Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My Love/Hate Relationship with Zoya

Hey everyone! Zoya had a great sale in January that was opened to Canadians where you can get 3 full sized polishes (plus 3 mini mystery polishes) and only pay for shipping. I ended up spending around $20 CDN for them. It took them around 5 WEEKS to just process my order... I contacted them regarding the amount of time it was taking and they reassured me that it would be sent soon, and that they were just swamped with orders. But waiting over a month for an order is too long, especially if it's from USA to Canada (it only took about a week to get to me once it shipped). When I finally received my package, I was disappointed when I saw the three mystery trio polishes as they're weren't anything special.. so I didn't bother photographing them, but you can check out Manis & Margaritas blog for the photos of these mystery trio polishes. 

I ended up ordering two of their Pixie Dust polishes (Godiva & Stevie), and one of their cream polishes (Wendy). I really really love Godiva and Stevie; they go on smoothly, yet dry with a textured finish (much like our microglitters! ..maybe that's why I love these so much :P) However, Wendy was very thick and streaky. It smoothed out by the second coat, but it was so thick it took forever to dry. The colour is nice, but the polish itself is disappointing... I used it in a previous post if you want to see (click here).

Currently, I have a love/hate relationship with Zoya.. I have other cream polishes of theirs and they're easy to work with. But next time I want a Zoya polish, I'll just get it from a store and save myself the time waiting for it to come to me.

OKAY story time is over.. check out my swatches!

Zoya - Godiva
Zoya - Stevie

Monday, March 2, 2015

Abstract Stamping

Taken with flash
 
Happy Monday everyone :) I got my nails refilled over the weekend and that always makes me want to do my nails right away, especially with stamped designs.

I started by painting my nails with two thick coats of Beyond the Nail - Moonshine. When dried, I stamped over it with a design from Bundle Monster Stamping Plate - 604 using Beyond the Nail - Deep Black as my stamping polish. Topped off each nail with PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat.

Taken with flash
Taken with direct light, no flash
Taken with direct light, no flash
Taken with direct light, no flash
Forgot to watermark .. :(

Taken with direct light, no flash

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fruit Salad Nails



Hi everyone! I have some pretty random nails today. I went to swatch Supernova for new photos, and afterwards I felt like adding some decals on it. I had some fruit decals and I thought they'd look good on top of my nails. It's pretty random.. but I think it's kinda cute.

I started with two coats of Beyond the Nail - Supernova, and topped my nails off with an Apple decal, a Pear decal, and a Cherry decal. Topped it off with PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat.





 



Thursday, February 26, 2015

BornPrettyStore Review: Floral Water Decals



Have you guys noticed that my posts usually involved Beyond the Nail polishes, or nail accessories from BornPrettyStore? Obviously I post a lot of Beyond the Nail items because I make them... BUT I'm also in love with all of my products. Handmaking items is truly rewarding, and I love showing it off! Although, sometimes I want to mix it up, so today's mani was used with a Zoya polish! I also have a TON of items from BornPrettyStore because I do reviews on their products, and I really love working with them.


BornPrettyStore sent me these Floral Water Decals to use and I love them! I'm a huge fan of decals (nail vinyl and water decals), so I was super happy to get these. I started by painting my nails with two coats of Zoya - Godiva. When completely dry, I cut out the water decals I wanted to use and soaked them in water for about 20 seconds. I slid them onto my nails, but because of the textured base of the nail polish, they wouldn't stick. So I had to place them on, and quickly add a topcoat (PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat) to seal them into place. On my middle finger, I added two Half Round Studs that I also got from BornPrettyStore.

What do you guys think of these water decals? If you want to grab some, they're available on BornPrettyStore for $2.86!!
Don't forget to use AJB10 to get 10% off your order :)




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BornPrettyStore Review: Butterfly Water Decals


Do you guys like using water decals? I love them; they're so easy to use and look really nice on your nails. I was sent these cute Butterfly Water Decals from BornPrettyStore.


I started by painting my nails with two coats of Zoya - Wendy (which had terrible formula, but that's a story for another post lol). When my nails were dried, I cut out the butterfly decals that I wanted to use on my nails and placed them into water for 20 seconds so they can slide off of the paper backing. I used tweezers to carefully place them on my nails, then topped everything off with PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat. They were so easy to use, and look really cute on my nails! The detail in the decals is also incredible :)

If you want to grab yourself some of these butterfly decals, they're available on BornPrettyStore for $0.99!!
Don't forget to use AJB10 to get 10% off your order :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mani Swap with Pawlished.Kait

Has anyone done a mani swap? I don't really see this being done as blogs as much as I see it on instagram. My friend, pawlished.kait suggested we do a mani swap since we did Bestie Twin Nails not too long ago. The difference between the two is that the Bestie Twin Nails is where you and someone else come up with an idea and create the same design on your nails. A mani swap, is when you recreate someone else's old manicure.

I decided to recreated pawlished.kait's white and blue striped mani.
These are Pawlished.kait's nails
(marked with her old IG name!)

For my nails, I started with two coats of Sinful Colors - Snow Me White. The first coat was really streaky, so I'm really glad the second coat went on nicely and dried quick. I used some Thin Line Nail Guides and laid them on my nails in the same spots that pawlished.kait did. I painted over the areas of my nails that were left exposed (and where the blue polish was shown on her nails) with one thick coat of Beyond the Nail - Spring Blue Creme. While still wet, I carefully peeled away the nail guides. I topped everything off with PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat.



Pawlished.Kait recreated one of my designs too, see below!



Monday, February 23, 2015

BornPrettyStore Review: Half Round Studs

Taken with flash

Hi everyone! Happy Monday :) I have a whole bunch of posts ready to share with you guys this week. The first are some adorable half round nail studs from BornPrettyStore.


I started by painting my nails three thin coats of Beyond the Nail - Nebula. When dried, I applied a pink Crown Nail Decal on my ring finger, then topped each nail with PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat. While it was still wet, I stuck on a pink rhinestone onto the top of the crown nail decal, and one Half Round Nail Stud from BornPrettyStore to the top of every other nail.

What do you guys think of these studs? If you want to grab some, they're available on BornPrettyStore for $2.79!!
Don't forget to use AJB10 to get 10% off your order :)


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