Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saran Wrap Manicure Tutorial

As promised, here's a quick tutorial for the saran wrap manicure!

So, as a reminder, here's what the final manicure looked like:

And here's what you need for the manicure:
So the only things you need are:
Your favorite base and top coat 
(I'm using Sally Hansen Nail Rehab and Mereneid Top It All Top Coat in this manicure)
The two polishes you want to use
(I used OPI GoldenEye and I Love Nail Polish Fall Semester)
and of course the plastic wrap (any plastic wrap will do!)

1. Paint your nails with your base coat and your choice of base color. Let it dry completely.
2. When your base color is completely dry, paint your nails with the second color one nail at the time. You can use quite generous coat and it doesn't matter if it doesn't cover completely.
3. While the polish is still wet, take a piece of the plastic wrap, make something like a ball out of it and then dab with the ball a few times over that wet polish
4. Some of the polish is supposed to stick to the plastic wrap and you are left with a nail where you can see some of your base color and some of your top color.
5. Remeber to add a coat of top coat to seal of your design and make everything smooth. Also of course clean up around your cuticles if you have made any mess.
Then repeat the steps 2 to 5 on each nail and you're done!

This is really easy technique to create some simple nail art and you can find everything you need for this in every household if you just have some polish and plastic wrap. And of course you also have unlimited choises of different color combos!

#ablecaw14 Week 14: Old Manicure Revisited

This turned out to be saran wrap manicure week since my second #ablecaw14 manicure is also a saran wrap mani. I was asked to do a tutorial of this technique, so I decided to do it as a part of this #ablecaw14 manicure. It was a perfect choice for this theme since I've been wanting to do one saran wrap look again and as the theme of this second mani is Old Manicure Revisited. I'll post that tutorial separately, so if you want to see that, be sure to check back here later today.

But anyhow, here's my Old Manicure Revisited:

Almost two years ago I did this gold and green saran wrap manicure and I really loved the look. Ever since I've been wanting to do another saran wrap with similar colors and this theme was the perfect opportunity to do that. In fact I decided to use OPI GoldenEye which I also used for the original look and I only changed the polish that I used as my base color. I wanted to keep the colors similar, so I went with dark teal holo from I Love Nail Polish called Fall Semester.

Yeah, two years is quite a long time!

I still love this look very much and with darker base color, this really turned out to be very suitable manicure for the holidays too. Don't forget to check back for that tutorial later today!

So tell me, the old one or the new one?

Friday, December 19, 2014

IsaDora Mezmerizing Holiday Collection - Nuit, Passionate and Vintage Gold

I have one Holiday collection left to share with you guys before Christmas. This one is from IsaDora and for this year they came up with collection called Mezmerizing. The whole collection has some really beautiful Holiday eye and lip products as well as three nail polishes and of course I have those nail polishes to share with you today.

Nuit is a gorgeous metallic purple with a hint of golden shimmer in it. It's really beautiful and very suitable color for the Holidays. I bet this would look good combined with some golden glitter! I used two coats here, no base or top coat. This applied quite easily and I got pretty decent coverage with the two coats, but I think you might need a third one if you have really long nails.

Passionate is a vivid metallic red that looks almost like fuchsia as it has such strong blue undertones. This is of course also a pretty perfect color for the Holidays. I used two easy coats here, no base or top coat. This was even more easier to apply than Nuit, I didn't have any problems with it and it coveres perfectly with just two coats.

Vintage Gold is a stunning golden foil. The name is really accurate, the color looks just as vintage gold, very beautiful! And the golden hue is just perfect to me, it's not too yellow, I love it! This is definitely my favorite out of these three. I used two easy coat here, this applied very well and covered easily with just those two coats.

Which one of these is your favorite?

Disclosure: I have gotten all these IsaDora polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Quick Snowflake Nail Art Tutorial

As I told before I spent the beginning of this week painting some snowflakes on other people's nails with some fellow bloggers. I thought it would be a great idea to share a quick tutorial with you guys, so that you can also do the same snowflake look on your nails for Christmas if you want to.

This is very simple, all you need to do is paint your nails with a base color you like. I chose to use We Care Icon Magic Red Charisma as my base color. After it has completely dried you need to have a white polish (I used We Care Icon True White) and a small nail art brush. If you don't own a nail art brush you can use some other tiny brush here too. This time I'm using a eyeliner brush from We Care Icon. It's a bit thicker than I would normally prefer, but it's still usable for nail art.

Remeber that all snowflakes are different, so it doesn't really matter if you don't do it exactly the same way that I've done here. This is just one example, you can use your own imagination and make your own design!

If you want to make your snowflake look a bit frosty, as a final step you can add some fine glitter to it to make it sparkle. We used silver glitter from We Care Icon called Magic Diamond for this step. This isn't of course mandatory if you don't want, the snowflake looks just as good without it too.

Finally, don't forget to add a coat of top coat to seal your design and make it last longer!

If you want, you can paint some different snowflakes on each of your nails, or maybe just paint them to one nail on each hand as an accent nails and leave the rest of your nails with just the base color, or maybe do a gradient on those other nails. It's your choice and whatever your decide, I'm sure you'll have an awesome Holiday manicure!

I hope this tutorial was helpful, see you soon! 

Disclosure: I have gotten all the products used here for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Zoya Winter/Holiday 2014 Wishes Collection - Swatches and Review

Provided for review*

Today I have my picks of Zoya Winter/Holiday 2014 Collection called Wishes to share with you guys! I picked total of four polishes for review from this collection and I'm showing you all those four in this one post.

There's three regular polishes in this collection and three PixieDusts, though as you all probably already know, the texture effect on these PixieDusts isn't like what we have seen before. But I'll get to that little later. I picked all three of those PixieDusts, Thea, Nori and Imogen as well as metallic Prim for review as they were the ones that interested me the most. In addition to these four there's also pure black creme called Willa and a beautiful purple called Haven which Zoya describes as true holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid to ensure brilliance. Eventhough Haven looks really gorgeous in all the swatches I've seen I thought I already own too many purples similar to it, so I decided not to pick that one and of course I already have few black cremes too. I might still buy Willa at some point as I'm always interested in trying out different black cremes, but for now I have the other four to share with you.

Let's start with the one that isn't a PixieDust.

Prim is a beautiful metallic periwinkle blue. It has quite a strong metallic finish, so the brushstrokes are quite visible and you have to be caraful while applying it. On the other hand the color is really gorgeous as it has quite wintery feel in it and the polish applies really well and it's quite pigmented. I used two coats here (no base or top coat) but you could do it with just one coat. I think this might work for stamping too as it's a metallic and coveres so well.

Imogen has a black base with silver holographic glitter. As I said before, these PixieDusts aren't really like the ones we've seen from Zoya before and the texture effect isn't really there. Imogen was probably the most matte and the most textured out of these three PixieDusts from this collection, but it still doesn't look like the other PixieDusts. I kinda wish they had either made these like the others or called them something other. Nevertheless, this is quite beautiful black polish and it applied quite easily. I used three coats here, though it was pretty decent with only two coats.

As these aren't really textured to me, I wanted to see how they'd look with a coat of top coat, so I will also show you all these three with one coat of Zoya Armor on top. Normally I don't really get why one would cover a texture polish with top coat since it kinda takes away the whole idea of the polish, but since these aren't really textured ones anyhow, I thought it would be a good idea to show them this way too.
So here I have three coats of Imogen with one coat of Armor on top of it. I think the top coat really brings life to the polish and it looks way more stunning this way. Now it really reminded me of outer space, beautiful!

Nori has a sapphire blue base with silver holographic glitter. Eventhough I waited for quite a while for all these to dry, they really don't dry matte as other PixieDusts and textured polishes. Even here after few hours it looks as though it might be wet or that I had applied a coat of top coat over it, which obviously I didn't at this point. The color is really stunning, it's right up to my alley! I used three coats here.

Well hello, with a coat of top coat Nori reveals its true beauty, what a stunner! I had to include to top coat pictures as I thought the blurry one below really showed the beauty of this polish.

Thea has a medium purple base with silver holographic shimmer. As with Nori, this looks anything but matte even when it's completely dry and yet once again, it's still quite a gorgeous color. I used also three coats here, I think this was the most sheer one out of these three "PixieDusts".

And as you probably guessed already, Thea looks also way better with a coat of top coat. It's a really gorgeous color and the top coat really makes those glitters shine and sparkle.

I really like all these polishes, they look really beautiful, at least with a top coat. However, I'm a bit disappointed that Zoya even calls these three PixieDust since they clearly aren't really textured and they don't even dry a bit matte like textured polishes usually do. Like I said, I wish they wouldn't have even called these PixieDust. My favorites out of these four were probably Nori (with a top coat of course) and strangely enough Prim eventhough I don't normally like anything with visible brushstrokes. The color of Prim is just so pretty!

How about you, which one is your favorite?

Disclosure: I have gotten all these Zoya polishes for review as well as the Zoya top coat. For more information view my disclosure policy.
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