Christmas Jumper Nails with Zoya Elisa

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Hey everyone! I finally have the first Christmas manicure up on the blog today (: This was done using Zoya Elisa (obtained through the nail mail swap we had previously) and a white Uniball Signo gel pen. I was inspired by a couple of Christmas jumper nails after a search on google, and this manicure is sort of a mash together of all of them, as well as my own idea! So, without further ado, here are the nails~

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I used a base of Zoya Elisa, a gorgeous red polish which a gorgeous shine. It has an almost chrome-like metallic finish and is perfect for Christmas! This polish is from Zoya’s Diva Collection for Fall 2012.

I then drew in the jumper patterns on each individual nail with my gel pen.

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I rarely wear red nail polish on its own as they are a bit too bloody looking on me for my taste, but I loved this manicure so much that I decided to stop swatching and wear it as a full manicure! 😀

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I thus added in a reindeer(with polka dots, which act as falling snow) on my thumb nail. I top coated everything when it was dry, but the red polish bled through, turning all the white parts, pink! ): I definitely preferred the stark white but I still rolled with it.

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The reindeer was done freehand, as was all the other designs, and I simply followed a reindeer silhouette on google. Many of my friends were fascinated with my nails and they even thought the designs were nail decals!

I’m really happy with how the reindeer turned out. (: I had to draw it twice in order to achieve something I was satisfied with, but it was worth it. Also, the beauty of using gel pens is that it can be washed off with water before it dries so you don’t need to wipe off the entire base polish. ^^

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Stay tuned for more Christmas manicures, and Happy Tuesday! ~

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Black x Neon

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Hey everyone, happy hump day! Today I have short post featuring a manicure done using Born Pretty Store studs.

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So I did these nails for Saturday as I went to Zouk for the first time, which is a rather popular club in Singapore, especially among the teenagers.

I used a base of The Face Shop BK901, a gorgeous black polish with duochrome shimmer — although I’ve recently spotted some flashes of fuschia/red aside from the usual purple to blue, so I’m not really sure what to call it anymore! The studs are from the Born Pretty Store and I purchased the full wheel of neon nail art studs. It comes with a variety of colours and you can check it out here.

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I chose the less bright colours for the studs this time round, as I wanted it to sort of match my dress which I wore that night, which was white with black geometric triangles and patterns. This is also why I did my ring finger and thumb nail in a triangular and v-shape respectively with the studs. (:

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I’ve heard that the studs glow under UV light, but I unfortunately couldn’t put them to the test! ): I have a feeling the brighter colours would glow better under the light though!

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Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow

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Happy Thursday! Today I have another of my untrieds- well, it has been used, but for nail polish jewelry and not my nails heh- for you guys (:

This is The Face Shop Face It Colored Paper Nails in cmx322 Lovely Pop.

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cmx322 Lovely Pop is basically loads of glitter suspended in a clear base, with red heart and square glitter, blue hex glitter, smaller yellow hex glitter, yellow hearts and white bar, star and hex glitter. I didn’t manage to get out any white stars for my swatch, but it can be seen in the bottle shot, hiding near the bottom!

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For application, I simply suspended the bottle for a couple of minutes in order to get out the heart shapes. You have to be careful as the clear base can be slightly thick, but careful application does the trick. The white glitter did come out in abundance though, so I did some manual dabbing/shifting around on the nail, as well as wiping my brush against the side of the polish bottle.

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This was 2 coats over a base of The Face Shop BK901, a gorgeous black polish with duochrome shimmer. Of course the shimmer was lost under all the glitter, but I picked it mainly for the black base and my standard black polish is almost finished. 😀

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I really love this glitter polish, and I picked it up cause the primary colours reminded me of paintings done by Piet Mondrian, one of my favourite artists! A few of his works can be seen here.

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I don’t think I would apply this glitter to all my nails though as it looks like there’s too much going on. Probably just for an accent nail(or two) (: Speaking of which, I have an idea for a new manicure which incorporates this polish! Stay tuned (; ~

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On the prowl…

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Hey lovelies, Happy Tuesday! (:

Quick post today- this manicure was done quite sometime back but somehow I never posted it, so here’s its time to shine on the blog today. It’s a simple manicure really, done using Docile polishes, namely D217 & D218 as well as a black Uniball Signo gel pen.

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I did the leopard print as an accent french tip(sort of french tip, considering I didn’t really leave it as a naked nail) using my gel pen over Docile 218, a gorgeous shimmery silver. The other nails were done using Docile 217, an almost gunmetal silver-grey polish.

All nails were around 2-3 coats if I recall correctly, and absolutely shimmered under the light. These photos were taken late at night as that was when I was doing my swatching…

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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest post by A Girl and Her Chicken named Betty

Hey dears! Hope your week has been going well! Today’s guest post is from Alexandria of A Girl and Her Chicken Named Betty– we previously did our very first guest post for her and am so happy to finally have her guest posting on our blog! Let’s take a look at what she came up with~ (:
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Hi guys!
I’m so excited to be guest posting today, thanks again to Xin Yu and Bethanie for having me! My theme for today’s mani is Halloween (Of Course!), and I decided to go with a cutsey Halloween design rather than my usual blood splatter oriented manis.
I knew I wanted to do a Frankenstein’s monster mani right off the bat, but then I realized I’ve never seen a Frankenstein’s Bride mani anywhere so that’s what ended up on my nails!
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I started with a base of green on all my nails except my ring finger, I started with black on that nail. I used a striping brush to paint the stitching, I really love how the stitching on my index came out, if you tweaked it so the diagonal line was farther over I think this would made a fantastic twist on a french manicure! Finally I used the same brush to add the bride’s iconic hair to my ring nail, I left some sparse patches to  make it look more like hair rather than just stark white.
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Polishes I used:
Wet n wild wild shine clear nail protector,
China glaze Def-Defying,
NYC french white tip,
Wet n wild fast dry ebony hates chris,
a striping brush,
and NYC extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

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Thanks so much Alexandria! I’ve never heard of Frankenstein’s Bride before and had to do some googling heh! I think you’ve captured it perfectly! (:

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Trick Or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest post by Craftynail

Hey everyone, TGIF! Today’s Halloween Guest Post Week is brought to you by Jacqui of Craftynail. Jacqui has always been really supportive of our young blog, and I was so glad that she was joining us for this guest post week! Without further ado…on to the manicure!! ~ 😀

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Hi there! My name is Jacqui and I run a U.S. nail blog called Craftynail. I am having a blast with nail art this halloween season so I’m thrilled to share my latest spooky manicure on Lacquered by BlueVanilla! Ironically, the idea for this manicure was dreamt up months ago while I was trying my first-ever sugar spun manicure. Have you ever heard of the sugar spun technique? You basically plop some nail polish down onto a hard surface (I use a an old CD case) and you swirl the polish around with a toothpick until it dries up and gets stringy. Then you lay the strings over your nails for decoration. Here’s a great tutorial by Kat Stays Polished if you’d like to see how it’s done. So when I tried sugar spun that day the lightbulb went off- if I use white nail polish it could look like a mummy head! Well that eureka came to me in April so I’ve been carrying the mummy idea in my back pocket for months! hahaha So without further ado, here are my sugar spun mummy nails!

craftynail sugar spun mummies Not only are the mummy heads kinda cute, but the orange polish I’m wearing on the other fingers is just perfect for Halloween! It’s an indie polish made by Polish Alcoholic called Veni Vidi Vici. I just love it and want to wear it as many times as possible this season! As for my mummy fingers, I started with one coat of a nude lacquer called Yummy Mummy by Butter London. I couldn’t resist using that one hehe. 🙂 Then I did white sugar spun over top to create that mummy-wrapped look. The white polish I used was NYC Nail Enamel in French White Tip and it worked perfectly. So nice and stringy! The eyes were dotted on with random black, red and white polishes that I had laying around. I like that they’re leering sideways at my pinky finger. They look very suspicious of that poor pinky for some reason! LOL. So what do you think of my mummy nails? Let me know if you try them too- I’d love to see!

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I hope you all have a happy and safe halloween with lots of treats, preferably chocolates! buahahaa! Feel free to visit me on my blog craftynail.com, facebook, twitter or pinterest if you want to see more halloween nails! See you online!

-Jacqui aka Craftynail

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Wow I am simply in love with this nail art! I’ve never tried the sugar spun technique before and I love how yours came out!! ❤ Also, I need to save up money to purchase some polishes from Polish Alcoholic! 😀

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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest Post by Polished PR

Hi everyone, Happy Wednesday! Today’s guest post comes from Jenn of Polished PR– I enjoy reading her posts and seeing her various manicures! So let’s get to it! ^^

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Hey everyone, it’s Jenn from Polished PR! I just wanted to start off by saying thank you to Xin Yu and Bethanie for allowing me to contribute this guest post to their blog…I absolutely love connecting with fabulous bloggers such as them and coordinating fun, engaging posts 🙂
I was so excited to hear that they were looking for Halloween-themed manis! I honestly can’t even remember if I was festive with my nails last Halloween, so of course I was thrilled to get those creative juices flowing.
I’ve been experiencing a slight addiction to skittlette manis lately; for those of you who don’t know what a skittlette is, it’s a mani that incorporates two accent nails instead of one. So when I thought of what Halloween-inspired designs I wanted to try out, three instantly came to mind: candy corn, ghosts and spiders.
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For the “ghosts,” I painted a single coat of black polish (Bowery Black by NYC) and used a dotting tool (or bobby pin!) to dot two white spots (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors) and then dotted two smaller black spots on top to create the effect of eyes peeking at you from the dark. Scary, right? 😉
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The candy corn was a fairly simple gradient, using a makeup sponge and polishes in white, orange and yellow (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors and Speed Dial & Big Yellow Taxi by Ciate).
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And finally the spider webs. I don’t know what made me think of doing spider webs, because in reality they creep the crap out of me, especially I can feel them lingering on my skin after unknowingly walking through one… *shivers* But anywho, luckily for me I had the perfect stamp on one of my Shany plates, and using Bowery Black by NYC as the stamp color, placed that upon, you guessed it, a single coat of Snow Me White by Sinful Colors.
 
I’m always worried about imperfections with themed manis such as this one, but I was really pleased with the way they turned out! I had such a blast putting this together, and I’m so excited to see what you’ve put together as far as Halloween nails 🙂 
Thank you!

 
Jenn
Blogger, Polished PR
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Thanks so much Jenn! ^^ I love what you came up with, and the “ghosts” actually remind me of Susuwatari, or soot sprites in Studio Ghibli films! And yes, ugh spider webs give me the creeps…I’ve had bad experiences walking through them…:/
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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest Post by buy ALL the colors!

Hey everyone! Hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s Halloween-themed manicure. (: Today’s guest post comes from Kitsu of buy ALL the colors! Let’s see what fang-tastic manicure she has come up with! ^^

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Hey guys! I’m Kitsu from buy ALL the colors! and I’m super excited to be sharing some nail art with you all today! Thanks so much to Xin Yu and Bethanie for inviting me to join in on the Halloween fun!

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I remember reading Dracula when I was younger, and was always terrified of being visited by him in the middle of the night, especially on nights like Halloween! So here’s some fanged nail art dedicated to the truly terrifying vampires of classic novels.

I used Sinful Shine Dark Room for the black base and then drew on the fangs with Wisp. Then lastly I brushed on some blobs of Devious for a bloody effect. The great thing about using a black base is that you can be a bit sloppy with the “blood” application and it doesn’t even show up outside of the fangs! And if you’re planning on creating this look, as with all dark colors, make sure to use base coat to prevent staining!

I hope you all liked how this turned out! Thanks again to Lacquered By Bluevanilla for hosting this mani!

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Wow thanks so much Kitsu! I really love the bloody effect- I think it’s done perfectly! (: I’ve never read Dracula before and I think I need to pick it up soon!

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FFC Florals ♥

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Hey lovelies! Today I have my current nail of the day(or rather nail of the week) to show you guys. This was inspired by Sarah of Chalkboard Nails’ Candy Florals manicure where she did a floral pattern to mimic the glitter in the polish!

This was actually Mani No. 2 for me when I sat down for some nail therapy. I actually wanted to try gradient triangle nails but that failed horribly…and in a way I’m glad they did cause I wouldn’t have come up with something so cute! Let’s move on to the photos(also featuring my recently trimmed nails cause I suffered two nail breaks on my left- aka swatching- hand).

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I started off with two coats of China Glaze For Audrey before using my gel pens to create the florals, dots and leaves. The other nails were topped off with Femme Fatale Cosmetics Winter Hyacinth(one of my all-time favourite FFC polishes!! <3)

I’m holding a dried blue rose in my photos! Trying to jazz up my pictures and make them prettier/much more interesting to look at. (:

As I’m so proud of this manicure, more photos are necessary. (;

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Everything was topped off with a thick coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat.

I just applied FFC Winter Hyacinth on my right hand for all nails!

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Love how I managed to get out more of those diamonds/satin hex glitters. :3

I’ve previously reviewed Winter Hyacinth so check it out here!

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Femme Fatale Cosmetics: Suspended Starlight

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Hey dears, it’s Monday again! Time flies by so insanely fast…:/ Hope the week has got off to a good start for everyone!

Today I have a continuation of my swatch of The Face Shop BK901, with an accent nail of Femme Fatale Cosmetics Suspended Starlight. Before I purchased BK901, I noticed the base colour and immediately thought of FFC Glinting Lodestone as I felt they would make a great pair! Turns out it makes good undies for Suspended Starlight too! (:

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Suspended Starlight is described as ” a stunning mix of deep blues, navy and sparks of bright blue all in a sheer jelly navy base. Iridescent flashes and silver holo stars / moons complete the polish, perfect for adding a little starlit sky look to your nails 🙂 We recommend use over a dark blue/navy/black base. Suspended Starlight is part of our Christmas Trio. Each bottle is made to order using a 3-Free base!”

There was no issue with glitter application for Suspended Starlight– in fact, I had to ensure I did not get too much glitter onto my nails! Unfortunately it was quite tough to get out the moon and star shaped glitters; I only managed to get one moon glitter on my thumb. Nevertheless this is possibly due to me not suspending the bottle long enough.

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It’s like a galaxy happening on my nails… ❤

I also really loved the subtle flashes coming from the undies, really helped to portray the idea of night sky!

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As you can see, only my undies started having tip wear after around 3 days! I was also beginning to have urges to remove my nail polish, but I managed to resist and hold out for 5 days.

I should try swatching Suspended Starlight over a navy base too, I think this will bring out the black shard/black glitters nicely. (:

Suspended Starlight can be purchased from Femme Fatale Cosmetics(international shipping now available!) or any of their international distributors.

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