Nails inspired by my Vera Bradley cosmetic bag

Warning. Do not try this at home.  This nail art took me about 2.5 hrs to complete on both hands.  It involved painting, waiting, stamping, painting between the lines and then tocpoating.  But I guess, what else is a girl going to do at 4am when she can’t sleep? heather nail artMy inspiration for this nail art came from our blogger group called The Beauty Buffs.  We all decided to do blog posts inspired by our makeup bag.  My current makeup bag is a Vera Bradley in a beautiful purple and green pattern called Heather.  I love this cosmetic bag!  It’s so pretty and I love reaching for it everyday. My favorite feature is the hidden flap on the back. It flips open to a small pocket with a mirror which is perfect for quick lipstick applications.
Vera Heather NailsVera Bradley inspried nails

 

I’ve done a few Vera Bradley posts so far.  Their designs are so colorful and complex and I find them very inspirational for my nail art designs.


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APRIL Nail Challenge Prompts #NAILlinkup

Hello April! I’ve been waiting for you for what feels like an eternity. Enough of winter, I’m so ready for you Spring! If you’re feeling the need for some nail art inspiration to help you transition into spring, then join our easy and stress free monthly nail art challenge Nail Art Ideas Linkup. Worried about the time you need to commit? Don’t sweat it. Join in when ever you want – do as many or as few prompts as you like. All you need to do is create an awesome manicure and upload your picture onto the inlinkz page!

Let’s look at our April prompts:

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Theme 1 – Easter Think chickies, bunnies, chocolate, eggs and anything else whimsical and fun. Don’t celebrate Easter? That’s ok – what about passover? Share what’s important to you for this time of year.

Theme 2 – April Showers Did you know that April Showers bring May flowers? So they say…No matter how much it rains in april, we’re not going to let it get us down. Embrace the showers by painting your nails!

Theme 3 – Pastels A theme that’s been prominent on all the fashion runways for the last number of years, pastels are here to stay. Yummy pinks, minty greens, soft blues – what’s your take on pastels?

Theme 4 – Spring Flowers It’s not May yet but I bet you’ll see some buds springing up around you this month. What’s your favourite spring blossom?

Theme 5 – Ombre Ok so we’re not totally original on this one but don’t you just love ombre nails? We do! So show us your best ombre manicure.

How to Enter the April N.A.I.L.

  1. Paint your nails using the suggested theme.
  2. Post your pics on your blog, instagram, tumblr, etc.
  3. Enter your post into our inlinkz below so everyone can see your pics.

Do one of the weekly themes, or do them all. It’s up to you! The dates for each week are only suggestions- you can post your nails whenever you want from the 30 March – 3rd May and you don’t have to do them in order. We encourage everyone to join in no matter what social platform you use – blog, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. Don’t forget to share your nail pics via the inlinkz. These inlinkz will be open all month for entries. You can use hashtag #NAILLINKUP on your social media and please feel free to share our graphic.

 

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*Optional for Bloggers – the following links will take you to a page where you can get the code to add the Inlinkz gallery to your blog: Easter / April Showers / Spring Flowers / Ombre

NAIL ART IDEAS LINKUP is hosted by Brijits Digits, Craftynail, Eeeek Nail Polish! and Nail That Accent!. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all! You can also read more info about our monthly linkup on our blog links below. We look forward to seeing your nails this April!

Happy painting,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!

Lindsay from Nail That Accent!

Hot Pink Chevron Nails for #NAILlinkup

Whenever I want to do chevrons I always reach for my Bundle Monster BM-423 stamping plate.  It works like a charm!

BM 423Our march linkup is almost wrapped up.. so I’m sneaking this CHEVRON prompt in right in the knick of time.  Chevrons are bold pattern so I paired it with a bold color- my new hot pink AVON polish called HOTTIE from the Electric Shades collection. Here’s what I came up with…

hot pink AVON nail art pink and silver avon chevron nails Hottie Chevron Nailshot pink ➣ AVON Hottie

silver ➣ AVON Metallic Effects Platinum Petal

texture ➣ AVON Stardust Black Sequins

black ➣ Rica Blackout



Formula X Clever

I only have a few Formula X polishes and they were all gifted to me since I never really shop at Sephora.  This one is a pretty duochromatic glitter called Clever from the limited edition Ombré Glitter collection.  Clever is a pretty purply blue, and I paired it over a light lavender creme called Sally Hansen Water Orchid.  I wish I applied it over a dark color, because I think the glitter would have popped a little more.  I needed three coats to cover the lavender, but over black I bet I could’ve gotten away with only two coats.  Oh well, live and learn.

I don’t think I’d ever try to wear Clever it on it’s own either.  I think it’s glitter is too sparse and sheer for that.

Clever swatch formulaXclever Sephora CleverWhat do you think of Formula X ? Do you miss Sephora by OPI?

brand new release- AVON Electric Shades for Spring

electric shades avon collageIf you follow my instagram you may have noticed my sneak peek of this new AVON collection called Electric Shades.  All four of these Nailwear Pro+ colors are bright and highly pigmented, and have shimmering flecks in them.  The four limited edition spring 2015 colors are- Reckless (purple), Hottie (pink), Saucy (yellow), and Vibe (blue).  All of them are two-coaters, even the yellow.  And even though they are super bright, they have a shiny finish.  They’re not dull like a lot of neons.  All my swatches are two coats with no topcoat. Let’s take a look!

Reckless-

AVON Reckless Electric Shades Purple AVON Reckless NailwearHottie-

AVON Hottie Electric Shades Pink AVON Hottie NailwearSaucy-

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AVON Vibe Electric Shades Blue AVON Vibe NailwearI also did some nail art using all four colors.  I started with one coat of black AVON Licorice.  Then I used a dotting tool to make lines of dots in each shade-

AVON electric shades nail artI am honestly blown away by this collection.  These colors are so bright! And every time I applied one I was thinking, “Okay, in my blog I have to remember to say that this is my top pick from the collection”.  But I ended up thinking that about every color.  Seriously, I love them all!  The yellow really impressed me too. I know yellow is not a popular color for nails, but hot damn! This one is so bright and super opaque.  AVON keeps impressing me with their Nailwear Pro+ line.  I seriously don’t know why more people don’t blog about their nail products.

The Electric Shades collection is a special release for Spring 2015, so they won’t be around forever.  Get them while you can!  They just got released at my e-store and they retail for $3.49 a piece for USA delivery. Here’s the link if you want to check them out.  Or you can find them from your local AVON Independent Sales Representative.  If you’re looking for a discount coupon code I’ve listed a few below.  There’s also an epic 5 for $20 lipstick sale going on right now. Happy spring!

Out of these four electric colors, which would you wear first?? If I have time before work this morning I want to do my nails.  I’m thinking the purple Reckless maybe?

 

Gold and water marble nails for #NAILlinkup

The second theme in our March nail challenge (#NAILlinkup) is GOLD.  When it comes to jewelry, I’ve always loved sterling silver.  It’s only been more recently that I started wearing gold jewelry. BUT, when it comes to nails, I’ve ALWAYS loved gold.  It think it makes my nails look fancy. Me so fancy!

For today’s manicure I paired some water marbled nails with some plain gold nails.  The gold doesn’t really match the marble, but oh well.  I recently made some water marble decals and I was itching to wear them!

gold and purple watermarble nails Metallic Heels Water Marble Nails water marble nailsThe gold nail polish here is Julie G Metallic Heels which is one of the very first polishes I ever won in a giveaway!  That giveaway was held by inthegrayareas and I bet she’d be happy to know I still use that stuff 2 yrs later. :)

I’m contemplating doing a tutorial for my water marble technique. It’s mess-free.  Yup, you heard me right.  Water marble with no mess.  Yeah…. maybe I’ll work on that.


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Twinsie Nails- Biker Chic

Hey y’all!  Can you believe that in my two and half years of blogging I’ve never done a legit twinsie post with another blogger! Whaaaa???  I know!  So I’m happy that my friend Voni from For The Love of Nail Art asked me to do a twinsie post with her.  Together we came up with our joint nail theme relatively quickly-  BIKER CHIC!   We’re both kinda sassy, so why the hell not? grey biker nailsI figured I wanted to use some dark colors for this biker mani.  And there was still a nice grey OPI from my Fifty Shades of Grey collection that I haven’t tried yet, so that was an easy choice  And while I was at it I threw in the red from that collection since it’s really deep, dark and sexy, just like a female biker would like.  Along with some studs, I only used three colors for this manicure-

Grey ☠ OPI Embrace the Grey

Red ☠ OPI Romantically Involved

Black ☠ AVON Nailwear Pro+ Licorice

grey biker nailsbiker chic nail artThe wing patches were difficult to do.  I sketched some wings on a piece of paper, and couldn’t get them just right.  So it didn’t surprise me that they turned out like crap when I handpainted them.  So I removed that polish and turned to my stamping plates for an alternative.  I found a wing stamp in my Bundle Monster set (plate BM-417).  But it was only one wing.  How could I use it to make another ‘mirrored’ wing which faces the other direction?  I wound up making decals out of my stamps, and then flipped one of the decals upside down so it was facing the other way.  That worked perfect!  I love how these came out.

Make sure to take a trip over to Voni’s blog http://www.fortheloveofnailart.co.za/ to check out her biker nails too! She did two designs!  Here’s a glimpse of one of them….

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