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31DC2013 Day 18- Half Moon Nails!

Hi everyone!

I went a bit unorthodox with my design today… it’s reminiscent of today’s theme, but not quite…. but hey, I like being creative. I wanted to do something different. And thus, I arrived at today’s design. I hope you’ll like it regardless!

A traditional half moon manicure looks a little something like this (picture taken from Cutepolish– if you haven’t visited her youtube channel before, DO IT NOW! She’s amazing at nail art!):

Taken from cutepolish

Taken from cutepolish

While I love the way this design looks, I really wasn’t feeling it for my nails today (don’t ask why, I get “nail moods” lol). I wanted to do something different. I wanted to incorporate texture polish into the design, and use a different shape than the original curve. I started out with a base coat of 4 coats of Love and Beauty Pink. Love and Beauty actually has several nail polishes named pink…. this pink is the one I posted as a MOTD here. It’s super super sheer, so that’s why it took 4 coats, but the amazing blue shimmer in it was absolutely necessary to play off my contrasting color. I then cut pieces of scotch tape into triangle shapes, and placed them at the bottom of my nail. I then painted over my nail and the tape using OPI Can’t Let Go, one of the Mariah Carey Liquid Sand colors from early 2013. This color is TO DIE FOR. Seriously guys. I swoon. It’s a rich medium blue jam packed with silver holo hex glitters in all sizes (though mostly small). So perfect. Go find this polish. Now. I implore you. Even if you don’t like textured polishes, you’ll love this (it smoothes out wonderfully with topcoat). I immediately pulled off the tape, and voila! Texture, triangular half moon nails…. Well, ok, not half moon nails anymore, half moon INSPIRED nails! Pictures below are without topcoat.

Indoor, artificial light

Indoor, artificial light

Indoor, artificial light Slightly blurry to see the glitter sparkle

Indoor, artificial light
Slightly blurry to see the glitter sparkle

I hope you guys like this design- let me know how you feel about it in the comments!

Once again, I invite you to share this blog and my designs on social media to spread the word, and I’d love to do the same for you! Visit the “contact me” page to find out how to get in touch with me!

Tomorrow is galaxies day! I’m a little stumped on that one, I’m going to have to find some serious inspiration before tomorrow!

31DC2013

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OTHER NAIL ARTISTS’ HALF MOON NAIL DESIGNS!!!!

 

~Beth~

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OPI Winter 2013: The Mariah Carey Holiday Collection!

Hi everyone!

So, we all remember Mariah Carey’s original OPI collection (who could forget the beginning of the “liquid sand” trend?). The colors were beautiful and trendy, and truly all must-haves! For OPI and Mariah Carey lovers alike, OPI’s limited edition holiday collection will be a dream come true! Mariah Carey and OPI have teamed up to create a limited edition collection of lacquers inspired by Mariah’s holiday album, and the holiday season! Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive VP and artistic director, says that the 18 polishes in this collection “evoke the warmth, beauty, energy and positive spirit that’s present in Mariah’s music”, and I must agree! The polishes in this collection are deep, rich colors, like reds, golds, champagnes, and more, and truly evoke a sophisticated image of the holiday season! Pictures below are from OPI’s press release, and are from Bohemian Varnish.

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OPI describes the polishes as the following:

  • My Favorite Ornament – Make this champagne glitter your new personal favorite.
  • All I Want for Christmas (is OPI) – This marvelous maroon is present-ly my top choice.
  • Cute Little Vixen – This deep red violet has foxy written all over it.
  • Underneath the Mistletoe – Is my kiss as spicy-sweet as this candy-apple red?
  • In My Santa Suit – This generously pigmented red is worth staying on the “nice” list.
  • Visions of Love – I see this rich burgundy in my immediate future.
  • Warm Me Up – This spiced coffee hits all the cold spots.
  • Wonderous Star – This gold-flecked shimmer has heavenly shine.
  • All Sparkly and Gold – What more can we say…the name says it all.
  • Sleigh Ride for Two – There’s only room left for this dark hot chocolate.
  • Ski Slope Sweetie – This golden pearl is everybunny’s favorite.
  • I Snow You Love Me – Just like I snow you love this disco light confetti.
  • Silent Stars Go By – This blush of textured pink has parades of sparkle.
  • Baby Please Come Home – Can’t wait to see you…in this textured and sparkling lilac.
  • Make Him Mine – But make this textured glistening rose mine first!
  • It’s Frosty Outside – This frosted silver is so icy it’s hot.
  • Emotions – This dramatic sparkling coal has got me feeling fine.
  • Kiss Me at Midnight – It’s time to fall in love with this frosted ice blue.

I don’t know about you guys, but I NEED I Snow You Love Me in my life. A silver sequin glitter!!!!! When it arrives at my local Ulta, I will most definite be picking it up! Other favorites from the press release pictures include Wonderous and All I Want For Christmas (is OPI). My favorite of the Liquid Sands HAS to be Kiss Me at MidnightWhich polish will you be picking up out of this collection? Let me know in the collection!

Oh, did I mention? There’s a new WHITE GOLD topcoat being released with this collection! We all remember The Man With the Golden Gun 18-karat gold topper released with the James Bond collection. I’m so excited to see a white gold and silver topper, I really hope it’s as classy as it sounds!

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This collection will be officially released in October 2013, though many bloggers have been reporting seeing them showing up in their local Ulta stores. OPI polishes will retail for $9 a bottle, and can be found at beauty supplies stores, as well as on OPI’s website, here.

~Beth~


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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- OPI “The Impossible”

Hi guys!

This is my first of two posts today. I promise, I’m not going to fall behind on the 31 day challenge! But it IS Wednesday after all, and on Wednesdays, we wear pink, so I also have a pink polish to share with you today!

OPI’s The Impossible was released with their Mariah Carey collection in Winter of 2012. This was one of the first four Liquid Sand polishes OPI ever released- and pretty much began the trend of textured nail polish. The Impossible is a bright pink jelly polish packed with tiny reddish pink hex glitters, and larger, lighter pink hex glitter. In the full size bottle, there are also silvery star glitters, but I have a mini bottle from their 4 piece Mariah Carey mini set, so no stars for me. I don’t really mind it- I kinda like it better without the stars! This polish dries to a very textured matte, but a coat or two of topcoat will smooth is out somewhat and give it a lovely shine that actually deepens the pink color! The first two pictures below are the polish on its own, and the last two are with Ulta Color Enhancing Top Coat.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

I love this polish, but in my opinion, I’m not a huge fan of textured polishes. I keep touching my nails all the time, and it’s distracting and sorta weird for me. The color of the polish I love though, and I especially like the added depth that topcoat adds to it. Overall, I like this polish! (and the rest of the polishes from this collection, lol).

What is your opinion on textured polishes? Love ’em or leave ’em? Let me know in the comments!

#31DC2013 post will be up later this evening! Keep looking out for it!

~Beth~