Blue Aztec

I’ve been wanting to do a design like this for forever, but I honestly just couldn’t get it right.  After I bought some professional art brushes to replaces some of my nail art brushes (and then trimmed them into nearly nothing), I decided to give it another go.  And I kind of love it.  New brushes for the win!

blue aztec

The blue on most of my nails is Sonia Kashuk Rain Check.  On my index finger, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base, with Rain Check, Sinful Colors Blue La La, Orly Frisky, and Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare for the design.

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If you’re really into DIY nail art, I would definitely recommend investing in some nice brushes.  I’ve had my Mash set for over a year – and actually just bought a replacement – and while they’re definitely great brushes, these new ones definitely made a huge difference.

 

 

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Dime a Dozen

Somehow, I ended up with the entire Sonia Kashuk fall nail polish collection (even though I only needed three of the five).  Anyway, here’s one of them.  This is Dime a Dozen.  It’s one of those dark, shimmery, charcoal, metallic colors – in the same family as OPI Number one Nemesis or Chanel Graphite, only a bit different.  Dime a Dozen stands out with the addition of more brown tones.  It’s a pretty color, and a great edgy fall option for those of you who prefer warmer tones.

I believe this was two coats with topcoat.  Application was easy, but it’s a bit difficult to get this looking smooth.  Overall, not too bad.  I’ve included two pictures so you can see how in some lights, it looks more gray (above) and in others, it turns brown (below).

I think it’s a really interesting color, and a really interesting twist on some pretty popular polishes.  Depending on your collection, this could be either a great (much cheaper) substitute for a polish like Graphite, or a slightly different addition to your stash of similar colors.  Either way, I think this would look great on everyone, and if you like colors like this, it’s a great, inexpensive option.

Blank Slate

I’ve been really into gray polishes lately.  I’ve also been kind of obsessed with Sonia Kashuk polishes.  I haven’t had access to Target (where Sonia Kashuk is sold) in a while, so I was excited to be able to get my hands on these after moving home!  Blank Slate is my most recent Sonia Kashuk polish purchase and I love it!

It is a dark gray creme, about as  dark as Essie Power Clutch, but this one is different because it has cool instead of warm undertones.  In the bottle, it almost looks like a dark, super smoky blue.  On the nails, it’s definitely gray, but there is clearly some blue in there.

 

Formula was good – I believe this is two coats with Essie Good to Go.  I have six Sonia Kashuk polishes so far (there isn’t a huge color selection), and all of them have great formulas.  They’re not amazing (like butter LONDON for example), but they’re definitely better than quite a few more expensive polishes I’ve tried (like Essie or OPI).

You can get Sonia Kashuk polishes (and makeup) at Target for $4.79.  Blank slate is included in the small core collection, which is currently available along with the gorgeous fall collection.  You should definitely check them out if you haven’t already!

Pyramid Nails

Thanks to my little sister (and her Adam Levine obsession), yesterday I got to be an audience member at a taping of The Voice!  Though I can’t say anything about the show, I can say that it was a lot of fun!  I wanted to do some nail art for the show, and this is what I (finally) decided on.

I’ve seen these done several times over on Nailside, and have been wanting to try them for a while.  Since the design is made using tape, they’re actually pretty easy, but the results are awesome!  Love how these turned out!

For these I used China Glaze Adventure Red-y and Sonia Kashuk Starry Night (so glad to have access to Target again!).  Starry Night worked extremely well for this because it is super opaque.  I haven’t tried it on its own yet, but I’m guessing it’s a one-coater.  I used scotch tape to make the pyramid shapes and striping tape for the lines inside the pyramids.

Please ignore the staining – I did these at 1am and was too tired to do a good job painting.  And from a normal distance, you couldn’t tell.

I really loved wearing these, and will definitely be trying this design again!