Color Challenge #5 – White and Copper

I’m getting close to the end of my color challenge. It’s been super fun coming up with these great color combos and what kind of nail art to do with them. This time around I did a white and copper mani with Zoya Purity and Autumn.

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I started with one coat of Purity and then water marbled Purity and Autumn. I haven’t done a water marble in a while and I think this was pretty successful for how long it’s been and how rushed I was at the time. This one came out pretty consistent because of the way I made the pattern in the water. I also used a peel off base coat around my fingers instead of vaseline and tape like I normally do. It really helped with clean up so I think I’ll do that from now on.

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I think next time I do another water marble I’ll experiment with different patterns to see what I can get. I do like this color combination but I’m not sure if it’s really me because I’m always a little iffy about white nails on myself. Next up will be turquoise and black which I’m pretty excited about. Let me see all your color combo manis in the comments of my facebook posts!

Color Challenge #3 – Mint Blue and Light Pink

I’m back with my third color challenge post! This one called for using mint blue and light pink together. I searched my Zoya shelves and found the closest I had to these colors, Lillian and Cassi. I think I should have tried for a pink from another brand because Cassi ended up looking more peachy over the blue.

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I wanted to try my hand again at a candy floss mani and thought these soft colors would be great. I started with two coats of Lillian then dropped some of Cassi into the back of a swatch nail wheel to let it get a little goopy. When Cassi was a bit dry I used a toothpick to lay strings of the polish over my nail. I think besides Cassi being a bit too peachy, it may not have been the best finish for this method, a regular creme may have been best.

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Despite some not so great choices, I do kind of like this mani and I got some compliments on it. I may try this method again with different colors, possibly a more shimmery base with a creme on top.

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Have you ever tried this method? I’d love to see your candy floss and color challenge manis in the comments of my facebook post. And don’t forget (or for those of you who haven’t seen) that I’m releasing my essentials polishes along with a few others today! Check out my Etsy shop for the new polishes and more.

Color Challenge #2 – Teal and Silver

Hey everybody, I’m back with the next color pairing on my challenge list. Today I’ve got teal & silver, this is my favorite one so far but I’ve still got the last few to paint still.

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This is actually my first negative space mani, though I kind of did a faux version since I had some staining. I started with a tinted base coat and then a coat of Zoya Lulu to cover up the staining. They were both still sheer enough and close enough to my natural color that it still looked like negative space under the other colors.

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I then used scotch tape to create a triangle stencil and paint Zoya Trixie closest to my cuticle. The tape ended up getting a little messy so I had to do some extra clean up without removing the sheer polish. I definitely could have done it a better way but once I started I just rolled with it. Next I used striping tape to separate the next area and painted Zoya Wednesday up toward the tips of my nails. I did a top coat which evened out some of the imperfections.

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I’m so happy with how this one came out. I can see myself doing this negative space pattern again with other colors as well as trying other negative space manis. I would love to see both your teal & silver pairings and any negative space manis you have. To share, please check out the post I’ve made for this blog entry on my facebook page and leave your pictures in the comments.

Color Challenge #1 – Coral and Purple

I really love reading beauty articles, sometimes I even read certain ones more than once even if I’m not going to use any of the tips or techniques. I recently found an article that had a lot of great tips and images, one being this image for mani & pedi color pairings that I spoke of in my last post.

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I took this more as pairing these colors in nail art  than doing one color on your fingers and one on your toes. So I’ve decided to do each of these and blog about my pairings. I’m doing them in order, so without further ado, here is coral and purple.

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For this mani I started with two coats of Zoya Maya and then top coated it. I used ric rac vinyl nail stencils from Vinyl It Up and painted Zoya Serenity over top then top coated again. I still haven’t quite gotten the hang of vinyls yet but I think they came out alright. I do like this color combo and I love how squishy it looks with the more sheer Maya underneath.

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I’m already having a lot of fun with these manis and at the time of this post I have the next few already done and photographed. I would love to see your color pairings too! You can post your pictures of coral/purple manis directly on my link for this blog post on my facebook page so everybody can see and get ideas of their own. Look out for my teal & silver mani on Monday, I’m so excited about that one!

Champagne Glitter Gradient

Hey, long time, no see! Sorry for being absent here for a bit, but if you’d like to stay updated in other ways I do post on facebook and instagram. I should have a bunch of posts coming up this next month because I’ll be doing a nail art challenge using this color pairing chart. Pedis aren’t necessary, I’m doing it all on my finger nails.

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If you would like to join me I’ll be doing them in order starting on August 7th and then posting every Monday and Friday in August until I’ve finished. You can post yours to any social media, but I encourage you to post your pictures in the comments when I post each blog entry on facebook so everybody can see them in one place.

And now on to the actual mani the post is about! I used two coats of Zoya Jules which is a beautiful shimmery taupe polish. I sponged on one of my upcoming Marbles For Polish glitters, Lady Charms. This glitter topper is similar to China Glaze Fairy Dust and Golden Enchantment because it’s both a gold and silver micro glitter.

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This mani really reminds me of a bubbly champagne. I think I would wear this again to a classy event because it’s neutral but a little bit jazzed up. Are you guys excited about the new polishes I have coming out? If you haven’t seen them yet check out my instagram for some sneak peeks and look out for all of them early to mid August.