Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring Flower Nails

I love these nails! Sandi from @cutepolish created these nails and uploaded a vid for them today, and I knew I had to recreate them as soon as I saw them. If you'd like a how-to, here's the link:

Colors I used: 
Base: Essie Lilacism
Flowers: OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini, OPI Suzi Shops & Island Hops, Zoya Raven, OPI My Gecko Does Tricks.

I'm so ready for the warm weather, how bout you? 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

OPI Hawaii Collection Spring 2015

Hey!! It's been a minute since I've done a blog post! I decided I would do a review/swatches of the OPI Hawaii collection that was released this spring. They're such fun colors, plus they have a couple of neutrals in there too! I did buy these with my own money; I'm not sponsored by OPI in any way--I just thought it would be nice for you guys to see the pretty colors so you can decide if you want to purchase them for yourselves!

You can buy these polishes individually, or there is a sampler pack that comes with just a few of the polishes. I decided to buy all the full sized colors. I purchased mine from So let's get this show on the road!

This is one of my favorites! It's a beautiful creamy orange called "Is Mai Tai Crooked?" As always, OPI has cute little clever names for each of the polishes. This one took two coats to become fully opaque. 
This is another fave! "Aloha From OPI" is a bright orange red. 1-2 coats will give you full opacity.
"Go With the Lava Flow" is a pinkish red with shimmer. It took a good 3 coats to get this one fully opaque. 

"That's Hula-rious" is a pistachio/mint green. It's a very creamy color and was opaque in 2 coats.
"My Gecko Does Tricks" is a bright green with shimmer. Full opacity can be reached in 2-3 coats.
"This Color's Making Waves" is a gorgeous green-blue (teal?) with shimmers. This one was a bit harder to get opaque--it took 3-4 coats, but the color is gorgeous! 
"Do You Take Lei Away?" (the name cracks me up--it took me a minute to catch on but now I giggle everytime I see it) is a brownish nude; I got this opacity with 2 coats. 
"Suzi Shops & Island Hops" is the cutest light pink! I really liked this one! Opaque in 2-3 coats.
I'm completely in love with "Just Lanai-ing Around", some of which may have to do with the name (it's close to mine--LaNae!). It's a beautiful rose colored pink. This one can be paired with any of the other colors in the collection and compliments them so well! This was opaque in 1-2 coats.
"Hello Hawaii Ya?" is a pretty, lavendar purple. Gorgeous color for spring! It is opaque in 1-2 coats. 
"Lost My Bikini in Molokini" is a super fun bright purple--I think this just may be my favorite purple I have in my collection! I would call this a grape purple. It's opaque in 1-2 coats. 
I'm going to confess, "Pineapples Have Peelings Too!" isnt my favorite. It took about 4 coats to get it to this color, and there is still a little bit of patchiness going on. It's a gold with multicolored small glitter and hexagon glitter. 

Also--the polishes that are opaque in 1-2 coats are great for stamping! (I don't think I tried with any of the others). 
They also make for an amazing water marble!

Here are the stamps I did--excuse the fact that some of the "full nail stamps" didn't cover the full nail--I used the largest acrylic nails I have because I have a ton of them and they never get used (since they were apparently made for giant Amazonian woman fingers!). It gives you an idea of how they stamp, though! 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Neutral rosettes

This design was inspired by a friend's shirt! I started with a base of E.L.Fs Desert Haze. I stamped the rosettes from Shany plate SH208 with E.L.Fs Smoky Brown. I finished with a top coat of Seche Vite!

Once again please excuse my nasty cuticles--I was really good for about a week and put oil on them numerous times a day along with lotion and they started looking better. Then I left my oil pen at home one day and that's all it took to get me out of the habit :\ Do any of you have tips to keep up on moisturizing your cuticles?? 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bamboo Stamped Nails

It's been a long while since I posted here! I've been doing nail art, but nothing I really wanted to blog about. 

I saw this design from @cassis_p on IG; also, she has a video on hers so I'll put that link here:

I used Konad black stamping polish, OPI Alpine Snow, and Seche Vite polishes. I painted nails 1, 3, & 4 white; 2 & 5 black. Then when dry, I used striping tape to add a few stripes to each nail. With the opposite color, I sponged very lightly on the nail just to create a slight spray-painted effect--remove the tape immediately. I then stamped a bamboo image on top of that--use the opposite color of your base again. I used a stamp plate from Born Pretty Store (BP-18). I finished with my top coat! @Cassis_p has some amazing nail art on her IG and YouTube, so you guys should totally check her out!