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

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

Dracula Nails With Zoya

I decided to do an updated version of one of my very first nail art attempts from way back in 2009! Turns out I like the old version better. I started with Zoya Dovima and then added the tuxedo shirt with Zoya Gaia and the bow tie in Zoya Dovima again. Finished it off with some bloody drips using Zoya Stacy. It looked so good in my head but it looks much better with the white background.
 
 

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April

October 24, 2014

Drip Nails With Zoya

I love drip manicures! My recent slime version is one of my favorites all year. This version would be good for Valentine's Day and I almost wish I had done it using Emilia since it would have looked like cherries and dark chocolate! Here I actually started with Zoya Veronica and then added drips of Zoya Noir. Very pretty and very easy!
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April

October 23, 2014

Easy Halloween Nails With Zoya

I love Halloween! Here are the simple nails I wore for my 7th Annual Potluck, Power Tools, & Pumpkins party last weekend. I started with a base of Zoya Loredana, added a thick stripe down the center of each nail in Zoya Dovima, and finished them off with Xs in Zoya Destiny. (Destiny is so stunning!)
I've got a few pictures of some of our decorations too. If you've ever thought about trying out Martha Stewart's witch curtain idea, go for it! Super easy, cheap and you can work on them while watching tv. I love to watch them blowing in the wind. The skull stepping stone is a permanent fixture that I made 2 years ago. The red eyeball is 7 feet in diameter and painted on a round tablecloth for Dollar Tree!  We drew some eyes on ping pong balls for the creepy wreath. Do you decorate for Halloween? I'd love to see some pictures!

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April

October 22, 2014

Zoya Contemporary Color Block

Zoya's trend guide features a color block manicure with 3 dark shades in similar tones and hues. I decided to try out the look using three other Zoya polishes. I started with Zoya Yuna, then added long time favorite, Zoya Edyta, and finished with a stripe of Zoya Evvie. I had a hard time figuring out colors to go with Yuna for some reason and I'm not altogether happy with the combination I chose but I still love the overall idea.
 

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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 13, 2014

Gradient Nails - Zoya Aubrey & Daul

Just a quick post with a pretty fall gradient, still my favorite nail art for so many reasons! They are so easy to accomplish that you really can't mess them up so you can definitely do both hands. They are very fast and they'll cover up tip wear and even minor chipping. For this version I started with a base of Zoya Aubrey and added the drop dead gorgeous Zoya Daul.
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April

September 30, 2014

Interlocking Dots Nail Art With Zoya

I tried my best to find the person who first did this design but my google skills were defeated. I found this post from January of 2012 saying that they'd seen the design before but I couldn't find anything older than that. I like to give credit where credit is due so if any of you know where this design originated please let me know!
While this design looks very complicated, it's actually very easy to pull off! I started with a base of Zoya India and then used Zoya Jules to complete the rest of the steps as shown in the post linked above. I love the finished manicure and might try this design again next spring with some fun pastels.
 

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April

September 28, 2014

Jamberry Glitter Gradient

A friend of mine let me borrow a few Jamberry polishes to try out since I've never used them before and I was able to do a lovely glitter gradient with two of the polishes. I started out with a base of Jamberry Kiss and then added a bit of Jamberry Stardust to the base of my nails. Stardust is a mixture of very fine glitter in fuchsia, gold, and turquoise. It would make a fantastic Mardi Gras polish!
 
She let me borrow two other polishes that are sadly discontinued. The yellow polish is called Lemon Drop and it's one of the best yellow cremes I've ever tried. Yellow cremes are notorious for being a streaky gloppy messes but this one was fantastic and barely needed a second coat!

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April

September 19, 2014

Nail Art Fail!

Sometimes nail art just doesn't work out. I love my Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens and decided to try some stripes on top of a textured polish, the gorgeous Sally Hansen Cinny Sweet. I grabbed the Blue nail art pen and went to work. I loved the color combo and the folksy imperfect lines but I thought I needed to add a topcoat since one of the great things about the nail art pens is the fact that you can wipe off any mistakes and start over.
Amazingly, I've never put a topcoat on a polish labeled as a texture but I gave it shot anyway. One coat of my usual topcoat and everything looked great! I left the house shortly after adding the topcoat and by the time I arrived at my destination my nails were not looking so good anymore. The topcoat had soaked in and left my nails looking lumpy and pretty gross!
It seems obvious to me now that I needed to add more than one coat of topcoat to smooth out the texture but I spent a whole night in public walking around with this icky mess. Lesson learned and thought it still might be amusing to some of you! What's your biggest nail art fail? Did you have to wear it in public?

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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

September 12, 2014

Simple Nail Art With Milani

Earlier this year I struck manicure gold when I did these stunning nails with my beloved China Glaze 2NITE holo polish. Since I liked the look so much I decided to do something similar with some Milani polishes. Here we have Milani Fresh Teal with a wide strip of Milani HD. I love it & it's so easy!
 
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April

September 11, 2014

Fall Color Blocking With Zoya

I keep a Pinterest Board full of nail art ideas and used this pin of a gorgeous Gucci dress as inspiration for today's nails.
I started with a base of Zoya Spencer and then used masking tape to add Zoya Sasha and finished it off with a freehand stripe of Zoya Toni. Perfect for fall and easy enough to do on both hands!
 
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April

September 9, 2014

Simple Nail Art With Sally Hansen

I like using textured polishes for nail art. Here we have Sally Hansen Berried Under with some very basic nail art in Sally Hansen Cinny Sweet. Simple but I like it quite a bit.
 
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April

September 7, 2014

Zoya Wendy & Harper

I always say you can't go wrong with a gradient, especially a glitter one! Here we have Zoya Wendy topped with just a bit of Zoya Harper. Two great Zoyas that look great together!
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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