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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IKAT

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.

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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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finished look another look

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.

Twitter (@OfficialPureIce) and Instagram. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #PureIce

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

NOTD: Hello Summer w Floss Gloss

Helllllllllo Summer!! So summer has officially begun with some scorching temperatures over here and I wanted to do a hot summer nail design with some of my Floss Gloss polishes!!

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stun and fast lanemani with stun

So I started off with a hot neon gradient using Fast Lane– the neon orange color- and Con Limon over a white base. I then applied Stun on the sides to make a quick geometric effect completed with a Stun accent nail the look is done! The great thing about this gold glitter polish is that the formula is very glitterific and smooth! I only applied 2 coats on my accent nail. . . Look at this macro shot I took- can you just see all the amazing holo gold glitters packed in there?! It’s hard to believe that its only 2 coats but I kid you not!

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Here’s another look at my mani in a different light. . .

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~xoxo B

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer is cruelty free and formulated without DBPs, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin.  Floss Gloss Ltd is Designed and Made in the USA. $8 per bottle

Guest Post: Floss Gloss Haul Continues!

After being so pleased with our first Floss Gloss haul recently, Kay bought some more to add to her collection! Floss Gloss recently released Pony- a pretty light coral- and I was excited to see it on her! Read below for Kay’s thoughts and swatches on her new lovely Floss Gloss additions photographed below. Cheers to our ever growing love (addiction) for Floss Gloss! Have you guys tried any yet? ~xoxo B

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Below are swatches of more Floss Gloss colors I ordered.  I loved the other polishes I received in my first order I was beyond excited to order more.  This time I also wanted to try the glitter polishes they had.  The colors I ordered are Glow Star, Pony, Dimepiece and Stun.  I must say, I was not disappointed with my new colors.

Glow Star: Such a beautiful light mint green.  It applies opaque in two coats and with the brush applies evenly. This color totally makes me look like I have the perfect tan.  I really do love the color.  In this picture I also have Stun as an accent nail.

Stun: I am not a huge fan of glitters, mainly because when they dry they are not smooth.  Some glitters you also have to apply a few coats to get the glitter to be opaque.  This particular glitter applies nicely in 2 coats.  It also does not dry so rough a top coat can’t smooth it out. It even has some holo in it which helps make it sparkle so beautifully.

Pony: I can’t get enough of this color.  It is the perfect peachy neon.  This one also makes me look super tan.  I think that is such a great color for summer.  This color also applied evenly and in 2 coats.  Even though it looks peach, it is more of a neon color.  A great one to have for summer.

Dimepiece: This is a great silver glitter that also applies in 2 coats and dries rather smoothly.  A top coat can help in smoothing the glitter out.  I really love this glitter because it applies so nicely in 2 coats.  It also has some holo effects which makes it sparkle so nicely.  It’s a beautiful glitter I think everyone should have an uber sparkly glitter like this.

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Here’s a beautiful swatch combination of Glowstar and Stun on accent nail.

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And Pony with Dimepiece on accent nail.

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer is cruelty free and formulated without DBPs, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin.  Floss Gloss Ltd is Designed and Made in the USA.

~xoxo Kay

Guest Post: Floss Gloss Haul Swatches & Review!

I recently purchased my first Floss Gloss polishes and was super excited when I received  them a few days ago with a sweet handwritten note and surprise bonuses! My nail bestie Kay also recently received her purchase and I asked her to do some swatches along with a helpful review since I am busy trying to finish my designs for the Refinery 29 contest I am a finalist in. . . Hope y’all enjoy Kay’s beautiful swatches and review below as much I did! Eeeepppp I can’t wait to use mine!!!

~xoxo B

Floss Gloss Haul

KAY’S REVIEW:

FASTLANE: A beautiful bright reddish coral.  It has a smooth application with a wider brush than most polishes. With 2 coats I could still see a minimal (very minimal) nail line, so I added a 3rd coat and it was perfect. This formula dries matte but with a top coat it was beautifully bright and shiny.  In the sun this color seems so much brighter than in the picture.  I don’t think I could capture this color perfectly.  I think this is a great color for summer.

PERF: This is the PERFect milky pink!!!  It applies true to the color in the bottle and it applies opaque.  The brush helps this color to apply smooth and even.  I think this is a great color to have.  I do not have a color like this in my collection and I LOVE it!!  This is a PERFect baby pink!!!  This is 2 coats.

WAVEPOOL: A beautiful baby blue.  I cannot say enough how much I adore this color!  Again this color applies beautifully.  It also applies opaque and this is only 2 coats.  It is really a beautiful blue color that totally reminds me of a pool or the ocean.  I don’t think I could ever get enough of this color.  This is also a must have favorite of mine!!

CON LIMON:  This is honestly why I decided to place an order with flossgloss. I do not have a color like this and I knew I had to have it.  I am truly surprised at how great this color applies.   A color like this is normally watery and when applied you have to layer like crazy, not this color.  With any bright neon color it does dry matte but apply your favorite topcoat and shine on!  This color is definitely brighter if you use a white base, however with 3 coats and no white base it still looks good!!  In the picture, my index and middle finger have a white base.  The other two do not. All fingers have 3 coats.  I was not disappointed with this color at all. I think it is an awesome color for summer or anytime really and is also great for nail art!  A must have for all you neon nail polish lovers.

BIKINI CORAL: This is a beautiful bright orange.  It doesn’t seem very coral against my skintone. The brush applied this color smoothly and even.  This color also dries matte.  It applies pretty opaque as well.  Most of the time a color like this needs a white base but this applied very nicely with no white base.  I think that this is also great summer bright color that applies true to the color in the bottle.  One of my faves!!  This is 2 coats.

Overall, I am really impressed with the quality of the polishes and I can’t say enough good things about the BRUSH! I prefer a wider brush and this brush applies the polish perfectly.  The bright colors apply smoothly and opaque and in 2 coats!! The only one that I feel needs a white base is Con Limon but if you’re in a rush, you can go without.
I ordered these online and although I did have to wait a little longer than I wanted (I’m too impatient), when I emailed them for questions regarding my order they responded quickly and let me know when my order would be shipped.  They even threw in extras in my order and they didn’t have to. My order came when they said and I love that.  I have already been back on their website looking at more colors I want.  The only thing I wish was that the bottles were bigger cause I LOVE the colors.

KAY’S SWATCHES: **In all swatches I used Gelous base coat and China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.  The white I used with Con Limon is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On.

Fast Lane

Fast Lane

Perf

Perf with Flash

Perf another look

Perf another look

Wave Pool

Wave Pool

Wave Pool with Flash

Wave Pool with Flash

Con Limon
Con Limon
Con Limon with Flash

Con Limon with Flash

Bikini Coral

Bikini Coral

Bikini Coral another look

Bikini Coral another look

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:

Great Gatsby Mani

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

~xoxo B

Mani Monday: Memorial Day Glitter Gradient

So it’s officially Memorial Day and I hope everyone is enjoying the long holiday weekend! For my out of country readers, Memorial Day is a US holiday celebrated annually on the last Monday of May. It’s a day to honor and remember those who served in the US forces.

As beautiful American flags proudly wave as they catch the shoreline breeze over here and I am surrounded by red, white and blue, stars and stripes- it is impossible not to feel patriotic as we honor our American heroes!

The folks at Pure Ice were kind enough to send me this great glitter polish called “Freedom” which happens to be perfect for Memorial Day (and also for Fourth of July)! The polish is a great combination of red fine glitter mixed with small red circle glitters with small hexagonal bright blue glitters and larger silver star glitters. I wanted to do a quick and wearable red, white and blue theme for this Mani Monday 🙂

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To achieve this look:

  1. Prepare your nails with a good base coat.
  2. Apply any silver nail polish. I used Orly “Shine” 2 coats.
  3. Let it dry completely before dabbing on “Freedom”. There are many ways to apply polish to achieve a gradient effect but for this look all you need to do is just dab and apply it until you build yourself a nice gradient effect.
  4. Pour a tiny bit out and get a star glitter with a orange cuticle stick or toothpick.
  5. Dab a blob of top coat and adhere the star where you want it.
  6. Repeat steps 4& 5 for all your nails- but again entirely up to you depending on how many star accented nails you want.
  7. Top off and seal with your favorite top coat.

My easy step by step pic tutorial will be guest blogged on Budgetbabe later today! Edit: Here is the step by step tutorial HERE 🙂

~xoxo B

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

Twitter (@OfficialPureIce) and Instagram. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #PureIce

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