Monday, July 25, 2016

Gradient Cheetah

Hey Dolls!!!! A quick fun wild mani for you today:) I did a easy 3 color gradient using China Glaze Sorry I'm Latte, Zoya Nyssa, Sinful Colors Black on Black. I then stamped the cheetah design using BM 221 plate and my clear stamper (link) in black. I followed it up with a quick coat of SV!

I grabbed the idea for this mani off of pinterest ages ago... I can't even find the pin for it now:( I like it even more now... the stamping fading into the gradient just does something for me!

♥ Melissa

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sunset Rainbow Gradient

A quick bit of an update and a little mani fun for you dolls today!  I have been in a bit of a funk lately with blogging:( So I am gonna switch things up for a while and see how it goes. When Zoya released the Sunsets collection I knew I would have to do a sunset gradient! So here it is:) I used Dory, Liv, Dixie and Cam, over a white creme base. I did a quick top coat of SV and Done!

I like the way this turned out but I think it needs something more:( not sure what yet but I'll figure it out!!! 

♥ Melissa

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fun Floral

Hi Dolls:) Well Summer has officially started, especially here in the south! I am always super busy this time of year, but I wouldn't have it any other way!!!! Today I have a fun floral summer mani to share with you:) I used 6 China Glaze polishes for this look, Too Yacht Too Handle, I'd Melt for You, Daisy Know My Name, Dashboard Dreamer, Lip Smackin' Good and Let's Jam. I also used a black and white creme for accents   For my accent nail I free handed flowers using the watercolor method of diluting the colors with acetone:)  

I would say this was a pretty easy mani to do, as far as skill, but it was time consuming:) Now I am off to pack for our family vaca, but loves to you all!!!

♥ Melissa

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Zoya Sunsets Swatches and Review

Hi Dolls:) Well another school year has come and gone as today is my little man's last day of 2nd grade!!!! Which means summer at my house is getting ready to be in full swing:) and what better way to kick off the start of my summer with Zoya's Sunsets collection:) Zoya's new one coat cremes formulation is fantastic!  I did 2 coats just because my nails are ridgy and I prefer a smooth finish, but one coat seems to give full coverage. I also stamped over a white creme and a black creme to see how these would work with stamping:) 
*press sample*
Dixie is a beautiful watermelon red:) She leans a little toward the coral side of things, but it is a nice twist on a classic color.  Stamping over white was fantastic, it truly makes the color POP! Stamping over black is just average, slightly sheer but it does work! 

Brynn is a rich bright pink! A mix between bubblegum and hot pink is this beauty:) She is a summer standard pedi polish, just perfect for toes dipped in the sand:) Stamping over white is just as good as Dixie, over black she is a hot mess! Super sheer with barely even a tint of color:(

 Ness is a true jade green, looking just like the stone is what this beauty does:) She has just a hint of blue that makes her easy to wear! Stamping over white is great, but doesn't really make her stand out. Stamping over black really makes this beauty sing though!

Cam is a nice bright tangerine orange!  This beauty just makes me think of fire orange sunsets and pumpkins:) Perfect for summer but also a great transition  color for fall:) Stamping over white is perfection, stamping over black is pretty good just a tad sheer!

Liv is a great medium purple! She is a beautiful orchid shade that is just a little dusty:) She stamped okay over white with just a little sheerness, and not so great over black... Just a little too sheer for me, but the tint is definitely there!

Dory is the last beauty in this collection:) She is a rich, bright cornflower blue! She is also my fav in this collection, you really can't beat a good blue!!!! I have a feeling that she will be as desired as the infamous original Pacific Blue by SH:) Stamping over white, while the transfer is good I kinda think it dulls out the richness of this color. Stamping over black is the same as white, it just doesn't do it for me!

Zoya, as always, did a great job with this collection!!! I would have really liked to see a yellow in this collection instead of Ness.  I just think a yellow would have rounded out the idea of a sunset better than green:) This collection is available on for $10 per color or $60 for the collection:) Oh and in case you were wondering there is a coordinating lipstick with this collection too:) Here is Candy, a classic hot pink to brighten up your look:) I love the semi sheerness and shine of these lipsticks and the color really lasts! 

♥ Melissa

*Press Sample: Some of the products in this post were sent to me for review. I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own*

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Zoya Seashells Swatches and Review

Hey Dolls!!!! Are you ready for Summer YET???? I am:) Especially with all of the fabulous summer collections coming out now:) Today I have the new Seashells Collection to share with you. Zoya stated last year that they were retiring PixieDust polish but surprised us all with this collection of Pixies, and although I may never become a huge fan of texture finished polishes I really like these!
*press sample*
Cece has a bold grass green base packed with green and gold glitters with just a touch of darker green glitters to create some interesting depth. 

Cece with 1 coat of Gelous and 1 coat of SV. I love the way topcoats change the whole look and feel of texture polish!

 Bay is a sheer light blue base packed with sky blue, gold and sliver glitters. It also has some medium and dark blue glitters mixed in to give it that classic pixie dust look:)

 Bay with 1 coat Gelous and 1 coat SV.

 Tilly is jammed with bright silver and gun metal glitters with a load of fine holo glitters. This color is shiny and flashy and gorgeous, perfect to stand out against a LBD or perfectly pedicured toes!!!!

Tilly with 1 coat Gelous and 1 coat SV.

 Linds is packed with red glitter in a semi sheer red base with a flash of pink and gold.  This is the only color in this collection that I didn't like.  It is brighter than Chyna (Spring 2013) but didn't dry as matte as the others and again gave me the creepy vibe of dried blood...

 Linds with 1 coat of Gelous and 1 coat of SV... Don't mind it as much with the topcoat as much more of the pink and gold show through:)

 Zooey is a petal pink glitterfest with a ton of gold glitters and just a touch of holo flash glitters. The gold in this polish makes it flash peach depending on the angle and light:)

Zooey with 1 coat Gelous and 1 coat SV.

 Levi is the Gold version of Tilly:) Packed with gold and darker gold glitters with a big flash of holo! This one was the biggest surprise for me in this collection because I love the texture of this one:)

Levi with 1 coat Gelous and 1 coat SV.

So are you happy that Zoya brought back the PixieDust formula or is this a trend to be led out to pasture??? I am personally happy that PixieDusts are back, even though I don't think I will ever truly love texture polishes... The look of them with a topcoat to me is perfection!!! The polishes are available now on for $10 and as an added Bonus Zoya created a Lipstick to go perfectly with this collection  
Here is Millie a fun deep Berry Pink:) Also available for $12:)

♥ Melissa

*Press Sample: Some of the products in this post were sent to me for review. I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own*

Friday, May 20, 2016

Freehand Flower

Happy Friday Dolls! For today's mani I decided to do a little bit of freehand nail art. I used China Glaze Bite Me as my main color and painted my 2 accent nails in Sinful Colors White on White. I added a few quick black dots to my middle finger:) For my ring finger I used China Glaze Bite Me, None of Your Risky Business, Pool Party, and That's Shore Bright to do an impressionist style of flower and added some black dots to highlight the center :)

This kind of freehand art is so easy, there are no straight lines and no way to really mess it up:) and it looks fantastic:) Hope you all have a wonderful relaxing weekend!!!!

♥ Melissa

Friday, May 13, 2016

Reverse Stamping Take 2

Happy Friday Dolls:) So for today's mani I did a reverse stamp. Now I have tried reverse stamping method before and it wasn't a real success as it peeled half way through Day 2:( So I tweaked some things and gave it another shot! I used just a silicone baking mat to do this method, but you could use a beauty mat or something similar. I put my SV top coat down and then stamped in black the pattern that I wanted. I filled in the design with OPI OPI on Collins Ave., Essie Good as Gold and China Glaze Too Yacht Too Handle. Once this was semi-dry I put China Glaze Girls Just Want to Have Sun over top of the design. Now working one nail/decal at a time I top coated the decal... waited a few min and put a base of CG Girls Just Want to Have Sun on my nail.  I carefully peeled up the decal and placed it on the wet base. I then cleaned up the edges and then top coat it again making sure to seal everything in. Rinse and repeat for the other 9:) Here is the finished product!

I am really proud of how well this mani turned out and it lasted 5 full days:) I still managed to smudge a few spots and it took a lot longer to do this method than I thought it would. There are lots of youtube videos that give great tutorials on this method. I found after several failed attempts to not let the decals dry completely, but you don't want them tacky either so somewhere right in between! That way the decal doesn't curl up and will lay down completely on your nail. I will definitely use this method again in the future!  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

♥ Melissa

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Little Art Deco

Hey Dolls:) I was perusing Pinterest the other week looking for nail art ideas, and of course I have a nail art board. I was looking at some of the ideas I pinned years ago and I stumbled upon this mani by SoNailicious, and thought I would give it a try!  I used Zoya Chantal, Lillian, Sia and Essie Good as Gold. I am really happy with the way this mani turned out:)

Looking at the pics now I definitely still need some practice with my line work but overall it's not bad:)  I love the art deco feel of this mani, and one benefit of looking at old pins is it gave me lots of inspiration:)

 ♥ Melissa