Saturday, November 29, 2014

smART Nail Stencils: The Swimmer and A GIVEAWAY!

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It's finally here! My final post (for now!) using smART nails stencils! AAAAAAND, there's a giveaway! Yup, yup! So let me start with the post, and the giveaway will be at the end! 

The Swimmer is the stencil I used today! I wanted these to be Christmasy, so I began with two coat of ellagee's Now Shall You Deal With Me! When that was dry, I added The Swimmer stencil and polished a dark red holo by ellagee over the top. I cannot, for the life of me, remember the name of this polish! I'll update this when my brain is working properly again! :P Anyway, I pulled the stencil off as soon as I had the polish covering it properly, and I ended up with some super easy, super holo, super awesome nails! 

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Christmas Nails

Christmas Nail Art

Ok, onto what you've been waiting for! Three lucky readers will win 5 stencils of their choice from smART Nails Stencils! Awesome, right?! This giveaway is sponsored by smART Stencils, and they will be shipping your winnings! When the giveaway is over, I will email the winners. You will have 48 hours to respond before forfeiting your prize. You MUST be a resident of the US, UK, Canada, or Australia to win. Remember, you don't have to wait until the giveaway is over to order! You can get 25% off right now with the code: NOV25 until tomorrow! Enjoy! :)

smART Nails Giveaway

Friday, November 28, 2014

smART Nail Stencils: Chinese Love

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I hope you're ready for some more smART Nails Stencils! Today, I used their Chinese character for love stencils! I was super surprised at how well these turned out! With so many tiny parts and such, I was worried it wasn't going to look as intended when I pulled the stencil off. Luckily, my worries were unfounded! They turned out stunningly!

I began with two coats of Cult Nails Living Water. Sadly, this impressive polish is discontinued. :( When Living Water was dry, I added the stencil to my ring and middle nails. They were too large for my pinkie nail, so I just decided to go with two accent nails. I polished a silver by ellagee over the stencil, pulled it off, and dropped my jaw! Color me impressed! I love these! Enjoy! :)

Chinese Character Love Nails

Chinese Love Nails

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's Black Friday Polishes!

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Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating today! Happy Thursday to those who aren't! I have some pretty awesome polishes to show you today! Laura is releasing a trio tonight at midnight (EST) called the Shopping Madness Trio! This trio will ONLY be available until 11:59pm (EST) on Cyber Monday, making this set Limited Edition! The trio will be $22, or $8 if you purchase them individually. These polishes are metallic shimmers with some holo, color shift, and iridescent flakies thrown in because, well, why the heck not?! In addition to the trio, she will also be releasing a new mega holo glitter polish! This beauty won't be LE, and it will be $10. Ok, ready to see the polishes?? First, a bottle macro:


And a collage with all of them...


Cartjacked is an electric blue polish with flashes of indigo and and purple. Two coats and this baby was perfection! 

ellagee Cartjacked

ellagee Cartjacked

ellagee Cartjacked

F5! F5! is a stunning grape-y purple with magenta and red-violet shifts of color! Two coats were used for the photos!

ellagee F5! F5!


ellagee F5! F5!

ellagee F5! F5!

Jewel Encrusted is the non-LE, but equally gorgeous polish being listed at midnight. This beauty is a clear base LOADED with metallic and holo glitter in jewel tones, as well as silver and gold. Stunning alone or as an accent with the trio, you will love this baby! I did three thin coats for these photos!

ellagee Jewel Encrusted

ellagee Jewel Encrusted

ellagee Jewel Encrusted

Finally, Shop Stalker is a hot pink with flashes of magenta and and purple! Two coats and this beauty was ready to shine! Enjoy! :)

ellagee Shop Stalker

ellagee Shop Stalker

ellagee Shop Stalker

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

smART Nail Stencils: Dolphins

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DOLPHINS! I'm really excited about this nail stencil! I LOVE dolphins, so I knew I had to try smART's dolphin stencil! However, I didn't want to just do a dolphin on my nail! I decided to do some bubble nail art along with a dolphin!

I began with two coats of Zoya Ryan. Then, I used blue acrylic paint to create the bubbles. Remember, this technique involves watering down the paint, dotting it onto your nail, then dabbing out the water with a cotton swab. I did this with blue acrylic paint that I added white to twice, creating three different shades of blue bubbles. I then top coated the bubbles and added the dolphin stencil to my ring nail. I polished over the stencil with ellagee's ELL-sa before pulling off the stencil! These nails are perfect and right up my alley! Remember, if you want to get 25% off of your stencils, use the code NOV25 until the 30th! Enjoy! :)

Bubble Nails

Bubble Nail Art

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Dolphin Nail Art

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

smART Nail Stencils: Lace

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Ready for the second set of smART stencils? These ones are called Lace, though they seem to be more of a geometric design to me. Either way, I love the design! It's pretty versatile. Each stencil has three "lines" on it, and you can place them in whatever direction you'd like! I switched them up and did them a whole bunch of different ways.

I began with two coats of Zoya Genevieve. When she was dry, I placed the stencils and polished Zoya Haven over them before pulling them off! The stencils worked perfectly, and I was again able to use five stencils for all ten nails. I wish I had chosen a lighter base, so stencil color could've popped a little more, but I really like how these turned out. Remember, if you want to get 25% off of your stencils, use the code NOV25 until the 30th! Enjoy! :)

smART Nail Art Stencils

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Lace Nail Art

Monday, November 24, 2014

smART Nails Stencils: Spiral

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I have something exciting to show you guys today! I recently had the opportunity to try a new kind of nail art tool: smART Nail Art Stencils! These are unlike any other nail art tool I've tried, and I have to say, I'm crazy impressed! I've tried nail vinyls, and own a lot of them in fact! However, these stencils are not like those at all. 

The stencils come ten to a pack, and they resemble clear, strong tape with a design cut out of them. The best part about them is just how sticky they are. My issue with vinyl decals is that they are not sticky enough to stay stuck near my skin long enough to get polish down. I didn't have that issue at all with these stencils! Once they were stuck, they stayed until I pulled them off. That alone is enough to impress me. I was also able to reuse each stencil, so I only used five stencils for all ten nails. Add in some wicked awesome designs and I'm hooked! I can't sing the praises of this product enough! I even purchased some more last week!

The best part about this is that smART Nail Art Stencils is going to be sponsoring a giveaway here on my blog! Three lucky winners will be able to pick five stencils of their own! I'm going to be showing you stencils that I've used throughout the week, posting the giveaway on the final day of nail art. But, if you don't want to wait for your opportunity to win, you can purchase you own for 25% off right now! The deal goes until the end of November, and the code is NOV25! 

Today, I have their spiral stencils to show you! These are, by far, my favorite! I squealed as soon as I pulled them off and saw the result! Phenomenal! I began with two coats of black polish. When that was dry, I stuck on the stencil, polished a one-of-a-kind ellagee over the stencil, pulled it off, and WOW! Needless to say, my jaw hit the floor. I'm totally in love with these! I hope you love them as much as I do! Enjoy! :)

Spiral Nail Art

Spiral Nails

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Zoya Ignite Collection: Part 1

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If you haven't seen the Zoya Ignite Collection, you're in for a treat! This collection, released in the fall, is simply stunning. These polishes are described as liquid metal and are very shimmery and gorgeous! I did two coats of each polish for the swatches you see below. There were no application issues, as is to be expected from Zoya. Buttah I tell ya! :) Upon removal, I did get little shimmery flecks on my skin, but those came off easily with remover or a thorough hand washing! Enjoy!

Zoya Autumn, a beautiful copper with golden copper shimmer, perfect for fall!

Zoya Autumn

Zoya Autumn

Zoya Sansa (WINTER IS COMING!) is a deep eggplant with gold shimmer. 

Zoya Sansa

Zoya Sansa

Teigan, a cranberry pink with coppery shimmer!

Zoya Teigen

Zoya Teigen

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Half Moon Nail Art

I really like the nail art I have to show you today! I think they'd make nice NYE nails, and I'm sure you can do a better job than I did of keeping your decals straight! Bahaha! 

I began with two coats of The Lights of Times Square by ellagee. Whoa, I love this polish soooo much! It's so bright and sparkly, I just can't get over its awesomeness! When TLoTS was dry, I used half moon decals by Nail Vinyls on the upper part of my ring and middle nails. As you can tell, I didn't really stick them on in the same position, but oh well! If you don't have half moon decals, you can always use hole punch reinforcers. They're basically the same thing, albeit a little more fragile. Once I had my decals on, I polished ellagee's Countdown to 2015 on, pulled the decals off, top coated the whole look, and here's how they look! Enjoy! :)

New Years Eve Nails

Half Moon Nails

New Years Eve Nail Art

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zoya Wishes Collection Chevron Nails

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I have the final two polishes from Zoya's Wishes Collection for you today! I have to say, I have loved using these polishes for nail art! The textures go with the other polishes perfectly, and today's combination is no exception!

I began with two coats of Zoya Haven. OHMIGOSH. This polish may be the most gorgeous metallic plum ever in the history of nail polish. Two coats and this beauty was opaque and stunning! No application issues whatsoever.

Zoya Haven

Zoya Haven

Isn't she stunning?! After Haven was dry, I used chevron nail vinyl decals by You Polish. I placed one vinyl near the tip of each nail to create a jagged french tip. On my ring nail, I placed three chevron decals. I polished Zoya Nori over the vinyls, then pulled them off while the polish was still wet. Nori is a blue Magical Pixie with holographic hexes. I didn't have application issues with her either, and I love how these ended up! Enjoy! :)

Zoya Nori

Zoya Nori

Zoya Nori

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day to those who have served, past and present! I usually have Marine Corp nails today, but I went patriotic today instead! 

I began with two coats of Zoya Poshe, which is usually matte. However, I wanted to make her sparkly, so I used Glass top coat to dry Poshe quickly. After Glass was dry (21-ish seconds later, hahaha), I added some smART nail art star stencils. I will be doing another post on these stencils soon! Once the stencils were on, I used Zoya Remy to polish over it. I pulled the stencils off as soon as I was done polishing Remy on and I was left with some perfectly patriotic nails! 

Remember to thank those who serve, not just today! Enjoy! :)

Veterans Day Nails

Veterans Day Nails

Veterans Day Nails

Monday, November 10, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's Leopard Additions

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Laura has added two more polishes to her I've Been Spotted Collection! Remember, that's her collection that has tons of leopard spot glitter! These polishes join the others at $8.00 each! As with the other polishes, they were glitter packed, but easy to apply. Some of the leopard spots were challenging to get out, as all larger glitters can be. They were not difficult to fish out though! :)

I'm Not a Cougar, I'm a Cheetah is a clear base with copper and brown glitter, along with black leopard spots. I did one coat over a brown cream polish. 

ellagee I'm Not a Cougar, I'm a Cheetah

ellagee I'm Not a Cougar, I'm a Cheetah

You Gotta Be Kitten Me is a clear base with black, silver, and gold holo glitter along with gold leopard spots. I did one coat over a shimmery red cream polish. Enjoy! :)

ellagee You Gotta Be Kitten Me

ellagee You Gotta Be Kitten Me
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