Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dots & Hearts Tutorial

I'm finally back with a nail art tutorial and not just swatches. I hope you enjoy. The inspiration for it came from this look.

Start by painting your nails solid white. I used Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud.

 Then stamp some black polka dots. I used Konad Black polish with the m79 image plate. Fill in any with a small dotting tool if it didn't transfer well. 

I wanted to stamp a heart since I didn't want to do any real freehanding for this look. I didn't have an image plate of the size heart I wanted just plain, so I stamped only a partial image of the heart on BM02.

Fill in the heart with a pink polish. I used Tammy Taylor Pinkalicious. If your pink is more transparent, you might want to fill in the heart with white first. In case your heart is over one of the dark polka dots.

Then I took a black nail art striper and outlined any of the areas where my pink covered the line up. Also then a white nail art striper for a little shine mark at the top of each heart. 
Cover with a thick top coat like Seche Vite. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

FABY - Remember Me...

Another FABY today. A nice taupe/greige shade. Creme finish. Pictured is 2 coats. No application issues at all. I wore this for several days without any problems, Minimal tip wear and no chipping, so I was very pleased. 

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FABY - Mona Lisa Smiled At Me

Another FABY polish I was sent to try. 

This one is a beautiful pink/red with slight shimmer. Pictured is 2 coats. It applied evenly and without difficulty.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FABY - Paper Sky

I received this polish for review and it was a new brand to me. I've not seen it for sale in any stores near me. It is a brand from Italy that launched in the US in August 2014.

 The first coat applied very thin, but evenly. I applied the second coat a bit heavier, it dried in a timely manner and didn't flood the cuticle at all. 2 coats was coverage enough, but I did notice there was a slight shadowing or bare spot on my middle nail after the fact. 

Paper Sky is a light blue shade that is very bright and reminds me of spring. Creme finish. I can imagine this will be a useful polish when it comes to nail art designs. 

*Thanks to FABY for providing this for review. All opinions expressed here are my own.*
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Barielle Jetsetter Fall 2014 Collection

These polishes all had excellent coverage. Each swatch only required 2 coats. They applied evenly, self leveled nicely, and were not streaky. 
All are available on the Barielle website HERE for $8 each.

Rain in Spain
Creme finish lavender/periwinkle shade. 

Autumn in Seoul
A metallic copper shimmer. 

These next two were very similar so I wanted to swatch them side by side. 

Irish Eyes
Creme finish medium moss green.

Gondola Ride
Creme finish. Lighter green, more sage than moss. 

Kiss Me Kate
Creme finish beige with slightly pink undertones. 

Midnight in Paris
The website describes this as a midnight blue/purple. My first glimpse at the bottle looked like it was a rich velvety purple shade. But once I applied it to my nails it took on more blue tones and just appeared as pictured here, a deep navy shimmer. Still gorgeous, but not what I originally thought.

I've got to say that I think Gondola Ride is my favorite! :)

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Barielle Me Couture Fall 2014 Collection

"A sophisticated palette combination of retro and intense shades totally compliments current styles and trends." Each of these polishes retails for $8.00 and can be found at

I first did a gradient with three colors from this collection because they just blended so well together. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Pink to purple then to deep indigo blue. Berry Posh, Soho At Night, then Moda Bleu.

Berry Posh - This swatch took just two coats to reach opacity. Creme finish fuchsia pink. 

Soho At Night - This one was a little thinner consistency and required 3 coats before reaching what you see here. A dusty, creme finish, grape purple.

Moda Bleu - 2 coats to reach what is pictured. Dark navy blue creme finish. The first coat appeared a little more purple toned, but it's solidly blue when you're finished.

Boho Chic - 2 coats. Creme finish deep sea green. The color seemed a bit more vibrant in real life. 

Taupe Notch - Seemed just slate gray to my eyes. 2 coats pictured below. Creme finish.

Vintage Gown - "a creamy rust with a hint of pink." I would refer to this one as a creamy milk chocolate color. Similar to OPI You Don't Know Jacques. 2 coats for what is pictured below.

The bottle does show a bit of gold/bronze shimmer but it did not translate onto the nail. I couldn't detect it when I swatched it. 
All polishes dried quickly and self leveled beautifully. I had no tricky application issues with any. A lovely muted fall collection from Barielle! Thanks for reading!
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