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CND Shellac Nail Art Inspired by Chanel

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By beautopia · November 23, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Sorry for the lack of posting recently! I have been crazy busy, like most of you, because of the holidays and work, and so many other things and time just gets away from me. I do try to regularly post something on my new(ish) Instagram, so be sure to follow that. Maybe even check out my Facebook page because all my Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr posts also go there. Anyway, I haven't gotten the chance to do some good old fashioned nail art with regular polish recently because I'm wearing a lot of Shellac, but I do still try to fancy up the Shellac manicures a bit.

This particular manicure features Shellac in Cityscape (light dove grey) and Overtly Onyx (shimmering charcoal) along with some silver small round studs, double-c studs, double-c water transfers and some simple dotting with Cityscape to resemble pearls. A very simple manicure for the week of Thansgiving that was pretty quick to do but still looks pretty cute, I think. 

Recreating Flirty Flowers by CND for Rachel Antonoff

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By beautopia · February 19, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


Recently at NYFW, CND did a really cool look they called Flirty Flowers for Rachel Antonoff's runway show. I think it was a real eye-catcher for everyone considering the interesting pattern and the use of bright, bold colors juxtaposed on the small canvas of the nails. I wanted to recreate it, and in fact did start out by using CND Anchor Blue as they did, but I found it was far too dark to get the look in the photos without adding a lot of white to it. I'm probably not using the same technique they did, so maybe they added the Anchor Blue designs while the white was still wet, but either way I ended up using different polishes to acheive this look.

I painted the nails white, added the blue "petals" freehand with a brush, then added the red to the top, using a thin brush to get the red into the angles left behind by the blue.

Products used:

  • China Glaze White on White
  • China Glaze Electric Beat
  • OPI Red Lights Ahead... Where?
  • Seche Vite Topcoat

 

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Nail Art Inspired by 10 Crosby Derek Lam SS12 RTW

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By beautopia · February 15, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


This manicure inspired by 10 Crosby Derek Lam SS12 RTW includes China Glaze Gaga for Green and Aquadelic and the colors are such a perfect match for the ensemble in the picture that it's scary. When I was perusing the Style.com app for inspiration, this is one of the photos that really called out to me. I love the graphic nature of the black and white with pops of geometric colors. I recreated it with those two China Glaze polishes with the addition of a white polish and a black striping polish. Also, in case you didn't notice, I filed my nails into ovals! Big change for me, as I have had sqaure nails just about all my life. They're still short yet, but I want Rihanna nails, and I will have them if it's the last thing I ever do! *Evil laugh*

Products used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • China Glaze White on White
  • China Glaze Aquadelic
  • China Glaze  Gaga for Green
  • Black striping polish
  • Seche Vite Topcoat

 

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