Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tablecloth Nails

Let me start out by saying that I don't know what I was going for when I began these nails. However, I do know that they didn't turn out the way I expected them to. I wasn't even going to put them up here, but my friends made me after I complained about how they weren't what I wanted them to be...hahaha! 

Ok, so I began with two coats of KBShimmer's Oh Splat! on my pinkie and ring nails. I'd been dying to buy Oh Splat! for quite some time, so I finally broke down and purchased it a few weeks ago. It was so easy to apply, even though it's loaded with glitter! And all of those colors?! Woohoo!

On my index and middle nails, I polished two coats of China Glaze White on White. Then, using polishes from ellagee's Stained Glass collection, I randomly polished stripes all over my nails. Some were horizontal, some were vertical, all came out looking like a tablecloth. Therefore, I have dubbed this fail Tablecloth Nails! Hahaha! Enjoy! :)

Tablecloth Nails

Jelly Polish Nail Art

KBShimmer Oh Splat!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's Ice Bucket

{Press Sample}

Laura recently released a new polish, Ice Bucket, to support the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge that has been going around on Facebook lately. $5 from every bottle will be donated to the ALS Association, and the polish is available for $10 until August 31! 

Ice Bucket is a shimmery, iridescent base with pale blue, frosty white, and rainbow iridescent square glitter. I did one coat of Ice Bucket over three coats of Zoya Genevieve. Ice Bucket was easy to apply, super smooth, and plenty of the glitter squares came out onto my nails easily! While you're over at ellagee.com, Laura is also selling Hear Me Roar and donating $5 from each bottle to my classroom's Donors Choose project! Hear Me Roar is $10.75. That ends today! Enjoy! :)

ellagee Ice Bucket

ellagee Ice Bucket

ellagee Ice Bucket

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stone Nail Art

I saw some awesome nails on instagram the other day and, of course, I can't remember what account I saw them on! Boo! However, the artist had achieved the nail art look by working with wet polish. I decided to give it a shot and while it isn't a total fail, it didn't turn out as awesome as I had hoped. I will definitely be trying these again. Soon. 

I began with a base of one coat of Zoya Veronica, a gorgeous red wine cream from Zoya's new Entice Collection. I have to tell you, I was struck by how beautiful this polish is. It's a perfect wine color, and it's just so so WOW. So after I had my first layer of Veronica on, I grabbed my large dotting tool, and dropped some polish onto paper next to me. For this polish I used Zoya Sansa (GoT!), an eggplant purple polish with gold shimmer. This beauty comes from the new Ignite Collection, and she too is fabulous! When Sansa was on the paper, I polished a thick coat of Veronica on my nails and, while it was still wet, dotted thick blobs on Sansa all over my nails. I was generous with the amount of polish in my blobs, and I went in a counterclockwise fashion, starting in the bottom corner of my nail. You have to work fast because the premise is that the wet blob of polish will expand in the wet polish on your nail. As I continued this on my other hand, I discovered that a thicker coat of Veronica led to better blob spreading. If you do it correctly, your blobs will kind of form around one another, making it look like a stone walkway. A few of my blobs achieved this, but not many of them.

If you give these a try, make sure you let me know! Enjoy! :)

Zoya Veronica

Zoya Sansa

Easy Nail Art

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux {The Browns}

{Press Sample}

Zoya recently released a second set of neutrally colored polishes. While neutral colors aren't normally my thing, I appreciate the effort Zoya has made to produce more work appropriate nail polish colors. I'm lucky that I can wear pretty much anything to work, but I know others don't have that luxury. That being said, Zoya's second neutral collection, Naturel Deux, is available now!

Their first collection focused on lighter skin tones and rose colored polishes. This collection has been darkened to focus on darker skin tones and darker rose colored polishes.  I have the browns from this collection to show you today! All of the polishes in this collection are creams and they are all shown using two coats. As can be expected from Zoya, the formula is flawless. All of these polishes were smooth and creamy, with no application issues whatsoever. These polishes can be purchased at salons, Ulta, and online! Enjoy! :)

Zoya Spencer is the lightest of the browns. This polish is very coffee/caramel-ish to me.

Zoya Spencer

Zoya Spencer Swatch

Zoya Chanelle is the medium shade of the three brown polishes. Zoya describes her as a toasted almond cream color.


Zoya Chanelle

Zoya Chanelle Swatch

Finally, Zoya Emilia is the darkest of the trio. This polish is super chocolatey, reminding me of a dark chocolate bar.

Zoya Emilia

Zoya Emilia Swatch

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jellyfish Nails

A newish type of nail art has been going around lately, especially on instagram. I decided I had to give it a try, and I'm happy to report that it's so easy! I've actually done this type of art a few times since, and I love it! 

I didn't know what to call this design. Laura from ellagee said it looked like jellyfish when I texted her a picture, so they have since been dubbed jellyfish nails! I began with two coats of ellagee Forgetful Lucy. Once that was dry, I watered down some blue acrylic paint. I would say it was about 80% paint, 20% water. Then, using a dotting tool, I dabbed on watery blue dots all over my nails. I worked with my four fingers at one time, then did my thumb on its own before moving to the next hand. This prevented any watery dot slides across or off of my nail. 

Once all of my fingers had watery blue dots chilling on the surface, I barely touched a q-tip to each dot until all of the water had been absorbed by the q-tip. This left a ring of color behind on my nail. If you want the ring of color to be darker, leave the blob on for longer. My pinkie nail got the longest sitting time, which is why those blobs are darker. When I was done with the blue, I did the same thing with the purple, then the red. Finally, I did a coat of top coat! I love working with acrylic paint because it doesn't drag when you do top coat, and any mistakes or paint on your skin wash right off! Does this seem like a style of nail art you could do? Enjoy! :)

Jellyfish Nails

Jellyfish Nail Art

Easy Nail Art

Monday, August 18, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Poppy

{Press Sample}

I'm really excited to be bringing you guys a new-to-me brand today! I was recently chosen to work with Poppy Nail Polish, a newer indie brand based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Poppy polish is 5-free, vegan, and cruelty free! Tiffany has been awesome to work with, and she really dedicates herself to her polish. I've been impressed thus far and can't wait to bring you more Poppies in the future!

Today I have two Poppy polishes for you! Emerald City is a shimmery emerald green polish that is simply stunning! For some reason, my photos ended up looking less green than this polish is. I did my best to color correct them, but be assured that this polish really is an emerald green. The bottom picture is pretty accurate. I did two smooth coats of Emerald City followed by one coat of top coat. 


Poppy Emerald City

Poppy Emerald City

Poppy Emerald City

Next up is Haute Night Out, a beautiful cherry red polish that seemed more jelly than cream to me. This polish is so amazing! It's the PERFECT red, and it just looks so juicy and squishy to me! I ended up doing two coats for the opacity you see below (and one coat of top coat). I can't get over how much I love this polish! 

Make sure you check out Tiffany's polishes! She also posts deals on Instagram from time to time! Enjoy! :)

Poppy Haute Night Out

Poppy Haute Night Out

Poppy Haute Night Out

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tie Dye Nails

I'm in love with the nails I have to show you today! Laura asked me to do some nail art with her jelly polishes, and I wound up creating this tie dye pattern of sorts!

I began with two coats of ellagee Latte, a super light cream colored polish. Once Latte was dry, I used Selenium Glass and a thin nail art brush to create a top of a question mark  type shape in the middle of my nail. I just kind of moved the brush in super short strokes so it ended up looking like little lines forming the shape I wanted. From there, I just filled in the space around that mark following the same pattern and the same brush stroke. For this I used Sulphur Glass, Cadmium Glass, Chromium Glass, Cobalt Glass, and Manganese Glass. This design was super easy, and jelly polishes are pretty forgiving if you go astray. One coat of top coat sealed in all of this awesomeness! Enjoy! :)

Tie Dye Nails

Tie Dye Nail Art

Jelly Polish Nail Art
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