Gold Stamping Nail Art w/MoYou Minimalist Plate 05

Happy Friday everyone! Today's nail art is darker and vampier than what I normally wear during the summer months, but I was in the mood for black and gold. There is just something so classic and bad ass about those two colors together. It's hands down my favorite color combo. 

Tools:

Creative Stamper

Clear Stamper

MoYou Minimalist Plate 05

Polishes used:

Zoya Willa

Essie Good as Gold

CbL PDQ Top Coat

Steps:

I started with two coats of Willa and allowed to dry I then used Good as Gold to stamp on my patterns from plate 05. The patterns on this plate are incredibly fine and I had some issues getting a clear image of them. I flipped between both of my stampers to get a decent pick up of the patterns. I finished with a coat of PDQ Top Coat.

I wish I'd been able to get clearer, crisper images from the plate. I don't think it's the plate but my stampers. I think it's time to look for one that is good at picking up these types of thinly drawn patterns.

 

I'm officially looking for stamper recommendations. What stamper do you use for delicate patterns? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Quick and Easy Summer Nail Art: Whats Up Nails Ice Cream Nail Decals

Happy Friday everyone! I'm back with another quick and easy summer nail art design. This one is, I daresay, even more simple than last week's nail art. I recently purchased some really fun water nail decals from Whats Up Nails. The ones that I was the most eager to try out were these ice cream water decals. So adorable and super easy to use!

Tools:

Whats Up Nail Yum Yum Ice Cream Water Decals

Polishes:

Zoya Jordan

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

KBshimmer Matte Top Coat

Steps:

I started with applying a clear base coat to all of my nails. I then cut out the decals I would be using. I dipped each individual decal in water and then gently applied them to my nails. I used acetone to remove any hanging edges and applied top coat, being sure to "wrap" the tips of my nails. For my ring finger, I applied two coats of Jordan. I originally had just clear top coat  but decided to matte the nail.

I'm kind of in love with how these turned out. And I love the matte accent nail as well. These decals were hands down the easiest I've ever used. Most water decals traditionally require you to apply a colored base of polish before applying. You can do those with these as well to make them brighter, but it's not required, which is awesome.

Which do you prefer? The accent nail shiny or matte? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Quick and Easy Summer Nail Art: Neon Skittle with Gold Stripes

Happy Monday everyone! If your summer is going anything like mine then you are busy. I simply haven't had as much time as I'd like to sit down and do nail art. I've been rocking plain painted nails for the majority of the time and it makes me sad. This lack of time to do anything too involved has led me to come up with a few nail art ideas that don't take a ton of time to do. Today's nail art is a neon skittle with simple gold stripes!

Tools:

Winstonia Striping Brush

Polishes used:

Zoya Winnie and Ziv

China Glaze Def Defying

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

I painted two coats of each color on my nails alternating each color to create skittle effect. Once dry, I freehanded my stripes with Ziv and my detailing brush. I finished with a coat of Clearly on Top. 

Hella simple, right?! This took no time at all to complete; about 15 minutes tops. Although full disclosure: it took me longer because I stopped in the middle of doing my nails for a Netflix binge. I watched the entire first season of the British crime drama, Marcella. It was pretty good. The ending was a definite cliffhanger!

Do you have any quick nail art designs that you do when pinched for time? Also what are you currently watching on Netflix? Let me know in the comments!

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Circus-Inspired Nail Art with MoYou London

Happy Friday peeps! I hope everyone has had a good week. Mine has been...strange. But not bad. I've been in a very reflective mood lately. I haven't done any nail art  lately and I've been wanting to sit down and do something a tad more involved than just straight-forward stamping. So I decided to do some nail decals. Which is stamping related - but a bit more interesting if I do say so myself. I've had this particular stamping plate for ages and kept saying I would get around to using it. It's one of those stamping plates that has great images but when you look at it you don't quite know what you want to do with it. But inspiration struck and I took advantage!

 

Tools used:

MoYou Circus Plate 01

Creative Stamper and Scraper

Winstonia Detailing Brush

Polishes used:

Zoya Lake

Hit the Bottle As Black as Night

Sinful Colors Snow Me White

KBShimmer Matte Top Coat

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

For this design, I followed the nail decals steps that I normally use: I stamped my image using ABAN and then allowed to dry a bit on the stamper. I then went in with Snow Me White and my detailing brush and added tiny bit on white to the image to brighten them up and give them a little dimension. I applied top coat over the images and allowed them to dry completely. Once dry I gently lifted them off the stamper and trimmed them down. I added a thin layer of top coat over my nail and secured the decal on the nail, smoothing out any wrinkles. I trimmed them down again to get rid of any bits that were hanging over the nail. I applied another layer of top coat over the nail and allowed to dry. Once dry I added my matte top coat. 

I'm still getting the hang of making decals, but it gets easier each time I do it. The main thing is waiting for each decal to dry. I know some people user silicone mats for this. I have one - that I never use! Lol. It's big and cumbersome and more hassle than it's worth honestly. I might eventually buy one of the mini mats and use that. 

Do any of you own one of the mini silicone mats? If so which one, and do you like them? Let me know in the comments!

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Zoya Summer 2017 Wanderlust Collection Swatches & Review

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Okay, so I know I said I was back and then I disappeared again. Completely unintentional I promise. A couple of things happened this month: I had a birthday (yay!), I broke TWO nails (booo!), a package full of stamping plates I was planning on using for a nail art post got lost on it's way here from London (booo again!), and Ramadan started. I'm also beginning work on an exciting new project and that is taking up a lot of my creative energy. So it's been a busy month to say the least. I was feeling major guilt about not posting, but then I just had to remind myself that sometimes life happens and we just have to go with the flow. I have a pretty awesome post for you today that I hope makes up for my absence! Zoya recently released their new Summer 2017 collection, called Wanderlust. It is made up of twelve vibrant summer-themed shades and has eight cremes and four shimmers. 

 

The details:

I used no top or base coat for my swatches (this was for convenience since I was swatching 12 shades back to back!). I used two coats for each polish, unless otherwise indicated.

Winnie is described as a "watermelon" pink creme on Zoya's site. I don't find that color description to be accurate. It's more of a bright cool-toned pink with blue undertones. Think Barbie pink. I was thoroughly prepared to me meh about this polish since every summer polish collection to exist seems to have this shade of pink in it. But - I actually really like it. It's actually one of my favorites in the entire collection. There is something different about it- though I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Maybe the cool undertones? Formula wise, this performed like most of the cremes in the collection: thin and a bit streaky on the first coat, fully opaque and smooth on the second.  

 

Sawyer is described as a soft taffy orange cream. It reminds me of a creamsicle! This is my favorite shade in the collection. I love orange polishes for summer and I like that this one is just a tad softer  than the usual neons or red-oranges. It's not a pastel - but almost. The formula is identical to Winnie's. 

 

Arbor is an olive green cream. This formula was a tad thinner that the previous -two - but despite this I had none of the issues of streakiness on the first coat like the other either. It applied really easily from the first coat. I love green shades like this and you usually find them in Spring or Fall collections, so I don't know if I'd reach for this much over the next few weeks. I tend to want something more vibrant on my nails in the Summer. 

 

Sonja is described as a crimson red. But to me this is the polish that screams watermelon! It's such a vibrant "juicy" shade. It's a nice subtle twist to the classic orange-red for summer. This particular formula was identical to Arbor's. Super easy to apply with no issues. 

 
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Esty is a bubble gum pink creme, according to Zoya. This is number two of THREE shades of pink in this collection. Esty is pretty. I can't say much more about it since I feel like it's waaay to similar in tone to the other darker pink in the collection. I literally almost got them mixed up while writing this post and had to double check to make sure I was posting the right one! That's how similar they are. The formulas was similar to Winnie's and Sawyer's. 

 

Scout is one of four shimmers in the collection and is described as a shimmery moss green. Its the only one of the four shimmers that I really like. Unlike the other three, it does not have a frosty undertone to it. And I am sucker for shades like this. My camera didn't do a great job of picking up the gold olive tones in this polish, but they are beautiful!  I was really impressed with the formula for Scout. Even though it is thin, it applied smooth and evenly and it is the only one of the shimmers that was fully opaque with two coats. This was the first polish in the collection that I tried and I wore it for about three days. And while I loved it - it feels very Fall. So like Arbor, this is a color I probably won't pick up again until Fall.

 

Cora is described as a muted coral orange. On my skin tone it reads waaay more vibrant than it does in the bottle. If you are paler this will probably read a bit softer on you. Neverthekess I love this color. Like I said I love oranges for Summer and I like that this one reads vibrant on me without being neon. It's a nice middle road between Sawyer and Sonja color-wise. The formula was comparable to Winner, Sawyer and Esty. 

 

Mandy is described as a shimmery berry pink. Le sigh... I always feel bad reviewing shades like this because I know before I put them on that I will hate them. Shimmery, frosty colors are the finish I dislike the most. And I would love to have something nice to say about the formula but I really don't. It was super thin and I had to be careful applying my second coat to make sure that I didn't pull or lift the first coat. it is not opaque after two coats. My nails are short right now so you can't tell as much in photos but in real life, I could still see my nail bed. You will probably need three super then coats to get full opacity. 

 

And we have Byrdie. Described on Zoya's site as a  muted fuchsia pink. Not to be confused with Esty. Why Zoya?! Why?! This was so confusing. When I fist received the polishes I thought that they had sent me two of the same shade by accident until I looked at the bottom of the bottles and saw that nope - these are two different polishes. The undertones are slightly  different. Byrdie is pretty and if I had to choose between Byrdie and Esty I would probably go with Esty. The formula was identical to Esty's as well so if you are choosing between the two it's a bit of a coin toss. 

 

Lois is described a rich magenta violet cream. It reads a bit muted on my skin tone. I love a good purple polish but this one was a bit meh for me. I would have loved something a tad more vibrant. The formula was very good. a bit thin and applied evenly and smoothly. I would say it was one of the better formulas in the collection. 

 

Journey is a shimmering strawberry red. Formula was identical to Mandy's. You will probably need three coats for this one for full opacity. 

 

River is described as a shimmering cobalt blue. Frost. Frost everywhere! Formula was again identical to Mandy's and Journey's. The one major thing that blew me away about this polish: it did not stain my nails! Now, sure I only had it on for like fine minutes, tops but that is usually more than enough time for most blue polishes to turn my nails into little Smurfs. I swatched this polish with NO base coat as well. That's impressive!

 

Final thoughts:

Overall, this is a solid collection. There is a bit of same-y, same-y to it with so many different pinks and oranges and I wish that Zoya had stepped outside the box a bit and added a few more summer-inspired bright shades. But - I have worn multiple colors from this collection multiple times since I received it. And that's usually a great litmus test for me as to how wearable a collection is. The colors I have worn the most are: Winnie (I was actually wearing it when I started swatching and had to remove it!), Sawyer, Cora and Sonja. They are also my faves of the collection! Formula-wise, with the exception of the shimmers (minus Scout which was opaque in two coats), these performed really well and were completely opaque in two coats. 

The Zoya Wanderlust collection is available on the Zoya website. Each shade retails for $10 a bottle.

What do you think of this collection? Any shades on your wishlist? If so which ones> Let me know in the comments!

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