A Passion for Nail Polish

…我有指甲油的熱情…


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NYFW Rolando Santana Nail Art

Zoya Nail Polish is doing a million giveaways right now, one of which is a collaboration with designer Rolando Santana.

I was inspired by the A/W14 collection and did some nail art! This is my right hand, which means I had to do the nail art (mostly just manipulating tape) with my non dominant, left hand. The dominant hand is often referred to as the Cinderella hand, because the right
hand does all the hard work in manicures and nail art, but doesn’t
get featured in photos.

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The second photo is a bit darker, but it shows Zoya’s Melodie by herself. This is a discontinued shade, and I had
to search high and low for this one. Despite being labeled as “brand
new” my bottle smells funky (not in a good way) and was NOT full. I paid more than the retail price of 7.00 USD – 8.00 USD and I had shipping costs on top of that. I’ll still keep it and use it though, because I have a nail polish hoarding problem.

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P.S – Zoya Dahlia is a surprise favourite of mine… I might start rocking more dark or black polishes now!

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Valentines Candy Nail Art

So, here is an – ahem – more “unique” and outside the box nail art design inspired by Ferrero Rocher chocolate:

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I used the actual wrapper on my middle finger nail and the actual sticker on my thumb that was on the Ferrero Rocher chocolate. I made everything stick using just regular top coat, but the sticker itself didn’t need any extra help sticking!

I did this design as a collaboration with a friend on Instagram who contacted me about #twinnails with the username @britalovez. Here is our planning stage photo:

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The nail polishes I used were all from http://32flavorsnailcandy.com/ that I won in a generous giveaway hosted by the creator of the polishes. I think NeNe is on a hiatus for now, but you can definitely check her IG or website out in the meantime for swatches! (Or I can swatch them, let me know!) the colors used was a gorgeous dark brown called Brown Sugar and a gold glitter that was opaque after 2 coats called Holy Grail.

What’s your favourite Valentines candy to buy/receive?

Zoya “Naturel” Look

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This is probably the easiest mani I have done,
while still including some “nail art”! It was inspired by Butter
London’s design for Lela Rose’s NYFW 2014 show. To start, I avoided
putting down base coat because I wanted a super clean look to the
mani – I’m not too concerned because Zoya is a 5-Free polish brand,
and the company advertises that it’s safe for new moms too. That’s
good enough for me, and I don’t leave my manicures on that long
anyway (too many ideas, not enough finger nails!
#firstworldproblems!) if you NEED base coat, or are using a more
toxic polish, I suggest you take the extra time to lay down some
base coat, let it dry completely before proceeding with the
following steps! With a regular piece of Scotch tape, I taped off
the bottom half (cuticle end, not at the tips) of my nail at a
diagonal angle. Then, with Zoya Cho I painted a thin coat on the
exposed nail. I ripped the tape off immediately to get crisp clean
lines. Once that first coat was dry, I carefully did a second coat,
keeping within the lines of my first coat to achieve more opacity.
Finally, top with a clear coat (I used OPI Top Coat, I don’t
discriminate that much between brands…) and you’ve got a super
shiny, über easy, and very chic looking manicure! Let me know if
you tried this, and if there are other NYFW manicures that inspired
you!!!


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Black & White Nail Art

I’m participating in a nail art challenge hosted by @glittr on Instagram, I haven’t won a challenge yet, but I have been selected to be in the finalist stage a handful of times! Practice makes perfect, right? I’m going to keep trying! The challenge is to keep your color palette to (mostly) black and white only.

I’ve done three designs so far, Michael Jackson:

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Yoga inspired:

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And finally, a swan and duckling manicure:

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Do you guys participate in nail art challenges? What motivates you to attempt nail art?


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More Valentines Nail Art

Here are some more nail art designs and ideas for manicures before the big day!

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I did ten different designs, one on each finger! I think my favourite might be the envelope with a heart “sticker”, it’s on the thumb. My new friend on instagram @nicoles_nails_ and she suggested the design from the very talented @glittr. I
showcased all the nail polishes I used in the photo above also, in case you want to recreate the look!

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I have entered these into Nail Polish Canada Valentines Day Nail Art Challenge (along with the many hearts mani from the Be My Valentine post!) Vote for me if you have a chance!! Thanks 🙂


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Rose Nail Art Inspiration

http://www.rina-alcantara.com/2012/09/nail-art-blue-wave.html

Blue Wave Nail Art Design - Artistic Shot

http://workplaypolish.com/2013/06/04/visit-minnies-closet-opi-couture-de-minnie-nail-art/

Couture de Minnie Nail Art (workplaypolish.com)

These are the most beautiful designs I have come across recently! I think I’m going to give the roses a try and post the results this week.
What inspires you?
這是我最近看到最美的指甲設計! 我想自己試試,讓後把結果分享給你們看。

zhè shì wǒ zuì jìn kàn dào zuì měi de zhǐ jiǎ shè jì! wǒ xiǎng zì jǐ shì shì, ràng hòu bǎ jié guǒ fēn xiǎng gěi nǐ men kàn.