Monday, January 20, 2014

Rainbow Gradient Nails

Today, I have a recent popular nail trend, rainbow gradient!
What makes this trend unique is the vertical gradient and multitude of colors. I need to do more vertical gradients!

For this look, I started with a white polish as my base. I then used the sponge technique mentioned in my last post, but sponged on vertically instead. I topped it off with China Glaze Fairy Dust for a little extra sparkle. Try to stick with colors of the same shade (i.e. all neon, pastels, brights, etc.), so the rainbow looks consistent. This nail art literally popped and got lots of attention. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Chevron Gradient Nail Art

Happy New Year everyone! Hope your year is great so far!
Today I have for you some easy nail art combining gradient, chevron, and studs!

The above was simple enough, but a little time consuming waiting for each coat to dry.
Here's how you can accomplish this look:
  1. Start with your base polish on all fingers. Usually a lighter color is best for gradients. I used China Glaze Refresh mint.
  2. Once dry, do the gradient on selected fingers. Pick polishes a few shades darker, but still in the same color family. I like to use a makeup sponge for my gradients.  I paint each color in a horizontal stripe on a piece of foil. Then I take my sponge, dip it in the polish and sponge it on my nail. You will have to do this 3-4 times in order to get the right coverage. Apply top coat once done.
  3. While waiting on the top coat to dry, go ahead and apply your glitter or studs. I used both! The glitter on my pinkie is Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me.
  4. Once your gradient is dry, take two pieces of striping tape to form a V shape with the top pointing toward your cuticle.
  5. Paint the outer edges white.
  6. Finish with top coat!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Instagram Giveaway

Hi Everyone!
I'm doing a giveaway on my Instagram and wanted to give everyone the chance to enter.
Here is what you can win: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Shock, China Glaze Orange Cuticle Oil, Essie Butler Please, Fing'rs Nail Art Tattoos, Loose diamond shaped glitter pot, Maybelline Clearly Spotted, Sation Miss Pro-nup glitter polish, Revelon Girly, and Love & Beauty Dusty Blue.

Since this is an Instagram based giveaway, click here to see how to enter.
Giveaway ends Sept 15th, 11:59 pm central time.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Layla Polish and Caviar Beads

Hi Everyone!

Sorry, I haven't posted in a while. I started a new job and have been very busy. If you don't already, follow my Instagram @the_beauty_b where I update more frequently!

I recently won a giveaway from NailIt magazine, which was very exciting because I never win anything!
I received some prety Layla polishes and caviar beads

I used a hot pink Layla polish as my base (it didn't have a name) and the caviar beads on my ring finger. I did put topcoat on because I feel without topcoat they fall off by the end of the day. The beads lasted through the week with topcoat! For my middle finger I used a dotting tool to make the dots. For the stripes I used good 'ole scotch tape. Fairly simple manicure, but an impactful end result!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

China Glaze Swanky Silk

Hi Everyone!

Today I have a nail art look using China Glaze Swanky Silk which is a beautiful rose gold.

This mani was fairly simple; I used China Glaze Swanky Silk on each finger and China Glaze Razzle Me, Dazzle Me on my middle finger. I absolutely love this glitter! It's so unique and creates a cool look on the nail. For my black polish I used Sally Hansen Midnight in NY and striping tape to create the striped looks.

On my pinkie I have the 2mm gold square studs from the Born Pretty Store. I absolutely love these little studs and they are perfect for all kinds of nail art. If you haven't shopped here yet, I highly recommend it. They have tons of nail items at a great price. They were also generous enough to give my readers a 10% off coupon code. Use code TGL91 at check out to redeem!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Blue Nail Art

Hi Lovelies!
I was inspired to do a blue mani due to all the recent Spring rain we've been having here in Texas! Also, it happens to be Autism awareness month, so I've been seeing a lot of blue nails for Autism out there and thought I'd do one too!

Colors used were: Zoya Jo (medium blue), China Glaze Midnight Mission (dark blue), Essie Borrowed and Blue (light blue), and OPI Last Friday Night (glitter).
I really wanted to do a mix of designs here, so I thought ombre, striping, fishtail, and a glitter gradient would be fun! I have to say this is one of my favorite manis to date.

Let me know if anyone is interested in a post on a tutorial for any of the above techniques. I know there are probably a million out there already, but I'd be happy to post how I do it.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Nails

Hi Everyone!
I know this is a day late, but I just had to share. Below are my nails I did for Easter.
I just loved how these turned out!

Colors used were Essie Neo Whimsical, Zoya Blu with Deborah Lippmann's Glitter in the Air on top, China Glaze Lemon Fizz, and Zoya Neely. I used a doting tool for the flowers, dots, and part of the chick. 

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Hope everyone had a great Easter!