Bold Gradient Dotticure for #NAILLINKUP

It’s the last week of our April NAIL Linkup and the theme is DOTTICURE.   Yes, it is officially May now… but I’m not too late!  This week’s theme goes til May 4th so you have some time to sneak in a dotticure too.

For this nail art I wanted to go bold and bright and mix together some weird colors. Here’s what I used-

♥ Zoya Dove as my grey base color
♥ OPI I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana sponged onto my tips for a gradient
♥ AVON Coral Reef that I dotted on with a dotting tool

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It’s an unexpected color combination but I like it.  It feels summery and reminds me of beaches and Ron Jon surf gear.  I have no idea why, I dont even know what Ron Jon is really, but it popped in my head!

This weekend we’ll reveal our May N.A.I.L. themes so keep your eyes peeled for that.  See ya!

28th April – 4th May : Dotticure

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#TheBeautyBuffs – my favorite yellows!

Welcome to another Wednesday with The Beauty Buffs! We are discussing YELLOW this week.  I’m always on a quest to find some yellows that don’t need a zillion coats… and today I’ll share my findings with you.  I’m showcasing my top three yellow two-coaters!

thebeautybuffsNow I know that yellow is not a fave among nail bloggers. The formulas can be disappointing and a lot of ladies find yellow unflattering with their skintone.  But, I happen to love yellow! This stems from my childhood where one year the Easter Bunny gave me two Revlon polishes.  (The bunny never gave me candy.  So sad.  Yet I wonder why I have food issues.)  So one year my easter basket contained two cream polishes- a robin’s egg blue and a pale butter yellow.  I cherished them.  If I got peanut butter cups they’d be gone in two seconds flat.  But my nail polishes… they were the gift that kept giving!  I still remember the exact images of the bottles in my head.  I can’t remember my school teacher that year, but I remember my pastel Revlons.  Oh, Jacqui!!  Anyway, I think those nostalgic feelings about yellow polish carried into my adulthood.  Plus, my mom loves yellow polish and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

I don’t know if one-coat yellows exist or not.  But for now, I’ll covet these three yellows which need only two coats each to be opaque:

my fave yellow nail polishes

First up is I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana by OPI.  We’ve all seen a lot of swatches of this one lately.  It’s the perfect true yellow- nice and bright and most similar to the primary yellow on the color wheel.  I thought the formula would be a little chalky since a couple of the other Brazil collection polishes were a wee bit chalky to me. But honestly, the formula is really nice for a yellow.  It dries glossy and you can’t go wrong with OPI !

OPI I Just Can't Cope Acabana Swatch

Next I’ve got Pull Over by Sinful Colors.  This mustard shade has a touch of orange to it.  It’s similar to egg yolks, or a school bus.  I like that it’s a little different than your average yellow.  The formula is so fluid and juicy.  It has some jelly-esque qualities too it, but it’s opaque in two coats so it’s definitely not a jelly.  But it looks sorta glassy on the nail and I really enjoy the hue.

Sinful Pull Over Swatch

Last but not least is Inspire by AVON.  Remember when the 2013 Peter Som Trio came out by Zoya??  The collection contained a yellow, an orange and a mint?  Well AVON sorta copied them and came out with a trio of their own last year.  The AVON shades were darker, but still, very similar in concept.  I jumped on that train and picked up the AVON yellow called Inspire.  Wow, I love it.  How do I describe it?  It’s a bright yellow cream that has a tinge of green to it.  It’s almost a little bit pukey (especially in sunlight), but in the best way possible LOL!  It sorta has a 70’s retro feel to it.  The formula is really good and opaque (but as it ages I notice it’s getting a wee bit string-y).  I love how intense and opaque this yellow is, especially for nail art. I’ve used it tons and tons and now my bottle is getting low.  Good thing I have backup!  Surprisingly, Inspire is THE ONLY bottle in my entire stash that I own a backup of.  That says a lot I think.

AVON Inspire Swatch

My post wouldn’t be complete without a little yellow nail art…

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I hand painted some blue triangles on the base of my nails using Orly Sweet Peacock.  I think the metallic blue really looks cool against my AVON Inspire.  I loved wearing this to work yesterday.  It’s simple but a little quirky and definitely bold.  I hope you like it!

After all this, if you still hate yellow-  oh well, I tried.  I look forward to hearing your opinions though!

Don’t miss what the other Beauty Buffs have to say:


 

 

My OPI Brazil Collection

I’m not the type of girl to run out and buy a new nail polish collection when it first gets released.  But there was something about the OPI Brazil collection that really called to me.  I couldn’t stop thinking about those bright tropical colors until I finally broke down and drove to the beauty supply store!  Good thing that store is a half hour out of my way.  If it was right in my town I would be penniless and drowning in OPI!

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Even though I got a great deal on these, I’m not a big spender- so I only picked my four favorites from the collection.  All swatches are with no base coat, two coats of OPI, and no topcoat.  They are all shiny even without topcoat.

First is AmazON…AmazOFF.  This a deep dark teal with a slight shimmer running through it.  I was surprised how good this one looks on me.  Might be my favorite of the bunch.  However, I did get a bum brush.  I swear, if there’s a bad brush in the lot, it will find it’s way to me every time! I snipped the stray bristle with small scissors and now it works okay.

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Next up is a neutral shade called Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around.  For some reason I want to call it Don’t Bossa Me Nova, but oh well!  It’s a nice opaque shade for nail art, I’m sure I’ll be using this one a lot.  It’s similar to My Vampire is Buff, only a little darker.  However, Don’t Bossa is a two-coater, so I might start using it in place of My Vampire from now on!

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This yellow shade is the one I was lemming after-  I Just Can’t Cope-acabana. What a crazy name, and considering that I’ve been a ball of stress lately … this one is fun for me!  Plus, I love to sample yellows out.  It’s like my personal mission to try out all the yellows to find the best ones, preferably two-coaters.  Hmmm I wonder if there are any one-coaters out there?  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Jacqui!  But…. I Just Can’t Cope has quickly moved to the top of my yellow favorites list.  It’s a vibrant and creamy two-coater with a good formula.

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Last but not least is a super bright coral called Live.Love.Carnaval.  The formula on this one seemed a little chalkier than the others.. maybe because it’s borderline neon.  I actually messed one finger up and had to do it again.  Not sure what happened with that.  But still, I love how eye-catching it is…. it’s almost red, almost pink, but mostly coral, and very sexy!

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brazil opi nail artThose are my fave four!  Do you have a favorite from the Brazil collection?

If you read my blog you probably saw my floral Brazil nail art from the other day.  But if you missed it, here it is!

OPI Brazilian Floral Nail Art

I recently picked up 4 polishes from the new OPI Brazil Collection.  Swatches coming soon!  But first, I’m super excited to show you some floral nail art that combines all four of my new brazils!

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Here’s what I’m wearing:

♥ I Just Can’t Cope-acabana

♥ Live.Love.Carnaval

♥ AmazON…AmazOFF

♥ Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around

To complete the look I also used some rhinestones, OPI Black Onyx for the dots, and a light blue striper polish.

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This manicure is pure love to me.  It’s tropical, bright and feel-good! Plus, I’m psyched that I finally got my greedy little hands on the Brazil collection. 😀

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See you soon with my Brazil swatches!