Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Simple, Realistic Galaxy Nails + Tutorial, featuring JINsoon Obsidian

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Hello everyone!

I've taken a little break from blogging lately, as you may have noticed, but I've still been posting quite often over on Instagram.  Last week, I posted an updated version of my galaxy nails, and they got a really great response.  I was so happy about how well they were received, because they are definitely the most simple, but also most realistic version I've created so far, I think!

When I created this version a few months ago, I also made a photo tutorial to share with all of you, so you can view it at the end of the post.

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The one major difference between this version and my previous ones, is that I let my base do all the work.  I used two coats of the incredible JINsoon Obsidian, which is a black base filled with holographic flecks and bright purple shimmer.

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In natural daylight (above) the purple shimmer is very visible, then, in the sun, or once you switch on some bright lights (or with flash, as shown below), the beautiful holographic shimmer sparkles.  It's amazing, but not totally in your face like some holos can be (although that is not a bad thing!).  I wore this on my nails for several days, before adding the galaxy on top, so there is the slightest tip wear in the photos.

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To create the galaxy, I used the technique shown below in my tutorial.  Of course I am only showing one nail, but definitely try to have fun with different placement and colors to create the feel of movement on the nails.  I think that is the best way to create a more realistic design!

Now, onto the tutorial!
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1.  Gather your supplies and prep your nails with a base coat.  You will need a cosmetic sponge, a nail art brush (or dotting tool), a black or navy with holographic shimmer, two bright or neon colors, a white (I prefer a semi-sheer one), and a holographic silver polish (optional).

2. Paint one or two coats of your base color.  I used JINsoon Obsidian, which is this amazing black base filled with holographic flecks, and bright purple shimmer.  Zoya Storm could be a good alternative, or just a black creme with a holographic shimmer top coat (like inm Northern Lights) could be an option as well.

3. Sponge on a cobalt blue in a few spots on the nails.  I used Nails Inc. Baker Street, one of my favorite blue polishes.

4. Sponge on a neon pink overlapping some of the blue polish.  I used Coco & Lulu Ma Belle, an amazing fuchsia neon polish.

5. Lightly sponge on a bit of white polish over the other two colors.  I used CND Brilliant White.  I've realized, looking at a bunch of actual galaxy photos, that the white should be used more sparingly.  And, it almost gives a 3D effect to the other colors.

6. Lightly sponge on a silver holographic polish to the edges of the white polish.  I used Julep Rebel, which has a pretty subtle holographic effect.  This gives such a great sort of misty effect, and of course a little added sparkle.

7. With a nail art brush or dotting tool, add a few tiny white dots and "stars".  For the bigger stars, I always just create a + and then fill in the inner corners slightly.

8. Finish with a shiny or matte top coat, and enjoy! :)


If you have any questions, feel free to leave them down below.  And, if you need any other tips for galaxy nails, or would rather watch a video, I have a few tutorials on YouTube here:




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Monday, May 05, 2014

Gradient Baroque Nails + Tutorial!

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Hello everyone!

I’m sorry I have been super slow at blogging lately.  I need to get a schedule going to get back into it!

Anyways, I have been creating these baroque-style nails a lot recently (as you may have seen in my previous post), and this time they were inspired by a gorgeous makeup look created by Paula Sbi on Instagram.  We did a collaboration recently, and I think it turned out amazing, which I will show you down below.

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As soon as I saw the gorgeous eye makeup that Paula created, I was so inspired by the colors and metallic finish.  Pink’s and brown always seem to play nice together, and the shimmer is very elegant.  The colors I chose for my nails really remind me of Neapolitan ice cream as well, so I thought that was fun.  I think they are the perfect pairing! 

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The photo below is an alternate version Paula created with a chocolate brown lip, using Lime Crime Salem as the base.  Love it!

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All of the products I used are listed at the beginning of the video, and if you would like to see how I created this design, here it is:


I hope you all love the design, and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!  Also, if you have any requests I would love to hear them!


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Baroque Quilt Inspired Nails

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

I posted these nails on Instagram last week, which were inspired by the quilt you can see in the background of the photos.  I've actually had the idea to create these nails for a while now, but I've been in such a mood to wear green lately that they were just perfect.

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I started with a white base, using two coats of Cult Nails Tempest.  Then, I painted a wide green stripe across my nails using Barry M Key Lime Gelly.  Using my nail art brush (La Corneille 18/0 Round), I painted three black stripes across the end of my nail.  I didn't use tape for any of the stripes / lines (I was asked that question a lot on Instagram).  For some reason I always end up messing it up with tape, and freehand just works much better for me.

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Cult Nails Tempest, Barry M Key Lime Gelly, A-England Camelot, Cirque Colors Sani

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Originally, I was going to paint the black pattern (a-England Camelot) on multiple nails, but after my middle nail was finished I got a bit lazy (it was really late at night when I created these).  I ended up adding a quick baroque (or damask?) accent over two coats of Cirque Colors Sani before completing the look with top coat.  Now that I'm looking back on them, I'm actually glad I didn't finish all of the nails, and I'm definitely happy with how they turned out!

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I loved wearing this design, and I got a lot of comments at work about how they looked like stamps or stickers.  It's always funny to see people's faces as I tell them they are hand painted!

I thought this design was perfect for Spring as well, so I'll be sending it over to Julep for their nail art competition.  Even though I didn't use any Julep polishes in this post, I quite often, and there will be a few featured in upcoming nail art.  In the meantime, if you're interested, you can check out their new colors here: www.julep.com/shop/nail-polish.html


Thank you all for reading, as always! :)


Kristin



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

F.U.N Lacquer Spring 2014 Trio Swatches & Review

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Hi everyone!

I have a few more F.U.N Lacquer swatches to show you all today.  This time, it's the Spring 2014 Trio, which consists of a holographic polish, a thermal polish, and a holographic glitter topper.  Each one of these has something quite special about it which I'll explain below.  If you missed my previous post, you can check it out here: F.U.N Lacquer Four Seasons Collection

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Dazzling Blue is a bright cobalt blue holographic polish, with a really beautiful foil finish, and a golden shimmer.  The holographic effect is much stronger in person than I could capture in the photos, but it’s one of those polishes that is amazing in all light settings because there’s something special that comes out in each one.  It applies perfectly in two coats, and I included a bunch of photos because it's so pretty!

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Pink Tulips On the Green is a thermal polish that is a pearly green in it’s cold state, and changes white when it’s warmed up.  It has an amazing, ethereal gold and pink duochrome shimmer.  The duochrome in this polish is very strong, and was a little confusing for my camera in most of the photos I took (it’s even lovelier in person!).  It has a slightly thicker formula than the others, but still perfectly opaque in two coats like the other F.U.N Lacquer’s that I’ve tried.  I am also wearing one coat of With Sprinkles On Top on my ring finger, which you'll see more of below.

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With Sprinkles On Top is a holographic top coat, loaded with rainbow colored glitter, as well as holographic glitter.  It can be worn at two - three coats alone, or one coat can be layered over different colored bases.  The holographic effect is very strong in the right lighting, and the rainbow glitter makes it easy to wear over any color.  I had a bit of trouble photographing this one, but now I realize I probably should've tested it over some dark colors.  Either way, it's still totally cute for Spring!

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One coat over a sheer - pink gradient; two coats on the ring finger.

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One coat over Lime Crime Peaches & Cream; two on the ring finger.

I also posted this very Easter-y mani on Instagram a few weeks ago:
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One coat over a gradient of Essie Play Date & Elevation Polish Mount Ventoux; two coats of F.U.N Lacquer Purple Crocus on the ring finger.


F.U.N Lacquer will be having a special Birthday sale starting tomorrow, April 18th, until April 25th at the F.U.N Lacquer Store.  Enter the code "BIRTHDAY2014" at checkout, to receive 24% off your purchase!

You can also check out my previous F.U.N Lacquer swatches if you need help deciding!



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Kristin



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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

F.U.N Lacquer Four Seasons Collection Swatches & Review

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Hello everyone!

Today, I'll be showing you F.U.N Lacquer's new Four Seasons Collection, which consists of four gorgeous thermal polishes.  Each polish is meant to represent a different season, and I think the colors are right on point for their designated season.

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Purple Crocus (Spring) is a bright purple with gold shimmer in it's cold state, and changes to a soft lavender - white in it's warm state.  It is opaque in two coats and dries to a satin - matte finish.  The application is so smooth and beautiful, and the gold shimmer really stands out from the base color.  I love it!

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Sandcastle (Summer) is a vibrant orange with gold flakes in it's cold state, and changes to a soft white in it's warm state.  It is opaque in two coats, but as it changes there is a bit of visible nail line.  I don't mind that at all, I think it's so pretty in both states, and the gold flakes make this thermal quite special.  It's perfect for summer.

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Do You Be-Leaf In Magic (Fall) is a bright shimmery green in it's cold state, and changes to a warm golden shade in it's warm state.  It is opaque in two coats, and was very easy to apply.  This one really reminds me of when the leaves start to change colors, or a caramel apple.  So cool!

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Fall to Winter (Winter) is a navy - purple duochrome with bright blue shimmer in it's cold state, and changes to a rosy nude in it's warm state.  The formula on this one is slightly thinner than the others, but just as smooth and easy to apply.  It was opaque in two coats as well, and this one is my favorite of the collection.  It is so unique and the blue shimmer that shines in the sun is amazing!

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What are your thoughts on this collection?  Have you tried F.U.N Lacquer yet? 


The Four Seasons Collection is available now at the F.U.N Lacquer store, and I highly recommend checking it out.  You can also find more info about F.U.N Lacquer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Nude & Metallic Ikat Nails

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Hello everyone!

The blogger Konad Addict and I recently did the #maniswap tag on Instagram, so I recreated one of her mani’s and she recreated one of mine.  I chose to recreate her ikat nails, and I’m so happy with how they turned out!

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I used two coats of Marc Jacobs Nirvana as my base, which is a deep military green jelly that’s just gorgeous.  The nude base on my ring finger is my favorite nude polish ever, Marc Jacobs Funny Girl (two coats).  For the ikat, I added a hint of China Glaze Mingle With Kringle, and Cirque Colors Cerrillos (which you’ll be seeing swatches of soon!).  I didn’t have the same studs that Konad Addict used, so I went with some diamond shaped ones, and I think they look awesome anyways.

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China Glaze Mingle With Kringle, Marc Jacobs Funny Girl, Marc Jacobs Nirvana, Cirque Colors Cerrillos

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Here’s the #maniswap collage I posted on Instagram:
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Katy Perry (Brit Awards 2014) Neon Tribal Nails + Tutorial

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Hi everyone!

Today, I am finally showing you my most recent nail art, which was inspired by Katy Perry’s outfit from her Dark Horse performance at the 2014 Brit Awards.  As soon as I saw the photos a few weeks ago, I’ve been dying to recreate a similar pattern on my nails.  I also filmed it, so you can view the tutorial at the end of the post.

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I fell in love with this color combination, and immediately knew that I had to use China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy for the majority of the design, along with Color Club Twiggie.  I had a hard time choosing the blue since I don’t have many “neon” blues, so I settled on Essie’s Avenue Maintain, and I am happy with how it looks.  The base is one of my favorite, new (to me) nudes, Julep Pippa.

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These did take quite a long time to paint, even longer than my Vintage Floral Nails, which is a bit crazy, I know.  I also used the same brush to paint these, and I write more in depth about it in that post, if you would like more info.  The accent nail came from a similiar shape on her sleeve / chest, if you’re all wondering, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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I also posted this photo on Instagram last week, next to my inspiration:
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And finally, here is the video:


Enjoy!


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Kristin



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