Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter nails part 4.

Good morning everyone, and happy Easter weekend!  I am spending this weekend with my family, so today will be my last post of my Easter manicures.

For this last look, I wanted to do something simple and girly, yet still keep that Easter vibe.  I chose to use one of my untrieds, Nubar Pink Lily (a very fitting name for the manicure, don't you think?).  For my accent nail I used China Glaze Glistening Snow.  Yes, I am still obsessed with Glistening Snow, I know!



I love how clean and simple this looks, but I wanted to add that touch of Easter to it, so I looked through my Cheeky stamping plates.  I chose plate CH for the small flower design and stamped this on my middle finger using Sally Hansen White On.


Girly, some bling, and a touch of Easter - check, check, and check!  I love how this came out!

I hope you all enjoy your Easter weekend!  And if you do not celebrate Easter, I hope you have enjoyed these Spring manicures and have a fabulous weekend as well!

Until next time...

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter nails part 3.

Hi everyone!  Today I have another Easter design for all of you.  I am having fun working with all of these pastel colors and am definitely happy that it is finally Spring!

For this look, I was inspired by the flowers that my boys and I planted last weekend.  I painted a base color using OPI I Can't Find My Czechbook! to create the blue background.  I used acrylic paint to finish the rest of the design.




Personally, nothing screams Spring more than flowers, and I love this alternative look for Easter.  I hope you all enjoy it as well.

Until next time...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter nails part 2.

Good afternoon everyone!  First of all, I would like to remind everyone about my giveaway I have going on. It ends in a couple of days on April 1st at 12am PST so get those entries in!  This is only open to US and Canada.

Today I have my second design for Easter.  My last post was a little more detailed, so I wanted to keep this manicure on the more simple side.  I still wanted it to be cutesy though, so I decided to do a little doticure!

I used Sinful Colors Candy Coated and Unicorn for this look.




Sometimes dots can be fun, and I think they are very fitting for Easter - especially when paired with pastels :)

Sorry for the short post today - I'm about ready to take my boys to the "dinosaur" park; they love it!

Until next time...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter nails part 1.

Good evening everyone!  Today I have my first set of Easter nail art to share with all of you.  I plan on doing a few designs between now and this weekend, so if there is something particular that you would like to see, please leave your suggestions in the comments below and I will see what I can do :)

I started off creating a "skittles" mani, using a variety of pastel polishes.  I used Essie Turquoise and Caicos, China Glaze Dance Baby, China Glaze Angel's Breath, and Duri Of The Beaten Path.  Once dry, I used a small nail art brush and dotting tools to create the various designs using some acrylic paint.  I got the idea for the bunny nail from Chalkboard Nail's Easter design from last year.  I loved that bunny she created and had to recreate this year.







I had so much fun creating this look!  I hope you all enjoy it :)

Until next time...

Monday, March 25, 2013

CND Stickey base coat.

Good morning everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend!  Like I said in my last post, I had a very busy weekend.  My son's soccer game, my cousin's soccer game, I got to catch up and have a girls day with a friend, cleaning, cooking, ... the list goes on.  But it was all fun (except for maybe the cleaning part...)!  My nails, needless to say, have been through a lot this weekend.  I usually do them at least once over the weekend, but I really wanted to test out my new CND Stickey base coat and see how well my nails would hold up.

So I am here today with my thoughts on this base coat.  I have not been paid to do this review; I purchased CND Stickey base coat on Amazon and simply wanted to test it out myself.  The box describes Stickey base coat as an "anchoring base coat."  CND's website states "Stickey base coat creates a soft, sticky layer that anchors nail color to the nail and improves wearability."  These are the exact statements I wanted to test out.


Like I mentioned, I purchased mine through Amazon for $5.99.  Here are some bottle shots:






This is what my manicure looked like on Friday morning:



My nails have been through quite a bit this weekend.  I did a thorough cleaning of both of the bathrooms in my house (bleach, cleaning supplies, chemicals, etc.); my boys and I planted flowers; I did quite a bit of dishes, cooking, laundry, organizing, etc.; playing with my boys (and cleaning up their messes - they are 2 and 4 - you can only imagine!); soccer games; and the list continues.  Basically, I was not light with my hands and gave this base coat a rough test.

I took these pictures this morning:




There is hardly any wear!  The minimal wear that is there is definitely less than I would be seeing if I had used one of my other base coats.  What is funny is that the top color (the pink) wore a tiny bit on the edges, but the nude color is still there underneath (maybe this means I need a better top coat!).  I am extremely pleased with this base coat!  It worked exactly as described and held up through my busy weekend.  I would highly recommend this base coat to anyone who wants to help their polish last longer on their nails.

Have you tried CND Stickey base coat?  If so, do you love it as much as I do?  Any other base coats I should try?  I'd love to hear your feedback!

Until next time...

Friday, March 22, 2013

Nude and neon.

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you all had a great week and are looking forward to this weekend!  As for me and my family, we have a couple of soccer games to attend this weekend so it will be another busy one!  Because I am going to be so busy this weekend, I doubt I will have time to squeeze another mani in.  Thankfully, the CND Stickey Base Coat that I ordered came in yesterday, so I was able to put that on under today's mani.  I have heard nothing but great things about this base coat, so I am using this weekend as a test.  I will post a review of my thoughts on this base coat on Monday to let you all know what I think and how well it held up.

Today I have paired a nude and neon polish together.  I knew that these were the colors I wanted to use, but found inspiration for the design through, what else, Instagram.  I love Instagram exactly for this purpose!  When I am lacking creativity, my nail girls never cease to inspire me.  I credit @getnailedxx for the inspiration for this look!




I started off by painting my CND Stickey Base Coat, followed by two coats of Essie Sand Tropez.  Once dry, I used scotch tape and striping tape to create the design.  I used one coat of Orly Beach Cruiser for the neon pink.  Everything is sealed with a coat of Seche Vite.




I am so in love with this look, and definitely won't mind wearing it all weekend.  Hopefully the CND makes it last :)

Until next time...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Holy holo!

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying your morning!  This morning (after a cup of coffee... or two...) I took my boys outside and we planted some flowers to kick of Spring.  They had so much fun!  Although more soil probably landed on the ground than in the pots, they had a blast and that's what counts :)

About a week ago I placed an order for Color Club Harp On It.  I have seen so many swatches of these gorgeous holos from this collection, I had to atleast get one!  I figured if I am only getting one from the collection, the silver would be the best as I can pair it with just about anything.  As soon as the package arrived yesterday I ripped it open and immediately swatched it on my nail wheel.  Heaven!!  Seriously, angels began to sing.  This is such a gorgeous linear holo, and I can see myself using it a lot in the near future.

I am still wearing my mani from yesterday, but thought Harp On It would pair great with some Konad stamping.  I chose Cheeky plate CH 9 for the open bubble design.





I love how it came out!  I took these pictures outdoors to really capture the gorgeous holo of Harp On It.  And look at the bottle (que angels singing and harps playing - no pun intended)!!

I hope you all like this look!

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nicole by OPI: It's All About The Glam.

Good afternoon all!  Yesterday I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw a couple of girls posting some great buys from TJ Maxx.  I love when TJ Maxx gets good polishes in stock!  So as soon as my boys woke up from their nap, we took a trip to see what we could find.  Of course, my luck, there wasn't the great polishes that the other girls were posting.  But it wasn't a total bust because I was able to find some Nicole by OPIs (NOPI) that I have been wanting for a while!

I picked up a NOPI pack (only $5.99!) that had two colors from the older Kardashian Collection.  The pack had It's All About The Glam and Kourt Is Red-y For A Pedi.  These two have been on my wishlist for a while now (along with Kim-pletely In Love, but they didn't have that one) and I was happy to snag them.

This morning I sat down to do my manicure and was planning on using It's All About The Glam for the base on my accent nails.  But as soon as I painted those two nails, I fell completely in love and had to do them all. This shimmery white is so gorgeous and fresh looking!  I guess it's pretty suiting as today is the first day of Spring - Happy Spring everyone!





The application was like butter on this one!  This is three thin coats, and although there is still some visible nail line, I really don't mind it with this color.  Perhaps I will do the mani I had in mind this morning a little later, but for now I am enjoying this clean look.  I really love the look of white nails :)

Until next time...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Polish Addict: Pretty in Punk.

Hi everyone!  Today I have a polish from Polish Addict to share with all of you.  I learned about Polish Addict (by Laura Sanchez) through Instagram, and I was so delighted when I found out she was looking for people to swatch her polishes.  She has some great creations and I love the combinations she comes up with.  Indie polishes are so great, and you can even see the influence that the Indie industry is having on mainstream polish lines.  More and more mainstream brands are creating polishes that have Indie influences in them -  so Indie makers must be on to something good!

The polish that Laura sent me to swatch and review is Pretty in Punk.  This is a soft grey base with black and holographic gold hexes mixed with larger baby pink hexes.  Here are some bottle shots.





The application on this was perfect.  The polish went on smooth and there was no fishing needed to get the glitter out - even for the larger hexes.  Everything placed itself on the nail in one smooth swipe.  The polish achieved opacity in two coats.  However, these pictures are showing three coats for a little more depth (just a personal preference thing).  I topped this with one coat of INM Out The Door Top Coat.





Polish Addict can be purchased from Laura's shop at www.shoppolishaddict.bigcartel.com.  Be sure to follow Laura's Instagram page (@polish_addict_34) and her Facebook for information about upcoming collections.

Until next time...

Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring pastels.

Good afternoon everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your St. Patrick's Day!  I didn't do anything too festive, but I did get to enjoy a day-date with my hubby.  We went to go see Oz The Great and Powerful at the movie theater and we both really enjoyed it!  We have two small boys so it isn't too often that we get to go out by ourselves - it was definitely a treat!

Today I wanted to do a manicure that was more Spring themed.  Sifting through my polish collection, I decided on some of the gorgeous pastels from the latest Sinful Colors Sugar Rush Collection.  I used a sponging technique for this mani, and I love how it came out.



First, I painted a white base on my nails using Sally Hansen White on.  Once that was dry, I used a makeup sponge to sponge on each individual color in various locations on my nails.  I overlapped the colors a bit to help in blending them together, as well as ensuring that I covered all of the white base.  The colors I used were all Sinful Colors and included Sugar Rush, Unicorn, Orange Cream, and Sweet Tooth.  I love love LOVE how this came out!



What do you all think?  Are you ready for Spring?

Until next time...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Stained glass.

Good morning everyone!  I have another green manicure today in honor of St. Patrick's Day weekend.  I really enjoyed playing with my new Konad stamper last time, so thought I would give it a go again this morning.  I was in a bit of a rush though, so it is definitely not perfect.  My son has his second soccer game this morning!  So fun!  But these mornings make for a very busy day :)

For this look I used Sinful Colors Exotic Green as my base color.  I then used Orly Flare and Cheeky plate CH 6 for the design.  This reminds me of rose stained glass windows - or the outline of the design at least.  I love how this looks, and how the stamp is subtle, yet there.







Sorry for the short post today but I am crunched for time.  I wanted to share this look with all of you though!  I hope you enjoy :)

Until next time...

Friday, March 15, 2013

Striking gold.

Hi everyone!  I hope you all have seen my post about my giveaway!  If not, please take a moment to enter There are a bunch of fun polishes up for grabs :)

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I was in the mood for another green manicure.  For today's look I decided to do another bright shade of green.  I opted for Island Girl Surfer Babe for the main color and I am loving it!  It's a creamy bright green with turquoise undertones - it kind of reminds me of Essie's Turquoise and Caicos.  I decided to paint my accent nail gold because what else screams St. Patrick's Day other than gold and green?!  I used Sally Hansen Golden-I on my ring finger.



I topped all of my nails with American Apparel Meteor Shower.  I love how this compliments Surfer Babe!  On my accent nail I did a reverse glitter gradient using Meteor Shower rather than coating the whole nail. It is not obvious at first, but after second glance it is much easier to see.  I like to mix it up a bit every now and then ;)



I hope you all like this look!  I plan on doing a couple more green/St. Patrick's Day themed manicures this weekend.  Any requests?  Let me know in the comments :)

Until next time...

Fan giveaway!

Good morning everyone!  I am so excited to be hosting my first giveaway!!  I picked up a few goodies that I hope you would all enjoy as a thank you for your continued support.  I truly love to read all of your feedback and love being a part of this nail community.  So as a "thank you," here is a little giveaway.  Below you will find pictures of the prize package and at the end of this post is a Rafflecopter with steps to gain your entries. Be sure to read carefully so your entries are valid :)  

The giveaway begins today and ends on April 1st at 12am PST.  One winner will be chosen at random from the entries and will be contacted on April 2nd via the email provided in the Rafflecopter.  Must be 18 years or older to enter, or have parent's permission.  US and Canada only.





Here are more pictures of the prizes:
OPI Ali's Big Break

Sinful Colors Lush Life, After Party, Cotton Candy, and Sugar Spice

Sally Hansen Breezy Blue and Pacific Blue

L.A. Girl Allure

Love & Beauty Glittering Dawn and Pink Icing

Cuticle pusher

Good luck everyone!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Neon green.

Hi everyone!  First of all, make sure you check the blog tomorrow because I will be posting the fan giveaway! I am so excited to be hosting my first giveaway, and I really hope you all like the prize package.  Stay tuned for that :)

Today I have a bright, neon green mani for all of you.  The weather has been absolutely amazing here in Southern Cali with a warm 87 degrees.  This type of weather definitely calls for bright colors and outdoor sun!  I wanted to mix this mani up a bit and figured that I might as well give my new Konad stamper a go.  Be nice- it's my first time stamping!

I used Duri Summer Rain as the main color for this manicure.  It is such a bright neon that it makes my skin look super tan - so funny!  My ring finger is accented with China Glaze Glistening Snow.  For the middle finger I painted one coat of Sally Hansen White On and topped it with a coat of OPI Don't Touch My Tutu! I love how this softens the look of the white polish.



Once the polish on my middle finger was dry (with the help of some Seche Vite), I used my Konad stamper and Cheeky CH6 plate to stamp the dotted design.



Considering this was my first time stamping, I am pleased with how the design came out.  I definitely need practice though.  It is not as easy as it seems and you really have to move fast.  I am looking forward to playing with it more and coming up with more stamped manicures.  What do you all think?

Until next time...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Leopard.

Hey everyone!  Sorry I have been MIA for the past week, but I was planning a surprise party with my sister for our Mom's 50th birthday!  My sister flew in from Florida and has been staying with me until yesterday, when we had the surprise party.  It was so much fun!  I had never planned a surprise party before, and we were very happy with the way everything came out.  My Mom was definitely surprised and enjoyed her special day.  So fun!

Because I had been so busy last week, I had nothing on my nails - shock, I know!  There was absolutely no time to sit down and do a manicure with all of the planning and organizing (and throw in soccer practice and first soccer game for my son).  So today I was very happy to have a little bit of spare time to sit down and do my nails.  They have been growing so fast lately that I decided to trim them down and do a little shaping as well.  When my nails get past a certain length some of them have a tendency to curve in at the sides, which drives me insane!  Usually filing the sides can help, but only for so long.

So today I have a leopard mani to show you using some of the colors from the OPI Euro Centrale Collection.  My primary color in this mani is My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!


The accent nails were done using My Vampire is Buff for the base color.  The leopard spots were created using My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours! and outlining them in OPI Black Onyx.



I love the way My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours! pops on the accent nails.  I hope you all enjoy this look!  Also, I have not forgotten about the giveaway I had mentioned.  The post should be up within the next couple of days.  I had wanted to get it up last week, but time did not permit.  So stay tuned for that!

Until next time...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Like a princess.

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!  The weather has been beautiful here and I enjoyed a nice day outdoors with my boys yesterday.  My husband has today off from work, so we are spending the day relaxing and enjoying family time.

My local beauty supply is having a 20% off sale on OPI, so I picked up a few colors yesterday.  I don't know what took me so long to purchase OPI Mod About You, but it is a color that I have wanted for a really long time.  I finally got it!  I also purchased OPI Which is Witch? from the newly released Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful Collection.

For today's NOTD (nail of the day), I wanted to use these two to create a simple yet girl and princess-y mani.  I painted my nails using OPI Mod About You and then used Which is Witch? for a reverse glitter gradient.






I absolutely love how these two compliment each other.  This manicure looks so delicate and perfectly girly.  I definitely feel like a princess with these nails!




What do you all think?  I hope you love them as much as I do.  I can't stop staring at my nails!

Until next time...

Friday, March 1, 2013

Love & Beauty.

First of all, I am so excited and honored that I was chosen by Heather at Peace, Love and Polish as one of her featured bloggers for the month of March!  This means so much to me - thank you, Heather!  And, second, can you believe it is already March?!  Seriously, where does the time go??

Today I have swatches of three Love & Beauty polishes that I picked up last week from Forever 21.  These beauties looked so amazing in the bottle that I could not wait to get them on my nails!  I love that they look like indie polishes - glitter bombs in colored bases, who doesn't love that?!  I know I do!



First up I have Pink Icing - multi-colored hex glitter of different sizes in a pink base.  The application on this was so incredibly amazing!  I have to admit, I was expecting these to not be the easiest to apply.  At only $2.80 a bottle, I thought that I might have to fiddle with the glitters a bit and be very careful on applying each coat.  Boy, was I wrong!  This applied like butter! Opaque in two coats and the glitter placed itself.  It was not thick and clumpy, which is surprising with the dense amount of glitter in this one.  And the name is absolutely perfect.  It definitely looks like I have pink icing with multi-colored sprinkles on my nails.  Yum!







Next is Peacock's Feathers.  This has blue and magenta hex and small purple glitters in a dark grey base.  Love!  The application on this one was not quite as great as Pink Icing, but was still easy to apply.  No glitter placement was necessary on this one either!  Pictured is three coats.







Last I have Glittering Dawn.  This is a stunner!  Glittering Dawn is a baby blue base with magenta and holographic silver hexes with tiny purple hexes.  The combination is beautiful!  Application was perfect on this one!  Pictured is three coats.







Overall I really love these Love & Beauty polishes.  I love that they look like indie polishes, application was a breeze, drying time was quick, and they are actually fairly easy to remove considering the amount of glitter in them.  And the real kicker - only $2.80 a piece!  I definitely recommend these polishes and I am hoping that Forever 21 will continue to produce more Love & Beauty polishes with this concept.

Until next time...