Monday, December 24, 2012

My Christmas Nails!

   Hey everyone! This will obviously be my last post for the Christmas nail season. I really hope everyone has a awesome Christmas holiday, and here's some very festive red with gold leaf!

 The red I used for this one was Ciaté Dangerous Affair aka my new favorite red. This read is slightly darker in real life, the flash caused it to look lighter. The gold leaf was from a regular sheet of fake gold leaf. I ripped it up and pressed it onto the wet nail polish with my fingers. Then I finished with one coat of Seche Vite.

Merry Christmas everyone! Love Zoe

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I little glitter...

My first hand placed glitter. It got a little messed up with the top coat because I wasn't patient haha. The glitter looks purple because of the flash, but it's actually blue. I did this over three coats of The Young Hero from the Pretty and Polished Mathematical collection.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Green and Gold Ruffian

So here's the first ruffian mani I've ever done. I really like how this looks, but next time I wont put the top color so close to my cuticle. I tried this one with all shiny top coat first and didn't like it. I think it looks so much better with the green matte and the gold shiny.

 The colors I used for this look were OPI Goldeneye and Kleancolor Military Green.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


  I'd been wanting to do this for a while, half matte icicles!

I used a ton of colors for this. Here goes, The base colors are two coats of Zoya Dove, then one coat of CND Ice Blue Shimmer then one coat of Butter London Matte top coat.

The icicles are plain white striper polish, then white acrylic paint. One coat of Essie Luxeffects Pure Pearlfection over the them, then some loose blue glitter and then a very thin coat of Zoya Frida. Finish off with Seche Vite over the icicles and done.

  I was going to do a tutorial, but honestly you just need a base color and a white polish/striper. Start with two coats of your base polish color and let that dry and then do some crazy, chunky white lines!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Girly Glitter Gradient

 Girly Glitter Gradient, say that three times fast.

 This week I needed a short break from all of the holiday themed nail designs, so I did this very girly glitter gradient.  My next posts will definitely be holiday nails.

 For this I used more Ciaté colors from my Mini Mani Month Calendar. The pink is called Cutie Pie and it's a weird one. The formula is almost a hybrid of jelly and creme and the formula is very build able. Here I used three coats. Again, the formula and drying time on this was awesome. The purple pink glitter is called Magic Carpet and this was one of the exclusives to the Mini Mani Month set.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Snowy Flakes

 Snowflakes! Haha there isn't even any snow here yet. I tried to make every snowflake different because every real snowflake is different. I'll also admit that I'm obsessed with the one on my pointer finger. I love how it came out.

  For this I used Sephora + Pantone Universe Parachute Purple. It's a dark purple with a blue duochrome. I normally don't like purple, but this is sooooo pretty. It's also a pretty close dupe for RBL Scrangie.

I did the snowflakes with white acrylic paint using a striper and a dotting tool. I also added some iridescent blue loose glitter powder on all of the snowflakes, but it's hard to see any of the color in the photos that I took.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

King of C-C-Cool

  Today I'm wearing King of C-C-Cool from the Pretty and Polished Mathematical Collection. This collection is Adventure Time themed and this polish was inspired by the Ice King.

This is a blue base with all kinds of awesome glitter in it. It has tiny red glitter, small and medium sized hex glitter, medium sized yellow glitter and larger white diamond shaped glitter! This was three thin coats, but this definitely could be layered over other colors.

 I really really like this, It's perfect for winter and I actually thought about putting some little snow flakes on it. 


Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Holly Days!

  Can you tell I like holiday nails? Here are some mistletoe/ holly berry nails!

For this I used Ciaté Angel Wings as a base because I felt like this would look best over a white, but I didn't want a stark white. This is more of a pearly silvery white.

The mistletoe was done using acrylic paints. They just make nail art soooo much easier. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Lights Nail Tutorial!

   More holiday nails, and a tutorial! Wowzers!

Ok, for this I used Essie Beyond Cozy as my base color.

I used a striper, detailer, and flat end brush.

Black, orange, blue, yellow, green, red, and white acrylic paints. You can use nail polish, but I find acrylic paints much easier to work with when doing nail art.

 You can use any base color, but I think this looks really great over glitter.

1. After I let my base color dry most of the way, I used my striper brush and black paints and made some squiggly lines on each nail.

2. Then, I added a small, short black dot where I wanted each blub to be.

3. Not you can start with your little light bulbs! I chose to make mine teardrop shaped using a detailer brush, but you can make yours round (with a dotting tool) or whatever you want! The color pattern I used was orange, blue, yellow, green, and red. 

4. Now you can take your striper again and dip the very end in white and make some tiny white lines on each bulb. This gives it more depth and makes it look rounder.

Finish with your favorite top coat, mine is Seche Vite, and you're done!!

   Do you guys like tutorials like this, with pictures? Since I've found that making tutorials like this is so easy, I'll probably be doing this more often.
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