Friday, July 23, 2010

Nautical Nails

So my latest nail design is one which I have been admiring for quite some time now. I was browsing through The Material Instinct (Valerie's) Tumblr one day and found this lovely image of an easy and cute nail design. I am a big fan of anything nautical so I put it in my 'to do' file and left it at that. I was recently going through my computer and found it so I figured it was time. Here is what the image is:

My goal was a recreation and here is what I came up with:

Well, that's about all for now. I am trying to update this more often but life gets in the way! Watch the video below for a step by step tutorial:

Friday, July 2, 2010

If you shop online, you should be using Ebates!

I am an avid online shopper. There I said it! With sites like,, and numerous others, I find myself online window shopping quite frequently. Now while I'm not always in the mood to buy I would always like to save money. I frequently 'google' coupons, codes, etc looking for a way to save a buck. Recently I've started using Ebates when I shop. Basically, it's a way to earn back money on purchases that you were already going to make (they also have coupons, and special offers). I earn a percentage of cashback depending on which sites I shop on and what category of item I'm buying. I use it for eBay, Sephora, Ulta, Victoria's Secret, etc and I can't be more happy with it. I just figured I'd pass this along for anyone like me with an online shopping addiction! :)

Sign up for Ebates

FYI: Just like Hautelook, Ebates does give referring bonuses hence the link.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

4th of July Nails!

Fireworks to be exact!

I made my first attempt at Fourth of July Nails last year. While I feel the effort was there and the designs were good I couldn't get past the nagging fact that I have never made a video or even attempted to create fireworks on my nails. So this year I decided that the time had come. For this design I started with OPI 'A Oui Bit of Red' for the base color. For the fireworks themselves I used Stripe Rites in Blue and White. For a bit of sparkle I pulled out China Glaze's 'Techno' and 'Fairy Dust'. I topped it all off with a rhinestone and voila(!) firework nail art.

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Miu Miu Swallow Print Nails

Ok so this design was requested a lot but I never really wanted to do it. I get into mood where I don't care how much people want to see it; I don't want to do it. I guess I was being a little selfish so I finally sat down last week and banged this one out.

For my base color I used OPI Russian Navy and for the design I used a light pink Art Deco polish and a white stripe rite. The rest, so they say, is history...

Check out the video below to see how I did it!