Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nail Art | Purple on Purple


Today I have some more nail art for you. This is a pretty special post since this is the first time in a very very very long time that I have done nail art for no reason other than for myself. Usually I'm reviewing a product or working on something for the Guild or another type of challenge, so it was nice to sit down and do something simply for the pleasure of it. Nothing too complicated about this nail art, but maybe that's what I like about it!

I knew I wanted to wear Pahlish Bespoke Psychopath, so I started with that as a base for this mani. Bespoke Psychopath is one of my favorites from the Pahlish Doctor Who collection. It is a deep purple holo with tons of glass fleck like shimmer.

I used my favorite straight vinyls from Nail Vinyls to tape off the shapes on my thumb, index and middle fingers and painted over them with Color Club Cloud Nine to make the points.

For my ring and pinkie fingers I just added a coat of Wicked Polish Mangled Mermaid. I love all the detail in this polish and of course, stars!

I topped everything off with a thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out and make it super shiny. 

I loved how this mani looked and wore it for at least 3 days before taking it off. I did have some staining trouble with my ring and pinkie nails. It looks like Bespoke Psychopath stained in some spots where there was glitter only. I had no trouble on any of the other fingers, so I'm not really sure what happened there. I'll probably avoid wearing these two together again though.

I hope you enjoyed my just for me nail art! I'll be back later this week with another post and then I have some new Doctor Lacquer babies to show you soon!



**All products in this post were purchased by me or traded for by me. Please see my disclosure page for more info.**

Monday, September 15, 2014

Born Pretty Store | Cats In Spaaaaaace!

So I am super excited to share these with you and I KNOW at least one of you is seriously looking forward to seeing all the photos of this mani. (I'm looking at you @nessDUH - P.S. If you're not following Vanessa @nessDUH over on Instagram you are missing out and you should go correct that immediately. She's not only an awesome person but she runs THE BEST polish swaps.)

When I saw these nail art water decals on Born Pretty Store, I knew I had to have them. What could be better than tiny kitties and puppies on your nails? Well... tiny kitties in SPACE! I honestly just can't wait for you to see these. Ready?

Seeeee?! How flipping cute are those water decals?!?! I absolutely love them. From the moment I had them in my hands I knew I wanted to do a space theme behind them. With all the Cats in Space memes floating around I thought it would be a perfect backdrop.

I started with a base of Zoya Aurora and then used about 15 different lacquers and sponged them on to create the final look of the galaxy. Please don't ask for a list, I really don't remember. I know I used some of the Color Club Halo Hues and Orly Miss Conduct, but other than that I really couldn't tell you. Sorry!

After my galaxy nails were dry (thank you Seche Vite) I added the decals. These water decals are sooooo easy to apply. Just cut out your desired decal from the sheet, plunge into warm water for about 5-10 seconds and then slide the decal off the paper with your finger. Then you can just place it on your nail. As long as your nail and the decal are wet, you can move it around on your nail to get the perfect placement.

Once your decal is where you want it, dab the nail lightly with a dry paper towel to make sure the decal stays in place.

Once all the decals were placed and dry I used a coat of Seche Vite to seal it all in and make my nails uber shiny.

 I absolutely love how these came out and I love working with water decals. Born Pretty Store has so many options for decals, I highly suggest checking them out.

What would you do with some tiny kitty cat decals?

You can purchase these water decals over here. They retail for $3.99 and you get a ton of them! Use my code AGBQ10 for 10% off your entire order. As always, Born Pretty Store provides free worldwide shipping on all orders!

I hope you enjoyed my Cats in Spaaaaaaace! Have a wonderful rest of your day!



** Cat Nail Art Water Decals were provided by Born Pretty Store for my honest review. All other nail colors, top coats and base coats used here were purchased by me. For more information please see my disclosure policy. **

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Nail Art Guild | Redneck

It's Redneck week here at The Nail Art Guild and I have a super fun mani for you that I really enjoyed doing. Usually I do my Guild manis the day of cause I'm so busy, but I got a chance to do them yesterday and I am so happy with how they turned out.

When I saw the prompt for the week I knew I wanted to do beer cans right off the bat, but trying to do 5 different ones was a bit daunting, so I settled on a mixture of redneck type things.

So here we have a plaid flannel print on my ring and pinkie nails, a PBR can on my middle nail, camouflage on my index and a duct tape patch on my thumb (What can I say? It broke recently and I couldn't resist.)

My lines aren't perfect on the plaid, but I suppose plaid isn't usually perfect anyway, and the words on the beer can should say Pabst Blue Ribbon, but well... even I can't paint that tiny. But I think it is recognizable at least right? I'm crazy happy with the camo nail though and now I want to do a full set of those!

For the plaid nails I started with a red base (Wet n Wild I Red A Good Book), then I went in with Illamasqua Rampage, using just the polish brush and added some thick dark green stripes. I used my white striper to make the white lines and then just went in with my black striper and cleaned up the white a bit in the green areas.

For the PBR can I started with Cult Nails Lethal and then (after it dried with the help of Seche Vite), using my favorite straight Nail Vinyls I taped off the very top and bottom and painted on OPI Alpine Snow. I used a small detail brush and Cult Nails Evil Queen (red), Cult Nails Wack Slacks (blue), Cult Nails Lethal (silver) to do the logo. I added the words with a white striping polish.

For my index finger I started with a base of OPI Stranger Tides, which is the perfect green for camo nails. I used one of my thicker detail brushes to add in splotches of color using Illamasqua Rampage (dark green), Cult Nails Swanbourne (dark brown) and Cult Nails Nevermore (black). This was so easy to do and I can't wait to try it again.

My thumb was easiest of all. It's also kinda a joke. I broke my thumb nail recently and had a hell of a time trying to patch it before giving up. So I thought I would poke a little fun at myself by using duct tape as a patch for this nail art. I just cut out a small piece of tape and placed it on my nail (on top of basecoat so I wouldn't damage the nail) and then I trimmed it to fit. I added the word "PATCH" in a black acrylic paint to top it off.

After everything was done I used Seche Vite to seal it all in and then my favorite matte topcoat, Essie Matte About You to give it a completely flat matte finish.

In the end, I am so happy with this manicure. I wasn't planning on wearing this out, but I like it so much that I wore it to work today. Hey, its dress down Friday right? I ended up taking off the duct tape and repainting my thumb using the same camo print as my index finger so everything matches nicely.

Don't forget to head over to @thenailartguild on Instagram to check out all the other member's manicures today! I can't wait to see what everyone has in store for us today!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nvr Enuff Polish | Pagemaster

I have a long overdue review for you all today. I've been super crazy busy at home and at work lately so the blog kinda got put on the back burner for a while. But hopefully today's post will more than make up for it! This collection is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to show it to you! Here is The Pagemaster collection from Nvr Enuff Polish.

First up is one of my favorites, Adventure.

Adventure is an almost red lacquer with tons of golden orange glass fleck goodness.

Absolutely stunning, the photos of this don't even come close to doing it justice. 

I used two perfect coats of Adventure for these images. The formula was amazing and I honestly could have left it at one coat if I wasn't taking photos. The finish is uber shiny and I didn't even use topcoat for this swatch.

Next up is another stunner, and the first of two multichromes from the collection. Here is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

In most light, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a shimmery green with a blackend base. It is loaded with tiny silver flakie glitter with gives it such a great look!

In some lights you get the duochrome effect and a strong purple color comes out to play. Beautiful!

I used two coats of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde over my favorite black for these images. It went on smoothly and I had no formula issues. I topped it all with Fat Lacquer Drive Thru.

I love how this lacquer looks and how the flakes make it more interesting than just your every day multi or duochrome lacquer.

Next up is Horror.

Horror is a dusty greyish blue crelly base with white and blue hexes throughout.

This one is so squishy!

I used two coats of Horror plus topcoat for these swatches. I love the formula, it was really great and gave me no problems. Once the topcoat was on it almost looked like a gel mani!

Next up is the second of the two multichromes and the namesake of the collection. Here is The Pagemaster.

The Pagemaster is a blackened base with a blue to purple to magenta to gold shifting multichrome effect. This baby is also loaded with a magenta shimmer.

 I had a bit of trouble getting the multichrome to come out for photos, but in dim light I got them all to show for you.

How beautiful right?!?!

I used two coats of The Pagemaster over my favorite black for these swatches plus a shiny topcoat. I love the formula and had no troubles with it.

Last up is my favorite of the collection and the lacquer I was most looking forward to when I saw the original release. Here is Fantasy.

Fantasy is an absolutely beautiful purple creme loaded with a pinkish glass fleck shimmer throughout.

This color is so perfect and I loved every second of wearing it. I wore this for about 4 days and still did not want to take it off when I removed it. Much love. <3 <3

I used two coats of Fantasy plus topcoat for these photos. The formula was decent, I did use a light hand cause of all the flakies, but it smoothed out nicely.

Overall I love this collection. My must haves would be Fantasy, Adventure and The Pagemaster.

You can find this collection and other Nvr Enuff Polishes in their shop. Don't forget to follow them on social media in order to keep up to date on new collections, sales and giveaways as well as to see other blogger's swatches.

I hope you enjoyed!



**The Pagemaster collection was provided to me for my honest review. The topcoats and black lacquer in this post were purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more information.**


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Born Pretty Store | 80's Style Glow Decals

I have some crazy nail art to share with you all today!

I was sent these great glow full nail wraps by the Born Pretty Store and I decided to do something a little different with them. Since my nails tend to be on the wider side and wraps tend to be made for more narrow nails, sometimes I have trouble with them. I decided to overcome this issue by cutting up the decals and placing them in patterns on my nails. The set I used for this manicure can be found here.

Here is my final result after cutting and placing the wraps.

I started with a good basecoat then applied the blue polkadot wraps to my pinkie, ring, index and thumb. I then took the wraps with the black and white stripes and cutting them diagonally, created the black and white striped corners on my pinkie, ring and index fingers.