Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sweet and Simple Buttery Floral


I guess I've got yellow florals on the brain -- two of them in two days! This one is a simpler, quicker look with a soft buttery base and a delicate glitter accent nail. This whole look took me maybe 15-20 minutes to complete... Who doesn't love that?
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Coming Soon: Nail'd It!, a Nail Art Competition Show!


Something big is on the horizon guys, and I think you are going to be very excited about it. Coming to the Oxygen Network in October is Nail'd It!, a nail art competition show! I was recently invited to LA to tour the set, meet the host and a few of the judges, and get the scoop on the upcoming show.

Read on for all the details!
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The Lacquer Legion Garden: Black-Eyed Susan 3D Floral Nail Art


This month's theme for The Lacquer Legion is "Garden" and, as I'm sure many others did, I chose to do floral nail art. Florals are something I've done a lot of, so I did two things to make this one stand out from my other manicures. First: I wanted to represent a specific type of flower, namely, black-eyed Susans. Second: I got the idea to put flocking powder in the centers to make them look more realistic and add a bit of texture and depth!
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

WIN IT: ViVO Spa Hand & Foot Care Set (CLOSED)


I don't know if I've ever met another person that doesn't enjoy a good pampering. Even the most hardened of people will admit to enjoying a little indulgence here and there! ViVO Spa Boutique products help to bring the spa feeling to your home without the use of parabens, SLS, or phthalates. As if that wasn't enough, they're also eco-friendly, gluten free, vegan, and developed by a manicurist!

Read on for my first impressions of five of Vivo Spa's products, and enter for your chance to win them all for yourself!
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Bold Bolts - Deborah Lippmann 80s Rewind Nail Art


This summer, Deborah Lippmann has released a collection of bright cremes called 80s Rewind. They are all named after 80s songs and come in fun colors well-suited to summer. Of course I had to take the opportunity to do some totally rad nail art with the shades, and created this lightning bolt negative space manicure!
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dusky Gradient with Gold Leaf


Remember when real gold leaf nail polish was all the rage, and every brand plus their moms came out with a variation? Then the craze seemed to rapidly die off, perhaps because the materials are difficult to get a hold of? This nail art was created during that time. That's right, it's time for another edition of: Spring Cleaning Out My Drafts!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Serum No. 5 Glow In the Dark Cremes


If you've been reading Chalkboard Nails for a while, I'm sure you've seen me showcase a Serum No. 5 polish or two. The brand is known for its luminous glow in the dark shades, and has recently started releasing a large line of glowing cremes, neons, and glitters.

Today I'm sharing swatches of some of the newer glow cremes, and I've got some glitters and neons waiting in the wings as well!
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Monday, May 12, 2014

TUTORIAL: Carnaval Confetti inspired by Rio de Janeiro


It's that time of year again: Sally Hansen's I Heart Nail Art contest is here! This month's theme is "Color Destinations" and let me tell you...it's got me dreaming about travel. This confetti nail art look is inspired by the vibrant culture of Rio de Janeiro and their Carnaval festival, and I'm gonna show you how to get the look on your own nails!

Keep reading for the full tutorial and details on how you could win $500 and a trip to NYC!
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Double the Bubble: Pink and Blue Gradient and Glitter Combo


I'm currently in the midst of doing a bit of spring cleaning and one of the things I'm doing is clearing out my post drafts! This manicure was inspired by Jacki from Adventures In Acetone, who does a lot of beautifully paired gradient and glitter combinations. This Elevation Polish combination is one of my favorites of hers.

For my manicure, I started with the glitter polish and then worked backwards, choosing the gradient shades based on the glitter's colors.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

To Fuzz or Not To Fuzz: A Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Manicure


If there's one thing that's polarizing in nail polish, it's fuzzy/feathered glitter toppers. When I previewed this manicure on my Instagram, I got comments ranging from "I LOVE how that looks" to "No, just can't get on board with the fuzzy thing" (and that's on the nice end of the "didn't like it" spectrum).

Fuzzy glitter polishes are clear based polishes with short, skinny bar glitters. They are normally pretty high density glitters, which makes it so that you can wear them alone with just a few coats. You can also choose to layer them, like I did here, for a unique, visually textured effect. I personally like the way these polishes look, but can understand the resistance from others.
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