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May 4, 2015

Simple Star Wars Nails

I got some fun Star Wars stuff from Think Geek for Christmas and today is May the 4th so I decided to do some quick Star Wars nails to match my shirt. I used Zoya Kelly for the background and then drew the Rebel symbol on one accent nail in Zoya Elisa. I can't believe I managed to get the symmetrical logo right! Maybe the force was with me today.
 
 
 
Pictured above my sweet Rebel sequin shirt and my R2-D2 coozie!

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April

March 21, 2015

SmartNails Vinyls With Nabi Polish

Three things I love all in one manicure! I started with a base of Nabi Burnt Orange and then used my Smartnails vinyls Stripes to add some Nabi Navy. I love blue and orange together!
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April

The nail vinyls 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.

March 19, 2015

Cherry Pie Nails!

I wore these hilarious cherry pie nails for Pi Day March 14th. I had lots of fun with this manicure and think they turned out pretty great!
I was already wearing OPI Midnight In Moscow which worked great for the base of my cherry pie filling. I added random dots and blobs of Zoya Oswin for the cherries. Next I needed to find a great golden brown for my pie crust, but somehow I don't have any in my collection! Zoya Nyssa was the closest I could find and it really wasn't the right color. I was about to give up when I spotted my crazy Revlon Glimmer Gloss Banana Blaze. It looks like melted butter with some sugar crystals so I used it to give my whole nail a buttery, sugary glaze! Awesome!

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April

March 6, 2015

Rouge Louboutin

My wonderful sister, Alisa, got this for me for Christmas since she knew I would never get it for myself. She said I should definitely have it for my collection though and I certainly can't argue!
Rouge Louboutin clocks in at $50 a bottle and I have to say I think it's worth the price if you love beautiful packaging and nice red creme polish. The bottle and brush are around 8" tall and make a big statement! Truly perfect faceted bottle with ombre red to black coloring and a long spiky handle. Just looking at it makes me happy and I think you could use it as a weapon in a pinch!
Rouge Louboutin is a one coat wonder that practically applies itself. The long tapered handle is a pleasure to use and the color is a nicely balanced red that will look great on most anyone. I love it! Thanks Alisa!
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April

February 27, 2015

Pink Ombre Dots With Zoya!

Every once in a while a manicure turns out exactly the way you saw it in your head and that was the case here. I was going to watch my friend's beautiful dress boutique for the day and I knew I wanted a killer outfit and nails to match. Her shop, Volutpe, is so gorgeous, and I wanted to fit in since I'd be representing her business for the day.
Anyway I picked a grey and pink sweater dress that is super comfy and this giant pair of burgundy socks from Sock Dreams. I did my nails to match, starting with a base of Zoya Dove. Then I added random dots in a variety of Zoya pinks. From darkest to lightest I used Zoya Toni, Reagan, Lara, and Shelby.
 
 
 

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April

January 23, 2015

Distressed Nails Inspired By Chalkboard Nails

I keep a Pinterest board filled with great nail art by others so I can find something new to try out quickly. I've been wanting to try the impeccable Chalkboard Nails' Distressed tutorial for quite some time and I'm so glad I finally did!

For my version I used some pretty polishes by Lime Crime - Crema De Limon, Peaches Cream, & Pastelchio for the base colors. The tutorial starts over a white background but I was in a hurry so I decided to risk just adding the colors right on my base coat. It's a very easy technique that you can't really mess up. I did each color separately on all fingers and then went back with the fist color to fill in any bare looking bits.

Next I added Essie Little Brown Dress for the dark color on top. The overall effect is similar to crackle polishes (which I still love!) but you have much more control. Great tutorial from Chalkboard Nails as always; I can't wait to try this with different color combinations!
 
 
 

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April

January 4, 2015

New Year's Eve Nails

I had lots of fun this New Year's Eve! My friends and I made it to four parties. It was super cold and one event was a pajama party so I decided to wear my fancy velvet nightgown with pockets for the evening. Another party had a hilarious glamour shots photo booth setup and since I was wearing pajamas I decide I'd better kick things up a notch or three with my makeup and nails.

The nails were an easy choice for me. I went with Zoya Dovima with random bits of Zoya Cosmo. I absolutely love the combination of a matte polish with Cosmo which looks like crushed up diamonds! Perfect high glam nails that were lightning fast to do and got lots of attention throughout the night.
My makeup was much more challenging since I've never really worn much mainly because I don't know how. My sister Ashley recently suggested that I watch some of makeup artist Lisa Eldridge's videos and I'm so thankful she did! I found the perfect inspiration for a silly night on the town when anything goes in this video tutorial. I skipped the fake eyelashes and didn't go quite as dramatic with the eyeliner but even stripped down this look was way out of my comfort zone but oh so much fun! Everyone loved the stars on my cheek. All in all a great way to ring in 2015.
Glamour Shot!
 
Bonus Glamour Shot of my awesome boyfriend Will.

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April

December 24, 2014

Christmas Nails With SmartNails & Zoya

These just might be my favorite Christmas nails I've ever done. I started with a base of Zoya Purity and topped it with a layer of Zoya Maria Luisa. Then I used some of my trusty SmartNails sticker stencils for the design. This pattern is called Lace and was so easy to use. I alternated between Zoya Holly & Zoya Blair.
 
 
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April

Matte Christmas Nails With Zoya!

I saved this pencil set in my nail inspiration Pinterest board so I could use them as the start of some fun Christmas nail art. I love how they turned out!

I started with Zoya Posh & Veruschka andd then added the patterns in Zoya Kerry. Pretty easy and so festive!
 
 
 
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April

December 17, 2014

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.

November 18, 2014

Burberry Plaid Nails With Zoya

Whew! This Burberry Plaid pattern took lots of practice but I kept at it and now I have a whole new level of confidence in my nail art abilities. At least while using my dominant hand! They are still far from perfect but I'm very happy with the result.

I started with a base of Zoya Cho and then used a thin nail art brush to add the white lines in Zoya Purity. I followed that with the black lines in Zoya Willa from their new Wishes collection. Finished off with thin lines of red in Zoya Sasha and a topcoat to even everything out. Perfect for Tulsa's first snow of the season!
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April