Thursday, April 24, 2014

Elevation and Kiko Cupcake Skittle Manicure

Pastel explosion time!! I had all these new Elevation polishes and I took them out with my 5 Kiko Cupcake polishes and whoaaaaa they actually matched well! I just had to somehow use them together but then I wracked my brain and stopped--simple was the way to go!


Elevation and Kiko Cupcake Skittle Polishes

Thumb: Wuyi Mountain with Kiko 655 Mint
Index: Puncak Jaya with Kiko 654 Anise
Middle: Echinops with Kiko 652 Lilac
Ring: I Got the Axe with Kiko 656 Pistachio
Pinky: Mount Augustus with Kiko 650 Peach

I basically dabbed the cupcake polishes on the tip of my nails. Because some of the colors were so similar, they needed two coats of "dabbing." Totally obsessed.

Elevation and Kiko Cupcake Skittle Polishes

Elevation and Kiko Cupcake Skittle Polishes

Elevation and Kiko Cupcake Skittle Polishes

Elevation and Kiko Cupcake Skittle Polishes

I love when these easy mistakes happen! All ten polishes were perfection and perfectly represent the warmer weather headed my way!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day with Lumina Lacquer Extraterrestrial

Happy Earth Day! I had all these complicated manicure ideas and then did something somewhat complicated that ended up getting covered in glitter. Go me.

 Lumina Lacquer Extraterrestrial

I did a Saran Wrap mani with a variety of greens...but you can't even tell. The blingiest bling of Lumina Lacquer Extraterrestrial just overtook my Saran Wrap mani, and that's totally okay! My middle nails were Sation Plenty of Frogs and my outer nails were Pure Ice Free Spirit. Then using Sinful Colors Pistache, Color Club Angel Kiss, and Nubar Reclaim, I did a Saran Wrap mani. Lastly, I added one coat of Extraterrestrial. I bet this would look AWESOME over a blue like Nails Inc. Baker Street.

 Lumina Lacquer Extraterrestrial
 Extraterrestrial is an awesome lime green and silver holographic glitter top coat. It has tons of shapes such as moons, hearts, and stars, all of which ended up on my nails. I also love the spare opaque lime green diamond glitters! Because of my base, you can really see the translucent neon green glitter, but they are a plenty. This is so shiny and WOW. I only have two Luminas but have really enjoyed both. 

 Lumina Lacquer Extraterrestrial

 Lumina Lacquer Extraterrestrial

 Lumina Lacquer Extraterrestrial

 Lumina Lacquer Extraterrestrial


Happy Earth Day!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Egg French Manicure

Hi all! I just wanted to share what I ended up wearing yesterday as my Easter tribute. I actually only had a little bit of time to do a mani, but wanted something festive. It has been YEARS since I wore a French manicure. I feel like that's what I wore before I really knew how fun nail polish could be. So this is somewhat of a throwback to my previous polish days. These photos were my "quick and dirty" photos (meaning no cleanup, moisturizing, etc). But I actually had fun playing with the goodies I put in my boyfriend's basket, that I mangled my manicure beyond fixing (I literally let my mani dry for 3 minutes and left, whoops).

Easter Egg French Manicure
I actually freehand my French manicures...I always have. I know there are guides or you can use tape, but I simply use the polish brush and follow the natural line of my nail.

For the French manicure part I used one coat of Essie Mademoiselle then one coat of Essie Shine of the Times. Then I used another coat of Mademoiselle. I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls to create the French tip and lastly used one coat of Essie Kisses and Bises for shimmer. It's a shimmery, flakie French!

To add some Easter flare, following the French tip, I dotted pastels appropriate for spring! Ulta Encore Pink, Ulta Cream of the Crop (yellow), Essie Shelter Island (blue), Kiko Mint Milk (green), and Essie Play Date (purple).

Easter Egg French Manicure

Easter Egg French Manicure

Easter Egg French Manicure

Easter Egg French Manicure

Easter Egg French Manicure

I'm totally weirded out by seeing a French manicure on my nails! I hope you love it and had a wonderful holiday if you celebrate (and Happy last night of Passover!)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art

I am seriously lacking in the Easter nail art department, so I painted this randomly last night. I hope to get one more design in, but this is soooo cute! This bunny is shy, so he is showing you his cottontail! Maybe I'll make my mani chip so I have to remove it :-P

Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art

Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art

My cousin randomly went to London last week, so naturally I had to beg her to pick me up some Barry Ms and she did! She grabbed me the three new colors from the Gelly Collection: Sugar Apple (green), Rose Hips (pink), and Huckleberry (blue) and I felt they were just too perfect for Easter! She also grabbed me Lady and Duchess from the Royal Textured collection. 


Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art

Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art

Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art


I had Red Dog Designs Bunny Sprinkles since last year--but got it after Easter, so I have held onto this for a year! I am actually not a bar glitter fan at all, but I weirdly love this! I did a gradient of Sugar Apple and Rose Hips with one coat of Bunny Sprinkles.

On my middle nails, I painted three coats of Barry M Huckleberry (all these pastels are three coats). I allowed that to dry and then did a template of the bunny and the bunny butt. I added the eyes toward the bottom of my nail (he's super shy!) and topped it with one coat of top coat. Then using Barry M Lady and Princess, I went over the bunny template (which I painted with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls) so that my bunny would be textured.


Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art

Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art

Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art

Shy Bunny Easter Nail Art

Do you love this?! I do! I think his cottontail is just so cute! And the pastels are so springy and perfect.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Born Pretty Review: Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

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My next review from www.bornprettystore.com are these awesome neon fluorescent nail art studs that I used for an extremely bright and fun manicure. Born Pretty is a great site for all your nail art needs and other items (they also have adorable phone cases and other accessories!). Normally you see studs placement at the cuticle, but I decided to try out some color blocking.  Make sure you read through the post to grab the coupon code at the bottom of the post!

Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

Using a variety of neon textures to make the studs, I color blocked my nails with the polish brush. After two coats of each color, I dabbed a little bit of top coat in the center, and using a dotting tool, I picked up each stud and placed it. Once this is done, you could top coat the stud, but I wanted to keep the texture polish as is. I suggest using a quick dry top coat to secure the studs. I found they last longer on my nails that way (vs. the ones I used a normal drying top coat).

This manicure is SO loud, but it is awesome.  I used Red Dog Designs Neon Sands for the green, pink, purple, and blue. OPI You're So Flippy Floppy (yellow) and Julie G Tangerine Dream (orange) for this look.

You can find the candy fluorescent  studs and other nail art supplies here or http://www.bornprettystore.com/350pcs-candy-fluorescent-light-color-round-square-stud-rhinestones-nail-decoration-wbox-p-7276.html.  They are $7.59 for 350 and I don't see myself ever running out!

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Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

Neon Studs over Neon Color Block Texture Nail Art

How fun are these studs? They are so bright and really bring in spring and warm weather. If you want to place an order, you can get 10% off your order with the discount code PDX31 at checkout. There is a variety of merchandise at the store and many items are already on sale AND you can use this code for an additional 10% off!



You can follow Born Pretty  on Tumblr at bornpretty2014 and on Instagram at bornprettystore.


Products were provided in this post for an honest review. 

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