Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Zoya Spring 2016 Petals floral nail art with Whats Up Nails Vinyls

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Ok, so it's officially Summer. And here I have Zoya Spring on my nails. We can handle that, right? That's what I tell my boys, when they are faced with something that seems challenging to them. "You can handle it." It's so cute and rewarding when one of them (They are 7 yrs old) responds on his own with "I can handle it!" OK, so back to nails...I actually created this some time ago so it's not currently on my nails, I'm glad to share it with you today. Hope you let me know if you like it! 
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 This manicure began with 2 coats of Zoya Leia - a sheer, opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold. It's beautiful. Sheer indeed but I imagine it will look amazing used as a top layer on other shades as well.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Dior Vernis Summer 2016 Milky Dots Polka Dots 002 Confettis 652, 432, 003 Plumetis 582, 262

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Happy Friday! Today I'm showing you what I created with Dior Vernis Summer 2016 Milky Dots 002 Confettis 652, 432 and Milky Dots 003 Plumetis 582, 262 Did you see the look I created with Milky Dots 001 Pastilles? I think these are such great sets. Each one has complimentary shades that are larger than your average mini, but not full size, and a Dior dotting tool.
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 Dior Plumetis: a petal pink 262 dotted with lavender mauve 582

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cirque Colors The Manus x Machina Collection - Dior Couture Floral Nail Art Tutorial

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Hello! I've got another design today using the Manus x Machina collection by Cirque Colors. Did you get a chance to see my epic post introducing the shades and showing a fashion inspired nail art behind each design? Check it out! Today's nail art is also inspired by a dress we saw at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Manus x Machina exhibit which is on display now.
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Continue reading after the break for the step by step for this design.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dior Vernis Summer 2016 Milky Dots Polka Dots 001 Pastilles - Paint All The Nails Presents Dotticures

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So thrilled I can bust out the Summer 2016 collections, aren't you? This Spring really flew by for me, and I still have a bunch of Spring collections to show off...but today is the day of my Paint All The Nails group link up and the theme is dots! That's right, just dots! So open ended, just the way I like...and this box of DIOR goodies landed in my mailbox last week and well...DOTS. So here is what I came up with! Hope you like it as much as I do. 
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cirque Colors The Manus x Machina Collection - Metropolitan Museum Exclusive

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 The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently unveiled it's special fashion-focused exhibition entitled Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which explores the dichotomy between handmade (manus) and machine-made (machina) in the creation of fashion. This year's exhibit features over 150 pieces of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear dating from the 1880s to present day. Cirque Colors created a 6-piece collection inspired by the materials and production techniques that are explored throughout this exhibit.

It's an honor for me to be included in this collection release by Cirque Colors, creating nail art inspired by the fashion from this exhibit. You've seen my interest in fashion with my participation co-hosting the Nail Art Fashion Week challenge not once but twice so far. I've always been drawn to the world of haute couture and was thrilled when Annie from Cirque Colors asked me to collaborate and create nail art designs inspired by the fashion behind these shades. I did in fact get to see this exhibit first hand and it was breathtaking for me. I do recommend you see it if you are in the NYC region or will be traveling here. It runs through August 14, 2016.
Please read the detailed Cirque Blog post for the official brand announcement.

 *Keep reading for inspiration photos, my thoughts on each shade, and how I created each nail design. All swatches using Cirque Colors Holdfast Base Coat & Liquid Laminate Top Coat (unless stated otherwise)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Treatment Challenge with Miracle Gel Moroccan Nail Art

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Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing my thoughts and showing the results of the Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Treatment challenge. 

 From Sally Hansen:
This nail treatment just got even better and delivers visible nail results. Whether your nail problem is dryness, ridges, dullness, breakage, peeling or all of the above. This product helps restore dry brittle nails making them visibly healthier and beautiful. After just 3 days nails look shinier, stronger, mega-moisturized and brighter with ridges filled. 
The exclusive patented formula, with Avocado oil, Sea Salt, Pomegranate Extract and Calcium immediately protects and continuously nourishes nails, helping create the perfect foundation for any manicure. The product features a new brush for an even application and dries quickly to a smooth hard finish. 
This versatile treatment can be used alone or with your favorite Sally Hansen nail color when applied as a base coat or as a protective top coat. To wear it alone, simply apply two coats to clean, dry, bare nails. Use it to refresh a manicure by brushing on one thin coat to nails. It goes on smoothly and evenly for a streak free application.

 Here's my completely unedited before photo. I haven't had an issue with breakage or peeling in quite some time, but there is some dryness, dullness, and I do have ridges that I ever so rarely will buff out.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Paint All The Nails Presents Monochrome with OPI, Whats Up Nails and KBShimmer - Heart Nail Art

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Hi there! This week is flying for me! How about you? My kids are home on Spring Break and how surprised was I when I realized today was Thursday! And I hadn't even started these nails and they were due today! Oh boy. Me and the rush job again! Sooo, I had not really gotten excited about the theme that the girls in my lovely nail group voted for this month - Monochrome - using only white, grey and black. Hmf. Well despite longing for a colorful theme..I had quite a few ideas running through my head of what I might do. And then the day just sneaked up on me. So this is what I created last minute and yeah...I love it! :D 
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Here's the design before I matted it. It looked nice. But for me, matte was the clear winner.
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This manicure started off with 1 coat of OPI Alpine Snow. Then I sponged on a gradient of OPI Alpine Snow, Cement The Deal and Embrace The Gray. I top coated with KBShimmer Clearly On Top. Then I used Whats Up Nails Hearts Nail Vinyl and diluted (with Zoya Remove) OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? to fill in the hearts. I intentionally wanted brushstokes and uneven color. I love the raw feel that is giving here. After all, the broken and black hearted have to show their wear and tear. Top coat again with Clearly On Top.
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The final step was to use KBShimmer Oh Matte! which works like the bomb of mattifiers!
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A look at the Whats Up Nail hearts vinyls. These were easy to work with and I had no issues whatsoever.
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My kids thought this was animal pint at first glance...and weren't crazy about the design, but I am lovin it. I adore that I decided to go with the anti-valentine/black hearts feel. Not everyone can have the perfect cheery romance red heart kind of feeling all the time. Am I right? 
Please check out the other amazing talented ladies in this group!
All the best,
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NAFW 2016 Day 7 - Fall 2016 Runway Nail Art: Ladyfancynails for Chromat with Smith & Cult

Hello! So happy to show you my final design for the Nail Art Fashion Week 2016 challenge! I told you I would finish ;) Though it took way longer than scheduled, at least I can say I completed it. 
The week long challenge ends with recreating a nail art design from the Fall 2016 runway. I chose this super simple design by http://ladyfancynails.com/ for Chromat
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I used Smith & Cult Pillow Pie and Kings & Thieves for the free hand X. 
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 This was pretty simple to do, with a striking result, I think.
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 The lovely Smith & Cult Pillow Pie. Great formula, I painted only one coat here, because I wanted to have that translucent effect.
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 I used a medium size nail art brush and painted on the X with Smith & Cult Kings & Thieves. I only needed to go over it a second time in a couple of spots.
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What do you think? Would you wear these for an everyday look? Can you imagine them for runway nails? I sure can! I loved how they looked on my nails!

I'm so grateful to have been a co-host along with Very Emily, Lucy's Stash and lieve91 for this amazing challenge that Maria of sonailicious.com has brainstormed! I look forward to the next fashion week and seeing all your comments makes my day. xo

If you want to see what Nail Art Fashion Week is all about you can read 
and search the tag: #NAFW2016 
 
All the best,
Victoria