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Earth-Tone Abstract Nail Art with CND Shellac

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. 

Angular Half-Moons and Studs Nail Art with Zoya Codie

By beautopia · August 24, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I'm too impatient for Fall so I'm cheating and doing a Autumn-inspired design before August is out. I originally was going to do this look with China Glaze Brownstone from the Metro collection because it's perfect for this, but since I have already shown you Brownstone, and I have a ton of Zoya from last week I haven't posted swatches of, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and use Zoya Codie.

Codie is a deep chocolate brown creme with hints of murky, mossy green in certain lights. You may recall that Zoya Angelina is very similar, but it's quite a bit cooler than Codie and has a bit more of a jelly texture. Codie's application is a little strange; it's very streaky on the first coat but the second coat grabs on to the first and the second coat just glides on and fills in everywhere and looks perfect. It's super pigmented, so two coats is definitely enough for full coverage even when held up to a bright light. I'll have to put a comparison up later in the week between Codie and Angelina.

Aaaaanyway, this design is crazy simple; you just start by painting two diagonal lines into the shape of a V from the bottom corners of your nail, then fill the rest of it out with your polish, then apply some studs right at the point of the V then top it with your favorite topcoat. I used gold pyramid studs I got last year from dollarnailart.com, and my favorite topcoat; Seche Vite. The coolest thing about this design is that it will work with any nail shape; square like mine, or rounded or even (especially!!!) the trendy pointy shape that's so big right now.

Vive la Autumn!

Oh and PS all my stuff is in order for me to start my nail tech course on Tuesday. I am dying of excitement!

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Color Club - Jewel of a Girl and Nothing But Truffle

By beautopia · October 31, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

From the Untamed Luxury Collection - $2.49 at transdesign.com and $2.75 at 8ty8beauty.com

Here are two Autumn beauties I purchased recently from the new(ish) Untamed Luxury collection from Color Club. Jewel of a Girl is a rich plum-wine and Nothing But Truffle is a neutral glowy brown. Both are a very smooth shimmer finish that can be sort of glowy in some lights. They both have a hint of frost to them, so the depth in the shimmer isn't what it could be, but they're both equally beautiful no matter which way you slice it. Color Club polishes are of great quality for such a low price, so if you're looking to beef up your collection of vampy Fall colors, Color Club is a good place to start. The application on both polishes is great; they're two coaters and are decently pigmented. They dry quickly but do dry down a little dull so a topcoat is recommended.

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Barielle Style in Argyle Collection for Fall 2010

By beautopia · September 1, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Barielle Style in Argyle - $8 each at Barielle.com

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I know it's a lot of people's favorite season, but the first sniff of that crisp air and my sense of well-being and mood shoot through the roof. I like to take joyrides with the windows down a lot in the Fall, to look at the rolling hills bursting with the colors of changing leaves, feel the bite of the air; everything is right with the world when Autumn is on the way. One of my favorite things about Fall is the clothes. I love warm colors, cozy fabrics, and the excuse to wear dark lipstick! This sweater-themed collection from Barielle pretty much screams Fall and I'm really excited about it. There are a couple shades that might leave you scratching your head, but that's sort of the beauty of it. If you'd like to see swatches and read my review of them, keep reading!

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NUBAR Raspberry Truffle - A Quick Look

By beautopia · August 24, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

NUBAR  Raspberry Truffle - $7.50 at bynubar.com

Oh good heavens, this is gorgeous! Does this color not scream "Autumn!" And also "I want a Godiva Dark Chocolate with Raspberry Bar!" This is a seriously decadent polish. It's one of the polishes from my recent Nubar haul and I'd had my eye on this since it was released forever ago. I'm glad I finally snatched it up, because I love it. It's super pigmented with tons of raspberry flecks of shimmer. It's really well pigmented and applies flawlessly in two coats and just looks amazing. There are a couple more photos after the jump, so check em out!

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Ulta Professional Nail Lacquer in Twilight

By beautopia · July 7, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Ulta Professional Nail Lacquer in Twilight - $7.50 at Ulta.com

I do believe that the Professional line of nail polishes from Ulta are somewhat new, and while there are a surprisingly large number of shade selections, very few really jumped out at me. Twilight is an interesting melange of iron grey, charcoal and bronze. The overall effect is a cool dark brown, and I find it quite pretty. It's a bit sheer, but three thin coats covers completely. The brush is super nice, a bit wide but not as weide as the OPI ProWide, and one smooth swipe covers my pinkie nail just about completely. The ProWide dwarfs my pinkie nail and it annoys the devil out of me. The bottle cap is a little gnarly, being so wide and bulky, and in the shape of a square no less. Either way, it's quite a pretty color, but the sheerness is a concern. I'd consider the price worth it for the unique color, but I can't think I'd be spending $7.50 on too many polishes from this line. Sometimes they can be found on sale for around $5, so perhaps that could change.

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Bronze Nail Polish Comparisons featuring OPI, China Glaze and Scherer Petites

By beautopia · April 25, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Index to pinkie: China Glaze Unplugged, Petites Bronze Baby, OPI Espresso Your Style, China Glaze Unplugged

China Glaze Unplugged: I love this warm bronze because it screams "Summer!" but also would work beautifully for Fall. The bright copper shimmer really brightens it up in the light. It applies great and it's pretty unique, at least to my collection. Three coats are seen here.

Petites Bronze Baby: I thought this was amazing when I saw it at Wal-mart. I like the neutral bronze shade, but I'm a little bummed that it takes four coats to become anywhere near opaque. It's got almost a green cast to it when put up against Unplugged.

OPI Espresso Your Style: Nope, it's not bronze, but I thought it was like a deeper version of Unplugged. The base is the color of black coffee and the bronze shimmer really enhances it. Two medium or three thin coats will do ya.

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