Fourth of July nail art

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Families gather together to celebrate the holiday with picnics, parades, barbecues, fireworks, carnivals and concerts. Red, white and blue are the colors of the day.

I decided to create some nail art that illustrates the many way we celebrate the holiday. Balloons, Uncle Sam's hat, fireworks, and a love of country were my inspiration for the nail art.

I used China Glaze White on White for the base color. I love to use this polish for a as a canvas for nail art. For the artwork itself I used acrylic paints. There are many reasons I like using acrylic paint for artwork - but the number one reason is because I can get so many workable colors from a few $1 bottles of paint.

Fourth of July nail art
Fourth of July nail art

Fourth of July nail art
Fourth of July nail art

Fourth of July nail art
Fourth of July nail art

This polish was purchased by me.

Patriotic star nail art for the Fourth of July

Friday, June 28, 2013

I am not sure I am going to be around on the fourth of July to post a nail art look. Yes, I could schedule it and I may still schedule another one. But I am going to post this one now. I enjoyed creating this nail art. It's simple and only requires a few colors.

I used Zoya Elisa for the base color. I love this shade of red. Not too bright or dark and it is the perfect base color for this nail art. Then remember the way you drew stars as a child? The crossing lines? That's how I created the stars. I used one of the nail art brushes from Winstonia. Zoya Trixie and Song were perfect colors for the stars. I finished off with a dotting tool to make dot "trails" for the stars.

Sound easy enough? It really is simple. It just takes some patience.

I finished off with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Fourth of July Nail Art
Fourth of July Nail Art

Fourth of July Nail Art
Fourth of July Nail Art



Color Club Pearl-Spective adds flair to any polish

Thursday, June 27, 2013


I have a great Color Club polish to share with you today. It is from the Kaleidoscope Collection.

Color Club polishes have long been one of my favorites. Lots of colors and choices of finishes from which to choose. Pearl-Spective is a shimmery flake/glitter polish that is iridescent. It will quickly transform any polish from plain to fantastic with a couple of swipes of the brush. The primary colors of the color shift are pink and purple.

I applied it over Ruby Wing Crowd Surf. This combination has an awesome pizzazz factor. A deep magenta shade with pink and purple shifts.

Color Club Pearl-Spective over Ruby Wing Crowd Surf.
Color Club Pearl-Spective over Ruby Wing Crowd Surf.

Color Club Pearl-Spective over Ruby Wing Crowd Surf.
Color Club Pearl-Spective over Ruby Wing Crowd Surf.

I used two coats of Crowd Surf and one coat of Pearl-Spective.

Color Club can be ordered online at http://shopcolorclub.com/.

These products were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Winstonia Nail Art Brushes and dotting tools - fun floral nail art

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Winstonia sent me some great press samples to share with you - Nail art brushes and dotting tools. I used them to create some fun floral nail art. Hopefully you aren't getting tired of floral nail art. It's just what I seem to do in the summer.

Here is what I created using the Winstonia eight piece nail art set.

Floral nail art created using Winstonia 8 piece nail art set
Floral nail art created using Winstonia 8 piece nail art set

This eight piece set of nail art tools is perfect. The entire set can be purchased for $8.95. But until August 31, 2013 you can get 10% off using the code SETINLACQUER. That's a great deal!

This set provides you the tools needed to create amazing nail art! The tools come in one black satin zipper for convenience storage and ease of carrying around; it also includes one random color high quality nail file.

Winstonia 8 piece nail art set
Black satin case for the 8 piece nail art set
Winstonia 8 piece nail art set

5 piece double ended dotting tools:

  • Professional, high quality dotting tools
  • 5 colors for better recognition while working on nail art
  • Double Ended in 10 different sizes
  • Use to create polka dots nails, sugar spun nails, marbling effect
  • Colors: Purple, Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green
3 piece detailing painting brushes:

  • Detailer brushes come with finely tapered cylindrical head
  • 3 different sizes (0, 00, 000)
  • Sizes are marked on the handle for easier recognition.
  • Excellent for short strokes and small lines and details
  • Handles are acetone proof
  • Color: Dark Brown
Now let's move on to the nail art. For the base color I used Venique I'm a Sucker For Wedges which is a bright neon pink.

Venique - I'm a Sucker For Wedges
Venique - I'm a Sucker For Wedges
Then I used Venique Kara-Melt Chews, which is a neon purple, and added a gradient on the tips. It doesn't really show in the photos though. For the flowers I used acrylic paint.

I used all three of the Winstonia brushes and created leaves and flowers. The brushes worked perfectly for the petals. I also created flowers using the dotting tools. Once finished with the flowers I also added the inner part of the flowers with the dotting tools. The dotting tools have a perfect variety of 10 different size tools so you can find a size for what you need.

The brush tips didn't fall apart in the acetone and the handles are acetone proof.

Floral nail art created using Winstonia 8 piece nail art set
Floral nail art created using Winstonia 8 piece nail art set

Floral nail art created using Winstonia 8 piece nail art set
Floral nail art created using Winstonia 8 piece nail art set

Floral nail art created using Winstonia 8 piece nail art set
Floral nail art created using Winstonia 8 piece nail art set
 The nail art tools above were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Rainbow Honey - The Summer of 199X

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Somewhere over the rainbow... Just kidding. But I did receive some wonderful Rainbow Honey polishes to review and share with you- these are from The Summer of 199X collection. This collection features 10 new colors inspired by the 1995 SNES hit, Earthbound.

I have tried Rainbow Honey before and I adore their colors and combination of colors.
 
"Rainbow Honey was born out of a love for color and a penchant for creativity. To create Rainbow Honey, Dee, its founder and Chief Designer, brought together her background in the sciences and her experience in the fashion industry, resulting in unique, colorful and well-formulated custom blended nail lacquers.

Our products are designed and made in the United States of America, always free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (the “big 3”), and with ingredients that have never been tested on animals.

Our love for color drives our passion for great and beautiful products, outstanding design, extreme attention to detail, and superb customer service. These values are at the core of everything we do." - Rainbow Honey website.

I received Fire Spring, Pink Cloud and Tiny Ruby. The formulas were great. Maybe a slight bit on the thick side, but not much. The glitter in these polishes applied evenly and laid flat against the nail.

Let's move on to the swatches. 

Fire Spring - is described as a coppery orange shimmer, is bursting with holographic glitters and the glowing embers of the last sanctuary! This is two coats.


Rainbow Honey - Fire Spring
Pink Cloud - is described as a hot pink jelly with holographic glitters and iridescent shimmer - perfect to meditate on and Carrot Key not needed! This is two coats. I think this is my favorite and normally I am not a light pink kind of person.

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud
Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

Tiny Ruby - is described as a shimmering ruby jelly, is filled with holographic glitters, glistening flecks, and the rarest jewels of Dalaam. This is two coats.

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby
Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby
Rainbow Honey can be purchased on their website at www.rainbowhoney.com. Make sure to follow their Facebook page to get updates on new collections and specials.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Due to differences in computer monitors the colors you see may be slightly different from the actual color.



SoFlaJo - I'm a Star-Fish

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I received a lovely polish for you today. SoFlaJo sent me I'm a Star-Fish to share with you.

I'm a Star-Fish is from the Wet Dreams Summer Nail Polish Collection.

This collection has some wonderful colors and finishes.
  • For the Halibut
  • Gulfstream Dream  
  • I'm A Star-fish  
  • My Sign's Aqua-rium 
  • Salmon-Chanted Evening 
  • Shark Bite
I'm A Star-fish - is a yellowish-green polish full of heavy holographic glitter. The color reminds me of an almost olive shade. But this is no drab olive - this is shimmer, shine and holo packed into a bottle.

I used two coats for these swatches. It is a little thick but it didn't cause me issues. I finished it off with a coat of Gelous (it is a chunky glitter but with the Gelous you can't even tell) to smooth it out and a coat of Seche Vite.

I love the holo glitter in this polish. It seems to definitely add a level of dimension.


SoFlaJo - I'm a Star-fish
SoFlaJo - I'm a Star-fish

SoFlaJo - I'm a Star-fish
SoFlaJo - I'm a Star-fish

SoFlaJo - I'm a Star-fish
SoFlaJo - I'm a Star-fish

SoFlaJo - I'm a Star-fish
SoFlaJo - I'm a Star-fish

This polish requires a little bit of a soak to get off your nails but most glitters do. 

SoFlaJo polishes are made from natural pigments and glitters with bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate and Formaldehyde Resin. SoFlaJo Polishes use stainless steel mixing balls.

You can purchase the polishes from the Wet Dreams Collection on their website.

Make sure to follow SoFlaJo on Facebook and Twitter.

This polish was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Due to variations in computer screens the color may be slightly different from what you see.
Each bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped.
- See more at: http://www.soflajo.com/wet-dreams-collection/#sthash.TfrxqL75.dpuf
All SoFlaJo polishes are made from natural pigments and glitters with bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate and Formaldehyde Resin. SoFlaJo Polishes use stainless steel mixing balls (and always have).
Each bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped.
- See more at: http://www.soflajo.com/wet-dreams-collection/#sthash.TfrxqL75.dpuf
Wet Dreams Summer Nail Polish Collection

Orly Sparkling Garbage - It's not garbage!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Orly has a new summer 2013 collection out - Mash Up. I only picked up one of the polishes from the collection - Sparkling Garbage. I can tell you one thing... it isn't garbage.

This is a bottle jam-packed full of holographic goodness. It is a soft green jelly polish that is infused with sparkly, holographic shimmer and shine.

It is rather sheer since it's a jelly, but three coats provided a level of opacity that I like. You could also use this as a top coat. It adds dimension and depth to the overall look.

Let's move on to the swatches. This is three coats.

Orly Sparkling Garbage - normal lighting
Orly Sparkling Garbage - normal lighting
 
Orly Sparkling Garbage - Flash
Orly Sparkling Garbage - Flash

Orly Sparkling Garbage - Flash
Orly Sparkling Garbage - Flash

Orly Sparkling Garbage - outdoor lighting (overcast)
Orly Sparkling Garbage - outdoor lighting (overcast)

Inspired floral nail art

Friday, June 21, 2013

I recently came across some amazing nail art that I just had to try. I have never really considered myself a white nail polish kind of gal... but this changed my mind.

Now, I need to tell you that the person I got the idea from is a phenomenal nail artist. I ran across her page and I was astounded. You can find my inspiration for this mani at http://blackstarpolish.tumblr.com/

She has a lot of talent and I will be sure to stalk her page now. :)

So, for the nail art. I have to say I am not near as impressed with mine as I was with hers. My right hand definitely took forever to finish! But I still like it. I started off with two coats of China Glaze White on White polish.

Then I used acrylic paint and started off with random flowers. Make sure to add some water to your acrylic paint so it is relatively thin. That make it a little easier to get the small details.

Then I used a dark blue to paint random lines. I added white to the blue paint to get a lighter blue. After that I added a little yellow to get a soft green color. The different colored random lines really give it a unique look. I always use a base coat before I add the acrylic paint because if I mess up then I can simply rub it off.

I topped it off with Seche Vite to seal the colors.

I have several photos so you can see the different angles.

Floral nail art
Floral nail art

Floral nail art
Floral nail art

Floral nail art
Floral nail art

Floral nail art
Floral nail art

Floral nail art
Floral nail art

Floral nail art
Floral nail art




Leopard nail art - Fun and easy mani

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer evenings with family and friends. I know I am.

This fun leopard nail art is easy. I had on a base coat of Orly Pixy Stix and didn't want to start from scratch. So I decided to add leopard spots to it. I didn't want too many spots so I just used a lower corner of my nails to anchor my starting point.

I used acrylic paint to create the spots. I started with a tan color in the very corner and made it lighter as I came up the top of the nails. Then I used black acrylic paint to create the detail. Of course I used my MASH Nails brushes.

Leopard gradient nail art
Leopard gradient nail art

Leopard gradient nail art
Leopard gradient nail art

Leopard gradient nail art
Leopard gradient nail art


I like how they came out. I haven't been able to do much nail art lately and I have missed it. Question for you though... Am I the only one who holds my breath when I do nail art? I have to keep reminding myself to breathe. And I arch my right foot. What is your quirk when you create nail art?

Windestine 'Girl With The Best Smile' swatches and review

I recently received some polishes from Windestine to share with you. Windestine is an amazing indie maker who has some phenomenal polishes. The one I am going to share with you today is the Girl With The Best Smile.

Girl With the Best Smile was inspired by one of the maker's favorite songs. It consists of micro-fine light green glitter, fine pink glitter and small lavender glitter. It's perfect for spring and summer and the fact that it's a glitter topcoat makes it even more versatile

The formula was great. The glitter applied evenly and laid flat against the nail.

Let's move on to the swatches. Again, this is three coats with no top coat.

Windestine "Girl With The Best Smile" over Sheswai "Ladylike"
Windestine "Girl With The Best Smile" over Sheswai "Ladylike"

Windestine "Girl With The Best Smile" over Sheswai "Ladylike"
Windestine "Girl With The Best Smile" over Sheswai "Ladylike"


Make sure to check out Windestine's Etsy shop to purchase her polish. Girl With The Best Smile, and other polishes, and some other amazing polishes are available.

Also make sure you follow her on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and releases.

This polish was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Enchanted Polish - A Time To Remember

Monday, June 17, 2013

I had to share this gorgeous polish with you. I have a passion for holo polishes. I recently bought Enchanted Polish "A Time To Remember."

These polishes are hard to get as they sell out within minutes of being for sale.

Let's move on to the swatches. This is two coats. But I could have easily gotten away with one coat. I am going to show you two swatches. One in window diffused sunlight and one in normal lighting without a flash.

Enchanted Polish - A Time To Remember - in window diffused sunlight
Enchanted Polish - A Time To Remember - in window diffused sunlight

Enchanted Polish - A Time To Remember - in normal lighting
Enchanted Polish - A Time To Remember - in normal lighting
Follow the Facebook page if you want to keep up with new polishes and sale times.

China Glaze Sunsational Collection - Jellies


China Glaze  is releasing a new Sunsational Collection with 12 summer bright colors. I was lucky enough to have the entire collection to review and share with you. The collection has six vibrant cream polishes and six gorgeous jelly polishes.

This post will feature the jelly polishes. The formula on these varied. Some only took two or three coats; which is great for a jelly. A couple took five coats and you can still see the visible nail line (VNL). But they were perfect to use for a jelly sandwich! Application is much easier if you allow the polish to dry between coats. Jelly polishes are designed to be sheer and full of that dimensional look.


You can see the swatches of the cream polishes in a previous post.

Let's move on to the swatches.

Shell-O (coral-pink) - Shell-O is a gorgeous coral pink jelly. This is two coats. I love this shade. It's bright and is full of dimension.

Shello-O
Shello-O

Your Drive Me Coconuts (purple panic) - is described as a purple. But let me tell you. It is a gorgeous hot pink. This is two coats and the coverage was superb! This is my favorite of the collection.


You Drive Me Coconuts
You Drive Me Coconuts
Heat Index (Hot Pink) -  is another bright pink but it is a bit more muted than You Drive Me Coconuts. This is two coats.



Heat Index
Heat Index

Are You Jelly? (purple) - is a positively poppin' purple. I love this bright grape shade. It is also one of my favorites in the collection. This is three coats.


Are You Jelly?
Are You Jelly?
Isle See You Later (blue) - is a sheer blue polish. This is five coats and you can still see the VNL. It reminds me of the gel toothpaste.

Isle See You Later
Isle See You Later
I liked the color so much but I didn't like seeing so much of the VNL. So I applied it over China Glaze White on White.

Isle See You Later over White on White
Isle See You Later over White on White
I also tried it as a jelly sandwich with China Glaze Water You Waiting For. It's perfect for a jelly sandwich. It's plenty sheer enough to allow the glitter to shine through. This is two coats of Isle See you Later; one coat of  Water You Waiting For and then another coat of Isle See You Later.

Isle See You Later and Water You Waiting For jelly sandwich
Isle See You Later and Water You Waiting For jelly sandwich

Keepin' It Teal (Turquoise) - is a perfect teal - even if it is sheer. This is five coats and again, you can see the VNL.

Keepin' It Teal
Keepin' It Teal
I used it to make a jelly sandwich. This is two coats of Keepin' It Teal; one coat of Water You Waiting For and then another coat of Keepin' It Teal. Again, it's perfect for that jelly sammy!

Keepin' It Teal and Water You Waiting For jelly sandwich
Keepin' It Teal and Water You Waiting For jelly sandwich

China Glaze® Sunsational will be available in July 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Due to differences in screen resolutions and color settings colors may be slightly different.

China Glaze Sunsational Collection - (Creams)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

China Glaze  is releasing a new Sunsational Collection with 12 summer bright colors. I was lucky enough to have the entire collection to review and share with you. The collection has six vibrant cream polishes and six gorgeous jelly polishes.

This post will feature the cream polishes. The formula on these varied. Some took a little more care than others to apply. Some were streaky on the first coat. But I never really expect much from the first coat of polish. Application is much easier if you allow the polish to dry between coats. Neons aren't exactly the easiest to apply anyway, but with careful application you will be pleased.

Let's move on to the swatches. I have a top coat of Seche Vite on in these swatches.

The Sunsational collection includes the following colors:

Sun of A Peach (bright orange) - is a gorgeous color. This reminds me of orange popsicles. This is three coats. This is going to be a staple of my summer manis I think.





Sun of A Peach
Sun of A Peach
 Neon & On & On (pink) - is a bright pink. I wasn't too sure about the neon aspect of it but when I went it the sun it really popped! This is two coats.

Neon & On & On
Neon & On & On

Bottoms Up (pink-purple) - is a vibrant pink shade. This one will be fun on the beach or poolside. This is two coats.

Bottoms Up
Bottoms Up

That's Shore Bright (purple) - is a gorgeous lilac purple. This is three coats.

That's Shore Bright
That's Shore Bright

Too Yacht to Handle (blue-green) - is a gorgeous aqua green. This is three coats. I am not sure it is really a neon as much as it is a bright shade.


Too Yacht to Handle
Too Yacht to Handle
Highlight of My Summer (mint) - is a bright fun summery mint shade. This is two coats. I really like this one.


Highlight of My Summer
Highlight of My Summer
China Glaze® Sunsational will be available in July 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores.


China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Due to differences in screen resolutions and color settings colors may be slightly different.
 

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