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

December 16, 2014

Simple Nail Art With Zoya

I love adding a single bold stripe of a special polish over a creme polish. Here we have Zoya Ryan with a stripe of Zoya Raine. Very pretty!
 
 

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April

December 14, 2014

Simple Nail Art With Milani

I love this fun nail art combo. Somehow it reminds of the 1980's and art deco at the same time. I started with Milani Gold Glitz, such a gorgeous gold, and then added Milani Fresh Teal, in a sideways V. Super easy and super cool!
 
 

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April

December 7, 2014

Zoya Petal Swipe Nail Art

Zoya calls this simple nail art the Petal Swipe. Super easy to accomplish using nothing more the brushes that come with your polish. I've done this style once before with Zoya Payton and Amy but this time I started with a base of Zoya Sansa, then added a swipe of Zoya Dannii
 
 
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April

December 6, 2014

Geometric Nail Art With Zoya

Here are some simple nails with fun squares and rectangles randomly placed on each nail. I love the color combination, Zoya Margo for the base, Nyssa for the solid squares and Remy for the outlines.
 
 
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April

December 3, 2014

Textured Checkerboard With Sally Hansen

I've always wanted to try out some checkerboard nail art and I decided to finally give it a try with Sally Hansen Work Of Tart for the base color. I love my Sally Hansen nail art pens and knew I could draw the checkerboard easily using the black one. I wasn't sure if the nail art pen would last without a topcoat though. Usually they need a topcoat or you can just wipe them off (great for starting over with your nail art if you mess up!) but I had tried that over a textured polish before and the results were a lumpy mess. I had a feeling that the texture would grab onto the nail art pen and keep it in place without a topcoat though and it turns out I was right. Fun experiment that turned out pretty great!
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November 25, 2014

Smart Nails Spider Sticker Stencils

I've been using Smart Nails Sticker Stencils for years and I love them so much! Here we have a quick manicure featuring their spider stencil. I've always liked spiders so having them on my nails doesn't bother me a bit! I started with Deborah Lippmann Fake It Til You Make It and then added spiders using ILNP Cygnus Loop. Such an easy way to get fine details!
You still have a chance to win some Smart Nails of your very own by entering my giveaway!
 
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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

November 17, 2014

Zoya Tinsley and Madeline

I love this fiery but still work appropriate glitter gradient! I started with a base of Zoya Madeline and added just the barest hint of Zoya Tinsley to the base of each nail. So simple but so captivating! 
 
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April

smARTnails Sticker Stencil Nail Art

smARTnails are sticker stencils that let anyone accomplish nail art VERY easily! I've been using their helpful sticker stencils since 2010 but they have just started releasing new designs so I'll be showing you some fun nail art with them over the next few weeks. But first some links to a few of my favorites from the past - a drippy french manicure, black and white elegance, and USA nail art.

I'm happy to report that my new batch of smARTnails stickers are just as great as I remembered! Here I started with a base of Zoya Haven. The next day I added Zoya Soya song using sticker stencil Drops. You certainly don't have to wait until the next day, just until your base coat is pretty dry, like using striping tape or any other masking tool. Do one nail at a time and remove the stencil right after applying polish for crisp lines. I truly believe that sticker stencils are foolproof and the perfect thing for someone who wants to do nail art but just doesn't feel confident in their ability to do a freehand design. Especially great for accomplishing the same look on both hands!
 
 
I love smARTnails sticker stencils!

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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 14, 2014

Glamorous Glitter Gradient With Zoya

Zoya's Fall Trend Guide recommended using Tomoko for a gradient and it sounded like a great idea to me. As much as I love the Pixie Dusts, I'd never thought about using one quite this way. I paired 2 of my all time favorite Zoyas for a super easy but totally gorgeous version, Zoya Veruschka for the base topped with Zoya Tomoko. This would be a great look for the upcoming holiday season, either as is, or alternating Posh and Veruschka for all out Christmas glam!
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April

November 12, 2014

Zoya Teigen And India: A Nail Art Comparison

I've only done a handful of comparisons so far but I like this on the nail style. Here we have Zoya Teigen and India. I started with a base of Teigen and then added the chevron french tip in Zoya India. Both lovely colors!
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April

November 9, 2014

Sponge Gradient With Zoya

Gradients of all kinds will probably always be my favorite easy nail art. They are foolproof, fast, and easy! Here I started with Zoya Autumn and sponged on the gorgeous Zoya Song. What a great color combination!

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April

Zoya Harlow & Arlo

I love Zoya's new matte polishes so much! Here we have Zoya Harlow with random bits of Zoya Arlo added for a fun textured look.

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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