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Floral Fabric-esque Nails for Spring

By beautopia · May 16, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This is what happens when you're bored and you've spent the day planting a bunch of Spring flowers. It's my first real completely freehand floral pattern. With a little leopard thrown in because it's me. A friend of mine said it reminded her of the fabric you'd find on furniture in a Florida room, which makes me happy since it's what I was going for. I wasn't super happy with the actual flowers or the placement. They weren't supposed to be identical but somehow they're not random enough for me and also they're not crisp enough to be perfect, nor blurry enough to call abstract. It just felt sloppy, but I did love the colors together. I used a bunch of Migi nail art pens over China Glaze Agent Lavender.

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My Birthday Nails - Bright Camo, Leopard, and Rainbow!

By beautopia · May 13, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Today is my birthday and I wanted to do something really obnoxious and bright and I think I have succeeded. HA! Four of the nails are inspired by the new Sephora Electric Safari Collection. I bought one of the cosmetics cases and the bobby pins and I loved the mix of camo and leopard on a clear bag. So i used China Glaze Millenium as a base for all fingers but the ring finger and then put different colors on each nail. For the thumb, I used MAC Dry Martini and OPI Who The Shrek Are You?, for the pointer I used China Glaze Shower Together and For Audrey, for the middle I used NARS Schiap and Nubar Pink Cream, and for the pinkie, i used China Glaze Agent Lavender and Color Club Puccilicious. I did a loose camo design with a dotting tool and those shades and then I used a black Migi nail art pen to do the leopard. On the ring finger I used Nubar Pink Cream, OPI WTSAY?, China Glaze Shower Together and Color Club Puccilicious to do a stripe of each vertically and then did leopard the same way. What do you guys think of the Sephora Electric Safari Collection? How about camo and leopard together?! I think it's awesome!


Spring Picks - China Glaze Unplugged

By beautopia · April 18, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

China Glaze Unplugged - available at Sally Beauty stores and online at transdesign.com

Unplugged was originally released with the Spring Ecollection a couple years ago, and initially I passed on it in favor of more traditionally Springy shades like Shower Together. However, this Spring, I've found myself looking for beautiful and bold bronzes in addition to my usual brights and neons, and so I found myself wondering about Unplugged... I have previously owned China Glaze Soft Sienna Silks, and while I like the idea of Spring bronzes and always have, I found it too midtoned for my skin. I like bright, light or dark; nothing that blends too much with my skintone. Luckily, Unplugged strikes a nice balance in that it's not vampy or overwhelming for warmer months, and yet it's still bold. The base is a neutral brown with rusty and copper shimmer making the overall appearance a deep bronze. I love the name and the shade, and the application is pretty decent as well. If you'd like to see more photos of Unplugged, jump on it... More pics of Unplugged

Spring Flowers Manicure with China Glaze Poolside

By beautopia · March 18, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

So, I wanted to jazz up my China Glaze Lemon Fizz mani with a little nail art. I was bored ;) So I grabbed my dotting tools and some of the new China Glaze Poolside shades and just started messing around. I used the dotting tool to make the flowers first. I used Pool Party and Kiwi Cool-ada for the petals, then filled them in with Kiwi Cool-ada and Towel Boy-Toy then I used Sun Worshiper to make some dots around the flowers. I felt like this was super obnoxious, and the orange dots on the pastel yellow background really didn't work for me, but I figured I'd post it anyway to show you guys just for nail art ideas.

Revlon Luxurious Color Perle Eye Shadow in Nude Slip and Sunlit Sparkle

By beautopia · March 10, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


Revlon's Luxurious Color Eye Shadows are a newer addition to their line of shadows. First came the Mattes, and then those were followed with Perle and Satin. The Perle's are obviously the most shimmery of the three choices and they seem to have just the right amount of shimmer for me. I'm a fan of the Matte shadows as well, but it's nice to see a drugstore brand coming out with some decent shimmers. Nude Slip was talked about on one of my favorite blogs; Nouveau Cheap; she was pretty positive on these and then she mentioned recently that one of her readers spotted them at Walgreen's for $3 of the retail price, making them $1.99!

The packaging is pretty simple and utilitarian, but not chintzy, which is a plus. Even at full price you're getting a lot in the package, and if you can get them on sale, it's even more of a steal. The texture is fine and not chalky at all, though it also doesn't crumble like the buttery shadows we all seem to love, like Stila and LORAC. They are pigmented, but not overwhelmingly so, making them easy to blend, and the shimmer is not over-the-top, but are quite glimmery.

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Essie Art of Spring - Van D'Go - and a trick!

By beautopia · February 19, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Essie Art of Spring polishes are available now at Transdesign.com and 8ty8beauty.com for around $4 each. Also available soon at Trade Secret and Ulta and I want to say the regular retail is about $9

Whoa Nelly, my application on this one was jacked up. What can I say, the formula was a bit difficult and I have had a migraine for 4 days. Anyhoo, this is a light pinky peach with a creamy base. The application was tricky as this is the kind of pastel, like a lot of Essies, that create a bit of a shadow. You know the ones; even though they're basically lighter than your skin, the streaks it leaves make it look like you applied it over a muddy grey base... Ugh. It's somewhat chalky as well. While I normally consider myself to at least somewhat careful when it comes to application, after three painstaking coats I still had streaks and uneven lines. Me no likey. Add to that the fact that this polish doesn't dry the same color it looks in the bottle. It ends up a shade darker and more orange. Whatever, I guess it's still pretty, but it's like false advertising. I did find out an easy way to get it to look bottle-color on the nails without frankening though, so read on!

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Spring Splatter - A Jackson Pollock-esque Konadicure

By beautopia · February 11, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Believe it or not, this isn't nearly as in-your-face in person as you might think. I used Color Club's new Who Are You Wearing from the Rebel Debutante Spring collection as the base. It's a nice ecru shade with a hint of lilac in there somewhere. Then I used Konad plate m70 and stamped each nail randomly with China Glaze Four Leaf Clover, Heli-Yum,  Millenium, and Color Club Gossip Column. I'm going to try to do a video tutorial on this particular one as soon as my flu clears up, but it's fairly simple. Drop two colors on your design and stamp as normal for all ten nails, then clean it off and use two more colors for all ten nails. The beauty of this one is that the more random the better, and if you have a bald spot, pick a color and stamp it. I really liked using all Spring-y cremes and then a pop of metallic threaded in throughout.

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Lancome Spring 2010 - Online Now!

By beautopia · January 7, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

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China Glaze Up & Away for Spring 2010

By beautopia · December 2, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Celebrate this spring with a splash of color and give your nails a dose of “happy” with these uplifting colors!

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  • Grape Pop – Bright Plum
  • Sugar High – Petal Pink
  • Something Sweet – Cotton Candy
  • Light As Air – Periwinkle
  • Heli - Yum – Raspberry
  • Flyin’ High – Teal
  • Four Leaf Clover – Kelly green
  • Re-Fresh Mint – Spearmint
  • Peachy Keen – Nectar
  • High Hopes – Guava
  • Happy Go Lucky – Sunshine Yellow
  • Lemon Fizz – Banana
A good pastel nail color is about as hard to find and interesting and unique cream-finish nail colors, and China Glaze has a 12-piece collection that will satisfy both of those conditions. China Glaze has a few swatches of this collection available on their Twitpic page and it seems like there will be a few big winners. For those looking for the elusive perfect mint green and soft banana yellow, this might just be your lucky day.

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