NOTD: Something Blue!

Well, I’m back on a blue nail polish kick, but I’ve really been missing nail art so I decided to dive back into nail art with this look.

somethingblue | by themani-ac
The base on my pointer, middle and ring fingers is two coats of Zoya Lillian. Then I have two coats of Zoya Purity on my thumb and pinky, to which I then added the marbling. I also added just a little bit of silver leaf to go with the silver striping tape on my ring fingers. I topped everything off with Essie Good to Go.
I looooove how this came out. It was subtle, but so pretty. And.. it went with my engagement ring!  Hence the name of the NOTD, it was definitely part of my inspiration.
I’m really going to try to get back into the swing of nail art, I promise.

Birthday Nails Part 2!

So, my birthday kind of extended into a birthweek… that obviously required a nail change!

nudeandgold | by themani-ac
I decided to keep to the foil/leaf theme. I have two coats of Zoya Rue, then I used my gold leaf and did a more distressed look. I topped it off with Essie Good To Go.
Easy peasy and it looks super cool! What do you think?

NOTD: Birthday Nails!

It’s my birthday! So, I decided to stop being lazy and actually do a NOTD!

ZoyaAbby | by themani-ac

Let me preface by saying that I haven’t done anything with my nails in forever. I’ve been in a bit of a rut, plus I’ve been loving Zoya Blu lately. I decided to finally try one of the new Zoyas that I got… this is Abby.

So, here I have two coats of Abby, once that was dry, I used my silver leaf and created this gradient. I topped everything off with Essie Good To Go.

In terms of Abby, itself, this was the first time I used it, and I’m liking it more than I thought I would. That sounds silly, because… I bought it… why wouldn’t I like it?! But, I’ve been leaning towards blues and just didn’t think this warmer purple would suit me, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It is a thinner formula, but covers nicely and dries super fast. It’s also very shiny without a top coat. So pretty, I love it.

NOTD: Watercolor!

I thoroughly enjoyed my last marble, so I decided to do another, more colorful version!

I’m also tired of snow and ready for spring and summer.

Anyhow, my base for all nails is two coats of Zoya Purity topped with Essie Good to Go. On my thumb, pointer and pinky I created this watercolor effect with Paula Dorf Perfectly Purple, China Glaze Too Yacht Too Handle and Zoya Talia. What I did was thin out each color with some acetone, then apply it to the nail in patches. Then I took more acetone and blobbed it on to thin out the color and create the effect.

I thought it would be too much to do on all the nails so I left my middle and ring fingers white and added the triangle studs. Then topped everything with another coat of Good to Go.

I looooove how the watercolor effect comes out, and it’s super quick and easy! What do you think?

NOTD: Mix and Match!

I haven’t done a NOTD in a lonnnnng while, but I’ve been having a lot of fun with chrome powders!

So, there is a lot going on here. On my pointer I have a base of two coats of Zoya Eastyn, then I used Sparkle & Co gel top coat and new rose gold chrome powder! On my middle and ring fingers, I have a base of two coats of Zoya Megan. I topped off my middle finger with Sparkle & Co gel top coat and then added the Born Pretty Store blue, purple and gold opalescent powders (you can see the blue/purple shift in the photo). On my ring finger I used some silver leaf topped with Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat. My pinky is two coats of Zoya Willa, accented with a rose gold stud an topped with Essie Good To Go,

I also had to show you my thumb! My base is two coats of Zoya Megan, then I used Zoya Alicia to create the drips, topped with Essie Good To Go.

Overall, I really like it! What do you think?

I’ve been using gel and chrome powders a lot lately, so I’m trying to transition back into more regular polishes and nail art. I have some things in mind and will try to get back into the NOTD groove.

 

NOTD: Nude and Rose Gold Chrome!

I’ve jumped back on the chrome train!

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Direct light

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Indirect light

So, on my thumb, pointer and pinky I have two coats of Zoya Sooki as my base. I let that dry for 24 hours then used the Sparkle & Co silver chrome powder and top coat. On my middle and ring fingers I have two coats of Zoya Avery, topped with Essie Good to Go.

I wanted to show you how it looks in direct and indirect light. The direct light is my light box, so you can see the some of particles of the powder. In indirect light, which is normal, everyday light, you can see that it is very chrome and does have that mirror effect.

I love how the chrome powder turns rose gold over the red, so pretty. and shiny! What do you think?

NOTD: Bronze Ruffian!

Man, it’s been a while! I’ve been slacking, I’ve also been really uninspired, but I was feeling fall-ish so I had to do something!

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So, my base is two coats of Zoya Lake. Over top, I have two coats of Essie Leggy Legend. Super simple, but it gets that fall feeling across. Leggy Legend is the perfect fall bronze!

What are your favorite colors to wear in the fall?

 

NOTD: Matte Marble Take 2!

So, I’m still not feeling very Halloween-ish… I’m more feeling white nail polish haha

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My base here is Zoya Purity (surprise!). Then I dry marbled with more Purity, Zoya Ziv and Essie Leggy Legend. Of course, that wasn’t enough for me so I added some silver striping tape and matted out the whole thing with Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat.

I love how this came out! The gold and white matte marble is so pretty. What do you think?

NOTD: Marbled and White!

So after my Halloween fail, I decided to go in a completely different direction.

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My base is two coats of Zoya Purity on all nails. Then I used Purity, Zoya Lillian, Zoya Talia and Essie Leggy Legend to do the marble. I decided to do a dry marble using my stamper. What I did was add a few blobs of polish in every color the nail and gently blotted it with my stamper to get the marbles effect. After the marbled nails were set, I added studs to the white ones and topped  everything off with Essie Good To Go.

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This is a close up of my marbled thumb because I love how it came out! (sorry if it’s a little blurry)

I absolutely love this technique. I don’t have the patience to water marble any more and I think this just comes out better for me most of the time. What do you think?

 

NOTD: Halloweenish?

I was going for something a little Halloween related, not sure if I actually got there lol

distressedholo

The white base is two coats of Zoya Purity and the black is two coats of Zoya Willa. On the white nails, I sponged on some Willa and Purity to get the grey in the background then dry brushed some Willa over it. On my middle fingers, I mixed LA Girl Uninhibited  with some holo glitter from Wet n’ Wild Fantasy Makers. Then I thought it was too glittery and added two more coats of Uninhibited over it. I topped everything off with Essie Good To Go.

So, I wish this was a little more Halloween-ish lol. I’ll have to try again.