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?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Zoya Awaken Collection & Monet Swatches/Review

Good morning and happy Monday everyone! ;) I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I'm in a much better mood now that it's starting to actually feel like spring! I have another beautiful spring collection to share today, this time it's the Awaken collection from Zoya. This collection consists of six polishes and one glitter topper. Unfortunately, my bottle of Brooklyn faced a violent death in transit (you'll see remnants of her golden goodness on the bottles in these swatches), so that one will be missing from my review.

Hudson is a deep lavender shade with silver shimmer. The shimmers in this collection are to die for! Two easy coats, formula is great.

Cole is a beautiful peachy orange shade. The formula here was a little testy... I used two coats, but the first was a little streaky. I'd recommend three thinner coats for this one.

Rebel is an absolutely dreamy sky blue shimmer. Perfect coverage in two coats. This is one of my favorites!

Dot is a pale candy pink color. It shares the same formula as Cole; this is two patient coats. I really, really love this color, so I'm absolutely willing to look over the slight formula issues.

Monet has a bunch of multi-colored cellophane glitters in a clear base. This is two coats over Dot. I didn't have any trouble getting the glitter out of the bottle here and I love how whimsical it looks layered over the light pink.

Dillon is a fabulous shimmery mint green. It reminds me of mermaids! The silver shimmer is perfection and it was easy to apply in two coats.

The Awaken collection and Monet glitter topper are available for purchase now on Zoya's website for $9 each and are absolutely worth picking up. I would at least recommend purchasing Dillon for a fun spring shade or Dot for a manicure staple, but I really don't think you could go wrong with any of these shades!

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

Friday, April 4, 2014

KBShimmer Spring 2014 Collection: The Glitters Swatches/Review

Good morning everyone! Today I have the glitter part of the KBShimmer Spring 2014 collection to share with you. As always, it's amazing! Take a look...

Prism Break is the perfect silver holographic top coat. You could use this on any color to create a holographic polish. The effect seems subtle here, but it truly comes to life in bright sunlight. This is one coat over KBShimmer A Touch of Glass.

Quick and Flirty is a rich, royal purple holographic polish. This is two coats and as you can see, the holographic effect is fabulous.

Rush Hour Flower is a glitter top coat in a clear base. It consists of blue, yellow, green, and pink glitter and teeny tiny micro glitters. This is two coats over KBShimmer Sky Jinks.

Laugh Myself Lily is another one of my favorites, a jade base with pastel glitter and micro glitter for depth. Beautiful, beautiful polish. This is three coats.

Make My Gray is an awesome pale gray base with turquoise, coral, and black glitter. This is two coats.

Belle of the Mall is a squishy crelly coral with silver glitter. This is three coats because I wanted as much opacity as possible, but two was okay if you don't mind a little bit of visible nail line.

Full Bloom Ahead is a white-based polish with a multi-colored mix of glitter. This is two coats and as you can see, it has great coverage.

Daisy About You is a pale green polish with translucent green and flower shaped glitter. This is two coats.

These have fantastic formulas, but of course, that shouldn't surprise you by now. These glitters are available now on the KBShimmer website, along with the creams that I shared on Wednesday. And again, give their Facebook page a like if you want to stay updated!

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