Zoya Pixie Dust Star Nail Art

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Hello polished world!  I feel like it's been forever since I posted to my own blog.  First post of the month was dedicated to my amazing Nail Artist of the Month, BecNation Nails, and last post was my guest post over at Tuxarina.  I was kind of here, but not really.  I sat and painted my nails and edited photo after photo, and was itching to post them!  I was really DYING to post this manicure.  I have a back log of manicures at the moment, but this one jumped to the front of the line.  I'm sorry old manicures, I really love you all, but this one is the cherry on top of a delicious ice cream sundae.

I'm pretty sure this is my all time favorite manicure, which is comprised of not only the lovely OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, but my newest favorite polishes, the Zoya Pixie Dusts.  I really thought I was going to hate textured polishes, but after receiving the summer, and now fall collections, I'm addicted to their sparkly, textured polished goodness.  I literally had both the summer and fall Pixies lined up on the top of my Melmer for about a week in a rainbow.  I wanted to gradient them, I just had to.

What better way to gradient them then by using something cool, like I don't know, a star hole punch.  After seeing Chalkboard Nails use the Sally Hansen Sugar Coats and create textured stars on her nails, I was dying to do it myself.  I'm so happy I finally did, and with the Pixies, and with a gradient!  Ahh, enough babbling, let's look!

Colors Used:

  • Base - OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Thumb
    • Zoya - Tomoko to Solange
  • Pointer 
    • Zoya - Beatrix to Dhara
  • Middle
    • Zoya - Miranda to Arabella
  • Ring
    • Zoya - Stevie to Carter
  • Pinkie
    • Zoya - Liberty to Sunshine
Gorgeous, right?!?!  I did this manicure over a period of 18 hours.  Starting at 10pm one night, I painted on a base coat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, you know the perfect off white polish that isn't so in your face white that it takes away from your nail art.  I added a top coat of Out the Door, and let the nails completely dry over night.  

Around 11pm, when they were dried, I started punching out my star patterns on painters tape.  I cut out pieces of parchment paper and stuck finger sized pieces all over.  On each piece, I punched out nine stars.  I then annoyingly stuck all the pieces of tape to the edge of my end table and went to sleep.

The next day, I got back to work when I knew the nails were 100% dry.  I put painters tape on all my nails so that there was one star exactly in the middle.  I made sure the tape was really on there tight and pushed down all corners and edges so none of the polish would sneak under and the stars would come out perfect.  On a make up sponge, I painted on my two color gradients and began sponging on over the tape.  I did this twice so the colors really came through and were super sparkly and textured.  When I was done, I quickly removed the tape and looked in awe at my pretty, pretty nail.

After all ten nails were done, I decided I wanted my design to last a long while and sometimes my Pixies wear away at the tips, I put on a thick coat of INM Out the Door.  I was kind of sad I was losing the matte look, but soooooooooooooo happy I did because it made the stars so unbelievably sparkly.  Since the Pixies weren't 100% mattified either when I added my top coat, they remained very textured despite the topper.

What do you think?  Love, hate?  Fan of the Pixies?

As stated, I am in LOVE with these polishes and do not have a single complaint.  I can't wait to play around with them more, especially some of the new colors.  They're great nail art polishes, and now that I have learned I can gradient with them, watch out! Lol.  Zoya really hit a home run with Pixie Dust line.  I hope they make a winter collection!

Until next time, <3

**The Zoya Pixie Dusts were provided to me by Zoya for Promotional Purposes.  Opinions expressed are my own.  Please see my disclosure policy**

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