3.26.2015

Spring Splash Floral 1

Hi everyone!  Today I have a Splash Floral manicure to show you!  If you follow the blog, you know this is one of my all-time favorite looks :D  I can't help but do it over and over again in different ways (hence the "1" in the title...this may be one of many for spring!).


I started with a base of KBShimmer Eyes White Open and topped it with Philly Loves Lacquer Could It BE Any Sunnier?, a holographic top coat that adds instant sparkle.  Then, I used three shades from the Zoya spring collection to create the "splashes": Zoya Daisy, Zoya Leslie, and Zoya Rayne.  Then I used my It's So Easy StripeRite in black to create all of the details and sealed everything in with Glisten & Glow HK Girl!




This design is just fabulous in any color combo.  Check out my Splash Floral Tutorial [HERE] and if you create a manicure with it, be sure to tag me on social media so I can see it!!  Use the tag #IdiotsGuidesNailArt (because this tutorial is also featured in the book!) :D

3.25.2015

McPolish-Inspired Dots with Nicole by OPI!

Happy Wednesday, polished friends!  Today I have some quick and easy nail art with BIG pay-off...my favorite kind of nail art!  This is 100% inspired by the fabulous @mcpolish on Instagram and blogger at Polish Etc!  She adds two little dots to each nail and instantly creates a fun, colorful look...so I decided to try it out myself!


This manicure started out with a base of Nicole by OPI In Grape Demand.  I added dots in Nicole by OPI The Look Is Orange and sealed it in with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.  Such an easy way to play with different color combos.




If you don't follow @mcpolish, be sure to get over to Instagram and follow along!  She creates some great nail art manicures, in a style I love!  What color combos would you like to try with this look?!

Nicole by OPI polishes used in this post were provided for previous review.

3.24.2015

Benefit Roller Lash: A Review!

Hello polished friends!  I usually save my lifestyle and cosmetics posts for the weekends, but today I decided to do a review of a product I have been hearing a lot of hype about: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara!  I have Benefit They're Real! Mascara, but was excited to try this new product instead, as I think it is better suited for the look I want anyway!



I don't buy a lot of high-end cosmetics...I own some Urban Decay eyeshadows, and I've tried Benefit They're Real, but I don't generally buy high-end stuff.  I've been working a lot and had a bit of extra cash, so I decided to treat myself to this.  The entire experience of high-end cosmetics is pleasant to me...look how pretty the packaging is!  Just gorgeous!



Benefit Roller Lash promises lift and long-lasting curl without using an eyelash curler.  This is good news to me because I have straight, short and stubby lashes, but I am terrified of eyelash curlers.  I just don't like using them...so I don't!  Roller Lash definitely lifts my lashes, creating more of the look I want, instead of just coating my lashes and keeping them straight.  The Hook 'n' Roll brush is small and slightly curved...easy to use.


Here you can see the difference this makes in my lashes.  This is just one easy coat.  It's not as dramatic as falsies, obviously, but in a few seconds flat, I have lashes that pop!  I know a lot of the before/after photos I've seen of this feature girls with fabulously long lashes to begin with...so hopefully this is helpful to the other stubby-lash-ladies out there ;)  I love it...and will repurchase!



In the future, I'd like to try Roller Lash with They're Real applied just to the tips of my lashes to create a little more length, but overall, I am really pleased with this product!  It's beautiful in the box...in the tube...and on the eye!  Benefit Roller Lash sells for $24...I bought mine at Ulta, but you can get it online [here]!


Purchased by me.
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