Pink and Blue Fake Watermarble using BP-L-005

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Zoya sent me Zoya Eden which I swatched for you here. It wasn’t on purpose, but I think this nail art ended up looking like a bit of a watermarble! The stamping polish is Mundo de Unas Pastel Blue and the stamping plate is Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-005 You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m reading Nail Structure and Product Chemistry by Doug Schoon. Today, I learned that in general, men’s nails grow faster than women’s! That sounds a little backwards to me! LOL! And not fair at all!!

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The stamping didn’t turn out quite as crisp as I would have liked, but the effect of a fake watermarble looks pretty cool!

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You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Daisy Stars Nail Art

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I’m stepping outside my comfort-zone with today’s mani! I rarely wear yellow! :P This is two coats of Zoya Daisy which is from the Spring 2015 Delight collection (originally sent to me as a press sample). I purchased a ton of Mundo de Unas stamping polishes so I grabbed the MDU Neon Pink to pair with it.  I was sent Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-006 to review so I used the stars design from that plate for this look. You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates.

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My husband pointed out, and I agree, that this looks quite 80’s! Like something Gem would wear. I only vaguely remember Gem, but I know she’d rock this mani!

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Houndstooth and Gradient Nail Art

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Today’s mani is another one for the Crumpet’s 52-week pick and mix challenge! I combined both prompts this week because I’m crazy like that. The prompts are Houndstooth and Orange/Red/Yellow. I used Zoya Jesy from the Bubbly Collection, Zoya Daisy from the Delight Collection, and Mundo de Unas Reddish. The design is from Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-006. The Zoya polishes and the stamping plate were originally sent to me as press samples by the respective companies.

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I started with two coats of Zoya Daisy and once it was dry, I brush Jesy on the tips. I was going to do a sponge gradient, but the sponge was soaking all of Jesy up! Since I knew I was going to stamp on top of all this, I decided just to brush Jesy on the tips and not worry too much about doing a ‘real’ gradient. It actually worked out nicely! I let the first layer of Jesy dry and then I did a second layer, but started the brush further down on the nail. That made for a quick and easy gradient with no cleanup! (Note to self: try that again.)

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To avoid having to do any cleanup with stamping, I used Bliss Kiss Simply Peel liquid latex. You can read my full review of that here.

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My husband said this mani looks like ships from Asteroids flying over candy corn. What an imagination that man has!

Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use codeFYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Check out these other talented ladies and their nail art for this week’s prompts!

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Hawaiian Blue Flowers Nail Art

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Today’s nail art has a bit of a Hawaiian feel to it! I started with two coats of Zoya Leslie which was sent to me as a press sample for this post here. Then, I used Mundo de Unas Iris and a design from Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-005 which was also sent to me as a sample.  You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates. I didn’t mean for it to look tropical, but that’s how it turned out and I really enjoyed wearing it!

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I’ve only been to Hawaii once (in 5th grade….a long, long time ago) but I do have fond memories of it! I haven’t been back because now that I’m a grownup with a house, husband, and dogs it’s much harder to get away! I can’t even imagine how people with kids manage to take any vacation! I guess the main difference is that you have the option of taking your kids with you…while my dogs? Not so much.

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You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Zoya Delight Collection Spring 2015

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Zoya sent me their Spring 2015 collection which they are calling the Zoya Delight collection! This collection contains six polishes, three cremes and three subtle shimmers. These colors totally scream Spring to me and I can see a lot of Easter manicures in their future!! Don’t they look like little ducks and bunnies should be stamped on top of them?

Zoya Lillian

Lillian is a gorgeous robin’s egg blue. This is two coats. On the first coat, it was patchy, thin, and streaky. However, on the second coat, everything worked out beautifully. As Russell Wilson says, “It’s not how you begin, it’s how you finish”.

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I wouldn’t want you to get bored looking at plain swatches, so just for fun, I stamped on top!! This is Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-005 stamped using Konad White.

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Zoya Daisy

Daisy is a cheerful yellow with subtle green shimmers. I didn’t think I was going to like this, but I actually did! It’s too cheerful not to like!

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Zoya Tiana

Tiana is a creamy pastel green. This is not my favorite from the collection, but I can appreciate what a perfect green this is for spring!

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Zoya Rayne

Rayne is a shimmery light blue. I had some application issues  with this one as you can clearly see in the pictures.

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Just for some more fun, I stamped over this using Mundo de Unas Metallic Purple and Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-006

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Zoya Leslie

Leslie is a shimmery light purple. This one might be my favorite from the collection! The shimmers are a subtle blue and it really is quite pretty!

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Zoya Eden

Eden is a medium creamy pink. I thought that this was going to be my favorite, but there isn’t anything too unique about it. It’s a gorgeous pink, but there’s not much that makes me say “Wow! I must have THAT pink!”

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Overall, I think this is a perfect collection for spring. It has all the basic colors you would expect  for a spring collection. What do you think of this new spring collection? Will you be seeking out any of these colors?

Purple Gradient Nail Art with Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army

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I’m mixing it up again! What? No stamping today? That’s right! I’m trying really hard not to get stuck in a stamping rut so today you get a gradient topped with glitter! The gradient was done using a makeup sponge with Zoya Megan and Zoya Marnie. (Marnie was originally sent to me as a press sample.) Then, I topped it with one coat of Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army. SNA is a glitter topper that has tiny black and white glitters and also teeny tiny holo shimmers. It’s really quite stunning in person. No wonder people go gaga over it!

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Zoya Satin Collection

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Zoya sent me their new Satins collection to show you! This is a set of six satin finish polishes that are perfect for transitioning from Winter to Spring. I didn’t use a top coat in any of these swatches and they are all two coats. I think this is a great transitional collection and these colors are appropriate for winter, but will absolutely be used in many Spring manicures!

Zoya Brittany

Brittany is a fast favorite in this collection. She’s a muted pink that is quite flattering on many skin tones.

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Zoya Tove

Tove is a grey blue. Like the sky most days in the Seattle area. These one just needs some storm clouds on top and you’ll know what I see most days!

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Zoya Ana

Ana is one of my favorites in this collection. It’s a light peachy pink. It’s the right shade for a nice, neutral mani. I see a lot of women asking on Facebook what a good job interview color would be. This one. Zoya Ana. It’s clean, sophisticated, and classy.

 

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Zoya Sage

Sage is quite aptly named as it does, indeed resemble the color of the plant, sage! This dusty light green will be beautiful as we enter the springtime months!

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Zoya Rowan

Rowan is a dusty brown. This reminds me of coffee with cream in it!

 

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Zoya Leah

Leah is a very subtle, muted, dusty purple. This is neutral, yet feminine.

 

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My favorites would have to be Brittany, Ana, and Leah. I can see myself wearing them a lot! What are your favorites?

Blue and Brown Nail Art

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Today’s mani starts with two coats of Zoya Yummy which I’ve had for years and is still one of my favorite blues. I stamped using Mundo de Unas Caramel with a design from Pueen Plate 85.

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That’s not smudging you see on my middle finger….I accidentally stamped that finger twice!!! Oopsies!!! Lol! Has that ever happened to you? I’m actually a little impressed with myself for how closely it lined up with itself. Apparently, I need to watch a little less Doctor Who when doing nail art and watch my nails a little more!!

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Here is a plain swatch of Zoya Yummy so you can see what a pretty blue it is. I have used it a number of times for sky in different nail art designs. It’s the perfect shade of blue for any season, really. My mother in law gave it to me in March 2012 after I’d had major surgery. It was one of my first Zoyas!

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Press Release! Zoya 2015 Naturel Satin Collection!

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  • Leah: Lavender tinged taupe, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
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Easy Christmas Nail Art

I have some super easy Christmas nail art to share with you today. It doesn’t have to be for  Christmas, it can be for any holiday gatherings you’re attending this month! I started with two coats of Pistol Polish Red-y, Aim, Fire which I purchased myself. Then, I used a makeup sponge to dab on Zoya Bar which I originally received as a press sample. I was expecting more of the gold from Bar to come through, but my sponge soaked up all the jelly and just left me with beautiful silver glitters! Even though it’s not what I planned nor what I was expecting, I still like it!

 

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Purple and Blue Stamping

For today’s nail art, I started with two coats of Zoya Prim which is a gorgeous metallic blue. Then, I used a design from this Cici&Sisi plate and used Zoya Haven to stamp. I love it when I find regular polishes that stamp well! I love the subtle look of this mani. It’s not noticeable from far away, but up close it is a cool design. I received both of these Zoya polishes originally as a press sample from Zoya.

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I love that the polishes in this Zoya collection stamp so well! These are really adding some variety to my stamping polish collection!!

Zoya Glitter Tips

For today’s mani, I started with two coats of Zoya Haven. Then, I sponged Zoya Thea on the tips. I originally received both of these beauties as press samples from Zoya. I love the simplicity of this purple on purple look. The sponge soaks up some of Thea’s purple jelly base, leaving the silver glitters to shine through.

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Zoya Wishes Glitter Gradient

For this mani, I used all three of the Pixie Dust polishes from the new Zoya Wishes collection. These polishes were originally sent to me as a press sample. I started with two coats of Nori which is the blue polish. Then, I painted all three colors on a makeup sponge and sponged the gradient on to my nails. I love how this turned out. It looks way better in real life because the glitters catch the light like you wouldn’t believe!

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Zoya Geometric Nail Art

Today’s mani uses two polishes that I received as a press sample from Zoya. I started with two coats of Zoya Willa which is a raven creme. Then, I used a geometric design from this Cici&Sisi plate and used Zoya Prim as my stamping polish! I really love how this turned out. I like it a lot more than I thought I was going to. Sometimes I do designs that I don’t think I’ll really like just so I can keep the designs interesting for you. But this one turned out way better than expected! I’m so glad this is the design I did last so I can wear it to work tomorrow! (Sadly, some of my designs are worn for only 10 minutes!)

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Zoya Wishes Collection Swatches

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Zoya sent me the 2014 Wishes Collection to swatch and show you! This collection consists of a creme, two metallics, and three pixie dusts! I’m very pleased with this collection as I think it’s a unique twist on a holiday collection. (Wha??? I holiday collection without red and green! You bet!) All swatches shown are two coats.

 

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80’s Horror Movie Mani!

Today’s mani is a double-duty one for two challenges. First, is Crumpet’s Nail Tarts. The Crumpet’s Challenge prompt is 80’s. I could have done a crazy, neon, colorful mani but I decided to go with an 80’s horror movie, Halloween! I loooooove 80’s horror slasher flicks. Just love them. I can’t get enough of them. I don’t think this mani does Michael Myers justice, but it’s the best I could do with my inept free hand skills.

Also, this mani is for Lacquer Legion After Dark prompt! You do not want to be caught after dark if Michael Myers is in the area!! Watch out!

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Halloween Pumpkin Nail Art

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For today’s mani, I really wanted to keep playing with the new Zoya Matte Velvet collection. I’m completely in love with Posh so that’s what I started with. It’s such a gorgeous red!! I tried using another one of the matte polishes to stamp, but they weren’t showing up right. They were stamping well, it was just the color combo that wasn’t working. So, I perused my Zoya polish drawer in my Ikea Alex and found Remy from the Entice and Ignite collection. Remy is another one of my all time favorite polishes! I did a test stamp and it looked great! I love how this turned out! The design is from the Cici&Sisi Halloween plate.

 

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I just think these pumpkins are so fun!! I used my firm Messy Mansion stamper for this mani. I have been very happy with those stampers, even though they do need an acetone swipe between every nail.

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Zoya Matte Nail Art

Last weekend, I swatched the whole Zoya Matte collection for you here. (These polishes were originally received as a press sample.) I couldn’t wait to do nail art with these! They are so gorgeous! I know that a lot of matte polishes work well for stamping so I wanted to try these out….and spoiler alert!….they are awesome!!! For this mani, I started with two coats of Zoya Savita. I topped her with a glossy top coat. Then, using a design from Cici&Sisi, I used Zoya Posh to stamp. I love the results and I will be doing a lot more stamping with these babies!

 

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Zoya Matte Collection

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Zoya sent me their matte collection to show you! This is a re-release and I’m sure glad they did! These polishes are super gorgeous. While they are meant to be worn in their natural, matte form without a top coat, I couldn’t help but also swatch them with a top coat. They do not disappoint!

Zoya Dovina is a gorgeous black matte. When worn with a glossy top coat, it has a ton of sparkles like the night sky!

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Zoya Harlow is a shimmery purple. In both the glossy and the matte swatches, you can see lighter purple shimmers.

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Zoya Loredana is a graphite color. When matte, it looks just like stone. When glossy, you can see all the shimmers!

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Zoya Posh is my favorite of the collection. It’s a gorgeous red both glossy and matte. This will be a go-to red for the holiday season!

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Zoya Savita is a royal purple. I can’t decide if I like this one better matte or glossy!!

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Zoya Veruschka is an evergreen color. This is another one that will be sublime for holiday manicures.

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I really love this collection. It’s a really nice treat when a matte color looks amazing both matte and glossy, which is the case for every single polish in this collection. Right now, Zoya is also having a promo where you can get a red matte lipstick with purchase! Details can be found on their website! Will you be picking up any of these gems??

Coffee Mani!

Today’s nail art is a coffee mani! I’m sorry, but the caffeine is not included. I started with two coats of Zoya Spencer which I originally received as a press sample. Once dry, I used my Cici&Sisi Plate to stamp coffee beans, the word coffee, and the swirls on my nails using Zoya Emilia (also a press sample). In case you haven’t noticed by now, I’m completely crazy for these Cici&Sisi plates. I seriously can’t get enough of them. It’s the only nail art I want to do anymore! LOL!!! The images are crisp and the cheap little gray stamper that comes with them is the best one I ever used in my whole life. I do have to use a little acetone on it every 3-4 stamps but then it picks the images up again right away. It’s awesome and amazing and I love it.

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Nude Ivy Nails Stamping

I’ve never really done a nude/negative space style nail art. So, I thought I would step outside of my comfort zone and try one out! I got Zoya June from Lisa at Insomniac Manicures. She is the biggest Zoya fan on the face of the planet! It was very nice of her to part with June, even though she already has one. :) This is two coats of June. As you can see, she is a very sheer nude. It’s kind of like “your natural nails, but better”. Then, I used Cici&Sisi plate 07 which came with the most wonderful squishy stamper. I stamped with Sally Hansen Mint Sprint to create the natural leaves effect.

 

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Zoya Pixie Dust Fall 2014 Collection

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Zoya sent me their Fall 2014 Pixie Dust collection to show you! This collection is gorgeous. I am very pleased with the colors and application. You will definitely want to be a ‘texture’ person to wear these. They are very textured. I love it!! All three colors are quite similar in the purple/red family, but they really are different.  It’s the classic “They’re not the same…they’re similar” saying!

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Press Release: Zoya Pixie Dust Fall 2014

Meet the next generation of our best-selling textured, matte and sparkling Zoya PixieDust formula ­ Zoya Ultra PixieDust! Three shades featuring both fine micro glitter and mega hex particles for tone on tone 3D effects. This easy glam nail is available in 3 shades in a gradient of red, wine and plum hues. No base or top coat required.

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NEW for FALL 2014:  ZOYA ULTRA PIXIEDUST!

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Fairy Dust Saves the Day

I had a super brilliant idea of doing a watermarble and since it was also the theme for Fingerfood Theme Buffet, that worked out in my favor. They seem to have been working out for me recently, so I thought, “hey, why not try it again?” Well…the results are not so great. It looks more like dark blue mud than anything. I used Zoya Ryan, Nyssa, and Margo for this, all three of which I originally received as a press sample from Zoya. I think the colors are just too dark to have worked because you just can’t really see the marble effect. So I slapped on a coat of fairy dust and called it a day! Also, I actually had the one day of sunshine I get per year, so I went outside to take these photos! :)



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Zoya Ignite Striped Nail Art

Today’s Zoya Ignite Striped Nail Art was inspired by this mani at Manicurator.com. The Ignite collection was originally sent to me by Zoya as a press sample. For this mani, I simply started with one coat of black polish to set a dark base. Then, I painted 6 stripes on each nail – one using each of the colors in the Zoya Ignite collection. I did not freehand then, I used scotch tapes as a guide. I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to check out the original inspiration on Manicurator’s site!



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