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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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

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?

Pre-Valentine’s Day Mani(s)

Since Valentine’s Day is in just two days, it’s time I show you a couple of designs that I created last week to “practice” before I finalize my real Valentine’s Day manicure ;)

The first design I put together was a super easy-to-do dotticure; if you’re looking for something simple and not too flashy for Friday, I definitely recommend this one! I started off with two thin coats of I Gotta Blush On You from Sephora by OPI. Using a bobby pin as my dotting tool, I used a variety of polishes in various colors ranging from white to a dark fuchsia to create dots toward the cuticle of each nail.

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This next design features Trisha from Shimmer Polish, a beautiful salmon-colored glitter polish with subtle flecks of orange, gold and blue. Using I Gotta Blush On You again as the base, I applied two generous coats of Trisha on top. For the accent nail, I used two thin coats of Red Flare from Orly. After the polish dried completely, I hand-painted a heart using I Gotta Blush On You, then painted on roses using the red polish, using a green polish to paint on subtle leaves.

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love the dotticure, and I love the accent nail with the roses. I’m so indecisive on what I want to do for Friday– but I think I have a slight idea of what I’ll end up doing ;)

Trisha By Shimmer Polish

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

As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I figured I would start sharing some of my love-inspired manicures. Today’s swatch features Trisha from my Shimmer Polish collection, over Dangerous Affair  from Ciate and paired with a white rose design. Trisha is a fun, yet elegant glitter filled with bright red, orange, yellow, blue and purple flecks. It complemented the dark red shade of Dangerous Affair and helped to create the perfect pre-Valentine’s Day manicure :) For an accent, I added some white roses using a paintbrush:

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I’m still trying to put together ideas for the perfect Valentine’s Day manicure for Friday and the weekend! I’m super stoked because I’ll be spending all of Saturday at the State Fair with my favorite people– I’m not going to deny it, I’m mostly excited for all the food ;) Whether it’s some solo R&R time with a glass of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, or a fancy dinner with your loved one, I hope you have an amazing Friday! xo

Julia By Shimmer Polish

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Last week, I asked A to help me pick a color to swatch. Thinking he was being funny, he responded with, “Icy blue pearl,” thinking I wouldn’t have such a color– but I did! Light Blue from Love & Beauty by Forever 21 is totally an icy, pearly blue:

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I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to swatch another one of the colors in my Shimmer Polish collection, particularly JuliaJulia is a pretty light blue glitter-filled polish, with subtle flecks of what I can only describe as a light green glitter. It paired perfectly with Light Blue!

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I was so happy with the results that I ended up wearing it much longer than usual :) Cindy really has an amazing recipe for these Shimmer Polishes, I am so in love with the three that I’ve swatched so far, and I CANNOT WAIT to show you the rest!

Kim By Shimmer Polish

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

This is the second Shimmer Polish I’ve swatched since receiving my awesome nail mail last week :) Kim is a beautiful blue (both light and dark) glitter polish, with freckles of purple and silver. I chose a pretty cobalt blue as my base, two thin coats of First Mate from China Glaze, and applied two generous coats of Kim on top:

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Compared to my last swatch of Jennifer, I like Kim a lot more, most likely because I chose a base color that really complements the glitter. I am really loving this line of polish, I always feel so glam when I look down at my shimmery, sparkly nails :) Between Jennifer and Kim, which glitter polish do you like best?