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Showing posts with label Favorite Posts. Show all posts

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

October 31, 2014

Eyeball Nails!!

I got this idea from WAH Nails a few years ago and I sure do love them! I've gotten more comments on this manicure than any other I've ever worn! I think they will be great with my scary clown costume tonight. I took a ton of pictures since I love them so much.
I used Sation Snow White for the base and sharpies for all of the art.
 
 
 

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April

October 29, 2014

Halloween Argyle With Zoya Pixie Dusts

This is one of my favorite manicures of all time! I started with the orange triangles using Zoya Dhara on my bare nails. Then I filled in the other remaining triangles with Zoya Chita. I finished the argyle pattern with Zoya Dahlia. All freehand and surprisingly easy, mostly because the Pixie Dust polishes are so great for nail art! I love it so much!!

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April

October 17, 2014

Slime Drip Nails With American Apparel

This is an easy look for Halloween that is a subtle nod to one of my favorite movies, Ghostbusters. I've done Ghostbusters nails before and last year my friends and I dressed as characters from the movie!

Drip manicures are super easy to accomplish and there are lots of great color and finish combinations you could try out for Halloween. I really love this slime version with American Apparel California Trooper for the base topped with American Apparel Zuma Beach for the very realistic slime!

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April

October 10, 2014

Gradient With Zoya Claire & Ryan

Sometimes the simplest manicures turn out the loveliest. I sponged a bit of Zoya Ryan on top of Zoya Claire, then added my topcoat and magic happened. I took a ton of photos of this combination since I loved it so much.
 
 
 My dog, Wally, is adorable!
 

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April

September 16, 2014

Dotted Nail Art With Zoya

I keep a Pinterest board full of nail art I'd love to try someday and today's nails were inspired by the wonderful So Nailicious and her lovely dotticure from this summer.
I used Zoya Chanelle for my base color and then picked fun summer colors for this transitional time between summer and fall. From left to right Wendy, Tilda, Rocha, & Darcy. Easy enough to do on both hands and one of my favorite manicures of the year!
 
I love this shirt! Another old Threadless t-shirt that I just had to have for some reason. Looks like a cute bunny in the first shot, but Mr. Choppy's true nature is revealed below!

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April

August 22, 2014

Nail Art Inspired By Chalkboard Nails

I keep a Pinterest board full of nail art I'd love to try someday and I finally got around to trying one of my favorite ideas. Chalkboard Nails is one of my favorite blogs & her adorable Carmen Miranda Ruffle Manicure looked fancy but totally doable. Thanks for the great idea!
I used all 6 colors from Zoya's Tickled Summer 2014 collection for my version and I love how it turned out! Easy enough to do well on both hands too. I started with Zoya Kitridge then added dots in Ling, Rocha, Rooney, Tilda, & Wendy!
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April

June 25, 2014

World Cup USA Nails with Zoya Pixie Dusts!

Once every 4 years I turn into a rabid super fan, sporting team colors, rooting for underdog teams, & spouting facts that I've seemingly absorbed without effort. Only the FIFA World Cup has this effect on me & for good reason. It's quite simply the biggest event on the planet. Whole countries effectively shut down to watch their team play, cease fires have been called for and granted, and some of the most talented (not to mention gorgeous) athletes in the world are on display.

I've got to root for my home team & perpetual underdogs in their group of death this year. This manicure happens to work great for 4th of July too!

I started with one coat of my new all time favorite polish, Zoya Tomoko. Then I added stripes in Zoya Chyna. The Pixie Dust polishes are so good for nail art! Then i tried to make an outlined star with Zoya Sunshine. I'm terrible at drawing stars without the lines in the middle! I ended up trying the stars again with Zoya Bar. They are still wonky but who cares, I love this look overall & I hope the USA can make it to the round of 16. I actually love the Ghana & German teams too (so glad we finally beat Ghana though!) but only 2 teams can go through. My head just might explode tomorrow during the simultaneous games!

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April

February 20, 2014

Simple Nail Art With China Glaze

Many polish lovers have a few precious polishes that are hard to find. I'm torn between wanting to wear them often & wanting to save them forever. I think this is an excellent compromise. A simple wide stripe of the truly stunning China Glaze 2NITE is framed by China Glaze Liquid Leather. So easy & so pretty!
 
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April

February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day Nails Inpired By Yellow Owl Workshop

I've had this adorable Valentine's Day Card from Yellow Owl Workshop in my nail inspiration Pinterest board for quite some time & finally decided to give it a go. I love the results! This is much more ambitious than most of my nail art but was actually pretty easy, if a little time consuming.
I used Sation Snow White, Abbacadazzle, Overdressed Party, & Unicorns Are Teal. The dots were made with a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black.
 
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April

February 8, 2014

My Favorite Polka Dots!

Sation Bump In Beige is a truly fantastic polish. I used 2 thin coats to start this manicure. It applies like a dream with no streaks. It's also the best match for my skintone which is exactly what I wanted for this look. I added large & small dots of Sation Snow White in no particular pattern & the results are magical. I couldn't quit staring at my nails & wanted to show them off to everyone. Good thing I have a blog for that! Nude nails with a pattern in a bold color are something I'll be doing again for sure. Also this is very easy to do, so if you like it, give it a try!
 
 
It's so cold! I can't wait for winter to end!
 

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April