Showing posts with label Nail Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nail Art. Show all posts

March 19, 2014

Zoya Dillon & Zuza: A Nail Art Comparison

I've done a couple of nail art comparisons featuring other Zoya polishes & decided that Zoya Dillon & Zuza would be another great pair for this treatment.

I started with Zoya Dillon & added chevron tips in Zoya Zuza. Both are lovely & they look great together.

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April

March 5, 2014

Stripes with Zoya

I can't believe I did all 10 fingers instead of just 2 accent nails! Time consuming but not difficult & worth the effort. I used one of these quilts for inspiration. You can find more nail art inspiration ideas on my Pinterest board. 

I started with one coat of Zoya Darcy & then I added the stripes. From bottom to top on my nails & left to right in the following picture we have Darcy, Ziv, Beatrix, Amy, Reagan, Lolly (bottle not pictured - I forgot it!), & Miranda. I finished it off with a topcoat. Pretty fun!
 


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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

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

February 6, 2014

Valentine's Day Nail Art

I keep a Pinterest board filled with nail art inspiration from all sorts of places. Today's manicure was inspired by some adorable cookies made by hello naomi. Very sweet for Valentine's Day.

I started with Rimmel Pink Bliss and used my trusty Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens for the design.
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April

February 5, 2014

Nail Art Inspired By Freestyle Nails For The Masses

I keep a Pinterest board filled with nail art I love to use for inspiration. For this manicure I tried my own version of these super cool nails from Freestyle Nails For The Masses. She describes them as futuristic & I agree. I like her version with nude nails a bit more than my own, but I still think mine turned out pretty great. I used the lovely Zoya Rue for a base & Zoya Edyta for the design.
 

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April

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

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Quick Nail Art With Zoya

Pretty color combination perfect for winter & Valentine's Day. I started with Zoya Seraphina, then added a V-shaped french tip in Zoya Gie Gie. Finally finished it off with a couple of stripes of Zoya Carly.
 
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April

January 30, 2014

Quick Nail Art with Zoya Payton & Amy

Sometimes I just can't decide what to do with my nails & I ask my adorable boyfriend Will for help. He picked out this killer color combination that I would never have picked on my own. I started with the beautiful Zoya Payton & added a quick swipe of Zoya Amy. Done! I love it!
 
 
 
 
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April

Dragon Scale Nails With Zoya

I just finished reading Dance With Dragons, the 5th installment in the Song of Ice & Fire series, commonly referred to as Game of Thrones, so I decided to try some dragon scale nails. I found this great post & tutorial from Candy Glaze to get get me started.

My original idea was to do a version in white, cream, & gold to match the description of Viserion, one of the dragons featured in the series. That color combo didn't work out at all; I think a dark base color is need for this technique. I switched to Zoya Kelly for the first color & applied a fairly thick layer then scratched the scale pattern. It's a very easy technique. Next I added a bit of sparkle on the tips of each scale with Zoya Hazel. Finally I added Zoya Kerry into the bare parts where I'd removed Kelly to form the pattern.

I'd call this one semi-successful because I still don't think I've found the right color scheme. The gold was too much but my nails didn't look finished with just the first two steps. Easy enough to try again someday.
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April

January 15, 2014

Patterns With Zoya

I keep a Pinterest board full of nail art inspiration & I finally got around to using this pin from illustrator Danielle Kroll. I stuck to just two colors but the result is fun. Zoya Normani is the base color & I used Zoya Liberty for the patterns. Pixie Dust polishes work great for nail art!

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April