Thursday, October 23, 2014

Indie Spotlight: You Polish's November Box

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Ohmigosh, YOU GUYS! You NEED You Polish's November Box that released yesterday! This trio of polishes is stunning, and they go together perfectly! There's something so very autumn-ish about these beauties, I just couldn't help but fall in love with them! If you aren't familiar with Lauren's boxes, she's been teaming up with two other indie makers each month to bring you a box of three polishes and nail decals, all for $30 shipped! This month's featured indies are You Polish (of course), Model City Polish, and Chirality! And the coolest thing? The decals this month are monograms and they are FABULOUS! Here's a quick preview before all of the fun descriptions about color and application: 

You Polish November Box

You Polish November Box

Monogram Nail Decals

Chirality's contribution is Burnish, a dusty pink holo that applied perfectly! I used three thin coats, though I could have gotten away with two normal coats. Simply beautiful!

Chirality Burnish

Chirality Burnish

Chirality Burnish

Chirality Burnish

Model City's Fallen Leaves is a full coverage orange glitter polish. This polish is the perfect embodiment of fall leaves. I can just picture a pile of yellow and orange leaves with exactly this hue in them. I did two normal coats for the opacity you see.

Model City Fallen Leaves

Model City Fallen Leaves

Finally, MY FAVORITE, You Polish's Sweet November. OH MY. This polish is perfection. This medium pink polish is packed with all the holo micro glitter you could ever want. I cannot get over how gorgeous this polish is! WHOA. I did two normal coats for this opacity! Enjoy! :)

You Polish Sweet November

You Polish Sweet November

You Polish Sweet November

You Polish Sweet November

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Zoya's Matte Velvet Collection

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I'm so excited to show you Zoya's Matte Velvet Collection! I've been dying to try their matte polishes ever since I first started collecting polish! Their mattes had been discontinued at the time, making them pretty hard to find. Since then, they've rereleased them limitedly. Finally, they are MINE! :) These polishes are stunning, made even more gorgeous by the fact that there isn't any shine to them! The matte effect leaves them frosty and shimmery. Zoya recommends that you do not use base or top coat with these. Obviously, top coat will take away the matte effect, but it will give them more staying power. Without top coat, they will wear more easily. I found myself leaving little streaks of polish all over papers at work without top coat, hahaha! Worth it though, these polishes are perfect when matte! 

All of these polishes were easy to apply. Nail imperfections will show up easily, so I highly recommend lightly buffing your nails before application. I did two thin coats of each polish and left them matte. I highly recommend these, even if you aren't crazy into matte polishes, since you can just top coat them! Enjoy! :)

Zoya Dovima-A smoky, charcoal black matte polish.

Zoya Dovima

Zoya Dovima

Zoya Harlow-A rich, rose plum matte polish.

Zoya Harlow

Zoya Harlow

Zoya Loredana-A medium gunmetal grey matte polish. 

Zoya Loredana

Zoya Loredana

Zoya Posh-A medium cool-toned wine red matte polish.

Zoya Posh

Zoya Posh

Zoya Savita-A bold, vibrant medium purple matte polish.

Zoya Savita

Zoya Savita

Zoya Versuchka-A deep evergreen matte polish.

Zoya Veruschka

Zoya Veruschka

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails

I have seriously been slacking on my October nail art! I'm usually so up on my Halloween and BCA nails! Sorry! I have some breast cancer awareness nails for you today! All polishes I used are made by ellagee!

I began with two coats of Wrapped in Ribbon. This white polish is PERFECTION! Next, I added one coat of Fly Me to the Moon. Once that was dry, working one nail at a time, I polished half of my nail with Ruby Glass and the other half with Milk Glass. While the polish was still wet, I used a nail art brush to swirl the polish around, make lines, and do whatever I wanted really, lol! I ended up with a swirling glitter sandwich of awesome! Enjoy! :)

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails

Breast Cancer Awareness Nail Art

Breast Cancer Awareness Nail Ideas

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's I've Been Spotted! Collection


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The newest glitter on the block is leopard spots! I know, I know, it totally sounds weird, but they are actually pretty cute! I'm not 100% convinced that a non-nail related person would immediately recognize what they are, but as soon as it's mentioned it becomes obvious. Laura released three spotted top coats yesterday, and I'm excited to show them to you today! These polishes are $8 each, much less than her polishes usually run, so you definitely need to check them out! As with all larger glitter, some fishing will be required. I found that I had to fish for about 1 to 2 out of every 4 leopard spots I got. Also, I recommend placing them toward the center of your nail since they are larger and may stick off your nail a little if they are too close to the side. However, I found they smoothed out easily with top coat. Also, the one on my pinkie was just fine and not pokey at all! All swatches show one coat of each glitter topper! 

First up is Disco Kitty, a mix of iridescent, pink, and purple holo glitters, along with silver holo leopard spots! I used ellagee's Little Blue Box as the base.


ellagee Disco Kitty

ellagee Disco Kitty

I Spotted a Rainbow is a mix of matte rainbow colored glitter along with medium matte white dots and leopard spots! The base is Zoya Dovima.

ellagee I Spotted a Rainbow

ellagee I Spotted a Rainbow

I've Got the Moves Like Jaguar is definitely my favorite of the collection! This clear based polish is packed with mini holo glitter as well as purple dots and light pink dots and leopard spots. Enjoy! :)

ellagee I've Got the Moves Like Jaguar

ellagee I've Got the Moves Like Jaguar

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Glitter Gradient

Halloween? Is it coming up? I'm usually on top of the Halloween nail art, but I've been terrible this year! I don't know what it is about work, but I feel like I'm drowning most of the time. Having the energy for nails after work is almost laughable. But, I have some Halloween-y nails for you today! YAY! Go me!

I began with two coats of ellagee's You Can Do Without a Reputation, a black base with sparkling silver mini flakes. Then, I used ellagee's Campfire Songs, a coppery glitter, to create a gradient. I just brush off as much glitter as possible on the bottle neck, then back brush it up my nail. One coat of top coat, and viola! Enjoy! :)

Halloween Nails

Halloween Nails

Halloween Nail Art

Monday, October 13, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Tiffany's Duo

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I've met some awesome people through nail polish, and one of those people is Angie! She messaged me a few months ago to show me some nails of mine that she had recreated. From there, we kept messaging and became good friends! Angie even started her own blog! I couldn't be more proud of her! I've really enjoyed getting to know her, and I miss her so much when we don't get a chance to chat. Even though work gets in the way a lot, we try to text often, even if it's quick nail polish questions or ideas. That brings about the story of the polishes today!

Angie had Laura from ellagee create a custom polish for something she's working on with her blog. She wanted a Tiffany blue polish, which came out beautifully! She had Laura send me a bottle as well, in addition to a gorgeous white cream polish. 

Little Blue Box is a medium turquoise/blue cream that was opaque in two thin coats. As with all of Laura's creams, it was smooth, easy to apply, and pretty much the flawless perfection that is ellagee's polishes. 

ellagee Little Blue Box

ellagee Little Blue Box

Wrapped in Ribbon is a pure white cream (LOVE!) with a tinge of a satin finish to it. This was also two thin, smooth coats of awesome. Enjoy! :)

ellagee Wrapped in Ribbon

ellagee Wrapped in Ribbon

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

A few people requested a tutorial for my jellyfish nails, so here's a pictorial! Hopefully it makes sense! :)

Begin by choosing some acrylic paints for your nail art. These will be the bubbles on your nails. When you've chosen your acrylic paints, choose your base color and polish it on to opacity. I did two coats of ellagee's Little Blue Box for my base:

Tiffany Blue Nail Polish

When your base is pretty dry, put a blob of acrylic paint into a small cup. I use a ramekin, but any small cup will work! Add some water in with your paint. I try to make it equal parts paint and water.

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

Mix the water and paint together. I just use a dotting tool since it goes with the next step anyway. 

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

The paint should be pretty watery. Using the dotting tool (or a paintbrush), blob the watered down paint onto your nail wherever you'd like your bubbles to be. I decided to do my bubbles around the edge of my nail, so that's where I placed my bubbles. 

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

Allow the paint to sit for 15-30 seconds or so. The longer you let it sit, the darker your bubbles will be. When I did my neon jellyfish nails, I allowed the polish to sit for about a minute since the base color was darker. When you think you've let it sit for enough time, use a cotton swab to suck up the water. I use the pointy ones because they're easier to work with, but normal ones work well too! Just barely touch the cotton swab to the paint blob and it'll soak the water up all on its own.

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

Do one paint color at a time, then move to your next color, and the next, etc., until you're happy with your jellyfish nail art! I ended up using black and white paint this time around. Make sure you top coat your art, or your bubbles will wash off in water! Hehehe! Enjoy! :)

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

Jellyfish Nail Art

Jellyfish Nails
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