Thursday, February 28, 2013

Free Hand Circle Nail Art With OPI Euro Centrale

Oh no, it's the last day of our Geometric Challenge!! Bummer! I loved being in this challenge with this great talented group of women. Sad to see it end. So, onto the mani. The theme for today is "recreate", so we pick someone else's manicure from the challenge to recreate. I chose Sincerely Stephanie's "round" nails from Day 2 seen here. I pretty much gasped when I first saw them, and KNEW I would make them one day. So today is that day :P I used two amazing gorgeous colors from OPI Euro Centrale Collection.
Euro Centrale by OPI will be available February 6, 2013, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. 
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OPI Can't Find My Czechbook and OPI A Woman's Prague-ative
 Above is a shot before top coat went on. I have been liking the look of nail art before it gets top coated lately. Perhaps it's the texture trend ;) And below is with Seche Vite top coat.

 Can't Find My Czechbook is a great aqua blue that leans more blue than aqua (in my opinion). Great formula and complete coverage with 2 coats. I swatched all the blues from this collection back in November. You can see them here.
 A Woman's Prague-ative is a gorgeous shimmery copper. Great formula again and was really easy to work with for this nail art. Most circles are just one swipe with the nail art brush. I went over it a second time in some spots.
 I used a thin nail art brush and simply free handed the circles on. I guess I'm getting better with my free hand! I never though in a million years I'd be able to make circles like this! I absolutely love how this looks on the nail!


  HUGE thanks to Stephanie at SincerelyStephanieNails for the inspiration for these, and for creating this challenge that I've had so much fun doing this month. <3 


Don't forget to see what the other talented ladies came up with for this:
http://www.sincerelystephanienails.com/ - Stephanie of Sincerely Stephanie
http://www.lacquerologist.com/ - Emily of The Lacquerologist
http://www.dressedupnails.com/ - Whitney of Dressed Up Nails 
http://www.neverlandnailblog.com/ - Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
http://www.xoxoalexisleigh.com/ - Alexis of XOXO Alexis Leigh
http://www.preciouspolish.com/ - Brittney of Precious Polish 
 
Be well,
Victoria 

*Products sent for review.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vote for me! Vote for me! :D

Hey friends...
Yep it's that time. I don't plan on doing this often..but I'm about to beg, plead, cry ask for votes. I have entered a Bloom.com contest and it's turning out to be a huge battle!! The contest ends at 11:59 (EST) Thursday night. If you voted already for me THANK YOU!! If you haven't and could take a minute to click "looks good" for my "sexy date night nails" I'd be very grateful!! The prize is $500 and that is no laughing matter. That kind of money could really help!! In fact, I'd for sure add something special to my next giveaway if I won :D

The nails I entered are in this post and you can see it and  VOTE HERE.  All you have to do is click "looks good". Thank you so so so much! 

Thank you!!
Victoria

Monday, February 25, 2013

Pomegranate Royal Fairy Tale Nail Art/Swatch and Review - Geometric Challenge

Hello!
Excited to show you what I came up with for today's Geometric Challenge theme. It's "Mix and Match" today so I decided to put "straight" and "triangle" together. I used 3 new shades from Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Fairy Tale Collection. And yes, I made two different designs :D Pomegranate Nail Lacquer can be purchased from their website for $8.50. Many of the older shades are on sale for $4.50 or $6 right now. Follow Pomegranate on facebook.

 Pomegranate Nail Lacquer: Frolicker, Pennywisher, Rose Garden Romance
 Two coats of Frolicker, an amazing marigold yellow started this manicure. I don't own anything like this color and it just made me happy every time I looked at my fingers! Really great formula!
 I turned to my trusted striping tape for my triangle and straight line pattern. These two colors are an unlikely pair but I think that's what makes this one special :)

 Really love how this turned out!

 Pennywisher by itself. Love this rose gold foil. Great formula. This is 2 coats, no top coat.
 I used striping tape once again to create the straight lines and sharp triangles with Rose Garden Romance. A perfect classic red creme. Excellent formula.
 Actually...I'm in love with how this turned out. I love the pairing of colors and finishes and I love how this is simple, yet not. My husband gave it a thumbs up and commented that is was very art deco, which was truly a coincidence, but I can see why he would say that.



 

I'm proud of both of these, but the red tips I find particularly stunning. Which one do you like better? Do you own any Pomegranate Lacquer? I highly recommend!! I have never been disappointed with a Pomegranate formula!

Have a great night!
XO, Victoria

Don't forget to see what the other talented ladies came up with for this:

http://www.sincerelystephanienails.com/ - Stephanie of Sincerely Stephanie
http://www.lacquerologist.com/ - Emily of The Lacquerologist
http://www.dressedupnails.com/ - Whitney of Dressed Up Nails 
http://www.neverlandnailblog.com/ - Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
http://www.xoxoalexisleigh.com/ - Alexis of XOXO Alexis Leigh
http://www.preciouspolish.com/ - Brittney of Precious Polish 

*Products provided for review.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blinged Out Nail Art with Born Pretty Polish and Circle Glitter

Happy Academy Awards Sunday!

Yes, I'm an awards show geek. I love em. Hoping to see some glimpses of nail art on the stars, which seems to be catching on as part of the whole awards show look :)
Today I bring you my blingy nails as I imagine I'm decked out in Christian Dior Haute Couture and professional hair and makeup :P No, I don't want an award...just want to look like I'm getting one. Hahaha.
So, I used all products from Born Pretty Store. The polish is a beautiful mint green, find it here.
And I topped it with circle glitters that you can find here.
Remember, I have a coupon code for 10% off if you decide to shop at Born Pretty. The code is: DS7X31 
 The polish shade is #337. It has a good crelly (combination of creme and jelly) formula, I used 3 coats here. No issues with application and dries to a nice shine.
 This glitter set comes with 12 different colors, I obviously only used 2 of them for this. The next 2 photos are showing you before the top coat went on. See, the polish shines all on its own.


 I love how this turned out and it's really super blingy in real life :)


So what do you think? Great mint color? Great circle glitter? Will you be watching the Academy Awards tonight with me? :D

XO, Victoria


*Products provided for review.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Geometric Challenge 3D Nail Art with Dior Vernis

Good morning!! Happy Friday!

I have another Geometric Challenge to show you today. The theme is 3D and I decided to keep it classy, keep it simple. It was easy to keep it classy as I used all Dior Vernis for this mani. Right down the the ridge filler base coat (which I love) and the Gel top coat (which I love).

 Dior Vernis: Incognito, Gris Montaigne, Pink Graffiti, Electric Blue, Untitled Black
 The "foundation" for this mani is 2 coats of Dior Incognito which is a lovely pink nude with a great formula. I felt like it gave just the right amount of color to not be distracting. I used tape to add enlarged french tips and the cube shape in Dior Gris Montaigne. This medium grey is an all time favorite Dior of mine.
 After the grey dried, I free handed the Dior Pink Graffiti and Dior Electric Blue lines and added dots. with Dior Untitled Black. 



What do you think? Does it look three dimensional? I'm wondering how different this mani would have looked had I done the cube on each finger. I was thinking less is more for this one...Do you agree?

Don't forget to see what the other talented ladies came up with for this:
http://www.sincerelystephanienails.com/ - Stephanie of Sincerely Stephanie
http://www.lacquerologist.com/ - Emily of The Lacquerologist
http://www.dressedupnails.com/ - Whitney of Dressed Up Nails 
http://www.neverlandnailblog.com/ - Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
http://www.xoxoalexisleigh.com/ - Alexis of XOXO Alexis Leigh
http://www.preciouspolish.com/ - Brittney of Precious Polish 
 
Be well,
Victoria 
 
*Electric Blue purchased by me. All other products provided for review. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Smitten Polish Wickedly Smitten Collection Swatch and Review

Hi everyone!
Another gorgeous new collection from Smitten Polish to show you today. This one inspired by The Wizard of Oz/Wicked.
 Follow Smitten on Facebook.  Noelie has a beautiful blog too, where you can see her own swatches and keep up with what's new. Purchase at her Etsy shop. You can also purchase from Llarowe.com.

"Inspired by the jeweled shoes from Wicked and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Who Steals a Dead Woman's Shoes?? is a confection of silver, pale blue and periwinkle hex glitters in various sizes in a clear base."
 I used 2 coats here and just dabbed a bit more on some spots. Very dense and beautiful glitter. I probably should have used it as a top coat, but I really wanted to go for the glitter wow with this one. It's my favorite of the bunch :)

 "This polish is inspired by Elphaba, aka the Wicked Witch of the West, in all her green glory. Green jelly base with several sizes and shapes of green and purple glitter, including some green holographic glitters."

 Three coats here. Considering this is a highly pigmented jelly the formula was great. I often find this type of polish gets a little "gummy". This one was not.

 "Look to the Western Sky is a line from my favorite song from Wicked, Defying Gravity. "So if you care to find me, look to the western sky! As someone told me lately, everyone deserves the chance to FLY!" This is my vision of Elphaba flying off into the sunset."

 Three coats for this one as well, and it had a touch of the gumminess I mentioned above.

 "Pink Goes Good with Green! is inspired by the part in the musical Wicked where Galinda decides to make Elphaba her pet project and teach her to be popular. One of the things she does is put a pink flower in Elphaba's hair and exclaim, "Oooh! Pink goes good with green!""

 Three coats here, nice formula and love this minty green base. A great polish for Spring :)

 "Traveling by Bubble is inspired by Glinda's preferred mode of travel, the bubble. In the musical Wicked, Glinda's dress is blue rather than pink, but I wanted to have some pink in there as a nod to the movie version of Glinda as well. Pink and blue circle glitter, along with a bit of small pink and blue hex glitter, in a milky blue base with a touch of blue shimmer."

 Three coats and no problems with application or formula here either. Loving the sky blue base and the circle glitters :)

Hope your week is treating you well! See you tomorrow!
~Victoria


*Products provided for review.