Nail-spiration: Vase Inspired Flaky Mani

Hello lover(s)!  I am not a big nail buff or anything but I got really inspired a few days ago by a vase that I bought at TJ Maxx years ago.  I was doing some spring cleaning and I was dusting this and a thought struck me!  My flaky nail polish looks so much like this!  Of course, I had to stop cleaning immediately and get to work on a fabulous mani!  Hey, when inspiration strikes…
I first started out with clean nails (cuticles freshly maintenanced) apply a base coat of your choice.
I then applied 2 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Navy Baby, which I find stunning all on it’s own.  Let that dry and move on to the next step.
Zoya Chloe is my favorite flaky polish.  It is simply gorgeous!  Just apply one to two coats, depending on your preference!  I like a lot of topping so I did two.  Let that dry and finish it with a top coat like Gelous and you are set!  I actually did this mani last week and it lasted a full 4 days without any wearing.  
It is pretty simple but it looks so advanced!  And I am in awe of how close I came to my inspiration piece!  I love it when a plan comes together!  I challenge you to all get nail-spired this week!  I hope I get bit again too because I want to start doing more posts like this coming soon!
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Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Dupe: Urban Outfitters Sea Dust

I am a huge fan of many Deborah Lippmann polishes, but I often wont spring for them.  They are highly duplicated by many more affordable brands so I like to sit back and collect those.  I was strolling through Urban Outfitters a few weeks back and I sifted through the nail polish bins as I always do.  Most of the time I don’t find anything interesting or unique, but this go round I found a nail polish called Sea Dust which is the DL dupe for Mermaid’s Dream.

For those that know nothing of the original, let me describe it.  It is a nice metallic sea foam green base with small hex glitters that are either blue or teal… I really can’t tell.  

The polish is beautiful.  I use 2-3 coats when I wear it and it looks amazing.  I would think that it would be slightly gritty but I find that it is amazingly smooth.  

You can see that with a flash it is highly reflective.  Very hard to capture it’s beauty on film (or electronically)!  

Urban Outfitters Sea Dust is amazing and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.  I am now going to try more UO polishes in hopes they are all as amazing as this one!
What nail polish dupes have you found that you love?

Nail Art: Georgia Bulldog Mani

As some of you may know (probably the ones that are married to NCAA SEC fans) the SEC championship game was this past weekend.  Georgia Bulldogs played Alabama Crimson Tide and it was probably the best game of the season.  I was on the edge of my seat about to have a heart attack until the VERY end.  Of course, my husband is from Georgia and is a HUGE fan so I have been converted over the years.  I decided to get into th game with him and did a manicure that was fitting.

It was actually super simple and quite fun.  I used a nail polish from the brand Spoiled called Ants In My Pants for all the nails except for my ring finger.  On my ring finger I laid down a white polish and applied a water applique over it.

I got the water applique from RLR Creations on Facebook.  Here is the link. I got a few different ones from her but this is the only one I have used so far.  It isn’t a sticker, it does have to be soaked in water to remove from the base it is on and then applies to your nail and top it off with a clear coat.

I hope you enjoyed my mani.  Check out the RLR store if you are looking for a team logo that you love, she had a lot.  If you have any questions, always feel free to ask.  Let me know in the comments below what your favorite football team is, whether it be NFL or NCAA!
*The items mentioned in this post were purchased by me.  This post is in no way sponsored, all links are for your convenience only.

Manic(ure) Monday: Christmas Wreath Nails

What better way to get in the festive spirit than playing with nail polish to create festive designs.  You don’t have to be a nail genius to create something quick and darling.  If I can do it, ANYONE can do it.  :) 

Typically when I start getting into doing a design is when my plain one-color-nails are starting to wear at the tips etc so while I am touching them up I get inspired for playing.

In order to do this project you only need a 3 shades of polish and some dotting tools (and if you don’t have those a toothpick or bobby pin will work perfectly)!  
The base color I am using is Orly Rage.  It is a beautiful shimmery rose gold.  It is gorgeous on it’s own but also the perfect backdrop for the wreath.
To make the wreath I used Butter London Wallis.  It is a nice smooth polish that looks like it is made out of lots of gritty pieces.  PERFECT for imitating greenery.  All I did was make a semi-thick circle out of this with a large dotting tool.

Zoya America is one of the prettiest reds.  It is a perfect Christmas red.  I took a thin point dotting tool and dotted the berries on the wreath and then carefully drew out the bow with the same tool.
The tools I used were the largest and smallest.  :)
I hope you found this nail art inspirational AND helpful.  :)  What are you planning on doing with your nails in this holiday season?  If you have some nice festive nail art please link it in the comments below.  Even though my disclaimer says I delete links I wont delete valid links on this post.

Manic(ure) Monday: Yummy Mummy, Halloween Edition

I, for one, love the names of the Butter London polishes.  None of them are as Halloween ready as Yummy Mummy
I applied Yummy Mummy earlier yesterday morning and was trying to devise a plan on making cute mummy nails all day…. It never came to me so I removed it and applied some other colors.  I then was cruising my Instagram feed and a lady I chat with pretty frequently had done a look very similar to this with her nails so I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  I took off the other colors, then REAPPLIED the Yummy Mummy and smeared white polish to look like gauze/bandages and then took dotting tools with white and black polish for the eyes.  Topped it off with a clear coat and VIOLA! :)

What fun designs are you doing this Halloween?  Anything special?  Vampy colors or intricate designs?

Taupe-tastic Tuesday: Butter London All Hail The Queen

Taupe-tastic Tuesday is upon us again.  Thank goodness!  I hate that I had to skip last week but I had a lot on my plate that I wanted to show you and put it off for a week.  This week’s taupe is Butter London All Hail The Queen.

This is a GORGEOUS nail polish.  Butter London describes it as an opaque, holographic beige polish.  It is quite beige-y but I still think of it as a lovely taupe.  I would describe it as a beige-y taupe base with very, very muted duo-chrome shimmer.  The shimmer I pick up is pinky-purple.  

Of course, same as yesterday’s Manic(ure) Monday post, the sun wasn’t shining and rain filled my backyard but I did best I could for you.  You can see that the shimmer looks sort of silvery but in the right lighting it turns a very pretty iridescent type of shimmer.

As for the formula, it is amazing.  It is very thin but completely buildable.  The mani here was accomplished in 3 coats.  Each layer dried SUPER fast and never got goopy.  I didn’t use a base coat or a top coat.  The polish dried to an even, shiny, PERFECT finish.  This polish gets two thumbs up and a high five.  I haven’t liked a single Butter London nail polish as much as I LOVE this one.  It isn’t fussy and it is gorgeous.

I got this polish in a set from Coterie.com.  Coterie is a website that sells bundles of high-end, desirable products at a low price.  They just opened their internet doors yesterday so if you go and take a peek there may still be some awesome goodies from Butter London and Kevyn Aucoin available.

*The product mentioned in this post was provided by Coterie.com.  All opinions are my own.  I am making use of affiliate links.

Manic(ure) Monday: Butter London Knackered

I almost didn’t think I would be able to get today’s Manic(ure) Monday post up.  I did my nails today using Butter London Knackered but it has been raining and I couldn’t get any pics with great lighting.

The nail polish is actually a pale purple to pale blue to a pale green tint, so it is multi-chrome.  It also has a bunch of beautiful micro holo glitters all throughout.  The polish itself applies very thin and the pictures I took are of 3 coats.

You can see in the picture indoors with the flash that the micro holo glitters are gorgeous, and there are a ton of them.  
I was told to use this polish over a dark base because it will really help it’s unique-ness to stand out so that is next on my list.  

I got this Butter London and a few others from Coterie.com.  It is a new website that just launched.  They put together groups of products from great brands for one lowered price.  I am looking forward to placing many new orders there and encourage you to check it out.
*These products were provided for consideration from Coterie.com.  All opinions are my own.  I am making use of affiliate links.

Julep American Beauty July 2012

Hello…. I got my Julep Maven box in the mail this past Friday.  Yes, I decided to go with American Beauty this month.  It is such a gorgeous collection of colors.  I couldn’t resist.

First of all, look at how festive the box is.  The 4th of July is right around the corner and I am completely looking forward to it.  This box is perfect!  AND they included Fireballs, which happen to be one of my favorite candies of my youth.  

I love how they add little special touches to their packaging.  First off the paper with stars is adorable and then the red bow, but wow… the quote itself is really something special. 

Here are the 3 polishes that came in this box.

I did a post a week or two ago showing you guys the extra gift that came in this bag and I absolutely adore it!  Love it to pieces.  It is called America the Beautiful.  It is described as “a shiny red with royal blue glitter and sterling silver stars.”

Lynn is a beautiful “nude blush pearl.”

Yumi is a “pink opalescent multi-dimensional glitter.”

Peony is the first lipgloss I have gotten from Julep and I think it is basically Lynn in a gloss form.  It is descriped as a “nude blush creme lip vernis.”  You can see it swatched below. 

Here you can see Peony applied to my lips.  It is a gorgeous nude color.  This is all by itself on my lips.  It really adds a beautiful softness.  Have I mentioned before that I love nude lips?  ;)

So in honor of the 4th of July I actually did a manicure with American the Beautiful.  I also used Zoya Sooki for the french tip twist.  
Which Julep Maven box did you get?  Have you gotten a box at all yet?  You should definitely get your hands on America the Beautiful if you haven’t yet!
xoxo,
Laura

Just Another Manic(ure) Monday

Hello My Loves!  I wanted to share with you my mani!  Starry Pink is now known as Popular.  I own the version that was released first as Starry Pink.  I am sure that the formulas are the same.  It is a soft baby lilac pink with silver micro and hex glitters.  This is 3 coats of it and I find it to be truly beautiful!
Here is what it looks like in the bottle.  

Like the title of this post?  I think it is what I am going to post about every Monday!  :)  It will give my posts a little bit of structure?  You tell me: do you want to know what I will be posting about on specific days… Most of my content will be sporadic but would you like to know ahead of time that you can count on me for a specific type of post some days?
xoxo, 
Laura