Tuesday, December 24, 2013

SANTA PEPPERMINT NAILS

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas with your loved ones. And make sure to not only cherish your loved ones this holiday season but all year round.
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Don't forget to use my code GYL91 at Born Pretty Store for 10% off your order!

Happy Holidays! I am so grateful to have every single one of you.






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Saturday, December 21, 2013

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S AUDREY HEPBURN NAILS

This look was inspired by Breakfast At Tiffany's! I love this Audrey Hepburn gem.

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Don't forget to use my code GYL91 for 10% off at Born Pretty Store!







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Thursday, December 19, 2013

3D CHRISTMAS TREE & WREATH NAILS

I don't think I've ever been this festive around the Holidays. There's something about everyone being so nice and the lights making everything look pretty that you can't help but feel all good and merry inside :)

Products Used:
Use my code "GYL91" at Born Pretty Store for 10% off! Please be aware that they do ship from Asia so keep shipping time in mind when you order things! 

And make sure to visit HB Beauty Bar for the latest collections including OPI's "Mariah Carey" and China Glaze's "Holiglaze" !and don't forget to use my code "MODNAILS" for 10% off.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CHRISTMAS SWEATER NAILS

If you haven't shopped at Born Pretty Store you are missing out. They have the most amazing nail art gems. Nail wraps, water decals, 3D stones and gems, spikes, lace, studs, rhinestones, and everything you can possibly think of.

These are their Christmas nail wraps:


To purchase these click here or search for item ID: 9839 in #3. Don't forget to use code "GYL91" for 10% off your entire order!

I've used nail wraps before and these were THE BEST I have ever used. So easy to apply, they stick on so well, easy to fill off, and they fit so natural on the nail! With Sally Hansen's I've had them come out rough at the cuticles.

Bonus: These glow in the dark without a black light. I didn't even realize it until I went to bed last night and saw that my fingernails were glowing SO bright.






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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CHINA GLAZE HOLIGLAZE COLLECTION

I love the glitters that China Glaze comes out with during the holidays! They're always so pretty and opaque in just a few coats. This look features China Glaze's "Put A Bow On It" from the Holiglaze collection.
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You can grab all your favorite OPIs and China Glazes plus more at HB Beauty Bar! Don't forget to use my code "MODNAILS" for 10% off!

Monday, December 16, 2013

PLEASE VOTE FOR MY CHRISTMAS NAILS!

I entered the China Glaze Holiday nail contest where the grand prize is $1,000. The first round is all up to votes. I'd super appreciate it if you voted for my entry!!!

Please vote for my nail art look! To vote you can click here or follow this link: http://www.chinaglaze.com/chinaglazevoting/index.php?photo=545

It only takes a few clicks!

Here are the Christmas nails that I entered:
Products Used:

  • Green is China Glaze's "Def Defying"
  • Red is OPI's "The Thrill of Brazil"
  • Glitter is China Glaze's "Fairy Dust"
  • White is OPI's "Alpine Snow"
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Dotting tool to paint the Christmas Tree
  • Make up sponges for the gradient

I love Christmas time. I've decked out my place with Christmas decorations galore and my work office.  Plus it helps that people are in such a good mood and not their usual grumpy selves.



SANTA & REINDEER NAIL TUTORIAL

Here is another Christmas tutorial! Watch my video to learn how to do these cute Santa & Reindeer nails. Sorry for the super annoying music, it was the only Rudolph song that I could use in my video so it would be viewable on mobile devices!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

HOW TO TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR NAILS FOR BLOGGING & INSTAGRAM

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how I take my pictures and what I use for watermarking. Over the past year I've gotten better at it from practice.

I take my pictures with my iPhone 4S using the Camera + app. I make sure to wipe my camera lens before so the picture is clear. I place my hand under my white fluorescent desk lamp and take about 20 pictures in a span of one minute. 



Sometimes it's SO hard to take a picture of a mani with dark colors. When I do a red or purple mani it never shows up like it looks in real life. I always try to use the bottle that will make my fingers look like they're in white light as opposed to yellow. I take the picture a little far away to where you can see my hand then crop it. Camera + lets you crop it in a square instagram ready shape. 

To watermark I use "iWatermark." You can also use "typerdrawing" to do a curved watermark around your cuticles but I suck at making it look like a natural curve. 

Let me know if you have any questions I can answer! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

EASY SNOWMAN NAILS TUTORIAL

Here's a simple tutorial on how to get these cute snowman nails!


PURPLE AND TEAL GRADIENT MANI

I decided to recreate one of the first manis I ever did. This was the mani that first gained a lot of views and reposts all over the internet. It's crazy what a year of practice can do. Here's a before and after:
Before:
After:

Products Used:
  • China Glaze's "For Audrey"
  • China Glaze's "Spontaneous"
  • Microbeads from Michael's Craft Store (Brand is Recollections)
  • Studs from www.dollarnailart.com

Things I've learned in the last year:
  • Lighting is everything when taking your picture. I place my fingers under my fluorescent white desk lamp. I use the app on my iPhone 4S "Camera +" to take my pictures.
  • Use a pointy q-tip to clean up around the edges. Messy fingers ruin everything
  • Keep your cuticles moisturized! Use cuticle oil every day. Nobody wants to see ratchet cuticles
  • Make sure each layer of your gradient dries a little before you sponge on more color




Saturday, December 7, 2013

CLASSY SNOWFLAKE CHRISTMAS NAILS

One more snowflake mani! I don't use my stamping plates as often as I should. There's so many cute snowflake images I wanted to use.

Black is OPI's "Black Onyx" and snowflake stamp is from Bundle Monster plate BM14. Microbeads are from Michael's Craft Store. They brand is "Recollections." 

I topped the black over with a matte top coat and once it dried I stamped the snowflakes on my middle finger and thumb with black konad polish to get the shiny effect. 

Rhinestones were added after everything dried with nail art glue!


Friday, December 6, 2013

SNOWFLAKE WINTER NAILS

Now that I'm back in town and Thanksgiving is over I'm back at it! Here is the first of many winter / holiday looks. I love this look, it looks so elegant in person and the blue is a perfect winter color!
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Make sure to use my code MODNAILS for 10% off at HB Beauty Bar! They will be adding a LOT of OPIs very soon!!!

Happy winter :)
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