Thursday, July 28, 2016

Paint All The Nails Presents Neon with Cirque Colors Vice 2016

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Hi all! How are these months just flying by? Is it really almost August? Here we are with another Paint All The Nails link up! I'm so happy to be involved with these incredibly kind and talented ladies! This month our vote brings us to the theme: NEON. Yep. Summer neons here we come. I knew immediately I had to use my new Cirque Colors Vice 2016 collection because well, they are amazing <3

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sally Beauty Summer Nails - Get the Look: Product Picks and Smoosh Marble Nail Art Tutorial

I've got a fun post for you today! I got to finally try a new (to me) method of nail art, that is perfect for Summer and so easy to create! I can see why it's become the new trend in nail art! I was thrilled to be asked by Sally Beauty to go shopping and pick out my fave Summer ready products for mani and pedi summer looks! Let me show you what I chose and the smooshed marble nail art I created, I included a tutorial so you can get the look too!If you don't already follow @SallyBeauty on Instagram go take a look and give them a follow. They are always showing off great looks!
 Sally Beauty has SO much to choose from for keeping nails and toes pretty. Here are my summer choices, with a trend watch for a few travel ready products for your summer getaway: OPI Retro Summer collection (I had my eye on these for a while so I was thrilled to finally pick them up at Sally Beauty), Heel to Toe Gel Separators (for the must have #summerready pedicure), Moist Hemp moisturizer (yep, travel size so it pops right in the bag to go!), Heel to Toe Peppermint Smoothing Scrub (this smells so great and works so well to slough off dry skin and keep feet looking great), Skin Elements Pure Argon Oil (I use this to give extra care to dry spots on feet and elbows and it's a perfect cuticle moisturizer.), Seche Vite (another travel size, really perfect for vacations where packing space is minimal and you need to be on the go quickly after finishing a new manicure!), Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Remover envelopes (superb for your vacation mani and pedi change - love that there's no risk of leaking into your suitcase!), and lastly I picked up a gentle buffing block for that occasional quick buff to smooth out ridges. I don't do that every manicure as it weakens the nail bed, but maybe about once a month.
Here's the manicure I created. I know summer nails often calls to mind the brightest shades and lots of neon. Which I considered. BUT as much as I love that look for summer, I'm even more drawn to this lovely collection and this retro feel for summer gives me happiness every time I glance down. Plus, it's so easy to create..keep reading and I'll show you just how I did it. I really love how it turned out and was so glad my local Sally Beauty still had them in stock! If you don't follow Sally Beauty on Instagram yet, go take a look, they are always posting great looks and have so many beauty products to choose from!
 The pinks: Flip Flops & Crop Tops (The darker pink), What's The Double Scoop?
The oranges: I'm Getting a Tan-gerine(light), SPF XXX
The blue: Sailing & Nail-ing, The yellow: Towel Me About It
 Moist Hemp Moisturizer
 Silk Elements Argan Oil
  Silk Elements Argan Oil
 Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Remover Pads
 Get the look: Here's what I did - randomly place drops of polish of each shade on a stamping pad. You can use a substitute for a stamping pad if you don't have one! Anything that won't absorb the nail polish and holds its shape would work.
 Here I've shown how it works on a nail stick. You can dab at the nail gently with with stamper until you are happy with how it looks. Then do some clean up, as this can get a bit messy, top coat and DONE. Easy peasy.


So there you have it, my summer beauty secrets! Exfoliate, oil and moisturize. Pick a shade or nail art that makes you happy and seal it with fast drying Seche Vite! You can find all your summer ready manicure and pedicure needs at Sally Beauty! Hope you enjoyed my picks and my easy smoosh nail marble art,  maybe try some out for yourself. Please tag me and @SallyBeauty if you do! I'd love to see!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Powder Perfect Bermuda Triangle Trio - Polish Decal Triangle Nail Art

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Summer is in full swing and I've got a super summery trio from Powder Perfect to show you. And it's just your luck, if you haven't snatched these up yet, they are on sale, right now!!
This collection is inspired by The Bermuda Triangle, a famed “dead zone” between Bermuda, Florida & Puerto Rico where ships, submarines & aircraft mysteriously vanish without a trace! Some pilots report strange weather phenomena, others disappear without even issuing distress signals. While the cause of the disappearances remains unsolved, the Bermuda Triangle is firmly fixed on our paranormal radar.
Well, of course I had to create triangle nail art with this collection!! :P

Sunday, July 10, 2016

sienna BYRON BAY Wategos, Atlantic, Breeze, Utopia Nail Art

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Hi all! Our weekend is nearly over here in N.Y., today was a gorgeous Summer day! What is the season/weather like where you are? Today I've got the four sienna BYRON BAY shades that I swatched for you in my previous post. I of course needed to create a design with them :D 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

sienna BYRON BAY Nail Polish Swatch and Review

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Hello! Hope your week is going well. I had the pleasure of trying out a new to me brand, and now I'll be sharing with you my swatches and review of four shades from Sienna BYRON BAY.
This Australian brand is "... as local as can be, vegan & cruelty free, we use 100% renewable soy, and we source sustainable non-native timbers from our own backyard". It is in fact those charming timber/wood caps that upon opening the package transported me to my favorite spa. The natural smell of the wood is really lovely! About the formula - "Our nail polishes are ‘non-toxic’, meaning they contain No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP, No Synthetic Camphor, No Formaldehyde Resin, No Xylene, No Tosylamide, and No Benzophenone-1. We’re Vegan and Cruelty Free. We are committed to keeping our products as clean as possible and so continue to update our formula to reflect this." So far so good, right? So I was able to pick my top 4 shades from their collection (tough to do because I love so many! But not surprisingly I gravitated toward the aquas/blues/mint range! 
 Sienna BYRON BAY: Wategos, Atlantic, Breeze, Utopia

Friday, July 1, 2016

Paint All The Nails Presents Animal Print with Cirque Colors Vice 2016 Collection

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Hello all and happy summer!! I'm posting last minute over here, to join in with the lovely Paint All The Nails Group I'm in. We decided on an open ended Animal Print this month and I knew I wanted to go outside the leopard box for this one. My boys just finished first grade and we are eagerly looking forward to our vacation and snorkeling in the Caribbean this summer. So in honor of the tropical fishies I bring you my rendition of the Oriental Sweetlips fish! 
 Here's how I got this done. Two coats of Cirque Colors Carpe Diem then sponged on a gradient of High Roller and Electric Daisy from the Vice 2016 collection. Yes, I love them.
I painted on the stripes and dots with Cirque Colors Memento Mori then used acetone to dilute and give it that au naturale look.
 I love how these turned out! Think they match my inspiration well, do you?
Take a look at all the talent in this group! 

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! 
 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.
 Dior Plumetis: a petal pink 262 dotted with lavender mauve 582