Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer/Emerald & Ash St. Thomas Duo and Siren Nyan Swatches & Review

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Hi all! I am taking a short break from being knee-deep in packing boxes to show you three fantastic polishes I was sent by Julie from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer. The first two are a duo that was created with Emerald & Ash, the St. Thomas Duo. The third, is the newest release in the Siren Series. Let's get to it!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

More Fun Nail Art w/MoYou Artist Plate 03

Yes, I am still playing with this stamping plate. I can't help it! It has so many fun patterns on it! Today's nail art is a fun skittle using three of the designs from the plate.

Tools used:
Color4nails Crystalline Veil
MoYou Artist Collection Plate 03

Polishes used: 
Dance Legend 406
Konad Black
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

I started with two coats of 406 and a coat of Clearly on Top to speed up drying. I then covered my cuticles with Crystalline Veil for easier clean up. I stamped on my three design choices with Konad Black followed by another layer of top coat and removed the Crystalline Veil.

I didn't realize how 80's these looked until I was done with them. I love it! I still have tons of images to try out on this plate so I hope you aren't sick of it yet!

Also a quick side note: The Valiantly Varnished headquarters is moving (which basically means that I'm moving lol!). I will not be posting quite as much as I would like for the next week or so. But don't worry the final post for Nail Art 101 will be up, and I have some other exciting things coming up on the blog soon as well. Stay tuned! 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tribal Print Nail Art with MoYou Artist Plate 03

Happy hump day gang! I have finally gotten around to playing with the stamping plates I got from MoYou's Easter free shipping promotion way back in early April. This particular plate from the Artist Collection had never been on my radar until Deborah from Love Varnish started using it and I completely fell in love with it. 

Tools used:
MoYou Artist Plate 03

Polishes used:
Butter London Jaded Jack
Zoya Willa
Konad Black
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

I started with two coats of Jaded Jack, once dry I stamped on my pattern using Konad Black. I created a simple accent nail with Zoya Willa and finished everything with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I still haven't tried the image that inspired me to buy the plate in the first place, but I will very soon. This image just jumped out at me when I sat down to do my nails. I think it may be my second favorite image on the plate!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nail Art 101: Week Four - Freehand Basics

We are on week four of the Nail Art 101 series and this post is all about freehand. Scary, I know. It certainly was for me when I first started with nail art but this post will center around three basic freehand designs that all nail artists start with. It's all about getting comfortable and stretching your idea of what you are capable of. Let's get started!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Matte Polka Dot Spring Nail Art

Happy almost Friday everyone. I was jonesing for some polka dots on my nails earlier this week and decided to go with the feeling. Spring feels like it has finally sprung and I have been wearing more and more pastels lately. And of course any excuse to glue studs to my nails is a good thing!

Tools used:
Dual-tipped dotting tool
Born Pretty Store Studs

Polishes used:
China Glaze Peachk Keen
Polish My Life Nude Lace
OPI Matte Top Coat

This nail art design was really simple and easy to do. I painted my nails with two coats of Peachy Keen on my middle and ring fingers and my thumb. I painted Nude Lace on my index and pinky. Once dry, I used the small tip of my dotting tool and Nude Lace to add my polka dots. I then added a layer of Matte Top Coat onto my nails, leaving the plain nails shiny and adding studs to finish off the design.

I liked this design so much I wore it for two days straight - which is a rarity for me when it comes to nail art! There is just something about polka dots that scream Spring time to me. 

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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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