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Earth-Tone Abstract Nail Art with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · September 30, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


Last week I had the outrageous honor of giving a first-time manicure to a friend and co-worker of mine, Theresa. Since she's a hair stylist, we definitely wanted to use Shellac so it lasted more than a few hours on her. I used Cityscape (light dove grey) and Silver Chrome to colorblock the nails randomly, then after curing, I added Rubble (stone taupe) in places and before curing, I engraved and dotted a little to make the above design. I finished it up with a nice coat of Shellac top coat and this is the end result. Very cool for the beginning of Autumn. 

CND Shellac in Cityscape with Wildfire Hearts

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By beautopia · September 18, 2012 · 0 Comments ·
CND Shellac in Cityscape with Wildfire Hearts
Today at the salon Jenny got Shellac'd with the beautiful pale dove grey Cityscape with some red hearts on a thumb on one hand and her middle finger on the other. It looked adorable and when she gives someone the finger now, they won't know if she loves them or hates them ;P. -Karrie
Tagged with: Shellac, CND, nail art, Hearts, grey, red, nails

Julep Maven August Box - American Beauty

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By beautopia · August 23, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


For August's box, I went with American Beauty. Mainly this is because I was really curious about the "Rose Gold Metallic Chrome." I already have tried and loved a few other coppery/rose gold metallics like Essie Penny Talk, CND Copper Chrome and even (more on the copper side) SH Haute Chocolate, but why not try them all! *evil laugh* The truth is that there aren't many of that type of shade, so it was worth a try. Also, in this month's box was a really pretty gunmetal with some golden shards, and an acetone-free remover pump which actually turned out to be pretty awesome, and a reusable tote. If you're interested in trying Julep Maven, you can read about it here. If you want to join, you can do so on the Julep website. You can also use my referral link which will give me credit toward future purchases, and it would  make my day as I love these boxes. If you order, please don't forget to use the code COLOR2012 and you can get your first box for a PENNY, $.01, with free shipping.

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China Glaze On Safari - Elephant Walk

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By beautopia · July 1, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


China Glaze Elephant Walk 

Long time, no see! I have been away from the site for a little while due to a huge move. We recently relocated to the other side of the city... I honestly think cross-town moves are worse than longer-distance moves... It's sad but true that I've been completely preoccupied with getting the house in order for literally a month. The move absolutely played Hell with my nails, so my almond shape is gone for a little while so that I can grow out a couple breaks I sustained. Ick. I had taken a few photos of polishes and designs while my nails were still in the pointy-ish shape, so I will be posting those later this week, but they're older. Right this second, my poor, beleaguered nails are the short squares you see here... Anyway, on to the post!

From the upcoming On Safari collection from China Glaze is Elephant Walk. This s one of the more interesting shades from the collection in my opinion. It's billed as a grey, with no mention of the gorgeous green leanings it has. I was really pleased with this polish, the color is wonderful and unique, but the formula was great as well; great coverage. There's a bit of colorless ribbon-candy shimmer in there that just gives the polish more depth, you really don't notice it in most lights. The tealy-green tint makes this polish really special. It's similar to Essie Sew Psyched down to even the shimmer, but it's cooler than SP. It's almost like China Glaze Recycle and Essie School of Hard Rocks had a baby, but with some shimmer. As a bonus, it also matches one of my favorite handbags; my Hayden-Harnett Lorca in a color called Zeus, which is a green tinged stormy grey! I was wearing Elephant Walk this past week and I was thinking what a cool color it was and how I'd love to have a top or a bag that color and I realized I did! Very serendipitous and I can't wait to wear them together this Fall! 

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Sand Storm Nail Art

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By beautopia · April 5, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I recently found Nails Inc Fouberts Place on clearance at Sephora, and was really excited to use it, but I just found myself not in the mood to wear anything too dark or drab no matter how pretty the color. So I decided to make it part of a design. I paired it with a much lighter polish in the same color family and a gold to add a little bling. Fouberts Place is a gorgeous olivey taupe and it's very pigmented, almost a one coater by the way.

Products used:

  • OPI Skull & Glossbones
  • Nails Inc Fouberts Place
  • Orly Luxe
  • Seche Vite Topcoat
Tagged with: sand, nails inc, orly, nail art, OPI, taupe, grey, gold, nails

Pucci-Inspired Nail Art

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By beautopia · February 25, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I've long been a fan of Pucci prints as they're colorful and bold and always interesting, so I decided to try to emulate that style of pattern for a nail design. In the end, I didn't really think it looked very Pucci-esque, it's a little too random, but all-in-all I do like it a lot and the color combination was really cute. All of the design was done with a striping brush and six different nail polishes.

Products used:

  • China Glaze Recycle
  • China Glaze White on White
  • China Glaze Concrete Catwalk
  • China Glaze Aquadelic
  • China Glaze Dance Baby
  • China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Seche Vite topcoat

The Hunger Games Nail Art Series - District 2

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By beautopia · February 17, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


For the second installment in my Hunger Games nail art series, I did nails based on District 2. In the books, that district is described as having several principal functions; it is home to stone cutters, it supplies the majority of Peacekeepers, they manufacture weapons, and the snow-capped mountain housing the military nervecenter called "The Nut" by the rebels. So in this nail set you see The Nut, the district number, elements of a Peacekeeper uniform as shown in movie trailers, a stone wall, and a gun silhouette. All elements are hand painted.

Products used:

  • China Glaze Concrete Catwalk
  • China Glaze Recycle
  • China Glaze White on White
  • China Glaze Sea Spray
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme
  • acrylic paints
  • Seche Vite Topcoat

 

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Blue and Grey Floral Nail Art

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By beautopia · February 6, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


Products used:

  • China Glaze First Mate
  • China Glaze Electric Beat
  • China Glaze Holly-Day
  • Sally Hansen Wet Cement
  • Black paint
  • Seche Vite

 

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Essie Armed & Ready

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By beautopia · February 4, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


Essie Armed & Ready - $8 at drugstores

I randomly found A&R at Target the other day, and I was super happy. I'd been looking forward to finding it. I'd also anticipated an army green, but what I got was a deep warm grey with bronze shimmer. Gorgeous nonetheless, but definitely a bit different than I was expecting. I asked my hubby what color he thought it was... He came up with "grey-greenish" while we were sitting in the car in traffic, so in indirect sunlight. Yeah in some lights it has a whisper, a mere suggestion, of green, but mostly it's grey. The bronze shimmer is hidden in most lights, but it does pop out nicely in bright light, so it's a nice bonus. In low light, the base is really nice and creamy and really looked nice next to my beigey skin. It applies VERY nicely, two coats is more than enough. You know what it really reminds me of as far as finish? Chanel Paradoxal! It's creamy, dark, dusky and has the hidden shimmer. It's a grey Paradoxal!

Anarchy in the UK or Black, White and Punk All Over

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By beautopia · January 31, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I've wanted to do "graffiti" nails for a while and this is as close to that as I've come. I was inspired by a random photo of a mid-70s woman with a ratty old Union Jack tee. You know I love to do Union Jacks, but I thought this deconstructed black, white and grey version really was pretty cool. I've been getting pretty tired of Crackle polishes in general lately, but I thought it was perfect for this design, it makes it look like a nasty, dirty brick wall, so awesome.

 

Products used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • China Glaze White on White
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme
  • China Glaze Crackle Cracked Concrete
  • China Glaze Purple Panic
  • Black and White Striping polish
  • Seche Vite

 

 

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