Monday, July 15, 2019

Butter London Molly Coddled

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We went to see the new Spiderman movie on Saturday and both thought it was pretty good. Sunday I had brunch in the city with some friends. All in all a great weekend! This week I'm trying to stay cool in the heat, will definitely be going to the pool a bunch.

Today I painted my nails with an old favorite, Butter London Molly Coddled. The formula on this lilac color is still wonderful and is opaque in two easy coats. I used Lillibet's Jubilee, a gorgeous silvery lavender foil, to create a stripe down the center of each nail. I think these colors compliment each other so well!

Hope you have a great week and stay cool!


Monday, July 8, 2019

Purple Smoosh Nails

Hey everyone! How was your 4th of July and weekend? On Friday we drove up to Rochester for a wedding Saturday. Aside from the long drive we had a great time! It's always fun getting dressed up.

My Monday has been pretty chill and I had time to do some fun nail art. I'd seen this "smoosh" mani a bunch on social media and have always wanted to do my own. You can start with any base color, but I used Zoya Abby, a light lavender creme. The next step requires a nail stamper and a few colors of your choice. I also used my nail mat (like this one). If you don't have a nail mat you could use wax paper or just paint directly on your stamper. The colors I used were Zoya Abby, Zoya Jordan, Zoya Maeve, Zoya Aurora, and Essie Dye-Mentions.

Step 1: Paint a layer of your base color (Abby for me) on the mat.
Step 2: Quickly dot your different colors around on top of the base color.
Step 3: Take your stamper and press it down on top of the colors. This will smoosh everything together and blend the colors.
Step 4: Gently press the stamper down on top of your nail. You may need to manipulate it a little or press it more than once to get the colors looking how you want.
Step 5 (optional): Place some small pieces of gold foil around the design.
Step 5: Seal your design with a glossy top coat.

There are a bunch of helpful Youtube tutorials as well! I love how these came out. 
Hope the rest of your week is great!


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

4th of July Glitter Gradient Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great week so far. We have a crazy busy weekend coming up so I have some quick 4th of July nails to share. Unfortunately I'll have to take them off tomorrow night because we're driving up to Rochester for a wedding and I don't really think these colors will go with my dress haha.

To create this glitter gradient look I followed a great tutorial by HannahRoxNails on Youtube (linked here). Remember, you don't have to use the exact colors she or I used! First I started with two coats of Zoya Trixie for a silver base. Next, I applied Zoya Everly (holo red) from the base to just below the middle of my nail. Then, I applied Zoya Dream (holo blue) from slightly above the middle of my nail to the tip. This left a small line of silver in the middle of my nail. I then took my silver glitter, Marc Jacobs Glinda, on a small detail brush and spread it around the middle and creating small strokes into the red and blue to get my gradient effect. Lastly, I used Everly and Dream again to create some more lines around the silver to blend everything together.

I absolutely love how this came out!

I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July!