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Nail Art- Fall Stamping!

Hi guys!

Finally Friday. It couldn’t come soon enough, this week has been insane. I can’t wait to finally get some sleep! I’m going out to a (post) Halloween party tonight, so my post today will be brief. But hopefully, what it lacks in length it will make for in creativity! So let’s get started!

Remember when I reviewed the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure fall 2013 trios a little while back? I commented that I couldn’t wait to stamp with Gold Roses, that delicious coppery shade I swooned over. Well, that time to stamp is now. I started by painting my nails with Rue Beauté 063, a lovely dark brown that screams hot chocolate and warmth. It’s amazing on its own, but it was just begging for more. So I took Konad Stamping plate M-60 and used the paisley design (shown below) to create the design.

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I painted the plate with Gold Roses, scraped off the excess, picked it up on the stamper, and BAM instant nail art. I’m so pleased with how the design turned out! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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I love this color combination. It looks vintage to me. The pattern came out so well! I actually did this design on one of my best friends, Tory, recently as well, with a color combo of Aeropostale Live Love Dream in Key Lime Pie and Essie’s For the Twill of it. Here’s her design!

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Isn’t she a great hand model, too?! Which of these color combos was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

~Beth~

 

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MOTD- Zoya “Maria-Luisa”

Hello all!

It’s Monday once again! I had my first college interview today, and impressed the interviewer with my nails! Never underestimate the power of nail polish, people. It can change the world! And you guys are going to love the world-changing nail color I have for you today!

I’ve been lemming Zoya’s Maria-Luisa ever since it was released with their fall collection this year. It’s a gorgeous gold flaky glitter in a slightly yellow-tinted base. It’s somewhat thick due to the glitter density, but it’s still perfectly usable. While the entire Cashmeres/Satins collection was (and still is) to die for, THIS color was the one I knew I needed, no matter what, and it’s finally mine! And it lives up to my expectations. It’s really meant to be a topcoat, but I decided to try it out on its own. This picture is with 2 coats.

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Yeah, I know, not good looking. However, it’s a whole other story overtop of other colors! I chose a wide variety of colors to swatch Maria-Luisa over. I have Sinful Colors Snow Me White on my thumb, e.l.f.’s Flirty Fuchsia on my pointer finger, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure’s Nightwatcher on my middle finger, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure’s New Wave Blue on my ring finger, and Love and Beauty’s Purple on my pinky, each with one coat of Maria-Luisa overtop in pictures below.

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I really like the pairings I’ve chosen, especially ML over Snow Me White, the gold really stands out! My other favorite is definitely ML over Nightwatcher, the deep navy creme makes the gold glitter look like a smattering of little shiny stars! Which combo is your favorite, and what color combo did I miss that you’d like me to try? Let me know in the comments below!

Maria-Luisa is a great alternative to the super expensive gold leaf topcoats out there. OPI’s The Man With the Golden Gun had a suggested retail value of $30 when it was available in stores, and now it’s hard to find it at all under $75! While ML isn’t a perfect dupe for real gold leaf, it does give a similar effect at the fraction of the real thing’s price, so it’s definitely worth checking out for all my polish sisters on a budget!

Maria-Luisa is a part of the Zoya “Satins” fall 2013 collection, and has a suggestion retail price of $8-$9, as do all regular Zoya polishes. Zoya can be found at select beauty supply stores, as well as on their website, here.

~Beth~


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Nail Art- My First Attempt at Konad Stamping!

Hi everyone!

Happy Sunday! AND THERE’S FINALLY SUN. I seriously haven’t seen the sun in a week, the sight is just too beautiful. How has your weekend been? I’m still coming off a birthday high, lol!

And speaking of birthdays, my friend got me something I’ve been dying to get my hands on for-EVAH, a Konad Stamping set with 3 stamp plates!!!! You don’t understand how excited I am to finally get to try this out! For today’s design, I decided to try out the M-60 Konad plate, with the argyle design.

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To create the design, I started with two coats of Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in Ultraviolet Femme, a gorgeous blue-based purple. I then painted Sinful Colors Snow Me White over the argyle design, and scraped off the excess with the Konad scraper. I picked up the design using a rolling motion with my stamper, and rolled it over the nail. Not going to lie, it took me about 4 tries to get the design you see, and it’s still nowhere near perfect, but with practice, I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it! I then put OPI topcoat over my design, and the purple must have bled into the white, because it now looks like the stamp polish color is lavender. I don’t mind, but I kinda wanted it to be white… I guess next time I’ll wait longer for it to dry. Pictures are below!

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Overall, I’m really excited about having this Konad stamper, and will definitely be doing more designs in the future! What are your thoughts on Konad, or other similar stamping systems? Let me know in the comments below!

If you want to purchase your own Konad stamper, they’re available on Amazon for as little as $5, or you can purchase them off of Konad’s own website, here.

~Beth~

 

 


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MOTD- Revlon Moon Candy “Orbit”

Hi everyone!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! It’s finally here! It’s been a bit of a rough week, but everything seems to have resolved itself and I’m in quite the good mood tonight. Tomorrow’s also my birthday! I can’t wait to celebrate with my friends, since tomorrow night is also my homecoming dance. I’ll be posting a homecoming nail art tutorial tomorrow, so make sure to check out my blog tomorrow for that!

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Today I have for you one of the Revlon Moon Candy polish duos in the color Orbit. Moon Candy polishes are packaged as a double-ended, long, cylindrical tube, with a solid base color on one end and a flaky glitter on the other end. This particular base color is a deep, blue-based plum, perfect for the fall. I actually really love this color by itself. It applies like a dream, and it’s almost completely opaque in one coat! The flakies, on the other hand, I had some issues with. The flakies in this particular set were tinted a blue-purple, though they look blue and teal on the nail over the dark purple base. The flakies pulled the base polish off my nail… and I waited a good 15 minutes for one coat of base to dry before applying the flakies. The flakies are also peeling off my nail, and would more than likely require at least 2 coats of a thick topcoat to tame them. I think they give the polish an unprofessional, muddied look. Maybe that’s just an issue with Orbit, since I’ve never tried any of the other polishes. Pictures below are one coat of base, one coat of flakies, and no topcoat.

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Have any of you had any better luck with this line of polishes? I already had a hard time justifying spending the $8.99 price (since in my opinion, you can get better flakies for less, like the Funky Fingers polish I reviewed here) but I’m super disappointed if they’re all like this. Let me know your opinions in the comments!

Revlon Moon Candy polish duos are sold for $8.99 a bottle, and are found at drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

 


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MOTD- Wet n’ Wild “Gray’s Anatomy”

Hi everyone!

Unfortunately, I had an awful day today :/ I just wasn’t feeling well, the weather was kinda ugly, and there was just too much to deal with at school. I hope you guys like gray colors, because my nail polish is definitely reflects my mood today.

Wet n’ Wild Fastdry in Gray’s Anatomy is my color of choice today. It’s a shimmery muted silver, but has a green and purple/red duochrome to it depending on the light. While it is a bit of a “washed out” color, it really is an amazing sheer. It looks like it would be a brushstroke nightmare, but it actually self-levels really well. It’s opaque enough to wear on its own in 3 coats, but VNL is still an issue, just not a major issue. And, um, it’s not really fast drying… I just nicked a nail typing this and I’ve had it on for 30 minutes. Oh well, I’m pleasantly surprised by this color. It’s been in my unused pile forever and I’m glad I finally tried it! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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This color is a real chameleon- it changes color depending on the light. In the last picture, you can see some brushstrokes, but they aren’t that bad in real life, the camera just enhances them. Overall, I like this polish. What do you think of it, and have you had a better experience with the “Fastdry” aspect than I have? Let me know in the comments!

Wet n’ Wild polishes retail for $0.99-$5 (depending on the line) and can be found at most drugstores (like CVS or RiteAid to name a few) or on their website here.

~Beth~

 

 


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MOTD- China Glaze “Agro”

Hi there everyone!

Happy Saturday! I’m so glad it’s the weekend, but I had SAT tests this morning, so I’m really sleepy and kinda drained. Oh well, hopefully I’ll never have to take them again!

To cheer me up, I decided to pull out one of my favorite all time colors. It’s perfect for fall, but I love it so much, I wear it all the time! It’s China Glaze Agro. This color was part of the hugely popular Capitol Colors Collection from 2012, and I got it in a 4-pack with Smoke and Ashes (a deep black with blue and green flecks), Fast Track (a gorgeous gold-flecked nude), and Luxe and Lush (a red-toned flaky topper). This collection was mind-bogglingly amazing, and I’m still a little mad at myself for not buying more of it. I guess there’s always Amazon for that!

In keeping with the Hunger Games theme, each polish of the collection represented a District, and Agro represents district 11, the agricultural district (hence the name!). Agro is a beautifully deep dark olive green with a subtle gold flash. This is somewhat frosted, but not so much so that brush strokes are an issue. If you apply the polish in even strokes, the brush strokes are hardly visible. It’s slightly on the thicker side, but still completely workable, and you could almost get away with 1 coat because it’s so opaque! I used 2 for pictures below, no topcoat.

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You can see that in some light, the gold and olive color shines through more, and in other light, it has a more pure darkened green.

I love this color, I think it flatters my extremely pale skin tone quite well, and I love the formula! I don’t own that many China Glaze polishes (and I really need to fix that ASAP) but I’m so glad this one’s in my collection! What do you think?

China Glaze polishes retail between $7-$9 a bottle, and can be found at salons, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

PS- Thanks to miss Elektra King, I tried Agro with Luxe and Lush on top and OMG SUCH A SHOWSTOPPING COMBO. It’s like the Girl on Fire on my nails! They shine gold. Thanks for the tip, hon 🙂

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MOTD- OPI “A Woman’s Prague-ative”

Hi there!

While I’m so ready to embrace fall right now, the weather is just not letting me! It was even hotter today than it was yesterday here in the 302- 87˚ F! I’ve got a whole pile of fall nail polishes out in my room ready to be reviewed and the weather is like “nope, it’s still summer”. Well, sorry weather, but in all technicalities, it is fall, so let the autumn themed MOTD continue!

Today I have a GORGEOUS burnt coppery orange color for you from OPI called A Woman’s Prague-ative. Just to clear things up, this was part of the 2013 Euro Centrale collection, hence the central European inspired name (and it’s soooo cute!). I actually have used this color on my blog before, it’s in one of my 31DC2013 posts, here. A Woman’s Prague-ative is such a gorgeous, in-depth shimmer, I don’t even know how to start describing it! It has a very orange glow to it, but when the light hits it, it flashes gold and copper, and even a bit of subtle red. The shimmer is intense, guys. It really packs a punch, and I like it that way! This is a really unique polish- I’ve never seen any other polish quite like this. It’s a total stunner! Formula-wise, it’s also a win. It’s thin, but not so much that it’ll flood your cuticles, and the OPI brush is very effective at applying the color evenly. It’s a bit sheer, but opaque in 3 coats. Pictures below are 3 coats of A Woman’s Prague-ative, no topcoat.

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So what do you guys think about these colors? I know this was an OPI spring release, but I feel like it fits into the fall color scheme better, at least in my opinion! What about you? Let me know in the comments!

OPI polishes retail for about $9, and can be found in beauty supply stores, salons, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

 


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MOTD- Zoya “Feifei”

Hi all!

So, as October has arrived, it’s about time the fall colors start making an appearance on my nails! What makes a fall color, you ask? I tend to think of fall colors as more muted than summer colors- definitely no neons here (with the exception being a neon orange for Halloween!). I love sparkles and satins for fall, and gorgeous, warm tones like golds, reds, oranges, and browns. But I also love wintery navys, greens and blues. Fall is really up to your own interpretation, and this is mine!

So, to start the fall trend right, I went immediately to a polish that has been sitting in my untried bin for far too long: Zoya Feifei. Feifei is a beautiful chameleon of a color. The base is a gray-navy, but there are so many flecks that flash different colors in different lights! There’s a permanent silver/gold sparkle running through it, but I’ve also captured purple, red, orange, and green subtle glints! In other words, it’s pure gorgeousness! The only reason I haven’t worn it until now is because it wasn’t really a summer color! Formula-wise, Feifei is a bit sheer, but buildable in 3-4 coats. It’s very fluid, so be careful not to flood your cuticles, but it’s easy to apply and dries quickly. It dries completely smooth despite the amount of fine glitter packed into it. It’s 5 stars, in my book! Pictures below are 3 coats of Feifei with no topcoat.

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Look at that pure amazingness! I wish I could have included a picture in the sun, but the weather just wouldn’t cooperate for me today :/ Oh well, what can you do about that?

I really love this color, and Zoya is truly one of my favorite brands. I think their bottle design is clean and polished (haha, polish joke…) and immediately draws in the eye, and the quality of the polish inside is superb! What do you all think of Feifei, or other Zoya polishes? Let me know in the comments!

Feifei was released as a part of the Zoya Diva Fall 2012 collection, and can usually still be found at stores today, but is also available on ebay and Amazon. Zoya polishes retail for $8-$9 a bottle, and can be purchased at salons, beauty supply stores (like Ulta or Sally’s), and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 20- Water Marbled Nails!

Hi ladies!

¡Hola chicas!

I cannot believe it’s already day 20 of this challenge! I haven’t missed a day yet! I hope you guys are enjoying my designs so far, because I’m having so much fun making them! Your support has certainly been amazing!

¡No creo que ya sea día 20 de este desafío! ¡Todavía no me he saltado un día! Espero que todas las personas les encanten mis diseños, porque me gusta mucho hacerlos. Su apoyo me ayuda mucho 🙂

Since fall officially begins tomorrow (YAY sweater weather!) I felt inspired to use fall colors in my design. I started with a base of, what else, 1 coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. After that dried, I gathered my colors for the design. The colors I chose are as follows:

Si otoño empieza mañana, quiero usar colores del otoño en mi diseño. Empecé con una basa de Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Después, conseguí mis colores por el diseño. Los colores que elegí son:

OPI I Knead Sour Dough  (burnt burgundy-pink) (café-rosa)

Fresh Paints Dragon Lady (sparkly green) (verde con brillos)

Essie Tart Deco (hot coral) (coral brillante)

Rue Beauté 004 (dark brown) (marrón oscuro)

I tried a new water marble technique today. Instead of drawing lines in the polish when it was on the water, I swirled the polish. I really like how it turned out! The color combination really reminds me of an autumn pumpkin! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

Probé una técnica de water marble hoy. En vez de dibujar líneas en la esmalte cuando está en el agua, me la arremoliné en círculos. ¡Me gusta el diseño final! La combinación de los colores es similar a una calabaza. Imágenes son de OPI Topcoat.

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I love how my design turned out today! Water marble really isn’t a challenge for me, I do it really often, so I wanted to try the new technique to make it something new. I hope you like it!

Me gusta mucho este diseño hoy. Water marble no es un desafío para mi, porque me gusta hacerlo muchas veces. Pues, quería probar la técnica nueva para crear algo nuevo. ¡Espero que les guste!

If you love this look, make sure to share it on social media! I always appreciate your support 🙂

Si le gusta este look, por favor, compártalo en Facebook, Twitter, y otras redes sociales. Me gusta su apoyo 🙂

Tomorrow starts the “inspired by…” part of the challenge. Come visit tomorrow to see what I come up with!

Mañana empieza los “inspired by…” parte del desafío. ¡Visíteme mañana para ver que diseño!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 10- Gradient Nails!

Hi everyone!

So we’re now entering the “patterns” phase of the 31 day challenge! The colors are officially complete! WOO! I’m done the first section, and I didn’t miss a day so far! Be so very proud of me 🙂 I’ll continue to do my best to keep up with the challenge! Hope you’re enjoying it so far!

Today, for gradient nails day, I knew I really wanted to do a muted color palette, since yesterday was an in-you-face political rainbow. And since fall weather is in the air, I thought some gorgeous browns would be perfect for the job! I started out with a light, creamy tan-brown, Rue Beauté 004. The middle color was from the old Wet n’ Wild Craze line, called Rustic. The darkest, rich chocolatey brown color was also a Rue Beauté polish, 063. I sponged all three polishes onto my base of 004 (two times, to ensure opacity) and voila! Beautiful, rustic gradient nails! If you want a more detailed explanation to how I created this gradient manicure, visit my other post on the topic, here. Pictures below are with LA Color Rapid Dry topcoat.

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Sorry for the messy-ish cuticles. I have torn several of them, and acetone currently burns, so I’m trying to give them a bit of a break.

Once again, please share my design on social media if you like it, and feel free to share your designs with me!

Tomorrow is polka dots- I definitely want to do something super cute and creative! Check in tomorrow to see what I come up with!

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~Beth~