Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Stamped - Pink And Gold Waves

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a great Sunday! Today's post is more of a short one, since I am off spending the day with my family. I'm still playing around with my MoYou London stamp plates and have a fun design for today's Sunday Stamped post!


Used:

O.P.I. - Hey Baby
O.P.I. - L.A.M.B.


The whole point of this mani was to test out the stamping abilities of L.A.M.B. As you can see, it stamps beautifully! It stamps so well, I may need to find another bottle, that way I will have one specifically for stamping. I am particularly pleased with the color combo, and tho I am not the biggest pink fan, Hey Baby is quickly becoming a fav for nail art as well. I actually think the end result looks like nail wraps! Much more so than any other stamping I have done. MoYou London stamp plates and O.P.I. are perfect together!



Well that's all for today! I'm off to go take pictures of the beautiful wild flowers blooming all over the Texas countryside! Have a great day, friends!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Easter-y Nail Of The Day

Hello friends! Hope you all are having a nice and relaxing, possibly fun Saturday! I am home alone for the day - my little one is off with the grandparents for the weekend and my big one is stuck at work today. So I am spending my day with a pile of laundry, my ipad and the Doctor!

Today I have my spring easter-y nails to share. We don't really go for the holiday, so this isn't an official holiday themed post, just something I thought was pretty and fun! But since it is Easter tomorrow, my pinterest feed has been bombarded with with egg type crafts and I saw one in particular that I knew would be awesome if it were painted on my nails.


Used:

O.P.I. - Live.Love.Carnival
O.P.I. - Amazon...Amazoff
O.P.I. - I Just Can't Cope-Acabana
O.P.I. - MBSW
O.P.I. - Black Onyx

Dotting Tool

My design may be a little unorthodox, but I am so in love with the outcome! I was immediately drawn to the inspiration, everything about it is so visually pleasing and I knew it would be perfect for nail art. The folk art elements are really fascinating, and I think I could get at least three more designs from them! Yay for being inspired!


I actually entered these in an Easter themed contest on Nailpolis. If you haven't checked Nailpolis out yet, you really should! There are tons of great artists on there, as well as fun contests. I am super pleased to be a part of it, so I hope you will give it a look!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get to spend time with people you love. I must be off, now, the Doctor is waiting!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Essie Truth Or Flare - Spring/Summer Color Trend

Hi guys and a happy Friday! I have the next installment of the Fashion Friday Color Trend series, so sorry about skipping last week. Life kinda got away from me and I didn't get a chance to write up the post. But all is well in APN land, and I have a gorgeous color to share!

Pastel blue is the quintessential spring color, in my opinion, and naturally it has a spot on the color line up this year as well. Instead of the more traditional hue, Pantone gave us "Placid Blue," a more vintage shade. Essie's spring collection, Hide & Go Chic, has the perfect polish counterpart - Truth Or Flare.

Please Note: Products shown were purchased by me for my personal use.


Essie Truth Or Flare (Hide & Go Chic Collection Spring 2014)

Truth Or Flare is a dusty light blue crelly (cream/jelly hybrid). The crelly threw me off a bit at first, I got all excited because I thought it was a true jelly after the first coat. But not in a bad way. I think the slight squishyness gives this polish a nice interesting look, as opposed to a basic cream. The color isn't my favorite, mostly because blues like this tend to give me lobster hands. Other than my personal preference, it is a fantastic polish. After a very sheer first coat, a thicker second coat covered beautifully. It dries to a delightful shine as well.


I love the vintage, yet modern, look of this polish. It is oh so hipster in that way. But I do think it captures that springy blue pastel in a fascinating way, and if you are a fan of that, then you will love this shade. Surprisingly, Essie is the only mainstream brand to offer a version of Placid Blue. But at least it is a great version!

Please Note: Products shown were purchased by me for my personal use. All opinions are my own. For more info, please read my disclaimer.

Essie is available in various locations. Products retail for $8 a piece. Prices may vary by location.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

O.P.I. Don't Bossa Nova Me Around

Hey y'all! Today, I have another shade from the O.P.I. Brazil collection for spring and summer 2014. Like I have said, in previous posts, this collection has been a big hit with me, and I love just about every color. While most of them fall into the "Color Trend" category, and as such, those swatches will be posted on Fridays as part of that series. Don't Bossa Nova Me Around doesn't fit, but I still wanted to share my thoughts and review, because this is definitely a polish to get!

Please Note: Products shown were purchased by me for my personal use.


O.P.I. Don't Bossa Nova Me Around

Don't Bossa Nova Me Around is a shell pink nude cream. It is pastel without the chalkiness. The color is soft and chic, very feminine. Totally not a color that I would normally ever wear, but I find myself really drawn to this dreamy shade. Formula was stellar, with two easy coats for full coverage.


Don't Bossa Nova Me Around pretty much covers all the polish bases. It is perfect for spring, universally flattering, and a great wear-to-work color. Also, this would be my choice for a spring time bridal manicure. I can easily see it becoming part of my nail art polishes, as well. I'm kind of in love!

Have you even been surprised by a color outside of your comfort zone?

Please Note: Products shown were purchased by me for my personal use. All opinions are my own. For more info, please read my disclaimer.

O.P.I. is available at beauty stores like Ulta and Sally's. Products retail for approximately $9 a piece

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tropical Gradient with O.P.I. Brazil collection

Hi friends! Hope you all are having a fabulous week! The O.P.I. Brazil collection has quickly become my most favorite release of the season. I have about half of the collection, and intend to pick up a few more from it soon. The colors are phenomenal and have really stirred my creative energy. Today, I have a gradient using four of those colors.



Used:

O.P.I. - MBSW (as a base)
O.P.I. - Live. Love. Carnival
O.P.I. - Where Did Suzi's Man-Go
O.P.I. - I Just Can't Cope-Acabana
O.P.I. - Amazon...Amazoff

Make up sponge

I have only ever managed a gradient with two colors, and never over a white base, so the is a big first for me! I happen to think it is the prettiest gradient I have ever pulled off. It reminds me of a rainbow snow cone, even! The colors blended impeccably and I just can't got ever how awesome it looks! 


And, naturally, I had to put a black and white glitter topper over it. It is definitely one of my favorite things to do with a colorful gradient. I'm not sure why, but the two just works so well together!


Pipedream Polish She's A Thriller (discontinued)

I'm terribly sorry for showing a polish that is discontinues, but there are loads of great black and white glitter toppers available from Indie makers and mainstream. Maybelline's Clearly Spotted is an awesome choice.

So I'm fairly confident that I will be using the Brazil collection for nail art for a long time. The colors are rich and vibrant - totally my thing, and the formulas are stellar. O.P.I. makes a killer cream for sure. I'm thinking floral next!
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