Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentines Day Nail Art

Hello everyone!

Before I get to the design, I wanted to let you all know that I'll be pretty busy this week so posting will be at a minimum. I'll be on Facebook and Instagram for the most part though. 

Anyways, back to nails lol. Today I have a Valentines Day nail art to show you! I know it's a bit early, but I really wanted to do this design. I'll probably be doing some more V-Day nail designs, so be on the look out for those in the next month. Let's get to the design!

For my Valentines Day design, I started out with a gradient for my base. I used Sinful Colors Pink Forever, Sinful Colors Cream Pink, and Sinful Colors Aubergine for the gradient.

After the gradient dried, I made hearts with a small dotting tool using Wet n Wild's Tickled Pink

Finally, I topped it off with China Glaze's Fairy Dust and a top coat. 

I've told you all before how I don't really like pink, but this is an exception! I love the gradient and how the colors go together. It's a perfect color combination. It's such a cute and simple Valentines Day design or for any time really.

What do you think of this design? Doing anything special for Valentines Day?

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dots and Lollipops

Hello everyone!

I have a cute nail art design inspired by one of my Hello Kitty plushies. This one is probably my favorite out of the ones that I own, so I had to do a design around it. Let's take a look!

I grabbed my inspiration from the polka dot dress and the lollipop that Hello Kitty is holding. Isn't she just adorable?

For the design, I started off with Sinful Colors Snow Me White as my white base. With a dotting tool, I placed polka dots on the nail. I used Sinful Colors Cream Pink, Why Not, Pistache, and Dream On for the dots. 

I used a detail brush to create the lollipop for the accent nail. I made a swirl with each color and then outlined it with the first color that I used (Tickled Pink). I used Sinful Colors Auburgine, Sinful Colors Pink Forever, Wet n Wild's Tickled Pink, Wet n Wild's I Red a Good Book, and Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow for the lollipop. 

Finally, I placed polka dots around the lollipop.

I love how cute and simple this design was to do. I wish I did a better job on the lollipop, but I'm happy with this design.

What do you think of this design?

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

OPI - My Vampire is Buff

Hey everyone!

Today I have a swatch of OPI's My Vampire is Buff. I've actually used this polish quite a bit since I first bought it, but I never swatched it until now. I have a love/hate relationship with this polish, but it's more love than anything lol. Let's take a look!

My Vampire is Buff is an off-white creme. It looks like a vanilla color in certain lights to me. This is three coats with a top coat.

I love this color. Usually, I don't go for light colored nudes because of how it looks against my skin, but My Vampire is Buff is an exception. This polish is great for all everyone, which is why I love it. I also love it because it's great as a base for nail art. It can literally go with any color and not look bad.

The application and formula is what I hate. Well, I should say dislike. This polish is very streaky and even though it's a creme, it's a little on the watery side for me. You can't really see from the photos, but I can see some slight balding as well on some nails. The streaking smooths out after the third coat, but that's my main problem with My Vampire is Buff. Everything else I love about it.

Overall, I like this polish. I hate the streaking, but I would recommend buying this polish. It's great for nail art and it's very work friendly as well. I can see this as my go to polish if I have any interviews or just wearing it in general.

What do you this of this polish? What's your favorite nude polish?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Revlon Parfumerie - Autumn Spice + Dotticure

Hey everyone!

I have a swatch of Revlon's Autumn Spice for you today. This is actually my first Revlon and scented polish, so I was excited to see how this polish would turn out. I really like this polish and it smells so good too! Let's take a look!

Autumn Spice is a copper brown polish with micro gold, orange, and pink glitter. This is two coats without a top coat.This is almost a one coater, but it's best to do two coats.

The application and formula were good to work with. I actually wore this on Christmas and I had a hard time applying it because of the ball on the top of the brush, but I didn't have any trouble this time. I guess it just takes getting used to.

The fragrance smells so good. I would say it smells like cinnamon and spice for the most part. It really reminds me of autumn. The great thing about it is that it's not overpowering at all, which is what I like the best. Don't smell it by itself though! I made the mistake of doing that the first time I opened it and it was bad lol.  

I decided to add on to it by creating dots with my dotting tools. I used Sinful Colors Gold Metal for the dots. This is the perfect color combination. I'm so glad that I added the gold dots to it. The dots really bring out the color of Autumn Spice.

Overall, I love Autumn Spice. It has a great formula and scent. I would recommend picking this up and some of the other colors if you're interested. I really want to try more in the collection if they're as good as Autumn Spice.

What do you think of this polish and design? Have you tried any of the Revlon Parfumerie polishes yet?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sinful Colors- Daddy's Girl

Hello everyone!

Today I have a swatch of Sinful Colors Daddy's Girl. Also, I think this is my first swatch of the year lol. This week, I'll be bringing more swatches since most of my posts so far have been nail art.

This is actually one of my favorite Sinful Color polishes that I have, despite the weird name lol. I haven't worn it in a while, but I had forgotten just how beautiful it is. Let's take a look!

Daddy's Girl is a purple jelly with purple and gold glitter. This is four coats with a top coat.

I had no problems with the application. The formula was a bit on the thick side, so the drying time between coats were very long. I even chipped the polish off my thumb on accident after I thought it was all dry, and this was about 20 minutes after I painted it on my nails. This polish definitely needs a top coat afterwards so it can actually dry completely.

I wish I had captured the purple and gold glitter properly on my camera (I've had this on for a few days), but it's absolutely beautiful on the nail. At least you can see the polish in the bottle properly lol.

Overall, I really love this polish. This polish is for anyone who's a sucker for jelly polishes. It's a must in your collection!

What do you think of this polish? What's your favorite jelly polish?

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Spongebob Coral Nails

Hello everyone!

Today I have an old nail art design from a few months ago. I don't know why I didn't post it, but it was in my drafts so I decided to use it for today's post lol.

I actually have a Spongebob poster in my room and I created the pattern that was on the coral in the background. It's one of my favorite posters that I own and has my favorite quote on there too. It says, "Born to be Weird." 

With that said, let's get to the photos!

For this design, I used Sally Hansen's Cherry, Cherry Bang Bang for my base color. With a detail brush, I created small stars using Sinful Colors Pistache. Finally, I finished it off with a top coat.

The green stars really pop out on this design. I wish I had actually drawn the coral out for these nails. Maybe I can save that for another nail design.

What do you think of these Spongebob coral nails?

Until next time!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rainbow Swirls

Hey everyone!

I've kind of had a dry spell when it comes to nail art. I've started to dislike the designs that I've sketched or I can't come up with new ones. It sucks because I'm trying to challenge myself with more nail art on the blog and in general. 

Luckily, I came up with a fun and colorful design to show you all today. I created this rainbow swirls manicure. Let's take a look!

For this manicure, I started off using Sinful Colors Snow Me White as my white base. 

With a thin detail brush, I created swirls in a rainbow pattern. For the swirls I used Wet n Wild's I Red a Good Book, Sally Hansen Sunkissed, Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow, Sinful Colors Innocent, Sinful Colors Endless Blue, and Sinful Colors Amethyst.

I love how colorful these nails are! The swirls really pop out in this design. I'm glad that this is one design that came out as planned. I want to try it out with different colors in the future.

What do you think of this rainbow swirl manicure?

Until next time!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Hello everyone!

I have my first nail art post of the year! 

I know the post title has race in it, but I wasn't really inspired by racing or anything like that. I just came up with the nail design in my head. I honestly didn't know what to officially call these, so my girlfriend came up with the name for the post lol.

These nails didn't take that long to do, even though it seems like they did. I made a gradient and then created a checkered diamond in the middle. If anything, I was going for an abstract geometric design. 

I really like how these turned out though. These are probably one of my favorite designs that I've ever done so far. Let's take a look at them!

For this design, I applied one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White as the base for the gradient. Then, I sponged on Sinful Colors Innocent,  Sinful Colors Midnight Blue, and Sinful Colors Amethyst onto a makeup sponge and created the gradient. Once the gradient was opaque, I applied one coat of top coat to seal in the design.

For the checkered diamond, I outline a diamond onto my nail with white acrylic paint and filled in the shape with a detail brush. 

Next, I made three lines horizontally and vertically to create the squares for the checkers with black acrylic paint and filled in every other space with the black paint. Finally, I added another layer of top coat to seal in the design. 

I'm really proud of these nails. I love how abstract they look. I really don't want to take these off lol. I hope to do more designs like this. I want to challenge myself to think outside the box with my designs.

What do you think of this design? Do you like abstract designs?

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, January 6, 2014

BPS Round Nail Studs

Hey all! How is everyone doing?

I have the last Born Pretty Store review for you today. I received these pink round studs (I'm just going to call them studs for now since I can't think of the correct term lol). These aren't shown under the product pictures, so I'm assuming they're the same item or they happened to change styles but didn't change the picture on the site. Let's get to the review!

There's five nail studs that come in a pack, which you can use for accent nails. These are priced at $0.99 right now, but they were originally $3.04.  

For this manicure, I created a pink dotticure.

I applied two coats of Sinful Colors Creme Pink as the base color. With a dotting tool, I created dots using Sinful Colors Pink Forever. For the stud, I applied one coat of top coat and placed the stud onto the nail. Finally, I applied another layer of top coat to seal in the stud and my design.

As you can see, the stud barely fits my nail. I have a small nail surface, so the stud looks huge and sticks out on my nail. It just looks awkward on me. Also, the stud doesn't lay flat. Even with the amount of top coat that I used, the nail stud was on the brink of falling off my nail. If anything, it looks like a 3D decoration on my nail. 

Unfortunately, I really don't like how these look on me. If they were a little smaller and laid flat on my nail, then I could see myself getting some use out of them. This will probably be the first and last time that I'll be wearing these. I'm kind of disappointed because these weren't even what I asked for and I don't like them on me. 

If you're going to purchase these nail studs, I wouldn't recommend them for those who have small nails like me. These particular nail studs are more suited for those with larger nail surfaces. For only $0.99, these are a good price for these studs. But, these are not for me.

You can get these pink nail studs and other nail art supplies at the Born Pretty StoreYou can also use the coupon code SHBQ10 for an extra 10% off your entire purchase.  What do you think of these pink nail studs?

Thanks for reading!

*This product was provided to me for my honest review*

Sunday, January 5, 2014

BPS Seashell Studs

Hello everyone!

I have these cute seashell studs from the Born Pretty Store that were provided for me to review. I'm trying to get through the Born Pretty Store products, so I only have one more review to do. Anyways, let's get into the review!

There's 20 3mm silver seashell studs in a pack, which equals to two full manicures or you can use them for accent nails. They're priced at $1.99 right now, so I'm guessing they're on sale. The original price of these are $2.78.

The best part is that you can probably reuse these if you remove them carefully. They're pretty sturdy, so you don't really have to worry about them bending or breaking. For the price of these, you're definitely getting a good amount of studs, especially when you can reuse them.

For this manicure, I went for a "sea" theme as far as colors go. I applied two coats of Sinful Colors Endless Blue as the base color. I added one coat of Sinful Colors Nail Junkie (a teal jelly base with iridescent glitter) for some sparkle.

The seashell studs were easy to apply onto my nails. After the glitter dried, I applied some top coat on the middle of the nail and pressed down lightly to make them stick into the polish. Finally, I applied another layer of top coat to seal in the studs.

I had a little trouble picking them up with my tweezers because they're pretty small, so I dipped the tip of a pencil into some water and it worked out. It wasn't really a big deal in the end.

I really love these seashell studs. It's too bad that I don't really wear gems that often because of how I use my hands throughout the day, but I would definitely get these in the future. They're so simple to apply and add onto your manicure, especially if you're doing a beach theme with your nails.

You can get these seashell studs and other nail art supplies at the Born Pretty StoreYou can also use the coupon code SHBQ10 for an extra 10% off your entire purchase.  What do you think of these cute gems?

Thanks for reading!

*This product was provided to me for my honest review*

Saturday, January 4, 2014

BPS Christmas Water Nail Decals

Hello everyone!

Today I have a review on these Christmas water nail decals from the Born Pretty Store. I know Christmas has passed, but these water decals are really cute and simple to use. I've never used water decals before, so I was pretty happy with the results.

These water decals come in a sheet with 20 decals. You can do two full manicures or use them for accent nails, which is a lot of decals for the price of $2.86. I also love these designs, they're really cute.

For these nails, I used Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar as the base color. After the polish dried, I soaked the decals in warm water for 10-20 seconds. Next, I placed the decals onto my nail and patted them dry with a tissue (the instructions say to use a blowdryer, but this really wasn't needed). Finally, I used top coat to seal in the decals.

The trick with the water decals is that you have to slip the decal off of the sheet so you can place it correctly on the nail. I made the mistake thinking that they were similar to temporary tattoos, and placed them on backwards. It's not a big deal, but it might confuse some first time users of water decals.

These were so quick and simple to do.  For using water decals for the first time, I love these. I would definitely get these and decals with different designs.These water decals add so much to your nails. I wish I had actually placed them on the correct way on my nails to show more poses.

You can get these Christmas water decals for $2.86 and other nail art supplies at the Born Pretty StoreYou can also use the coupon code SHBQ10 for an extra 10% off your entire purchase.  

What do you think of these cute water decals?

Thanks for reading!

**This product was provided to me for my honest review*


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