Showing posts with label nail art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nail art. Show all posts

KBShimmer adds some bling to stamped nail art

Monday, May 4, 2015


I recently received some of the KBShimmer Summer 2015 Collection to share. And while I don't have swatches up yet, I have created some fun nail art with them.

For this glitzy and glam nail art I used Sun & Games. This polish is a super blingy gold microglitter. I used three light coats for full coverage, but I honestly think two would suffice. To add a little bit of color I applied a few different colors of alcohol inks. I love how the inks give a subtle color change to the polish. Then I stamped over it using Fab Ur Nails image Plate Fun 14.

Stamped nail art using KBShimmer Sun & Games and Fab Ur Nails image plate

OPI SoftShades Collection swatches, review, bridal nail art

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


OPI, is celebrating the lighter side of nail color with The SoftShades Collection. This collection of blushes, nudes, and matte shades delivers rich, true-to-bottle color with just a few coats, even in the lightest hues. I'm excited to be able to share these with you. These shades simply scream "wedding" to me. These polishes are perfect for a walk down the aisle or an everyday soft and subtle look. I used one of these sheer polishes to create a stunning bridal nail art look.
 

So let's take a look at these sheer polishes. 


Stamped nail art is habit forming

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I stamped yet again. This is becoming a habit for me. I love the different looks I can get with a fun base and the swish of a stamp.

For this one I used an alcohol ink base. I like using alcohol inks. They are so much fun and create a fun, marbled look. Then I stamped with Mundo De Unas Cream stamping polish and used BundleMonster image plate XL07.

Stamped nail art using Mundo De Unas stamping polish, BundleMonster XL07 and alcohol inks for the base.

I love the way the look came together. The colors just complement each other and the design works well over the alcohol ink base.

What do you think? What colors would you use?

These products were purchased by me.

Western-themed stamped nail art

Monday, April 27, 2015

I created some western-themed nail art for an event I attended and I love it. Saturday night my husband and I attended a fundraiser/dinner for Cheyenne Frontier Days. If you haven't heard of Cheyenne Frontier Days - well, it's huge. The events surrounding the "Daddy of 'Em All" occur year round and my husband and I have been volunteers forever. 

I used my new found stamping courage and set to work. I used OPI Alpine Snow for the base and then made a gradient using OPI Fly and Elevation Polish Thunder Basin from the Wyoming the Wild collection.

Then I stamped the barbwire using BundleMonster image plate XL 21 and the boots and horse using Konad S5.

The color theme definitely looks western and the stamping just adds to the look. 

Western themed stamped nail art with barbwire, boots and a horse

I think I am going to have to use my stamps a little more because I love how this turned out. What do you think?

All of the products were purchased by me except for Elevation Polish Thunder Basin, which was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.


Stamping out the stamping bugs

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I convinced myself that I had to try stamping to create nail art again. I have never had much luck with stamping and couldn't seem to transfer a clean image to my nails. Well, I am glad I tried again. Laurie from Dressed Up Digits gave me the courage to try again.

A little while back, I purchased some Mundo de Unas stamping polish. Well, it sat on my desk for weeks before I gathered the courage to attempt nail art with stamping. Let me tell you... it made all the difference in the world. I am extremely excited as this opens a whole new nail art door for me!

I started off with a base coat of OPI Alpine Snow and added an alcohol ink marble to it. I used Mermaid and Poppyfield inks. I love alcohol inks for a quick marbled look. Then I stamped with Mundo de Unas Blue Navy and an image from the XL 18 plate from BundleMonster. The Blue Navy polish transferred flawlessly to my nails. There was no lifting of the polish or bald spots left behind.   I still need to work on my placement though. The image plate was also easy to work with.


Stamped nail art using Mundo de Unas polishes and BundleMonster image plates.

I will definitely be increasing my stash of image plates and stamping polishes. I know that a lot of people have great luck using normal polishes to stamp with - and I will eventually try those again - after I build my confidence and skills.

Have you tried Mundo de Unas? What do you stamp with for a clean image?

I purchased this Mundo polish (and quite a few others) from llarowe.

Bright floral nail art using KBShimmer

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


You know how I love floral nail art. So I had to create some simple floral nail art using a few of the KBShimmer sun-bleached neons from the Summer 2015 Collection.

It's bright, fun and sure to be an eye-catcher. I used Lei It Again for the base color. Lei It Again is an electric pink creme and is perfect to wear on its own or as a base for nail art.

Then I used Rum Me The Right Way to create the bright yellow petals. I added a dab of Eyes White Open for the centers and For Sail By Owner for the bright green leaves.

Neon floral nail art using KBShimmer bleached neon creme polishes

These polishes were easy to work with. I had no issues with application. 

Neon floral nail art using KBShimmer bleached neon creme polishes

I topped it off with KBShimmer Clearly On Top for a fast finish. 

The KBShimmer Summer Collection will be launching on May 15, 2015 and the cremes will be available for $7.50.

Follow KBShimmer on facebook | twitter | instagram to keep up to date with new collections and specials.
KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team, Jason and Christy Rose. 

KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter-grabbing brush for easy application. 
KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish topcoat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps, and other skin care products. 

This polish was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.


A sweet finish to Digital Dozen Childhood theme.

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's the final day of the Childhood Theme for the Digit-al Dozen. I wrapped it up with some simple gumball machine nail art.

Who doesn't remember staring at the gumball machines every time we walked by one? I was taught never to ask, but it didn't stop me from staring a hole through it... Usually my dad got the hint and would ask me if I wanted one. The answer was always "yes, please!"

I used a white base color and various neon shades for the gumballs. The red for the top and bottom is "Hoosier Daddy" from Girly Bits.


Such a fun and simple mani. But one that brings back so many memories. I always hoped for a blue gumball - I loved how they turned my mouth neon blue.


Now let's look at some of the other Childhood memories from the amazing ladies of the Digital Dozen.










Digital Dozen remembers childhood - Tire swing nail art

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's day four of the Digit-al Dozen Childhood theme. I chose to do more detailed nail art than I have created so far for this challenge. I love this tire swing in a tree.

It actually wasn't too difficult I used a larger raggedy brush to dab on the leaves of the trees. I used Zoya Flynn for the brown dirt. Who doesn't remember the worn dirt area under the swing? Then I used Colors by llarowe Mile High Manicure for the blue in the sky. The rest was created using acrylic paints.

This brings back so many memories. A warm summer day in the swing; hair flying as we went to and fro. Times were simple then.

Let's take a look.


Tire swing in a tree nail art

Tire swing in a tree nail art

Now let's look at some of the other Childhood memories from the amazing ladies of the Digital Dozen.








Digital Dozen Remembers Childhood - Day Three Neon Water Marble

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Today is Day Three of the Digital Dozen Childhood theme. I was raised an only child and most days I had to entertain myself. I spent a lot of time with my hula hoops. I remember how bright and neon they were. I hooped for hours everyday. I actually got quite good at it. I was able to hoop with several at a time and could make them raise up to my neck and then my arm, and then even down to my ankles and back up.


Now that I think of it, it was excellent exercise. Maybe I should pick it up again? I said "maybe," so don't hold me to that.

But I do remember how the colors of the hoops mingled together. So to pay tribute to those days I created a water marble with the upcoming Girl Bits Hoop! There It Is collection.

These polishes marbled amazingly well. Let's take a look!


Girly Bits Hoop! There It Is water marble


Girly Bits Hoop! There It Is water marble


Girly Bits Hoop! There It Is water marble

The Hoop! There It Is Collection launches on April 19, 2015. Make sure to check it out!

See the swatches on this post.


Now let's look at some of the other Childhood memories from the amazing ladies of the Digital Dozen.









Digital Dozen Day One Tic Tac Toe Inspired Nail Art

Monday, April 13, 2015


It's Digit-al Dozen time again. The theme for May is "Childhood." For the first post I created some simple nail art inspired by the age-old game - Tic Tac Toe.

I used Colors by llarowe "Broncos Baby!" for the base color. Then I used OPI Alpine Snow for the grid, Xs and Os. I finished it off with a top coat of Girly Bits Polish Matte'rs for a matte finish. It almost gives it a chalkboard look.

This is a really simple mani, but I love the way it turned out.


Nail art inspired by Tic Tac Toe.

What do you think? Check out the other childhood inspired manis created by the talented ladies in the Digital Dozen below.






Amp it up with a neon leopard print using China Glaze Electric Nights

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


The newest China Glaze Collection "Electric Nights" screams for some neon nail art. So I used a few of them in a neon leopard print.

I used Red-y to Rave, Home Sweet House Music, Daisy Know My Name, Liquid Leather and White on White to create this amped up leopard print. (Liquid Leather and White on White are part of previous China Glaze collections. You can see swatches of the collection on my previous post here.

This is a relatively easy nail art look to achieve. I have a tutorial of it that I previously posted here. One thing I can say is my photos have improved immensely. This tutorial was posted a couple of years ago. It's still one of my favorite nail art looks.

China Glaze - Neon Leopard Print Nail Art

China Glaze - Neon Leopard Print Nail Art

China Glaze - Neon Leopard Print Nail Art

China Glaze® Electric Nights April 2015 is available at fine beauty supply stores and salons nationwide including Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply for about $7.50. 
For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).  
These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors can display colors differently.


Mountain Landscape Nail Art: Digital Dozen Day Five

Friday, March 13, 2015

It's the final day of Digital Dozen and I liked the mountain scene I posted earlier so much that I had to try something along the same lines.

This one is a little more abstract. I definitely used the Bob Ross method for some of it. But it worked.

I used Zoya Lillian for the sky and Zoya Rayne for the water. I love how Rayne actually provides the shimmer for the lake. The rest of the scene was created using acrylic paints.



Mountain and lake landscape nail art




I can't wait until next month's Digital Dozen theme. In the meantime, check out some of the other nature-themed nail art looks below.








Layered Floral Nail Art - Digital Dozen Day 4

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It's Day Four of the Digital Dozen Nature Week. I decided to try a new technique. Well, I am sure someone has done it, but it's new to me.

I decided to see what it would look like if I layered designs between top coat. So, it's sort of like a pond mani... but clear.

I started off with a base color of Elevation Polish "Storm in the Morning Light." Then I painted the leaves and stems with metallic green acrylic paint. Then I applied a coat of Seche Vite. After that dried I applied the light purple petals and then another coat of Seche Vite. I repeated that for the dark petals and then the yellow centers. It really does give it a three dimensional look.


Floral "layered" nail art





Floral "layered" nail art







I may have to try this with different designs. I kind of like the illusion.

See some more nature-themed nail art looks below.








Tropical Sunset Nail Art - Digital Dozen Day Three

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

It's day three of Digital Dozen week. This week is all about nature. And I am having so much fun with this theme.

Today's post is tropical and colorful. This beach landscape scene makes me want to be somewhere warm.

I used Zoya Polishes for this nail art. The yellow is Zoya Pippa; the blue for the water is Zoya Breezi; the lighter blue in the water is Zoya Lillian; the black for the land is Zoya Willa; and the highlights in the sky are Zoya Eden, Arizona and Monica. I used acrylic paint for the trees.

A top coat of HK Girl provides the protection and shine. 

Beach sunset with palm tree tropical nail art


See more amazing nature-themed nail art looks below.








Floral nail art for Digital Dozen Nature Week: Day Two

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It's Day two of Digit-al Dozen Nature Week.

Nature means I can create the things I love - florals and landscapes. Today is a fun floral.

I used alcohol inks for the base. To protect my nails and cuticles from getting stained, I applied Crystalline Nail Veil from Color4Nails. However, I didn't get it close enough to the edges and did end up with some staining. But it washed off easily in the shower. 

I used acrylic paints for the flowers and stems. I love working with acrylic paint. It doesn't dry out quickly, which means you can use a very small amount. And if you feel like you really messed it up you can wash it off - providing you applied a good top coat before using the paint.


Floral nail art over alcohol ink base





The Digit-al Dozen is a small group of diverse nail art bloggers that post nail art inspired by a new monthly theme for five days in a row. You can find us blogging away the second week of each month! See the other nature looks below. 







Crystalline Nail Veil was previously provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Digital Dozen Does Nature: Day One

Monday, March 9, 2015


It's another Digit-al Dozen week. The Digit-al Dozen is a small group of diverse nail art bloggers that post nail art inspired by a new monthly theme for five days in a row. You can find us blogging away the second week of each month!

This month's theme is Nature. I am loving this theme. It means I get to create some floral and landscape nail art. I realize there are lots of other things that could fit into this category. But I was excited to do something I love.

This mountain scene was created with Elevation Polish and acrylic paint. I used Elevation Lake of the Isles for the sky and Bohai Sea for the water. The gray in the mountains were created using Thracian Sea. I used acrylic paints for the rest of it. White acrylic paint applied with a QTip made the fluffy clouds.

I hear so many people say they can never create intricate nail art. Well, yes you can. Landscapes and florals are oh-so-forgiving. Mine aren't perfect - and they never will be. To create a landscape scene, simply break it into sections. One element at a time.


Landscape mountain scene nail art

I used a top coat of HK Girl to seal it in and protect the nail art.





Some of these products were previously provided to me for an honest review and some were purchased by me. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

See some of the other amazing creations of natures by some talented ladies.





NOTD: Stamped accent nail

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I had a fun event to attend last night. And like most of us, I wanted my mani to match my outfit. I had a black lace jacket that I wore over a hot pink shirt. So I wanted to do something lacy to match. However time was limited so I needed something I could do in a short amount of time. Accent nail to the rescue.

I used Zoya Whitney and Raven. The stamp is from Fab Ur Nails plate Fun 5. I used acrylic paint to paint the flowers over the lattice, which I was hoping would look like lace. And it did - from arm's length away. Adding the flowers helped as I am not a strong stamper. So I placed the flowers over the areas that didn't transfer well.


Stamped nail art with freehand flowers

It completely matched the colors in my jacket and shirt. I am pleased how it turned out.


Matte or glossy? How about both?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I have a simple, yet oh-so-glam look for you today. Simple is always a good thing. There are times when I like to get into the detailed work and spend lots of time on my nail art. But that is therapy for me.

Then there are the times when I want something that looks good, but doesn't take a lot of time. This is one of those creations.

I used two coats of Colors by Llarowe Vincent and then applied a coat of Pure Ice Matte Top Coat.

Matte with glossy accents nail art

After the matte top coat dried, I applied some curved lines and dots with Vincent again.

Matte with glossy accents nail art

That's it. Easy at its best.

These polishes were purchased by me. Well, Vincent was previously sent to me for review; but I purchased another bottle for a back-up.

St. Patrick's Day nail art created with Salon Perfect

Monday, March 2, 2015


Today I have for you a fun St. Patrick's Day nail art look created with a special collection from Salon Perfect. Four of the polishes are from the core line, and two of the polishes can only be obtained if you win a giveaway! (There's only 100 of these polishes.) They are custom-blended* polishes just for this giveaway. In other words, you can only own them if you win them. And the great news is -- twenty Set in Lacquer readers will win this St. Patrick's Day Collection. Yes, you read that right... 20 winners! The giveaway ends tomorrow, March 3, 2015.
You can enter the giveaway here

But in the meantime, let's look at a couple of the polishes. I couldn't decide what look I wanted to go for, so I created a mixed mani. I used KBShimmer nail vinyls to create the stripes on the index nail.
St Patrick's Day Nail Art



For this look, I used Sugar Cube - a pure white cream, Loopy Lime - a neon green creme, Sham-rock Your Socks Off - a fun green and white glitter (which is one of the custom blended polishes), Escape to Neverland - A Peter Pan green creme polish and Gold Leaf - a metallic gold polish. If you just can't wait to see if you win these, you can purchase the polishes from the core line at Walmart. 

Follow Salon Perfect on their social media channels to stay current on new collections and specials.
 
This polish was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors can display colors differently. 

May the 'Luck of the Irish" be with you - Salon Perfect St. Patrick's Day Collection

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Today's post is the first of several. Salon Perfect has put together a great St. Patrick's Day Collection. Four of the polishes are from the core line, and two of the polishes can only be obtained if you win a giveaway! They are custom-blended* polishes just for this giveaway. In other words, you can only own them if you win them. And the great news is -- twenty Set in Lacquer readers will win this St. Patrick's Day Collection. Yes, you read that right... 20 winners! 

You can enter the giveaway here

But in the meantime, let's look at a couple of the polishes. I created some simple nail art using Loopy Lime. I love this neon lime shade. It has the perfect bit of shimmer.

Salon Perfect Loopy Lime

Then I added one of the custom-blended "only-own-it-if-you-win-it" glitters on my index nail. This is "Luck of the Irish." On the ring finger I added a wide diagonal stripe (I used KBShimmer's straight line nail vinyls to help) of Salon Perfect "Gold Leaf." The small shamrock was created using Loopy Lime.


Here's a closeup of Luck of the Irish. This clear based top coat has small green glitters and larger flakes of gold. It is perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Salon Perfect - Luck of the Irish

I am going to have fun with this collection. Stay tuned for more swatches and nail art. 


These Salon Perfect Polishes are available at select +Walmart  stores nationwide for $3.98. Well, except for the two custom-blended glitters. To get those you are going to have to enter and win! Salon Perfect has affordable, quality polishes. Make sure to check them out.

Follow Salon Perfect on Facebook to keep up with new releases.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


 

 

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