Friday, December 19, 2014

Ugly Sweater Nails

Well my Ugly Sweater Nails turned out to me more pretty holiday sweater nails, I really really love these nails guys!

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I started with three thin coats of Literary Lacquers A Thousand Christmas Trees. Truly love this evergreen holo! It is a linear holo with microglitter holo scattered throughout. Literary Lacquers has become one of my favorite brands this year!

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Please excuse the chip in the above photo. I've been experimenting with base coats, and I haven't found a good one yet. Obviously.

Anyway, the next step was to stamp the sweater design. I used Winstonia W120 plate for this design. It was tough, I had to restart a few times, because stamping a design that has lines, means you have to get it straight, and that is a feat! What I felt the whole design was lacking though, was a reindeer. So I broke out my Bundle Monster BM-H01 and stamped this reindeer.

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Then I felt it was too blah, needed something more. So I added the red dots to create a more interesting look.

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So what do you think!?!? I think this might actually be a favorite of mine. I'm so upset it chipped because that meant I didn't wear it long, but I could definitely try recreating this in the future. So pretty!

Don't forget to check out the other ladies in the challenge below! Only two manis left and I will have made it through my first challenge ever! So excited I stuck to it all!



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Sparkle Bomb

Today's challenge for the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge was sparkle. This one was a tough one for me because I have a lot of gorgeous sparkle nail polish, it was hard to pick.

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The final product is a good mix of gold, red and green, with tiny white glitter throughout.

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I started the manicure with three thin coats of Painted Polish High Off Holo. It is a gold holographic microglitter. On it's own it was quite beautiful.

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Then to give it that special Christmas glitter mix to it, I added 1 coat of Model City Polish Christmas With A Chance of Snow. I have never tried Model City Polish before and I have to say I was quite impressed with this polish. I received it in Santa's Secret Sack Indie Polish Box I purchased in early November but just got in the mail this week!

Christmas with a Chance of Snow is a glitter topper (or it's beautiful on it's own as well) that includes green and red medium holographic glitter pieces with mini white microglitters scattered throughout. The polish is so pretty and perfect for the season. The polish was extremely easy to work with, no glitter dragging and it was densely packed in the bottle, so there was no fishing or dabbing needed for application. It retails for $8.50. I was definitely impressed with my first Model City Polish.

Anyway, can't wait to see what everyone else chose for this challenge. Check out the other ladies, at the Inlinkz below!



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Born Pretty Stamping and ORLY Mirrorball

Hey guys, the Born Pretty Store recently contacted me about reviewing some of their products, and I jumped at the chance. I had seen their plates used a lot so I was very excited to get to try some of their stamping plates. So part of this post a press sample provided for my honest review.

This look began with two amazing coats of ORLY Mirrorball, which is just amazing silver linear and scattered holo in one. This polish is AMAZING!

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Then I broke out a Born Pretty Store plate BP-02.

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I chose this particular plate because I thought it looked delicate like lace.

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Using the Born Pretty store High Quality Nail Stamping Polish in black (which I purchased myself), I stamped the image. The plate was easy to use and the black pigment in this polish was strong and the image turned out crisp and detailed. I just loved it!

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It was later brought to my attention that the pattern I used looks like it has a face with a beard on it, and I can't unsee it! I bet you can't now either!

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Overall I was very impressed with the Born Pretty plate and the Born Pretty experience. The company was kind enough to give me a personalized discount code. Use the code TRAH10 to get 10 percent off your next order. If enough people use my code, I'll be able to run a giveaway for my readers! The Born Pretty Store is located in Singapore, but they have world wide free shipping and super affordable prices. The shipping take a few weeks, but the wait is worth it.

So what do you think? Have you tried Born Pretty store before?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Decoration Nail Art

Today's prompt was Christmas decorations. Went pretty lazy with this prompt, but the reason was I really wanted to try out Smitten Figgy Pudding.

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This manicure started with two coats of Smitten Figgy Pudding, a lovely purple jelly with gorgeous golden-y bronze flakies.

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This polish was somewhat of a beast to photograph. At some points it looked blurple, other it was a more pinkish purple. To fufill the prompt, I stamped the ornaments and wreath using Bundle Monster BM-H03.

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Once again, this polish had a strong pigment. The stamping polish I used was white. But I acutally like what it did to it, made it more subtle. Overall, I really liked this manicure. It was simple, the polish really stood out, and it was an understated holiday manicure.

Don't forget to check out the other ladies from the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art challenge!



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Red and Green Sparkle Chevrons

Today's challenge in the 12 Days of Christmas Art is a classic holiday theme: Red and Green.

I was so excited for this prompt, I had just the idea, and then that idea failed. But more on that later. My motto, if at first you don't succeed, try try again. And so I did.

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Remember the star of my last manicure (Two Turtle Doves), well after I finished taking photos of that manicure, I finished it off by doing this manicure!

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You'll have to excuse my photography skills with this manicure, the sparkle makes my camera go a bit mad. The manicure started out with two coats of Painted Polish Between the Pines on all nails except my ring finger (where the gold was in the last manicure), on that nail I did two coats of China Glaze Ruby Pumps. Then I added the single chevrons and two coats of the opposite polish on each nail.

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The chevron placement wasn't perfect, but I do like the results. As I said earlier, this manicure was inspired by a manicure fail I had earlier in the season. Apparently some red pigment is a little difficult.

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This is Smitten Polish Nose So Bright, and it is an AMAZING pure red holo. I think it just needs to speak for itself. Instead I combined it with Literary Lacquers A Thousand Christmas Trees. Yes that was meant to be green, see what the red pigment did to it? So much fail, so much sadness. Anyway, lesson learned, at least the second attempt didn't have that same problem!

Have any of you ever had mishaps with a red pigment?!

Don't forget to visit the other ladies doing this challenge, I can't wait to see what everyone has done with this prompt!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Two Turtle Doves

To be honest, I wasn't too jazzed about this prompt in the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. The prompt was any line in the 12 Days of Christmas song – they all in include some sort of birds or dancers or just nothing that really got me excited.

But what did get me exited was Painted Polish's Between the Pines, which I got shipped rather quickly to me and as soon as I saw it I just knew I had to put it on!

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Between the Pines is a most special holographic microglitter suspended in an evergreen jelly base. It only takes two coats to reach this beautiful opacity. For the accent finger, I decided I would use a stamp which basically covers the "Two Turtle Doves" and thus, follows the prompt, but the true star of this manicure is Between the Pines.

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For for the accent nail I used two coats of Nicole by OPI On a Guilt Trip and stamped these two birds in a tree using ORLY Candy Cane Lane. On a Guilt Trip was bit thick but dried pretty quickly to a beautiful satin like finish. I used the Bundle Monster BM-H22 plate.

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Don't worry, this won't be the last you see of Between the Pines, I may or may not have incorporated it in my red and green mani for the next prompt!

Make sure you see the other ladies in the challenge in the inlinkz below. I'm sure they were much more creative than I was in this prompt!



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Icicle nails

Today's challenge was icy blue and white colors, and I guess I took this one pretty literally!

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I started with two thin layers of Zoya Blu as the base for my gradient. Then I added Blu, Zoya Edie and OPI I saw... U saw... We saw... Warsaw (the longest and most annoyingly named polish!) to a make up sponge and applied the gradient!

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I really do think I am getting better at my gradients! I'm finding the more I do them, the better I'm getting at it! For the icicles, I used a-England Encore Margot and a nail art brush to apply them. They aren't perfect but I do like how they turned out!

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This whole manicure was based on my very first nail inspiration I pinned about January of last year. I had just stared to use Pintrest for nail inspiration, and this was my very first pin. So I knew this year, with all of the experience I had gained, I just had to try it! And I think the results were great.

At first I was going to use this manicure, below, I had created before I even started this challenge, but I wanted to try the icicle technique. And so in this post I am sharing two for the price of one!

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The glitter base here is KBShimmer Fallen Angle. With my order of Fallen Angle, I got some fun snowman glitter, which I placed in the center nail. I used Bundle Monster BM-407 for the tree stamps. I wasn't in love with this manicure too much though, because I feel like the stamping got lost a bit. Which I guess is why I did this as a two for one post, because I wanted to do something that truly fulfilled the prompt!

So which one of these manicures is your favorite?

And as a fun bonus, I'll leave you with a photo of my husband and I with Santa. We met him last night at a bar. No joke. I told him I want a never ending supply of nail polish for Christmas! ;-) It's a shame I didn't still have on my Santa nails when I met him!

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And don't forget to check out all the other ladies who are in this challenge too!