Mani Monday: Bubble Wrap Mani!

As summer is winding down I have been super busy with my toddler and overjoyed with SUPER exciting news I’m pregnant – hence the little break and lack of updates! I will continue posting but not as frequently as I was before but I will try my best to update at least once a week and look into some new pregnancy safe polishes and such!

So recently, the people at Sally Hansen were kind enough to send me some of their Complete Manicure Nail polishes which I have actually LOVE using in the past for nail art. I really find that the formula in the Complete Manicure line only requires 2 coats for excellent coverage and color. The colors I used for this week’s Mani Monday are “Please Sea Me” a beautiful turquoise deep blue creme color and “Girly Party” a unique rose gold metallic. I combined these two colors to achieve a turquoise stone look that was inspired from a vintage bracelet I have. My pictorial featured on thebudgetbabe for step by step photos but to achieve this look all you need is bubble wrap!

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  1. Prep your nails as usual with a base coat.
  2. Apply 2 coats of Please Sea Me the lovely turquoise color and let it dry
  3. Grab a small piece of bubble wrap and dabble on Girly Party
  4. You can control how much of the metallic effect you want because the bubbles of the bubble wrap add a nice cushion as you dabble on
  5. Let it dry and top it off with top coat and you are done!

This look is super easy and mess free! It is similar to Saran Wrap method but I find that bubble wrap allows for less mess and better control of how much color you want. I have done this bubble wrap mani before using several colors for a more textured and abstract look so the possibilities are endless when it comes to colors!

Enjoy!

~xoxo B

Disclaimer: These polishes were sent to me by Sally Hansen’s PR representative for my honest opinion and use.

 

Mani Monday: ikat print mani

Recently, Wet and Wild sent me some of their Megalast nail polishes to try out and use for some nail art. Here’s a quick look at the colors they sent me below…

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Starting left to right: Break the Ice– a very shimmery sheer white polish with a sparkly sheen, Through the Grape Vine– a vibrant deep like purple with pink undertone, I Red a Good Book– a solid bright and beautiful red, and Bite the Bullet– a solid creme mauve, I Need a Refresh-mint– a creme and solid mint

I really like this line a lot more especially compared to the regular Wet and Wild nail polishes. The formula seems thicker and with a completely redesigned brush for smooth application. Polish has very good coverage and the brush helps with fluid application.

So for this Mani Monday I decided to use 2 of my favorites out of the ones they sent me to do a quick and simple ikat mani. The ikat nail art design is not anything new, I first attempted this design over a year ago after being inspired by a picture on Pinterest but I often repeat this look when I want to something quick on my nails as it requires no special nail art tools and you don’t have to worry about it having perfect lines!

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This is the way I did my ikat nails, you can also see my photo step by step tutorial featured on Budgetbabe.

  1. Prep your nails with base coat.
  2. Apply 1st choice nail polish color. I used “I Need a Refresh-mint” for my base color.
  3. Let it dry completely.
  4. Paint on blobs with the 2nd color of your choice. I used “Through the Grapevine” for the blobs.
  5. Let the blobs dry and add a smaller blob of white in the middle. These blobs don’t have to look any particular way so don’t worry about them too much 😉
  6. Take black nail art striper polish and dabble quick little strokes into thin lines surrounding your blobs. You can accent your white centers a little too.
  7. Apply top coat and tadaa! You have a super easy ikat mani 🙂

Keep in mind there are alot of different methods out there, feel free to experiment and just do what works best for you!

~xoxo B

Disclaimer: These polishes were sent to me by Wet & Wild’s PR representative for my honest opinion.

Mani Monday: 4th of July Glitter Gradient Mani

Recently, Pure Ice was kind enough to send me some more terrific glitter polishes perfect for 4th of July nail art- Dazzle Me– a silver glitter polish packed with holographic silver glitters, Wide Awake– a beautiful turquoise micro fine glitter polish and Freedom– a red, blue and star glitter filled polish. . .

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Some macro swatches just to show you how packed with glitter these polishes are!

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So for this Mani Monday I did a very easy glitter gradient using these polishes. I got alot of compliments on these nails this weekend- a lot of people even asked me “where did you get those glitter nail wraps?”. I think they look very smooth like nail wraps because of the way these particular glitter polishes transferred over almost like a sticker when I applied them to my triangular makeup sponge end.

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To achieve this fun glitter look:

  1. I first prepped my nails with a base coat and then applied one light coat of Dazzle Me.
  2. Next, while the coat of Dazzle Me dried, I took the end of my triangular makeup sponge and applied a line of Dazzle Me, Wide Awake and Freedom. You can adjust the width of the layers based on how long your nails are. Right now my nails are super short so I did very thin layers. . .
  3. Press the sponge gently lining it up to your nail shape and viola the glitter should transfer over just like that! Pretty much all the glitter transfers over almost like a sticker in one fluid press.
  4. Repeat for all your nails. You can keep using the same sponge.
  5. After you complete the first sponging transfer, repeat again for more glittery look. I only did it 2 times but I think 3 times would make a super glitter look!
  6. Top it off to seal all the glitters with a really good top coat and you are done!

You can see my photo step by step tutorial to be featured on BudgetBabe.

I really like these glitter polishes. They dried very quickly and smooth. I always find that Pure Ice polishes are ideal for nail art because they are so affordable allowing you to experiment endless possibilities when coming up with designs and ideas.

Happy 4th of July!

~xoxo B

Pure Ice nail enamels are available through www.pureicecosmetics.com and Walmart stores nationwide.

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Disclaimer: These polishes were sent to me by Pure Ice’s PR representative for my honest opinion.

Mani Monday: Throwback Comme des Garçons Mani

Back in March I participated in a monthly Nail Art Challenge on Instagram and I wanted to share my Comme des Garçons inspired mani that I did for Day 11. I’ve seen alot of people just do the popular Comme des Garçons heart on the tips before but I wanted to come up with something different. I got my inspiration from my brother who is always ahead of the fashion game and this Comme des Garçons long sleeve tee from Barneys.

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I used Rimmel’s Black Satin, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Cherry Red for this design.

~xoxo B

Mani Monday: Kusama for LV inspired Gradient Polka Dot feat Orly Luxe Coats

A great display window is one that makes you STOP and just STARE to take it all in. Last summer, I was so mesmerized by the Yayoi Kusama display windows in NYC for Louis Vuitton. They had these amazing installations like polka dot octopus tentacles! So here is my Kusama inspired nail art for today’s Mani Monday 🙂

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So Orly was kind enough to send me their new Luxe Coat polishes recently and the colors just happen to be perfect for today’s mani-monday! I made a step by step photo tutorial on how to achieve this look featured here on BudgetBabe. I basically did a polka dot gradient method using “Red Hot” a very pretty and pigmented red for the base and dotted with “Mint Chip “a color that reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream and “Pretty in Pink” a very light pink. These new colors are FANTASTIC and the polishes are great especially for nail art because they apply smooth, dry quickly and extremely shiny!! The new bottle design with extended handle and nice brush is also great for fluid application!

Mani Monday: Summer Gradient Mani

One of my all time favorite nail art methods I like doing is makeup sponged gradients! It’s not only easy and fun, but it allows you to really experiment with different colors. All you really need is a makeup sponge and nail polish!

For this particular look I used Sally Hansen Xtreme “White On”  as the white base and for the gradient Essie “O Crewed Interest” Essie “Mint Candy Apple” Sally Hansen Xtreme “Mellow Yellow”(which I have to add is the most underrated & best yellow polish ever!) I did a stud accent nail for fun but this gradient looks really pretty on its own too in my opinion. I usually like to add a coat of a glitter polish to add some extra sparkle but didn’t today. I made a photo step by step tutorial featured on BudgetBabe if you are interested in detail step by step photos as to how I achieved this look.

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Tips: Make sure your white base is completely dried before you do the sponging. I like to use the triangular ones because they are easy to control and fit my little nails perfectly! Don’t bother getting an expensive makeup sponge- for some reason the cheaper ones seem to work best 😉

I just love gradients!!! Overall, a very flexible mani with endless possibilities! Have you done any fun gradients lately?

~xoxo B

 

Mani-Monday: Great Gatsby Inspired

The people at Mark Cosmetics were kind enough to send me these 2 fantastic metallic nail polishes (pictured below)-  “Mint Tea” and “Saffron”. I never actually used Mark nail polishes before and was really happy with how pigmented these colors were! Alot of times metallic polishes can be extremely streaky and I was surprised I didn’t have this issue with these polishes! The formula was extremely smooth and the brush applied it flawlessly. Saffron is a metallic dark gold and Mint Tea is a beautiful metallic dark green with gold sheen undertones.

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Here is my swatch of the “Saffron” just 2 coats!! I really LOVE this gold polish!

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So there’s been alot of Great Gatsby inspired nail art going around I think because there is just so much inspiration lurking amongst the geometric art deco styled cover art (pictured below) and even in the movie with all the amazing costume, makeup and cinematography you can’t help but want to try!

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I thought that I would use these colors to achieve a simple metallic Great Gatsby inspired nail art for this week’s Mani-Monday below. I also made a step by step photo tutorial as a guest blog post on BudgetBabe as to how I achieved this design here.

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Another look at my nails posted today on my Instagram:

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So have you attempted your own Great Gatsby inspired nail art?

~xoxo B