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Some Clients' Nail Art Looks with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · April 23, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

I've had a lot of fun over the last few weeks with clients. A lot of them are really embracing more adventurous nails, and while I still do my most obnoxious and involved stuff on myself, I'm slowly seeing a lot of my clients venture towards that end of the spectrum and I'm so excited. Below I'll show you six clients' nails and tell you what I used. 

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Floral Nail Art with OPI Euro Centrale

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By beautopia · February 19, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Floral Nail Art with OPI Euro Centrale
Today I did a quick and dirty floral using several of the new OPI Euro Centrale colors plus a couple "special guests." I used Oy - Another Polish Joke, My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours, Can't Find My Czechbook, You're Such a Budapest, and My Vampire is Buff. I also used Essie Play Date and Nails Inc Belgrave Place
Tagged with: nail art, Nude, OPI, purple, floral, nails, blue, orange

Prismatic Purples with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · January 27, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Prismatic Purples with CND Shellac
I did this look a couple weeks ago for my trip to NYC! I used CND Shellac in Purple Purple and some violet holographic transfer foils and the end result was a very color-saturated and multi-dimensional look.
Tagged with: Shellac, Foils, CND, nail art, purple, nails

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

Tie-Dye Nail Art with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · January 19, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Tie-Dye Nail Art with CND Shellac
Did a new manicure for Kelsey today using CND Shellac in Rock Royalty and CND Additives. Sorry for infrequent posting recently. I'll be posting several more of my more recent manicures within the next few days, but probably with just a blurb about the products. If you have any questions about the look, feel free to message or tweet me!

OPI Skyfall - Tomorrow Never Dies

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By beautopia · October 22, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I had been so excited for this new collection, OPI's Skyfall, because not only does OPI historically does amazing holiday collectios, and I'm a huge 007 fan, and since Adele (who I'm also a huge fan of, duh) sings the theme song, I figured I'd be loading up the truck on the whole collection, but so far I've only caved on the above polish; Tomorrow Never Dies. I am in love with this shade. It's somewhat similar to A-England Avalon in that it's a very vibrant purple and it has the same "lit-from-within" look. TND is slightly more blue than red, but it's pretty similar. They're both very vibrant and glowy. The other awesome thing worth noting is that TND is extremely pigmented and smooth to apply. 

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Tagged with: Skyfall, OPI, purple, nails, nail polish

Zoya Ornate Collection

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By beautopia · October 17, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


The Zoya entry into the Winter 2012 arena is basically amazing. I'm pretty much limiting myself to purchasing only polishes that cannot be passed up, since I've been using Shellac so much and all my clients are pretty much doing Shellac at this point. I need to purge at least 50% of my enormous stash as it is, so I really don't need non-essential polishes at this point. Ornate, or at least most of it, qualifies as essential for me. I offer several season-specific shades of China Glaze, OPI and Zoya at the salon, and by far the most used is Zoya which honestly surprised me. I love Zoya and everything, but I assumed people would go for the more recognizable brands, and since Zoya is for the most part only available online and in some salons it's pretty crazy. 

Anyway, I passed up all but one of the new OPI Skyfall polishes, and considering I'm a huge 007 fan, OPI Holiday collection fan, and Adele fan (I may go back and get Skyfall since she sings the theme song), that's a huge deal. I also don't feel as psyched about the promos I've seen for China Glaze's holiday offering, so Zoya was the only must-buy holiday collection for me. Weird. 

On to the swatches and reviews!!!

Rock 'n' Roll Nail Art with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · October 10, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


This is a week old Shellac manicure, so forgive me that it's a little grown out, but it has lasted beautifully except for the fact that I did lose one little metal stud, which you might not even notice. I've been pretty much wearing CND Shellac exclusively as opposed to regular polish for work, so I've been trying to experiment more and more with art using Shellac so I can keep it crazy yet still have it last. For this manicure I went for a Rock motif, using Union Jacks, edgy darker shades and weird eyeballs. The concept wasn't very sharp, but what it lacks in cohesiveness, I think it makes up for in coolness and color. I used several Shellac shades along with CND Additives (pure color pigments), plus some metal studs. 

Products used: 

  • CND Shellac in Cream Puff, Black Pool, Wildfire, Purple Purple, Hotski to Tchotchke
  • CND Additives in Cerulean Blue and Haute Pink
  • Metal studs from Born Pretty Store

CND Shellac + Additives Red and Purple Gradient

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By beautopia · September 1, 2012 · 0 Comments ·
CND Shellac + Additives Red and Purple Gradient
Here's a Shellac manicure I did at the salon today on one of my co-workers. I used CND Shellac in Purple Purple and then using CND Additives pigment Powder in Bright Red I made a gradient starting from the cuticle towards the free-edge. We thought this was an awesome end-of-Summer transition look and since the client in this case is a hair stylist, her Shellac'd nails should last more than the usual 24 hours she gets from a manicure. I loved how the red became almost burgundy over the purple and how the creamy red gradually faded into iridescence.

L'Oreal London Fall 2012 Colour Riche Nail in Brit Invasion

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By beautopia · August 1, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


L'Oreal Brit Invasion -limited edition - $6 at most drugstores - 

Last week I showed you pics of another polish from the L'Oreal "London Fall" collection, Tea and Crumpets. This polish, Brit Invasion, is the other that I picked up at that time. I picked up T&C because I'm always searching for The Perfect Nude Polish, and I keep thinking I've found nirvana, but something better always comes along. Or I hope it will... I picked up Brit Invasion simply because it looked sort of unique. Well, that and the name, but I think I've covered that before. 

Brit Invasion is a smoky plum, a la Chanel Paradoxal, China Glaze Jungle Queen and Essie Smokin' Hot, but it's got a little something extra. Namely a generous glaze of bronzey shimmer. The coverage is excellent, you'll only need two moderate coats and wear is pretty good. I think it's the epitome of Fall polishes, and since metallics are big this summer, it'll make a nice polish to wear during the transitional period that comes in August between Summer brights and Fall vamps. 

Tagged with: L'Oreal, purple, bronze, plum, shimmer, nails, fall
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