Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Small Nail Polish Haul and Swatches

I only bought two nail polishes this week. I'm trying to cut back because I've never worn a lot of the nail polishes I already own. Anyway, today I have two OPI nail polishes to show you. I don't usually buy OPIs since I rarely find them on sale but this week JCPenny had them buy one get one 50% off, plus I had a 15% off coupon, so they didn't end up being too expensive.

You're Such a Budapest is a lovely lilac with sliver shimmer, although the shimmer isn't really visible on the nail. It's quite a bit lighter in person. This is three coats.
Amazon...Amazoff is a beautiful dark teal creme, I really love this one too, but there is some staining so I recommend using a generous amount of base coat. This is two coats.
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July Nail Art

Happy Fourth of July!!! I hope you all have a great day. Today I have some red, white, and blue nail art, I hope you like it!

For this manicure, I used Zoya Timo, Zoya Dakota, China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around, Wet N' Wild Red Red, Wet N' Wild White Creme, Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!, and OPI Amazon...Amazoff.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Zoya Collection: Greens and Golds

This is part two of my Zoya collection swatches, my first installment in this series was the red swatches and in case you missed that, you can see it here. Today I have swatches of all my green and gold Zoyas.
Ziv is a beautiful gold foil with some small copper-ish flakes in it. This one is so sparkly in person, it's definitely my favorite gold out of my collection. This is 2 coats.
Maria Luisa is a gold flake topcoat. This one doesn't actually contain real gold but it is still really pretty, this is one coat over Ziv,
 one coat over OPI You're Such a Budapest,
 and one coat over OPI Amazon...Amazoff.
Cassedy is a pewter foil. Like Ziv, this one is also really sparkly. Shown here is one coat.
 Yara is a stunning olive green with gold shimmer, I absolutely love this one. This is 2 coats.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nail Polish Haul and Swatches

So I went nail polish shopping... Again. That's pretty much my life summed up in one sentence. Anyway, I bought eight nail polishes last week and I have swatches of all of them for you.

The first three nail polishes are all from Sally Beauty, they had a buy one get one free Orly sale which is how I got Glowstick and Snowcone, Flawless Flush was on clearance.

Flawless Flush is a lovely pinkish lavender with gold shimmer, this came out in their Spring 2014 collection so look for it in the clearance bins. This is two coats.
Glowstick is an insanely neon yellow polish that lives up to its name, I'm currently wearing this one and it's amazing. Shown here is one coat over white.
 Snowcone is a lovely periwinkle creme with an amazing formula, this is ONE coat! It's a little bit lighter than it appears in the photo.

 Next is my first ever Deborah Lippman nail polish Boom Boom Pow, I kind of hate the name but the polish itself is a beautiful gold topcoat which contains "24 karat gold dust". I love the delicate gold shimmer this one has in it, which you can see better in the second picture. I found this one on clearance at Sephora for $4.99 which is pretty great for such an expensive nail polish.
Finally I have four Sephora Formula X polishes, starting from the top they are called Boom, Maniacal, TNT, and Firecracker. This is one coat of each over Zoya Black Swan. I also found these on clearance at Sephora, they were $2.99 each.
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Frozen Nail Art

Okay, so I think we all have heard just a little bit too much about Frozen recently but it is a great movie, and here is my contribution to the hype: a Frozen themed manicure. You may notice Olaf looks a little funny, this is because when I finally got it EXACTLY the way I wanted him, I put topcoat on and it smeared him :( I tried my best to fix it, and I hope you enjoy this anyway.

For this manicure, I used the polishes Essie Borrowed & Blue, NYC Raindrops, Wet N' Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint, and Essie Bikini so Teeny for the background (I used the sandwich bag watercolor technique) for everything else I used Wet N' Wild French White Creme, a black striper and I did some glitter placement with Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!


Thanks so much to Stephanie for requesting this post and I hope you liked it!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Zoya Collection: Reds

Zoya is my favorite brand of nail polish because not only are their colors beautiful, their formulas are amazing too. I will be swatching my whole collection of Zoya nail polishes and today I have the red polishes. All of these nail polishes are still available since Zoya rarely discontinues their polishes. You will probably notice that my skin drastically changes colors throughout the post, this is because I had to color correct the photos quite a bit to make the polishes the right color (my camera hates red).

 Pepper is a brick red creme with a brown undertone, I love this one, it reminds me of fall. I used two coats.
Rekha is a classic red with a blue undertone, its not quite as bright in person. I used two coats.

Sarah is a blue toned red with tons of gold shimmer. On the nail, the shimmer doesn't look gold like it does in the bottle, instead it takes on a more pinkish tone due to the red base, it's lovely regardless. I used two coats.

Dakota is a blood red crelly, for this photo I used three coats but you could definitely get away with two.

These polishes are available though Zoya's website or you can get them at Ulta.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Up! Nail Art

   I think Up is my favorite animated movie of all time. The animation is stunning, the plot is captivating and the characters are just as great. So here is what is probably the most famous still from the movie (the flying house) in nail art form.

   For this manicure I used Essie Borrowed and Blue as my base color, for the main house color I used Revlon Buttercup, the rest of the polishes I used are Wet N' Wild French White Crème, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Coral Reef, Wet N' Wild Megalast I Need a Refresh-mint, Essie Bikini so Teeny, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Berry Juicy.
Left thumb detail 
I decided to do clouds on my right hand since I would never be able to do the house and everything with my non-dominant hand.
I am still experimenting with lighting so that is why all of the pictures look a little different. A side note about Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue (one of the balloon colors) in case you haven't heard yet: This color has recently been changed from the vibrant, yet dusty cobalt blue color we all love to a shimmery darker blue color, however the name remains the same. So if you don't have this color yet and want it, or have it and want a backup, I would suggest looking for the old version at the store before they are all gone! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for visiting!