Showing posts with label American Apparel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Apparel. Show all posts

February 3, 2014

Born Pretty Nail Foil

Born Pretty sent me a few fun things to try out including my first nail foil. I don't have any nail foil glue so I used the the slightly tricky technique of waiting for your polish to dry just the right amount before applying the foil. I messed up my first few attempts wither by waiting too long or not waiting long enough. I felt like Goldilocks & was about to give up when I finally got it just right.

Your base polish has to be dry enough that you can't dent it but still just a bit tacky. Then you just place the foil on your nail and give to a good scratch, depositing the metal onto your nail. I love the way it looked immediately. Unbelievably shiny and smooth! I'd read that adding a topcoat causes foils to shrink & lose a bit of their shine but I found it necessary since the foil wore off very quickly without a topcoat. It still looked cool even with a topcoat as shown in my photos.

I'd love to get my hands on more nail foil colors & some of the nail foil glue so I can try all sorts of fun techniques I've seen around the web. The always amazing blog, Lucy's Stash, has tons of amazing looks using nail foils.

I used American Apparel Manhattan Beach for the base color. I'm still completely in love with their sheer collection. Every color is drop dead gorgeous & Manhattan Beach is a perfect match for this outfit!

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April

Disclosure: I was provided a product sample by Born Pretty. This in no way affects my opinions of the product. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.

September 3, 2012

American Apparel Sheer Nail Art Inspired By Nailside!


I was inspired by the always amazing Nailside & her Abstract 80's nails for this manicure. I started with a base of American Apparel Summerland Beach, then used tape to add Redondo Beach & finally triangles of Zuma Beach. I love this one so much!!

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September 1, 2012

My Second American Apparel Sheer Gradient

The American Apparel Sheer collection is very fun to play with. I decided to do another gradient like this one. Here I used Zuma Beach & just added a few strokes of Pacific Beach. Super easy, impossible to mess up & I love the results!
 
 
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April

American Apparel Zuma Beach


I love American Apparel polishes! They recently released a new collection of Sheers & they are drop dead gorgeous! This just might be my new favorite collection ever. The sheer collection contains 6 buildable jelly polishes that are super pigmented & apply very easily. Some are a bit streaky on the first coat but all of them are lovely by 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats. These are really great for all sorts of nail art & the colors are beautiful. They dry a bit matte so I definitely recommend a top coat for that squishy jelly finish. These polishes can be ordered from the American Apparel website for $6.

Zuma Beach is the last of this collection & I love it just as much as all of the others. It's a perfect lime green jelly. This is truly a spectacular collection! I really loved this color with my orange & yellow outfit.
 
 
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April


This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by American Apparel! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

August 24, 2012

American Apparel Sheer Summerland Beach


I love American Apparel polishes! They recently released a new collection of Sheers & they are drop dead gorgeous! This just might be my new favorite collection ever. The sheer collection contains 6 buildable jelly polishes that are super pigmented & apply very easily. Some are a bit streaky on the first coat but all of them are lovely by 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats. These are really great for all sorts of nail art & the colors are beautiful. They dry a bit matte so I definitely recommend a top coat for that squishy jelly finish. These polishes can be ordered from the American Apparel website for $6.

Summerland Beach is the most opaque polish from this collection but definitely still a jelly. I don't have anything like it in my collection & I truly adore it! Another new favorite; this might even make it into the top #10. It looks fresh & clean & goes with everything!
 
 
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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by American Apparel! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

August 22, 2012

Sponge Nails

I used a slightly damp makeup sponge to get this pretty & easily achieved look. The base is American Apparel Redondo Beach. I added American Apparel Poppy, American Apparel California Trooper, & Sation Holiday Pink. I love them!

 
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April

August 17, 2012

American Apparel Sheer Redondo Beach

I love American Apparel polishes! They recently released a new collection of Sheers & they are drop dead gorgeous! This just might be my new favorite collection ever. The sheer collection contains 6 buildable jelly polishes that are super pigmented & apply very easily. Some are a bit streaky on the first coat but all of them are lovely by 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats. These are really great for all sorts of nail art & the colors are beautiful. They dry a bit matte so I definitely recommend a top coat for that squishy jelly finish. These polishes can be ordered from the American Apparel website for $6.
Redondo Beach is just unbelievably gorgeous! I love blue polishes & I've never seen anything like this one. Another new favorite!
 
 
My adorable dog, Wally!
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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by American Apparel! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

American Apparel Buried Treasure Nails


Glitter gradients are my favorite easy way to get fancy nails in a hurry. I love how this one turned out! I used American Apparel Pacific Beach & Meteor Shower.
I decided these nails reminded me of buried pirate treasure & I thought it might be cool to add a coat of American Apparel Pacific Beach on top of the glitter for a more pronounced underwater effect. I scratched it off in a couple of spots to let the gold shine through. These sheer polishes are so fun!
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April

August 14, 2012

American Apparel Sheer Pacific Beach

I love American Apparel polishes! They recently released a new collection of Sheers & they are drop dead gorgeous! This just might be my new favorite collection ever. The sheer collection contains 6 buildable jelly polishes that are super pigmented & apply very easily. Some are a bit streaky on the first coat but all of them are lovely by 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats. These are really great for all sorts of nail art & the colors are beautiful. They dry a bit matte so I definitely recommend a top coat for that squishy jelly finish. These polishes can be ordered from the American Apparel website for $6. I'll be showing the whole collection over the next week or so.

American Apparel Pacific Beach is the sheerest of this collection. It's a gorgeous bright teal green!
 
Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by American Apparel! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

August 12, 2012

American Apparel Sheer Gradient


The American Apparel Sheer collection is very fun to play with. Here I used Manhattan Beach for the base & just added random strokes of Moonlight Beach. Super easy, impossible to mess up & I love the results!
Mushrooms are strange! These popped up overnight in my garden. Do any of you know what kind they might be?
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April

American Apparel Sheer Manhattan Beach

I love American Apparel polishes! They recently released a new collection of Sheers & they are drop dead gorgeous! This just might be my new favorite collection ever. The sheer collection contains 6 buildable jelly polishes that are super pigmented & apply very easily. Some are a bit streaky on the first coat but all of them are lovely by 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats. These are really great for all sorts of nail art & the colors are beautiful. They dry a bit matte so I definitely recommend a top coat for that squishy jelly finish. These polishes can be ordered from the American Apparel website for $6. I'll be showing the whole collection over the next week or so.
American Apparel Manhattan Beach is a fantastic orange coral jelly shown here at 3 coats. So pretty!
 
 
Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by American Apparel! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

Mars Curiosity Nails


I love science & the Mars Curiosity has had an excellent week! I used American Apparel Moonlight Beach, American Apparel Poppy, American Apparel Hassid, & China Glaze Millennium.

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April

August 8, 2012

American Apparel Sheer Moonlight Beach

I've never bought any clothes from American apparel but I really love their polishes. They recently released a new collection of Sheers & they are drop dead gorgeous! This just might be my new favorite collection ever but I know that these polishes aren't for everyone. They are buildable jelly polishes that are super pigmented & apply very easily. Some are a bit streaky on the first coat but all of them are lovely by 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats. These are really great for all sorts of nail art & the colors are beautiful. They dry a bit matte so I definitely recommend a top coat for that squishy jelly finish. These polishes can be ordered from the American Apparel website for $6. I'll be showing the whole collection over the next week or so.

First up we have American Apparel Sheer Manhattan Beach shown here at 3 coats. This one was streaky at one coat but turns into the most lovely dark indigo by the third coat. I love this one so much, sexy & unique!
 
 
Thanks for reading!
April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by American Apparel! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

April 5, 2012

Nail Art Inspired By Ashley Goldberg

Quick nail art inspired by this lovely pattern from Ashley Goldberg. You can purchase all sorts of excellent & reasonably priced prints in her Etsy store. I love the blue & orange together!!
I used Zoya Arizona for the base & American Apparel The Valley for the dashes whcih I made using the same flat brush I used in this tutorial.
Check out my nail inspiration Pinterest board for lots of great nail art ideas.

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April

March 8, 2012

Sation Silver Frost & American Apparel Meteor Shower


I couldn't wait to use American Apparel Meteor Shower again. Meteor Shower is irregular shards of gold foil or mylar in a clear base. I didn't have much trouble with application but you do have to push down the larger pieces to get them to lay flat.
I'm wearing two coats of American Apparel Meteor Shower over 2 coats of Sation Silver Frost in these photos. I followed up with 2 coats of topcoat just to make sure all of the edges were well stuck down. I love the frosty white & gold combination!
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April