Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OPI Glitter Off

Hi! Today I would like to share with you my review of the OPI Glitter Off base coat for natural nails. This peel off base coat allows you to enjoy beautiful glitter manicures without the pain of having to remove them with endless rubbing or using the foil method.

First to show how it works...

Steps:


Instructions:
  1. Apply a thin coat of OPI Glitter Off base coat
  2. Allow the base coat to completely dry. It will turn a clear matte.
  3. Pile on the glitter!! Shown here is OPI You Pink Too Much (layered over OPI I São Paulo Over There)

    Enjoy your mani!!
  4. When you are ready to remove your manicure, take a soft cuticle pusher and gently slide it along the edge of the polish until it starts to lift
  5. Continue to push the polish off the nail with the cuticle pusher
  6. Remove any remaining polish with a bit of acetone and you are ready for your next mani!

The base coat applies easily and the most difficult part about using it is waiting for it to dry. Removal is quick and painless. I wore my manicure for 24 hours and it lasted through a shower and multiple hand washing without peeling off on it's own. I cannot say with certainty how long it will last. Obviously if you pick at your manicures it will not last. When left alone, I think it can easily be worn for days with no issues. It is perfect for a special occasion to enjoy the sparkle, glitz and glamour and save yourself the hassle of removal. For that reason, I rarely wear glitter without a peel-off base coat!

I couldn't help but think back to my self-made school glue peel off base coat when trying this. The OPI base coat is a bit thinner and therefore is easier to apply, but if I thinned out my school glue base coat with a few drops of water, I'm not sure I would be able to tell them apart...

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)


** Polish was provided to me for review by the manufacturer or their PR. **
** For more information please see the disclosure policy **

Monday, April 21, 2014

Needle Drag...

Hi Everyone! Today I have another manicure for you that has been unposted for quite some time. I created this while swatching the Nicole by OPI new 2014 lacquers. I have wanted to try needle drag nail art for a while, but my few previous attempts were less than appealing and never even got in front of the camera. This is the first decent one that I've been able to create and although it looks messy, I'm quite proud of it...


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Press Release: Zoya Magical Pixie - Summer 2014


Zoya Magical Pixie - a new PixieDust formulation, amped up with spectacular sparkle creating the most magical, Zoya PixieDust ever! Three new never before imagined textured, holographic beauties...

NEW SUMMER 2014 ZOYA MAGICAL PIXIE
Three new hues in Zoya’s BEST-SELLING ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula to love!
  • ZP761 - Bar: Nude Topaz Magical Pixie.
  • ZP762 - Ginni: Pink Tourmaline Magical Pixie.
  • ZP763 - Arlo: Violet Amethyst Magical Pixie.


Zoya PixieDust Application:
For BEST RESULTS apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

AVAILABILE MAY 15, 2014 | $10.00 ea. (US)
Zoya.com

BIG5FREE: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor & dibutyl phthalate free, vegan friendly nail color.

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Press Release: Zoya Tickled and Bubbly - Summer 2014


Laugh, Giggle, Chuckle and Smile! Welcome to  a happy Summer season of long-wearing, feel good BIG5FREE* nail color by Zoya featuring two new collections destined to bring out your inner Glee!


"Color inspired by the fashion, sun, jewelry and culture of South Beach!" Rebecca Isa  Zoya Creative Director

AVAILABILE MAY 15, 2014 | $9.00 ea. (US)
Zoya.com

BIG5FREE: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor & dibutyl phthalate free, vegan friendly nail color.


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Press Release: 2014 Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange!


Give the earth a helping hand by joining the healthy nail polish movement! Since its inception, ZOYA has been the pioneer of toxin-free nail polish, releasing the most beautiful colors in the healthiest formula available each season. With Zoya Nail Polish, you don't have to compromise a healthier lifestyle for a glamorous one. go worry-free with a formula that is BIG5FREE**

Now you can join smart, eco-chic women who are changing their world, one gorgeous Zoya Nail Polish bottle at a time! To help kick start your "color cleanse", the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is BACK for 2014. Not only is ZOYA making it easy to swap out old, unwanted color for the world's healthiest and longest wearing natural nail polish formula on the market, we will dispose of your old shades in an eco-friendly manner!

This offer is only good for 1 week - so hurry - Don't Wait! 
Valid 4/21/14 - 4/28/14 (11:59pm EST)
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PLEASE VISIT THE ZOYA BLOG FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS! or visit zoya.com


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tutorial: Leopards Spots

Today I would like to show you a quick and easy tutorial for how to create a leopard spotted manicure. This is a very common technique and I've seen many tutorials on how to create this look, but hopefully one more won't hurt. You can play around with different color combinations from traditional leopard colors to wild and crazy neon ones. I think this always makes for a fun manicure and is easy to create no matter what your skill level is since precision isn't key for this look...

Supplies:

Steps:

Instructions:
  1. Start by painting your nails your nails with an ivory (or your desired) base color. Apply enough coats to reach opacity and allow to dry as usual.
  2. Using a shimmery or glittery gold apply random shaped spots to the nail using the polish brush
  3. With a dotting tool dipped into the purple lacquer, draw 2-3 C-shaped curves around each of the gold spots
  4. Add small purple spots using the dotting tool by drawing little 'commas' in the space between the larger spots.
  5. Top coat and enjoy!
Once you 'master' the larger spots, you can try making smaller spots for a more detailed mani...

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions and as always I would love to know what you think of this!

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)


** Polishes were provided to me for review by the manufacturer or their PR. **
** For more information please see the disclosure policy **

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Safari Leopard...

Continuing today with manis from the archive is this ivory leopard one that I created after swatching the Color Club Safari Garden collection. Every once in a while I just get the urge to rock some animal print on my nails and this hit the spot. What better collection to create a leopard mani with than a Safari inspired one?! Rawr!


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