Showing posts with label studs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label studs. Show all posts

12 August 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer, Day One: Shimmering Sands

Hi everyone! I love Digit-al Dozen week on the blog - don't you!? I've been doing so much swatching that I miss nail art, so a whole week of it sounds perfect. This month's challenge is summer, so think vacations, beaches, mixed drinks (non-alcoholic if you prefer), bright colours... To be honest, I have no idea what I'm going to do for the rest of the week, but I'm loving this first design.

Shimmering sands beach nail art
Shimmering sands beach nail art

14 July 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Countries and Cultures, Day One: Impressionist Paris

Hi everyone! I'm participating in my first Digit-al Dozen challenge since April, and I couldn't be more excited about this month's prompt. I'm kicking off the week with some feminine nail art inspired by Impressionist Paris and Monet's paintings of water lilies. I'm also doing a review of some water decals that were sent to me by the Born Pretty Store.

Impressionist Paris nail art
Impressionist Paris nail art

03 July 2014

GOT Polish Challenge: Graphic Lilies With Rescue Beauty Lounge

Hi everyone! I'm trying once again to do the GOT Polish Challenge. If you aren't familiar with it, GOT stands for "Golden Oldies Thursdays." Basically you use something from your stash that is at least a year old. I've started this challenge three times and dropped out after the first two or three prompts. So maybe this time will be a winner!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily

Today's prompt is turquoise, and I had so many great choices, but in the end I went with Rescue Beauty Lounge's Aqua Lily. It's closer to a teal, but still within the turquoise family I think. I bought this beauty when it was rereleased sometime last year, and it sat in the untried pile until now! Shame!

Read on to find out my thoughts on this polish and the nail art I did with it.

19 April 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Texture, Day Four: Matte Velvet - Distressed and Fractured

Hi everyone! Yet again, I'm playing catch-up with my Digit-al Dozen posts. If you're interested, I hope to post my fifth and final mani this weekend.

Matte Velvet - Distressed and Fractured

11 April 2014

GOT Polish Challenge, Coral: Simple Spring Nails With Dior Spring Ball

Hi everyone! At first I wasn't sure if I could participate in today's Golden Oldies Challenge. I couldn't recall if I owned any corals that fit the requirements (close to a year old, already tried). But a simple "find" search in the good ol' stash spreadsheet revealed that I had at least 10 that fit the bill. Oops!

Simple spring nails with Dior Spring Ball

I ended up settling on Dior Spring Ball, and I knew that I wanted to do something that was simple and classy. I really love how this turned out, and it has a very feminine, springtime feel to it.

08 March 2014

Essie Resort 2014 Nail Art: Water Marble, Interrupted

Hi everyone! I will have swatches of the new Essie Resort collection this weekend, but in the meantime, here's a fun water marble that I'm very proud of. I'm hoping to create more nail art looks with this collection, because I'm itching to do more spring nail art looks. I'm so over winter and ready to put the whole thing behind me!

Essie Resort 2014 water marble nail art


01 February 2014

SoFlaJo Goldstone: Swatches, Review, and Classic Studs

Hi everyone! SoFlaJo is a Florida-based indie brand that's been on my radar for some time now, and I recently got the opportunity to try a few of their polishes. Jody, the maker, was kind enough to send me four polishes, so I'll be showing them to you over the next week or two.

SoFlaJo Goldstone Swatch

When I opened up the package, I immediately went for Goldstone, probably because of the beautiful gold shimmer. And I couldn't resist doing some nail art to complement it. Keep reading to check out the simple tape and stud manicure that I came up with!

09 January 2014

Foxy Paws Baby Come Home...And I've Got Some Stars For You

Hi everyone! I have a short post for you tonight since I have an 8:30am class tomorrow - drag!! Foxy Paws Baby Come Home is from the Filthy/Gorgeous collection, seven super fun polishes with bright neon colours, and sparkly glitter. Many of them also glow in the dark and reflect under UV light. Like so many of Charlotte's polishes, these are inspired by music, more specifically, the American pop group Scissor Sisters.

Foxy Paws Baby Come Home

Check out the rest of my post for some swatches as well as a fun star design!

15 December 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Red, Gold, and Green: Day Two: A Classic Holiday Gradient

Hi everyone! You may have noticed (or not!) that I didn't published many posts for The Digit-al Dozen challenge this week. The prompt was red, gold, and green, but because of my work with my day job (teaching assistant) and my dissertation, it was just impossible for me to do any nail art this week. So I have one post for you today, and I'll have one more tomorrow, then I'm giving up on this challenge.



This design is super easy but perfect for the holidays. I've used two Renaissance Custom Lacquer polishes to do a gradient that is very classic and shimmery!

15 November 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Black and White Abstract With Studs...Take Two!

Hi everyone! I have a draft of one of my dissertation chapters due tomorrow, and I knew that I wouldn't have time to do any nail art the night before, so I was able to complete this design a few weeks ago. Lucky for me, I finished my revisions and tomorrow I'm free and clear to do my last design for this challenge. I can't believe my first challenge week for the Digit-al Dozen is almost over, and yet, I still have a chance to come up with one more (hopefully) awesome design! What do you want to see me do for day 5?

Black and white abstract with studs

Today's design is actually inspired by previous nail art designs that I did. I kinda like that, it's like I'm ripping myself off! Haha! ;)


11 October 2013

Pink Raindrops Delicate Leopard Print

Hi everyone! Last night I sat down to paint my nails because I'll be going to a conference tomorrow and I didn't want to wear my five-day-old manicure. I initially set out to do a plain one-colour mani, however, after not having done any nail art for a week, it soon morphed into more than a simple paint job.

Delicate leopard print nail art

To get this look: I started out with two coats of Illamasqua Pink Raindrops. I really love the colour and sheen of this polish along with the tiny flakies, but it is slightly difficult to work with. The consistency is thicker than I prefer, and it doesn't spread out evenly, so just make sure to apply carefully and wait between coats. It is well worth it - despite the difficulties, I have no regrets with this purchase.

Delicate leopard print nail art

The delicate leopard print was done with Orly Luxe and Illamasqua Facet. I was disappointed at first that Facet was lighter than expected, but I rather like how it doesn't contrast too much with the gold and pink background - just enough that the design stands out. The glitter is Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle (Selena Gomez collection), and the studs are from The Nailasaurus Emporium.

Delicate leopard print nail art

I really love the feminine look to this, and the fact that it is slightly conservative. I don't mind wearing this to a more professional setting as it doesn't stand out as much as some other nail art designs.

Delicate leopard print nail art

What do you think of this? Do you ever find yourself needing to do some nail art?

21 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Twenty-One, Inspired by a Colour: Dusk Blue Skittlette

Hi everyone! Today's challenge is one that somewhat alludes me...what does it mean to be inspired by a colour? And how do you represent that in nail art? Is it simply a matter of using that colour, or do you represent it through imagery? I suppose it's meant to be open to interpretation, or at least I hope so.

Dusk Blue Skittlette

About this design: For my colour, I chose "dusk blue", or a slightly greyed baby blue. It's the colour that is used on my blog, for example the social media icons and tagline. I decided to do a rather simple skittlette incorporating the colour and other complementary polishes. I don't have a polish that exactly matches this dusk blue, but OPI You're Such A BudaPest Can't Find My Czechbook (!) is a pretty close match.

Dusk Blue Skittlette

Dusk Blue Skittlette

To get this look: I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls because I liked the idea of starting with a blank white page. My thumb, index and pinky fingers have a gradient using You're Such a BudaPest Can't Find My Czechbook and Girly Bits Elephant Shoe. Elephant Shoe and You're Such a BudaPest Can't Find My Czechbook were used for the short lines on my middle finger. My ring finger is a gradient with China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around and Enchanted Polish Ballerina Sprinkles, topped with Girly Bits OVbunEN. The studs are from The Nailasaurus Emporium.

Dusk Blue Skittlette

It's not complex or detailed, but I much like this. Most likely it's the colours - I really love the blue-grey-pastel combination. Unfortunately I had some swatching to do today, or I would have left this on for longer.

What do you think of this? How would you interpret the prompt "inspired by a colour"?

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18 August 2013

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rule, Swatches and a Simple Skittlette

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! A while back I was contacted by Karin of Lush Lacquer asking me if I was interested in trying some of her polishes. Lush Lacquer is one of those indie brands that has been around from almost the beginning - I have known about them since I started buying indies last year, and they've been on my "to try" list for quite some time. In terms of indies, they have a strong product and business - lots of variety in their shop, nice bottles with screen printed labels, and lots of stock available.

I was sent three polishes from their new Neon Collection, and I have the first for you today. The other two I will post very soon. If you are into the neon glitter trend, you must take a look at these. :)

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rule

Chicks Rule caught my eye immediately. It's a clear-based glitter topper - it looks like the base is a sheer pink colour but it's just the effect of all the glitter. It has a mix of neon orange, pink, and purple hex glitter in different sizes ranging from very tiny to large. I love the inclusion of tiny glitter, it adds more interest for some reason.

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rule

The formula is good, it spreads on very smooth. I find that it is not too glitter dense, so I had to use two coats here. Make sure to let the bottle sit upside down for 15 minutes first and do some shaking before applying.

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rule

For the swatches I applied Chicks Rule over a simple two colour gradient of OPI My Vampire is Buff and Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink. Then I redid my nails on my ring and middle fingers for a simple skittlette. On my ring finger is Bubblegum Pink with a heart stud from the Born Pretty Store. And on my middle, a taped off gradient using Bubblegum Pink and Girly Bits Private Dancer over My Vampire is Buff.

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rules simple skittlette

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rules simple skittlette

I really liked the skittlette and I ended up wearing it for another day. It was also nice to wear Chicks Rule over a simple gradient and I think it is a nice way to change up the usual swatch.

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rules simple skittlette

What do you think of Chicks Rule? Do you own any Lush Lacquer?

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*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

07 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Eight, Metallic: Paisley, Taboo, Steampunk, and Studs

Hi everyone! I hate to blog and run, but that's exactly what I'm going to do. It's almost 5 am here and I really need to get up at a reasonable hour in the morning.

Steampunk and paisley metallic nail art

I've had Chanel Taboo in my untried box for a few weeks now, and I thought it would be a great base for some metallic nail art. When I was thinking of designs to pair with it, I eventually settled on paisley and steampunk. Don't ask me why I put the two together - I just thought it would be neat. :)

Steampunk and paisley metallic nail art

I started with two coats of Taboo, and using a fine liner brush did the details with Essie Penny Talk from the Mirror Metallics collection. When that was finished I added touches of Essie Blue Rhapsody, from the same collection, in places to add some variation.

The beauty of Chanel Taboo 583 - swatches coming soon! :)

Steampunk and paisley metallic nail art

The studs are from the Born Pretty Store of course! This design just called for the rarely used ring stud, lol!

Steampunk and paisley metallic nail art

I like the design and idea behind this, but I went pretty quickly so that I wouldn't be up too late. I definitely want to do a steampunk and/or paisley design sometime again soon.

What do you think of this?

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18 July 2013

Guest Post At Jennibertt's Nails

Hi everyone! If you are in Southern Ontario I hope you are surviving the heat wave. If I seem less active here and elsewhere it's because I'm currently melting into a puddle of my former self. Luckily I have a guest post over at Jennibertt's Nails to keep things alive over here. So check out my post (link) for more on this design.


As always, I'd love to know your thoughts, so leave a comment either here or over there. I know I'm not always the best at responding, but I really do read each and every one! So thank you everyone who takes the time to leave a comment. :)

16 July 2013

Perfect Pairings: Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

Hi everyone! Last week the new Rainbow Honey collection arrived at my house. And despite the initial damper of having to pay customs fees (on top of the cost of buying the polish), I was super excited to get my hands on this collection. I didn't get a chance to swatch them because I was away visiting my dad and aunts over the weekend, but I knew that I wanted to start using them for some nail art!

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

My taping skills are something I want to work on, so I decided on a simple tape mani that would show off several of the polishes from this collection.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I used the three cremes/shimmers in the collection as my base colours: Mint Flavor, Tessie, and Apple Kid. And three jellies/glitters on top: Pink Cloud, The Kraken, and Lumine Hall.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I'm so glad I decided to keep the design simple, because the jellies/glitters are not the best polishes for tape manis - it is challenging to get clean lines when you pull the tape off. My guess is that the polish starts to set very quickly so you have to work faster than usual. Also the glitter sometimes prevents a clean line.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I topped them off with studs I got from the Born Pretty Store. Silver just seemed to be the perfect accent, and I love how the squares sort of mimic the taped lines.

What do you think of this? Have you gotten anything from the new Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X collection?

11 July 2013

Simple Stud Manicure with Shimmer Polish Mary

Hi everyone! When Cindy of Shimmer Polish sent me some of her polishes to review some time ago, I decided instead of swatching them, that I would use them for nail art. Now that I've shown five of these polishes, I'll admit that I'm starting to feel like I'm running out of ideas. I mean there's gradients (did that), tape manicures (did that as well), and skittle manicures (done, done, and done). Of course, there are other options, however, I do feel many of my future posts will use one or a combination of those three techniques.

Shimmer Polish Mary

And yet, when it came to Shimmer Polish Mary, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Mary is such a gorgeous jelly-based glitter polish, and I wanted to do something simple that would not overshadow the polish.

Simple stud manicure with Shimmer Polish Mary

About this polish: Mary has a deep magenta-red jelly base with lots of shimmery red, silver, black, and what appears to be iridescent blue glitter. Some of the silver glitter is holographic, and the blue glitter shifts to flecks of purple on the nails. It was surprisingly easy to work with - a tad thick but not too much trouble, and it went on very smooth and evenly. I used two coats here topped with one coat of top coat. If you want a glassy smooth finish, however, I'd recommend two layers of top coat, or a coat of Gelous then top coat.

Simple stud manicure with Shimmer Polish Mary

Simple stud manicure with Shimmer Polish Mary

About the studs: The gold studs came from a set of silver and gold studs I received from the Born Pretty Store (previously reviewed here). I cannot emphasize how awesome this set is. Every time you see me use metal studs in my manicures, it's from this set. I've had it for several months now and the only one I'm running low on is the larger squares. In fact I still have many more uses out of this set. Don't forget you can use my coupon code MSL91 for 10% off any purchases at the Born Pretty Store.

Simple stud manicure with Shimmer Polish Mary

Overall, I love this look. The polish has a very glamorous, almost diva-like feel to it. And the studs add a nice accent.

Shimmer Polish is available on Etsy, from Harlow & Co., and Overall Beauty. Follow Shimmer on Facebook, and the Shimmer Polish blog for updates.

What do you think of this design? 

*Products provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

16 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 8: Sloth

Hi everyone! So with this post I've officially completed half of the Seven Deadly Sins challenge, yeah!! I haven't completed Day 7 yet, but that one involves putting together a tutorial so I'm going to tackle it on the weekend when I have more time.

The prompt for Day 8 is as follows: "(Only if you want) Create a manicure inspired by your laziness... or whatever... I'm so tired..." This is right up my alley! Lol!

Simple stripes and studs nail art

As I told you in my blogging goals last week, I wanted to do a no-buy for a week. Well I finished that, so I went out today and bought polish to celebrate!! :D And I got my first OPI Liquid Sand polishes - Tiffany Case and Solitaire from the Bond Girls collection. I couldn't wait to try them out so I did some simple nail art with the two.

Simple stripes and studs nail art

I can't take credit for this design, I got it from Chicago-based nail artist AstroWifey, she posted a similar design on her Instagram several days ago calling it a "SUPER easy and lightening fast nail art look." Her design used a nude and a pale yellow polish, but I thought it would work well with my two new Liquid Sand polishes. And I love how this turned out!

Simple stripes and studs nail art

In terms of how-to, it's very simple. Paint your nails with your base colour. When it's dry, paint a stripe with your second polish. Don't go all the way down to your cuticles, just go slightly past mid-point. You don't need to use a special nail art brush, just use the brush that comes with the polish. Add a small stud as an accent, and done!

Simple stripes and studs nail art

I used two coats of Solitaire, and it applied like a dream. Tiffany Case is almost a one-coater, so I only needed one stroke to get a perfect stripe. I did end up using top coat on this design, only to keep the studs on. And while I lost some of the texture, it still has the appearance of texture if that makes sense.

What do you think of this design? Have you tried any of the Liquid Sand polishes?

13 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 6: Greed ... And a Born Pretty Store Review'

Hi everyone! I will have to keep this short, this design took longer than expected and I need to be up early for work tomorrow. If there's anything that's not clear, please feel free to leave a comment, message me on Facebook, email, etc.

The prompt for today's challenge is as follows: "Remember, more is more...don't hold yourself back." 

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use some nail art foils sent to me from the Born Pretty Store. I'll talk a bit about this design, then go into how to use the foils and some challenges I had.

Nail art foil and stud manicure

About this design: I started with a base of Orly Liquid Vinyl, a jet black, then applied the nail foils (more on that below). On top of the foil I used some studs that I also got from the Born Pretty Store (reviewed here), and I did some freehand designs with Essie Nothing Else Metals and Penny Talk, both from the Mirror Metallics collection.

Nail art foil and stud manicure

About nail art foils: The instructions on these seem pretty simple. You start by applying your base polish, then wait for it to dry, but you don't want it to be too dry. It should be slightly tacky to the touch, so that you can gently press a fingerprint into your nail.

The nail art foils have a front and a back. The front is the design you want on your nails, the back is a plain metallic colour. You place the foil so that the front is facing up (not what you'd expect!). Press gently and rub on the foil to transfer, then lift up. If all goes well you should have the print transferred onto the nail.

Nail art foil and stud manicure

The good, the bad, and the ugly: I really love the look of these nail art foils, and I totally plan to get more and experiment with them. I know for some people it is important that they transfer perfectly, but I much prefer when they transfer in an irregular manner if that makes sense - when bits and pieces come off on the nail.

Having said that, they require some patience and trial and error. If your nail polish is not dry enough you can easily take off your nail polish. And of course if it's too dry, nothing will happen. I think the polish I used as a base was not the best choice - it seems thick and slow drying, a bad combination here. I had to redo so many nails because I took off polish. I also ended up with a lot of wrinkles. If that's not your thing, it will take even more practice to get the hang of these.

Nail art foil and stud manicure

If you love the look of nail art foils then I think the effort will be worth it. For me it's something that I want to do more of, so I might just get a few colours and take an afternoon to experiment. There is also apparently a special glue for nail art foils, but I haven't had the chance to try that.

The link to the nail art foils can be found here. I used #23, which is fuchsia, purple and aqua. And don't forget to use my coupon MSL91 for 10% off anything at the Born Pretty Store. They offer free world-wide shipping with no minimum.

What do you think of this design? Have you tried nail art foils, and if so, what was your experience?

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

29 April 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 2: Lust

Hi everyone! It's very last minute but I was able to finish day two of the Seven Deadly Sins challenge. Since it's midnight and I still have a lot of work to do tonight, I'm going to keep this short.

The prompt for today was: "Let your body talk and feel free to do whatever you want." While this is very open ended, it still had to keep within the theme of lust. I had been doing some reading about the seven deadly sins (okay, just Wikipedia, whatevs) and I read that in Dante's Purgatorio the repentant sinner would walk amongst flames to rid himself of lustful feelings. Wow, talk about tough times. And of course flames themselves are also a symbol of lust and desire.

Blue flames nail design (seven deadly sins - lust)

I started with a base of Pahlish Heart of Man, which is fitting since this was released for Valentine's Day. It's a dark burgundy jelly packed with magenta and holo glitter. It's quite gorgeous and rich on it's own. I used three coats for full opacity and had no issues with the formula.

Pahlish Heart of Man

Pahlish Heart of Man

For the flames I started with a blue base. For the blues I used a combination of Nubar Dusk Till Dawn, OPI...Eurso Euro, and OPI Can't Find My Czechbook. Then I added the white using Sally Hansen White On. I wanted flames that weren't completely stylized, but I knew I couldn't paint very realistic flames, so that's why I left some streaking and brushstrokes when I painted them. The heart stud is from the Born Pretty Store.

Blue flames nail design (seven deadly sins - lust)

What do you think of these? What kind of design would you do for 'Lust'?

Thanks for reading! :)
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