Monday, February 4, 2013

Valentine's Day Nail Art

Hello everyone! Today I've got a Valentine's Day themed manicure to share with you. A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through the nails tag on tumblr and I saw a photo tutorial for Valentine's Day nails. Needless to say I really liked it and wanted to try it for myself. I have no idea who created the tutorial, so if any of you do, please let me know so I can link the source to the photo!

This is the photo I came accross. As you can see, to create this look you start of with painting your nails a solid Valentine's Day related color. After it dries, use paper hole reinforcements to mimic the shape of the top of a heart and paint the uncovered portion of your nail another Valentine's Day related color. To finish it off, repeat the process again.

The photo below this paragraph is my attempt. Definitely not perfect, but I like the effect the pattern has and am looking forward to trying again in the future! The colors I used (From lightest to darkest) are OPI Pink-ing of You, OPI Elephantastic Pink and OPI Do You Think I'm Tex-y?

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Nicole by OPI Love Your Life

Happy February everyone! I hope you all had a great start to the month yesterday. Today I've got a Nicole by OPI polish to show you that can be worn over top of any color polish for a cute and simple Valentine's Day manicure. Nicole by OPI Love Your Life is a clear base polish with a bunch of small iridescent glitter. Also suspended in the base are larger heart shaped pieces of  pale pink glitter. I'm wearing Love your Life over OPI We'll Always Have Paris. 

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Nicole by OPI Shoot For The Maroon

Hello everyone! Today I've got a swatch of a gorgeous Nicole by OPI polish. Shoot For The Maroon was one of last year's spring releases, but I recently picked it up because I wanted a maroon colored polish to wear to a concert in February (Can anyone guess who I'm seeing?). Anyway Nicole by OPI Shoot For The Maroon is filled with gold an purple micro glitter. Application was flawless and it dried extremely quick, definitely glad I picked this polish up!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bright Orange & Purple Gradient

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a lovely weekend! Today I decided to try out another gradient combination. Since I've been wearing a lot of dark polishes lately, I went with a bright orange and purple combination. First, after applying my base coat, I added two coats of Finger Paints Iconic Orange. Then, using a sponge, I created the gradient effect with Finger Paints Pop Art Purple. After finishing off with a top coat, it looks like this:

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Orly Androgynie

Hello everyone! I've been on a dark polish kick lately and finally had the chance to swatch Orly Androgynie. This black jelly polish is from Orly's 2011 Holiday Soirée collection. It's packed with a bunch of gold and silver glitter as well as small, colorful hex glitter. I've worn this polish a few times over the past two years and have come up with a little trick to deal with the glitter sinking to the bottom of the bottle. Before starting my manicure, I give Androgynie a good shake and then turn the bottle upside down when applying my base coat. By the time I'm ready to apply the polish, the glitter is mixed throughout. Overall, I really like this polish. It's different without being too flashy and definitely a great polish that can be worn all year round. 

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Essie Little Brown Dress

Hello everyone! Today I have a swatch of Essie Little Brown Dress to show you. This polish is a dark brown creme. In low levels of light, It looks almost black. This is the first time I've ever worn brown nail polish and I think I like it!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Essie Butler Please

Hello everyone! Here's a quick post before I'm off to school for the first day after Christmas break. Today I've got a swatch of Essie Butler Please to show you. This polish is an extremely bright (but not neon) blue from Essie's Winter 2012 collection. At first I thought the formula was a bit weird because the polish was going on extremely streaky and uneven, but after a second coat I looked and felt just like all of the other Essie polishes I've tried, that is to say, extremely nice. 

This is two coats with a topcoat. I must say that I absolutely adore this shade of blue! And it doesn't stain! Perhaps I'll pick up a few more polishes from this collection...

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