Festive Nails for the 4th of July!

Confession: I am not a fan of doing nail art. Not even a little bit. For one thing, doing designs take too long and never last that long. You mean it took me 20 minutes to do ONE nail and these things have the audacity to start chipping in a day? Girl no. It’s enough to make me go crazy. Do I drool over the designs of nail polish bloggers? Yep. All day and everyday. I was inspired by some of those talented girls to do a patriotic nail look.

Patriotric nails

Okay, those nail strips are impressive and all but they don’t lay down for nothin’ in the world. How obnoxious! I’ve seen so many nail bloggers use them to perfection and of course when I try, it looks like a 6-year old did it. Ha! Typical B. Don’t look too hard at the strips. Aaaaand, you can’t tell me that the blue jelly sandwich of nails aren’t some kind of gorge. My nails haven’t been this short in months so I am trying to work with the nubs.

USA nails

 
Polishes Used:
OPI Put A Coat On! (white)
Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue
Milani Teal (glitter)

I would love to rock this nail look for the 4th of July festivities however the nail strips are already starting to peel back. And this is after I’ve applied a top coat. Which, by the way, removed some of the red. Haha, I can’t win. I’ll leave the nail art to the pros. Oh…before I go, have you girls tried OPI’s Glitter Off?


OPI Glitter Off nail polish

I’m not going to act like they’ve done something so revolutionary because nail girls have been using Elmer’s glue as a base under glitter polishes for yearsssss. Years, y’all. Still. It is nice to have it housed in a nail polish bottle. But yeah, it totally looks like glue. And smells like it, too. It took me back to 2nd grade. Most importantly, it works! Very well, I might add. I love glitter polishes but hardly wear them because of the intense removal process. I will totally rock glitters more often and wear this base coat under it. I purchased it from ULTA for about $9.

OPI Glitter Off

So…are you a nail art doin’ kind of gal or would you rather join me in the “Love to see it but hate to do it” crew?

Check out some of these other sweet shades from OPI, Sally Hansen and Milani…

Summer Inspired Nails

My Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group is back and we are all showcasing some of our favorite summer-inspired looks. I got all dolled up in makeup a few days ago working on separate project (that I shall reveal later) and I thought it was totally fitting for summer.

Clumps of Mascar rocks Summer Look

While the colors are muted, the products used are all sumer weather appropriate but when I think of summer, I think of lots of color. Y’know…the blue greens of the ocean. The shimmering red and orange of the sky as the sun sets. The burst of color from hot pink pedicures, neon oranges and bold blue purses. The sparkling stars in the midnight sky. I tried to represent it all on my nails.

Summer nail look

Polishes used:
-Orly Mint Mojito
-Orly Calypso Breeze
-Julie G Tangerine Dream
-Julie G Big Red Bow
-OPI Put A Coat On
-Nfu-Oh 53
-Lush Lacquer Clowning Around

Summer nails

In other news…I still suck at water marbling. But carry on and check out the summer inspired looks that my chicas did.

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Get this look using these polishes…

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Zoya Tickled Collection

Sweet and creamy and made for Summer, Zoya’s Tickled collection was sent to me with the Bubbly collection. These shades are all bright and will absolutely satisfy the color fanatics of the world.

Zoya Tickled

See what I’m talkin’ about?

Zoya Rocha

Rocha is a red cream with warm undertones. It has a good amount of orange in it and while it isn’t wildly unique, it’s a fun mix between red and orange.

Zoya

Rooney is a magenta pink cream but really I find it to be notch up from baby pink. I’ve never been a fan of pink nail polishes and I really want to hate this one but it is kinda growing on me. I’ve got to find a pretty top coat to layer over it.

Zoya Tilda

Tilda is a fantastic warm mantis green that looks more like a Granny Smith apple cream. Really, it is far more warmer and has a touch of white in it. It’s a great green and not one that I think Zoya has in their green lineup.

Zoya Wendy

Oh Wendy. I’m thinking this juicy summer melon will be a hot pick among many summer pedicure pickers. It’s a pretty average shade and is like a mature bubblegum but I’m sure this girl will look great on the toes.

Zoya Ling

Ling is a beautiful vibrant royal blue. I’m a lover of blues and this is perfect and fitting for those who want to take baby steps into wearing blues.

Zoya Kirtridge

Kitridge is the only polish that I had to apply 3 coats of. If Wendy is a mature bubblegum pink, Kitridge is the teenage bubblegum pink.

And then altogether in harmony.


Zoya Tickled collection

I’m a fan of this collection but really it’s Kitridge and Tilda that rock my socks. Formula, as always, was perfect and it seems like with every collection they release, Zoya just gets better and better on the formula front. Are any of these shades are callin’ ya? You can get the entire collection at Zoya.com for $54 for all 6 polishes for $9 a bottle.

My Sparkling New KBShimmer nail polishes

KBShimmer

I don’t follow many nail polish blogs but I do live on Pinterest and ohmigoodness, every other day I would run across a pin showcasing a KBShimmer nail polish. Every time I turned around one of my beauty blogger friends was raving about the brand and I finally decided to take the jump and so I ordered three polishes.

KBShimmer nail polish

Okay, three polishes is nothing but at $7.50-$8.75 a polish, I really wanted to get a feel of the brand before I shelled out a ton of money. That said, I’m a big fan! Pt Young Thing got so much love from many bloggers and so I knew I had to scoop up that silver holographic. And I see why it is well loved.

KBShimmer Pt Young Thing

It’s a stunning holo. I don’t think it is any more holographic than some of my other silver holos, but it is pretty nonetheless. The formula is fantastic and while you can get away with 2 coats, I applied 3 for an extra measure.

KBShimmer A Touch of Glass

I’m not sure why I felt like I had to get A Touch of Glass. This light aqua mint cream isn’t heavily unique but I think I am a sucker for shades like this. Zoya’s Wednesday is a darker version of this but I think I like A Touch of Glass more. I love how glossy it is without needing a top coat.

KBShimmer Low and Be Bold

Low & Be Bold is by far one of the most stunning cobalt blues that I’ve ever owned. It is just soooo lovely! And don’t let my camera fool you. It is really much more vibrant in person. The jelly almost cream finish is just perfect.

I love supporting indie brands and will definitely be keeping an eye out for KBShimmer. And if nothing else, I have got to get some of those gorgeous glitters. She makes some of the best glitters I have ever seen!

Have you ever tried anything from KBShimmer?

 

 

Disclosure: I purchased these items with my own money, honey.

OPI Full-Size Neon Nail Polishes

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. OPI has already given us neon polishes before. But these, darlings…these are FULL-SIZE neon shades that will live in their permanent line. So while I think you should rush off and get these, you don’t have to.

OPI OPI Full-Size Neon Nail Polishes

I got these samples on my hands (haha, literally) just last week and couldn’t wait to share them with you.


OPI You are So Outta Lime! polish
You Are So Outta Lime is a gorgeous bright green that I find isn’t insanely neon. Is it bright? Yes? But neon? Yeee..wellll….not so much. The formula is fantastic and it has such a creamy lime feel to it. I hope that made some kind of sense. Probably didn’t though, huh?

OPI Juice Bar Hopping polish

Juice Bar Hopping is a tangerine orange that is definitely BRIGHT. I adore this. I love orange polishes anyway but this orange, I think, will be an ideal pedicure color this summer. It isn’t traffic cone orange but it is certainly just a small notch down.


OPI Hotter than You Pink
Hotter Than You Pink is the only kind of pink that I like. This pink is so pink that I’m callin’ it pank. She is hot pink and obnoxious and I am so here for it!


OPI Push & Pur-Pull
Push & Pur-Pull is one of those deep purples that have a bit of magenta in them but are still a true purple. Does that sound crazy? Okay, maybe but there really is no way to describe how stunning this purple is. It isn’t unique. In fact, I have another one just like it. The formula is a bit wonky and it was hard to get it to apply evenly but whatever. It is still so stunning.


OPI Down to the Core-al
Down to the Core-al is a very bright and loud coral. It’s so so pretty and unique in that you never really see neon corals.


OPI Life Gave Me Lemons
Life Gave Me Lemons is a very neon-y yellow/green that was tough to photograph but is definitely a true neon. I think it applied better than all of the other shades. After putting down the white base coat, I found it to be smooth and opaque after only 1 coat. Niiiice!

Aside from Down to the Core-al, Life Gave Me Lemons, Hotter Than You Pink and Juice Bar Hopping, the rest of these aren’t true neons. They are definitely bright and stunning shades but true neons? Nope. Lovely nonetheless and I’ll be wearing them nonstop this summer. You can also get Put a Coat On!, OPI’s white color-boosting base alongside this collection. I used Put a Coat On! underneath each of these polishes but I also swatched them on a nail wheel and you’ll be happen to know that they apply just as nice without the white base coat.

You can get these babies anymore OPI polishes are sold. Aren’t they lovely?

Zoya Naturel collection

My girl Leandra from Nail Polish Therapy is still helping me in the swatching department of the press samples of polishes that I received many moons ago. Today we’re showcasing the ever so simple yet stunning Naturel collection from Zoya.

Zoya Naturel collection

This collection hit the scenes in December of 2013  and uh…let’s not talk about how late I am in getting this review up, okay? Naturel is still making waves in the nail polish community. Because hello…creams never get old. Never.


Zoya Chantal
Described as a French vanilla cream, Chantal’s creaminess makes me lust after ice cream in the worst way. She applies with ease and really that shade is perfect for nail polish lovers of all complexions.


Zoya Normani

Normani is a sable mauve cream that I found to almost look like OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques. While not as dirty mop water’ish, Normani is the kind of shade that you would maaaaaybe try. Or  you’d run away from it. That’s it.

Zoya Taylor
Taylor could definitely be the younger sister of Chantal. This light toffee cream has a bit more warmth and brown in it but it is just as striking as her older sister.

Zoya Odette
Odette is one notch away from being considered a Grandma shade in my book but this sultry orchid maroon makes the cut. Really, she’s actually very classy and flattering on just about anyone.

Zoya Rue
Oh Rue. Could you have been named after one of my favorite characters in The Hunger Games? Perhaps? This boudoir blush cream isn’t as exciting or groundbreaking as the other colors but her one perk is that she applies with such ease and coverage.

Zoya Brigitte
Okay, if Odette was a notch away from being the Grandma shade, Brigitte is all the way there, honey. And not in a bad way. I find this bombshell mauve cream to be very retro and dare I say it…funky? It works.

You won’t find me saying anything bad about a collection full of creams. I think Zoya did an amazing job in terms of uniqueness and stellar formula. Chantal and Normani may very well be the must haves of this collection. You can snag each bottle for $8/bottle or the entire collection for $54 at Zoya.com.

Zoya Awaken collection

My girl Leandra over at Nail Polish Therapy did the honors of reviewing these samples of Zoya’s Awaken line. I am soooo here for her gorgeous nails and she has really done this collection quite the honor.

Zoya Awaken collection

Sweet, dainty and girly, this collection just yells whimsical. You’ve got your perfect subtle shades that are ideal for Spring, but they also make for great summer pedicures, as well.


Zoya Dot

Dot is a pink petal cream and it really reminds me of cotton candy. It’s one of those shades that you maaaay be able to deal with even if you aren’t a fan of the color pink.

Zoya Cole

Cole is a peach whisper cream and by far my absolute favorite of the bunch. It’s so hard to find a true and authentic orange sherbet shade that applies like buttah. Cole is IT!

Zoya Hudson

Hudson is described as a purple orchid metallic with a silver shimmer and it’s really one of those unexpected colors in a collection. I loooove a purple cream, but this purple metallic goodness here is just glorious.

Zoya Dillion

Dillion is a green mint metallic and is, of course, a sibling of Hudson. She’s just as fabulous and shimmery.

Zoya Rebel

Rebel is a blue sky metallic that is quite reminiscent of shimmery ocean water.

Zoya Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a white-gold shimmer metallic and how refreshing is it to have a yellow that isn’t a hot and streaky mess?

Applied like dreams, the kids of the Awaken collection are such a great fit in Zoya’s lineup. Also included is Monet. This multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper is an additional $10 which is nice but I’m thinking you could probably go without it. Each bottle in the Awaken collection retails for $9 a pop and you can get the entire collection for $54 from Zoya.com.

Which shade is your fave?

I could wear my nails like this forever…

Pretty Skittles nails

First of all, I am proud of myself for doing something more than just a basic color. I lost myself for a second there. I used to be all konad’y and design’y and dang…I got lazy. But baby…I am back! Okay, granted this isn’t anything mega fancy, but still, it’s a big deal to me and I’m lovin’ it.

Classy Skittles nails

The one accent nail is just boring to me. I’ve been doing it for years and *yawn* I’m over it. And at the same time, I don’t always feel desirous of doing designs on each nail. Okay, I NEVER feel desirous of doing that. But something like this…

Zoya Skittles nails

It ain’t so bad. I am going to commit to doing a classy skittle nails look at least once a week. I am loving not only using different colors, but the pop from the white bubbles and then the subtle sea sparkle on the ring finger.

Sophisticated Skittles nails

I used:

Deborah Lippman I Know What Boys Like (blupurple)
Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl (pink)
China Glaze White on White (white)
OPI Mermaid’s Tears (the base color on the ring finger)
Zoya Maisie (this looks like the water in Playa del Carmem, Mexico. Really.)

Look at me. Doing my nails like a big girl. I’m so proud of myself.