Tuesday, December 8, 2015

31 Day Christmas Nail Art Challenge: Day 7 - Holly Berries Nail Art

Another lazy day, and another late manicure. Meh. This one is a really easy one. I'm not really a French manicure kind of gal, but since I got the Zoya Naked Manicure system, I thought I'd try something different with it since I love the Pink Perfecter and the tip whitener that gives my nails a nice natural look. This time, I added a little holiday sparkle!



For this manicure, I used the following:

Zoya - Naked Manicure Kit to do a natural looking French tip.
China Glaze - Fairy Dust for sparkle.
Sally Hansen - Rapid Red for the berries.
Pure Ice - Free Spirit for the holly leaves.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

31 Day Christmas Nail Art Challenge: Day 6 - Pine Branch Nails

Okay lovelies...here is today's manicure for the nail art challenge. The prompt is for pine branch nails. I like how this one came out.


For this manicure, I used the following:

Pure Ice - Free Spirit for the base color.
China Glaze - This is Tree-mendous for the accent nail.
Essie - Good as Gold for the gold accent.
OPI - Ro-Man-ce on the Moon for the ornament.
Liquitex - Acrylic paint for the branches.



31 Day Christmas Nail Art Challenge: Day 5 - Gingerbread Man Nails

Hello beauties!

It looks like another multiple manicure day for me. I'll be posting more later. I was so lazy and preoccupied yesterday that I forgot about these until late last night. So I did them for yesterday's nail prompt: Gingerbread nails. This one was pretty easy and I think it's rather cute!


For this manicure, I used the following:

OPI - Brisbane Bronze
China Glaze - The Outer Edge
Liquitex - acrylic paints for the details


Friday, December 4, 2015

31 Day Christmas Nail Art Christmas: Day 4 - Candy Canes

Okay, here is the second manicure of the day. Today's theme is candy canes. Again, sorry for the poor quality of the pictures. Tomorrow, I will have my real camera and my lightbox. 




For this manicure, I used the following:

China Glaze - Running in Circles for the base color.
Sally Hansen - Tag Ur It! for the accent nail and stamping.
Sally Hansen - Rapid Red for stamping.
China Glaze - Ruby Pumps for accent nail striping.
Winstonia - Have a Merry X'mas! stamping plate



31 Day Christmas Nail Art Challenge: Day 3 - Santa's Sleigh

Hello! Today, you're getting two manis, because I started this mani, and wasn't able to finish it until this morning. My mom had surgery yesterday, so I've been hanging around at her house in case she needs any help in addition to looking after my charge. So I'm keeping super busy.

This is the first one, Santa's Sleigh, and then I will be posting the next one later today. You'll have to excuse the quality of these. As I'm not at home, I had to take these with my phone outside because I don't have my camera or lightbox.




For this manicure, I used the following:

OPI - Give Me Space for the base color.
OPI - Silver Canvas for the stamping polish.
China Glaze - Break the Ice for glitter accent.
Winstonia - Have a Merry X'mas stamping plate.



Thursday, December 3, 2015

31 Day Christmas Nail Art: Day 2 - Gold Angel

Hello! Today, we had to do Gold Angel Nails. These nails took longer than expected, and they were terrible to photograph, but here they are.



For this manicure, I used the following:

Esmaltes da Kelly - Hawkeye for the base color.
Zoya - Aspen for the accent nail.
Essie - Good as Gold for all gold accents.
Winstonia - Stamping plate Have a Merry X'mas


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Nine Zero Lacquer Spam


Hey howdy hey!

Today, I have some swatches from Nine Zero Lacquer. If you don't know, this is the new brand of nail polish brought to you by prolific nail vlogger, jessFACE90 from YouTube. After seeing all of the great swatches on Instagram of her Harvest Festival Fall Collection, I just had to check out her lovely polishes. I haven't yet gotten an entire collection from her, but I know at some point when the funds allow, I will, because she's done an amazing job with her polishes, and the quality is evident.

Over the past month, I've been grabbing just a few polishes from various collections. I've loved every single one I've tried, and you will, too!

First up, from the Harvest Festival Fall Collection is Pumpkin Everything. This is a nice muted orange linear holographic shade. It's such an interesting shade of orange, and it's perfect for the season. I've worn it alone and I've stamped designs over it. This is one of the few polishes that I swatched and wore again during the season just because I liked it so much. This had a very nice formula that was easy to work with, and it was opaque in two coats.



 Just look at that holo!



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

31 Day Christmas Nail Art Challenge: Day 1 - Red Nails

Hello beauties!

It's December, and it's a great month for doing some beautiful nail art! After the previous nail art challenges I've done, I felt like taking a break, and wasn't sure if I'd do another one anytime soon, but 'tis the season to bust out the glitters and cute designs, and I'm a sucker for holiday nail art, and these challenges help me hone my skills, as well as keep me active, so here we go.

This month, I have decided to participate in Pueen Queen's 31 Day Christmas Nail Art Challenge. For those of you on Instagram, you can follow along with everyone's daily nail art by checking out the #ItsMyChristmasNails hashtag.

Okay, so without further ado, here is my first design. The theme is Red Nails.



For this look, I used the following:

OPI - Ro-Man-ce On the Moon for the base color.
China Glaze - Ruby Pumps for the accent nail.
China Glaze - The Outer Edge for the glitter accent (and I hate how the silver glitter never photographs well).
Sally Hansen - Tag Ur It! for the stamping polish.
Ya Qin An - Stamping plate QA68


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Zoya Naked Manicure Review


Hello beautiful people! So sorry for the delay in posts. I was all set to get back to posting regularly, but then my charge needed extra care recently, so I had to put the blog on the back burner again. I also had to put painting my nails on hold, too. I just got way too busy to really take the time to do my nails, but I'm back in business, and ready to get back to blogging.

Incidentally, this little nail care system came at the right time for me. This is the Zoya Naked Manicure system. It is a great way keep your nails looking great and natural. For someone like me who wears a lot of color, I never let my nails go naked because they're sometimes stained from wearing certain colors even if I wear base coat. (Darn those beautiful blues!) So this manicure set is great to correct the stains and general ugliness of one's natural nails when they don't look their best. 

In addition to covering up discolored nails, this system is great for anyone who is trying to grow out their nails, especially those who have suffered any damage from wearing false nails. It is great for anyone who doesn't really want to wear color, or is unable to wear nail color in a professional environment. Also, this is perfect for anyone who wants great looking nails, but doesn't want the hassle of constant maintenance. 

Of course, those are the immediate benefits. The long term benefits, according to Zoya, are supporting cellular renewal, improving oxygenation, enhancing flexibility and strength, and increasing hydration and resilience. As I have only used this system for the short term, I cannot say whether or not these claims are true, but the immediate effects are brilliant! At first, I wasn't sure I would like this system, and I wasn't very interested in it. However, this was a free gift with purchase on the Zoya website if I spent $30, so I decided to try it. I was so impressed with this system, that I highly recommend, and would purchase it. It's just a really nice way to make your nails look naturally beautiful, and it really takes no time at all. Everything dries very quickly, and you can be out the door without much fuss. 

The Women's Starter Kit includes Naked Base, Pink Perfecter, White Tip Perfecter, and Satin Seal Topcoat. You can also buy the Lavender Perfecter, which helps with discoloration, as well as Perfecters in Nude, Buff, and Mauve separately to match various skin tones. 

So, here are the pictures of my nails. The first one is of my naked nails, which actually aren't in too bad a shape at the moment, but they do suffer from a little discoloration, and as you can see, my smile lines are all over the place. 



These are my nails after using the Naked Manicure system. The nail beds look nice and evened out, and my free edges look nice and clean. The difference is like night and day.


So that's the Zoya Naked Manicure system. It retails for $30 for the Women's Starter Kit. They also offer a Men's Kit, as well as Professional Kit that includes all of the other shades of Perfecters.

Overall, I really love this set. I only wish they offered an option for the starter kit to either get the Pink Perfecter or one of the darker ones, so that someone who might have a darker skin tone doesn't have to buy their skin tone Perfecter separately while being stuck with a pink tone they may not use.

So that's all for this one. I shall return with more swatches!





Monday, November 9, 2015

China Glaze Cheers Holiday 2015 Collection Review


Well hello, beauties! Today, I am very excited to bring you the newest holiday collection from China Glaze. First off, I cannot rave about this collection enough. Every one of these polishes has a fantastic formula. They were all easy to work with. They're all gorgeous. The glitters are fantastic, and China Glaze just knocked it out of the park with this one. This is the best of the mainstream holiday collections this year. This was money well spent. Highly recommend you check these out!

Okay, so without further ado, let's jump on in, and check it out!


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Autumn Leaves Nail Art

Well hello, there!

I hope you are all doing well. I took a little break myself. After the nail challenges and some swatching, I needed to kick back for a bit. I'm currently working on some writing projects these days which I had been neglecting for a while, but I'm back, and ready to do some more fun nail stuff. I have some more swatches coming your way, and some new stamping plates to use and do some new nail art with.

In addition to this, I cut all my nails down, and started from scratch. I almost always do this for Halloween as I end up carving so many pumpkins, and it's harsh on my nails. So, instead of having them break or get damaged, I just cut 'em off, and start up again the next day. Right now, I'm in the nub club, but no matter. I can still have fun with some nail art while I wait for my nails to grow.

Today, I did a fall leaves manicure. It was a pretty simple one to do. I did the reverse stamping technique which now only takes about an hour since I have multiple stampers to spread out my work. I haven't yet used the UberChic mat for stamping, though I have used it for detailed freehand work. I don't know why. I'll probably try it out soon, and tell you what I think.



For this manicure, I used the following:

OPI - The "It" Color for the base.
Sinful Colors - Black on Black for stamping.
OPI - It's a Piazza Cake for orange accent.
OPI - Lost on Lombard for red accent.
Sinful Colors - Beau Khaki for the green accent.
Essie - As Gold As it Gets for the gold flake topcoat.
Bundle Monster - Styamping plate BM-H11


Friday, October 30, 2015

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Killer Fangirls Collection Review & Nail Art



Hello beauties!

We are just one day away from Halloween, and sad to say, but my nails will be getting the chop in just a few minutes after I post this. I always end up sacrificing my nails each year to the Halloween gods while carving pumpkins! It sucks, but in the end, I have beautiful pumpkins, and I get to start fresh with my nails. They certainly need it, too after the swatching and nail art challenges of the past couple of months. I still have some swatching left to do, but they're smaller selections of some great brands I'm trying as I get into the indies for the very first time!

So, my first venture into the indie brands was with Pretty Serious Cosmetics' Killer Fangirls Collection. I couldn't resist this trio of beautiful glitter polishes inspired by the holy trinity of slasher flicks! This is a collection that was released in 2013, but it is still available on their website, and I wanted to feature them since it's Halloween time.

Enough of me babbling. Let's check 'em out!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 8: Zombie Nails


Howdy! October is winding down, and we are getting so close Halloween. I am so excited, and I'm just about ready to celebrate my favorite holiday this weekend! We are now on our second to last prompt for the challenge. Today's prompt is zombie nails. I am a big fan of zombie films and The Walking Dead. I was actually catching up with Sunday's episode while I did these, and I'm glad I finished them before the end of the episode because I was just so distraught over losing my favorite character. 

Anyway, here is my zombie manicure, and of course, it was inspired by TWD. I finally got to use my cool glitter polish from last year's China Glaze Halloween collection. I did a little dry brush stroke of grey to to make it look more "undead," and then used a matte top coat. 




For the look, I used the following:

OPI - A Great Opera-tunity as an under base since DLTDB is a little sheer.
China Glaze - Don't Let the Dead Bite
Sinful Colors - Black Out
UberChic - Stamping Plate Zombie Love-01


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 7: Webs


Didn't get around to posting these this morning, but here are my nails for today's challenge. I'm in the middle of swatching China Glaze's new holiday collection, so this is a quick recycle of one of the swatches. Still, I really love this color, and thought it gave this manicure a really pretty twist since it's not a typical Halloween color. 



For this look, I used the following:

China Glaze - Better Not Pout for the base.
OPI - My Signature is DC for the web.
Pure Ice - Black Out for the spider.
Bundle Monster - Stamping plate BM-H07



Friday, October 23, 2015

Orly Infamous Holiday 2015 Collection Review



Hey there, beauties! Today, I have a collection that's actually been out in stores for weeks even though it's a holiday collection. This one is from Orly. I don't have many Orly polishes, but I've liked the polishes I have gotten from them, and every now and then, they put out some amazingly beautiful glitter polishes. This set wasn't on my list of must-buys, but it was being offered for a really tempting price so I said, "What the hey? Let's do this!" I'm a sucker for a bargain. 

The name of this collection is called Infamous, and it offers some nice rich colors as well as that holiday sparkle we all crave! So let's check it out!

Paul McCartney Concert Nail Art

Hello everyone! A couple of nights ago, I got to experience my third Paul McCartney concert. He is probably my favorite artist of all time, and I am a super crazy Beatles fan. I had the best time at the concert, and pretty much cried for the entire time because I am an emotional fangirl who does that whenever I see Paul...or pretty much anything having to do with the Beatles. I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to Las Vegas to see the Cirque du Soleil Love show, and sat there bawling. Yeah, I'm that person.

Anyway, for the show the other night, I wanted to do a special mani to show my love for Macca. This one took me a while to do, but I had some help from my UberChic stamping mat. All of the designs were hand painted, but I made them as decals first so I wasn't sat for hours on end having to worry about drying my nails. I simply applied my DIY decals and cleaned them up. I'm still in the process of learning how to properly apply them, but I love being able to do my freehand art without stressing out about how my left hand is going to look. And what's really great is that if I really mess up, I don't ever have to wipe the whole nail, and start from scratch, waiting for dry times. I can work on my art piece by piece and go back to it if I get called to do other things.



For this look, I used the following:

The Beatles logo
Sally Hansen - Black Out
Liquitex - Basics acrylic paint in Titanium White

Wings logo
OPI - I Just Can't Cope-Acabana
OPI - Call Me Gwen-ever
Logo applied with fine point Sharpie

Union Jack
China Glaze - Ruby Pumps
OPI - Give Me Space
Sally Hansen - White On

Sgt. Pepper coat
OPI - Dining al Frisco
Sally Hansen - Black Out
OPI - My Signature is DC
Liquitex - Basics acrylic paint in Titanium White

PMc logo
Sally Hansen - Black Out
OPI - My Signature is DC



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 6: Marbling


Alright, so today, we had the marbling prompt. I'm not a fan of trying to water marble, even though it looks awesome. For this one, I did the cheater method which is to make my design and then let it dry so I can make it into a decal. I like this method. It's much cleaner, and you can get multiple nails out of one decal. What I did here was I made a nice glitter base underneath, and then used my OPI Color Paints and a black creme polish for my water marble, and just applied it. I love the way this turned out!



 For this manicure, I used the following:

OPI - Silver Canvas as the base color.
OPI - Desperately Seeking Sequins for the glitter.
OPI - Center of the You-niverse for the accent nail.
OPI - Chromatic Orange for orange accent in marble.
Sally Hansen - Black Out for the black accent in marble.



Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 5: Jason Voorhees at Crystal Lake


Hello! For today's Hallowmanis prompt, we have glitter nails. I just got a new haul of gorgeous glitter polishes. One of which came from the indie brand, Pretty Serious. They have a great collection called "Killer Fangirls" which features polishes inspired by some great horror classics. I have two of the three, and the last one is finally on its way, so when it gets here, I will do a full review of these stunning polishes. 

The first one you'll be seeing here is called Crystal Lake, inspired by Friday the 13th's famous locale, Camp Crystal Lake. I just love this polish, and knew I had to use it for one of the challenges. I have two versions: one without the lake, and one with. I did the Jason mask first since it would be easiest, and show off the polish itself. Also, this was just in case I ruined the mani once I added the trees and lake landscape. 




For this manicure, I used the following:

Pretty Serious - Crystal Lake for the base color.
Liquitex - acrylic paint in Mars Black
Liquitex - acrylic paint in Titanium White
Liquitex - acrylic paint in Cadmium Red



Friday, October 16, 2015

OPI Starlight Holiday 2015 Collection Review: Bee on a Budget Edition


Aloha, my beautiful people! Hope you're all well. I have a ton of new polishes that just came in, and I'm so excited to swatch them, and show you all the new goodies. I know it's only October, but those holiday collections are starting to make their way out, and I love some of the collections coming our way. Today, I have some selections from the OPI Starlight Collection. 

Now, this collection has 18 new shades, but I am showing off only 10. As I do purchase all of the polish myself, I opted not to get the entire collection this time. That's why we're gonna call this the "Bee on a Budget Edition," because I, like many of you, don't want to waste good money on something I'm not going to absolutely love, or know right off the bat that I'm going to hate. Sometimes, I will be able to get an entire collection, and other times, like now, I might opt to skip a few if there are a significant number of polishes I don't want to waste my time and money on. After careful consideration, I chose these particular colors because I thought they'd look great, and I knew I absolutely would not have anything like them in my collection. Happy to say that there were no dupes for these, so they were all new colors for moi, which made me a happy Bee!

Okay, let's get to it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 4: French Tips


Hey now! Hope everyone is enjoying their week. I've been all wrapped up in swatching and rooting for the Cubs in the postseason. It's so exciting this year! 

Anyway, today's challenge is french tips. I was at a loss as to what to do for these. I typically don't wear french tips. I'm not really a big fan of them. I didn't have the right shade of green that I wanted to use, so OPI Color Paints to the rescue! Again, I got to try out another stamping plate I hadn't used before. I think next time, I would like to do this mani without the tips. I think it looks better that way. 



For this mani, I used the following:

Nicole by OPI - Make a Comet-ment for the holo base.
OPI - Landscape Artist over the base.
Sally Hansen - Black to Black for the bats and tips.
Bundle Monster - Stamping plate BM-H08



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge Wrap-Up Post

Hello!

A little late on this post, but I still wanted to make it. During September, I did my very first nail art challenge. At first, I wasn't sure if I'd actually be able to do it all the way, and that it might get overwhelming, but I actually had so much fun. that I was kind of sad when it was all over. For me, it was a way to stretch my legs a bit with my nail art. The best parts of the challenge was trying out so many of my stamping plates that I hadn't used before, and using nail polish I wasn't sure if I'd ever get the chance to wear. Most of all, I loved being able to connect with the lacquerheads on Instagram, and already met so many cool nail artists who inspire me, and had a lot of wonderfully encouraging things to say.

Overall, I had a great time doing these, and was surprised how well some of them came out. Some days were better than others, but I'm very proud that I finished up the challenge, and let my creativity shine. I think more than ever, I am ready to seek out the endless possibilities of what I can do with my nail art. I can only get better as I practice and practice.

Until next year!