Amazon Nail Art Haul!

I had a $50 Amazon gift card burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided to use most of it on some nail art stuff that I’ve been wanting!

I got a silicon mat for stamping, and a clear stamper.

Then I got a pack of 5 opalescent powders and a silicon tool for them and my chrome powders. You get 5 colors: blue, purple, green, pink and yellow, I’ve labeled then with letter so I know which is which lol.

Finally, I couldn’t not get some glitter! I got this pack of 12 different glitter combinations. Each container has three different size round glitters.

So far, I’ve used the blue opalescent powder over white polish. It turned the white more into a cream, but it did give it a blue flash/undertone, which was really cool. I need to test them over black to see them better though.

I also used some of the glitter on a friend of mine, and I love them! I did kind of like a gradient over black and it came out really cool!

Please ignore our ugly tablecloth lol. That glitter looks great though! I’m really happy with everything I’ve bought so far.

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NOTD: Summer is here!

It’s finally suuuummmerrrrr! Granted, I really thought it was still May. But now that it feels like summer, it’s time for a mani that feels like summer summered all over it!

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And so, this was born! My base is two coats of Zoya Purity, then I sponged on China Glaze  Too Yacht To Handle and Sun Worshiper, Essie The More the Merrier and Color Club Raspberry Rush. When everything was blended to my liking, I let it set then topped it with a coat of Sally Hansen Disco Ball. And, of course, last but not least, Essie Good to Go.

It reminds me of cotton candy and unicorns and happy summer things! What do you think?

NOTD: Mermaid Tails!

Well, I’m in Disney World! And I always need to have a mani for the occasion. This year, I went with a mermaid theme!

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I like my Disney nail art to be more subtle, no Mickeys or polka dots for me.

My base is two coats of Zoya Lillian. Then I used scale stencils (I forgot where I got them from, but you can find them all over the internet) with ILNP Time In A Bottle, Sinful Colors Nail Junkie and Sephora Formula X Hubba Hubble. I used a sponge and sponged on the polishes over the stencil, carefully removed and moved on to the next nail. I actually used two stencils, one for each hand. I didn’t want to waste 10 of them, but they do start to lose stickiness, but if you work fast, two is just enough. When everything was stenciled, I added two coats of Essie Good To Go.

I love how this came out! What do you think?

NOTD: Grey Watercolor!

This is my first watercolor mani (as far as I remember)… GASP! Well, here goes!

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My thumb, pointer and pinky are two coats of Brucci Alexandra’s “Hot” Gray. For my middle and ring, I did two coats of Zoya Purity, then topped everything with a coat of Essie Good To Go.

For the watercolor, I used Zoya Willa, Dove and Jin Soon Heirloom. What you do is either is mix a drop of polish with either acetone or nail polish thinner and then dab it on with a nail art brush so it looks similar to watercolor.

I was thinking about adding stud or something, but I actually liked it the way it was. What do you think?

NOTD: Gold Dots!

I’ve been liking gold lately, and I’ve been waiting to use Essie Leggy Legend!

whitegolddotsMy base is two coats of Zoya Purity, then I used a small dotting tool with Leggy Legend. Topped it off with Essie Good To Go. I’m super happy that none of the dots smudged! And I’m glad they all came out relatively the same size, especially since I was doing this while watching game 2 of the World Series lol.

I really like how it came out, I’m not always into dots, but I do like this. It kind of reminds me of wrapping paper, but it might be too early for that haha. What do you think?

NOTD: Black and Gold

I’m not sure what inspired this one, I think it just came to me after watching various gel nail videos on Youtube lol.

blackandgoldMy base on all nails is two coats of Zoya Willa with Essie Good to Go as top coat. Then I added the gold leaf, either scattered or on my tips. I apply it by applying clear polish, then laying the gold leaf over it. Then I pat it down, so nothing sticks up, let it set and seal with Essie Good to Go. If the leaf still felt bumpy, I just added another coat of Good to Go.

I love how this came out! What do you think?

NOTD: Dry Marbling!

I really wanted to do some water marbling, but epic failed. So, I decided to attempt dry marbling!

drymarble2Instead of trying to dry marble on the actual nail, I decided to try making some nail polish stickers! Kind of like reverse stamping. So what I did was take a piece of parchment paper, then used Zoya Ziv, Remy and Belinda to make the marble. I painted a square of Ziv, then did stripes in the order of Belinda, Ziv, Remy, Ziv and then created the pattern by dragging a dotting tool through all the polishes. Then I let them dry overnight so I’d be able to remove them.

Once they were dry, I gently peeled them from the parchment, trimmed them and ten applied to the nail, just like you would a reverse stamp. And topped them off with Essie Good to Go.  drymarbleAnd this is what I got! The pointer and middle looked really good! The ring and pinky and kind of rough. I also had a tough time with cleanup because of all the glitter lol. I think I’d stick with less glittery polishes next time, and maybe something that looks less like Mardi Gras. What do you guys think?

Proclaim White Super Bond Hair Glue for Nail Art Initial Thoughts!

If you browse nail art in Instagram, you’ve probably seem a multitude of videos using liquid latex for clean up. It looks awesome, but it’s pretty expensive, around $22. So I did some research and found an alternative!

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Hair glue! I read that this stuff works just as well as the liquid latex and only costs around $2 at Sally’s!

For my first attempt, I decided to actually fill an empty polish bottle with the glue so I could apply it with a brush. My first warning… this stuff smells awful! Absolutely terrible, so don’t go sticking your face too close to it. After I got over the smell, I applied it to each finger and let it set up, which took about 2 minutes.

Once it was set, I sponged on a bunch of glitter and peeled off the glue. It comes off very easily, it does dry clear though, so it can be difficult to see. You could probably add some color pigment to it so you can see it better once it’s dry.

Make sure to put on a decently thick coat, otherwise it’ll be too thin and will rip when you remove it. Thicker coats come off much easier.

Overall,so far, I think this is a great cheap alternative. I’ll keep testing and update you guys later!

Have you used this or liquid latex for nail art? Opinions? Suggestions?

NOTD: Classic Fall

It might not feel like fall yet, but I’m in the fall mood! And this year, I’m super into pairing nudes and vampy, dark reds.

classicfallMy base for my pointer, middle and pinky is two coats of Zoya Anja. For my ring and thumb, I have two coats of Zoya Chantal. For the leopard spots, I used Zoya Willa and a small dotting tool. Then I filled some of the spots in with Essie Leggy Legend (another one that’s perfect for fall). Once everything was set, I topped each nail with NYC Matte Me Crazy.

It’s simple, but I love the leopard, I think it’s my best one to date. What do you guys think?

First Try at Reverse Stamping!

I feel like reverse stamping was all the rage for a while, and I wasn’t able to try it because of my super lame stamping plates! Well, if you saw my last post, you know that now I’m 21 plates richer and I finally got to try reverse stamping!

reversestamping

So, my pointer finger is two coats of Zoya Purity, my middle is two coats of China Glaze At Vase Value and my pinky is two coats of Zoya Ziv (bonus: my thumb is two coats of Zoya Belinda).

For the reverse stamp, I used Purity for the actual stamp, then I applied some Essie Good To Go. Once that was dry, I filled in the pattern with Ziv, Belinda and At Vase Value. Once that was set, I applied a coat of Purity over top. I let that totally dry for at least 10 minutes, peeled and applied! I applied it over a coat of base coat. Then cut the access and cleaned up the edges.

On my pointer and middle I decided to add gold triangles to go with the stamp. Then added a coat of Good To Go on all nails.

I have to say… it’s not my cleanest work, but it’s pretty cool. I definitely need practice with the technique, but I’m excited about the prospects! And I love those triangle studs! What do you guys think?