Showing posts with label Nail Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nail Art. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Young Nails Caption Nail Polish And Stamping Plates Review

Have you worn Caption Polish By Young Nails?  Or played with their nail art stamping plates?   If you've spied the brand in your local Ulta Beauty, chances are really good that you've been drawn to the brand as I have been.  I've purchased a few colors and stamping plates and enjoy them.  Two days before I found out I was having surgery mid-December, I received the Tinsel Time collection, a set of stamping plates and the base and top coats to try.  I had just started to play with them when I found out about the surgery and is why you are seeing this collection today.  The colors are available on the Caption Polish website where you will find the full line of Caption, as opposed to Ulta where the choices are limited.

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Let's talk first about the nail polishes, (10 ml /$9.95).   The polishes I purchased previously were chosen purely by color alone.  Caption polishes dry quickly.  During application, you can tell they're not as runny as other brands.  The satins, (pictured here in light blue, vanilla, pink and purple), dry almost as you apply them, it seems.  When combined with the top coat and base coat, well, that's when the magic happens and the polishes give incredible long lasting wear.   I was truly impressed by the length of wear, not receiving any tip challenges for the first week, and totally fell in love.  And I mean I am in love with this brand!!

Let me show you the colors I received in the Tinsel Town collection.  As previously stated, these are colors in the regular line as well and can be found on the Caption Polish website.

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On the far left is the gold holographic glitter called On Full Blast.  The picture just doesn't show the joy of the holo.  Both the gold and the silver, Drop The Mic, have incredible holo sparkle.  I like to wear these over one of the other colors.  The blue satin shimmer is Anywhere But Here.  The rose satin is Selfie Fulfilled Prophecy.

The lavender shimmer, Way Above Average, is my favorite polish in the collection.  It has the coolest color ever to it.  I couldn't stop staring at my fingers.  I got a lot of comments on Youtube, IG and Snapchat with a mani that I did wearing this combined with On Full Blast as an accent nail.  I'll be wearing this again soon. 

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The vanilla satin is named Rise & Grind.  Let's Be Frank is the incredible garnet color.  It has a depth to it that can't accurately be captured by my camera, with tone on tone and gold shimmer within.  Last but not least is the green with gold shimmer named Brave Inside.

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The stamping plates are well etched.  I haven't had any trouble at all with any of the plates I've used.  Each boxed set includes the duo-ended stamper that you see above as well as a polish scraping card.  The plate sets are sold in either single or double plate sets.  Pictured on the website is the clear type of fat squishy stamper.  I don't know which one is the current stamper, but I really like the one I received.  Below is a quick mani I did in the end of January with one of the Caption stamping plates that I had purchased earlier in the year.  Both of the center fingers are stamped with Caption plates.

I really enjoy this brand.  I highly recommend the base and top coats when wearing the polishes.  I have such incredible wear with a Caption sandwich!  And the plates are really really good.  They make stamping easy and I think they're a good place to start if you've always wanted to try stamping.  They are a joy to a more experienced nail artist as well.  Caption plates made me absolutely fall in love with stamping.  The only drawback about this brand is the super small space they have in Ulta.  We're just going to need immediate access to all the colors and nail art products!!! 

Follow Young Nails and Caption Polish on Instagram.  You'll probably want to follow their Facebook fan page as well.  You can purchase Caption products on their website and both in store and online at 

Have you used Caption polishes, stamping plates or nail art products?  Have you seen them in your Ulta?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Matching My Diet Coke It's Mine Bottle With A Manicure & Nail Art Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyFavoriteIsAllMine #CollectiveBias

When I met my husband, I knew he was the one.  I just knew.  It was probably because he introduced me to Diet Coke.  It was love at first drink!  That cold fresh taste opened a world of wonder that I had never known before.  If you know me in real life, you probably think Diet Coke runs through my veins because you never see me without one, and you would be right!!!  It is my life's blood...the very reason I get out of bed in the morning.   When my eyes first open, I slam them shut and try for a few more minutes of slumber.   Then I think about the cold refreshing bubbly taste of a Diet Coke, and truly, that gets me out of bed.  It is unspeakable joy that courses over my tastebuds as I take the first sip of the familiar liquid every morning and again with each sip throughout the day .  Truly refreshing to my often dry throat.  You may or may not know that I am a lifelong artist, so to combine my favorite beverage with varied bright bottles in different patterns, to me is an absolute thrill.   Seriously.  Diet Coke It's Mine 12 oz. bottles were made for me!!


So we were out the other day and hubs suggested we pick up some of the Diet Coke It's Mine individualized bottles. (We have a Coca Cola collection that we started after he gave me that first bottle.) We dropped into Albertson's to check them out. Did you know that there is a Sweepstakes running only at Albertson's to win 1 of 10 VIP packages for two to go to Los Angeles and attend Primetime's Biggest Awards Show in May 2016?   The packages include hotel, travel gift card, a pre-party reception, exclusive gift bag and ticket to the awards show.  Now, I know you all want to go see if Jimmy or Jimmy wins, lol.  You can enter with a selfie of you and your personal Diet Coke It's Mine bottle.  Use the hashtag #ItsAllMineSweepstakes on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win.  Twitter and Instagram accounts must be public throughout the contest, which runs until April 26, 2016.

My ever funny hubby wanted a selfie of his bottle.  Imagine the conversation when I tell him he needs a selfie of him WITH his chosen bottle....he said my Diet Coke It's Mine bottle is the star and I want to show it in a selfie with Albertson's.  hmmm...okay....


Funny guy!!!  He picked out his bottle to go with a purple and red Coca Cola lamp that we have which sits on this cool Coca Cola baker's shelf that we found at an antique mall.  The manager at Albertson's was SO nice!!!  He offered to let us go into the back cooler, (we were rowdy, ha!), and pick through more bottles if we wanted, but we didn't want to be a bother, so we thanked him and declined....we shoulda done it!!!!!  Anyway, I picked up a couple of Diet Coke It's Mine bottles that I thought would accent both the lamp and the shelf itself.    Doesn't the bottle on the far right remind you of a desert sunset?  Umm hmm.  And look on the second shelf to see the Diet Coke It's Mine can in the 8 oz size.

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If you know me, you'll know any time I go to pick up another Diet Coke It's Mine unique bottle, I have a hard time choosing just one.  I pick til my arms are full and then load up the arms of whomever I'm with.  The 2 million bottles each have their own individual pattern and you know, I want one of every color scheme at least!!

Hubs and I both had our arms full when I spied the next bottle.  Kid you not, it zinged me in the heart!  Peering deep into it's color scheme and pattern, I was transported in my mind to my happy place....a tropical beach with a Diet Coke It's Mine bottle in hand!!!  Just look at this beauty!!!

I could feel the palms waving in the breeze while I watched the sea lapping in the background thru the tree's branches.  I marved as sea met sky and the varying colors of blue combined with the glory of a tropical sunset.  I squinted as the sun bounced off the ocean and I sipped my Diet Coke It's Mine bottle.  I was transported to the happiest most colorful imaginary place.  Hubby spoke me back into the moment and I said "I have to have this bottle.  This is truly MY Diet Coke It's Mine bottle, and I need this on my nails".

 I'm going to show you how to make your manicure match your Diet Coke It's Mine 12 oz bottle.  First, choose your weapon, er bottle.  I really really love these bottles.  I just get lost looking at them.  The one of the right made me think of the people playing at the beach because it had a fleshy color.

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I chose a light blue background to match my special bottle.  The polish has small white and holographic glitters.  I felt those mimicked the feel of movement in the trees and the wind that I imagine softly making the palm branches dance when I look at my bottle.

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I wanted to make sure what was in my head would translate to my nails because it doesn't always come out like my mind sees it.  I swatched different colors and patterns on my nail wheel that I used as a palette.  You can find palettes and nail wheels at most nail supply stores, but if you can't find one, use the plastic inserts that come in so many things, (like makeup).  They make excellent recyclable art palettes.  Have fun and reuse, too!!!

I chose the blue in the middle of the above picture to add to the implied movement on my nails.  It is a fairly sheer polish, so I just dabbed in spots and drew different shapes, much like the creation of the Diet Coke It's Mine bottles.  At this point, I took a picture to see if it was looking like what was in my mind.  Thankfully, it was coming along fine.

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I really like it like this and I think it matches the bottle well.  I wanted to add the pink sunset flare to my nails.  Sometimes less is more, so what I did was dab a bit of a sheerish pink into the middle of the palette.  Had I used the color straight from the bottle with the nail brush, I would have too much and it would flood my design.

I dipped the blunt end of a small paintbrush into the pink polish and just did small dots where I thought might work out.  If you want to use sheer polishes and you don't have them, you can use acrylic paint instead.  A lot of nail artists use acrylic paint, just sheer it with a bit of water.   Well, I really like how it turned out.

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When I went out today, people were all asking about my manicure.  I told them it matched my Diet Coke It's Mine bottle and they could do something similar.  This is SO FUN!!!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have questions or need more help, I'd be happy to help you.  Don't hesitate to ask.

You can have a lot of fun following Diet Coke and Albertson's on Twitter.  Follow Diet Coke with me on PinterestInstagram, and Facebook.  And Selfie a picture with your Diet Coke It's Mine bottle to enter the Sweepstakes with the hashtag #ItsAllMineSweepstakes.

Diet Coke It's Mine 12  oz bottles are only available for a limited time.  I'd love to buy the whole 2 million so that I had them all, but, ya know.  I will keep collecting as long as I can find them, but I'd also like to see yours!!!  I couldn't ever possibly see every bottle, so please show me yours.  I just love color, texture and patterns so much, that I'd love to see each bottle, every makeup and nail inspired look that you come up with.  Have you been inspired by a Diet Coke It's Mine bottle or can yet?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine's Day Nail Art with KB Shimmer and Painted Polish

I've had a nail art idea in my mind for awhile that I wanted to try close to Valentine's Day.  I used 3 KB Shimmer nail polishes and one holo jelly from Painted Polish.  I've really enjoyed it the past week.  These are the polishes I used for my manicure:

nail art, Falling For Hue, holo, Foiled, Frisky In Fuchsia, Leaf of Faith

From left to right as you read:  KB Shimmer Falling For Hue, KB Shimmer Foiled, KB Shimmer Leaf Of Faith and Painted Polish Frisky in Fuchsia.

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I just ADORE the off-white with glitter crellies by KB Shimmer.  I'd like to say they're my favorite of her line, but I feel that way about every one of her polishes that I use.  Having said that, the crelly shimmers are my favorite, and Falling For Hue is my favorite of the crellys.  :)  There are purple and red glitter specks of all shapes and sizes that reflect color as the light hits.  Each glitter speck provides holographic depth to the white crelly.  It applies like a dream and I used two coats on my middle finger.  Sad to tell you it is a retired color.

KB Shimmer Foiled, ($9.25), well the name just does a great job of describing it.  It is loaded with small silver metallic flakes.  It applies so smoothly!!!  I was really curious about the silver metallic polishes at KB Shimmer, and whether they would buckle as the flakes hit each other....I was so silly!  I should have known they'd be absolutely smooth as glass.  Just two coats are used as a base for the nail art on my thumb, ring and index fingers.  It's hard for me to take a great picture of this because it's so reflective, so bear that in mind when you see the manicure pics.  Foiled is everything I ever could have hoped it would be.

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Leaf of Faith, ($8.75), is a deep red jelly with red, gold and orange glitters that make this polish really come alive!!  I think a plain red jelly in this color would be super fantastic, too.  You can see the random holographic specks in Leaf of Faith to really draw you in.  I used this for nail art on my ring finger.  If I hadn't already had so many fingers full of polish, I would have done a full finger in this, too.  The sad part is that the nail art on my ring finger is really hard to photograph given the sparkle of the polishes and the size of the nail vinyls that I used.

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Holy snap!!!  Painted Polish Frisky In Fuchsia, ($10), is everything you could ever want in a pinky fuchsia holographic polish!  It looks like a delicious jam and the holo is mainly red and violet and can spark shades of gold and orange.  It also applies smoothly and with ease.  I used two coats on my pinky and one coat with a nail vinyl on my index finger.  Obviously I'll need more polishes from this line.  Everything about this polish was outstanding.

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So that's my mani.  Those are lips on my ring finger plus a heart shaped jewel.  I just couldn't get it to come out in photos.  Don't you think that KB Shimmer needs to bring back Falling for Hue?  Love that white crelly glitter!!!  Shoot, I really love all the polishes I used.

You can shop KB Shimmer's nail polish along with bath and body products HERE and Painted Polish HERE.  Their websites contain links to all their social media sites.  I love a great indie nail polish and these are.  They make me feel all lovey and mushy....just like Valentine's.  Who needs chocolate when you can have nail polish?!?!?!?!

Please visit the other blogs linked for more manicure ideas.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Nail Art With Gelish Urban Cowgirl Collection, Swatches and More

When I was at Cosmoprof North America this year, I had an appointment to meet with Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer and Gelish Soak-Off gel polish.  The first collection coming out jointly with both companies is the Urban Cowgirl Collection.  I made a mental shopping list when I saw the colors to pick them up as soon as possible.  I want to show them to you while they're still in stores so that you can plan accordingly.  I have the Gelish Minis for you today.

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My little horsies made fast friends with this collection.  From left to right, they are:

From Rodeo to Rodeo Drive -  a taupe with a purple tone and very light shimmer within.  I LOVE this.  You need it for fall!!  Perfect in just two coats.

Tan My Hide - beige cream with light shimmer.  This can be a little streaky as light colors often are, but it easily covers in three light coats.  I used it as a base for my nail art.

Holy Cow-Girl! - an awesome green with a hint of grey to it.  This is my favorite in the bunch and Rodeo is second.  I don't have another green like it.

Pumps or Cowbody Boots - in person, you can see that it's a brown toned deep burgandy.  Unfortunately, in my pictures under the lighting, it looks quite the same as Plum Tuckered Out but you can easily tell in person that this one is brown toned.  It's a nifty color.

Tex'as Me Later - described by the company as a coppered rose satin...I can't think of a better way to describe it other than to say that the rose is more dominant than the copper.  I used one coat in the nail art but if you wanted to wear it alone, you should use 2-3 even coats.

Plum Tuckered Out - A deep purple eggplant.  The difference between the two deep polishes is more obvious in person than studio lighting.

The swatches are in the same order as the picture above:

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Isn't the sage green of Holy Cow-Girl! so beautiful??  I have another swatch photo where you can see the shimmers.  See the faint teal shimmers:

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So I decided to try a Southwestern manicure, as inspiried by these gel polishes.  I used some nail vinyls.  This was an experiment since I've never used vinyls with gel before.  And honestly, I wasn't sure if you could do a double coat over a vinyl after curing, so the colors applied over Tan My Hide are all one coat.

Morgan Taylor

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Doing nail art with gel polishes is a little bit of a learning curve for me, as you can see, but I LOVED doing this.  My family loved it and it wore until I took it off over a week later.  It was really fun!!

Be sure to look for Gelish Mini Soak Off Gels at Sally Beauty Supply where they retail for $13.99 each.

Have fun!  And if you don't mind.....before you go, tell me your best gel nail art secret!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Nail Trends From The Nordstrom Holiday Catalog

While I was perusing the new Nordstrom Holiday Catalog, I was particularly interested to see the nail styles that were used to showcase the products for sale.

I always love a good french nail.  The one pictured is particularly interesting as it features what looks to be a matte burgundy nail with a shiny stripe acoss the top.  I call this a Tuxedo nail sometimes; I suppose due to the matte black nail with a shiny tuxedo stripe across the top that has been all over Pinterest for about a year.

Next is a glittery waterfall tip.  Love this!!!  These waterfalls are done over a nude or perhaps naked nail.  And third is the pink nail with the golden line where a french tip would start.  Recently at a couple of weddings, my friends did the typical white french nail and added a silver stripe underneath the white tip.  I love this golden line over the pink that is shown below.
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via Instagram

Now, I also found plenty of items that would fulfill my little heart's desires in the catalog, but I just thought these nails were too cool not to post.

Which design is your favorite?

Monday, March 4, 2013

Exciting New Nail Art Comes To Claire's!!

If you want to be at the most up and coming place for nail art, head straight to Claire's! Best known for selling all kinds of accessories at affordable prices, Claire's has now entered the nail industry with every trend you can imagine. I received a press release at the end of New York Fashion Week that suggested how to duplicate some runway nail trends with items from Claire's. This peaked my interest, so I had to go to the store to investigate, like any good beauty blogger would. First I want to show you what I received in my email and then we'll talk about what I saw in person.

"Here are some easy and affordable tips to re-create this season’s hottest nail trends with the latest products from Claire’s! From the fun, yet classic black and white polka dot nails as seen at Kate Spade to Rachel Antonoff’s funky script nails, Claire’s offers simple one-step solutions to get both looks for under $10. For the DIY lovers, achieve the nails seen on Behnaz Sarafpour’s and 3.1 Philip Lim’s runways with a variety of nail polishes and nail art pens from Claire’s."

Kate Spade:

Rachel Antonoff

I found a bazillion new and interesting nail items at Claire's. With a husband waiting in the wings, I decided to keep my purchases to just two items, but it was very hard! Here's some of the things that I saw while I was there.

Awesome pieces for nail art.

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Claire's has complete sets to make caviar nail manicures, called nail pearls, for about $12.00.  TThe individual bottles of the pearls only retail for $8.50.

Claire's Caviar Bead Nail Art, nail beads

Claire's Nail Pearls, nail art, nail polish

There are all different kinds of airbrush painted press on nails.

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Lots of nail stickers. I have the following similar stickers from Kiss Nails. Claire's are slightly cheaper.

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In addition to nail polishes and nail art pens, Claire's has gel-like nail polishes. I'm starting to see these similar type of polishes from department store and drugstore companies. They're becoming all the rage.

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There were so many more items, but I just couldn't take pictures of them all on a super packed Saturday afternoon. Here are the two items I brought home with me. For $10.00, I purchased a stamping kit. I think it's time I learned because I love looking at stamped patterns online but haven't tried it yet. So now I have to tools!!

Claire's Nail Art Kit, nail stamping art kit, nail polish

And I just couldn't resist these little mustache nail stickers, for just $3.50.

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The nail art and polish items I saw at Claire's are completely on trend and every popular style of nails that you can imagine are currently respresented.  You can view the full nail line on the Claire's website. 
Have you checked out Claire's for nail items lately? What did you think?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

OPI Skyfall Bond Nail Polish Swatches and Nail Art!!

Somehow I thought that I'd already shown you my picks and swatches from the OPI Skyfall Collection. When I sat down to do some Bond, James Bond, nail art, I realized I hadn't done a post showing you which  nail polishes I'd chosen to purchase for myself. So today, I have my picks from the collection PLUS a little thing I'd like to call Bond nail art.

Skyfall, (the movie), lands in theaters on November 9, 2012, and I am super excited to see it. I've never been a big Bond fan, but the theme song is rolling around in my brain and the polishes are hovering over my nails, so I am all excited to go see it. But first, I want to show you my husband's favorite childhood toy.

Bond Aston Martin polarbelle

Oh yeah, it's James Bond's own Aston Martin. It has a shield in the back to reflect bombs and bullets and guns in the front that used to retract but don't anymore. This is a quality car...the kind they used to make in the era of Sean Connery's Bond.  It's made of metal with moving parts. And if you raise the lid and look inside, you find Agent 007, James Bond himself.

Polarbelle Bond Aston Martin

But we're not here for collectible cars, let's get onto the nail polish!! The following is a picture of what I purchased from the collection. From left to right, they are On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The World Is Not Enough, Golden Eye, Casino Royale, Die Another Day, The Spy Who Loved Me and You Only Live Twice.

Opi Bond Skyfall Nail Polish

The are pictured in the same order in the following swatch photos.

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OPI, Bond, Skyfall, Nail Polish, Swatches

I wanted to show you those swatches quickly since I had neglected to do so before this but I want to get into my James Bond Skyfall nail art manicure. Let me show you what I used. The polishes were OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service, OPI Golden Eye, Cult Nails Nevermore, and Butter London Matte Finish Topcoat. Not pictured is Seche Vite topcoat.

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I have to show you my nail art tools as well. These were an intricate part of what I did today. I used an artist's liner brush and an artist's stylus. I also made great use of the middle of my swatch wheel, using it as a painter's palette.

Nail Art Supplies

Nail Art

I dabbed some OPI Golden Eye in the middle of the palette and let it get a little bit thick. Using the liner brush, I painted the undersides of my nails. It took three slow and steady coats. I like to paint quickly, so it was a good exercise in patience. I did this just because it was something cool and different to do.

OPI Skyfall Bond Nail Polish Art

Next I used Gelous for a base coat for my nails and then applied two coats of OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service. My idea was to have a tuxedo type of accent nail because Bond, James Bond, is always in a tuxedo, unless...well, unless he's not. So I used the Butter London top coat to mattify the ring finger nail and used Seche Vite as a top coat on the other nails.

Cult Nails Nevermore, (yes I have to say it again, the PERFECT black), is so shiny I knew it would make a great french tip to my mini tuxedo look. I again dabbed some Golden Eye on the palette and let it sticky up a little. Using my stylus, (dotter tool), I made some faux buttons.

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It's not great nail art, but it was fun and it tickles me to have a Bond nail art manicure, even if I'm the only one that knows what it is. :) It makes me crave popcorn to go with my upcoming movie.

OPI, Skyfall, Bond , Nail Polish, nail Art, swatches

This is a great time for nail polish. The collections out now have stunning colors all across the board. So I have to ask you...are you looking forward to Skyfall? Or to the OPI Skyfall nail polishes? What are your picks?

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