Posts tagged with nails...

"Peacock at Real Alcázar”

These were inspired by the peacocks that can be found at the Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain. All the colors used were from Cirque Colors. Cirque makes beautifully pigmented holo polishes and when you top them with matte top coat, they give off this foil effect! The technique I used was from chalkboardnails. It’s really simple, you just wipe off basically all of the polish on the brush and then drag it across in random areas. 

The Cirque polishes I used were Pop!, Panacea, and Cerrillos & you can pick some up at www.cirquecolors.com  if you like them!

Also some exciting news! Cirque was looking for interns for this semester and after my interview, I was told that I was accepted! Annie Pham, the company’s founder, was so nice and I learned so much about the business during just the interview alone. I can only imagine how much more I’m going to learn when I start. I’m very thankful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to share what we work on with you guys :)

Have a wonderful day everyone! 

Phew has it been a while! I’ve been so busy these past few weeks. I’ve had two regattas the past two weekends and I’ve had such little time that I even cut my nails down short so I wouldn’t have to worry about them during training and work. Anyways, it feels great to be back! These nails were inspired by the ipsy June glam bag by Rebecca Minkoff. Of all the bags, this one is my favorite! I got a little lazy doing the right hand so I just painted on a bunch of diffrent hues of blue and green and smooshed it around with a brush. I hope ya’ll like them as much as I do!

Also, I went to Smorgasburg for the first time this weekend. I walked out happily with a food coma and a nice vintage dress ;)

"Give Me Liberty”
Happy Independence Day everyone! I hope you all had a great one :)
Let’s also never forget those who sacrificed everything so that we can live freely.

"Give Me Liberty”

Happy Independence Day everyone! I hope you all had a great one :)

Let’s also never forget those who sacrificed everything so that we can live freely.

"Sunrise In Lagos"

After all the traveling I got to do for the past four months, I started to sketch out designs inspired by the different cities I’ve visited. This one was inspired by the beautiful city of Lagos, Portugal. My friend, Danny, walked into our room on Friday morning and asked if we wanted to go to Portugal and that there’s a bus that leaves four hours. We quickly found a hotel online and packed for our weekend and just like that, the basics were taken care of and we were off to our spontaneous adventure. Although, I don’t think any of us have cut anything so close before— we got there as our bus was pulling away and quickly waved the driver down to stop. Thank goodness he did. We were terrified we weren’t going to make it. The next day we did a 3 hour kayak tour in the ocean. It was absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never seen water so beautiful. We also met a dog along the way. He had a collar but no owner was around and the dog followed us around the beach. He was such a sweet dog. After the kayaking tour, the tour guide recommended his family’s restaurant, Restaurante Alkibir, for some traditional Portuguese food. His mother, Sao, was so kind to us and fed us so well. It was super affordable too! I normally don’t enjoy sangria that much but her’s was the best and I couldn’t get enough. The food and sangria waere so good that we went back there for dinner too. Our bus was leaving at 6:30 am the next morning so we went to bed as soon as we got back. We arrived at the bus station before the sun was even up and we were all so tired but once I saw the sunrise over the water, I was in complete awe. Even though our trip was short, I really appreciated how great the trip turned out to be.

Spontaneity can lead to wonderful things :) 

I originally put a shiny top coat on (left) but decided to make it matte (right) instead. The thumb came out a little weird because it was in the sunlight. I used a Ruby Wing color changing polish that I thought would only change the color of the flakies but the clear base turned blue and made the gradient under it look weird.

I can’t believe that my European adventure has finally come to a close. It really feels like I only left the States yesterday. My time abroad has truly been a once in a life time experience and it’s changed me and helped me grow into a better person. The transition back into American culture has been rough to say the least. I feel like I got flung back into society and I’m trying to do so much catching up—kinda like when Captain America gets unfrozen and is trying to catch up with what’s going on in the world. It’s a strange feeling, knowing that you’re in a culture that you grew up in but feeling like a completely isolated alien. Anyways, enough of the emotional mumbo jumbo. At least I made it back in time to see the Stages & Stereos concert. I had a great time even though the jet lag hit me before it was time for them to perform. Nothing that a Red Bull didn’t fix. There was a really long line up, six bands played. And as usual, Stages & Stereos killed it. If they’re coming to a town near you, go check ‘em out! They’re all really nice guys and they make stellar music.

5/15/14


"Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out"
This week was my Spring break and my friends and I went on a Bus2Alps Amalfi Coast tour that was 4 days, 3 nights that we got for half off. On the first day, we went to the islands of Capri and Ana Capri. It was a beautiful day and when we got to Ana Capri, we took a chair lift up to Monte Solaro. I’m scared of heights so as we got closer to the top, I got really nervous. But I’m glad I took the trip up! The view was breathtaking. On the second day, we were supposed to go cliff jumping in Positano but it was raining so we were basically left there for four hours looking for something to do. The island was gorgeous but I wish they had a backup plan of things for us to do. On the third day, we went to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. I’ve always wanted to go to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius ever since I read The Magic Treehouse series when I was a kid. Pompeii was amazing and I learned a lot about it on our tour. They were actually a very advanced city—one of the first (if not the first) to discover antibiotics and anesthesia. I expected preserved bodies to be scatter throughout the ruins but they are all kept in locked areas or in glass cases. Apparently, when archaeologists would uncover bones, they would disintegrate when it came into contact with air. This one archaeologist came up with the idea to fill the hollowed body encasements with plaster and thus you have a replica of what the person inside of it looked like. How cool is that? We also climbed up Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano left in Europe. I’m not gonna lie, it was a little tough for me. We’d been walking a lot the past few days and my legs were sore and the incline was killing my calves. But I’m glad I was able to make it to the top for another stunning view. We finished off our last day in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. I was skeptical of how good the pizza actually is because there was so much hype about it. Boy was I wrong to doubt the absolute deliciousness of their pizza. Everything tasted so fresh and I loved it so much that I ordered myself another one. I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity to see more parts of Italy. I hope one day I can return.
4/18/14

"Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out"

This week was my Spring break and my friends and I went on a Bus2Alps Amalfi Coast tour that was 4 days, 3 nights that we got for half off. On the first day, we went to the islands of Capri and Ana Capri. It was a beautiful day and when we got to Ana Capri, we took a chair lift up to Monte Solaro. I’m scared of heights so as we got closer to the top, I got really nervous. But I’m glad I took the trip up! The view was breathtaking. On the second day, we were supposed to go cliff jumping in Positano but it was raining so we were basically left there for four hours looking for something to do. The island was gorgeous but I wish they had a backup plan of things for us to do. On the third day, we went to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. I’ve always wanted to go to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius ever since I read The Magic Treehouse series when I was a kid. Pompeii was amazing and I learned a lot about it on our tour. They were actually a very advanced city—one of the first (if not the first) to discover antibiotics and anesthesia. I expected preserved bodies to be scatter throughout the ruins but they are all kept in locked areas or in glass cases. Apparently, when archaeologists would uncover bones, they would disintegrate when it came into contact with air. This one archaeologist came up with the idea to fill the hollowed body encasements with plaster and thus you have a replica of what the person inside of it looked like. How cool is that? We also climbed up Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano left in Europe. I’m not gonna lie, it was a little tough for me. We’d been walking a lot the past few days and my legs were sore and the incline was killing my calves. But I’m glad I was able to make it to the top for another stunning view. We finished off our last day in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. I was skeptical of how good the pizza actually is because there was so much hype about it. Boy was I wrong to doubt the absolute deliciousness of their pizza. Everything tasted so fresh and I loved it so much that I ordered myself another one. I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity to see more parts of Italy. I hope one day I can return.

4/18/14

"Free Spirit"

I was feeling something colorful this week after seeing Antoni Gaudí’s works in Barcelona. He has become my favorite architect, hands-down.The weather in Seville has also put me in an amazing mood. I can’t believe I only have a week left here! Seville is definitely underrated. I hope I get the chance to come back one day. Off to Paris for the next part of my study abroad rotation.

3/16/14

 

"Velvet Rose"

I did these a few weeks ago before I had went on a weekend trip to Morocco through Discover Excursions. Morocco was amazing. Definitely a different vibe from anywhere else I’ve been. It is still a developing country and being there definitely makes you feel grateful for everything that you have. My favorite thing to do was to haggle in the marketplaces. It was like a game. I walked away with some great deals. I also got henna while I was there. I would have liked it better if they left out the leaves on my fingers but that’s okay. We went to two different cities: Chefchaouen and Asilah. Chefchaouen is the city between the two “horns” (the Rif Mountains) and Asilah is a city that has an annual art festival that lasts for two weeks and the best paintings get to stay on the walls. One day, I’d like to go a little deeper into Morocco—Marrakesh to be exact.

"Whoopsie Daisy"

These were inspired by the wahnails daisy chain design (theirs are much nicer but I still kinda like how mine turned out). I went to Plaza de Espana last week and I think it’s so cool that they have artwork that represents every city in Spain. I thought the ceramic was too pretty not to use as a background!

2/25/14

———————————————————————————————————-

Products used:

  • Save The Nail “Eau So Hydrated” Base Coat
  • Milani High Speed Dry Fast nail polish in “Black Swift”
  • Debby nail polish in White
  • Orly nail polish in “Gold Flake Top Coat”
  • H.K. Girl Glisten & Glow Top Coat

I went to Venice, Italy a few weeks ago and it was absolutely breathtaking. I think it’s so cool that they don’t have any cars. Even the ambulance and police vehicles were boats! I wish I was able to go during Carnevale but I couldn’t because it was the weekend before finals. I’m currently in the next rotation of my program which is Seville, Spain. It was really sad leaving Rome but I’m excited to go back to Italy for Spring break. At least here in Spain I can communicate with people and understand what they’re saying to me.

Anyways, in Venice I saw this graffiti heart on a wall and since Valentine’s Day was coming up, I decided to try my hand at a mix and match mani. It’s not as easy as I thought it was to figure out what I wanted on each nail but I’m happy with the result. Valentine’s Day was GAL-entine’s Day for me and my friends. We went to the Trevi Fountain at 1 a.m. and witnessed two engagements. It was seriously like couple-central there but I’m glad I got to spend it with good company.

2/14/14

——————————————————————————————-

Products used:

  • Save The Nail “Eau So Hydrated” Base Coat
  • debby nail polish in white
  • IsaDora Sugar Crush nail polish in “Gold Crush”
  • IsaDora nail polish in “Glistening Snow”
  • Essie nail polish in “Eternal Optimist”
  • Essie nail polish in “Play Date”
  • Essie nail polish in “First Timer”
  • Essie nail polish in “Knockout Pout”
  • Milani nail polish in “Black Swift”
  • MODI Glam Nails nail polish in “68 RidingHood”
  • Orly nail polish in “Gold Flake Top Coat”
  • H.K. Girl Glisten & Glow Top Coat

One of the things I was really looking forward to when I arrived in Rome was to find a place that sells Isadora nail polishes because I’ve seen swatches on Instagram and I love their textured nail polishes. I emailed the company asking for a list of place that sell it in Rome and I put a day aside to search for them. Unfortunately, many of the pharmacies that were supposed to have it, did not. This was literally a whole day job. I eventually found it in the pharmacy in Termini Station and was about to go crazy and buy 7 polishes but the lady told how much I owed and my jaw hit the ground. I was only able to afford 3 so I tried to pick the ones I would least likely be able to find dupes of. This mani was made using the Butter London Fire Duo that my wonderful friend, Linda, got me for Christmas. I love that the gold flakies almost look like gold leaf. On my accent nail is one of the IsaDora Sugar Crush polishes I got. It’s so beautiful.

My university got us tickets to attend the Papal audience and we got to see Pope Francis. It was such a surreal experience—I’m really glad I got to go. It was cool listening to what he said in a bunch of different languages.

1/29/14

—————————————————————————————————-

Products used:

  • Save The Nail “Eau So Hydrated” Base Coat
  • Butter London nail polish in “Rebel Fox”
  • Butter London nail polish in “Brass Monkey”
  • Isadora Sugar Crush nail polish in “Gold Crush”
  • H.K. Girl Glisten & Glow Top Coat

When I first arrived in Rome, I got so lost trying to find places. I’ve only taken Spanish in school and it’s definitely not as close to Italian as I thought it was because when I said una secadora hair dryer) the lady at the super market looked at me funny. The language barrier was definitely tough but I’m slowly picking up more words and I have a much better sense of direction of the city. One day when I was lost, I walked by a Kiko and stopped in to see their nail polishes. I picked up this bright minty color but it came out a little more turquoise on my nails. I was fresh out of ideas so these nails were inspired by preciouspolish:

 
Also, one of my favorite places to visit in Rome besides the Trevi Fountain is the Roman Forum. It’s literally walking through a piece of history. If you ever come to Rome and visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum is right across the street and shouldn’t be skipped ;)
 
1/13/14
—————————————————————————————————-
Products used:
  • Save The Nail “Eau So Hydrated Base Coat
  • Kiko nail polish in 389
  • Essie nail polish in “Play Date”
  • Essie nail polish in “Bikini So Teeny”
  • Milani nail polish in “Black Swift”
  • HK Girl Glisten & Glow Top Coat