December 19, 2014

Fastest Christmas Nails Ever!

I love Zoya's recent Matte Velvet collection and I knew I'd be pulling them for holiday manicures as soon as they arrived. Here I present the fastest, easiest Christmas nails ever. I simply alternated Zoya Posh and Zoya Veruschka on my nails and the results are so fun. These polishes work best without base or top coats and they dry super fast. You could be out the door and super festive in almost no time; everyone loved them!

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April

December 18, 2014

Handmande Concrete Items Ready To Ship By Christmas!

Many of you know that my blog is called concrete and nail polish because I make concrete! I have lots of gorgeous lazy susans (which have been featured on Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, and Remodelista) in stock and ready to ship by Christmas. Lots of other fun concrete too. Check out my Etsy shop to see more.
 
 

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April

December 17, 2014

Sad News About Wally

Will and I had to put our beloved Wally to sleep on Monday. We went to visit him at the hospital and he was distressed and confused and having lots of trouble walking. The chances for improvement were not good and he wasn't ok. I know this is an unpleasant thing to post about but I felt like I needed to do so since he's had his own category on my blog right from the start.  He is always popping up in photos because he went outside with me everyday when I took pictures of my nails.

He was such a massive part of my every day and Will and I are having a hard time with his loss. I would love to hear what you've done to keep the memory of your beloved pet with you always. Did you get photos printed and framed? Maybe jewelry? I really fell like I need something tangible in the real world, more than my digital photos on the computer and phone. Any recommendations will be very much appreciated.

Also please feel free to share photos and stories of your beloved pets (those still with us or those who have passed on) in the comments too. I could use some cuteness to lighten my heart.

I posted a TON of photos and one video of Wally blowing in the warm wiond of the heating vent. It's so hard to choose and this is the last time he'll be in my blog so please indulge me and tell me how cute he was one more time.
 
 
 
 
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April

Holly Jolly Roger Nails With Zoya And SmartNails

I've always love this Burl Ives rendition of Holly Jolly Christmas and I love pirates and the Jolly Roger flag so I've combined them into one silly but fun holiday manicure. I first tried out this idea way back in 2010 but it didn't turn out very well; my 2014 version is much better!

I started with a base of Zoya Blu for the holly nails and Zoya Willa for the Jolly Roger accent nail. Next I pulled out my trusty SmartNails sticker stencil in their skull design and used Blu to make a great skull and crossbones that I could never do freehand. Finally I added holly berries with a dotting tool and Zoya Veronica and then carefully painted leaves with Zoya Josie. Holly leaves look easy but were quite time consuming and hard to get right. Turns out Smartnails has a very cute holly stencil too if you ever want to try these yourself.
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April

The smARTnails sticker stencils were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by smARTnails! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

December 16, 2014

Simple Nail Art With Zoya

I love adding a single bold stripe of a special polish over a creme polish. Here we have Zoya Ryan with a stripe of Zoya Raine. Very pretty!
 
 

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April

December 15, 2014

Zoya Dovima And Loredana: A Nail Art Comparison

I really loved Zoya's Matte Velvet collection and thought I'd show you a side by side comparison of the two grey polishes, Dovima and Loredana. I started with a coat of Loredana and then added a stripe of Dovima down the middle of each nail. Personally I think you need both if you're a matte polish lover. Dovima definitely reads as black most of the time while Loredana is more of a gunmetal grey.
 
 

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April

December 14, 2014

Simple Nail Art With Milani

I love this fun nail art combo. Somehow it reminds of the 1980's and art deco at the same time. I started with Milani Gold Glitz, such a gorgeous gold, and then added Milani Fresh Teal, in a sideways V. Super easy and super cool!
 
 

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April

December 10, 2014

Nicole By OPI Promises In The Dark

Nicole By OPI Promises In The Dark was part of a promotion early this year involving Dove Chocolate. They gave away 25,000 sets of two polishes & a coupon for chocolate. I was a lucky winner! The bottle is very oddly shaped & so difficult to hold for pictures without looking awkward! I love the wide brush though.

Nicole By OPI Promises In The Dark is a very dark chocolate brown that looks black in most light. Shown here at 2 coats that went on like a dream thanks to the wide brush and excellent formula. I'll still be passing this one along to a friend though since it's just too dark for me.

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April