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Claire's Daring/Innocent Mood Nail Polish

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By beautopia · March 31, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Claire's Mood Nail Polish in Daring/Innocent - $5 at Claire's

I'd been seeing so much on the web about these polishes from Claire's, but I was loathe to really get into them because of all the experiences I've had with "mood" polishes in the past. I had a couple Toma ones and they were sort of bunk, but I've read about how much people like these, so I bought a couple to give them a shot. These are the same price as the regular Claire's polishes; $5 and usually BOGO 50% off. However, they're quite a bit smaller.

I was shocked at the application! The exclamation point is not used lightly. I had zero problems with these polishes. They applied beautifully opaque and streak-free in two coats. This particular polish of course applies grey, but as it starts to cure it begins to turn peachy at the base of the nail and keeps changing from there. Since I've got a fair amount of free-edge to my nails, the very tips remained grey which makes for a neat sort of funky french look. I was also surprised at the immediate changing of shades when run under cold water, and then hot.

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Tagged with: claire's, peach, mood, grey, nails, nail polish

The Beautopia Nail Art Contest Starts Now!

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By beautopia · March 29, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Sponsored by China Glaze, Nailene, and wowsocool.com

I am so excited and beyond happy to announce the Beautopia Nail Art Contest! Hopefully in time we'll consider this the First Annual Nail Art Contest, but for now I am just thrilled to officially get started. I originally planned for it to start on April 1, but it's obviously starting a little early. I am so happy to offer some great prizes from amazing sponsors. Prize packs for the Grand Prize, and 1st and 2nd Runners-Up are below the rules.

If you're a fellow blogger, a regular reader, or you just happened upon this page, we welcome you to enter. Below is an outline of the how to enter:

  • This contest will run until midnight Friday, April 30th.
  • You may enter as many designs as you like
  • Send entries to BeautopiaNailArtContest@gmail.com with photo of your nail art and the list of products used to create it. Make sure to put "Nail Art Contest" in the subject line.
  • Please name your design and include it in the email.
  • Contest is open internationally unless your country prohibits shipments from the US
  • By submitting your nail art design to the contest, you're giving your permission for us to post it on Beautopia (with credit to you of course)

When you submit your designs, feel free to include a tutorial and we might post it here on Beautopia. I know that a lot of you have blogs and do tutorials already, so if you want to share it with us that would be great. Keep in mind that you can do the nail art on others, maybe a friend or family member, and it will count. Also, you may choose to make your designs on a set of false nails and this is also acceptable. The main thing is that we want to see how creative you can be, and how you can inspire others with your designs. So many of you, I know, already are doing nail art, or getting more into it, and I hope that this contest will inspire us all to be even more creative.

Prizes below may be added to while the contest is going on, so check back for any updates!! I'm going on vacation and who knows what kinds of fun things I might find to add to the pot!

Good luck to ALL who enter, I can't wait to see what you all can do! Also remember to check out the sites of the amazing sponsors who made the prizes unbelievable! China Glaze, Nailene, and wowsocool.com!! I am so happy to be able to have prizes from companies whose products I use myself and recommend to you.

Full set (12) of China Glaze Up & Away Collection
Full set (6) of China Glaze Khrome Collection
$50 Gift Certificate to WowSoCool.com (not pictured)
China Glaze Ink Nail Decals 
Nailene French Manicure Tip Pen
Body by Brigitte Body Wax Kit 
Nail Art Carousel
Loose Glitter in Emerald
Package of gold metal studs
Package of square gold glitter

1st Runner Up :
China Glaze Spontaneous
China Glaze Code Orange
China Glaze Passion
China Glaze Ink Decals
China Glaze No-Chip Topcoat 
China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier
Nailene So Real and Couture Nails
Gold striping tape
Loose Glitter in Multi Color
Assorted rhinestones
Assorted decals by That's It? and Nailene
Gold Nuggeting Foil
Body by Brigitte Body Wax Kit

2nd Runner Up:
China Glaze It's Poppin'
China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling
China Glaze Platinum Pearl
China Glaze Ridge Filler
China Glaze Non-Yellowing Topcoat
China Glaze Ink Decals
Nailene So Natural Nails
Decals by Thats It?
Assorted Laser Striping
Emerald Rhinestones
Body By Brigitte Body Wax Kit


Houndstooth Konad Manicure with China Glaze Recycle and Millennium

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By beautopia · March 29, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

China Glaze Millennium is the absolute BEST silver polish to use for Konad, in my humble opinion. While the China Glaze Romantiques frosty finish is amazing for Konad, the two polishes I've got out of the Khromes collection are even better. They cure without a brush-mark to be seen and are highly reflective. When used as a stamp, they make such a crisp and dramatic line. I applied the houndstooth pattern from Konad plate m63 using Millennium over China Glaze Recycle, which is a slightly warm-toned grey. In most lights there wasn't much contrast, but in indoor low lighting the silver design was very prominent. While outside, the grey base appears a bit lighter and the only real contrast is in the finishes.

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OPI Designer Series Exclusive Nail Polish

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By beautopia · March 29, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

DS Exclusive is a highly holographic polish with a magenta base color in the same family as DS Extravagance, but a little more vibrant and slightly more sheer. This is one of my favorite OPI Designer Series polishes, and I got in the mood to swatch this because I'm on vacation in Clearwater, Florida, and the first time I came here I wore Exclusive. It brings back such awesome memories. There's not much to say other than what I already have and that it's got a super vibrant and holo-ey :D

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OPI Designer Series Amethyst Nail Polish

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By beautopia · March 29, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

OPI DS Amethyst is really more of a lilac. It would fit in perfectly this Spring with all the lovely lilacs we've seen by everyone from OPI and Essie to China Glaze to Essence. The best thing about this polish is that unless you're in bright light and looking right at it, this polish is super work-friendly. It's a very neutral shade and the holographic shimmer is very delicate and understated. I don't know if this is still available, but it's worth a treasure hunt if you can find it for sale in a salon or beauty supply. It applies beautifully in two coats, which is rare in the world of holographic polishes.


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