Friday, February 12, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas – Love

Hey everyone, happy Friday! We've made it! And I don't know about you, but now I have three glorious days off, and in fact, I got home a little early, which leaves me a few minutes to share with you the nails I've been rocking all week!!!

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This gorgeous baby is Glam Polish WHATEVER.! As soon as I saw the swatches for this polish I knew I needed it. This baby is packed with holo shards and microglitters swimming in a beautiful red base that sometimes leans pink and sometimes leans orange. This color is everything, I just absolutely love it. Now be forewarned, this does dry very textured, but two coats of top coat totally smooths it out and once it dries it is full of so much depth I just want to swim amongst all the holo and red jelly goodness! Almost a one-coater, but I used two for this look!

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Now I knew I wanted to do my obligatory Valentine's Day look with this as the base, so I broke out my new UberChic Beauty 7 collection and found these cute heart looks on the 07-1 plate and stamped using KBShimmer Eyes White Open and ta-da!

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And wouldn't you know it, these nails also fit in perfectly with my Crumpet's Nail Tarts challenge this week: Love! Hearts = Love right?!

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And let me tell you one awesome thing about this polish, I've been wearing this look since Monday afternoon and now it's Friday afternoon and not a chip on it. See the crappy office photo above, just took that this afternoon!

So my consensus on this polish, you need it! Wears like iron and is beautiful!!!

Now don't forget to check out all the other beautiful love-related looks below!


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Review

Today I am very excited to share with you a new-to-me brand Carpe Noctem Cosmetics! I have been eying this brand for some time and I recently took the plunge and boy am I glad I did!

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Today I have four polishes to share with you that I recently acquired. One is from a duo with the always great Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, and the others are from a recent Carpe Noctem collection. 

One thing I've found so far about these polishes is that they are sneaky, you'll swatch them and think one thing, then you'll wear it out in the wild and you'll discover a whole other side to the polish.

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This gorgeous beauty is Fireside Songs, originally part of a duo with OPNL. Word on the street is this will be available again in the Carpe Noctem shop on Feb. 19, so keep your eyes peeled! Anyway, back to the beauty - this is a smokey plum colored polish, with hidden multichrome flakies throughout. The flakies are really sparse, so don't expect them to be the stars of this show. This polish had a great formula and was easy to apply in two thin coats.

After wearing this one for a day, I noticed some secret shifts going on.

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See what I mean here? You think you get this straightforward show of this polish, then you stare for awhile in a few different lighting and you get a whole different polish. Magic I tell you!

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Next up we have the gorgeous anniversary polish Beyond the Clouds, this one is one of those sneaky shifters that I haven't quite captured fully yet! But I have already used this in a nail art piece, I definitely can assure you'll be seeing it again soon! Plus I want to capture some of that sneaky shift! Worn when not looking for the shift it is a grey holo polish with cooler toned multichrome flakies. More flakies in this one than Fireside Songs, and you won't hear me complaining. This one has a lovely golden and pink shift to it that you can see more so in direct light. Opaque in two coats, another great formula!

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This beauty is Mon Doudou and if you love perwinkle, you neeeeeeeeed this polish. This is a lovely perwinkle holo, packed with three different types of spectraflair rainbows! And it also has multichrome flakies of the warmer variety, this polish is so unique. I have nothing like it. This was opaque in two coats and was just so bright and lovely! Will definitely be revisiting this one! Same great formula as the first two, opaque in two coats. 

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And finally we have the super sexy Because She Danced to Space Jam. On first glance this is a regular, but also beautiful, teal holo polish. It has the sparse multichrome flakies like Fireside Songs (ie don't expect them to be on every nail). But when you play with this one in different lights:

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HELLLLLLLO mama! This is one secret sexy shifter and I can't even do justice to it. Believe me when I say you need this polish, I'm not joking! It's so pretty. It has this hidden pink shimmer and a more prevalent light green shimmer. This polish has so many personalities. Same great formula, opaque in two coats.

So my first impression of Carpe Noctem Cosmetics is definitely a good one. Shipping did take awhile, but word on the street is Emily, the genius behind the brand, has finally found a good USPS post office that will help with the expediency of her shipping! So that is fantastic news. What is it with the USPS?! Charging us more all the time and giving us crappier service every month. Ugh!

I liked the brand so much I went and ordered even more from her last weekend (I may or may not have been shopping while drinking wonderful wine!). Another great thing about this brand, she has three bottle sizes to choose from and they are all an excellent deal! I especially like that option when trying out a new brand! 

So now let's dish, what have you tried out from Carpe Noctem? 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Watercolor Nails and 40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Aqua or Turquoise

Hey everyone, today I'm showing you a completely new to me technique I tried out which was SUPER simple and the results were stunning. Also this had nothing to do with my 40 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt, I just decided to add to it for that – so more on that later.

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First up let me show you how to watercolor with sharpies and rubbing alcohol.

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What you will need to start with is a light colored base. Most bases I've seen online are white. We all know I cannot do without holo, so I chose ILNP Paper Route – a light grey almost white polish with holo shards in it!

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Once you base is dry, pick out the colored permanent markers you plan to use. Then you can take a shot glass (or as I have here, mini red cups) and color the permanent marker on the bottom. You can also use tinfoil as a base too, make a tiny little bowl for yourself. Then take a dropper and drop in three to four drops of rubbing alcohol and use a paint brush to put strokes on your nail.

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Keep adding colors until you're happy with it!

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And when it's done you have a Monet-esque masterpiece! Now I knew my 40 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt was coming up, and I thought this base made a great aqua/turquoise base and my prompt for this was mermaid/scales – so I broke out some scale stamping and a mermaid decal I bought ages ago but hadn't used yet.

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Ta-da! Instant mermaid nails!

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I think the star of this whole look was the new watercolor method I learned, and it wasn't even part of my prompt! Next time I want to try a gradient look using watercolors! This was so easy and now the results are endless!

Now don't forget to visit all the other ladies sites in the inlinkz below for more great aqua/turquoise nail art ideas!


   

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ILNP Gradient with Holo Stamping

Happy Wednesday everyone. This week is quickly flying by and I am so excited because I am going out of town wine tasting this weekend and after taking the last month off drinking, I'm ready to have some fun again. And thank you California winters because it looks like I'm going to have weather in the 70s for my outings!

Anyway today I have some terrifically bright nails to share with you.

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I recently made a hefty ILNP purchase, thanks to a coupon code and a gift certificate from Christmas. As soon as I saw So Coral and Super Juiced, I knew I wanted to pair them together in a gradient, and I think the results are stunning.

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I did put a layer of white polish down first, and I think the tip is for good gradients with a white base is good clean up of the white base. Try to clean away the white from the edges of the nail, so when you clean up your gradient, you don't get any white peeking through.

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After finishing the gradient I knew I wanted to stamp over it, but I didn't want it to take away too much from the gradient. I originally thought I wanted to add a holo top coat to the gradient and then stamp with a solid color (like black), but then I decided that would be to distracting and take away from the beauty that is So Coral and Super Juiced. So I decided I would just stamp with holo color.

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I used one of the new UberChic Beauty Collection 7 plates (restocking Feb. 9), using the geometric image from plate 7-02 with my M Polish To Have and to Holo. The result was super delicate, but I really liked it!

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And a total happy coincidence, the manicure matches my walking shoes perfectly! It's been a goal of mine to reach 10,000 steps every day, and I've been doing my best so far using my fitbit! Having a lto of fun too!

I hope you enjoyed these nails, I'll have to post a full review of my recent ILNP purchase soon, so be on the lookout for that! :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Glam Polish Picks and Nail Art

Hey everyone happy Monday! Let's hope this week is better than the last for sure! Today I'm sharing some fun I've had with a newer to me brand, Glam Polish, who has definitely not disappointed one bit since I've begun purchasing from them.

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Let's just say Glam Polish gets me. I guess I can say I've rejected Pantone's colors of the year, I don't even know what they are called, but they look like baby pink and blue. I feel they mock the difficultly I've been facing trying to have kids. Like a big, look see, let's just shove the baby stuff right in yo face.

The reason Glam Polish gets me is just as I am settling on the fact that I think my colors of 2016 are chartreuse and purple, here comes Glam with these amazing polishes!!!

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This amazingly beautiful polish is Glam Polish Schadenfreude, from the Alphabet City collection, which is inspired by the Broadway musical Avenue Q, which I was lucky enough to see in New York City years ago!

This polish is my sunshine on gloomy days, it is bright and refreshing and amazing. It stands out without being neon, and its the perfect shade of chartreuse, not too green, not too yellow, but PERFECT! Schadenfreude is a lovely chartreuse green holographic polish filled with microglitters and holographic pigment in matching shades. The formula on this one was also perfect and applied easily with two coats.

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Some of my favorite colors to pair with chartreuse are grey and navy, so expect to see more of that this year for sure. I've been finding a lot of happiness lately in the tiny bit of time I have to do nail art, so I threw some stamping on top of Schadenfreude using my UberChic Beauty 01-1 plate!

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This stunning beauty is Glam Polish Daily Dilemma, a stunning purple holo polish with red microglitters creating a pinkish glow. This polish was practically a one-coater, which is good because I was playing with it just as my husband was ready to leave for dinner, so I did a super quick application with not problem at all!

Now when I say purple as a color of the year, I'm talking about the vibrant shades of purple. It seems to be a highly sought after color in the nail polish scene, and I've been surprised how much I've been drawn to them lately.

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Another thing I've derived a lot of joy from lately is practicing different nail art methods, and I've been having a lot of fun playing with my UberMat to make reverse stamping nail decals. I'm learning lessons every time I make a decal that is for sure.

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As you can tell here, don't mix strong pigments with white polish. It will bleed and screw up the crispness of the decal. The pink here is Smitten Polish (now Dreamland Lacquer) Date Night, a Valentine's polish from last year, which is super gorgeous and bright fun pink, but the pigment is strong.  For the stamping images here I used my MoYou London Holly 03 plate which I got from US Distributor What's Up Nails (super fast shipping, highly recommend, also where I got my clear stamper).

So I'm clearly still learning my stuff, but playing for fun is part of why I love polish. It is a true escape for me and I've liked being able to mix in the nail art again. I know everyone likes straight swatches of full collections too, but nail art is what keeps it interesting for me!

I just went and got a collection of colored Sharpies earlier today so I hope to do some watercolor work at some point as well. Was hoping to get around to that this weekend but it didn't happen.

Anyway Glam Polish has been killing it lately and if I could buy all the Glams I would! They are coming out with a new Clueless-inspired collection on Friday, and I know I want to pick up at least one of those! Any Glams you've been lusting after or playing with lately?!