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"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

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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

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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

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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
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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

Congratulations to the boys of You Me At Six for reaching #1 album on the UK charts! Cavalier Youth is a great album :) Check it out if you haven’t already!

I kinda suck at painting human figures but practice makes perfect, right?

2/6/14

Rainbow Honey Haul & Swatches

I finally bought some indie nail polish from rainbowhoney! I originally wanted one of the duos months ago but my order had to be cancelled because it was out of stock at the time. Today, I’m showing two duos: “20% Cooler + The Element of Magic” and “Pinkie Promise + The Worst Possible Thing” .  

The packaging is very nice. I like that it has a clean look but the bold coloring of what’s supposed to be the nail polish color draws attention. I like the labeling too. One thing I was a little disappointed with though, was that the color on the outside packaging didn’t quite match what the nail polish looked like in real life. Afterall, it was the outside packaging that drew me in the first place. BUT these colors are still beautiful.

First up, Pinkie Promise(top left). It’s  a light pink polish with a slight gold shimmer when in the light. It has multicolored hex and tinsel glitter and it looks like a party on your nails! Seriously, I could not stop staring at my nails during class. The formula is a little bit thick but it helps with the application. Opaque in two coats.

Element of Magic  (top right) is a slightly more sheer polish. It has a bit of iridescence to it and it has quite a few shades of glitter. Truthfully, I would have liked it to be a little more opaque but I was able to get full coverage in three coats. I layered it over a blue polish (pointer finger) and a iridescent purple (ring finger). Personally, my favorite way to wear this was over the purple polish,

20% Cooler  (lower left) is a sheer, light blue polish with tons of rainbow colored glitter. It looked beautiful in the packaging but I was a little sad that it wasn’t an opaque shade. It really is just my personal preference though, I just am not a big fan of sheer polishes. I was able to get full coverage in 4 coats. I also layered it over the same blue polish (middle and pinkie fingers) that I used under Element of Magic.

Last but not least, The Worst Possible Thing (lower right), which was the whole reason for ordering in the first place. It looked SO gorgeous on the packaging and I absolutely had to have it. It’s like a glitter topper with a sheer base. It’s full of different types of blues and purples, mostly pastels, which is why I love it so much. I decided to make a manicure out of this one because I loved it so much. I tried it under black and white but I personally think you can see the glitter better when it’s over black. I also tried to see how many layers it took to get it opaque on my thumb nail. I had to try—the color was just so beautiful! I was able to get it opaque at 6 layers. A lot, I know, but it was really worth it. This is hands down one of my favorite polishes I own. Definitely not the worst possible thing ;)

Remember how I wished everyone a happy new year full of new adventures? Well, I’m about to embark on one of my biggest adventures. I always loved traveling and I never minded dropping everything just to do so. I thought leaving home for a semester would be easy, but it’s harder than I expected. The longest I’ve been away from home and my family & friends was three weeks. I’m leaving for four months this time! There was definitely a lot of anxiety as the days until my departure creeped closer and closer. Over the past few years, my grandma and I have became really close; we’re best friends. I feel sad leaving her for such a long time but I’ve been reminding myself that God has provided me with everything I need: a fully functional body, loving family and friends, a wonderful home-aid for my grandmother, and a new chance to start fresh every day. So yeah, there has been plenty of anxiety but I can definitely say there is so much excitement to start this adventure and start seeing more of the world. I hope that everyone else gets to go on their own adventures, even if it may seem a little bit scary sometimes :)
These nails were inspired by the three cities I’ll be visiting: Rome, Seville, and Paris. (Inspired by images found on Google. They’re supposed to be the Colosseum, a tourist attraction in Spain (not sure which one yet), and the Eiffel Tower. Surprisingly, the lady who was doing my pedicure recognized that the middle design was in Seville. Nobody else knew haha.  
Ciao :*
1/13/14

Remember how I wished everyone a happy new year full of new adventures? Well, I’m about to embark on one of my biggest adventures. I always loved traveling and I never minded dropping everything just to do so. I thought leaving home for a semester would be easy, but it’s harder than I expected. The longest I’ve been away from home and my family & friends was three weeks. I’m leaving for four months this time! There was definitely a lot of anxiety as the days until my departure creeped closer and closer. Over the past few years, my grandma and I have became really close; we’re best friends. I feel sad leaving her for such a long time but I’ve been reminding myself that God has provided me with everything I need: a fully functional body, loving family and friends, a wonderful home-aid for my grandmother, and a new chance to start fresh every day. So yeah, there has been plenty of anxiety but I can definitely say there is so much excitement to start this adventure and start seeing more of the world. I hope that everyone else gets to go on their own adventures, even if it may seem a little bit scary sometimes :)

These nails were inspired by the three cities I’ll be visiting: Rome, Seville, and Paris. (Inspired by images found on Google. They’re supposed to be the Colosseum, a tourist attraction in Spain (not sure which one yet), and the Eiffel Tower. Surprisingly, the lady who was doing my pedicure recognized that the middle design was in Seville. Nobody else knew haha.

Ciao :*

1/13/14

Happy New Year’s Eve everybody! I can’t believe 2014 is literally right around the corner. I always get excited to start a new year but sad that this one is ending. I’ll be leaving to study abroad in Europe next semester. That’s another thing that’s exhilarating yet frightening. Five months is a long time to be gone; so much can happen, but at the same time, I know that time will fly when I’m over there. 
Anyways, I finally got around to doing District 2 nails for my Hunger Games inspired series. District 2 is known for masonry (stonework) so I did a marble inspired mani. cutepolish has a good tutorial on YouTube on marble stone nails. The most tricky part for this was finding the right alcohol-based liquid to spray the polish with. I tried hair spray but it didn’t make the right sized netting that I wanted. I tried my brother’s Axe body spray and cologne too. The house was very uh…fragrant…after my experiment was over. Haha. I’ve also been experimenting with different nail shapes and I’m loving the talon shape, but not too pointy. What do you guys think? 
I’m not sure how much nail art I can post while I’m away but I’m going to try to have some designs I’ve already done on the backburner but I won’t have a whole lot done before I leave. I’m limited to the number of polishes I can bring with me but I’m 100% sure I will find new brands and colors overseas ;) I hope everyone has a stellar New Year! May it be a happy & healthy one filled with new adventures! 
xoxo,
Nat
12/31/13
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Products used:
Essie Protein Base Coat
Essie nail polish in “Blanc”
Sonia Kashuk nail polish in “Smoke and Mirrors”
L’Oreal nail polish in “The Queen’s Ambition”
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Happy New Year’s Eve everybody! I can’t believe 2014 is literally right around the corner. I always get excited to start a new year but sad that this one is ending. I’ll be leaving to study abroad in Europe next semester. That’s another thing that’s exhilarating yet frightening. Five months is a long time to be gone; so much can happen, but at the same time, I know that time will fly when I’m over there. 

Anyways, I finally got around to doing District 2 nails for my Hunger Games inspired series. District 2 is known for masonry (stonework) so I did a marble inspired mani. cutepolish has a good tutorial on YouTube on marble stone nails. The most tricky part for this was finding the right alcohol-based liquid to spray the polish with. I tried hair spray but it didn’t make the right sized netting that I wanted. I tried my brother’s Axe body spray and cologne too. The house was very uh…fragrant…after my experiment was over. Haha. I’ve also been experimenting with different nail shapes and I’m loving the talon shape, but not too pointy. What do you guys think? 

I’m not sure how much nail art I can post while I’m away but I’m going to try to have some designs I’ve already done on the backburner but I won’t have a whole lot done before I leave. I’m limited to the number of polishes I can bring with me but I’m 100% sure I will find new brands and colors overseas ;) I hope everyone has a stellar New Year! May it be a happy & healthy one filled with new adventures! 

xoxo,

Nat

12/31/13

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Products used:

  • Essie Protein Base Coat
  • Essie nail polish in “Blanc”
  • Sonia Kashuk nail polish in “Smoke and Mirrors”
  • L’Oreal nail polish in “The Queen’s Ambition”
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

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Hey guys! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and that you got to spend it with loved ones. Since it is the time of giving, I’m going to ask you guys for a favor. I entered in the China Glaze nail art competition and it would mean the world to me if you voted. I have tough competition and I could have done better work BUT your votes will make a big difference! Here’s the link http://www.chinaglaze.com/chinaglazevoting/index.php?photo=131. For your vote to count, you have to vote for two other nail designs and then juster enter your email. You also have to sign into that email and click the link they send you to verify it. It sounds like a lot but it only takes about two to three minutes If you’re feeling extra giving, please share the link with family and friends! Thanks <3

I spent my Christmas with my family and I always do my little cousins’ nails when they come over, so I thought I’d do Christmas-inspired nails for them. I think they came out really cute! The elf design was inspired by shewhodoesnails. I did snowflakes on and a red and green glitter gradient on her older sister. I don’t know about you guys, but I love the holidays because I get to see family members that I don’t really get to see often. I also love Christmas music! Some of my favorite Christmas-time songs are: “Kiss Me Like It’s Christmas (Acoustic)” by thiscentury, “Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass” by All Time Low, and “Wish List” by Neon Trees :)

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I also did some last minute shopping with my dad on Christmas Eve day and we had quite the panic. I was in the Forever 21 of a mall and I looked out the door and saw all these people running to the exits and I heard somebody say “Everyone is running out of the mall. What’s going on?” And my stomach sank because about a month ago, there was a news story about a shooter in a New Jersey mall. I couldn’t decide whether I should stay in the store or run out and risk that the shooter is out there. The employees locked down the store and had us go down to the bottom floor. I called my dad because we weren’t together at the time and I figured he’d be fliipping out wondering if I was okay. After I called my dad and we were safe in the basement, I calmed down and started to think logically again. I feel like these are the situations where you need to keep your head. Anyways, after about a half hour, they opened the doors and the whole situation turned out to be a whole lot of misinformation and overreacting. Apparently, a man was caught shoplifting in the Macy’s and he tried to run and knocked over a glass case and somebody thought it was a gunshot and yelled that he had a gun and thus, starting a huge panic. The mall definitely cleared out after that. My dad told me that he was in the food court and just finished eating when he turned and saw a human tidal wave (think World War Z) coming in his direction. He was good and didn’t freeze and was able to put his high-school football skills in use to get out of there safely. Even though it was a false alarm, I’m so thankful to God that everyone was safe and that my father and I were able to keep our heads during that stressful situation. Who knew things could get out of hand so quickly? This just goes to show that we shouldn’t take any moment for granted.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving & a successful Black Friday. I did some online shopping on Black Friday but my favorite part of that day was going to a This Century concert with Nick Santino and a bunch of other great bands like Six Stories Told. I had so much fun and I can definitely say it was my favorite/the most comfortable concert that I’ve gone to this year. The venue was small, so no matter where you stood you were still really close to the band, which also meant that I didn’t have to wait in line for hours just to get a good spot. I also loved that I wasn’t getting shoved around and I actually had some breathing space. 

The first band that played was Six Stories Told and they were really good for such a young band. I knew they were all under 21 because they had their hands marked by security. Joanna definitely has some awesome dance moves haha. I can’t remember the name of the second band that came out but I’m 99% sure that they didn’t mention their name. But they were good as well. Nick Santino & The Northern Winds came out next and to my surprise, there was no band! The Northern Winds is a metaphorical concept. I loved the idea behind it though. The last time I saw Nick preform was at the 8123 Tour when A Rocket To The Moon was still together. He sang songs that I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to before and he’d occasionally stop because he forgot the lyrics. He filled in that time chatting with the crowd though. He’s a funny guy. After Nick was This Century. They’re performance was stellar. My favorite moment of all the concerts I’ve gone to happened when Joel said to the crowd, “I wanna talk for a little bit. Is that okay with you guys?” and I nodded and smiled and he winked at me. I mean it could have been in my general direction but I was making eye contact so I’ll just keep telling myself it was at me haha. He told some cheesy jokes (the best kind) like “Why did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he ate pizza before it was cool!” Good one, right? Ahaha. I also got to meet Joel and Sean after the show and they’re both so nice. It was the first time I didn’t feel awkward talking to band members and worrying about what I was going to say—it was great. When I went up to Joel and showed him my nails he said they were cool and asked to take a picture of them. He was wondering why it wasn’t working and then he realized he was taking a video. We had a good laugh and I complimented him on what a great show they put on and he asked if I had fun. It was really such a great night and Joel & Sean made me (and I’m sure many others) feel like friends. There were so many concerts that I’ve gone to feeling like I was overlooked while other people seemed to have these great conversations with band members that always made me question if there was something that people didn’t like about me. I really can’t wait until they come back to NYC. I’m studying abroad next semester so maybe if I’m lucky, they’ll have a tour overseas :) 

Definitely check out This Century & Nick Santino if you haven’t already! Joel’s got a beautiful voice and Nick writes amazing songs that you can really tell come from his heart and from his experiences.

12/1/13

I did these nails a few weeks ago when I bought three Autumn-colored Revlon nail polishes. They were GORGEOUS. Naturally, I wanted to use all if them! I also used acrylic for the first time. Still not sure how I feel about it. Somehow this manicure ended up looking quite Christmas-y. Oh well, I still love them! I&#8217;m so happy for this Thanksgiving break. I&#8217;m sure we all need some time off. I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving!
11/5/13
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Products used:
Essie Protein Base Coat
Revlon Colorstay nail polish in &#8220;Fall Mood&#8221;
Revlon Colorstay nail polish in &#8220;Rain Forest&#8221;
China Glaze nail polish in &#8220;Mingle With Kringle&#8221;
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I did these nails a few weeks ago when I bought three Autumn-colored Revlon nail polishes. They were GORGEOUS. Naturally, I wanted to use all if them! I also used acrylic for the first time. Still not sure how I feel about it. Somehow this manicure ended up looking quite Christmas-y. Oh well, I still love them! I’m so happy for this Thanksgiving break. I’m sure we all need some time off. I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving!

11/5/13

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Products used:

  • Essie Protein Base Coat
  • Revlon Colorstay nail polish in “Fall Mood”
  • Revlon Colorstay nail polish in “Rain Forest”
  • China Glaze nail polish in “Mingle With Kringle”
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat