Saturday, October 3, 2015

31DC2015 Recap

This year's 31 Day Challenge was a bit different for me since I didn't participate in every prompt. I have been so busy in real life that I just couldn't. Which was a relief but also made me sad lol! The 31 Day Challenge can be exhausting but it also can be a lot of fun. Below are my posts from this year's challenge. Click on the pics to read my original posts after the jump.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

31DC2015 Day 31 - Honor Nails You Love

Woohoo! It is the final day of the 31 Day Challenge and the final prompt is one of my personal faves; Honor Nails You Love. I always find it so much fun and so challenging to re-create the nail art of bloggers and nail artists I love. This particular bit of nail art was inspired by an Instagram Nail Artist, Gianna aka Nailstorming that I recently started following. She was inspired by another Instagram Nail Artist, Cindy aka Cindysvanity. It's a continuous circle of nail art love folks!

None - just the brushes from the polish bottles!

Polishes used:
China Glaze Peachy Keen
Elevation Polish Ceram Sea
Color Club Lady Holiday
Dance Legend 419
Wet N' Wild White French Creme
Sephora by OPI It's Real 18K Gold Top Coat
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

This design was fairly easy to do: I started with two coats of Peachy Keen. I then wiped off the excess polish off of the brushes of each polishes and lightly applied then to create a semi-dry brush effect. I layered them until I was happy with the final result. I then added a coat of It's Real and my top coat.

These didn't turn out exactly like Gianna's or Cindy's because I didn't have the exact colors or gold glitter that they used, but I am really happy with how these turned out. I need to use the dry brush technique more often. Not only is it easy but the effect is gorgeous!

And that concludes the 31DC2015 folks! I will be posting a recap of my posts from the month. Let me know what your personal faves were in the comments section!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Scentbird Perfume Subscription Review

Hi gang! Today I have for you a review of the new perfume subscription service, Scentbird. I am a lover of perfume so I was very curious to try the service out and see what it was all about. Check out my full review after the jump!

How Scentbird works:

For $14.95 a month, you receive a 30-day supply (0.027 oz./8 ML) of a fragrance of your choice. Each month there is a "scent of the month" that you can try but this isn't required. 

Scentbird offers over 350 brand name perfumes to choose from. With your first order you receive a re-usable case (like the one in my pic at the beginning of this post), you can simply swap out the old perfume bottle for the new one every month.

If you are struggling to decide on a perfume to try, Scentbird has a scent personality quiz that you can take t help steer you in the right direction.

Instructions on how to use the purse spray bottle that your scent arrives in. 

I generally know what types of scents I like but decided to take the quiz to see how it worked and what scents it paired me with. One of the scents was Chloe Love. It's description was pretty spot on to what I like in perfumes so I decided to pick that one. My package arrived in a black envelope with my purse spray bottle of perfume, instruction on how to use the bottle and a card with info about their "Scent Ambassador" Angela from Batalash Beauty. On the back of the card was info about their September Scent of the Month.

Right off the bat I could tell that the scent was not for me. I was expecting something softer and more subtle since the description stated that it had powdery notes in it. Instead it was very heavy and floral  - not my cup of tea. So, yes I was disappointed with the actual fragrance I chose. But - the service itself I am intrigued by and am willing to try again. I think this time however since I know what I like I will choose my own fragrance options. If you are like me and love perfume and don't like wearing the same thing everyday I think Scentbird is a great affordable option. A bottle of perfume can retail for anywhere from $30 to upwards of $100 (if you have expensive taste) so spending $14.95 to try out a new fragrance every month isn't a bad deal. 

You can sign up for Scentbird via their website. Scentbird also offers an option for Men so if their is a guy in your life that likes cologne it may be a great option for them as well!

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

31DC2015 Day 27 - Inspired by Artwork

 *Press Sample

We are at Day 27 of the 31 Day Challenge and the prompt is Inspired by Artwork. This is one of my favorites in the challenge and I usually do something freehand, but decided to try out a set of oil painting water decals I recently received from Lady Queen to review. The pattern is so beautiful and perfect for today's theme. 

Tools used:

Polishes used:
Colour Gossip Baby Bump
OPI Honey Ryder
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

I am a lover of water decals. I have a hoarding problem with them actually. So I am fairly used to using them and don't generally have a lot of issues. These however were pretty difficult to apply. First off - you can't apply them over dark colors. Which I didn't realize until I had already painted all of my nails a dark navy blue. Bummerific. So I had to start all over with Baby Bump as my base color. I still had issues during application. These are very, very thin so I had to extra careful when applying and experienced a few tears. The sheet comes with two sets in the package so I was able to make small patches to the areas that needed it. Once I'd applied all of the decals I applied a generous coat of Clearly on Top to my nails. I added one Honey Ryder to my thumb for an accent color.

Despite the issues during application, I do love the finished nail art. The scene itself is gorgeous! What do you all think? Do you like the finished product?

These decals retail for $1.69 of the Lady Queen website. Be sure to use code BNST15 for 15% off your order.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

31DC2015 Day 26 - Inspired by a Pattern

I was so excited for today's post because I get to do a design that I'd first tried late last year and that I've done once since but never managed to post to the blog. Today's nail art is inspired by Knit or Sweater pattern. I first posted this technique back in December of last year. I then re-created it with neutral tones and if you follow me on Instagram you may have spied it in a few pics. 

Tools used:
Striping Brush

Polishes used:
Zoya Flynn
Zoya Farah
KBShimmer Clearly on Top
OPI Matte Top Coat

This design was fairly simple; I started with two coats of Flynn I then used my detailing brush and Farah to create my "knit" patterns. I created an accent pattern on my ring finger. I finished with a coat of Clearly on Top followed by a coat of Matte Top Coat.

I always have so much fun doing this design. Especially now that it's "sweater weather"!

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