From the Archives: Fall Nail with Essie Playing Koi

Originally posted: September 30, 2016

 

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Tools used:

Winstonia Berry Wine Striping Brush

Winstonia Fine Line Nail Art Liner

Nail Art Pro Acrylic Paint in Black

Polishes used:

Essie Playing Koi

Zoya Cam & Ziv

OPI Squeaker of the House

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Details:

I started with two coats of Playing Koi - I am in love with this color for Fall - I then used my small fine line brush and paint on Cam, Ziva and Squeaker in vague leaf patterns. I didn't worry too much about precision since I would be outlining each leaf to give it more shape and dimension. I then used my black acrylic paint and my smallest striping brush for the Berry wine set to outline the leaves. I finished with a coat of Clearly on Top. 

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From the Archives: Flannel and Wood Fall Nail Art

Originally posted: November 6, 2014 

 

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The tools:

Small detailing brush

Colors used:

China Glaze Adventure Red-y (base color)

Sinful Colors Last Chance

Zoya Frida

OPI A-Piers To Be Tan (base color)

OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys

The steps:

I started by painting my nails with my base colors. Once dry I used my detailing brush and Suzi Loves Cowboys to create the wood pattern on my ring and pinky fingers. For the plaid pattern I painted small squares on my nails with Last Chance. I used Frida to create the stripes. Frida is a jelly polish so it was perfect for the buffalo plaid pattern.

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Quick and Easy Nail Art: Negative Space Neutral Nail Art

Hello peeps! Today's nail art is a second take on a design I did a few days ago. That one was bolder and more summer-y. You can check it out on my Instagram page here. Immediately after finishing that design I wanted to try it with a more neutral color. I liked the idea of the subtle colors with the unusual design and flash of gold.

Tools

Winstonia Berry Fine Liner Brush

Polishes used:

Zoya Spencer

Essie Good As Gold

CbL PDQ Top Coat

Steps:

This design is super simple and easy to do. I started with applying Spencer to my nail leaving not quite half of the bottom part of my nail bare. I didn't worry about it being perfect since the gold would cover up any mistakes. Spencer is a bit on the thin side so I need three thin coats to get full opacity. I then used my liner brush and freehanded a thin line of Good As Gold. I finished with a coat of PDQ Top Coat. This design took about 15 minutes tops-  and this is including drying time.

I'm really happy with how these turned out. My hands look really elegant. It's subtle but still fun and eye catching.  You could probably get away with wearing this if you work in a conservative office because of the color palette.  I like the original design - it's bright and fun. But this one is definitely my favorite of the two. 

Take a look at the original design on my Instagram and let me know which you prefer 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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Spring Pastel Galaxy Nail Art

Hellloo gang! Spring has sprung and it's glorious (I am choosing to ignore the rain and thunderstorms that come along with it). I have been in the mood to do some galaxy nail art but traditional galaxy nails tend to be pretty dark and vampy. So, I decided to a pastel version of galaxy nails instead. I wasn't sure about these when I finished them so I asked you all on Instagram if I should go ahead and post them and you said yes. So here they are!

Tools used:

Striping Brush

Makeup Sponge

Polishes used:

A-England Her Rose Adagio (base color)

China Glaze Def Defying

Zoya Pippa

OPI Crawfishin for a Compliment, I Got Myself Into a Jam-Balaya

Hit the Bottle Snowed In (for stars)

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

This was truly a hodge-podge of Spring-inspired polishes thrown together. I had already had my nails painted with Her Rose Adagio from the previous day so I started with that as my base color. It's a beautiful soft soft silverish pink on its on. I then lightly sponged on my various colors layering them on top of one another. I finished with using my striping brush to create a few stars and a coat of Clearly on Top.

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I wish more of the coral and pinky-y shades I used had come through, but oh well. It still looks pretty Spring-y! I'd forgotten how fun galaxy nails are to do. They are super easy. I like to think of them as the "goulash" of nail art! Tell me what you think of this design? Have you attempted galaxy nails yourself?  Let me know in the comments!

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