Posts tagged: gold

Studded manicure

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Simple, sleek but still edgy.

Katniss, Girl on Fire

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After re-reading the Hunger Games in the last couple of days, I was reminded that Katniss herself had her nails done for the interview directly preceding the beginning of the Games. In the book, Katniss says Cinna’s team decorates her by “painting flame designs on [her] twenty perfect nails.” So of course, I had to do a flame design.

Sprinkled Agro Nails

China Glaze Hunger Games

The setup: pretty simple — two coats of China Glaze Agro (I will never get tired of these shimmery olive tones, I don’t care how many variations on the theme I have in the collection) with some gold acrylic dotted over the top in layers and a couple of different sizes for a bit of a cascade feel.

Cashmere sweater

Illamasqua facet 2

Described as “Grey Crystal” on the website, Facet is part of Illamasqua’s Sacred Hour collection. It’s a grey/taupe base packed full of coppery shimmer flakes, and is completely stunning! It’s simple yet still somehow unique in my stash. I think Raindrops will always be my favourite Illamasqua shade, but this comes very very close.

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Funfetti factory

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Bar, hex and square glitters in lots of fun colors including turquoise, lavender, chartreuse and purple in a clear base.

Girly and Gilded

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A few weeks ago, my sister Kelsey stopped by to get her nails done. You may remember her (and her nails!) from the last time we did a nail photoshoot featuring leopard print and a faux fur lined jacket. We were talking about manicure ideas and decided to do a girly mix and match featuring pinks, golds, and black. I did some sketching while we hammered out the details, and once the manicure was done, we did a mini photo shoot!

Polishes used: Seche Dives In Head First Seche Pretty Little Heartbreaker American Apparel Hassid Zoya Kerry Cirque Colors Au

Embellishments used: Bundle Monster plate BM-008 (crown) From the Heart 1 plate (Be Mine and I Love You) – similar here Black, gold, and silver rhinestones – similar here Hex Nail Jewelry Etched Hearts

good as Chocolate

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Dandy Nails Make It Realis chock full of gold microglitter and medium gold hexagon glitter pieces, all in a purple shimmer suspension base. It’s opaque in two to three coats or can be layered over a purple-based “underwear.”

It’s one of those violet purple colors that is so hard for me to capture, so I’m showing you what it looks like in natural light and indoors in artificial light. You won’t have any trouble telling the difference. LOL! First, natural light…I was already wearing the new Zoya Carly, so I used that as my “underwear” but it really doesn’t need anything under it.

Ho Ho Ho

Santa belt

Today’s nail art was inspired by Santa’s belt. I started with a base of two coats of China Glaze With Love. I carefully painted a horizontal stripe of black across each nail and then used Milani Signature Gold to paint the buckle.

Turquoise!

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Color Club Snakeskin as the base color, Color Club New Bohemian (turquoise), China Glaze Crushed Candy crackle on ring finger, and a little black and gold foil for my waterspot nail. I used rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle for the waterspot part, but maybe it wasn’t the most ideal alcohol-based product for the spritzing? I didn’t find it to break up the polish the way I wanted, but that could also be my unfiltered water. Rubbing alcohol was much better than that time I used perfume and my hand smelled crazy strong like perfume for days, because duh Emma, you put your hand into water drenched in sprays of perfume!

Gradient Concert

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Back in July, I went to two concerts back-to-back, a One Direction and a Jonas Brothers concert. I was a bit unsure of what mani to wear since I didn’t have time to do a 1D mani and a JB mani (since the concerts were back-to-back). So, I pulled out the customized polish that I ordered from Shimmer Polish. Cindy helped create a beautiful peach, gold, and black polish that I customized for my friend Anouk. Ironically, Anouk and I met through Jonas Brothers and she actually introduced me to One Direction .. so what better polish to use, right? :D

Burnt caramel

Serum No 5 Love Preview 1

Serum No. 5 Love, Preview is a black base with various sizes of gold glitter. This also glows bright blue in the dark! This is such a great representation of all the gorgeous polishes Victoria makes, it’s beautiful in every kind of light and I really enjoy the glow in the dark! The formula was good, it was easy to apply and opaque in 2 coats.