01 8 / 2012

Caviar nails round two!

This time, I used Loreal’s #530 “Now You Sea Me” (two coats) and silver microbeads purchased at the craft store.

I love the simplicity of this look, with just a small pop of detail on the ring finger.

23 7 / 2012

My first attempt at saran wrap nails!

This is super easy to do, if you haven’t already seen a tutorial for it. You simply paint your nails a base color (I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed) and let it dry completely.

Next, you paint over the base color with your second color (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in #390 Binding Blue) and immediately scrunch up a piece of saran wrap and press it into the wet polish to achieve the sponged look.

Finally, finish it off with a topcoat! Pictured here I used a gloss topcoat, but I also tried it with a matte topcoat and that looked really good as well.

It’s definitely a fun look for summer and a great way to experiment with different color combinations!

07 7 / 2012

I resisted this trend for the longest time…I wasn’t sure if I liked it and I didn’t really want to delve into something that everyone else was doing.

But I finally caved, and I’m so glad I did!

I didn’t buy the Ciate kit, which runs about $25 at Sephora.

Instead, I bought a multi-pack of microbeads at the craft store, which after a coupon came to $4. Can’t beat that!

I used Revlon’s “Peachy” & “Minted” with clear/irridescent microbeads. I absolutely love the way that the polish looks showing through!

I painted all of my nails with one coat, let it dry completely, and then went through with the second coat & worked with each nail individually, pouring the microbeads over the wet polish.

It really couldn’t be easier…the biggest tip I can give you is to not use a top coat or to only use it on the very tips of your nails. The topcoat more or less ruins the effect.

Let your nails dry completely (about a half hour) and enjoy!

Also! Don’t forget my giveaway, which ends Thursday!

01 7 / 2012

Happy 4th of July!
To achieve these super fun, eye-catching and festive nails is extremely easy.
I started out by coating all of my fingers (aside from my ring finger) in Sally Hansen’s Nail Growth Miracle in #340 “Divine Wine”.
Next, I covered the nail of my ring finger in Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear “White Out”.
Then, after letting my nails dry completely, I used my Kiss Nail Art brush in white to paint stripes on all of my red nails.
I then used my Salon Express stamping set (available at drugstores for about $10) and used the stars pattern with Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear #250 “Blue It”. This can be pretty tricky and might take a few tries to get it right, but I think the result is worth it!
Lastly, for a little extra sparkle, I covered that nail with Spoiled “Shaken Snow Globe”.
Let everything dry completely and finish with a topcoat and you have beautiful 4th of July nails!

Happy 4th of July!

To achieve these super fun, eye-catching and festive nails is extremely easy.

I started out by coating all of my fingers (aside from my ring finger) in Sally Hansen’s Nail Growth Miracle in #340 “Divine Wine”.

Next, I covered the nail of my ring finger in Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear “White Out”.

Then, after letting my nails dry completely, I used my Kiss Nail Art brush in white to paint stripes on all of my red nails.

I then used my Salon Express stamping set (available at drugstores for about $10) and used the stars pattern with Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear #250 “Blue It”. This can be pretty tricky and might take a few tries to get it right, but I think the result is worth it!

Lastly, for a little extra sparkle, I covered that nail with Spoiled “Shaken Snow Globe”.

Let everything dry completely and finish with a topcoat and you have beautiful 4th of July nails!

17 6 / 2012

I have absolutely been loving the tribal print trend and I think it’s especially fun for summertime!
For this look, I used:
Sonia Kashuk #29 “Purparazzi”, CQ #466 “Purple Passion” & Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear #04 “Blue Me Away!” in addition to my black Sally Hansen nail art pen and my Kiss nail art brush in white.
I based my design off of this tutorial: http://pinterest.com/pin/93238654755751918/
And voila! Gorgeous summery tribal nails!

I have absolutely been loving the tribal print trend and I think it’s especially fun for summertime!

For this look, I used:

Sonia Kashuk #29 “Purparazzi”, CQ #466 “Purple Passion” & Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear #04 “Blue Me Away!” in addition to my black Sally Hansen nail art pen and my Kiss nail art brush in white.

I based my design off of this tutorial: http://pinterest.com/pin/93238654755751918/

And voila! Gorgeous summery tribal nails!

04 6 / 2012

Mint green and gold is officially one of the most fabulous combinations ever.
This look is super easy and fun to do, but there are a few tips to follow for success.
I began by applying three coats of Revlon’s “Mint”. I let this dry for a few hours so that I was sure it was completely dry.
Next, I used two pieces of scotch tape, with the corners meeting in the middle of my nail. Something really important is that you want to cut the ridged edge off of the tape from where you tore it off so that it’s completely smooth.
I then painted one coat of Orly “Rage” on the two exposed triangles of my nail.
I advise you to work one nail at a time, that way you can peel the tape off immediately, that way it won’t dry and it will come off smooth.
Lastly, I used my LA Color Club nail art polish in “Gold” to outline the triangles. This is optional, but I think it gives it a more finished look, as well as hiding any tiny imperfections from where you tore the tape off!
Finish with a topcoat, and voila!

Mint green and gold is officially one of the most fabulous combinations ever.

This look is super easy and fun to do, but there are a few tips to follow for success.

I began by applying three coats of Revlon’s “Mint”. I let this dry for a few hours so that I was sure it was completely dry.

Next, I used two pieces of scotch tape, with the corners meeting in the middle of my nail. Something really important is that you want to cut the ridged edge off of the tape from where you tore it off so that it’s completely smooth.

I then painted one coat of Orly “Rage” on the two exposed triangles of my nail.

I advise you to work one nail at a time, that way you can peel the tape off immediately, that way it won’t dry and it will come off smooth.

Lastly, I used my LA Color Club nail art polish in “Gold” to outline the triangles. This is optional, but I think it gives it a more finished look, as well as hiding any tiny imperfections from where you tore the tape off!

Finish with a topcoat, and voila!

18 5 / 2012

I love this look. It’s so great for summertime- bright, eye-catching, and sparkly!

Thumb, middle finger & ring finger- Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel in 405 “Peachy”, 3 coats.

Thumb & ring finger- China Glaze Capitol Colors Collection “Luxe and Lush”, 2 coats.

Pointer finger & pinky- Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri “Peachy Breeze”- 2 coats.

06 4 / 2012

Happy Easter!

These glittery pastel gradient nails remind me of Easter egg and could not be easier to do!

1) Paint your nails a solid color. I used Essie’s “a crewed interest” which is a pale pink, but you can use white or whatever pale color you want.

2) Next, take a makeup sponge (the wedge shape) and on he squared end, paint your three (or two or four, or however many you wish!) colors and stamp it onto your nail. When you’re doing this, you want to work fast so that the sponge doesn’t dry out!

3) Let the first coat of the gradient dry- it will probably be very light. Next, you’re going to repeat step two to reach maximum opacity.

4) You’re welcome to leave the look as it is and just finish with a clear topcoat (picture four is the look without glitter), but I love the way the glitter looks. It also helps to sort of blend all the colors together and cover up imperfections.

5) Take a cotton swab and dip it in nail polish remover to clean up around your nail bed.

6) Cover with a top coat and enjoy!

Polishes used:

Essie “a crewed interest” (base coat)

Love & Beauty “Mint”

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear “Lacey Lilac”

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Blue Away”

Spoiled by Wet n’ Wild “Shaken Snow Globe”

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

27 3 / 2012

These dual-tone nails are probably some of my favorites ever!

It’s super simple too!

First, paint your entire nail bed one color. I used Funky Fingers “Taffy Town”, though I don’t recommend this polish too much because it takes about 3 coats for opacity and it has a very dull finish. Make sure you begin with the lighter color!

Second, let it dry completely. Then, take small pieces of scotch tape and tape it through the middle of your nail on a diagonal. You may want to get a friend to help with this, just to make sure it’s all straight!

Third, paint your second color. I used Revlon’s “Siren”, my favorite fiery orange color. If you use a color darker than the base coat, it should only take one coat to achieve opacity.

Fourth, peel the tape off when your nails are still tacky. I would suggest waiting about two minutes, but if you have quick dry polish you may want to do it earlier. This is important so that the tape doesn’t take off any polish with it.

Fifth, (optional!) take a nail art brush or pen and paint a thin line where the two colors meet. I used Color Club’s Art Club in “Fine Gold”.

Finally, top it all off with a topcoat! Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri No-Chip topcoat is my absolute favorite, as it dries quick and makes your nails super glossy.

13 3 / 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
This is just Sally Hansen HD Nail Lacquer in 04 “Hi-Def”, which is a pearlescent green color, with gold stripes from Color Club’s Art Club Nail Art Lacquer in “Fine Gold”. I used three coats of the Sally Hansen for maximum opacity and two of the gold nail art polish.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This is just Sally Hansen HD Nail Lacquer in 04 “Hi-Def”, which is a pearlescent green color, with gold stripes from Color Club’s Art Club Nail Art Lacquer in “Fine Gold”. I used three coats of the Sally Hansen for maximum opacity and two of the gold nail art polish.