10/17/14

Water Marble Decal Tutorial

I was honored to do a tutorial for Barielle! I did a tutorial on how to make Water Marble Decals. It is my favorite way to do a water marble manicure and it is NO MESS! No more taping your fingers, and doing clean up for ever. You can see the whole tutorial here, it's great for everyone, even those new at nail art!




10/16/14

Sugar Skull Nails for Halloween


I have another Halloween themed nail art idea for you! I was really inspired by this pin on pinterest.
This was a hard one to do, I couldn't get the mouth right and it took quite a few times. I used a tiny nail art brush to do the detail work.
Color wise I used -
Black Striping Polish
Enchanted Polish - Amazing and June 2014
China Glaze - Strike A Rose and White On White
OPI - Push and Pur-Pull
Sally Hansen  - Mellow Yellow





What are you planning on doing to your nails for Halloween? I would love to know what you're planning!


10/15/14

Halloween Nail Art

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Halloween is almost here and I wanted to show you all an easy, sophisticated nail look. I used Zoya MatteVelvet Dovima and sponged Zoya Pixie Dust in Oswin just on my tips. The fun thing about this look is you can leave it matte on matte or top coat it for a sexy glossy finish. 




What are you dressing up as for halloween? I will be taking my kids around the neighborhood and hopefully not wearing a down coat! 


10/13/14

Matte and Glossy Nail Art with Zoya Matte Velvet

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I was swatching these beauties the other day and I thought it would be fun to show you some simple ideas using only the Zoya MatteVelvet and Zoya Armour top coat. These are all simple designs you can do in just a few minutes and something fun you can do to to freshen up your mani. 

For Savita I did a twisted french tip. I took Zoya Armour and swooped the brush from the side of my nail to the tip. Really easy and it makes a great statement.


I created a matte and shiny leopard print using Dovima. I created the leopard spots with a small dotting tool and Zoya Armour top coat. You can check out my leopard print tutorial here




I made a fun easy polka dot look with Harlow. I dotted on Armour with a dotting tool to make the polka dots. This one is a bit more subtle.

  
My favorite look was done by free handing simple swirls with Armour on Posh.



I did a simple blocked look by brushing Armour on only half of my index and middle finger. My ring finger I made shiny and then left a single matte stripe on my pinky.


These glossy half moons are really simple and make a great statement on Veruschka. I free handed the half moons with Armour.


If you have some top coat lying around you should give these designs a try. The contrast between the matte and glossy is fun and chic.

To see the swatches without nail art check out this post!

Purchase Info - Zoya MATTEVELVET* colors are available exclusively on Zoya.com and in ULTA beauty stores (ask for them). They retail for $9 a bottle.
Lydia

10/12/14

Zoya Matte Velvet Review and Swatches

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I was so excited when Zoya decided to re-release this collection. I was lucky enough to grab a few of them last year and they are some of my favorite polishes. They go on like velvet and try to a perfect beautiful matte finish. The bottles also have a soft matte finish to them. I personally love it when companies do fun extra's like that. All swatches below are with two top coats and applied with out a base coat or top coat.

Zoya Nail Polish in Veruschka can be best described as a deep evergreen garnished with strong metallic shimmer in a velvety MATTEVELVET finish. This polish is so beautiful and it screams fall/winter to me.  I love how it has the silver shimmer too, it adds depth and interest to the color.




Posh by Zoya can be best described as a medium cool-toned wine red with metallic red shimmer and a velvety MATTEVELVET finish. This one is one of my favorites and I know it would be one of yours. It is a sexy stunning polish!


Loredana by Zoya can be best described as a medium gunmetal grey, packed with silvery shimmer and a velvety MATTEVELVET finish. I feel like I'm wearing brushed metal on my nails with this color, very cool!


Harlow by Zoya can be best described as a rich, saturated rose plum packed with sparkling metallic shimmer in a velvety MATTEVELVET finish. You can really see the silver sparkle in this one, beautiful!


Savita by Zoya can be best described as a bold, vibrant medium purple with strong red and gold shimmer with a velvet MATTEVELVET finish. My camera was having a hard time with this one but with some tinkering I got it fixed. If you love purple, you need this color! 



Dovima by Zoya can be best described as a smoky charcoal-black with strong silver shimmer and a velvety MATTEVELVET finish. This one is great, no weird rubbery finish, or flat black. The shimmer brings life to this beautiful black.


Overall beautiful colors. The shimmer makes these matte polishes unique and help them to have movement and interest on the nail.  If you want these I would jump on them now, they are a limited release and last year they went pretty fast. You won't regret it!

A little note about applying these polishes - *MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. If you do elect to use a base coat, make sure that it is 100% dry prior to color application to avoid color separation, cracking or shrinking.

Purchase Info - Zoya MATTEVELVET* colors are available exclusively on Zoya.com and in ULTA beauty stores (ask for them). They retail for $9 a bottle.

Lydia



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