Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Holo Splash!

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I'm a sucker for a holo. I think we all suffer from 'squirrel' syndrome... at least that's what I call it! Let me explain. When I see a great holo, I'm all eyes on that holo, much like when a dog sees a squirrel! :D (especially my 'nephew' Yukon...you can't even SAY the word squirrel without him losing his mind!)

Recently, I went to my go-to nail supply shop here in Vegas, Discount Beauty Supply, with my friend James. We both work for Zappos, and he asked me for help putting together a nail art-themed gift for a customer, and of course I was happy to oblige! :D I told him I knew just the spot, and we managed to get a healthy nail art starter kit of polishes! We got mostly China Glaze polishes with a few Morgan Taylor thrown in for good measure! We got red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white, silver, gold, glow in the dark, a silver holo glitter, a Ruby Wing color-changing polish, a HUGE bottle of topcoat, dotting tools, gems, and a brush set. I think we did pretty well, and I hope the recipient is super stoked! :D

While I was there, I of course got distracted by a few holos from Color Club that I somehow didn't own yet. I 'accidentally' purchased Beyond, Cosmic Fate, and Crystal Baller from the Halo Hues collection. I may have purchased others, too, but let's not talk about that. ;) I loved the colors so much, and I felt like they went well together, so I decided to do a type of nail art that I've never done before- kinda like water marbling, but spraying the polish with an alcohol-based spray while the polish floated on the surface of the water vs. swirling it. I painted the nails with Cosmic Fate and then did the technique with the other two colors as well as American Apparel Hassid because Beyond wasn't as stark of a contrast as I wanted.

Unfortunately I realized after I dunked half of my nails that I didn't apply latex barrier for easy removal around the nail. Man, are we spoiled these days!! So many awesome barriers to choose from to make our lives easier! :) Cleaning up totally sucked, by the way. :D

Anyway, enough talking, on to the pictures! :D

holo, the daily nail, water marble, color club, halo hues

holo, nail art, water marble, the daily nail blog, halo hues

and the obligatory sunlight shot....

holo, nail art, the daily nail blog, water marble, sunlight, halo hues

God I love holos. They totally make EVERYTHING look better!

For this nail art, I used:

American Apparel Hassid

Do you have 'squirrel' syndrome? What types of polishes are your squirrels? Tell me in the comments below! :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I Did It!

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Holy crap guys, I did it. I've always been absolutely horrible at water marbling, and I'm still no expert, but I managed to get 10 CLEAN designs on my nails without killing anyone. WOOT! I'm pretty pleased with myself right now. I definitely have a long way to go to even come close to the mad skills that some of you amazing ladies have, but I feel pretty happy right now!

I saw the polish I used as a base color at Sephora when I dropped in to kill time before Chris and I went to see Deadpool the other night....again. :D It's seriously gorgeous- a gorgeous seafoam with both regular glitter and holo, so it's absolutely sparkle city. LOVE. I couldn't believe that it was from a major retailer and not an indie. It's from the Formula X collection, and it's called Athena. For the marble, I used American Apparel Hassid (the best black on the planet), and a cheap Wet & Wild clear polish that is SUPER thin and spreads awesomely. Topped it all off with Glisten & Glow HK Girl, the bestest top coat in the whole world. The real timesaver for me with this water marble was the Ctrl - Alt- Del from Glisten & Glow. I love that it's thick enough that it's easy to peel, and doesn't stick to itself as easily as other latex barriers.

nail art, watermarble, athena, the daily nail

nail art, watermarble, athena, the daily nail

nail art, watermarble, athena, the daily nail

I used:

Formula X Athena
American Apparel Hassid
Glisten & Glow HK Girl
Glisten & Glow Ctrl - Alt - Del

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

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lazy Daisies!

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I'm not sure if you guys noticed, but I've been MIA for a while. Truth is, I was uhhh...abducted by aliens... yeah, that's it! I was totally abducted by aliens, and they replaced me with a pod person who never posted on my blog, the jerks. Luckily, I escaped, and I'm back! Now that I'm back, and no longer being probed or whatever those aliens did to me, I decided to celebrate by posting some nail art! :D

I wanted to use two of the fabulous colors from the Morgan Taylor Botanical Awakenings collection to create today's nail art, some simple sketchy daisies with two of the more neutral colors from the collection, Prime-Rose and Proper and I Or-chid You Not.

daisy, nail art, the daily nail, flowers

I used:

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

Monday, September 28, 2015

Model City Polish & Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Destination Duo Swatches & Review

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Hey friends!! I've got your next polish fix for you, and you only have to wait a day and a half to order it! For folks like me, that's what I like, a bit of instant (or near instant) gratification. This duo from Model City Polish and Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer comes with 30 Pueen gold & silver studs (16 gold, 14 silver), and is only $20 shipped! If you're not from around these parts, you can still get your hands on it, but there will be a prorated international shipping fee.

Now let's get to it! Hit the jump for more details!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Ittsē Nightfall Collection & Palette Swatches & Review

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ittse, Nightfall collection, palette

Do you love amazing, pigmented eye shadows? Shadows that if they were candy, they'd melt in your mouth and give you the happiest of sensations? Look no further than after the jump! ;)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub! Simple Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit Review

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Last year at Cosmoprof I had the pleasure of meeting Lani Lazzari, the creator and founder of Simple Sugars homemade sugar scrub. Lani created Simple Sugars in 2005 when she was only 15 years old, when her mother insisted that the Christmas gifts she gave should be homemade. She grew up with sensitive, eczema-prone skin, and wanted to create a product that she could use without the worry of rashes or breakouts, so she created Simple Sugars! I first learned about her and her product on Shark Tank; I am a religious watcher of the show, and have admittedly purchased a few items that were featured on there.

I was really excited to learn about her stuff because I, too, have issues with skin sensitivity. The thing I love most about her scrub is that, even though it's great for sensitive skin, it's actually SCRUBBY! It has substance to it, without being too harsh, which can be hard to find. I recently got the chance to try out a new scent exclusive to BeautyBrands.com, Vanilla Grapefruit, and let me tell you...I'm in love. It smells absolutely AMAZING. AH-MAY-ZING. I loved it so much when I opened it that I immediately made Chris smell it, and the scent actually does linger on the skin. It's a perfect scent for summer, and it smells so good I could just eat it! (No, really! Lani likes to say, "If you wouldn't eat it, then you probably have no business putting it on your skin!")

I'm sure you're all pros at using scrubs, but to use this amazing scrub, you just need to use the little spoon that comes with your jar to prevent water getting into your container, and give the scrub a little stir to distribute the oils. You can use a washcloth, scrubby, or like me, just your hands to scrub all those nasty dead skin cells off! Once you feel the sugar dissolving, it's time to rinse! Be careful though, this step may make your tub a bit slippery, and no one likes greeting the EMTs naked with a head trauma. :D When you get out of the shower, just pat dry, and marvel over how smooth and soft your skin is!

There are TONS of scents available, but Vanilla Grapefruit is exclusive to BeautyBrands.com. You can get a 5 oz size for $15, or 8 oz size for $22. Lani has formulated scrubs for face, body, feet, and has even launched a mens scrub! I've had the pleasure of trying out the Green Tea facial scrub, and it's super amazing too, though I'm notttt a big fan of the scent on that one. Next on my list to try are the lilac body scrub (if it's not sold out yet) and the coffee facial scrub! There is also a new Sun Scrub with aloe and green tea extract to help soothe sunburn and minimize UV damage! (as a redhead who burns with 100 SPF, this GREATLY appeals to me!)

You can find all of Lani's other scents and formulations at www.SimpleSugarsScrub.com, they come in 2 sizes, 5 oz and 8 oz. Simple Sugars scrubs do not contain paragons, sulphates, phthalates, artificial preservatives, colors or additives.

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

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I'm TRY-angling!

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A few weeks ago, my sister was taking a road trip across the US with her boyfriend, hitting all the hot fishing spots between Michigan and the west coast. One of her stops was in St. George, UT, only 1.5 hours from me, so we met up for a hiking adventure with our hounds! Amongst the camping supplies, dog food, flyrods, and other miscellaneous stuff taking over the back of her Jeep was a couple of Nubar collections that she neglected to inform me that I had received (tsk, tsk!). However, it was like Christmas for me! (literally - she brought the Christmas collection! lol)

I really like this particular collection, the Spring 2015 Pop! collection. There are pastels, a great blue, grey, terra cotta, you name it! It's definitely a unique mix of colors, but I LOVE them! I immediately had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do with three of the colors that jumped out at me right away, a repetitive triangle pattern! The base color, Spotlight, looks greener in some lights, and yellower in others, at least in my experience, it's definitely a green-based pale yellow. I really liked how this design turned out, mostly from further away so I couldn't nitpick my mistakes!!

I'll have swatches of the whole collection up soon; they're already watched, I just need to get the photos resized and whatnot!

I used:

Yellow: Nubar Spotlight
Blue: Nubar Media
Grey: Nubar Choirgirl

What do you think of this collection from what you've seen so far? Is this design something you would try?

Go on, just TRY-angle it! :D

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