue dots/highlights. Don't be afraid to mix it up!
Paint your basecoat and 1 coat of white or off-white polish. The white will intensify the nail color and help protect your nails from stains.
Stamp the image from plate M70.
Keep stamping until the nail is full. If you have longer nails you may need 4-5 stamps, shorter nails 1-2 stamps. Don't worry about perfecting your stamps. It will still look great :)
Using your highlight polish/paint, draw lines in the middle of the loops/eyes. I choose Orly Glitz & Glamour and used the brush from the polish bottle. For thinner stripes, use a toothpick dipped in polish and drag it in the middle of the loop. I like this effect the best because it looks more 3-D.
Allow the polish to dry for 10 minutes, then apply your favorite topcoat and you're done!!! Here's the end result.
Ta-dah! A super easy and eye catching mani. This is great if you're not a perfect polisher or stamper. The loopy lines are imperfect so mistakes are not very noticeable. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Click here to see the completed mani.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Products used: Galaxy Girl, Glitz & Glamour, Royal Navy and It's Not Rocket Science.
Image plate: M70
Update. I just added a tutorial for this look. Enjoy!