Week 2: Nail Art Scans!! // Winter & Holiday Inspiration!!

Ask & you shall receive!! I got lots of comments on my last nail art scan post, so I figured I can make this a regular thing. Since the holidays are just around the corner, I am going to post winter/christmas designs until the end of December. After that I can post other themes & might even be able to take requests for themes!

 ^^ I would love to wear this for new years!!^^

I think the last nail design, minus the xmas tree would be a cute idea for the half moon nails for the 31 day nail challenge! I might have to recreate it with different colors and possibly a different design. Speaking of the 31 day nail challenge... I have my orange nails on now and was going to take pictures of them today, but I broke  my middle finger nail down to the finger tip! Grr! Oh well, at least I can trim them all down and start fresh. As for the design, I will still post my orange nails tonight or tomorrow still, so no worries. =)

Which design is your favorite? Any of them that you would like to re-create? I would love to try those sweater-like designs but would never be able to finish my right hand lol.


31 Day Nail Art Challenge!! // Red Nails

I have been seeing a lot of posts for the 31 Day Nail Challenge floating around on the blogisphere lately. It was tempting enough to make me take the plunge. I want to mention that there is most like NO way I will finish this in 31 days. Mostly because of the holidays are coming up I will want to take a break in between the challenges to do some Christmas nail art. Not to mention the holidays are hectic, so it would be extremely challenging to find time to paint my nails every day. Even though it defeats the purpose of the 31 day challenge, I wanted to do it also so I would have some direction to go in for those times I can't decide what to do to my nails. Plus, that means I will be posting A LOT more! Regardless, I want to complete the challenge as soon as possible. 

I wish I had more pictures to show you. Since the red came out darker than I had anticipated, the black card shapes seem to fade in the background. Either way, I love the dark shimmer this nail design provides & how the shimmering red and black go together.

Red Color: Orly "Candy Cane Lane"
Red Shimmer: Barielle "Elle's Spell" 
Black Color: Deborah Lippmann "Ruby Red Slippers"
Black Stamping Color: Sinful Colors "Black on Black"

What do you think of the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge? If you already started, leave me a link to your blog in the comments, I would love to see what you came up with so far!! =D

Until next time .. Happy blogging!!


Nail Art Scans!! // Christmas Inspiration!!

I wanted to think of something I could post in between my nail art designs to keep my readers entertained. So that is when I decided I would show you where a majority of my nail art inspiration comes from! & If you read some of my previous posts, you already know that I am enamored with Japanese nail art. I started finding Japanese Magazine scans, which are now starting to become sparse. Luckily for you, I have a folder on my computer dedicated to nail inspiration which holds, idk, THOUSANDS of nail art designs! So I figured since the holidays are right around the corner, now would be the best time to give you some inspiration for your Christmas nails ...

CREDIT: All photos are 150% thanks to Nail Up Magazine!

This one is my favorite =)

How gorgeous are these!?! Oh how I would love to have a nail art magazine like this in the USA! Or better yet, I wish all us nail bloggers were sponsored by some magazine!! Or even better yet, if I made a magazine featuring all the best nail art from Bloggers around the world! But I wouldn't even know where to start!! lol

So.. some questions for you!
** Do you want me to post more nail art scans weekly? **

Let me know what you think in the comments! & Also let me know which design is your favorite!!


Fall Nail Art Design 2011 !!

Here is my newest fall nail art design. I wanted to do a leaf design but didn't want to use the same stamp that I used last year. That is when I remembered my Bundle Monster plates had another leaf design. Since I just trimmed my nails not too long ago, it was the perfect opportunity to use the full image design from the first set of BM plates that are usually too small to cover longer nails. I wanted to incorporate fall colors underneath, I knew gold was going to be one of them and a dark raspberry color. I was going to add orange and browns too but once I sponged on the raspberry color, I thought adding the extra colors might be too much, so I just stuck with the two. Here is the list of products I used ..

Gold Color: Orly "Luxe"
Raspberry Color: Adoree "502"
Leaf Image: BM 19

Have you done your fall inspired nail art yet?? If so, leave your link in the comments, I would love to see what you came up with!! =)

I am going to enter this design in Nailart Creations Autumn nail art contest!! If you wanted to enter this contest hurry up and send your submission! This contest ends on November 15th!


Deborah Lippmann Dance Music Holiday Trio // Review & Swatches!!

There is nothing more gorgeous than Deborah Lippmann's glitter polishes. I recently bought the new Deborah Lippmann Dance Music Holiday Trio. I am so excited to review them for you and show you some swatches!! I bought these from Nordstrom.com for $29.00 with FREE S&H! I also used my Ebates account to buy them so I can get some cash back while I was at it. =) Shipping only took about a week, so I was very happy with that. The Dance Music Holiday Trio is only available in mini sizes as far as I am aware of. But with the price reduction, it is worth it and very affordable.

The first shade I would like to show you is "Just Dance," which is a lovely aqua glitter. The glitter in this polish is finer than the glitters you are used to with the larger sizes, but it allows it to dry a bit faster.

This is 3 coats with no base or top coat. This polish has a medium blue jelly base to it, which helps you achieve opacity without using a base color. Since the glitter is more fine when compared to DL's traditional glitter polishes, it give you almost a foil-like finish which I love.

Next up is "Dancing in the Dark" which is a fabulous silvery-gray color packed with multi sized holographic and silver glitter.

For this swatch I used 3 thick coats, with no base or top coat. The jelly base in this polish is a bit less pigmented than I would have liked. However, I love this color, especially the dark shimmer quality it has about it. It would look stunning over a black base coat of polish & would be perfect for a night out or celebrating the New Year.

"Flash Dance" might be my favorite color from this collection. It is a nice pinky/purple color and the combo of the two works harmoniously together.

This color was the most opaque of the three polishes in this trio. This swatch is using 2 coats with no base or top coat. There is a darker purple jelly base in this polish which gives you rich color with two quick coats. This color is so mesmerizing and is sure to catch the eye of any passerby.

As I mentioned before, these polishes are only available in mini sizes for the moment. They are 0.2 oz each compared to the full sizes at 0.5 oz. The picture below is a size comparison of the full size v.s. the mini size.
(Pictured above: DL "Across the Universe" & DL "Just Dance")

The size difference isn't too dramatic. Honestly, I will most likely never use all the polish in my full sized DL bottles. So I think getting the mini sizes are a great option & I actually kinda prefer them! It allows you to own some of the well sought after DL glitters without hurting your bank account. On that note, I would really love to see them come out with more mini sized collections in the future. =)

The picture above shows you a size comparison of a full sized and mini set. On the left is my "All that Jazz" collection, in case you were wondering. The box sizes are a bit dramatic in comparison, but the boxes for the full sized collections are more wasted space than product. So don't turn away from these small trios if they are displayed next to a full sized set.

Overall, I am really impressed with the *NEW* Music Holiday Trio. I would definitely purchase them again and I would definitely recommend them.

What do you think about this collection? Is it a must have or pass? Which color is your favorite? Would you purchase the mini sizes or opt for the full sized bottles? Let me know! I would love to hear your comments!

& I need to give a BIG THANKS to Deriniti from My Pretty Nails!! Because of her, I finally figured out how to reply to your comments!! =) xx


Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish Review & Swatches!!

Introducing Nail Inc.'s magnetic polish!! I can't even begin to explain how excited I was to see this nail polish!! I have been searching for a magnetic nail polish forever, and I am sure you can imagine how many people I knocked over when I saw this on Sephora's display! lol Nails Inc. had 2 colors on display, the silver one you see in my pics and a purple one. I tried them both, but I liked the silver one soo much better. The thing that I love about this polish is it dries super fast and it is soo simple and easy to use!! This is a must have polish for your collection, if you love nail art, but don't want to spend more than 10 minutes on your nails. The only thing I didn't like about this polish is the price. I spent $16 for this one polish!! Granted, I still think it is worth it. But I am hoping that this nail trend catches on with lower end brands so I can buy as many colors I want without abusing my wallet lol. So here are some extra pictures of the bottle and how to use it.

To use this nail polish, apply a thin coat to all your nails and wait a minute or two for them to dry. Then, one nail at a time, apply a thick coat and while the polish is still wet, wave the magnet on the cap of the nail polish over your nails and watch the magic happen!! You want to put the magnet as close to your nails as you can without touching them to get a really good effect. I am going to experiment with different magnets to see what other kind of effects I can come up with.

Have you tried Nail Inc's new magnetic nail polishes? Have you tried to use any different magnets with this polish? If so, leave a link to your post in the comments! I would love to check it out!

Teenage Dream & Milani Gold Nails!!

This is one of my most favorite nail polish combos of all time! Me and my boyfriend were celebrating our anniversary and my birthday was only 3 days behind so I wanted to do a simple nail design that I could wear for both occasions. At first I was going to go super simple with a few coats of OPI's "Teenage Dream." (Which by the way, is one of my favorite glitter polishes to wear without any base color) But then I was deciding on what outfit to wear and I had just bought an open knit sweater with gold sequins. That is when I decided to add some more sparkle to my nails by applying a coat of Milani's "Gold" which helped match my nails perfectly to my outfit! This color combo is a great way to wear glitter on your nails while still keeping it simple, yet pretty.

Btw. I just got the *NEW* iPhone 4S !!! My previous phone was the first Moto Droid, so at first I hated my new iPhone. I was soo used to android and was surprised about the lack of stuff you can't do on the iPhone that you can do with android phones. Unless you want to jailbreak your phone of course. lol But all of that changed as soon as I took a picture with my new phone! I was in love by the first click of the shutter button. I have never had a phone that took photos this amazing!! The color, focus, everything about the camera is just perfect, especially when shooting in macro. Apple was definitely right when they said that the new camera was going to compete with your standard point and shoot camera! Don't believe me? Look for yourself! ALL THESE PICS WERE TAKING USING MY NEW IPHONE 4S!! Which works out perfectly for me now that my digital camera is not charging AGAIN!! I am about to use my iPhone for all my blog posts from now on.

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