Sunday, September 21, 2014

Holographic Flames

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Good evening!  Today's theme in the 31 Day Challenge is "Inspired by a color." There are so many different ways to interpret this theme. The last time I did this challenge, in 2012, I used the colors of Fall as my inspiration (post link here). I had an idea rolling around in my head for today's manicure but I wasn't super in love with it. 

I received the new WitchEE Collection from Darling Diva a few days ago (swatch post coming soon) and I am absolutely in love! I decided to use the colors in this collection as my inspiration for today. This collection is inspired by The Witches of East End. I have never seen this show but when I Googled the show flames showed up on a lot of their promo images; so I decided to do holographic flames today! I used this tutorial by Robin Moses as a guide to create my flames. 



 This photo does not do these gorgeous polishes justice. I will have my post up soon but, in the meantime, you can see swatches at the links below.


Thanks for reading and happy polishing! ♥

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Pink and Black Water Marble

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Oh water marbling, why are you so beautiful, yet so difficult for me? This is the day I have been dreading most out of this whole challenge. I had plans of getting started on this early this morning but that didn't happen. I didn't get a chance to start it until a little before 6 PM. I tried (and failed) for over 5 hours until I settled on this manicure. I'm not 100% happy with it, but it's the best I could do, at least today.  I was really happy with my middle nail - until I bumped it and messed up the corner. That was just how my day went today! LOL



I used OPI Mod About You and a plain black creme. I saw Nicole over at Nail Polish Wars do a freaking amazing marble using these colors (you can see her post here) and I knew I just had to try the same combo. I only wish I could marble half as well as she can! But I will continue to practice. I did troubleshoot several issues I was having so hopefully in the future I will do one I'm happy with. 

Thanks for reading and happy polishing! ♥



Friday, September 19, 2014

Galaxy Nails

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Happy Friday! Today's theme is galaxy nails! I was pretty excited because it's been a long time since I did any galaxy nails, and those I wasn't thrilled with them. I am very happy with these though! It's one of those "can't stop staring at my nails" kind of days!



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cozy Sweater

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Good evening! Today's prompt in the 31 Day Challenge is "half moons." I love half moon manis on other people but I've never been very fond of them on myself. They just don't look right on me for some reason. But I decided I was going to try something I've never tried before and really push myself - freehanding the half moons. And then I decided to take it even further and make the curved stripes extend all the way down my nail. It ended up reminding me of a cozy sweater! Not that I get to wear those here, in Arizona, but a girl can dream!




I started off with a base of Elevation Polish Cerro Torre 2 (nude) and then worked from the base to the tip with my striping brush. I am quite pleased with how this turned out for my first attempt at so many curved lines! I am not usually the best at working freekand and creating curves and circles. Maybe I just need more practice!

Polishes I used in this mani are (from base to tip):

Elevation Polish The Arches (rust)
Elevation Polish Cerro Torre 2 (nude)
Zoya Louise (brown)
Zoya Dree (green)
Pahlish The Wish of a Golden Fish (orange holo)
Zoya Ryan (blue)

Thanks for reading and happy polishing! ♥

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Random Stripper Stripes Again

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Happy Hump Day! It's "glitter" day in the 31 Day Challenge and I just had to use one of my favorite glitters again, Girly Bits A Stripper Has Been Sleeping in My Bed. And what better to pair it with than a vampy red?!



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Diamonds and Chevrons

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Super quick post tonight before I try to get some rest to get rid of this sickness that has decided to kick my butt! I had something else planned for today that I was pretty excited about but I just did not have the time, or the energy, to do it. I will do it in the future though!



Even though this isn't what I had planned, I do really like it! I used two newly released KBShimmer polishes - Up and Coming (teal holo) and Hugs and Wishes (lavender creme) - as well as KBShimmer Nail Vinyls. I will have full swatches of the polishes for you soon!

You can purchase KBShimmer products - including nail polish, nail vinyls, scrubs, lotions, remover and more - atKBShimmer's website for US orders and at Harlow & Co. for international orders.

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Thanks for reading and happy polishing! ♥

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Zoya Ultra PixieDusts for Fall 2014 - Swatch Preview (Skittles)

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I received my Zoya Ultra PixieDusts today and I couldn't wait to try them out and share them with you! I will have full swatches soon, but here's a quick skittle pic to tide you over!  They are kind of a cross between the original PixieDusts and the most recent Magical PixieDusts.  They have the finish of the original PixieDusts with added large hex glitters (no holo glitters).


They are, of course, more sparkly in person than in the photo. The bases are deeper and Noir and Arianna are even a bit "jelly-like" - but do not dry smooth, of course. This is 3  thin coats of each and they are completely dry.

I decided I wanted to see them shiny so I added 2 coats of thick top coat (Pure Ice Girl on the Run).




What do you think? I quite like the finish on them, although I prefer them with top coat! I can't handle that texture feeling when I'm wearing them as a full manicure. I am disappointed that Oswin dries so much darker on the nail than it is in the bottle.


These are available for pre-order at Zoya.com!

Zoya polishes are available at zoya.com and at select Ulta locations and retail for $9. The PixieDust line retails for $10 each.  Zoya is also available at Nail Polish Canada

Zoya has sales and specials often so make sure  you follow them at the social media links below to stay up-to-date on all the latest! And don't forget they are 5-FREE and Cruelty-Free!


Thanks for reading and happy polishing! ♥

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