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The ABCs: Z for Zoya & Zebra

Finally, here’s the last post in my ABC series! I kinda effed up a bit in my Variety Pack post, because I was originally going to post Sinful Colors Zeus for the letter Z, but somehow I threw it in with the random spam. So I had to figure out something else for today’s post, and I ended up with zebra stamping over a Zoya polish.

This is Zoya Cynthia, a dark teal creme stamped with zebra image from BM-223 and China Glaze Adore. I’ve used two coats of Cynthia, and it’s nice and smooth and easy to apply.

This concludes my ABC series, I hope you enjoyed it! I had fun doing this, but I really look forward to using whichever polish I fancy from now on. ;)

Dim Sum Monster

I recently got OPI Dim Sum Plum from the 2010 Hong Kong Collection, I just couldn’t resist this magenta creme any more after seeing so many gorgeous pics of it all over the web. I have a weak spot for cremes, I have to admit. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics of it on its own, I put it on before bed last night and woke up with a lot of sheetmarks on my nails. Bummer, but nothing that a little stamping can’t fix. I used China Glaze Admire and Bundle Monster 203, and I love this combination! It’s not too in your face, but not boring either.

Dim Sum Plum was easy to apply, and it’s so pigmented that it’s an almost-one coater. I used two coats, though, I always feel like one coat is too thin somehow.

When I first saw the bottle, I thought I had made a blunder, it looked like it could be a dupe to a lot of polishes in my stash. Muggles may not agree, but after a comparison, I can’t say I’ve found a single dupe! Yay! China Glaze Traffic Jam is closest, but DSP is slightly dustier and a smidge more purple.

Snakeskin

Snakeskin manicures are a new trend that’s popping up right now, but I don’t have any snakeskin around here, and neither do I want to glue it to my nails. But there’s still hope, and the answer is stamping. I used the snakeskin design from the Bundle Monster 215 plate to create this slithery look!

The base is IsaDora Hunter Green, a very, very dark green jelly that looks black most of the time. I also think it’s a dupe for OPI Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow. It’s very easy to apply, and it’s opaque in two coats.

The stamp is made with Sally Hansen Color Quick Nail Color Pen in Green Chrome (say that 10 times fast!). Despite the silly long name, these nail polish “pens” are just perfect for stamping!

It’s chrome, thus super pigmented and even better than Konad polish, in my opinion. And it’s super easy to use! Just click the button at the end and polish comes out the other end. Then use it like a pencil, which makes for quick and easy stamping. I heart it!

Have you tried these polish pens for stamping?

Thanks for stopping by!
Love, S.

Simplicity

Nail art doesn’t have to be loud and over the top, sometimes the simplest things are enough. Like this crisp and clean black on nude manicure.

I started out with a nude pink jelly/creme. I can’t tell you the name of this, because it’s actually a franken. I had two nudes that were very similar, so I just mixed them, they were The Face Shop BR801 and Per Una Champagne. Any pink or beige nude will do, though! Then I used GOSH Nero and this little flower from BM15, and that’s it! I like the end result very much.

What’s your favorite nude nailpolish?

Have a nice day, everyone!
Love, S.

OPI From A To Z-Urich

Not a very summery mani today, but there’s nothing summery about today’s weather either, so a polish from last year’s fall collection (OPI Swiss) is very fitting.

I got OPI From A To Z-Urich in a swap around new year’s, so I haven’t really rushed to wear this! This wine red creme isn’t what I’d normally wear, but it’s nice to shake things up every once in a while. The color is very (old?) lady like, it’s very sophisticated, but it doesn’t exactly rock my world.

The formula is nice as always with OPI, it flows nicely on the nail and the finish is very shiny. The polish is extremely pigmented, so if you have steady hands, you might get away with one coat. I don’t, so I used two thin coats for this mani.

Because this color alone almost made me fall asleep, I had to do something to liven it up a bit. After thinking a while, I figured that stamping something in gold on top would be nice, and it sure was! I used BM 207 and China Glaze 2030. I think these colors are beautiful together, and because Zurich is a berry instead of a brighter red, the combo doesn’t get too christmassy. (Sorry about the messy pinky, the stamp didn’t take so I had to finish it with a nail art brush.)

Gizmo didn’t care too much for it, though.

Thanks for looking, guys! See you later!
Love, S.

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