Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nail Design Inspired by a ModCloth Dress

I have done a lot of fashion inspired posts for different challenges and I have always enjoyed creating them.  Prints and designs are wonderful sources of inspiration, whether you are following the design completely or drawing on it for your own interpretation.  When ModCloth contacted me to create a nail design inspired by one of there dresses I knew I wouldn't be lacking in inspiration!

Here is my design.

If you have visited ModCloth, you know they have a huge selection of cute dresses, which made it difficult to decide on a dress.  I think I had ten pulled before my inspiration popped up!

Isn't this dress adorable?!?!  I was so sad to see that they were sold out of my size!  Well, I guess if I can't wear the dress I'll have to wear the design on my nails!

I started with two coats of Lime Crime Crema De Limon.

I added my roses first using Barry M Damson and MoYou Pro 08.

I added my next layer of images using Barry M Blue Plum.  The birdcage is from MM14, the birds are from JP7 and the butterflies are from W104.

I love these types of designs!  It has a fresh take on an Victorian design.  This was so much fun to create!  I might have to go back to ModCloth and find some more inspiration!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: Recreate Your First Four Nail Designs - Dotticure

It is time to wrap up this month's NCC theme!  It has been fun revisiting my early manicures, especially seeing how much I have improved.  I am extremely happy that we only do four posts. My fifth nail design was a watermarble.  I will eventually try another watermarble but it takes a lot of motivation!  

My last recreation is another dotticure.  

Again, my original had a Halloween theme and I tweaked it to be more of a summer theme.

For this recreation I started with two coats of Zoya Rocha.  Rocha is a gorgeous color, I just don't like how it sucks all the color out of my hand!

Instead of black dots, I went with Pippa dots!

And a coat of Northern Lights.

There is no doubt that this dotticure is bright! It's screaming bright!  
Hope you all enjoyed this month as much as me!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Barielle Dotticure

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I am finally wrapping up my Barielle posts, at least until a new collection comes out!  Just like yesterday, these lacquers are from past collections.  But they could still be new to you!

This set of lacquers inspired me to create this dotticure.

Enduringan opaque white.  I have found another amazing white!  Perfect in two coats with no streaking! And just look how crisp it is!  I LOVE finding a perfect white!

Head of the Class Green - a neon green.  I would call this green almost a neon.  It could be a little brighter.  It is a seriously opaque polish that has amazing coverage.  A beautiful green but it stains!  Make sure you have a base coat and try to not hit your skin.  I tried to do a gradient with this shade and the clean up was not fun!  I'm going to save it for nail art.

Lemondropsa sun yellow creme.  This yellow is fabulous, but unfortunately it is streaky.  I was able to level things off with two coats, but make sure you give some time between applications.  This will lessen the streaks.  

To create my dotticure, I used the dry brush technique to apply Lemondrops.

I used my dotting tools to add the different sized dots at the tips.

And my last Barielle is this fantastic holo glitter Stardust.

Other than a couple disappointments, I have been really impressed with my first experience with Barielle.  
I had some behind the scenes help with these swatches and nail art.  To help me make these shades shine I used the following products.

I have also been impressed with these products.  I having been wearing the nail builder everyday and I have noticed a big difference in my nails.  They are healthy and stronger.  The nail oil is perfect after a long day of swatching!  The top coats worked great but I still need to do some testing, I'll get back to you!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Barielle Blue Gradient

I have some more Barielle lacquer to share with you.  In fact I actually have two posts worth of Barielle to share!  These lacquers are not new.  They are from past collections.  But if you have never seen them before, then they are new to you!

Today I have a set of blues!

Falling Stara marine blue with gold glitter.  This lacquer has been in my hands many times and I always put it back down.  It is finally mine!  I know it is described as gold glitter but to me this is more copper, which I love!  I applied two coats.

Berry Blue - a creamy navy blue.  This blue is so perfect! Not only is it dark and yummy it is also super pigmented!  One coat was beautiful but I applied another to level everything out.

Magna Cum Laude Turquoisea neon blue.   I wouldn't call this shade neon.  It is a light turquoise that is quite pretty but a tad thin.  The thinness did not take much away from the application.  It still applied nicely without streaking.  

I decided to take these three lacquers and create a blue gradient.

These blues blend together extremely well.  It almost looks like waves!  I am more than happy to add these blues to my HUGE blue collection!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014

I have another fantastic giveaway to share with you!
I have partnered with Nail Polish Canada in a HUGE giveaway.  The goal is to grow the giveaway to 200 polishes!  And we are talking about butter LONDON, Cirque, NCLA, Picture Polish...and it goes on and on!  You don't want to miss a chance to win!

My contribution to the giveaway is this fantastic NCLA polish, Tennis Anyone?

You can enter below for a chance to win this polish. Good luck!

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