My First Attempt at Nail Art!

Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  Mine was pretty relaxing.  I just watched a lot of TV and spent some quality time with my wonderful boyfriend.

Today I want to share with you my first ever attempt at nail art.  It came out pretty decent! I got the inspiration from this YouTube video.  If you like nail art, you should check out this channel.  It has lots and lots of easy tutorials for all kinds of pretty designs.

The video I followed was for a Heart Leopard design.  I changed up the colors and didn’t use the heart.  I was drawn to this design because I like the way it’s only on part of your nails.  I’ll call this a Pink and Silver Leopard Gradient, for all intents and purposes.

Leopard Gradient

Leopard Gradient

Thumb close-up

Thumb close-up

My thumb nail came out the best, but I really love the design on all of my nails.   I wish I had used a darker pink so the silver didn’t steal the focus, but overall I’m very pleased.  I’ll definitely be doing more leopard designs in the future.  It’s so easy and very trendy right now.

I used OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble for the base color.  The leopard spots are Nicole by OPI Naturally and they’re outlined in OPI I Haven’t the Foggiest.  I applied one coat of Seche Vite top coat to finish up the look.

For step by step instructions, watch the video by Cute Polish (linked above).

So what do you think of this design? Will you try it? Let me know in the comments!

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A Pretty, Unremarkable Mani

Hi guys! I just finished doing my nails for the weekend and thought I’d share with you.  This is a manicure of “firsts” because I used my first Essie and first Zoya polishes.  I’m testing out colors to use for Valentine’s Day and thought these looked pretty next to each other.  Let me know what you think!

I used Zoya Erika for my main color.  This is a really pretty soft pink with gold shimmer.  The formula was amazing.  It applied smoothly and once I built up the layers the color really came out.  This is a sheer polish so I used three coats to get it opaque.

For my accent nail I used Essie Marshmallow (I read about it here and just had to pick it up at Ulta).  I then topped it off with Nicole by OPI Heavenly Angel (part of the Selena Gomez collection).  I already reviewed Heavenly Angel here, and I knew it would look stunning over a white polish.  I have to admit that I’m scared of white polishes.  Marshmallow is the first one I’ve used in quite awhile, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it go on without streaking.  It’s also a beautiful white because it’s not too bright.  I used three coats on my nail to get the opacity I desired.  I’m glad to report that it has cured my white polish phobia.

PS: I really need to get better at photographing my nails, or get a new camera…some of these pictures aren’t doing it for me.

From left to right
Essie Marshmallow, Nicole by OPI Heavenly Angel and Zoya Erika

Picture without flash

With flash

With Essie bottle

With Zoya bottle

With Zoya again

Different lighting for a slightly better picture

No flash

Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Swatches, Plus OPI Rapidry vs. Seche Vite

Hello all of my lovely readers! I’m sorry I wasn’t able to do my weekly weekend post, but I knew I was getting some new nail polish for my birthday and wanted to swatch them for you guys.  My birthday was last Tuesday (January 22), but I didn’t get to celebrate it until this past Sunday.  Today I spent about two and a half hours getting the swatches ready.  This is the first time I’ve swatched multiple colors and I have to say, it is A LOT of work, so I commend all the other nail polish bloggers who spend countless hours preparing swatches for all of us.  You guys rock!

So, for my birthday I received four colors from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez collection.  I got Heavenly Angel, Selena, Love Song and Naturally.

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My birthday polishes!
(From left to right)
Heavenly Angel, Selena, Love Song and Naturally

Before I get started, I want to apologize in advance for some of the pictures.  I’m using a new camera that I got for Christmas a few years ago and I’m not used to it yet…hence the weird lighting.  Additionally, I’m in no way a pro at painting my nails, so please forgive the somewhat sloppy application and enjoy the colors.

First up is Love Song.  This is a pretty lilac color that applies smoothly and is opaque in two coats.

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Love Song

100_0008 100_0009The pictures don’t do this color justice.  They make it seem like more of a periwinkle blue color, but trust me this is a true lilac and is very pretty once applied.

Next is Naturally.  Naturally is a bubble gum pink color.  It took me three coats to get it to the opacity that I wanted.

Naturally

Naturally

100_0016 100_0019I then applied one coat of Heavenly Angel over Naturally.  Heavenly Angel is a glitter polish with flakes of iridescent white glitter that shine green, blue and gold.

Heavenly Angel

Heavenly Angel

100_0024 100_0028Again, the pictures don’t do this polish justice.  It’s beautiful and adds just the right amount of sparkle.  It was also surprisingly easy to remove.

Finally, there’s Selena, a peachy, coral pink.  For people who usually wear neutrals, this would be a great polish to spice up your collection.  This shade is nice and cheery without being too bright.  For these pictures, I used two coats of polish, but I’d prefer wearing three just because the formula is a little streaky (this may be user error though).

Selena

Selena

100_0032 100_0039Naturally and Selena are my two favorite polishes out of these four.  Which are yours?

My mom purchased my Nicole by OPI polishes at WalMart for $7.00 each.  You can also purchase them at Ulta for $7.99 each (click here to purchase).

Now on to the second part of my post: a comparison of OPI Rapidry spray and Seche Vite topcoat.

Seche Vite fast drying topcoat (left) and OPI Rapidry nail polish dryer (right)

Seche Vite dry fast topcoat (left) and OPI Rapidry nail polish dryer (right)

When I first started doing my nails regularly, I purchased OPI Rapidry mist because I kept getting bored while waiting for my nails to dry.  You spray the product on your nails 45 seconds after you apply your final coat of polish.  Today, I used the Rapidry when I swatched Love Song.  A minute and a half after applying Rapidry, my nails were still tacky.  Five minutes after application, they were dry to the touch.

I just started using Seche Vite a few months ago because I read tons of excellent reviews on the product.  Today I applied it when I swatched Naturally and Selena.  My nails were dry to the touch a minute and a half after I applied Seche Vite!  I felt comfortable enough to run my fingers through my hair five minutes after application.  Seche Vite definitely dries polish faster than OPI Rapidry.  Just remember that your manicure isn’t completely dry after five minutes; you can still ruin the polish if you aren’t careful.

Both products do have pros and cons, though.  Rapidry is easy to apply, but can be messy since it’s a spray.  Also, the mist sometimes leaves air bubbles on the surface of your nail, making it look a little bumpy.  This can be rectified by holding the spray farther away from your nails and making sure to apply it no sooner than 45 seconds after your last coat of polish.

Seche Vite dries polish much faster than Rapidry, but it has a very strong smell.  If you’re adverse to chemical scents, definitely go with the Rapidry because it has no noticeable odor.  Seche Vite also feels more convenient than Rapidry because it’s a topcoat.  With Rapidry, you have to apply a topcoat, then mist it over your nails.  Seche Vite cuts out that extra step.

Overall, I highly prefer Seche Vite over OPI Rapidry.  It gives a beautiful glossy shine to nails and dries polish very quickly.  You can purchase Seche Vite at Ulta for $9.95 (Click here to purchase).  OPI Rapidry sells at Ulta for $10.95.

Have you tried either product? If so, I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments!