Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Nail Art Series: Candy Swirl Nails


This design takes a little more precision than my usual pictorials.

It is still quite easy but you do need more of a steady hand.

I'm still trying to get the hang of doing curved shapes on my nails, straight lines are much easier for me...

I had this design on all of my nails but it would look great as accent nails.

It is a noticeable design and I received many comments on it.



Here is what you need:

- Base coat
- White nail polish
- Dark Pink nail polish
- Light Pink nail polish
- A nail striper (see DIY Nail art tools)
- Top coat


Step 1:
Apply base coat to the nail. Let dry. Apply white nail polish to the nail, you might need 2 coats to increase the opacity.


Step 2:

Wait several minutes to let the white polish settle (this prevents smudging). Using a nail striper(I used a toothpick) dipped in a dark pink polish, apply an "S" shape on the nail. I like to place a dot in the middle of the nail and curve the top part first and then curve the bottom part. I applied 2 dark pink swirls.



Step 3:

Using the same technique, this time using a light pink polish I made 2 more swirls. 



Step 4:
Allow the polish to dry for a few minutes, and apply some top coat to seal in the design. 



I could have curved the tips of the nails better but I thought it was good for a first attempt. 



Don't forget to share your nail art recreations with me on InstagramFacebook or Twitter using #BU10nails.


Products used:
Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Striper,

Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color, Tickled Pink 402

Revlon Nail Care Quick Dry Polish

Julep Beauty JulepTM 'Ta Da' Quick Dry Polish Drops





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Makeup Guide


With the Holidays approaching I wanted to share some of my favorite makeup choices for each occasion - Christmas Party, Family Get - together and New Year's Party.

With putting up decorations, baking, cooking and wrapping you want to look your best and not exhausted.

Here are my favorite go-to products:



Christmas Party


-  Start with a good foundation to even the skin tone, cover any redness and give that flawless complexion.
- Add a nice smoky eye, followed by a little Glitter eyeshadow in the inner corners of the eyes - to give the eyes a great POP!
- Use liquid eye liner for a bold look.
- If you feel like having a more dramatic look, add some false lashes.
-  Use a lengthening mascara to open the eyes and give a wide-eyed look.
-  Apply a light pink blush, some mattifying translucent powder and a lip gloss.
-  Finish off with a makeup setting spray and add some glitter to nails.



I like to be a little more dramatic for Christmas parties, I do think the eyes should be the focus - which is why I chose to use a light blush and lip gloss.

If you know me, you know I like some sparkle ;)


Family Get-Together

-  Start with a good foundation to even the skin tone and cover any redness.
- Apply a nude shadow, favorite eyeliner and mascara.
- Apply a light pink blush, mattifying translucent powder.
- Finish with lip balm.



This one is a little more casual.
I'm usually more casual for family get-togethers, I put on a nice shirt and dress pants but keep my makeup more low key.



New Year's Eve Party


-  Start with a good foundation to even the skin tone, cover any redness and give that flawless complexion.
- Add a nice nude eye, followed by a little Glitter eyeshadow in the inner corners of the eyes - to give the eyes a great POP!
- Use liquid eye liner for a bold look. Line eyes with some glitter eye liner. 
- If you feel like having a more dramatic look, add some false lashes.
-  Use a lengthening mascara to open the eyes and give a wide-eyed look.
-  Apply a bronzer for contour, add a shimmery pink blush to cheekbones and  some mattifying translucent powder.
-  Finish off with a makeup setting spray and add some glitter to nails.
- If you would like, you can also add a nice red lip, otherwise a light nude or pink will work well. 



If I'm going to a New Year's Party, I want to shine. The fireworks, champagne and great company. What is a better way to welcome in the new year!


I hope you found these tips useful!
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