Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Zoya - Whispers - Transitional 2016

*Press Sample*

Today I have the Transitional Whispers collection from Zoya to share with y'all.  I'm almost caught up on all my swatches, so lets get straight to it.


zoya whispers swatches review

All of these could be 2 coaters, but I did 3 because they were all kinda sheer....and as usual used Seche Vite as my topcoat.


zoya whispers swatches review april

zoya whispers swatches review april

zoya whispers swatches review april
April - Can be best described as a light, rosy toned neutral that is a modern take on blush - A pinky tan nude cream that is almost a crelly formula. 


zoya whispers swatches review cala

zoya whispers swatches review cala

zoya whispers swatches review cala
Cala - Can be best described as a soft nude with a kiss of warmth - Almost a yellowish tan beige crelly.  Not sure how I feel about it with my skin tone though.


zoya whispers swatches review eastyn

zoya whispers swatches review eastyn

zoya whispers swatches review eastyn
Eastyn - Can be best described as a subtle grayed grape - More like a taupe purple shade. This is one that's not too sheer.


zoya whispers swatches review misty

zoya whispers swatches review misty

zoya whispers swatches review misty
Misty - Can be best described as an easy to wear taupe that is an updated version of gray with just a touch of green - I noted this as a green-ish brown crelly.  I see more brown than gray in this.


zoya whispers swatches review ireland

zoya whispers swatches review ireland

zoya whispers swatches review ireland
Ireland - Can be best described as a uniquely wearable green - It's like a sage green cream. This is another one that's not too sheer.


zoya whispers swatches review lake

zoya whispers swatches review lake

zoya whispers swatches review lake
Lake - Can be best described as a softened blue - It's almost a murky light blue cream. 



These are now currently available on Zoya.com for $10ea.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Navy & Turquoise Marble with 18k Gold Glitter

Hey y'all!  So I recently saw THIS video from@Laqvid (Instagram) for a gorgeous mani & was kinda inspired.  I, of course, went with different colors and techniques, but I wanted to share the inspiration for this because she does some beautiful work. 

china glaze i sea the point dj blue my mind rain dance the night away first mate sephora by opi real 18k gold

If you saw this recent instagram post, you'll know kinda how I did this.


A photo posted by Harri (@trailerhoodchic) on


I used my Uber Chic Beauty Mat and made some decals.  I had to let them dry overnight, though when I did a few the next day I just waited a few hours and it was fine.

china glaze i sea the point dj blue my mind rain dance the night away first mate sephora by opi real 18k gold
For the decal I used all China Glaze shades....First Mate, I Sea The Point, DJ Blue My Mind, and Rain Dance The Night Away.

china glaze i sea the point dj blue my mind rain dance the night away first mate sephora by opi real 18k gold
I used Laqvid's method of putting the polishes down, but then I used a tiny nail art brush to randomly swirl it all around.  It was a little difficult to apply the decals due to my nail shape, but I used a silicone tool from BPS and it wasn't so bad. The ones that had dried longer were more annoying than the fresher ones. 

china glaze i sea the point dj blue my mind rain dance the night away first mate sephora by opi real 18k gold
For the accent nails, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.  Originally I thought ombre, but once I applied Rain Dance The Night Away it was really too pretty to mess with.  So I just pulled out my unused bottle of Sephora by OPI Real 18k Gold top coat out & brushed a layer on, then dabbed more on with a makeup sponge.

china glaze i sea the point dj blue my mind rain dance the night away first mate sephora by opi real 18k gold
I really like how it turned out and definitely plan to do more of these in the future as it's way easier for me than trying to water marble. 

I just did these 2 days ago and I definitely do NOT want to ever remove them.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Win or Fail - Navy & Orange Wedding Nails

Hey y'all!  So back in October, of last year, my little sister got married.  My dress was super easy to find, but as usual the nails were the difficult part.

win or fail wedding nails

I thought I'd do something easy, and with colors that matched the dress.  Little did I know that I'd absolutely hate what I ended up with.

win or fail wedding nails

For this I used Zoya Ember and Lauren B. House of Blues to create an ombre, with the accent nail being a reverse of the others.

win or fail wedding nails

Then I added China Glaze Fairy Dust, because usually it makes everything look great.

win or fail wedding nails
THEN I went even further and added OPI Servin' Up Sparkle over the accent nail, so it wasn't left out....and hated it even more.

I mean, it doesn't really look THAT bad, but I was SOOOOO not happy with it.  What do y'all think?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Summery Zig Zag

Hey y'all!  So today I have a mani that I did over the summer, while my nails were long. I'd ordered a few things from Born Pretty Store, one of those being chevron nail tape, and decided to just do something random.  Lets get to it.

summer nail art

I wanted something really simple, and easy enough to do on both hands.

summer nail art

The polishes I used are Fresh Paint Guava, China Glaze, Mix And Mingle, and BMC (Bundle Monster) #10.


On the ring finger, I used both purples (Mix And Mingle & #10) to have darker tips before using the tape and a dotting tool to put Guava over the top. I almost didn't add the dots, but I thought the blank space needed something.

summer nail art

For the rest of the nails, Guava was the base color & I just used the purples for dots and gradients.  The 2 purples were sponged on separately, so it almost looks like there's more than one shade.

I liked how this turned out.  It was bright and dark at the same time & I think suited the stiletto shape well.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Neon Green with Pink Glitter

Hey y'all!  Today I have another mani that I did over the summer.  I wanted so go with something bright and sparkly and this is what I came up with.

funky fingers limelight orly bubbly bombshell

It was super simple and quick to do.

funky fingers limelight orly bubbly bombshell

I don't remember what pink I used under the glitter, but the green is Funky Fingers Limelight and the glitter is Orly Bubbly Bombshell.

funky fingers limelight orly bubbly bombshell

funky fingers limelight orly bubbly bombshell

I was still adjusting to the nail shape at this time, so I did miss some spots on the tips.  However, unless you're OCD like me, it's really not that noticeable.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

China Glaze Pink & Purple Gradient

Hey y'all!  So today I have a mani that I did over the summer and absolutely LOVED.  Since changing to the stiletto shape, I've had fewer breaks and my mani's have lasted about 2 weeks or so.  It is easier to see when they need to be changed, but I'm loving this shape.

china-glaze-violet-vibes-thistle-do-nicely-dune-our-thing-escaping-reality-gradient-01


I couldn't decide what color to go with, as per usual, so I picked a few pinks and purples.  They just happened to all be China Glaze shades.

china-glaze-violet-vibes-thistle-do-nicely-dune-our-thing-escaping-reality-gradient-01

For the index and pinky fingers, I started off with a base of Dune Our Thing and then kinda dry brushed a little bit of Escaping Reality over rather messily.

china-glaze-violet-vibes-thistle-do-nicely-dune-our-thing-escaping-reality-gradient

Then for the middle and ring fingers, I used Thistle Do Nicely as the base and (one shade at a time) did a gradient using (from base to tip) of Escaping Reality, Dune Our Thing, and Violet Vibes.

china-glaze-violet-vibes-thistle-do-nicely-dune-our-thing-escaping-reality-gradient

I really like how it turned out and how the gradient is kinda messy and almost looks like purple mountains.

china-glaze-violet-vibes-thistle-do-nicely-dune-our-thing-escaping-reality-gradient

How do y'all like it?

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