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Abstract Nail Art Featuring Essie Butler Please

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By beautopia · December 10, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

I recently decided that even though I had Nails Inc Baker St, and originally thought I could pass on Essie Butler Please, that I in fact did  need it. So, now I have it. Fact. I decided to play around with a little art. Lately I haven't had much of a chance to do much of the art I'm used to so I feel like my skills and creativity are slipping. Mainly this is because 99% of the nails I do at work are Shellac, and also I wear Shellac for work most of the time. I've told you guys this before, but it's really come home to me recently that I'm out of practice with polish. So I did this bit, probably subconciously as a form of self-flagellation, but also to simply see how it turned out. Long story short, I like it pretty well, I guess. Mostly the colors are great together, but on this particular hand I'm showing you I really like the index, middle and ring fingers the most. The other hand is just the same designs in a different order, but it's not even close to perfect, I never paint art with my left hand much anymore so I feel sort of awkward still, lol. 

Colors used: 

  • Essie Butler Please
  • China Glaze Aquadelic
  • China Glaze Electric Beat
  • OPI Skull & Glossbones
  • China Glaze Liquid Leather

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Call of the Wild Nail Art with China Glaze On Safari

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By beautopia · September 11, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I'm not sure how I neglected to post these up when I did them about a month ago, but here they are. I did an animal print mix using only polishes from the China Glaze On Safari collection. I did a mixture of leopard, giraffe and some colorblocking for this look. 

Products used: 

  • China Glaze Desert Sun (caramel)
  • China Glaze Exotic Encounters (marine green)
  • China Glaze I Herd That (bronze glitter)
  • China Glaze I'm Not Lion (blonde holo glitter)
  • China Glaze Kalahari Kiss (khaki)

China Glaze On Safari - Exotic Encounters

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By beautopia · August 4, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


China Glaze Exotic Encounters 

If you care much about fashion forecasts, you should definitely be familiar with Pantone's seasonal Fashion Color Report. There's good news if you're looking for an Ultramarine Green polish because this is dead on. The formula/application is pretty standard China Glaze; two coats for glossy, saturated color. EE is part of the Fall On Safari collection and it's really pretty, I don't have many polishes in the same ballpark, so it's worth a look in my book. It seems like OPI Jade is the New Black may be similar. JITNB seems to have a lot less blue, and more yellow, making it warmer. I'll check later and post a comparison. Not surprisingly, the on-trend China Glaze has a couple other On Safari polishes to match up or complement other shades in the Fall 2012 Pantone report; Olympian Blue is similar to Man Hunt, Honey Gold is like a mix between Desert Sun and Kalahari Kiss or even I Herd That, if you like your Honey Gold glittery. 


China Glaze On Safari - Jungle Queen

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By beautopia · July 17, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


China Glaze Jungle Queen 

Another one of my favorites from the new China Glaze On Safari collection, Jungle Queen is one you probably should at least take a look at. Besides the fact that it's a reasonably close Chanel Paradoxal dupe, it's just plain pretty. It's slightly darker than Paradoxal but it's still got the gorgeous clay-purple base and the elusive violet shimmer, plus the formula is just better. It's more pigmented than Paradoxal and it has just a bit more staying power... at least it did on me. I still LOVE Paradoxal, but I'll probably hang on to Jungle Queen. Because, you know, I'm nuts like that. 

PS I'm probably going to do another blog sale soon, I am absolutely out of room in all my drawer units and I am absolutely unwilling to buy another one, so I went through my polishes and will probably be putting the sale up this weekend. 

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Abstract Sunrise Nail Art

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By beautopia · July 13, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


This design was from last month before the move that destroyed my nails. Grrrrrr. I think that I'm going to try to get them back to this shape and length, but due to a few splits, it may take me a while. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted! Anyhow, this design was based on an editorial nail I saw in Nail Pro Magazine, and it was by CND. I added and embellished a little more and changed the colors, but the design reminded me of a rising sun, so I went with it. 

Products used:

  • OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • OPI In My Back Pocket
  • China Glaze Icicle
  • China Glaze Aquadelic
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme

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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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Spring Watercolor Nail Art

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By beautopia · April 6, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


The new watercolor trend is so pretty, and I wanted to give it a try since the weather is becoming so beautiful in my region right now. The basic technique is to paint the nails a base color, and then with several colors one after the other you dot a small amount on the nail and sort of blot it out with a larger brush with a little acetone in it. The beauty of this technique is that the less "perfect" it is, the better, so the expertise level on this would probably be at "Novice." I think there are videos on how to do this on YouTube, so search for "Watercolor Nails" and you should find something. The only trick is to use *just* the right amount of acetone to dab the paint around, and not to dab too much or it will get muddy. Paint a few nails white and give it a little practice to see what you come up with. I think it's really pretty, and with just a couple colors blotted on, it would also make a pretty background for other art on top, or even some metal studs.

Products used:

  • Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud
  • CND Sweet and Anchor Blue
  • China Glaze High Hopes
  • Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow

 

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Springy Tribal Mix Nail Art

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By beautopia · March 31, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I recently got a backup bottle of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, one of my favorite summer polishes of all time, and something weird happened. My new bottle is a lot lighter and less warm in tone than my older bottle. I do love the color of the new bottle too, and I thought it looked awesome next to Aquadelic and Electric Pineapple so I did a springy tribal look.

Products used:

  • China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Aquadelic and Electric Pineapple
  • Sally Hanson Salon Lavender Cloud
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme
  • Seche Vite topcoat

 

The Hunger Games Nail Art Series - Effie Trinket

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By beautopia · March 30, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


In the "Reaping" scene in the new Hunger Games movie, Effie Trinket wears a pretty and interesting nail look while she's drawing out the tributes' names. It's a sort of dark rose with a gold metallic sponged halfway down. It's such a simple and cute look to try to replicate, but I decided I wanted something slightly more blingy, so I did a different variation using a couple China Glaze polishes.

Products used:

  • China Glaze Traffic Jam, Blonde Bombshell
  • Seche Vite topcoat

 

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Tribal Angles Nail Art

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By beautopia · March 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I'm pretty into tribal right now, so I basically rehashed my Feathers nail set and my Angles nail set with a different group of colors. It wasn't anything very new, but I thought it looked good and figured I'd post it. In the end my middle fingers looked like weird easter eggs... The one caveat I've found so far with my new, more rounded nail shape. Otherwise I really love the new shape, and all the new nail designs I can do that just would never work on my old squares.

Products used:

  • CHina Glaze Aquadelic
  • OPI A Roll in the Hague
  • CND Copper Chrome
  • Orly Luxe
  • CND Anchor Blue
  • Nubar lemon
  • CHina Glaze Gothic Lolita
  • CHina Glaze White on White

 

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