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Gradient Zebra Nail Art

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By beautopia · January 19, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Gradient Zebra Nail Art
This is a mani I did on myself recently. I used a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and I painted on the stripes using Color Club Puccilicious, China Glaze Aquadelic, and Essie Punchy Pink.
Tagged with: Zebra, nail art, aqua, purple, white, nails, pink

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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Zoya Zuza

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By beautopia · July 27, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


Zoya Zuza - $8 - zoya.com - 

Before I begin, I just want to make you guys aware that Zoya will be having a BOGOFREE on Beach & Surf polishes this weekend, using the code SUMMER7. Gianna posted this info over at NouveauCheap (one of my favorite blogs!) so check that out. 

If you want to add any other polishes to justify the shipping, check out all my Zoya swatches! 

Zuza is from this summer's Surf collection by Zoya. It's a aqua with a weird blend of muted and punchy. With a creamy base and zingy silver and aqua microparticles, it's got a look that's almost textured even when you add a glossy topcoat. It's such a fun color that will be great all the way through the rest of the Summer and into the Fall since it's sort of a washed down version of the Ultramarine Green that Pantone Fashion Color Report says will be big. Incidentally, if you're looking for one, China Glaze Exotic Encounters is the epitome of Ultramarine Green polishes, going by Pantone's swatch. I'll be posting Exotic Encounters next week but google it, there are tons of pics. 

Tomorrow I'll have up Carly, which is also from Surf. I just ordered a few more polishes myself tonight: Kimber, Myrta, Shelby, Wednesday, Lara and Arizona and I'm so excited, though I just got my last Zoya order last week, haha. 

Tagged with: zoya, aqua, nails, green

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 Electro Pop - Aquadelic

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By beautopia · February 24, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


A few weeks ago I did swatches and comparisons of some of the other Electro Pop colors, and now I've got a swatch of Aquadelic to put up. It's a very vibrant aqua, almost like an electrified China Glaze For Audrey. The application is excellent, just as the others from the collection, and it's very glossy. This swatch is without topcoat:D I wish I'd have had this when I did my Vera Bradley Island Blooms nails, because Aquadelic is a great match for the base color of the pattern!

This item was provided by the brand for consideration.

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