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 www.barielle.com.

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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Monday, August 25, 2014

Wondrously Polished Nautical - Copycat

I totally stole this look from Wondrously Polished. It's been on my Pinterest's "nail art inspiration" board since I first laid eyes on it It's beautiful. (Check out her design because she added a starfish and a seahorse too!) This took me much longer than I'm used to because I've been slacking on freehand nail art. Out of practice, so I made more mistakes and was slower.

I painted my nails with Sally Hansen Iced Coffee, let that dry, then used striping tape to mask off and make the white stripes. I used a random white striper nail polish. Then I used Born Pretty's image plate QA5 for the anchor. Barielle Berry Blue was that polish. Then I freehanded the octopus with Alessandro Red Carpet and more of the random white striper.

For my right hand I wanted to do a simpler design, so I left off the freehanded octopus and just stamped the anchor twice. Once on my ring finger, then again on my thumb. 


I'm really happy with how it turned out and am inspired to try and do more nail art again. :)

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bevin & Gold Water Decals

These were some other water decals that came to me with the last package from Born Pretty Store. I thought the gold would pair well with a muted green like Bevin!

This particular design appears to have been pulled from the website, now it is saying it's not found. But this is the next closest thing (HERE for $2.86)
Zoya Bevin

Coupon code if you're interested:

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Married Woman

I got married on August 9th! Now that I'm back from the honeymoon we're settling in. We're trying to figure out that balance of adjusting to life in the same house. Married life has been great so far! It's awesome to have your best friend by your side. 
I thought I'd share a couple of the pictures we took for the wedding. I thought it would be cute to take pictures with a vintage flair because of the style of my dress. So one of my coworkers is a member of a local classic VW club, she arranged for us to be able to pose with this one! 


*Yes I know my petticoat is hanging out too long in this photo. LOL This was done on a day different than the wedding, so I was able to make sure and hike it up higher for the actual wedding and it stayed put!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Hiatus Explained!

Hey guys! Long time, no see. I'm sorry for my unexplained absence, but I'm back at least briefly. Back in May, I met the man of my dreams and I've been caught up in a whirlwind romance ever since. So that's pretty much occupied by every waking moment, and nail art has taken a back seat. I still paint my nails faithfully, but normally just a solid color, or something very simple that isn't really worth blogging about.
He is a great man that totally supports my nail polish interests and hasn't been freaked out by the number that I own. I would like to continue blogging, and show you guys some interesting nail art when I can. I just imagine that it will be less frequent than before. I hope you can understand. :)

These are some water decals from the last batch that the Born Pretty Store sent me to review. 

I used them over 2 coats of Rimmel I Lilac You.
They applied really easily, just like most water decals do. I put them on just as soon as the base polish was dry, and so that didn't leave me much room for error if they were slightly off center. :( But that isn't a flaw of the decal, that was a user error. These are really pretty and simple, the image is just a bit pixelated, but you can't really tell that under normal circumstances.

Decals can be found here for $2.45 Pictured is set #1620

If ya need a coupon code:

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ice Cream Nails

These are a design I wore when I participated in my local "Walk From Obesity." I'm a nurse and one of the physicians I work with performs gastric bypass / gastric sleeves / lap bands and was running the event, so that's what get me involved. The Walk is to benefit the treatment and prevention of obesity. A lot of the ones involved are people that have had bariatric weight loss surgeries and are now more exercise-oriented.

I couldn't figure out anything silly to wear about weight loss, but I thought some zero calorie nail art would be fun. So ice cream it is. :)
The sprinkles are Polish Me Silly (formerly Lush Lacquer) Clowning Around. I forget all the other colors I used but I think the pink is Sephora by OPI Seeing Pink Elephants, the green is China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, and the purple is Zoya Malia.



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Monday, May 12, 2014

Chevron Coral, Yellow, & Teal

Chevron yet again. I got this color combination from a Pinterest find, but have since lost that pin. So sorry to the original artist.

I used OPI Cajun Shrimp, Sephora by OPI Why Yellow There..., & Orly Gumdrop. I used pinking shears from the craft store to mask off the stripes.



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Monday, April 28, 2014

Plants Vs Zombies

I was mainly inspired by the app icon image for the game Plants Vs Zombies. It's not a game I've played or gotten into.



Here is the best I could break it down into a tutorial. I started with a base of China Glaze Too Yacht Too Handle, then stamped the image from BM 301 with China Glaze Sunday Funday. I used black acrylic paints to get the basic outline done. Then Precision Sage, more black acrylic paint, and they eyeballs and teeth were done using OPI Skull and Glossbones. Top coat with Seche Vite.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Coral Tips

Hi guys. My blog here has sure been neglected lately, and for that I'm sorry. I've just had a lot of changes in my life lately and nail polish has become less of a hobby. I still keep my nails painted nearly everyday, but I just don't have the same interest in intricate nail art anymore. :( Now when I paint my nails, it's a simple color swatch, or some very basic nail art that I don't feel is worthy of sharing on here. I don't know if part of it is me getting older, but I just feel less enthusiastic about wacky nail art. 

Here I used Sinful Colors Thimbleberry for french tips, and then a freehanded skinny line of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy.



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Poshinality - Tomboy

Poshinality offered me this polish to review for you guys. I chose the shade Tomboy. 
 Found HERE for $9.50

"Tomboy isn't the typical blue. It's a beautiful blue jean hue with a smooth creme finish, perfect for the laid back and relaxed individual."

The closest polish I have in my collection is Zoya Skylar, so I featured 3 coats of that on my ring finger as an accent. Tomboy is on all the other nails. The polish went on smoothly, was nearly even with just one coat but I applied a second just for safe measure. It dries to an incredibly shiny finish, but I did also apply a topcoat out of habit. 



*Products were provided for review*
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