Monday, July 27, 2015

Beach Wave Nail Art with Bundle Monster Sun Kissed Stamping Set

Happy Monday gang! It is finally starting to feel like summer here. We've had one full week of temps being above 80 degrees (and no rain!!) and this week is projected to be even warmer. I now feel inspired to actually post summer nail art! Yay! Today's nails are simple but I love the look of them and they definitely make me think of a day at the beach!


Tools used:
BM Plate 504
BM Plate 509
Color4nails Crystal Veil


Polished used:
Zoya Farah
Floss Gloss Wet
Zoya Ryan
Pueen White in White
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:
I started by creating a gradient using Farah, Wet and Ryan. Once dry, I stamped on the water wave image from 509 and White in White. On my ring finger I used the ocean wave image from 504 and finished with a coat of Clearly on Top.



These definitely make me think of sand and surf and I love the way they turned out. Can I let you all in on a little secret though? I actually hate the beach. I am not a fan of sand so although I love the water I avoid the beach as much as possible. Having the illusion of sand on my nails is much easier to clean up lol!





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Thursday, July 23, 2015

3D Triangle Nail Art

Happy almost-Friday lovelies! Earlier I was brainstorming ideas for this week I came upon a horrible discovery. I don't own that many neon polishes. Seriously. I own like 2. I was seriously horrified. I am currently working on remedying this problem. The bright side of this is that I rediscovered an old polish that I love. It's always so great when you go through your stash and find little treasures you'd completely forgotten about. This particular polish is Avon Starlight, a bright yellow-gold holo. I was obsessed with how bright this polish was when I first bought it and figured it would be a perfect stand-in for the neon yellow I do not currently own.


Tools used:
Medium detailing brush


Polishes used:
Avon Starlight
Floss Gloss Wet
Wet n' Wild Black
Wet n' Wild White French Creme
KBShimmer Clearly on Top


Steps:
I had no idea what I was going to do when I sat down to do my nails. I knew what my base color was and that I wanted something bright and graphic. I just started painting small triangles on my nails with Wet. I loved the way that looked just on it's own, but decided to give them a bit of dimension by outlining them with Black. To give them even more pop and dimension I added small lines of white to create a "3D" effect. I finished with a coat of Clearly on Top.



I'm really excited with how these turned out. It's exactly what I wanted: fun, bright and cool looking!


Now that I've begun my search for neons, what indie brands do you recommend?



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Then and Now: Tiger Print Nail Art

Last night I sat down to do a bit of nail art having no idea what I wanted to do. I had been rocking Sinful Colors Hazard on my nails all day and really didn't want to take it off so I decided to do something that would work well with it. I was flipping through my stamping plates looking for inspiration when I came across a plate that I've had forever and have never used featuring...Tiger stripes! Oh, yeah! I'm a sucker for animal prints and for some reason during the summer tiger print is what pops into my head. Halfway through completing this design I remembered that I'd done one years ago when I first started blogging and doing nail art. And so I decided to do a little then and now post for you all showing you my old design and the newer updated version!


Tools used:
Born Pretty BP-16
Fan Brush
Color4nails Crystal Veil

Polishes used:
Sinful Colors Hazard
Polish My Life Muscat Martini
Konad Black
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:
I already had my nails painted with Hazard so I went right to adding the tiger details. I started by using my fan brush to swipe on Muscat Martini. This was a bit of an accident. I had Muscat Martini sitting on my desk since I had used it for my peacock print nail art from last week. I grabbed it not even thinking about the fact that it isn't actually white or beige - more like a pale pale lavender! But I had already done two nails by the time I remembered this and was like *shoulder shrug*. It looks white again Hazard so it all worked out lol! I then added Crystal Veil around my cuticles and stamped on my tiger stripes with BP-16. I finished with a coat of Clearly on Top.



And now for a pic of my then Tiger Stripe Nail Art. Gird your loins people!

Yikes that photo is bad! But I'm actually still fairly happy with how my tiger stripes looked back then. If I remember correctly I used China Glaze Desert Sun as my base (I still love that color!) and sponged on the white using a makeup sponge. I freehanded the stripes with a black nail art pen. I had only been doing nail art for about four months at that point and freehanded my stripes. Considering my skill set was fairly limited I think I did a pretty good job!

As for my current Tiger Print Stripes? I think they're grrrrreat! I couldn't finish this post without working that line somewhere into it.




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Friday, July 17, 2015

My Updated Mani Routine

Happy Friday! It's been awhile since I've posted about my weekly manicure routine, mostly because for awhile there I was really slacking and my nails were suffering for it. After multiple breaks I decided to re-dedicate myself to getting my nails healthy and strong again. I have switched up a few of the things I use and eliminated others. Check out my routine and products I use after the jump.






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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate L007 Review & Nail Art

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Hi gang! As I stated awhile back Born Pretty Store has really improved their stamping plate game over the last six months or so. Every time I go on their site I see another plate that I want to try out. This particular plate caught my eye because of the amazing filigree, damask and peacock patterns it has. I am a sucker for all of the above!



Tools used:
Small detailing brush
Color4Nails Crystal Veil

Polishes used:
Polish My Life Muscat Martini
Konad Black
FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream


Steps:
I started with two coats of Muscat Martini. I just got this polish and once again I am really impressed with Polish My Life's formula! Once dry, I applied Crystal Veil around my cuticles and, stamped on my peacock pattern using Konad Black. I added a bit of bling to the peacock feathers by using a small detailing brush and Million Dollar Dream. 




I was originally going to use a darker base color but I really wanted the feathers and gold accents to pop. I still like the idea of maybe a dark purple base so will definitely have to try that out as well. Maybe for Fall?


What do you all think? Do you like the light base color? Also, have any of you tried Born Pretty Store's stamping plates and if so what do you think of them?


Born Pretty Store individual plates range from $.99 to $5.99. This plate (L007) retails for $4.79. Be sure to use my promo code PSL91 to receive 10% off your order. And as always, Born Pretty offers free shipping worldwide on all orders!




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Hi all! My name is Ameerah and I'm a nail polish addict. Valiantly Varnished is my creative outlet and my way of expressing and sharing my love of nail polish, nail art and makeup!

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