Monday, March 30, 2015

Pineapple and Ombre Nail Art with Video Tutorial

Hello, nail art lovers! I'm bringing you a dose of virtual warmth today. For those of you still stuck in the cold weather, I'm hoping this will help you warm up a little bit! The weather is finally starting to warm up here in Pennsylvania. And by warm up, I mean it's finally cracking fifty degrees.

The funny thing about this nail art is that I don't even like pineapples. I think they look adorable, but the taste isn't for me. However, I'm still obsessed. So, whether you like pineapples or not, I hope you enjoy them too! 

On my index, middle, and pinky nails I did a a yellow to pink ombre. Also known as a gradient. I know some people really dislike the word ombre for a gradient. I'm somewhere in the middle. I know the differences, and should honestly make a video about it. I wrongly use the terms just because everyone else does. It makes it easier for people to find my posts and videos. I'm tempted to call it a color smash from now on to start an entirely new trend! I started with a white base and then used a yellow and pink polish. I love how well my yellow and pink polish blended together to make a beautiful orange transition color. I used the sponging method where I put the two colors next to each other and overlapped them just a bit.

On my ring and thumb nails I painted the pineapple and floral pattern. I started with a blue base, and then painted the basic pineapple and flower shapes using a white polish. I did this so the colors would really pop! Then I filled in the white sections. A light and dark green for the pineapple leaves, pink and orange for the outer pineapple texture, and then yellow and orange for the flowers.

Polishes Used:

Base Coat:
  • Beauty Secrets

Motives Cosmetics:
  • Wedding Dress
China Glaze:
  • Capacity To See Beyond
  • Happy Go Lucky
  • Stoked To Be Soaked
  • You Drive Me Coconuts
  • Shore Enuff
  • Starboard
Top Coat:
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro

Did you get any warmer after staring at these photos? I hope so! As usual, I have a video tutorial that you can follow down below if you want to learn how to create this nail design on yourself. I hope you are enjoy the rest of your day! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Aztec and Floral Nail Art with Video Tutorial

Hello everyone! I hope you're all having a wonderful Monday. I've been a bit stressed, but for a good reason and a not so good reason. 

The bad news: Taxes. They are the devil. Only because I have no idea what I'm doing and now because of my blog and YouTube I'm considered a business and I'm self employed. Why didn't I learn how to do this important stuff in high school? I didn't learn how to do my taxes, or how to buy a house, or how to deal with loans and other adult things.... but you can bet your butt that I know how to graph pretty shapes using equations, find the solution to mile long differential equations, and recite four different works of Shakespeare in seven different languages. Okay, so maybe I can't do that last one, but you get my point.

The good news: The spare bedroom is now becoming my YouTube room and work space. It was being used as a storage room and I decided to take over. (Thanks Mom and Dad! Yes, I still live with my parents.) We've been slowly clearing everything out and it's very close to painting time! It definitely needs some work, but it will be nice to have a space where I'm not cramped between a TV and dresser, a computer desk, a work desk and a bed. And did I mention I got new lighting? I had no space in my room to put them which is the main reason I was forced to find a new space. I'm pretty happy about it and I'm looking forward to seeing how the new lighting works with photos and videos.

Anyway... let's get into something way more fun.   NAIL ART!

This was a pretty spontaneous design. I had floral print in mind, but other than that I was clueless. I went with a simple aztec style print to compliment the floral. I think they work really well together. I hand painted everything using a small nail art brush and nail polish. I will have everything listed under the photo below.

Polishes Used:

Motives Nail Lacquer:
  • Wedding Dress

  • Zuza
  • Cole
  • Neely
  • Jancyn

China Glaze:
  • Gaga For Green
  • Be More Pacific
  • Aquadelic

I'm really happy with how these turned out. I love mix and match nails. Always have and always will. I hope you all love these nails just as much as I do! If you want to learn how to create this nail design yourself, make sure you check out the video tutorial that is at the bottom of this post. I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your Monday and week. I'll see you sometime soon! 

If you want to learn how to create this design on your own nails, this video tutorial can help!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Zoya Naturel Satins Collection Swatches

Hello everyone! I have the Zoya Naturel Satins collection to share with you! If you follow along with my on YouTube ( click here to subscribe ) then you've probably seen the video of me live swatching these polishes a while ago. I will have that video embedded below all of the swatch photos. This is Zoya's 2015 transitional collection from Winter to Spring and all of the polishes have a "satin" finish. It's kind of middle ground between shiny and matte. I really love it, but it might not be everyones cup of tea. These are meant to be worn without a top coat... in case you wondering.

Ana is a "light toasted almond cream" and it's the lightest polish in the collection. I have 3 coats in the photos below because I had some VERY small areas of patchiness. I think that was my fault and you can definitely get away with 2 coats. 

Brittany is a "rose mauve cream" and I have 2 coats on in the photos below.

Leah is a "lavender tinged taupe cream" and this is one of my favorites of the collection. I have 2 coats on in the photos below. I love how this is a super neutral, extremely light purple.

Tove is a "misty slate grey cream" and it also happens to be one of my favorites. I have 2 coats on in the photos below.

Rowan is a "suede taupe cream" and I have 2 coats on in the photos below.

Sage is a "mossy sage green cream" and I have 2 coats on in the photos below. I also loved this one.

Overall, I really love this collection. I wasn't too sure about it at first, but I'm so glad I ordered it. I think these polishes would be perfect for people who have office jobs that need to wear conservative colors. It also helps that these aren't ridiculously shiny. I love the natural, neutral colors and I think they're perfect for the winter to spring transition. I did purchase these with my own money and they can be found HERE on Zoya's website. They retail for $9 a bottle.

And as promised... Here is the live swatch video that I uploaded to my YouTube channel a few weeks ago.


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