Tuesday, January 20, 2015

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala Swatch & Review

In case you are living under a rock (or are like me and just don't care), Pantone released their Color of the Year for 2015 and it's... marsala. Marsala is apparently a reddish brownish wine shade that I definitely am more into than the orchid shade they picked for 2014. KBShimmer created a wonderful representation of the Color of the Year with their new shade Men Are From Mars-ala.

Men Are From Mars-ala is a gorgeous red-brown holographic polish. As always, the formula was perfect and I got excellent coverage in two coats. KBShimmer never disappoints! This shade is available now, so check out KBShimmer's website!

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

Monday, December 29, 2014

Neutral Snowflake Nail Art with Zoya Kennedy

I told you I was going to have some nail art with these snowflake stamping plates coming up! I wore this design for a long time and absolutely loved it. I like to mix in up in the winter and wear neutrals to balance out all the dark shades I wear and Zoya Kennedy is my all time favorite neutral.

I started with two easy coats of Kennedy and used China Glaze I'd Melt for You and Konad Special White polish to stamp snowflakes from Born Pretty plates QA57 and QA58. I did large snowflakes on my thumb and ring nails and topped them off with a silver rhinestone. Definitely give this look a try if you're looking for a work-appropriate winter mani!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

TDOCNAS 2014: Day 12: Wishing You a Wild Christmas with Leopard Print Nail Art!

Yeah, I went there! I love hand drawn leopard print, so I figured why not give it a festive touch?? You know you love it! By the way, Merry Christmas everyone! Let's get to the nails, shall we?

I started out with a base of Zoya Taylor instead of my go-to OPI My Vampire Is Buff because I wanted a slightly deeper tan. I used China Glaze Jolly Holly and Cranberry Splash (shocker!!) to dot the random leopard spots on each nail and then outlined them with plain black polish. I'm so in love with this look! I haven't done leopard print in ages and it's just so cute with the red and green.

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and wild Christmas! :-*

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TDOCNAS 2014: Day 11: Glittery Reindeer Nail Art

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you have all of your affairs in order and are all having a wonderful day. I'm working until 1 o'clock and then heading over to our annual family Christmas Eve party later tonight and I can't wait! This is my absolute favorite time of the year. Anyway, these nails were inspired by my obsession with glittery reindeer this season. I know it's weird, but I can't help it! I'm hoping to pick up a couple on sale after Christmas. ;)

I used Zoya Godiva on my pointer and ring nails and plain black on my pinky and middle nails. I wish Godiva had photographed the way it looks in real life; it's so sparkly but it doesn't translate at all in the photos! I used Godiva to paint my little reindeer as well and finished him off with a China Glaze Just BeClaws nose. I also did some Just BeClaws dots on the rest of my nails to tie the look together.

See you tomorrow for the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas nail art series!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

China Glaze Twinkle Collection Swatches & Review

Good morning! I have an absolutely lovely winter collection to share with you today, the Twinkle collection from China Glaze. Winter collections are often hit or miss for me and I'm glad to report that this one is a hit!

I'd Melt for You is a beautiful silver chrome. Be careful with brush strokes on this one, but two coats covers well if you're careful. This is also great for stamping!

Tip Your Hat is a bright festive red. I'm wearing two coats.

Chillin' With My Snow-mies has different sizes of white hexagon glitter in a clear base. Too much base, not enough glitter. I love how this looks but I had to pretty much dig out each of these glitters and place it on the nails. I'm wearing it over Tip Your Hat.

A December to Remember is a turquoise-leaning blue metallic with pink micro glitter. This is two coats.

Define Good... is a rich red shimmer with a hint of pink. I know I normally hate reds, but I do love this type. It just glows! This is two coats.

Dancing & Prancing is a beautiful confetti glitter. I'm wearing one coat over Define Good... and I love this combination.

Out Like a Light is a muted deep teal. I absolutely love this shade! This is two coats and the formula was great.

De-Light is a golden glitter topper with silver bar glitter. This is two coat over Out Like a Light.

Feeling Twinkly is an icy blue glitter topper. I'm wearing two coats with no base; this would probably cover pretty well in three or four coats.

Meet Me Under the Stars is so stunning! This is a super dark blackish blue with tons of glitter. I'm wearing two coats.

Pine-ing for Glitter is a glitter topper in a unique green shade. This is two coats over no base.

No Peeking! is a silvery purple almost metallic shade. I had a little bit of an issue with brush strokes here, so be careful. This is two coats.

There's a lot of winners in this group, but I have to say my favorites are Meet Me Under the Stars and Define Good... How about you? Are any of these shades on your wish list? You can get yourself this collection anywhere that China Glaze is sold.

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

Monday, December 22, 2014

TDOCNAS 2014: Day 10: Winter Berries Nail Art

It's the week of Christmas! Yay!! Today I have some simple nail art inspired by the bright red berries that grow around here in the winter. They are such a vivid pop of color against a bland winter landscape and I thought they would be perfect for nail art.

I started with two coats of China Glaze Don't Honk Your Thorn for my base and used Zoya Louise to paint the branches across each nail. I dotted the berries on using China Glaze With Love and topped it all off with top coat! Easy!

Friday, December 19, 2014

TDOCNAS 2014: Day 9: Festive Negative Space Nail Art

I've seen this "negative space" nail art popping up a lot recently and thought I would give it a try with a holiday twist. I wasn't sure how I felt about them before I tried one, but it turns out that I really love them! I might even wind up wearing this as my actual Christmas manicure.

To create this design, I applied one coat of KBShimmer Basic Training base coat and let it dry completely. Once that was done, I used KBShimmer straight nail vinyls to block off the parts where I wanted my natural nail to show through and painted Zoya Ziv near the cuticles, China Glaze Jolly Holly in the center, and China Glaze Cranberry Splash near the tips (can you tell that those are my absolute favorite holiday polish shades?).