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 
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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

Monday, April 25, 2016

NAFW 2016 Day 6 - Fall 2016 Dress: Marchesa, with Smith & Cult

OK! Only one more challenge day after this and I've finally completed this amazing Nail Art Fashion Week challenge! I knew almost from the beginning that I wanted to create a Marchesa dress, one of my favorite designers and there's no question that they ruled the runway in Fall 2016! If you have any desire to be wowed by the sheer beauty of fashion, check out this summary of Marchesa Fall 2016 by www.popsugar.com
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Well...these looked better in my mind..and way better before I put the dotted "flowers" in between the gradient sections. Somehow, in my opinion, these just didn't turn out the way I had hoped but I decided to post them anyway. So I fell short of my challenge for this one. 

I used all Smith & Cult polishes..which I'm in love with and will one day swatch and show off on their own. Shades used: Dark Like Me, Check The Rhyme, Faultleroy, Vegas Post Apocalyptic

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

NAFW 2016 Day 5 - Style Icon: Cate Blanchett, with China Glaze, KBShimmer and Whats Up Nails

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Hi everyone! Bringing you Day 5 of the Nail Art Fashion Week 2016 (#NAFW2016) challenge despite it being officially over already. Today's look I actually did last..because I just knew I'd love them and not want to take them off! I was right! I'm still wearing these right now! I chose Cate Blanchett seen here wearing Maison Martin Margiela, as my style icon this year because not only is she elegant and classy, she often pushes the envelope and dares to wear designs with an edge to them and in my opinion she always pulls it off!
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 I was able to create this awesome design using Whats Up Nails 
Honeycomb Nail Vinyls.
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 I know the colors aren't exactly right, but these new China Glaze Summer 2016 shades: Lime After Lime, Lip Smackin' Good, and None Of Your risky Business were sitting on my desk begging to be used and I love the way it turned out.
 I started with 2 coats of the amazing KBShimmer Diamond and then Clearly On Top. After I applied the Whats Up Nails vinyl to dry nail, I used a small nail art brush to dab each China Glaze shade in, creating a somewhat patchy look. This was intentional to dull out the shade and let the blingy glitter base come through under the colors. It worked out exactly as I'd hoped.
 This shade is so so grown up blingy it was hard to photograph and looks amazing as the base for this design, if I do say so :P
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 China Glaze Summer 2016 shades: Lime After Lime - Light bright neon lime crème , Lip Smackin' Good - Bubblicious neon pink crème, and None Of Your risky Business - Electric tangerine crème
You can find the press release for this entire collection here
 Don't make me take these off. OK?!?
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Yup, I love these! Do you? Have you enjoyed the week of fashion inspired nail art? If you want to see what it's all about you can read 
and search the tag: #NAFW2016 
All the best,
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NAFW 2016 Day 4 - Fashion Trend: Clean Lines with Lela Rose, OPI and Whats Up Nails

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Here I am on the late parade, but I'm still going to finish out this challenge! Today I have Day 4 of the Nail Art Fashion Week challenge: Fashion Trend. The trend I went with is "clean lines". I kind of made that up...but I think it works. lol. I was so enamored with this entire collection, it was hard to pick just one to recreate. I was also touched by the fact that Lela Rose's father passed away suddenly on;t two weeks before the show..and I got choked up. My own father has just been diagnosed with cancer so I've been caught up with emotions and lots of doctor appointments with him (one of the many reasons these posts are tardy!) My condolences to Lela Rose! And now onto my "clean lines" trend to honor this beautiful look! 
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I am pretty happy with how these turned out though I did have to do a re-do of one of the nail designs when it didn't show up on the nail like I pictured in my head. 
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 I began this all OPI manicure with 2-3 coats of OPI Alpine Snow. I used Whats Up Nails Diamond Pattern nail vinyls for the Index, Thumb and Pinky nails using OPI It's Pink P.M. from Spring 2016 collection. The Ring finger I used good old fashioned striping tape (remember those?)
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 My middle finger nail is a simple "clean lines" design with OPI I Saw...U Saw...We Saw...Warsaw and Lost On Lombard.
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Do you like these as much as I do? Have you enjoyed the week of fashion inspired nail art? If you want to see what it's all about you can read 
and search the tag: #NAFW2016
All the best,
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

NAFW 2016 Day 3 - Bag: Balenciaga Marble with OPI

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Hello nail friends! Running SO late on this challenge but I'm determined to complete it. I love the focus of the challenge, and after all, I am a co-host so I'm extra motivated to finish it. Today is the last day of the challenge but it's my Day 3 - Bag so I chose a Balenciaga Marble, a design that I've never done before. It's also super easy for those of us in a rush! :P 
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 Did I mention this one is really easy to do?
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 I began this manicure with 2 coats of my fave OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
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 Then I sponged on MBSW with Who Are You Calling Bossy? Top coat and call it a day!
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What do you think? Do I represent the bag well? Is it elegant or just look like my kid got into the sponge paints? lol

Hope you enjoy this week of fashion inspired nail art! If you join us,  please tag so we can see! #NAFW2016  *Note - this post is **coughs** a few days late
All the best,
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Friday, April 15, 2016

NAFW 2016 Day 2 - Shoes: Jessica Simpson with China Glaze

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Hi there! I'm running late on these eek! Will do my best to get this challenge complete because not only am I a co-host for it..I love it! I've had all my inspirations picked out for weeks! Though, today is extra delayed because the shoe inspiration that I had picked out..I was in a hurry to do (already late) and I just couldn't translate it onto the nail the way I wanted. Has that ever happened to you? 
So I went back to the drawing board and found a new inspiration and got this one done in a flash!
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The shoe is the Claudette Half D'Orsay Pump! Photo courtesy Nordstrom.com

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 So, these were pretty easy to create. I first applied 2 coats of China Glaze Sorry I'm Latte (which isn't as pink in real life...I think I may have neglected to white balance these correctly..please refer back to the in a mega hurry info previously stated. eek). This matched the cork color of the shoes so well in real life! Then I used the dry brush method (simply wipe off a lot of the polish off the brush and swipe across nail to deposit bits of color) with China Glaze Community.
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 Then I just painted on the flowers with China Glaze White On White.
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Not my best best, but they looked really fun and I like them!

Hope you enjoy this week of fashion inspired nail art! Will you be joining us? If so please tag so we can see! #NAFW2016  *Note - this post is **coughs** a few days late

All the best,
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NAFW 2016 Day 1 - Favorite Fashion Designer: Reem Acra

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Hello all!! So sorry for the delay, yes, I'm a day late with these - hopefully I'll catch up with the others before our fun week is done! 
Here is my Day 1 - Favorite Fashion Designer: Reem Acra
I have always loved her fashions, so much so that I was married in a Reem Acra wedding gown! <3
So here, I was inspired by lovely Suki Waterhouse wearing Reem Acra runway!
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I discovered the dress because Suki Waterhouse wore it to the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Premiere in London:
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 A England Iseult and Rosebower are the stars for these freehand roses.
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 I loved these glossy, but for me..the matte (coming up!) stole the show.
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 Matte or glossy version for you?
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 Above (and in the following photos) you see this look with KBShimmer Oh Matte! top coat. Because it's the best matte I've used, I am in love with it.
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 My base shade for this manicure is the new It's in the Clouds from OPI Spring Pastels Soft Shades 2016. I love the look, but this one was a bit of a pain for me. You see here 4 coats! Yup. I had issues with it being patchy.
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 The rest of this manicure is A England. The gold lines which were applied with the help of striping tape, is Princess Sabra. The rest is free handed: Camelot - thin black lines, Gloriana - red leaves, Order of the Garter - blue leaves, Iseult mixed with Rosebower - flowers
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I am quite pleased with how these turned out. I'm glad I liked them because they took a long time to get done! LOL

Hope you enjoy this week of fashion inspired nail art! Will you be joining us? If so please tag so we can see! #NAFW2016 

All the best,
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.