The Beauty Buffs: New Years!

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It's New Years Eve!  Can you already believe that the end of the year is here?!  Seriously, what happened to 2014??  I'm kind of sad to see it go because it has been a great year for me filled with many blessings.  That just means that 2015 is going to be that much better, right?? :) 

Today I'm closing out the year posting alongside the lovely ladies of The Beauty Buffs!  Our theme for today is, you guessed it, New Years!  Whenever I think of New Years colors, my mind goes to gold, silver, and black.  I grabbed some polishes and got to work with a design that I'm in love with!

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
  • OPI - Love Angel Music Baby
  • OPI - This Crown Needs a Gown
  • OPI - In True Stefani Fashion
  • Sally Hansen - Goldi-Flecks
Let's talk about how Sally Hansen Goldi-Flecks is the most PERFECT polish for New Years Eve!  I used one coat over Orly Liquid Vinyl, and goodness, I wish I did all ten of my nails like this.  If you know me, I never, ever say that about a polish, especially a glitter.  It contains small, medium, and large gold and white flecks of polish, as well as white bar glitter.  I'm not usually a fan of bar glitter, but this is so thin that you barely notice it and it blends so well with the other pieces.  It has the perfect glitter to base's perfect.

For my accent nail, I followed The Nail Polish Challenge's fishtail tutorial.  I have been meaning to try that look for awhile and was happy to finally get around to it.  I think it was a perfect accent nail to this manicure!  I can't wait to do that design on all ten of my nails!

What do you think?  Liking the look?  Good for New Years?

Don't forget to check out the other lovelies posts!

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I highly suggest heading to the store and going to grab that Sally Hansen polish.  They are on sale now at your local drug stores!

I hope everyone has a happy and SAFE New Years Eve!  Please, please, please, remember to be safe!  No drinking and driving!  You're not only putting yourself in danger, but others, so please be responsible!

See you all next year! <3


FingerPaints Bright Lights Big City Giveaway!

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Hello every one!  Hope you all are having a fantastic day!  I cannot believe that the New Year is just days away!  This year has flown by so quickly!  I cannot get over it.  Since the New Year is almost here, I thought it would be a great time to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 with a giveaway for my US followers!

One lucky winner will receive the new FingerPaints Bright Lights and Big City Collection!  This is a limited edition collection which contains three iridescent polishes (two being duochromes), two chunky glitters, and one microglitter!

First up are the three "iridescent" polishes, two being duochromes!

We have Paint the Town Purple, What A Night, and Urban Lights.  There is so much dimension in these polishes!  I wish I could capture how gorgeous Urban Lights really is.

Next p are the glitters of the collection!

We have Dance Floor Diva, In The City Lookin Pretty, and Hey Mr. DJ!.  The first two are chunky glitters with micro glitters throughout and the last is a straight microglitter polish.

Time to enter!  Giveaway is open now until January 10th!  That's two weeks to follow, tweet, share, and comment!

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You must be 18 and older and live in the United States to enter.  NO GIVEAWAY ACCOUNTS!!!  You will be disqualified if you enter using one of those.  It isn't fair to everyone else and will be strictly enforced.

It's been an awesome year and I cannot thank my followers enough!  I can't wait to welcome 2015 with all you lovelies!

Good luck!  

Until next time, <3.


Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you all have had an amazing Christmas Eve and have an awesome Christmas Day planned!  While you are all out celebrating and enjoying the time with your loved ones, don't forget the real reason for the season.  Without Christ, there would be no Christmas.  I swear, if I see one more person write Xmas, I may scream.

Anywho, today I am bringing you one last festive Christmas manicure.  I won some Christmas polishes from Salon Perfect in a giveaway by Nail It! Magazine.  Honestly, I do not even remember entering the contest, so it was quite the pleasant surprise when I found out!  I received a shipment notification and the estimated delivery date was 12/23 so I was rather upset thinking that I wasn't going to be able to use these awesome Christmas polishes.  Thankfully, the package showed up on the 22nd so I had plenty of time to create a manicure.  Sure I only used two of the six polishes, but hey there's always next year!

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Salon Perfect - He's With Me
  • Salon Perfect - Christmas Cookie
  • Sally Hansen - Moonstone
  • Sinful Colors - Pistache
  • Acrylic Paint
I really was obsessing over Christmas Cookie as soon as I opened the package.  This polish is a matte circle glitter set in a clear base.  I have absolutely nothing like this in my collection and I have always been a fan of the Indie lines and their circle glitters.  I had to dab and place the glitter on the nail over two coats of Pistache, but it was well worth it in the end.

He's With Me is such a pretty red polish.  It's a dupe of China Glaze Red Ruby Pumps which is a polish I have been eyeing for a long time.  I'm not a huge fan of reds, so I never bought it because I never thought I would use it.  Now that I have it though, I'm going to put it to use.  Absolutely love it!

I decided to do a Gingerbread man accent because I thought he would look cute next to Christmas Cookie.  And well, gingerbread men are Christmas cookies.  I wish the second part of that statement was part of my reasoning for picking that accent, but I literally just came to that conclusion as I was typing this post.  The real reason why I picked a gingerbread man was because the Christmas tree design I tried to do failed miserably and I literally had no idea what else to do.  I remembered a friend of mine showed me a gingerbread manicure a few weeks ago so I went with him!

What do you think?  Liking this manicure?

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!  I will try to get a New Years Eve manicure up on the blog soon!  I have to figure out scheduling and such.  Also, the January Nail Artist of the Month post will be delayed because I forgot to follow up with the artist because of the holidays.  So I'm hoping to share that mid January!  That's not a feature that I'm phasing out!

Again, Merry Christmas!

Until next time, <3.


Twinsie Tuesday: Holiday Edition! Christmas and Hanukkah Manicures!

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Hello there!  I'm so happy to be back posting with the Twinsie's on this fine Tuesday morning!  We have taken the month of December off to reorganize, recuperate, and enjoy the holiday season!  When we decided on this little hiatus, we thought it would be a good idea to do a special December holiday post!

For our post today, we are sharing not one, but TWO manicures, one for Christmas and one for Hanukkah.  I am a Christian who celebrates Christmas, so during this time of the year, my blog is overloaded with Christmas designs.  I have never created a Hanukkah manicure, so doing one for Twinsie Tuesday was an awesome opportunity for me!  I am rather excited to share a manicure which my Jewish followers could possibly use next year or for the last few nights!

Come on in to see the manicures!  I'm hiding it from the main page because it's two posts in one and I'm sure it's going to be super wordy and long!


Christmas Light Manicure

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Hello and Happy Saturday everyone!  Christmas is only a few short days away!  Can you believe it?!  I swear Thanksgiving was last Thursday.  Time got away from me and I was unable to create a Christmas Nail Art wheel for this season.  Oh well, maybe next year.

Despite not creating a new wheel, I have been a busy little bee creating some Christmas themed manicures.  Yes, I've done most of them before, but I'm trying my best to do new and different versions.  So far I think I'm doing well.

For today I decided to re-create my Christmas light manicure.  In previous years, I have done a white gradient on my naked nail to look more like snow.  This year, I decided to skip the gradient and just paint my whole nail white.  I cannot tell you how much I love this version, which contained lots of glitter!

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Base
    • Sally Hansen - Omghost
    • Sally Hansen - Disco Ball
  • Lights
    • Black Acrylic
    • NYC New York Color - Ruby Queen
    • NYC New York Color - Queen's Jewel
    • NYC New York Color - Blue Majesty
    • NYC New York Color - Fashion Queen
Awesome, right?  I started off with a base coat of Omghost from the Sally Hansen InstaDri collection that came out for Halloween.  Even though it has a Halloween name, it's a white polish and can be used any time of the year in my opinion.  My review of it is the same as it was then, a very nice white polish which applied evenly in two coats.

When my white was dry, I added a top coat of one of my favorite glitter toppers, Sally Hansen Disco Ball!  This topper is from the Hard as Nails line and is a must have.  It is a small cellophane glitter which creates such a gorgeous sparkly effect no matter what color it is over.  I love it over white because it truly makes the base look like snow!

When everything was dry, I used my nail art brush and painted on the black string and outline of the bulbs using a black acrylic paint.  When my outline was complete, I went through with the various NYC New York Color glitters and filled in the bulbs.  These polishes were PERFECT for light bulbs.  Since they are jellies, they filled in the small area perfectly, and the glitters sparkled right through the colorful base.  When you look at my nails in real life, they twinkled like real Christmas lights!

What do you think?  Liking the look?  Something you would recreate?

Hope you all have a great day!

Until next time, <3.


The Beauty Buffs: Gold vs. Silver

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Good morning polished world!  How are you all today?  I'm doing alright.  I built myself a gingerbread house yesterday and it looks quite adorable.  I'll have to take a photo and share it on my Facebook and Instagram.  It's quite relaxing doing little crafts like that.

Today is Wednesday and I am back posting along with The Beauty Buffs.  This week the theme is Gold vs. Silver.  If I had to wear gold or silver the rest of my life, I would pick silver.  I have a few pieces of gold jewelry, but my silver pieces is always what I gravitate towards.  The same goes for polish.  While I have been known to use gold for accents, silver is used a lot more.

December is the perfect time to use both silver and gold, especially when it's close to Christmas.  After seeing this adorable Santa Claus manicure by the lovely Rina from Simply Rins, I decided that the little guy would look perfect surrounded by some silver nails!

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:

  • FingerPaints - Glitz and Glam
  • INM - Silver Northern Lights Christmas Edition
  • Zoya - Taylor
  • Acrylic Paints
I think this manicure looks awesome with silver!  Honestly, if I used gold nails, I don't think I would like it as much.  I used two coats of Glitz and Glam from the FingerPaints Holiday Glitz manicure kit.  Such an awesome silver polish.   It reminds me of my go to favorite OPI This Crown Needs a Gown.  It applies evenly in two coats and has such a sparkle and shine to it that the satin OPI has.

I topped it off with a coat of the new INM Northern Lights Christmas topper.  Just when I thought Northern Lights couldn't get any better, INM created a holiday edition of their gold and silver holo toppers.  These toppers include shiny red and green glitters which are beyond sparkly.  I had to dab some of the glitters on to fill in empty spaces, but overall the topper was great!

I followed Rina's tutorial to get the little guy on my nail.  Since my nails are shorter than hers, I didn't add a smile or the little pink cheeks like she had.  I still think he's adorable without it!  He looks right at home with the silver.

What do you think?  Liking this Christmas design?  Are you a fan of silver or gold?

Let's see what the Beauty Buffs have to say about gold and silver!

Until next time, <3.

Bestie Twin Nails

Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing: Round 7!

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Good morning everyone!  How are you all today?  I hope you all are having a great Sunday!  Tomorrow is Monday but we will try to forget about that for the time being.  Instead we can look at some nails!

Today I am sharing with you all Round 7 of Bestie Twin Nails with Amanda from Fashion Footing!  I'm really enjoying this monthly feature we've been doing!  Especially since Amanda has been wanting to do more intricate designs.

This month we are recreating this design by JaryNails on Instagram.  Amanda found the design early November and we decided on it.  I procrastinated on the design because I wasn't too sure about how it would look on my own nails.  I'm not the biggest fan of the manicure, but it wasn't the worst that I've ever done. 

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Gradient
    • Sinful Colors - Cool Grey
    • Pure Ice - Kiss Me Here
    • INM - Verbena
  • Silver Snow
    • Finger Paints - Glitz and Glam
The gradient is my favorite part of the manicure.  I really, really, REALLY loved the grey to purple transition.  Such a neat combination I never would have thought of if it weren't for the manicure we were recreating.

The silver wasn't cooperating with me and didn't show up how I wanted it too.  I think I needed a more opaque silver polish.  I wonder if it would have worked better with OPI This Crown Needs a Gown.  When Amanda's weren't showing up so well she added a matte top coat which made them start to pop.  

This photo you can see the snowflakes clearer.  I used a striper brush in the bottle of FingerPaints Glitz and Glam to get the silver flakes.  I've never used a striper brush in a regular polish bottle.  It was kind of difficult to do and it made me wonder if striper polishes are different formulas than regular nail painting polishes.  If that makes sense.

What do you think?  Liking this look?

Make sure to head over to Amanda's blog and check out her re-creation!

Until next time,< 3.


Snowman Nail Art Inspired by SimplyRins

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Good morning!  How are you all today?  We just had our first real snowfall of the season.  I consider it a real snowfall when there is 6 inches or more and I can shovel the driveway.  You may think I'm crazy, but I love shoveling the driveway.  It's such a great work out.  Sure it's cold, but after a bit of working on removing the snow, you start to get a little warm.

Well since we had snow, it was time to do a snowman manicure!  Let me tell you, this is my all time favorite manicure.  I am so proud of it and cannot believe how well it turned out.  I'm looking at the photos again now and I honestly cannot believe that these are my nails!!

This snowmen manicure (or accent nail in my case) is a recreation of the snowman parade manicure by Rina from Simply Rins.  I have been a huge fan of Rina's work for ages now, but never recreated any of her designs.  Hers are stunning, flawless, and perfect, and I didn't feel confident that I was going to do her designs justice.  Now that I got some acrylic paints and have been able to create neater looking manicures, I thought it was time to give one of her manicures a try, especially one that is so dang cute!

I took a deep breath and followed her tutorial!  Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Rebel
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Orly Instant Artist - White
Amazing, right?!  First before I get into what I did and how I did it, I'm going to talk about how awesome Zoya Rebel is.  This polish is part of Zoya's Awaken collection from last Spring.  It is a gorgeous shimmery blue which is great for Spring, but also great this time of year!  It's a perfect base for this snowy scene!  With two coats I had complete coverage.  Some shimmers you'll see brush strokes, but not with this one.

My snowflakes were done using the Orly Water Based Instant Artist in White.  I love these stripers because since they are water based, if you mess up and catch it quick enough, you can wipe off your design with a wet rag.  Similar to acrylic paints.  Plus the brush, despite it being long, doesn't go out of control like some stripers.

Below is the YouTube video that Rina created for this look for you to all see since I will probably confuse you if I explain how I did the snowmen in depth.  Trust me though, they are so easy to do!  The trick is to draw the outline of the snowman, then fill him in like he's in a coloring book!   Whenever I created designs that are intricate such as this, I start with my main design, then outline later.  When I go to outline, I mess up the whole design by making lines too thick or thin, and I get frustrated and take off the manicure.

(Source: SimplyRins YouTube)

I wish my nails were a weee bit longer so my hat could be higher like hers.  Isn't this awesome?!

What do you think?  Liking the look?  Something you try?

Well I am off to enjoy this chilly day.  I hope you all have a great Friday and weekend!

Until next time, <3.


Peppermint Candy Nail Art

9:00:00 AM

Good morning!!  How are you all today?!  First Tuesday where I'm not posting alongside the Twinsies.  For those who missed the Update post, the Twinsie's are taking the month of December off to recoup and enjoy the holiday season!  We will be back posting the week of Christmas, then back again in January starting fresh!

So without a prompt, that means I was free to create whatever my little heart desired today!  Since it's December, well you know that means it's time for me to start some Christmas nail art!  I was going to wait a little longer, but with all the new designs I've been finding, and the new glitters screaming to be used, I had to start!

Today's design is a recreation of my peppermint nails I did ages ago!  I've seen many different interpretations over the years and wanted to try them last year but never got around to it.  Okay, that's a lie.  I did them last year, they looked awful, and I never posted them.  This year though, with the help of some new stripers, I was able to do it!

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Base
    • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
    • Sally Hansen - Moonstone
  • Peppermints
    • Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art - Red
    • Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art - Hot Pink
  • Glitter
    • FingerPaints - Sugar and Spice

I love the base of my manicure!  I decided to add a top coat of Moonstone over a plain white because it gave the nails a pearl like finish which is similar to the peppermint candies!  When my base was dried, with the Red I <3 Nail Art Brush, I started outlining the peppermints.  Took awhile to do on the first few nails because I had to get used to the length of the striper brush.  Compared to other stripers I've owned, these are shorter, meaning there is more control.  Only downside for me was that polish started to move down the little stick and gather on the brush when I didn't want it to.

The red glitter is FingerPaints Sugar and Spice from the Winter Wishes collection.  Such a gorgeous red glitter!  In the bottle, you can't really tell that it has all these different size shreds of glitter.  I thought it was a simple microglitter.  I did one thin coat over my pointer and pinkie.  You could get away with two coats on a naked nail and have full sparkly red coverage!  Really loving this pretty red for the holidays!  I might even be able to use it at Valentine's Day and the Fourth of July :).  I love Christmas glitters that can be used year round!

What do you think?  Liking this peppermint manicure?

FingerPaints Sugar and Spice is available now at Sally Beauty Supply!  The Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art Stripers can be found at your local drug stores!

Until next time, <3.

Nail Artist of the Month

December Nail Artist of the Month: The Base Coat

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Good morning polished world!  How are you today?!  I know I've been quiet on the blog lately!  I found myself smack dab in the middle of a nail art funk and couldn't create a decent manicure.  Now I've had 3 good ones in a row, and after last nights manicure, it is safe to say my funk is over and I'm back!  Well, except for today!

Today I'm handing the blog over to the lovely Alicia from The Base Coat, who is the December Nail Artist of the Montht!  I discovered Alicia's blog on Facebook!  Seriously, such an amazing artist who needs to be showcased!  I'm so happy to be featuring her!

Everyone, I'm pleased to introduce you to Alicia!

Hello everyone!

I would like to thank Alaina for asking me to be the Nail Artist of the Month for December! I was super excited when she asked me, and I am so excited to share my nail art with you!

My name is Alicia, and I blog as TheBaseCoat. I started doing my nails in 2010, and at that point it was mostly just one color - no nail art. Slowly I started getting into nail art about a year later, and now I am obsessed!

Winter is such a beautiful time of year, and I just love winter themed nails! I've decided to share with you one of my favourite winter manicures - Penguins!

For this manicure I used:
  • Base blue glitter: Picture Polish Super Styling
  • Black: Essie Licorice
  • White: Zoya Purity
  • Orange: Essie Roarrrrange
  • Medium size dotting tool 
  • Small size dotting tool 
  • Small nail art brush
To recreate this manicure at home is really easy!
  1. Start with your favourite base coat and add two coats of a blue glitter polish.
  2. Using a black polish, paint a strip of polish down the center of your nail, staying away from the cuticle and edges of your nail. This is similar to creating a ruffian manicure!
  3. Once step 2 is dry, do the same with the white polish, but start a little further down the nail so you have space on the black for the penguins eyes. Using the medium dotting tool, make two white dots for the eyes. 
  4. Using the small dotting tool, make two black dots in the white dots for pupils.
  5. Using a small dotting tool or a small nail art brush and the orange polish, make two half dots on the tip of your nail for feet. Also add a small triangle for a nose!
  6. Add some white dots in the background for snow! Seal in your creation with a good top coat!
I hope everyone likes my nails and I would love to see your recreations on Instagram! Use #thebasecoat and I will check out your penguin nails (:

Thank you again for featuring me as the Nail Artist of the month! I hope everyone has a great December!

How awesome that Alicia included a tutorial for her adorable little penguin!!!  I'm in love with that base color!!!!  Perfect for this little manicure!!

Please make sure to follow Alicia on her Blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!  

Thank you so much Alicia for this awesome post!!!!  

Until next time, <3.


The Beauty Buffs: Holiday!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  How are you all today?  I'm starting to get out of my nail art funk!  I may or may not have shared this on here, but I had naked nails for three days last week, and every manicure I tried turned into a disaster.  Last night I had a similar experience when creating this post, so I opted for a plain swatch as a refresher.  Plus, Amanda from Fashion Footing keeps yelling at me to do a plain manicure.  Okay, maybe it's supposed to be a plain cream manicure, but sparkle is better, am I right??

Today is Wednesday, so that means it's time to post with The Beauty Buffs!  Today we are posting all about the holidays.  Some of us are sharing fashion posts, and others are sharing manicures.  My plan for today's post was to do a winter sweater inspired manicure and share different looks that would go along with the manicure.  After that didn't work out, I became frustrated and switched up my whole idea and decided to pick out my favorite holiday looking polish and share a swatch of it!

For my manicure, I picked Zoya Tomoko.  This polish is one of the original formula Pixie Dusts.  I'm a huge fan of the original formula, and really not that big of a fan of the Magical Pixies.  They are a great concept, but a pain to remove and just too chunky for my liking.  That's another post though.  Let's take a look at this Pixie gorgeousness.

Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Tomoko
Look at Tomoko in all it's gorgeous textured beauty.  Tomoko leans between silver and gold, maybe it can be best described as a champagne color?  Is that a color you can describe things as?  Regardless, in two coats you have full coverage.  The polish dries matte with plenty of sparkle since it is textured.

This is a shot of Tomoko with a top coat.  Kind of blurry due to my camera needing to be charged.  I have found that when you add top coat, the polish still remains textured and gets ten times more sparkly!  I think that top coat makes the polish last longer as well.  Not like Pixies need any help with that.  I have found that all my original formulas stick on my nail like super glue and do not chip for at least 5 days.

I picked this polish for a Holiday post because A. it's sparkly B. the color is perfect this time of year, and C. it would be a great polish to pair with a simple nail art accent!

Last year I created this nail art wheel with many holiday designs!  Many of them would work great alongside Tomoko!

I'm really thinking Rudolph or Santa would look amazing on the ring finger!

If you have Chita or Chyna from the original Pixies, then those also would be perfect around the holiday!  I still am kicking myself that I don't have a bottle of Chyna.  I missed the clearance of it at my local beauty supply store and I haven't fully recovered.  OHHH Idea!  If you have those polishes along with Tomoko, you could put a holly on the ring finger!

What do you think?  Fan of Tomoko?  Do you prefer the original formula Pixies or new formula?  Going to try any of these Christmas designs?  Should I do a new Nail Art Wheel???

Make sure to check out the other Beauty Buffs Posts!

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Until next time, <3.