Rose Gold Autumn Manicure

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Hey everyone!

I did a quick little French manicure that I thought I’d share since it was so quick and easy. ย All you’ll need for this is a good base color and a metallic-ish rose gold color.

For my base coat, I used Essie’s “Ballet Slippers”. ย Everyone totally loves this color and I see why! I used only one coat because I didn’t want my nails too pink. I think it worked out well!

After letting them dry, I used Sephora’s Formula X for the French tip in the color “Heroic”. I actually did 2 coats of this so it wouldn’t chip.

I waiting for them to dry completely before using a top coat. I always use the topcoat too early and mess up my tips, so I tried to wait it out this time. I used a cheap topcoat from Walmart and I really am considering just buying a good topcoat. It makes a huge difference and my nails have been chipping very easily. Just goes to show you that with some beauty products you really get what you pay for.

I really liked this manicure because the French tips are so classic, but I almost never do them anymore. It seems like a white French tip isn’t really on trend lately. I like how the color is muted and not too bright and in your face. As soon as I picked out the Formula X color I knew it would look great on the nails! When it dries, it seems to get more rosy.

As for this coming week, I hope everyone is having a great October! Halloween is coming and I definitely feel in spirit because I have little pumpkin lights hanging around my dorm. I hope this autumnal nail idea will inspire you for the rest of the month. Have a great week!

-Heather

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Pretty Easy DIY Manicure for Gold Polish

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Hey guys!

I’m sorry my blog has been full of nail posts lately, but I haven’t really been into any other beauty/fashion related items besides that in awhile. Is anyone else in a mid-summer slump?

This is a pretty self explanatory nail art, so forgive me that it isn’t a groundbreaking design. I used the Formula X nail polish from Sephora in the color “Heroic” for the base of the nail.

I used this polish and let it dry completely after two coats. I then took a basic black polish (specifically from Forever 21 I think) and VERY thin paintbrush to make the star-like design on the two fingers. I will disclaim that even though I cleaned my brush immediately after using it in the black, it kind of messed up the brush, so maybe find a cheap one that you won’t reuse for actual painting. After letting the black dry, I used a top coat, but I really thought this was a easy manicure that jazzes up plain gold polish, since gold has been SO in lately.

If you try this out, comment and let me know so I can see! I was also tagged to do sort of a “About me” type of tag so I’ll be uploading that tomorrow night for you!

 

Thanks for reading,

-Heather

Zoya Nail Polish: Spring Line Review and Comparison

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Hey everyone!

I recently picked up one of the spring colors from Zoya’s newest line. I bought the glittery color called ” Harper” that is a beautiful pink polish that reminds me of a Barbie pink or bubblegum pink. The main reason I picked the color (besides it being a great spring pink) is that it looked similar to the sparkly shade I bought from the winter Zoya line, which I got in the color “Storm”. I thought the comparison between the formulations and everything would be pretty easy, but turns out, it was quite different. When first putting on the polish, I thought to myself, “it’s just a springy version!”, but that was not actually true!

When first putting on the polish, it goes on pretty smooth. This is only my second polish from Zoya, but the smoothness is very consistent. I think the $10 price tag may be worth it with the easy application and the long lasting strength.

“Harper” was very similar to “storm” glitter wise, as long as it was on the nail. In the light, the sparkles had an iridescent shine to them that looked especially glittery. I actually wore “Storm” after wearing “Harper” to compare a bit better. The only difference I could find was when taking OFF the nail polish. When I removed “Harper”, it took forever. I was scrubbing and scrubbing with a cotton pad and then I tried actually scraping the glitter off with my nails and a nail file (which is VERY unhealthy and I wouldn’t recommend unless you desperately need to get it off). It seemed I should have used a base coat before applying “Harper”, which is kind of a no-brainer, but if I’m being honest, I don’t think I ever apply a base coat. (Do you guys? Haha). When I took off Harper, I immediately put on “Storm” without a base coat, so the comparison is fair. Both polishes lasted me a week, and honestly could have lasted longer, but my cuticle area was growing out too much, so I took both off after a week.

When I took off “Storm”, it came off so smooth that I was literally surprised I wouldn’t need all the utensils I gathered for scraping off the chunks of glitter. Before you start saying it was a difference in formulation, I investigated the sparkles (how pathetic). From what I could see, the spring like has sparkles that are much chunkier, and don’t sit in the polish, but rather on top (which basically just means that you should apply a base coat before using these kinds of sparkle formulations.

The sparkles definitely compliment the brighter colors in the spring collection, and the glitter looked just amazing on the nail and in the light especially. I went and sampled a few of the normal opaque colors and thought they would cover the nail in one coat. These nail polishes are honestly amazing in color and in lasting power, and I think you guys should check these out before going to buy any Butter London or OPI’s.

Have you guys tried Zoya yet?

-Heather

Space nails

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Hey everyone!
Halloween is one of my favorite times because of all the decorating and dressing up. My very talented roommate did my nail art, and she did a stunning job!
To be clear, we did not come up with this design! We found it at uneedamanicure.tumblr.com and we did similar designs to what she did.
The colors were just a nude, gold, and white polishes. The black lines were done with a black nail pen and the gems and studs were bought at Forever 21.
If you have a star wars outfit for halloween or any space themed one, these nails are awesome.
Tell me what you think, and follow my roommate on instagram at @danielleerooch for more nail art!

-Heather

Clinique sensitive skin nail polish in “Really Rio”

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Hey guys!
My vacation is almost over, and I repainted my nails with a new Clinique nail color. I really think orange and salmon will be a big color for the fall as far as beauty goes. I have seen great makeup on the runways with orange lips and bold eyeliner.
The color is not too orange, so it is pretty and subtle for summer. It’ll also go great with the fall colors in a month or so!
This is for sensitive skin so I am curious about how my nails will be when they are bare. The polish wasn’t too thick or thin. It had a great opacity so I didn’t really need two coats.
It was $12 at Macy’s, and there are other beautiful colors. It should be a great collection!
What do you think?
-Heather

Simple Flower Nail Art

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Hey guys!
I’ve been really into vintage styles lately, and I fell in love with this cute nail design. I first saw it on Mani-Monday post on someone’s blog, and decided to try it.
You will need:
-A nude color base coat
-Two colors of acrylic paint
-A very thin paintbrush
-A toothpick or wood skewer
-A paper plate
-A top coat
Note that I only put the flower design on my thumbs and pinkies. But you can use them where you’d like!
I first put two coats of a nude colored nail polish that I got from Forever 21. I thought keeping it simple would make the flowers stand out more. (My nude color is pretty pale seeing as I am pretty pale.)
Before moving on to the flowers, I let my nails dry a good 2 1/2 hours. I didn’t use a topcoat till the end.
After waiting a couple hours or until the nude is completely dry, take your acrylic paint. (My colors were Kelly Green and Soldier Blue.)
I practiced a few times with both hands on the paper plate first. The easiest way is to start with your stem color (mine is green) and with your paintbrush, make the first curved line. I made a slightly longer line off of that one, and then added the smaller branches after. After applying to my thumbs and pinkies, I let that dry and then went over the stem again with a second coat.
I took my skewer stick and lightly dipped it in the dot color (mines blue) and dotted a few more times on the paper plate. Then I quickly applied one dot to each stem!
After about an hour, I applied a good top coat that sealed the deal.
You can change the base colors and the flower colora to whatever you want! It’s a simple design that is fun for summer.
What do you think?
-Heather

Geometric Nails

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Today I put on new nail stickers! I bought Sally Hanson Salon Effects nail strips. The pattern is called “Out of Line”.
I was looking for maybe some neon or summery florals, but when I saw the print I loved it. Geometric designs are all over the runways, and the bright color is perfect for summer.
As you may know, nail strips from Sally Hanson are my favorite because they are easy to use, and fit to my nails.
I did notice, however, that there were less nail strips in the box than usual. I’m not sure when they changed it, and I was kind of mad at first. But when I looked closer I realized they only included the ones I actually use.
So in the end, I was wasting less nail stickers. Maybe the company realized this was a better idea.
All in all, I love the print for summer, and I will be posting more geometric trends throughout this season!
What do you think of the nails and the trend?
-Heather

Glitter and Mint

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Hey everyone!
Today I got some nail stickers and did a fun manicure that is perfect for spring. Glitter and mint are huge this season, so it’s perfect.
I got Sally Hanson nail stickers in “Holi-Daze” (clearly left over from Christmas, but it worked! ) and put them on every finger but my ring finger.
I then used Nicole by OPI in My Lifesaver (pretty sure it was from the Justin Bieber collection) on my Ring finger.
And there! It’s easy, and more fun than a normal manicure.
What do you think?
-Heather

Spring Butterfly Nails

Now that spring is here, I thought having butterfly nails featured would be awesome. These are not mine, but this can actually be easily done with a nail art pen. I may attempt this in the future! These would look great with lace and light blues and browns. It also looks casually cute with cream colors and that burnt orange color that’s huge right now. And yes, you can even mix this with other patterns. Love it! What do you think?

-Heather

Glitter nails

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Hey everyone!
I did a new manicure today where the sparkles are thick at the end of your nail and less sparkles near your cuticle.
I started with Nicole by OPI in “Party in the Penthouse” and did 2 coats. I then layered a sparkly glitter polish by Cynthia Rowley and put it down 3/4 of my nail.
Once that dries, do sparkles 1/2 down your nails. Finally, after drying again, put the glitter at mostly your tips. Then finish with a top coat!
This is super easy, and sort of reminds me of mermaids ๐Ÿ™‚
As always, give feedback!
-Heather