Floral Decals From Born Pretty

*Disclosure: One of the products featured in this post was provided by the manufacturer for review.

During the time that Alice, from the Born Pretty Store, reached out to me in regards to writing up a product review, another item that caught my eye was this set of flower-patterned water decals. They looked perfect for springtime and I thought they’d pair nicely with a soft blue polish.

I applied two coats of Bam-Blue-Zled from Ulta onto each nail, minus the ring finger, where I instead used two thin coats of Indigo Night from Revlon Colorstay. Once the coats dried completely, I began to apply the water decals onto the lighter blue polish. The application process was extremely easy– I simply cut out the decals that I wanted to use, placed the decal face-down on the nail, and then placed a cotton ball soaked in water over it. After about ten seconds, I removed the cotton ball and the decal to reveal a perfectly placed floral transfer on each nail. I then applied one generous coat of Adrienne from Shimmer Polish onto the accent nail, and finished the manicure by applying a single coat of INM Out The Door top coat to each nail.

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This is one of the rare times that a manicure turns out just as I imagined it would! You can take a look at the other items that the Born Pretty Store offers nail artists on its New Arrivals and Most Popular pages. If it’s your first time shopping, you can use my code FLX31 at checkout for 10% off your order.

I’m excited to officially announce my return to the blog :) I’ve got a lot of fun swatches and nail designs lined up for you, so be on the lookout!

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Guest Post: Just For Me Mani (Plus, An Interview Tip!)

Hi everyone!! My name is Jacqui and I run a U.S. nail art blog called craftynail.com.  I’m very happy to guest post for Polished PR today!  After all, I’ve been reading Jenn’s blog since, well, since we both started blogging!  I love that Jenn throws in little tips on career building.  I moonlight as a nail blogger, but I work as an advisor at a university for my day job.  So education and career planning is in the forefront of my mind as well.  If you read through to the end of my post I will have a bonus job interviewing tip for you!  But let’s see my nails first…

As a blogger, I often find myself doing my nails specifically for a nail art challenge, or to review a new product I received. But what’s different about this manicure is that I did it JUST FOR ME! It’s not often enough that I get to do a manicure just because I feel like it! I used two polishes that have been calling to me saying, “Jacqui, you love me, why don’t you wear me?  You keep thinking about me, but I’m still sitting here on this shelf!” Those two talking polishes are Zoya Zuza (my base color) and Sinful Colors Lush Life (glitter topper).

Being this glitter-tastic didn’t come easy though! You won’t believe how many coats of polish I’m wearing here. I applied one coat of Essence peel-off base coat, two coats of Zoya Zuza to give me a nice teal base color, 5 coats of my Sinful Colors teal glitter, and one coat of Seche Vite topcoat.  That is a total of 9 coats!  I didn’t expect needing that many, but I wanted it to be super glittery and my Lush Life glitter was more sparse than I expected.  Oh well.  No one said being beautiful was easy!

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Now for my job interviewing tip!  I interview students from time to time when my office needs a new student worker or intern.  I have also been on the other side, as an interviewee, since I have had many career changes since I graduated from college.  I’ve landed some jobs that I had no experience in at all.  I’d like to think that a lot of my success hinged on my interviewing skills.  Specifically, my enthusiasm and honesty.  What do I mean by that?  If I’m interviewing for a job and I’m really psyched about it, I make sure to tell the interviewer!  You should come right out and tell them exactly why you think you are perfect for the job and that you’re really excited about the opportunity.  Be honest with them.  If you’re thinking it’s a perfect fit for you, then tell them that!  If they don’t ask you questions that allow you to express this stuff, then make sure to bring it up before you leave the interview.

When I’m saying my goodbyes I like to stand up, shake their hand nice and firm and tell them how excited I am because of x, y and z. Look them straight in the eyes and be honest and enthusiastic.  You want to end the interview with a bang so you stand out from the bunch.  Why would they want to hire someone who just comes in, sits down and answers their questions like a drone when they could hire YOU!

I must admit, I always get so nervous before I interview!  I can’t tell you how to handle that, since I haven’t found a solution for that yet.  LOL!  But none the less, I hope my little interviewing tip is helpful for you.  Thanks to Jenn for having me!  And if you want to see more of my Craftynail style, find me online!  Here’s where I’ll be hanging out– facebookpinteresttwittertumblr, and bloglovin. 

 

 About the Contributor:

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Jacqui lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State, where she works at a university as a financial aid counselor. When the daily grind of student loans comes to an end, she can be found hibernating at home while whipping up some cool craftiness. The main focus of her blog, Craftynail, is on nail care, nail polish and cute nail designs.

Hello, April.

Happy first day of April! It’s going to be a crazy, busy month for me, but while I’m sharing some guest posts with you, I’ll be building up some nail art inspiration just in time to share with you come May :)

Polished PR recently reached 4,000 fans on Facebook and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’m just amazed– it was only recently that I held my 2K giveaway and I’ve already doubled that milestone, all thanks to the #sharethelove movement. Thank you, for supporting me in this journey. I really could not be where I am today without you! Next milestone: 5,000 fans– I’ll be hosting my next giveaway then!

With that, I will leave you with this whimsical, spring-themed design. I incorporated this year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, adorned with fun and bright daisies. For the base color, I used two coats of Sweet Tooth from Sinful Colors. Using a flat brush and a white polish (I used Snow Me White from Sinful Colors), I painted on five white petals and finished each daisy with a dot of yellow (Unicorn from Sinful Colors) in the center. For the accent nail, I applied a single coat of Tazmanian Devil from Confetti over two coats of Sweet Tooth.

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I hope you have a lovely day, sans any April Fools’ Day jokes ;) Until next time! xo

 

Green & Gold Nails For St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you’re wearing some form of green today– bonus points for you if it’s on your nails ;)

I thought it’d be be fun to do a fresh St. Patrick’s Day-inspired set that didn’t require the shamrocks, rainbows or pots of gold; just a simple and clean green and gold design.

For my thumb, ring and pinky fingers, I started off with two thin coats of Vivacious Verdigris from Cuccio Colour, a dark, matte metallic green. After the polish dried, I applied a v-shaped decal towards the tip of each nail and covered it with a coat of Honey Ryder, a Liquid Sand polish from The Bond Girls Collection by OPI. After this polish dried completely, I carefully peeled off the stickers to reveal a v-shaped metallic green design on each nail.

For my index and middle fingers, I began with a single coat of I Come In Peas from Sephora by OPI, and topped it with a thick coat of Linna from Shimmer Polish.

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love how clean cut it turned out! I usually have such horrible experiences using decals or stickers to create a textured design, but it worked out perfectly for me this time around– hopefully this is a good sign for future experiments. I also love how it doesn’t scream, ‘Kiss me, I’m trying to pretend I’m Irish,’ but still covers me on the wearing green part :)

Did you paint your nails green for St. Patrick’s Day? Share your photos with me by tagging me (@polishedpr) on Instagram!

Quickie Post: A Bit Of Stamping

I have quite the to-do list this weekend, so I will leave you with a super quickie post that will most likely leave you thinking, “What in the world is this?”

This is probably the most random mani I have ever put together– just a little bit of triangle stamping over Tudor City Teal from NYC, with an accent using Jasmine from Shimmer Polish.

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Cheers to a fabulous weekend– make it a great one! :) xo

Workplace Wednesday: Galaxy Nails

Get ready for a picture-heavy post! I thought I’d spruce up this week’s Workplace Wednesday with a bold look– on last week’s introduction to the Workplace Wednesdays series, a reader requested that I do a post on galaxy-inspired nails, perfect for the fashionistas in the working world who adore dark manicures :)

I began creating this look with a single thick coat of Fiore from Julep on each nail. Although Julep describes Fiore as an espresso shade, I think of it more as a deep grayish-purple:

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After the polish dried completely, I took a makeup sponge and ripped it into several pieces. Then, I chose five different colored polishes. I used metallic ones so that they’d provide the mani with a shimmery glow, but they don’t have to be metallic!

Purple: Unnamed polish from L.A. Colors

Blue: Light Blue from Love & Beauty by Forever 21

Green: Lady Luck from H&M

Silver: You’re Too Good For Him from Craze by Wet ‘n Wild

Pink: Unnamed polish from L.A. Colors

Starting with the purple polish and ending with the pink, I used a piece of makeup sponge to lightly sponge each color diagonally across each nail. The best part about doing a galaxy design is that there’s no need for perfection– no matter how you sponge on each color, it’ll still turn out as a beautiful galaxy-inspired mani :) To complete this look, I took a toothpick to place a couple of glitter flecks on each nail. And voila!

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What do you think, is this look appropriate for your workplace? If not, comment and let me know what look you want to create, or tweet me at @thisjenngirl!

2014 Oscars: Best Of The Mani Cam

Last night, before Ellen walked onstage to host the 86th Academy Awards, E! rolled out the red carpet for its mani cam, a popular segment known to all members of the nail art community. From the looks seen on the ‘runway’, it’s clear that the trend is shifting away from statement nail art and instead going towards neutral and pastel options, perfect since spring is just around the corner.

The theme that caught my eye this awards show was the use of pale pink tones– Kristin Chenoweth, with her adorable pixie cut hairstyle, showed off her neutral stiletto mani embellished with glitter tips:

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Lupita Nyong’o complemented her pale blue Prada gown with a pastel pink with a hint of shimmer:

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I tried my best to mesh these two looks into one easy manicure– a whole lot of pastel pink with just a subtle hint of shimmer. Simple, yet fit for the red carpet! I used Martha from Julep topped with a thin coat of Pixie Dust from e.l.f. Interested in creating a red carpet mani of your own? Check out Julep’s line of nail colors and get creative!

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I have much appreciation for the mani cam, regardless of others’ snide remarks about how ridiculous it is; I can appreciate the fact that E! has chosen to target the nail art community as its audience during this particular portion of the awards show. Those who aren’t into the concept of nail art won’t understand how we (nail artists) perceive our nails to be a vital statement accessory to the outfits we wear. But that’s okay! I’ll celebrate my ridiculousness– who’s with me? ;)

What look did you spot at the 2014 Oscars that you liked best? Let me know by leaving a comment, or tweeting me at @thisjenngirl!

Irene By Shimmer Polish

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*Disclosure: The product featured in this post was provided by the manufacturer for review.

I’m always so excited to show you another swatch from my Shimmer Polish collection :) Irene is very unique in that it’s a very fine glitter mix, compared to the others that are a mixture of micro and hex glitter flecks. I love how simple the glitter mix is– it’s the perfect polish for spicing up a manicure in an elegant way, without the flashiness that other glitter polishes normally provide. I paired Irene with one coat of Luxe from Orly.

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Everyday-use, or special occasions only? When would you wear Irene?

Valerie By Shimmer Polish

*Disclosure: The product featured in this post was provided by the manufacturer for review.

I’m halfway through swatching the lovely dozen bottles of Shimmer Polish sent over to me by Cindy, and I’ve found my absolute favorite so far!

Valerie is a brown-based polish filled with flecks of orange, copper and silver glitter, along with subtle hints of a pale green as well. What I adore about this polish is the contrast that the pops of orange and pale green provide to the swatch– it is just so gorgeous! I applied one generous coat of Valerie over two thin coats of Ingrid from China Glaze.

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As of now, this is definitely going to be my go-to glitter from here on out when I’m in need of a quick, glitter-ific manicure. Is it just me, or are you feeling the same way about this swatch too?

Tammy By Shimmer Polish

*Disclosure: The product featured in this post was provided by the manufacturer for review.

Here’s another beautiful Shimmer Polish swatch for you to get googly-eyed over ;) Tammy is filled with flecks of purple, silver, gold and slight hints of pink glitter. I decided to pair this beauty with a dark violet color, two thin coats of Snow Day from Confetti.

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For the accent nail, I used a thin acrylic paintbrush to paint a random (very random) design in white acrylic paint onto the nail. After the paint dried, I used a texture polish, OPI Liquid Sand in Baby Please Come Home, to paint thinner strokes over the white.

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I love the way this look turned out! Between Tammy and Baby Please Come Home, the manicure was filled with glitter, shimmer and sparkle– my favorite :)

Now, I have to ask: From all the Shimmer Polish swatches you’ve seen so far, which is your favorite?