Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nicole by OPI Special K Collection 2014 Swatches/Review

Good morning everyone! I have a cool collaboration to share with you today. Nicole by OPI and Special K have teamed up to create these three shades that I have to share this morning. Let me show you the shades and then I'll tell you how you can get them for yourself!

Challenge Red-y is a bright red creme. It had a pretty good formula and was opaque in two coats.

Live in the Momentum is a medium royal blue creme. Again, the formula was good and I used two coats.

My Sol Shines Brighter is a lovely coral creme and my favorite of the three. This was a little sheerer than the rest, although two coats was still good for me.

So now you want to know how you can snag these for yourselves, right? If you want the red polish, you need to collect and redeem three separate codes from select Special K products. If you want the blue and coral polishes, you need to collect five codes. All of the terms and instructions can be found here on Special K's website. Also, in case you need a recommendation, the Fruit and Yogurt cereal is delicious!!

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Coral Floral Stamping Nail Art

Hey everybody! Are you totally sick of floral stamping yet? Me too kinda... but I can't stop myself. This is the mani that I actually wore for Easter yesterday.

I started out with a base of two coats of Nicole by OPI My Sol Shines Brighter and then picked a random floral pattern and stamped it over each nail in white. I picked the glitters out of OPI I Snow You Love Me and placed them in the center of some of the flowers.

Seriously though, are you over the floral designs or could you stand to see more? I need to know! ;)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Polka Dot Easter Nail Art Design

Happy Friday!! I have a half day at work today so I'm a very happy girl! Today I want to share with you one of the designs that is featured in my book for Easter. I picked out four pastel shades that looked good together and painted each nail with a different color. After that was dry, I dotted some pastel polka dots and some smaller white dots in between with a dotting tool. They're like little dotty eggs! :P

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cirque Heritage Collection Swatches/Review

Happy Monday everyone! I have some gorgeous holographic polishes from Cirque to share with you today to brighten up the beginning of your week! The Heritage collection is a seven piece collection of stunning holographic polishes.

Sky Woman is a periwinkle blue with a strong holographic effect. The pigmentation on this one is insane; I used two coats here but you could probably get away with one!

Panacea is a chartreuse green holographic polish. The formula on this one was a little thinner and definitely needs at least two coats for opacity.

Xochitl is a vivid shade of orchid with a super strong holographic effect. This is two coats. I love this one!

Cerrillos is my absolute favorite! I'm such a sucker for turquoise and this one is totally awesome. Two easy coats here.

Powwow is a vivid magenta holographic polish. Two coats here with a great formula.

Sani is a silver holographic. This isn't the strongest silver holo I've ever seen, but it is really pretty and has a great formula.

Luminous Owl is a fabulous warm coral holographic. I loveeeee coral! Coral and turquoise are my very favorite colors and this collection has both! I used two coats of polish here.

The Heritage collection is available now on Cirque's website and at these select retailers. Go grab yourself at least one of these; the colors are so unique and the formulas are awesome! Which is your favorite? Mine is a tie between Cerrillos and Luminous Owl... betcha didn't see that coming! ;)

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Teal Floral Gradient Stamping Nail Art

Good morning! I had another desire for gradient nails, but this time I decided to do the gradient under the stamping instead of as the stamping. I still stuck with a floral pattern though since I'm so smitten that it's spring!

For the gradient base, I used Essie Go Overboard, OPI Taylor Blue, and KBShimmer A Touch of Glass. I applied two coats of A Touch of Glass and then sponged the other colors over it to create the gradient. Once that was dry, I stamped the flower design over it using Gals plate GA11 and Konad white stamping polish.   

I really almost left it like this. It was so beautiful without the stamping and I worried that stamping over the gradient would ruin it, but I'm happy with how the design turned out. Gradients are my favorite! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Springtime Floral Gradient Stamping Nail Art

Good morning everyone! I finally had the desire to do some nail art recently and once I sat down to do it, I actually had a really hard time deciding on what exactly to do. It sure helps to have the book around to thumb through for inspiration! I decided on a neutral base with pink/purple gradient stamping and a floral pattern.

The base I chose is OPI My Vampire is Buff, one of my most favorite neutrals. I used Zoya Reagan, OPI Antibleak, and OPI Miss You-niverse to create a stamping gradient by painting a line of each shade and dragging the scraper across the stamping plate in the same direction as I painted the lines. I'm usually not into flowers and floral patterns but I really love this! How do you feel about florals? Fun or granny-style?