Thursday, July 24, 2014

Twin Nails with Stamping Queen: Leadlight & Floral

Hello dear readers!

Last weekend, my fellow nail blogger, Stamping Queen and I planned a twin manicure which would feature the now famous technique among nail stampers: Leadlight. I must say this is the 1st time I was going to try it and I was not sure how it was going to come out.

Here is what we did....More pics and details below ;)

I used Ulta - Snow White as the base for this manicure

Mariana from Stamping Queen blog suggested me that we used Cheeky plate CH44. At first she said we used the upper floral pattern but I told her that I liked the pattern below it. My nails are longer as you see, and the design I used was better for double-stamping without the design looking chopped off.

Now comes the fun part... for the leadlight technique you have to use jelly finish colors and paint on top of the stamped designs. OPI Tints or Mia Secret tints are perfect  for it. In my case, I used a mix of colors from the Mia Secret tints to make pink, purple, blue and yellow. You can use a dotting tool for more accuracy when applying the colors.

After you apply the tints, let dry a bit and add a coat of fast dry topcoat.

Muchísimas gracias Mariana, me divertí mucho haciendo este nail art contigo. Aunque estemos a muchos kilómetros de distancia, fue muy lindo que hayamos podido colaborar en esta manicura ;)
Thank you so much Mariana, I had so much fun doing this nail art with you. We are miles and miles apart but still it's nice we could still do this collaboration ;)

*Visit Stamping Queen blog here or follow her Instagram account @Stampingqueenblog
It is mostly in Spanish but nail art works don't need translation ;)

What do you think of this nail art?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Henna Tattoo Inspired Nail Art

Hello dear readers!

Today I have a nail art inspired on henna tattoo designs.

I've seen many pictures on henna designs done on Indian women for weddings. I think it is such beautiful and intricate work which is done by hand...I am left in awe every time I see those works of art.

Here's my stamping inspired on those designs...

I started by applying a nude tone nail polish by The Face Shop.

Then, I stamped designs from my BuNa B plate.
I used Sally Hansen Insta-dri - Cinna-Snap as the stamping polish.

I think I should have used a color that was more brown, but anyway...

What do you think of this nail art?

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

OPI - Today I accomplished Zero - Swatches and Review

Hello dear readers!

Today, I dedicate a post to show you swatches of  Today I Accomplished Zero by OPI,

This nail polish is is part of the Coca Cola Collection, and this specific color represents Coca Cola Zero.
I've been drooling over this one since I saw the press release pictures and the moment I saw it in store, I grabbed it and then to the counter. I remember looking at the other colors from the collection and explaining my boyfriend what each color represented...I just get excited when there's a color or collection that I like so much.


As you can see, it is a black base, with pink glitter. 
It totally represents Coca Cola and the effervescence of the drink.
Formula-wise it was a bit sheer because it is a jelly base, but 2 generous coats were enough for opacity.
I love glitter nail polishes but they are such a pain to remove... It is nice having sparkly nails, but then comes the dreaded moment of removal...sigh :/

Do you like/own this nail polish?
Which one is your favorite from this collection?

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Nail Swatch Compilation II

Hello dear readers!

Today I have another compilation of nail polish swatches. (click here for the previous one)
I've been doing nail art the previous times, and I think this time nail polish colors deserve a post of their own.

Below, I will post a few pics of each nail color you see here and a brief description.

(All pics can be enlarged for detail)

I will start with Cutie Pop by ILNP
This is a bubblegum pink with linear holographic effect. I think it also has a creamy finish to it. I applied this polish with no issues. I only needed 2 coats for opacity

 Next, I have Baker by Cult Nails
I think I already have my favorites when it comes to nude colors, but here's another I'm adding to the list.
Baker is a tan beige color with a hint of gold shimmer. Applies evenly but you probably need 3 coats for full opacity. In this case, I just used 2 to show some nail free edge and make it look more natural.

Here you can see the gold shimmer

As if the gold shimmer wasn't enough, I added more bling with a gold leaf topcoat.
I think gold leaf and a nude tone nail polish is a killer combination. If you want your nails to look subtle and yet with a bit of an artsy flair to it, this is the way to go.

Last but not least, is Calla Lily by Revlon
This is a sheer white jelly nail polish with gold shimmer. When I got this nail polish, I was a bit skeptic about it. I thought I would have a hard time with streaks or bald spots or pooling. If  you apply in thin layers, this is what you would get. Here, I used 3. I think this one is perfect as a base for any nail art.

Do you own any of these nail colors?

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Monday, July 7, 2014

USA Nail Art, 4th of July

Hello dear readers!

If you live in the USA, I hope you had a nice 4th of July.

I didn't have time to do a proper post about a 4th of July inspired nail art, but here is what I posted on Instagram:

I stamped using Essie - There's no place like Chrome over my red,white, blue base.
I used Bunny Nails holiday plate HD-A for the stars and lines.

In this case, I used Holographic silver, red and blue
-Harp on It by Color Club (silver)
-Vermelho Surreal by Jade (red)
-Summer Stagazing by ILNP (blue)

Very simple but appropriate for the occasion.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Floral Water Decal Nail Art by Born Pretty Store + Review

Hello dear readers!

Today I have a different type of nail art that it's the first time for me to use: Water decals

I seen many beautiful water decal designs int he past but I always had the idea that they would be difficult to apply, but it was all the contrary... Born Pretty Store contacted me to review some of their products and this was the chance to try something different at nail art. The first on my list were these floral water decals.

Keep reading this post for a review on my experience using these decals and where to buy them  ;)

 (All pics can be enlarged)

These are the decals. Very easy to use. 
(You can purchase these decals Here. You can also use my 10% off coupon code: FDB10)

You just cut off the design you want to apply to nails.
Put the decal on water for 10-20 seconds.
Then, take it out, slide off the decal and apply onto your nails.

I used Revlon Colorstay - Calla Lily as the base for this nail art.

Applying the decal was very easy.
It was thin and yet resistant enough to prevent ripping during application
Here, I added gold flakes and glitter polish on the empty spaces.

Overall, using water decals are a very fast and easy way to decorate nails.
I personally liked the end result. 
*This product was sent for me for review purposes.

If you would like to purchase these and other nail art products, you can use my discount code
They also offer free shipping worldwide

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