Throwback Mani: Cut Out Neon Heart

I totally forgot about this cut out neon heart mani I  did over a year ago which I had shared on my Instagram. I was reminded of it when I recently found out that it was featured on HelloGiggles for a Nails Of The Day feature. I guess I must have missed that post because I absolutely love browsing around on Hello Giggles! Anyways, I noticed a person commented and asked there how I achieved this look and that another person replied with a method but that actually wasn’t the way I personally achieved the cutout look.  Read below for details on how I achieved my cutout nails back then!

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First, I applied a clear base. I then applied neon pink on the nails that wouldn’t have a cut out heart. I actually drew a heart outline with a nail art brush with the neon yellow polish I used on my thumb and accent finger. I  painted around the neon yellow outline as a guideline with the rest of the neon yellow. I then outlined the heart again with a black nail art pen. I did the rest of the nails by applying hot pink polish and then dotted with hair bobby pin straightened out. I can’t remember the exact colors I used but I am pretty sure I used the neons from the China Glaze Neon collection 2012. Please excuse the horribly dry cuticles and smeared outline. I don’t think I waited long enough before putting on topcoat! I think I should do this design again to compare my cut out skills now as opposed to over a year ago! And a bonus its a cute look appropriate now for summer!

~xoxo B

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18 Best Amateur Nail Artists Out There and I’m one!!

A little update on my nail art hips and haps. . . Sooooo yesterday I found out that I got selected as one of the “best 18 Amateur Nail Artists” by Refinery 29!! They featured my Comme des Garçons nail design I posted on my Instagram while back which I also shared here on my blog recently. . .

Anyways, it’s a huge honor to be picked out of so many people who do nail art out there and I am so elated and humbled! This only motivates me to keep stepping up my nail game and inspire others to do the same. . . Just keep painting!

~xoxo B

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

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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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

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!