Saturday, May 31, 2014

Watermelon Madness



Anyone else excited for summer? Because I am!
These are actually based off some pajamas that I have, but I thought the pattern was really cute and summery!

As a little public service announcement, in addition to blogger and tumblr, you can now also find N.Y.A.N. on Instagram! Check it out if you have time ~

Products Used:
Essie - 008 Blanc
Essie - 752 Turquoise & Caicos
Essie - 922 Mojito Madness
Essie - 1017 Bottle Service
Essie - Grow Stronger Base Coat
Revlon - 305 Sublime Strawberry
Sally Hansen - 370 Black Out
Seche Vite - Quick Dry Top Coat

xo,
Becca.

Galaxy Style





I actually did these nails before my overdose nails, but then stuff happened and I didn't think it was really an appropriate time to be posting them.
They needed to be posted though, so here they are!

I really loved them and could not stop staring at my hands when I had them on. I'll probably do some more galaxy nails in the future because I didn't get to have these on for as long as I would have liked.

Products Used:
Borghese - B476 Incantato Purple
Essie - 008 Blanc
Essie - 720 Licorice
Essie - Grow Stronger Base Coat
Revlon - 320 Ocean Breeze
Rimmel London - 350 Violet Metal
Sally Hansen - 4154-01 Raven's Wing
Seche Vite - Quick Dry Top Coat

xo,
Becca.

Product Review: 2.5mm Pearl Rhinestones

Hey guys, today I’m reviewing some rhinestones for Born Pretty Store! You can find these studs and more in the Nail Art Section of their website!
The rhinestones that I’m reviewing can be found here and look like little multi-coloured pearls! I knew right away what I wanted to do with these studs: mermaid nails!


The rhinestones are 2.5 mm in diameter and come in a one-wheel set that should contain 360 pieces (I can’t say the exact number I received since I didn’t count them, but there were a fair amount of beads in the package!)

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For this design I decided to do a three-tone ombré on 4/5 nails and then a sand-covered accent nail. For the ombré nails I started out with a white base, sponged on the colours, and then topped it off with a thin coat of glitter polish. For the accent nail, I started off with a beige base and then, with the nail polish still wet, dipped my nail in some sand.

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After I had the base done, I added some detail in white polish and then it was time to start adding embellishments! To apply the rhinestones I used tweezers to pick them up and dip the flat side in nail art glue before positioning them on the nail.

Some pros and cons that I found with these studs:
Pros: They sit well on the nail and look lovely on, as well as having a nice variety of colours to choose from
Con: They are an absolute pain to pick up. Since the tops of them are rounded, it’s very difficult to get a grip on them with tweezers or even with your fingers.Be prepared with some patience when applying these!


With that being said, I do like this product even though applying them can be a little trying. The rhinestones are versatile and could be used in a number of designs. These rhinestones sell for C$4.34 (US$3.99) for one wheel with free worldwide shipping.
Don’t forget, you can use the coupon code FHX31 for 10% off at Born Pretty Store!
I hope you enjoyed reading!

xo,
Becca

** These products were provided for review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone. **

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Overdose

Wow I am so late with this post but I have a valid excuse this time around: I was out of the country.
Moving on, Exo recently came back with their newest mini-album Overdose and you all know that means I have to do a manicure in honour of it, so here you go!






So I may have went a tad bit overboard with the amount of pictures for this design but those hexagons took me two solid hours to paint so let me revel in how well they came out.
I'm so pleased with these nails you have no idea, and I got a lot of compliments on them while I was on vacation so that was a bonus as well.

Let me just say though, next time Exo has a comeback I'm hoping they go easy on me and comeback with a logo that's a bit less time consuming to paint!
Here are some closeups of some of the nails:


Not sure how clear this is, but this is supposed to be the force field thing that Suho hits in K's MV.

Anyways, Overdose is awesome, both the song and the album, so if you haven't already (or even if you have) go listen to it!

EDIT 160522:
Wow, I have no idea why this wasn't a part of this post, but here is the pictorial for this design:


Products Used:
Essie - 008 Blanc
Essie - 016 Waltz
Essie - 720 Licorice
Essie - Grow Stronger Base Coat
Maybelline - 390 Audacious Asphalt
Seche Vite - Quick Dry Top Coat
Sephora by OPI - Matte Top Coat
Gold Chain
Silver Caviar Beads

xo,
Becca.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Product Review: Silver Nail Art Glitter

Hey guys, I'm doing another review today for Born Pretty Store! If you haven't checked Born Pretty out before, they have some great products in their Nail Art section, as well as other, non-nail-art products.
Today I'm reviewing some Silver Nail Art Glitter (#4). I had the most difficult time deciding on a design to do with this glitter since I don't use glitter all that often. I finally settled on a floral design with a glitter accent.

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The glitter comes in a 1 piece set and you have an option of 4 different sizes of glitter. I'm using the smallest glitter out of the four.

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For the design, I started off with a teal base and then used a dotting tool to make large white flowers and a smaller dotting tool to make the red centers. These are the products I used for the design:



To apply the glitter, I put a layer of top coat on my nail and then dipped it into the little pot. It coated the nail well, and stays in place even without a top coat. I'm sure there's probably an easier way, but I found the glitter application to be kind of messy (not that it was much of a surprise considering it's glitter and that's always a mess). It got all over my fingers and I spent a lot of time trying to get it off (and preferably back into the pot). It did come off relatively easily though, when I gently scraped it off.
One plus of having the pieces of glitter so small though is that it's easy to get a clean line at the base of your nail.

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I also used the glitter in the center of the flowers which proved to be a lot harder than having the entire nail covered. Since the glitter is so small it's too hard to pick the pieces up and place them individually, but it's also difficult to take multiple pieces of glitter out of the pot and place them nicely.
For this reason I would probably recommend this glitter for larger areas instead of in small little designs.

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With all that being said, I do love the way the glitter turned out; so sparkly! It's great for a glitter-encrusted accent nail or, if you're feeling up to it, an entire glitter manicure. This glitter sells for $3.89 individually with free worldwide shipping (as is the same for BPS's other products).
Don't forget, you can get 10% off at Born Pretty Store using the coupon code FHX31.


I hope you enjoyed reading!

xo,
Becca.


** These products were provided for review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone. **