Friday, February 13, 2015

Heart to Heart - Valentine's Day Nail Art

Nothing to Disclose Press Sample

It's here again. The day that is highly anticipated by some but extremely dreaded by most... The day that roses double in price... the day of hearts 'n shit. You guessed it, it's V-day. This will be my first year without the chalky deliciousness of conversation hearts increasing my dentist bills, and I must admit, I'm a little sad about it! But, I have two of the best Valentine's Day dates a gal could hope for...one has 4 legs and wears a nice fur coat, and the other just has two furry legs. No big plans for the day, mostly working, and relaxing a bit afterward.

I decided to try the Cut It Out Lovely Magic nail vinyls from Serum No 5 for this design. First, I used a rainbow of colors to create the brushed gradient up the center of the nail. Once that dried, I used the  stacked hearts vinyl over the gradient, then brushed on a coat of white polish. Before the white polish dried, I removed the nail vinyl, which left a clean heart outline! I totally love how these turned out, I'm such a sucker for a rainbow gradient!





I used:

Red: American Apparel Downtown L.A.
Orange: Zoya Paz
Yellow: American Apparel Sunshine State
Green: CND Green Scene
Blue: American Apparel Mount Royal
Purple: China Glaze Everglaze Don't Grape About It
White: Zoya Purity

Serum No 5 Cut It Out Lovely Magic nail vinyls

Topcoat: KB Shimmer Clearly on Top quick dry topcoat

Disclosure: Some products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. (Serum No 5 & KB Shimmer) See the legal page disclosure for more information.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Girlish Flourish

 Press Sample

Despite all the crazy colors I love to wear, I find that I'm ALWAYS drawn to great neutrals. Needless to say, when the new Morgan Taylor Enchantment Fall 2014 collection showed up, I was SUPER excited!! It consists of 4 neutral-ish and 2 glitter shades. For today's manicure, I did an uncharacteristically feminine design using two of the shades from the collection, Simply Spellbound and Magician's Assistant. I absolutely ADORE the subtle shimmer found in Magician's Assistant. It's, dare I say, MAGIC?!




At first glance, this manicure is a subtly feminine design, and, if I'm being honest, it is at second and third glance, too. However, it just has something when you see it in person that makes you keep looking back to it- that must be the 'magic' that they refer to in the polish name...and it is definitely enchanting! You can see the glowy shimmer in the picture above in the bottle (in person you see it on the nail!). I'm generally not one for soft feminine colors, but I think this is my favorite of the collection! (Swatches to come!)

For this manicure I used:

Morgan Taylor Need for Speed Top Coat
Morgan Taylor Simply Spellbound
Morgan Taylor Magician's Assistant
Morgan Taylor Stick With It Base Coat


Morgan Taylor products are available at loxabeauty.com for $8.50 per bottle. 



Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. See the legal page disclosure for more information.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Have a Zaptastic Day!

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OK friends. I normally wouldn't do this, but this competition is SUPER important to my team and I, and the prize is amazing. (and one of the judging criteria is page views and interaction!)

At my job (Zappos.com), there is currently an internal contest going on to kind of explain the Zappos culture and strategy. Part of this competition is to create a video that represents that information in a fun and unique way. My team chose to do a time lapse video of me drawing images that represent the ideas we're talking about.

Trust me- not as boring as it sounds!! lol  Plus- you get to see some nail art that I created in the spirit of Zappos!

My team and I would love if you would watch the following video, give it a thumbs up, and if you have the time, leave a comment! It would make our day!


Monday, October 27, 2014

It's a Wash!

Press Sample


Do you ever have one of those days where you're inspired to create some nail art...and you're lucky enough that it turns out EXACTLY how you envisioned it? The day I created this design was definitely one of those days for me. It was after I watched an episode of Project Runway, and I was inspired by a rug, of all things. :D I liked how the colors messily faded from one color to the next, and I knew I wanted to do it in a cream/turquoise/navy color scheme. I feel like I'm inspired by rugs a lot...weird. Either I look down a lot, or I have a thing for rugs? (not bad toupee rugs though)

For this design, all I did was paint the cream color as a base, then grabbed my turquoise polish, wiped all the excess polish from the brush, then brushed the polish lightly from the tip toward the cuticle, stopping about 2/3 of the way down. Next, I did the same with my navy color, only going 1/3 of the way down, so both the cream and turquoise would show. I tried to make the strokes look semi-messy and distressed looking. I topped it off with topcoat and was good to go! I got so many comments on these nails, and I absolutely loved them (so much so that I touched up the navy when I got tip wear, and I'm still wearing them a week later!!).






I used:

Cream: Illamasqua Load
Turquoise: Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool
Navy: Morgan Taylor Polished Up Punk

Base Coat: Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu
Top Coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

Tell me in the comments about a time where your next art turned out exactly as you envisioned!


Disclosure: Some of the items in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Do I Need a Loub-otomy? Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Swatches & Review

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Yeah. I did it. I didn't mean to, it just sort of...happened. I feel a little nauseated, a little giddy, and a little guilty. I just wanted to look at it. To hold it. I shouldn't have brought my purse. When I reached the apex of that moving sidewalk in front of the Venetian Sephora, my heart skipped a beat...maybe two. I was within feet of having my hands on a bottle of the first nail polish from fabulous shoe designer Christian Louboutin. You know, to hold. Not to buy.

My first mistake was applying it to a single nail...at first. Then I found my way to the Nail Studio...I had to try this stuff on naked nails, surely it couldn't be a one coat red, could it? I removed the Elevation Polish Yeti Finds an Oasis that I've had on my nails for the last couple of days and sped back toward the entrance, where there was a glorious display of those spiked bottles of red awesomeness. I don't think I have to tell you the rest of the story, I think it's fairly obvious where this is going! :-P

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I'm not partial to reds. There are a few standouts, but on the whole, I'd rather spend my money on other colors. So why, you ask, was I so entranced by this red? I'm not going to lie. It was the packaging. I'm SUCH a sucker for great packaging, and this is GREAT packaging. It's sexy, dangerous, and sleek, and is a polish that is definitely not going to live inside a Helmer (not to mention the fact that it wouldn't really fit!).

I will admit, that even with the astronomical price tag, I was expecting a microscopic bottle. I was wrong, it's a fairly decent sized bottle which contains .4 fl oz of polish vs. a .5 fl oz bottle of Seche. The formula, as I mentioned above, is quite opaque, and I was able to obtain full coverage in one coat. For the pictures in this post I used one coat of polish and NO top coat. It is REALLY that shiny.






Let's address the price. Yes, it's expensive. Yes, it should paint my nails, and then buy me dinner for that price. I'll be the first to admit that I probably shouldn't have purchased it, but I have little to no willpower, especially when two of my favorite things collide–nail polish and shoes. Who knows, I may have buyer's remorse when I wake up tomorrow at 4:45 am for work, but maybe not, because dammit, I'm worth it.

This nail lacquer can be purchased at select Sephora stores and at Sephora.com, as well as Saks 5th Avenue, and Christian Louboutin boutiques for $50 USD.

What do you think? Would you have splurged on it? HAVE you splurged on it? Do I need a 'loub'-otomy? Tell me in the comments below!

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