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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: OPI Starlight Collection

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As part of the Preen.me VIP program I received six of the new OPI Starlight collection, including; Super Star Status, Let Your Love Shine, Comet Closer, Love is in My Cards, Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite, and Give Me Space.


First up is Super Star Status, it is a silver shimmer with glitter and a hint of gold.  This is 2 coats, it applied easily, and covered well. I like this one but like a typical glitter you may have difficulty with removal.

Super Star Status

Next up is Let Your Love Shine, a deep red with copper shimmer in it. This one is two coats but you need to be careful not to overwork as you apply or you'll end up with an uneven application. This is definitely a really pretty color though! Removal is not the easiest as the shimmery glitters really stick to the nail.

Let Your Love Shine

This one is Comet Closer, it is a champagne color. If you apply this with only the brush you will get brush strokes and it's also a bit lumpy looking(you can see this in the macro below). To give it a more even look I did two coats brushed on then a third coat sponged on and think it looks nice. I also used this one to stamp over a couple of my manis and it stamps really well.

Comet Closer
You can see how yucky this one is just brushed on in the macro, streaky and lumpy... Ewe!
Macro of Comet Closer

Here we have Love is in My Cards, it is a bright creamy red, and really pretty! I applied two coats and a top coat here.

Love is in My Cards

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite is a glitter topper with diamond, boomerang, and mini shaped glitters. I'm not a huge fan of glitter topper and this one definitely didn't do anything for me, It wasn't too hard to fish out the glitters you wanted but they do kind of stick together.

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite

Last up is Give Me Space and it is my favorite one of the bunch, it is a nice deep blue with a silvery shimmer! But like Let Your Love Shine, it's not a lot of fun to remove.
Give Me Space

Overall I think I got a good set of colors, some of the other sets they sent out had a lot of colors that applied like Comet Closer and just looked strange. I think I'll probably seek out a few of the colors I did not receive because their were a few stunners that I need to see on my fingers!! I'll post a few nail art looks that I do with these soon!


**Disclosure- I received these products from OPI as part of the Preen.Me VIP program.**

Monday, July 20, 2015

Flower Stickers

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How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie 3-way glaze.

2. Apply one coat of your base color and let dry. I used China Glaze 'Boho Blue'.

3. With a striper brush add grass with a bright green polish.

4. Allow to dry then add your sticker decals.

5. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

6. Apply a top coat, I used Essie Good to Go.


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**Disclosure- I received the flower nail stickers (item number 20692)
to review from TheBornPrettyStore as part of their blogger program.
For a 10% discount on their website use code MOW10.**

Red Ribbon

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How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used two thin coats NYC peel off base, followed by a coat of Essie 3-way glaze.

2. Apply one coat of your base color to each nail and let dry. I used Island Girl "Royal Hawaiian" on my ring finger and pinky, and Color Club "Sugarplum Fairy" on my pointer and middle fingers.

3. Before stamping I like to apply liquid latex or tape around my cuticle for easy clean up.

4. Choose one or more stamping images from desired stamping plate and apply to nail. For this mani I chose the Born Pretty image plate BP26 and used four different images. This image plate was really easy to use, it is engraved well and the image picked up easily.

5. Remove the latex or tape with tweezers, and with a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

6. Apply a top coat, I used Essie Good to Go.


Born Pretty image plate BP26


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**Disclosure- I received image stamping plate BP26 (item number 17909)
to review from TheBornPrettyStore as part of their blogger program.
For a 10% discount on their website use code MOW10.**

Smokey Mani

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A group of us got together to do a tribute to our friend Carmen @ineedamani on IG. We all chose one of her manis to recreate then made a collage for her. I changed mine up a little from the original and started with a pink base, but I really liked the way these turned out!


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How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie 3-way glaze.

2. Apply one coat of your base color and let dry. I used Shinespark "Pumped Pink".

3. Apply liquid latex or tape around your cuticle for easy clean up.

4. Choose a stamping image and apply to nail.

5. Remove the latex or tape with tweezers.

6. Apply a top coat, I used Essie Good to Go.

7. To get the smokey effect top with Sally Hansen's Big Smokey top coat or other sheer black polish.

8. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush.

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** Nothing to disclose. This mani was done with products I purchased.**

Stamped Color Club Holo

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How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie 3-way glaze.

2. Apply one coat of your base color to each nail and let dry. I used Color Club "Cloud Nine" on my ring finger and pinky, and Fresh Paint "Glasstonberry" on my pointer and middle fingers.

3. Before stamping I like to apply liquid latex or tape around my cuticle for easy clean up.

4. Choose an image and apply to nail.

5. Remove the latex or tape with tweezers, and with a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

6. Apply a top coat, I used Essie Good to Go.

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** Nothing to disclose. This mani was done with products I purchased.**

Monday, July 6, 2015

Rhinestones from The Born Pretty Store

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How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used two thin coats NYC peel off base, followed by a coat of Essie 3-way glaze.

2. Apply 2-3 coats of glitter polish to your pointer and pinky, let dry. I used Color Club The Uptown (original formula).

3. Apply 2-3 coats of creme polish to half of your middle and ring fingers, allow them to dry. I used Color Club Blue Ming and Hydrangea Kiss. On my thumb I used Blue Ming.

4. Down the center of the nails with split colors add your gems one by one with a dot of top coat.

5. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

6. Apply a top coat, I used Essie Good to Go. On the nails with the gems I applied the top coat against the sides of the gems but not over them.

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**Disclosure- I received the rhinestones (item number 16674) to review from The Born Pretty Store as part of their blogger program. For a 10% discount on their website use code MOW10.**

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Remembering Rowan Nails

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This mani was done as part of a collaboration for a friend that lost her daughter (Rowan) at birth a year ago. You can view all the beautiful nails done for her at #RememberRowan on Instagram. It was great being part of the collaboration and I hope it helped Rowan's mom through some of her grief.


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Flipagram video of all the manis done for Rowan


How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie All in One.

2. Apply 2-3 layers of your base color, I used Sinful Colors Tempest.

3. Apply liquid latex or tape around your cuticle for easy clean up.

4. In a cup of room temperature water, drop s few drops of a nail polish into your water. I used Sally Hansen Babe Blue.

5. Sprits the spread polish with hairspray to create design.

6. When you're happy with your design, lineup your nails and dip in.

7. Using a cotton swab clean the surface of the water, once the water is clean, slowly remove your fingers.

8. Repeat steps 4-7 with another polish of your choice, I used Sally Hansen Celeb City.

9. For my ring finger I stamped butterflies with a Vivid Lacquer plate VL024 and an M Polish stamping polish.

10. Remove the latex or tape with tweezers, and with a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

11. When you're finished apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.




The Vivid Lacquer plate I used for this mani is not a plate I would recommend. It is not an easy plate to work with as the images are not engraved deeply enough to pick them up easily. This is just my personal opinion about this plate and I'm only stating it so it may help others find high quality products.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Formula X Infinite Ombre

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I was selected by Preen.me to receive the Formula X Infinite Ombre kit to test and review as part of their VIP program. I did several looks that I will share with you here.


Infinite Ombre Water Color

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1. Start by applying your base coat, I used two thin coats NYC peel off base, followed by a coat of NYC Grand Central Station.

2. Apply one coat of Platinum Prime and let dry.

3. Apply colors in a fishtail like pattern, overlapping the polish to blend colors before the polishes are dry. Colors I used were Timeless Teal, Infinite Indigo, Limitless Lemon, and Boundless Berry.

4. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

5. Apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.


Infinite Ruffian Ombre

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1. Start by applying your base coat, I used two thin coats NYC peel off base, followed by a coat of NYC Grand Central Station.

2. Apply one coat of Platinum Prime and let dry.

3. Apply first color (Infinite Indigo) leaving a crescent shaped gap at the cuticle to create the Ruffian look.

4. While polish is still wet, apply second color (Timeless Teal) overlapping the Infinite Indigo to the tip, blending until desired effect is achieved.

4. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

5. Apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.

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Infinite Ombre Rainbow Waterfall

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1. Start by applying your base coat, I used two thin coats NYC peel off base, followed by a coat of NYC Grand Central Station.

2. Apply one coat of black polish and let dry. I used Funky Fingers Dark Knight.

3. With a thin striping brush apply lines, starting at the base and in different lengths towards the tips, using the silver Formula X Platinum Prime.

4. Apply liquid latex or tape around your cuticle for easy clean up.

5. Using a makeup sponge apply two colors to each nail, creating a rainbow gradient across the nails.

6. Remove the latex or tape with tweezers, and with a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

7. Apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.



Infinite Ombre Water Marble

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1. Start by applying your base coat, I used two thin coats NYC peel off base, followed by a coat of NYC Grand Central Station.

2. Apply one coat of white base color and let dry.

3. Apply liquid latex or tape around your cuticle for easy clean up.

4. In a cup of room temperature water, create a bullseye by dropping different colors of nail polish. The colors I used were Timeless Teal, Infinite Indigo, Limitless Lemon, and Boundless Berry.

5. Using a needle, toothpick, or a dotting tool create a design from the bullseye.

6. When you're happy with your design, lineup your nails and dip in. Using a cotton swab clean the surface of the water.

7. Once the water is clean, slowly remove your finger and remove the latex or tape with tweezers.

8. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I used the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

9. When you're finished apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.

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**Disclosure- I received these products from Formula X as part of the Preen.Me VIP program.**

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Multi-color Stamping

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How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie All in One.

2. Then, apply your base colors to each nail. I used Shinespark Polish Ballerina Bunny.

3. Choose a stamping plate and image you like, I chose Pet'la plate "Rising Sun". And find a polish that stamps well, for this mani I used M Polish stamping polishes they are great polishes that are also 5-free!

4. Place different colors of stamping polish randomly on your plate image, scrape, pickup and apply to the desired nails.

5. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

6. When you're finished apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.


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Mini Mo had to get her nails done too! She insisted, "Mommy nails, nails, nails" so cute.

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**Nothing to disclose.**

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Neon Gradient with Chevron

Here is a nice summer neon look.

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How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie All in One.

2. Apply a white base to help your neon colors pop.

3. Add tape or a liquid tape around the nails you plan to do your gradient to help reduce clean up. I used Liquid Latex.

4. When your white dries completely apply your chevron nail vinyls to the desired nails (I did my pointer and ring fingers).

5. Use a makeup sponge to apply the two color gradient over the vinyls.

6. Remove the vinyls and tape.

7. Add your polish on the other nails, I chose to use a glitter topper on my middle finger and pink on my pinky.

8. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

9. Apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.


I did this mani as part of a mani swap with @AdventuresinPolish on IG. She recreated my violet stamped nails from the 31 day challenge.

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This Mani was done with polishes from the China Glaze Electric Nights collection that I purchased.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Turquoise Stone Nails

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How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie All in One.

2. Apply 2-3 layers of your base color, I used China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle.

3. Apply liquid latex or tape around your cuticle for easy clean up.

4. In a cup of room temperature water, drop s few drops of a silver nail polish into your water. I used Sally Hansen Celeb City.

5. Sprits the spread polish with hairspray to create design.

6. When you're happy with your design, lineup your nails and dip in.

7. Using a cotton swab clean the surface of the water, once the water is clean, slowly remove your fingers.

8. Repeat steps 4-7 with a black polish, I used Sally Hansen Black Out.

9. Remove the latex or tape with tweezers, and with a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

10. When you're finished apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station. (If you would like to make this look matte, apply your favorite matte top coat. I like Wet'n'Wild's matte top coat.)


Friday, May 15, 2015

Electric Nights Water Marble

China Glaze Electric Nights

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How to get this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie All in One.

2. Then, apply two coats China Glaze Plur-ple on your thumb, pointer, and pinky nails. On the middle and ring fingers I used Milani Spotlight White as a base color for my accent nails. (In general using a white base for neons helps the colors turn out more vibrant.)

3. Apply liquid latex or tape around your cuticle for easy clean up on your accent nails.

4. In a cup of room temperature water, create a bullseye by dropping different colors of nail polish. I used China Glaze Plur-ple, DJ Blue My Mind, and Red-y to Rave.

5. Using a needle, toothpick, or a dotting tool create a design from the bullseye.

6. When you're happy with your design, lineup your nails and dip in.

7. Using a cotton swab clean the surface of the water. Once the water is clean, slowly remove your fingers and remove the latex or tape with tweezers.

8. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

9. When you're finished apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Painted Butterflies

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How to achieve this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie All in One.

2. Then, apply your base colors to each nail. On the middle and ring fingers I used Milani Spotlight White as a base color for my accent nails. (In general using a white base for neons helps the colors turn out more vibrant.)

3. Apply drops of each color to a damp makeup sponge, and lightly apply it to the two accent nails. Apply the sponged colors in several thin layers to build to the desired color depth.

4. I used CICI&SISI plate 07 to apply the butterfly design.

5. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

6. When you're finished apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.



The inspiration for this mani was my daughter's Easter dress.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Boho Blue Water Marble


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How to get this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie All in One.

2. Then, apply the base colors for each nail. I used China Glaze Boho Blue and I Brake for Colour.

3. Apply liquid latex or tape around your cuticle for easy clean up on your accent nail.

4. In a cup of room temperature water, create a bullseye by alternating drops of each color of nail polish.

5. Using a needle, toothpick, or a dotting tool create a design from the bullseye.

6. When you're happy with your design, lineup your nails and dip in.

7. Using a cotton swab clean the surface of the water. Once the water is clean, slowly remove your fingers and remove the latex or tape with tweezers.

8. I topped my pointer and pinky with a flakie topper by Fresh Paint Sugar Crush.

8. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

9. When you're finished apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rainbow Water Marble

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How to get this look:

1. Start by applying your base coat, I used Essie All in One.

2. Then, apply a white base to help your colors pop, I used Pure Ice White.

3. Apply liquid latex or tape around your cuticle for easy clean up on your accent nails. 

4. In a cup of room temperature water, create a bulls eye by dropping different colors of nail polish. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail colors, they work great for marbling.

5. Using a needle, toothpick, or a dotting tool create a design from the bulls eye.

6. When you're happy with your design, lineup your nails and dip in. 

7. Using a cotton swab clean the surface of the water. Once the water is clean, slowly remove your fingers and remove the latex or tape with tweezers. 

8. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I use the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12. 

9. When you're finished apply a top coat, I used NYC Grand Central Station.


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Nail It magazine's Rainbow Nails Gallery

You can use all kinds of different tools for water marbling. I like to use a shot glass most of the time, I like how it keeps my bulls eye from spreading too far out, it works well for me. I use a needle to make my designs, wiping off the polish between each line of design to keep it clean and precise.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Peek-a-boo Water Marble

Here is a peek-a-boo water marble using OPI Infinite Shine Grapely Admired and L'oreal Masked Affair. This can be a great way to get the water marble look with a polish that doesn't water marble well (Masked Affair in this case).

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How to get this look:

1. Start by applying one coat of OPI Infinite Shine Primer Base Coat.

2. Then, apply two coats of OPI Infinite Shine Grapely Admired. I used L'oreal Masked Affair as a base color for my accent nails.

3. Apply liquid latex or tape around your cuticle for easy clean up.

4. In a cup of room temperature water, create a bullseye by dropping different colors of nail polish. I used OPI Infinite Shine Grapely Admired and Primer Base (clear so you can see my base peek through).

5. Using a needle, toothpick, or a dotting tool create a design from the bullseye.

6. When you're happy with your design, lineup your nails and dip in. Using a cotton swab clean the surface of the water.

7. Once the water is clean, slowly remove your finger and remove the latex or tape with tweezers.

8. With a small brush and acetone clean around your cuticles. I used the Kolinksy French Nail Brush #12.

9. When you're finished apply OPI Infinite Shine Gloss Top Coat.

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