Thursday, February 27, 2014

Incoco Nail Appliques - Spring Fling

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Good morning polished peeps!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  Today I am bringing you just one more Incoco Nail Polish Applique.  You know, those amazing real nail polish stickers!  If you haven't seen On the Edge or Berry Swirl, head on over to those posts and check out how cute they were!

Today's design is called Spring Fling, which by the name you can tell is perfect for Spring.  Since it's still freezing here and Spring doesn't seem to be anywhere in site, I really enjoyed having a cheerful Springy manicure.

Let's take a look!




Finally, I feel like I have mastered applying nail art appliques.  Don't hold me to this though, because I'm sure if you handed me a new set, I probably would mess up and destroy half the stickers.

I found this set to be the easiest to work with of the three.  In my last post, I said that On the Edge seemed to be a little difficult to pull and stretch compared to Berry Swirl.  This strip seemed a tad easier to shape and lay on the nail.  I'm not an expert when it comes to appliques, and have no idea why this could be, but my theory is that it's different "polishes" that were used to create the strip itself.  Again, this is just my theory.


Aren't these appliques adorable?  I love how abstract the flowers are.  Also, the color combo is amazing.  The white base with the different pinks and the yellow.  It just pops.  I would love to freehand something like this but I know it probably will never look as unique and awesome as these.  I also love how each nail has a different design.  Sure, not all 10 of my nails look the same when I freehand a design, but they aren't all as unique as this.

After reviewing these Incoco appliques over the last week, I am not as turned off by the idea of going out and purchasing a set in the future.  They're a quick and easy way to get really creative and unique designs on your nails.  I am now a fan.

Do you like this design?

You can purchase Spring Fling from Incoco's website for $8.99.  Incoco is offering 15% off to my readers if you use the code CANVAS15!  Hurry though as this offer ends on 3/14!!!!

Until next time, <3.

**Nail appliques were provided by Incoco for promotional purposes.  Please see my disclosure policy**

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday - Your Favorite Polish Brand - Zoya!

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Good morning polished world!  Happy Tuesday!  Taking a break from the nail appliques to bring you a polish post for Twinsie Tuesday.  Plus, I kind of have to since today's prompt is our favorite nail polish brand.  Honestly, this week was kind of difficult for me, because as a person who does mostly nail art, I use zillions of brands for one manicure.  I never pinpoint in on just one and say "this is my favorite, I will never use any other polish ever."  I love them all for many different reasons!

For today's post though, I have picked Zoya.  Last week, I was planning on picking OPI since I love their brushes and This Crown Needs a Gown has become a favorite for me, but after playing around with the Magical Pixies, Zoya became the front runner!  As a fan of the original Pixies, I was a bit iffy about the Magical ones.  Could I use them for nail art like I did with the originals?  Would they be horribly chunky with those hex glitters??

Answer: yes to nail art, and no to them being chunky.  Using Zoya Sailor and Vega, I was able to create today's amazingly sparkly manicure!  Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Sailor
  • Zoya - Vega
Love, love, love, LOVE!  Everything is perfect with this manicure!  On my middle, ring, and thumb, I started off with two coats of Zoya Sailor from the Fall 2013 Cashmere collection.  It is such a gorgeous navy blue.  I really have no other way to describe it other than that.  When it was dry, I applied my nail art tape how I wanted, held my breath, and applied two coats of Vega.  I was so nervous that this Pixie wouldn't work with the tape, but as soon as I started peeling off my first piece, I saw that I really shouldn't have worried at all.

On my pointer and pinkie finger, I applied two coats of Zoya Vega with no top coat.  As you can see, Vega is a gorgeous baby blue pixie with the holo hexes mixed throughout.  I love that not only are there large hexes but smaller ones as well.  The glitters are evenly distributed also, so you didn't have to dig for them or place them where you wanted.  It just all applied perfectly on the nail!


I love this photo above.  Just look at the gorgeousness of Vega!  Can you see why Zoya is my favorite brand right now?  Just pure perfection!  With each new collection, I fall in love all over again.  The formulas, the colors, just all amazing.  I cannot wait for the Awaken collection, which should be here any day now!

What do you think?  Have you tried a Magical Pixie yet?  Are you a fan of Zoya?

Don't forget to check out the other Twinsie's posts!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

Excuse me as I go play with my other Magical Pixies.  Until next time, <3.

**Polishes in this post were provided by Zoya for promotional purposes.  Please see my disclosure policy**

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Incoco Nail Appliques - Berry Swirl

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Happy Sunday polished world!  I hope you all are doing well!  I'm doing very well thank you!  Today I am reviewing another Incoco Real Polish Applique!  This one I am super excited about because, it is a nail art techique you will never, EVER see me try again.  Okay, maybe I will try it one more time in the distant future, but not now.

That technique, the water marble.  Oh how I hate water marble manicures.  I don't hate how they look, I truly love the end result, I just HATE the process.  I never can get the water temperature right, my polish seems to dry too fast on the surface, I can never manage to drag a design on top of the water, and when I dip my finger in it is guaranteed to come back out with a zillion air bubbles.  It's just awful no matter what I do.  Then at the end I have wasted a half a bottle of polish and a good two hours of my time.

Thanks to Incoco though, I was able to get a water marble on my nail without all the work!  Let's take a look at their Berry Swirl design!




Cool right?!  Look at that swirl!  I wish, oh how I wish I could get this design on my nail using my polishes.  Again to apply the appliques, I followed the directions provided by Incoco that came with the package and the YouTube tutorial on their website.  I love that video to be honest.  Sure reading directions are great, but for something like these appliques, I feel like being a visual learner is best.

If you remember, when I tried to apply On the Edge to my pinkie, I ripped the strip.  These strips seemed less thick than On the Edge and were easier to pull.  I didn't rip a single one until I got to my last nail, and I think that was my own fault because I was getting antsy and wanted to photograph them.  As for why these seemed less thick than the others, I'm not sure.  Maybe it's the design or colors?  Who knows.  Regardless, these were easier to work with.

It also was easier for me to file them since I was able to stretch them easier.  When I stretched them they wrapped around the tips of my nails so when I went to file they just ripped off neatly right along the nail edge like you want.


Ahhh again, look at that swirl!  Isn't it pretty!!  My only issue with the design is my pointer finger.  Honestly, this is something no one would ever see and I didn't notice until I was editing the photo, but at the top you can see where there was a weird printing error...maybe?  I'm not sure what you would call it, but it reminds me of when I used to print my papers and the toner was running low.  Seriously though, I never would have noticed it if it weren't for this photo.  Who looks at a mani this close anyway in person?

What do you think of Berry Swirl?

Berry Swirl retails for $8.99 on Incoco's website.  Incoco is offering a discount of 15% off your order if you use the code CANVAS15 at checkout.  Act quick though as this offer ends March 14th!

Until next time, <3.

**Polish appliques were provided by Incoco for my honest review.  Please see my disclosure policy**

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Incoco Nail Appliques - On the Edge

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Good morning Polished Peeps!  How are you all today?  I do hope you're well!  We are enjoying a minor heat wave, if you can consider 45 degrees with extreme dampness thanks to the melting snow a heat wave.  It isn't going to be long lived though because next week they are forecasting another plunge in the temperatures.

Today on the blog (and for the next few posts) I have a little something different to bring you.  It's still nail art, just of a different kind!  A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Incoco to review their real nail appliques!  As a person who has never used nail stickers/appliques before and probably never would purchase them ever, I was rather hesitant to say yes.  I always figured they would be difficult to apply, hard to use, and a waste of money, so I always stuck to purchasing polish.  I am happy I said yes and can now share with you these posts!

The first applique I have for you is On the Edge, which is a neon yellow and black hounds tooth design.  Let's take a look!  The yellow is much brighter in person, it kind of freaked my camera out as most neons do.




Awesome design, right?  I really love the yellow and black combo!  The Incoco Real Nail Polish Applique package comes with a set of 16 different sizes for your nails.  Each strip is "double" sided so if one side doesn't fit your nail right, then the other side most likely will.  I have always thought that I have a wonky nail shape so I was honestly scared these wouldn't fit my nails at all.

When I opened the package, I definitely could smell a real nail polish smell, I felt like I had just painted a base color on my nails and was waiting for it to dry!  Due to the smell, I got kind of paranoid that they were all going to dry up before I could get all 10 nails on, but that wasn't the case since there is a clear plastic covering over each little sticker.  This was nice because in the end, I didn't feel rushed.  When I feel rushed, I get panicky and mess everything up.

I followed the directions that came in the package (and also watched the Incoco YouTube tutorial) and started with my pinkie finger.  I determined what side fit was going to fit on my nail, peeled away the strip from the plastic, and applied it on my nail.  I messed up a little at first, but I was able to peel it right off without ruining the strip and re-apply how I wanted.  

Once the strip was placed how I wanted it, I stretched the strip as the directions said.  Now, this might have just been me, but I ended up ripping the strip.  I think I pulled too hard.  I then filed what was left hanging off and admired the nail.  As you can see on the pinkie, you can see the bottom of my nail because I ended up filing some of it off.  I never file my nails (you'll know the reason why if you have read my nail Nail Care Routine post) so I'm not 100% confident with the technique.  By the time I got to my pointer finger though, I was getting the hang of it.


 Ignore the fact that I'm holding my bottle of top coat in this photo.  You do NOT need top coat as it is already "built in" to the strip.  I'm just so used to holding a bottle of top coat to model my designs so I just went with what I knew.

I really, really, really, REALLY love the hounds tooth design.  I have never attempted this design and probably won't because I don't think I could get it to look so perfect.  After I got the hang of what I was doing, I really found them easy to apply, which in the end is a lot quicker than me trying to ever freehand a design like this.

What do you think?  Have you used Incoco Real Nail Polish Appliques?

If you want to try Incoco's products yourself, you can head on over to their website and browse their huge collection!  On the Edge retails for $8.99 but good news!  Incoco is offering a 15% off discount to you guys if you use the code CANVAS15 now through March 14th!

Until next time, <3.

**Polish Appliques were provided by Incoco for my honest review.  Please see my disclosure policy**

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: My Nail Polish Collection

Good morning Polished Peeps!  How are you all today?  I'm really good because I honestly thought this post was not going to happen today.  Reason being, I had no idea how to go about it!  I'm good at bringing you my nail art designs, but anything else I seem to get a tad panicky about!


For Twinsie Tuesday this week, we were prompted to share our Nail Polish Collection.  Seems simple, right?  In all honesty, it totally is, but my mind kind of went overboard.  How should I share it?  Should I line it all up by brands or colors?  Should I do colors by brand??  Ahhhh so many ways to share!  I finally figured it out and cleaned my drawers along the way.

Are you ready?? Keep reading to see!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Holo Tape Manicure

Happy Sunday polished world!  How are you all today?  I debated on putting a post up because I had some fear that I was going to run out of posts again, but I worked some things around and I think it will be okay. Since joining Twinsie Tuesday, it's impossible to post every 3 days because there aren't 6 or 9 days in a week.  If we just got rid of Mondays which everyone hate then my posting schedule would be perfect lol.  I'm planning on bringing back Nail Artist of the Month in March so hopefully that will take away some of my blogger and "omg I'm going to run out of posts" anxiety.

Today I am bringing you a funky tape manicure.  While I did this manicure awhile ago, I clearly remember the night I sat down to do it.  I hadn't done a tape or gradient in quite some time so I really had the urge to do both.  Honestly, you could come up with a million creations using tape and gradients, but I went for the easy gradient laser tape manicure using some holo polishes.

Let's take a look.  The dumb holo didn't transfer into the pictures well, but trust me it was there.




Colors Used:
  • Gradient
    • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
    • Color Club - Miss Bliss, Eternal Beauty, Over the Moon
  • Top
    • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
Just as any gradient, I started off with a base coat of white polish.  I know some bloggers start by using a base of their lightest color used in the gradient, but I've never tried that method so I stick with what I have used and had success with.

While my white base was drying, I used painters tape and taped off my nails all around the cuticle so I didn't have as much clean up to do after.  I've been doing this the past few times I've done gradients and it's seriously the best thing ever.  Sure, it's a bit time consuming, but I feel like cleaning up is more of a hassle.  Plus there are many times that I have slipped and ruined my design while cleaning up, so I try to avoid it as much as possible.

Once the tape was around my edges and my nails were dry, I painted the holos on the make up sponge and dabbed it on my nail.  I did this twice to get the brightest of colors.  While my gradient was drying (which really I find is super fast) I removed the tape from around the edges and cleaned up whatever mess there was.

Then my nails were finally dry and ready for the nail art tape.  I placed it randomly on each of my nails, then did one light coat of black, followed by a slightly thicker coat.  I then immediately removed the tape.



I really loved the colors I used for the gradient.  You can never go wrong when using the Color Club holo polishes.  They're just perfect.  I can't describe them any other way than perfect.  I really wish my camera captured the amazingness of this manicure, but the holo was too much I guess.

What do you think?  Loving the Color Club holos?  Fan of tape manicures?

After writing up this post, I have an urge to do another tape gradient manicure.....I think I know what I'll be doing later tonight!

Until next time, <3.

**I purchased all the polishes in this post**

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day! Zoya Pixie Dust Heart Nail Art!

Happy Valentine's Day, lovelies!  Will you all be mine?!  While I dislike Valentine's Day, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to festively paint my nails.  Especially because I had the most amazing idea!!!

That idea, Zoya Pixie Dust Hearts!  That's right, hearts!!  Remember my Zoya Pixie Dust Stars that I loved so much?  The manicure that still to this day is my favorite manicure?  Well at the same time that I purchased my star hole punch, I purchased a heart one.  After the star manicure was such a success, I have been wanting to recreate it with hearts for so long, but never actually did it.  Valentine's Day seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I grabbed my painters tape, hole punch, Pixie Dusts, and got to work!  

What has been created is now my second favorite manicure!  I am beyond in love with the end result.  I was a bit iffy when I was punching out the designs that it was going to work and was thinking of abandoning the idea, but I'm so happy I stuck with it!

Enough babbling, let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • Base
    • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Wall
  • Purple
    • Zoya - Stevie
    • Zoya - Carter
  • Pink
    • Zoya - Miranda
    • Zoya - Arabella
Ahhh I'm so happy with how they turned out!  Trust me, the look is not that hard to achieve!  I first started off with a base coat of My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  Originally, I was going to do a light pink base, but I decided to stick with the same base as the stars, mainly because I knew it worked out.  Plus, I give myself at least two hours of dry time on the base before I add the design, so I didn't want to have to start all over after waiting for so long if it looked awful.  It probably would have been just as gorgeous.

The day before I actually painted the design, I created my little templates with painters tape and my hole punch.  I cut ten pieces of tape and stuck them to a piece of parchment paper.  Then I punched at least 12 hearts into the tape (four down the center then four on each side).  I do twelve because sometimes I found myself slipping up and the hearts were too close or too far apart.  Doing 12 and only having about 9 on the nail ends up giving me a bit of wiggle room.

When my base was 100% dry, I peeled the tape off the parchment then stuck a piece on my nail.  You want to make sure your nail is completely dry because it is of the utmost importance that the tape is really secured on the nail with no open areas.  If it's not, then your design will become smeared and muddled.

I then took a make up sponge and painted my pink or purple gradient then dabbed it on the nail.  I did this twice then immediately removed the tape.  I then took a toothpick and cleaned up around my cuticle and made some of the points on the hearts a little clearer.  If your base isn't completely dry, there would be no way to clean up the actual hearts without damaging the base.  





I wanted my hearts to shine so I added some top coat, but you could go without if you want.  Trust me, these Zoya's are just as gorgeous and sparkly without a top coat.  That's what makes the Pixie Dusts so amazing.  I also stuck with the pinks and purples instead of doing the rainbow skittles like I did with the stars since it is Valentine's Day.  These are the perfect Valentine's Day Pixies!

Do you love them?  Which do you prefer, the hearts or the stars?

I hope you all have a great Valentine's Day!  Remember though, we should show our love and appreciation for those in our lives every day and not just today.  :)

Until next time, <3.

**The Zoya Pixie Dust polishes were provided by Zoya for promotional purposes.  I purchased the OPI.  Please see my disclosure policy**

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Little Canvas is 2! Thanks to You!

The Little Canvas is two years old today!!!!  I'm kind of bummed I don't have any special nails to commemorate the big day, but honestly I'm not sure what I would have done anyways.  Plus, tomorrow I have a really awesome manicure for Valentine's Day which I wanted to have it's own equal attention.  I'm a weirdo like that, I like to give all my nail posts at least 3 days so everyone can see them and not come to a blog that is overwhelmed with nail art.  Although, I do kind of wish I could bring you a blog which has nail art everyday.  That would be so cool.

Anywho, two years old....goodness.  I remember when I created the blogger account for The Little Canvas. I was very apprehensive and beyond nervous to post.  My designs that I had created in late 2011 when I discovered nail art and early 2012 were no where near as good as Chalkboard Nails or some of the other larger bloggers.  I honestly was embarrassed by some of them, but my family and friends kept telling me they were good.  Finally, I thought "What is the worst that can happen?  I don't get any followers and just slink away and enjoy my hobby on my own?"  I set up my first blog post, a Twitter account, and started creating, interacting, and posting. 

As I posted, this blog grew, and boy did it continue to grow.  It has grown beyond what I thought it ever would thanks to the support of so many of you lovely people out there.  These people, thousands of people, have supported my endeavors and shared my designs all over the world.  Seriously, I can Google "nail art" and find my nails, how cool is that?!

So the point of this blog post is just to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every single one of you.  From my very first follower to my newest followers, thank you!  Truly, The Little Canvas wouldn't be what it is if it weren't for you.  I'm truly blessed that I have been able to share my little creations with so many of you.  Blessed that I have been able to inspire others like I was (and still am).  It's such a great feeling!

Life gets hectic, and I might not have the time to respond to each and every comment on all social networks, but trust me I read them all.  I appreciate every single one of the comments, so much.  For that reason, I didn't want this day to go by without acknowledging you and the fact that you all are the reason why this blog is what it is.

Hopefully this next year will be even better than the last two for The Little Canvas.  Already blessings have come my way through things like Twinsie Tuesday, where I have been able to collaborate with some amazing ladies, and the feature in Nail It! Magazine.  Only time will tell.

So again, thank you all.  <3 <3 <3

Until next time, <3.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Inspired Manicure

Happy Twinsie Tuesday polished world!  How are you all today?  Did you enjoy my Valentine's Day nail art wheel??  If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to check it out after this post!  Today's Twinsie Tuesday post is also Valentine's Day themed since the big day is Friday.  Are you excited or are you like me who just doesn't care and think it's a stupid day?  I have to admit, that this year I'm kind of enjoying it because I'm using all my pink polishes that rarely see the light of day throughout the year.

After painting my nail art wheel, I was pretty sure that I was all out of Valentine's Day inspired manicures, so I kind of was at a loss for today's prompt.  Luckily inspiration struck after I saw my Valentine's Day bear I got with my nephews last year.  Think about it, what's the most common thing you see in stores next to the boxes of chocolates?  Those little I <3 You teddy bears!  So I grabbed my new bottle of OPI Hey Baby and started painting!

Let's take a look!



Colors Used:
  • OPI - Hey Baby
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
  • INM - Northern Lights
To get the teddy bear on my nail, I painted a little circle on my nail using the polish brush, then added the ears with a dotting tool.  Then with my white polish I added the nose area with it's polish brush.  Since OPI has that nice wide brush, it was perfect and required no nail art brushes.  Then with my smaller dotting tool, I made the eyes then the little black heart shaped noses.  The hearts on my other nails were done with my dotting tools as well.


Adorable right?  The teddy bears remind me of the little bears I did last year which were inspired by PolishPedia.  I'm loving this year's manicure so much more with this bright, fun pink color!  

When I purchased Hey Baby, I wasn't sure I was going to even keep it since I rarely use pink.  I'm so happy I did because it's an all around great polish.  It had great coverage with just one coat, but for this manicure I used two.  For the added umph, I put a little INM Northern Lights which added a whole new dimension to the polish.  Seriously, it was gorgeous in person.

What do you think?  Liking the pink little bears?  Anyone else loving OPI Hey Baby?

Don't forget to check out the other Twinsie's posts!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

Until next time, <3.

**I purchased all polishes used in this post**

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentines Day Nail Art Wheel

Hi polished world!  How are you this fine day?  Valentines Day is right around the corner *BLECH*  I really cannot tell you how much I hate this Hallmark holiday.  We should show our love and appreciation for those close to us 24/7 and not just on this day.

Since I did my Christmas Nail Art Wheel, I have been itching to create another one.  Originally, I was not going to do one for this stupid day, but some followers asked, and well I enjoy creating on the little wheels so I thought why not?  Plus, I thought it would force me to use my pink polishes which sit in the corner of my Melmer just wishing to be used.

Pardon the broken off nail on the top.  I hated a nail I did so I just broke it off.


I kind of took inspiration from many bloggers when it came to this wheel, mainly because, as I said, I hate Valentines Day.  I really couldn't get my creative juices flowing to be 110% original due to all that bubbling hate lol.  

Let's see, the patchwork heart and conversation heart nails were inspired by Polish Art Addiction.  The heart on the bottom next to the XOXO nail was inspired by a recent tutorial by One Nail to Rule Them All, except in hers she did little flowers, I opted for dots because it was easier.  The Zoya Pixie rose was inspired by my own manicure which was inspired by @miss_prettynails on Instagram.  Last year I did the leopard print with hidden hearts and graffitti heart design on  my own nails.  And last but not least, the little cute owl was slightly inspired by Chalkboard Nails Valentines owls she did awhile ago.  She did the little guys sitting on a branch, where I just did a whole owl on the nail like I have done in the past when I did owl manicures.  The rest, well they really are mish moshes of ideas from others that you can't really trace back to an original person.  Seriously, roses...that could come from anywhere so no yelling at me.

I do have three favorites though on this wheel.  Can you guess which they are??  Head on in to the post to see!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Red Nails for American Heart Month

Happy Twinsie Tuesday polished world!  How are you today?  I'm actually thrilled because this post almost wasn't going to be, but here it is!  I cannot begin to describe the disasticure that I had when I first sat down to do this red manicure for American Heart Month.  Now, before I go into the disasticure, I should begin by mentioning that I generally dislike red nail polish.  The only reason I own red polishes is because my mom likes them, and I need them for holiday nail art.  It never has been a go to base color for anything.  My reds always stain my nails or cuticles, and are just impossible to clean up.

So, the disasticure.  I had the cutest idea for a kitchen sink manicure which included dots, hearts, and lots of red.  I painted on my base coat, started designing, and well it's impossible to draw a larger sized heart on a nail with red polish without it streaking or just turning out awful.  I was too frustrated to continue so I just quit and had stained nails.

Then on Superbowl Sunday when I was going through my "Food" board on Pinterest to find a biscuit recipe, I stumbled upon this amazing manicure by The Nailasaurus.  During one of my late night pinning fests, I must have pinned it to the wrong board and totally forgot about it.  I'm so happy I found it though because not only is it a red manicure, but it is totally perfect for Valentine's Day!  I am sad it doesn't contain any hearts for American Heart Month, but hey, it's red, that's all that matters, right?

Let's take a look.




Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Livingston
  • Zoya - Josie
  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • OPI - In True Stefani Fashion
  • OPI - This Crown Needs a Gown
  • Orly Instant Artist - Black

This manicure makes up for the disasticure!  I kind of like The Nailasaurus's manicure better because her dots are perfect.  I always feel like my polka dots are wonky.  I switched up my manicure just a tad compared to what Sammy did with hers.  As you can see, on my thumb I decided to do the same rose design that was on my middle finger.  On these nails, I also did a background of This Crown Needs a Gown dots before I put the roses.  I think Sammy did the silver dots afterwards.


I'm not hating it.  You can't really hate on Zoya Livingston, it is kind of a perfect red.  Then when I added In True Stefani Fashion (the worlds most perfect glitter), my hate for red started to diminish quickly.  Can we just take a minute and drool over how pretty that glitter is?  Square holo pieces...how could you go wrong!?

What do you think?  Liking this red nail art?  Are you a fan of red polish?

Don't forget to check out the other Twinsie's posts!  I bet they they incorporated hearts.  Sigh.  Maybe next time.


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

Until next time, <3.

**The Zoya polish was provided by Zoya for Promotional purposes.  I purchased all other polishes.  Please see my disclosure policy**

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Zoya Superbowl Manicure - Go Broncos!

Happy Sunday polished world!!!!!  Who is ready for the Superbowl tonight?!?!  Are your nails all decked out for the occasion?  Of course I couldn't pass up the opportunity to paint my nails for the big day!  I'm not going out to any parties tonight.  Instead, I will be sitting home in my pajamas, painting my nails, watching the game, commercials, and of course Bruno Mars, all while eating some of my Mom's chili.

This was my first time doing a Superbowl manicure so I wasn't sure what I wanted to incorporate.  Days before I actually painted my manicure, I sat down and drew up different ideas.  This piece of paper had at least 5 different field designs, 2 football patterns, and of course different ways to incorporate the Denver Broncos.  After I painted some of the ideas on a nail art wheel, I finally sat down Wednesday night and painted the design.  Since we had the special Twinsie Tuesday post this week, I waited until today to post!

Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • Field
    • Zoya - Josie
    • Zoya - Hunter
    • Orly Instant Artist - White
  • Football
    • Zoya - Louise
    • Orly Instant Artist - White
  • Denver Bronco Nail
    • Zoya - Sunshine
    • Orly Instant Artist - White
    • Zoya - Beatrix
Kind of awesome right?!  I really love how they turned out!!!   I think that the field nails are my favorite because if you look closely, you can see that it actually looks like turf!  Originally, on my wheel, I created this nail using tape and Zoya Chita.  When I sat down to do this manicure, I decided I only wanted one sparkly textured nail and that was going to be my Bronco accent.  Luckily, I created a cream polish field look on my wheel, so I just had to put it on my own nail!

In order to get the look, I started off with a base coat of Zoya Josie which is a lighter green polish from the Summer 2013 Stunning collection.  I have used this polish so much for different "nature" manicures.  It is the perfect leaf green, and just not to mention an awesome green polish on it's own.  When my base was dry, I took Zoya Hunter, the dark green from the 2013 Cashmere collection and painted it on a make up sponge.  I then dabbed it on my nail a couple of times so you could still see the Josie underneath but have a grass look to the nail.  When it was dried, I used my Orly Instant Artist polish and drew on the field markers.  My OCD kicked in and I literally had to re-do the lines a zillion times, but thankfully this Instant Artist is water based so I was able to just wipe it off with some water on a napkin.  Love how they don't ruin my base!

For the football nail, I used Zoya Louise from the Fall 2013 Cashmere collection and my Orly Instant Artist to draw on the lines.  The Broncos nails took a tad bit of time due to drying.  I started off with a base coat of Zoya Sunshine which is the gorgeous navy Pixie Dust from the Fall 2013 collection.  You can get away with one coat of this polish, but I used two.  When it was dried, I took my Instant Artist and created a white line down the middle of the nail.  I let that dry, and with an old striper brush, I dipped it into Beatrix's bottle (the orange from the Summer Pixie Dust collection) and created the orange line.  I added a topcoat because the Instant Artist dries kind of chalky, and well I wanted my accents to be super sparkly!



See how cool the field nails look up close?  You can really tell in this picture how it looks like grass.  You can also see the sparkle on the Bronco nail!  All in all, I think it's a very successful Superbowl manicure.  I'm sorry to the Seahawks fans, since I"m routing for the Broncos, I decided to not include them on my nails.  I guess I could have done a Broncos ring finger and a Seahawks thumb, but I don't think I have any Pixie Dusts that would have matched their team colors.

Can we also take a minute and just look at how awesome Zoya's colors are on this whole manicure?!  Seriously, perfect Superbowl colors right down to the field!  And as always, perfect formulas.  I love them for nail art!

What do you think?  Who are you routing for today??

If any of my followers are going out to Superbowl parties tonight, please be safe!  No stupid drinking and driving please!

Until next time, <3.

**Polishes were provided by Zoya for promotional review.  Please see my disclosure policy**