Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts

February 13, 2015

Black Hearts

Hmm, sometimes ideas just don't work out quite like you think they will This design is ok and I love the background but I think it would have been much better if the hearts had been a very dark grey instead of straight up black. I started with this delicate layering combo of Zoya Tiana and Chloe and used Zoya Willa for the hearts which just seems too harsh. I think Zoya Genevieve would have been a better choice.

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April

February 11, 2015

Pretty Pink Nails With Zoya

Every now and then I must use a polish that I can apply in one coat and doesn't need a topcoat because I need to get out the door soon. I always go to my blog to look at my one coat wonder category and this time I landed on Zoya Bobbi. What a great polish! Truly looks spectacular after one coat that practically applies itself with no clean up needed. No topcoat either since it's a foil and dries very quickly.
The next day I added an accent nail in Zoya Ginni for a pretty mixed texture Valentine's Day look. Lovely!
I love my giant socks from Sock Dreams so much. I'm 6' tall and these go ALL the way up and stay there.
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April

February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Leopard Heart Accent Nail

Leopard print nails are always fun and I like this variation with heart shaped spots. I started with a base of Essie Angora Cardi and then added heart spots in American Apparel California Trooper and Sation Board Girl Blue.
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April

February 8, 2015

Revlon For Valentine's Day

Here are some quick and easy Valentine's Day nails for you. I started with a base of Revlon Spice It Up and then added a layer of Revlon Sparkling to most of my nails. Revlon Sparkling is a clear base with small circle and medium hex glitter in a nice rosey pink, not my style but pretty. I'm not usually a fan of most glitter toppers though. I added a large heart of Revlon sparkling for an accent nail. Pretty manicure even if it's a bit out of my comfort zone.
 

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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 28, 2014

Christmas Layering With Sinful Holiday Rebel & A DIY Krampus

Christmas isn't over on the 25th at my house. We always have at least a few present opening sessions since everyone can't be here at the same time. I'm still wearing a pretty layering combination that's perfect for the holiday season. Sation I'm With The Bandana is one of my all time favorite polishes and I topped it with one coat of Sinful colors Holiday Rebel. Holiday Rebel has small green glitter and medium red hex glitter in a clear base. A subtle holiday look that I really like.
 Gremlins is a Christmas movie right?
 
We made our own Krampus by modifying a moose dog toy. We taped up his antlers with black electrical tape & gave him a homemade switch. Then we added some evil yellow eyes and a curly long tongue made from craft foam, then mean eyebrows made with a black pipe cleaner for the final touch. I love him!
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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 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 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.

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 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 7, 2014

Accent Nail For Valentine's Day With Zoya Purlpes, Pinks, & Reds


I love this stunning manicure from the always delightful Work Play Polish. I'm not patient enough to do all ten nails like she did but my accent nail version is quite easy. This is the second time I've used this inspiration & you can see my first color combination here.
This time I decided to use purples, pinks, & reds for Valentine's Day.  I decided not to add a top coat to the accent nail since I used both a textured polish & a matte polish. I love it!
I started with a base of Zoya Pepper. Then I added uneven stripes with more Zoya favorites from my stash. From bottom to top on my nail & left to right in the picture we have, Kristi, Tru, Stevie, Shelby, Pepper, Kieko, Lolly, Brizia, & Arabella.
 

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April