A Jelly Sandwich that Looks Yummy Enough to Eat

When I first started seeing swatches of OPI’s Skyfall collection, I immediately made a list of the colors that I wanted.  They are all absolutely gorgeous (especially that Man with The Golden Gun!!!) but on a college student’s budget I had to be smart, so I chose my two favorites and purchased them as soon as I could find them.  I discovered a Merle Norman store close by my University, and they got it in before Ulta!  I grabbed my boyfriend (he’s the best, because he actually agreed to shop for nail polish and make-up with me) and ran to the store to pick up “The Living Daylights” and “Live and Let Die”.

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This is one coat of strategically placed “The Living Daylights” over one two coats of Zoya’s “Katherine”.

P.S.  I won a giveaway hosted by Midnite Manicures!!!  I was so excited because I rarely win anything, and this prize was something I really really wanted!  I have been trying to make jelly sandwiches for a very long time, and this prize was the Zoya Fall 2012 Gloss collection!  They are absolutely perfect for jelly sandwiches, and there are three beautiful colors!  Thank you Midnite Manicures!  Everyone should go over and follow her blog, Jeanie is so sweet!  I even got a really cute handwritten card in my prize package.  🙂

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After letting the glitter dry, I put one more coat of Katherine over the top and TA-DA!  An absolutely perfect jelly sandwich!  And Katherine is actually the color of real jelly, so it kind of looks good enough to eat.

I got so many compliments on this manicure – people said it looked like there were rhinestones in my nail polish!  The only thing about a jelly sandwich is that it kind of covers up the true colors of the glitter, and in this case the teal, light pink, and silver colors of The Living Daylights were sacrificed.  But that’s okay!  Because I love the way it turned out!

What colors and glitters do you usually use to make your jelly sandwiches?  Do you like strawberry or grape jelly better?
Have a great rest of the week! 🙂

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Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Fall 2012 Swatch and Nail Art (Finally!)

Happy Friday to you all!  Yes, technically it is Friday because it is 12:09 am.

Remember my post about the Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Fall 2012 collection?  Well…today I have one of those beautiful colors to show you!  This is Curator.  It is a black jelly base filled with silver and gold hex glitter.  It was opaque in two coats, but I will suggest that you put one coat of it over black to get the best results.  🙂  Below, you can see two coats of Curator with a top coat.

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I wish that I had a better camera to take micro shots.  I’m sure I will be wearing this polish many times this season, so you will be seeing more of it.  This polish is totally worth the wait from ordering it online, so head on over and pick up Curator (and any other colors of course) because they are awesome and really great quality.

Now I absolutely love this color, but I really was in the mood to do some nail art!
Finally!  Nail art!  You guys haven’t seen any nail art for a long time! 🙂

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First, I painted all of my nails China Glaze “Flip Flop Fantasy”, my favorite hot pink ever.

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After it is completely dry, rip off a piece of scotch tape from the dispenser.  Now…here is my reasoning for using scotch tape.  I wanted to get a really nice clean edge on the tape, and I didn’t feel like cutting up masking tape.  The scotch tape worked perfectly because the corner was perfect with straight lines.  I would like to mention that because scotch tape is a little more sticky than masking tape, I stuck the scotch tape onto my pants (leggings, haha) before I laid it on my nail.

Align it so that the tape makes a nice triangle going down the center of your nail towards your cuticle.

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Paint one coat of black polish.  This is just a basic Sally Hansen black polish.

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Remove the tape, and yes it is going to be very messy.  Also, as you can see, I didn’t clean up my cuticle at all during the process because I figured they would just get dirty again.

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Repeat on all of your nails.  To fix the little jagged edges that come from the scotch tape, I used a black striping brush to make cleaner edges and fix any uneven sides.

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Because I’m currently in love with Curator, I put one coat of that over the black and ta-da!

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This is probably one of the best designs I have ever done.  I have literally been wearing it for three hours, and every sorority sister and Target employee I have come into contact with has complimented them (or maybe I’m just imaging that part).  I love the glitter in Curator and how it is buried in the black jelly – polishes with the glitter already in them make me happy, especially when they are Pomegranate Nail Lacquer.

Don’t go anywhere too far, because I have another Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Fall 2012 to show you soon!  I’ll do some cool nail art with that as well.  🙂

Enjoy your weekend!  🙂

Fishtail Braid Nail Art

I’m all moved into my room at the sorority house (yay!) and finally have a chance to update my blog.  I’ve finished packing and unpacking, which took forever and is so annoying…especially when you do it several times a year.

I’ve been seeing this technique everywhere online and I was so excited to try it.  This was my first try, and I think it went pretty well.  I definitely learned a few things about how to do it better next time and I’m looking forward to trying it again.

First, you want to choose three colors that go well together.  What I learned is that you should choose colors that are opaque, and possible one that is metallic, shimmery, or glittery.  This way, at least one of the colors will pop!

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I started with two coats of Color Club Age of Aquarius.

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This hot, glittery pink is a Zoya color, and I’m not sure exactly what the name is!  Paint one stripe from the left to the right.  The right side isn’t going to show so you want to make sure that the left side is the most opaque.

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Using your second color (I used Sally Hansen’s Black Out), paint a short stripe from the right side to the left.

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Using the same color as your base color, paint a third stripe from the left to the right.  You want to cover most of the first stripe, and just leave a small pink stripe showing.

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Continue making stripes with the same color pattern until you get all the way down your nail.  You want to end with one stripe that ends on the corner of your nail (you can see the Age of Aquarius on the right).  As you can tell, the pink I chose is a little sheer, and I wish I would have used something more opaque!  Also, using it right next to the black hid a lot of the color.

I really like how this turned out, but it took a ton of time and then it didn’t look perfect!  I was pretty disappointed, but I really like the effect.  I can’t wait to try it again!

What do you think?!  Have you tried this technique?  What colors would you use?

bigRuby Nail Tattoos Review

School will be back in session soon and whether you will be attending a university, high school, or even grade school, we are all going to be in need of anything that can possibly save time.  I don’t know about you, but during the semester I always have trouble balancing my time and finding a way to fit classes, homework, work, my sorority, socializing, blogging, and the gym into my crazy schedule.  What’s a girl to do?

About a month ago I was looking around the internet for new nail polishes and brands that were popping up.  I came across bigRuby Nail Tattoos, a small company that designs temporary nail tattoos that work just like a temporary tattoo would on your skin!  As of right now, they have eleven different packages you can choose from and they also sell a Super Dry Top Coat that they specifically recommend using with their tattoos.  These tattoos are perfect if you want an effortless design or something that is unique!  All of their packages contain tattoos that (most) nail artists couldn’t do freehand!

What I love most about bigRuby Nail Tattoos is that they are cruelty-free and with every purchase, a portion of the money goes to The Kindness Ranch, an animal rescue for research animals.

bigRuby was kind enough to send me two of their brand new tattoo packages, the His and Hers collection!

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In each package, there are two sheets of nail tattoos that are identical and there are 92 tattoos in total!  That’s a lot of tattoos!  The His collection has always caught my eye even though it is made up of mostly black and brown tattoos because it has sunglasses, mustaches, bow ties, and even crowns!  The Hers collection is really colorful and has lips, diamonds, roses, keys, and even cute little kitties.

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I decided that I was going to put some reallocate mustaches on my nails.  The first step is to cut out your nails tattoos.

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There were two different kinds of mustaches, but I wanted to keep it classy with a straight stache.  What I love the most about these nail tattoos is that the design is printed on the back of the tattoo so that what when you are placing it on your nail, you can see exactly where the tattoo is.  That makes it SO much easier.  Thanks bigRuby!  Next, peel off the protective plastic that is covering the tattoo.  Be careful not to touch the tattoo or accidentally flip it upside down, because it will stick to any surface!

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Place the tattoo very carefully on your nail, and don’t drop it down until you are 100% sure that you have it in the right spot.  On my left hand, I accidentally dropped the tattoo a little too close to the edge of my nail, but I couldn’t fix it because it had already stuck to my nail!  Also, you don’t have to have polish on your nails!  You can do this on a bare nail as well. 🙂

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Using a wet towel or cloth, press down the nail tattoo for 15 seconds.

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Remove the towel and…

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TA DA!  A perfect little mustache for you fingernails!

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I put mine on my middle finger and laid it sideways so I could hold it up to my face and it would really look like a mustache.
I know, weird.
When it is fully dried, top your nail tattoo with two coats of a top coat.  I was wondering why it needed two…until I banged my finger and a piece of my mustache came off.  I added another coat and I haven’t had any problems since!  Listen to bigRuby!  They are smart, they know what’s up!

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Every time I take pictures outside, my kitten puts himself in the photo.  It’s so hilarious, I had to show you guys.
As you can see, the mustache on my left hand is little bit off center, but I don’t even care!  It is so funny!

bigRuby Nail Tattoo packages retail for $12 and you can buy them on the bigRuby website.  Sometimes their packages are on sale for $8 or even $6.50!

While I do love the idea of cute decals to place on your nails anytime and anywhere, I would really love to try the “Ikat” or “Line” package which contains lines and longer strips of designs.  I have never seen anything like this product before and I am definitely a loyal customer now.  I will be sharing these with everyone and will be visiting the website soon to purchase another package (or five)!

What do you think of these temporary nail tattoos?  Would you use them?
Which package off of the bigRuby website would you like to try most?

I Am So Indecisive!

Alright, so this entire nail changing process started with my feeble attempt at a tropical colored gradient.  I wanted to do an orange, pink, and yellow gradient because I have been seeing them everywhere and they just really remind me of summer.  For some reason, that is why I started with China Glaze “Sun Worshipper”, what you see below.  However…I should have started with the yellow polish as a base, because the yellow didn’t show up over the orange and it just looked like a messy mess.  Thank heavens I only tried it on one nail.  Withe nine fingers left covered in neon orange, I decided to try a new glitter polish over it.  This is “Pre Game” by Icing.

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Of course, I suck at taking pictures.  This glitter is like little flakes of colorful foil in gold, purple, green, and blue.  The only problem was (like with many other Icing polishes) the glitter seemed to stick up off the nail and just be a bother.  I would have had no problem leaving it on, but the orange was throwing me off and I had to change it.

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Mmm…the solution to any of my nail problems.  Sally Hansen “Mint Sorbet”.

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Yes!  A glitter gradient!  I haven’t done one in a while.  The ring finger is the finished look, and all other fingers just have the first coat of glitter on them.  There is a full glitter gradient tutorial on my blog: here!

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Boom.  Finished.  This glitter is amazing.  It is Nicole by O.P.I.  “A Million Sparkles” – small blue, gold, and silver glitter with bars of pink.  Yummy!  I tried something new with the gradient coming from the cuticle!  Usually it comes down from the tip!

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There are many exciting posts coming up…(I’m not saying a word)…but definitely make sure you check back!!!

* I got my inspiration for this look from Pinterest!

Simple Neon Nail Art

Summer is all about neons.  The sun is shining and in order to compete, we have to wear the brightest most eye-catching shades on our nails.  This is a manicure I forgot that I took pictures of!  It uses two really bright neons and some simple (but really random) designs with a striper to create something really…interesting!

Here are all of the colors I used!  The lighting is horrible in these photos because they are old!  Since then, I’ve figured out how to take pictures of better quality.  The neon pink is called Punki Pink, the orange is China Glaze Sun Worshipper, and the top coat is just the general OPI Top Coat.

So as you can see, I painted them every other color.  Both of these neons dry matte (like most neons), so it looks weird until you put a top coat on.

Using a black striper, I made random lines, half circles, dots, and shapes on the orange nails.  Honestly, it kind of looks like math symbols!  These two colors are much brighter in person, but because of the horrible lighting…well you know the rest.

Would you ever wear something as bright as this?  What are you favorite neons this summer?

Jeweled Half Moons

I have too many favorite manicures.  I feel as if every time I do a look successfully, I rave about it like, “Oh I love it!!!  It’s my absolute favorite!!!”  Well guess what.  They’re all my favorite.  There is no singular favorite.  I don’t like picking favorite because someone always gets left out!  Anyways, after my nail fail yesterday I wanted to do something that I knew I would love but amp it up.  This look here…it’s my favorite.  (Kidding.)

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As you can see, I’ve started with a really messy two coats of Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet.  It is a dupe for Revlon Minted, but Mint Sorbet is more opaque and less streaky.

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Using hole reinforcement labels, I created this super simple half moon look (you can see my original tutorial here).  If you look very closely on the first picture of this post, on my pinky finger you will see the reinforcement label!  It was too hard to get a picture of because the labels I have are clear, but if you look at the original post it will make more sense.  The color I used over Mint Sorbet is another Sally Hansen, Coral Reef.  I’ve really been loving pairing a mint color with a brighter, more pink or coral color!  It is a really great mix.

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Here is where I really amped up this half moon look.  I made a thick streak of Milani Teal Glitter on a piece of paper, and using a dotting tool I meticulously picked out single pieces of glitter and placed them around the moon.  It was really time consuming and a little hard with my non-dominant hand, but I absolutely love this look.  It was definitely worth it.

Have you ever done a look like this before?  It might be really fun to do with neutral colors like nude and black, and then using rainbow hex glitters (like in Milani Gems)!  Now that I thought of that…I really want to try it.  This is a perfect summer look though!  I love it so much.  What is on your nails right now?!  🙂

Baby, You’re a Firework

Yes, I just went there. I quoted Katy Perry. Someone had to do it.

I saw so many red, white, and blue nails this week! A lot of them were simple an cute, but some of them were really extravagant and detailed. I liked them both, but I decided to do something completely different.

My favorite part of the fourth of July (other than the hotdogs) is the fireworks. Last night I hung out with my boyfriend and some friends from school, but I was out of town so I had to leave early to drive home. While I was driving on the freeway, the fireworks were going off all around me which was definitely really cool! I still wish I could have parked on the side of the road and watched the show like usual! I had a lot of fun though.

So…here are my firework nails!

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These were a little difficult to do because I wanted them to look like fireworks and not just a mess. First I painted a black base. Then I made a big dot of silver polish on my nail. Using a really small dotting tool, I dragged the polish out from the dot and made…well, a firework! I put Milani Gems all over the center of the firework, and then I used a fine black shimmer for the rest of the nail. I thought it needed a little more color, so I striped some really hot link stripes in there too!

What was on your nails this past 4th of July? Did you have as much barbecue food as I did?!

How to Spot a Cheetah

Gooooood afternoon!  I had a really great idea for some nail art today, but when I finished the first step in what I was doing I figured I’d just stop there.  I’ll explain below!

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As you can see, I’m about to do some really cute cheetah print!  Start with a gold base – here I see Sephora by OPI “Charge It”.  It is pretty sheer and thin, but two coats was enough when I was doing a pattern over it!  Then, using the brush in the bottle of nail polish or a dotting tool, make random shaped and sized brown/darker gold spots.  I used “Warm and Fozzie” by OPI.  It is perfect because it is shimmery but just brown enough!

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I think this is one of the greatest pictures of my nails I have ever taken.  The lighting is perfect and shows the true colors of the polishes!  Anyways.  Using a dotting tool or a striping brush, make brackets and half circles around the brown spots.  If there is a spot that looks empty, just make a small black dot to fill it in!

So from here, I was going to tape off part of my nail and paint it a solid color.  However, I think I made the cheetah spots too big.  If I put a color over half of it, it might not look like cheetah print anymore!  I’ll probably just leave them like this for a little while and then maybe try out my original idea afterwards!  If you really wanted to glitz up this look, you could put glitter over the spots or even over the entire nail!

I hope you all love this look as much as I do!  I am super happy with how it turned out.  🙂
What is on your nails right now?!

Easy Triangle Tribal Nail Art

Before I start, I want to say that I’m in love with Instagram. If you have the app, you should follow me! I’m always posting funny pictures and lots of nail art! My name is schmoliviaaa 🙂

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. I am so happy with my nails right now, I can’t even explain. I haven’t had nail art go my way in a very long time, and finally something turned out absolutely amazing (in my standards). First of all, remember when I discussed Revlon Minted? How it was streaky and too sheer? Well, turns out that Sally Hansen’s Mint Sorbet is almost an exact dupe, and it only takes two coats! That was the first amazing find I made…a perfect mint color for spring and summer tan skin!

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Here is a swatch (in strange lighting) of Mint Sorbet!

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So what I wanted to do was divide each nail into three different triangles and have each triangle be a different color. This was pretty difficult to figure out, because as you can see on the thumb, middle finger, and ring finger, the two colors had to be right next to each other and there was no tape making a straight line. What I mean by that is that I had to physically paint the two colors next to each other and try to make them look as neat as possible. You will see!

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The other two colors I used were Sally Hansen Coral Reef and Sally Hansen Sun Kissed. While I was in the store the other day grabbing Mint Sorbet, I saw these two bright colors and decided that I really needed an orange (and Coral Reef was just a pretty pink/coral). Needless to say, I just grabbed them and bought them it was a good idea!!! Afterwards, some of the nails didn’t have very clean lines, so I used a black striper to separate the colors better. It’s unfortunate that you can’t really tell the difference between the orange and the coral in this photo. 😦

I absolutely love this design. It was pretty simple and can be done in SO many different ways. I wonder if there is a simpler way to do this? Do you have any ideas on different techniques?

I’ve been out of the house once today and every person that saw my hands told me they liked my nails! I love when that happens!!! 🙂