Saturday, December 10, 2016

Art Deco Vibe - a Daniel Wellington, Classic Black Sheffield Inspired Look

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Hello my friends! I hope that where ever you are, you are having a great day :)

Today I've got a nail art look inspired by one of my favorite watch companies, Daniel Wellington! I have worked with them a few times in the past and I wear their watches almost daily. I love how classy and pulled together I feel when I wear them. They have become my go-to "jewelry"...if a watch can be that.

The latest one I have to share is from their new collection, Classic Black. The defining feature of the collection is a black watch face paired with various DW band styles. I chose the Classic Black Sheffield as I loved the sleek pairing of black on black. The touch of rose gold in the hands and numbers warm the look up and I love it.
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Erin Condren Inspired - Pineapple Punch Nail Art

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Hello, all! Happy Sunday/Monday (depending on when you're reading this!). Hope you had a nice weekend :) Here in the States we're gearing up for Thanksgiving this Thursday, but I couldn't help but share one final "summer" look with you all before we really truly move onto Fall and Winter looks. I hope you don't mind!

If you'll recall, a few months back I teamed up with the fabulous crew at Erin Condren and did a few fun manicures inspired by their planners. Well, in that post I shared two looks...but I had actually created four total designs, so today I've got another to share!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Zoya Urban Grunge: One Coat Cremes - Swatches & Review

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Hi again! I've got another favorite brand to share today - Zoya! This is the first half of their Fall 2016 Urban Grunge Collection and are an extension of their One Coat Creme shades. The shades in this collection are very reflective of the colors I've been seeing all fall and I like that! Let's take a look!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

LVX Fall Winter 2016 - Swatches & Review

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Hey everyone! Well, I have been MIA for awhile now because I GOT MARRIED WHAT!? :D My husband (okay, still so weird to call him that!) and I have been together for 11 years and now we've been married for almost 2 weeks! Pretty exciting next step of our lives :)

I've been super busy with wedding stuff and wasn't able to share swatches but I'm making up for that now! So today, let's take a look at one of my favorite brands, LVX, and their new 2016 Fall Winter Collection. LVX is easily one of my favorite brands and I never fail to be impressed by the beautiful shades they curate each season. So, get to it!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

KBShimmer - Fall 2016

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Hello, hello! Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend :) I have another Fall collection to share with you today, this time from KBShimmer! It never fails, each season I love seeing what Christy and her crew have dreamed up this time. They really excel at capturing the feel of the different seasons and I'm always swooning over their crellies. Always just the right amount of glitter to creme.

Anyhow, I'm always excited for the KBS collections as they help me feel like the seasons are changing. So, let's dig in!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bridesmaid Boxes - How I Asked My Girlfriends to be in My Wedding!

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Hello, hello! So as you all may know by now, I'm getting married in just under 2 months! *gasp/faint/squeal* I am so incredibly excited for the big day but I've been so busy with work and wedding planning that I know it's left me neglecting my passion for nail art and blogging. So, I figured I'd try and combine the two in a series and share some tid bits of my planning.

One of the more fun projects I've done so far for the wedding was putting together my bridesmaid boxes! While I knew my girlfriends would all say yes, I wanted to put together boxes to officially ask them to be my bridesmaids. I took some inspo from things I saw in Pinterest, but in the end, I think I made it my own!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Spell Polish - Time Traveling Collection: Swatches & Nail Art

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Hello my friends! I have a new to me collection to share with you today - the Time Traveling Collection by Spell Polish! I have been so busy lately but I've been dying to share these. This fall collection is inspired by memories from the past and I love that, while the memories are personal to Heather, the lady behind Spell Polish, they are also universal in one way or another and things that each of us can relate to in our own way. 

I did not realize until working with Heather, that she writes poems to coincide with each shade. She then includes a cute little trading card with the polish name and poem with each polish purchased. How cool is that? So let's get started and take a look at the Time Traveling Collection! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Erin Condren Life Planner inspired Guest Post

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Hello, my friends! I seem to say this every time I post, but I have been so busy with work and wedding planning that it's hard to keep up with blogging as well! While, I'm so excited and loving the wedding planning process, I'm also looking forward to having some down time again to be creative and share with you all regularly again :)

But for today, I've got a fun post inspired by one of the tools I use to help keep me on track with all my goals - a mani (or two!?) inspired by the new Erin Condren Life Planners!

Head over to their blog to read my full post and let me know what you think about the looks (and the other ladies who created art as well!).


Saturday, August 20, 2016

China Glaze - Rebel: Swatches & Review

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Hello, all! I have a great set of polishes to share with you today from China Glaze! Fall collections are by far my favorite - partly because I love the fall season so much, but also because it's an opportunity for brands to create vampy, moody, edgy, beautiful shades.

Cue the China Glaze Rebel collection. *insert heart eyes* :D as one of the first fall collections I saw this year, I was immediately drawn to the colors but was then even more excited for the inspiration. I was born in 1990 so I wasn't quite old enough to appreciate a lot of the good (and bad!) things about the 90s. But even still, I know almost many of the references made in this collection which made the Rebel collection all the more fun. As always, there are 12 shades in various finishes in this collection so let's take a look!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cirque Colors x Pop-In @ Nordstrom - Vans 50th Anniversary Celebration: Hawaiian Stencil Nail Art Kit

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Hello again my friends! I hope you're having a great week! Mine is flying right by, so much so that I actually thought today was Wednesday! I've got another set of swatches and nail art to share today using the 3rd and final nail art stencil kit that Cirque Colors has created for the Pop-In @ Nordstrom Vans 50th Anniversary celebration.

This kit contains two more polishes, Midnight Cowboy and Rouge Rockefeller. Both of these were previously released shades but they're not less lovely today than they were then.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Cirque Colors x Pop-In @ Nordstrom - Vans 50th Anniversary Celebration: Stripe Stencil Nail Art Kit

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Hello, hello! I've got another nail art kit to share today from Cirque Colors! If you'll recall from last week, they've teamed up with Pop-In @ Nordstrom to help celebrate the Vans 50th Anniversary! There are 3 exclusive and limited edition shades available as well and three nail art kits that come with nail stencils and two polishes. Check out my previous Checkerboard mani here!

Today is the stripe stencil kit as well as the two shades, Skate Date and Big Wave (pink and blue, respectively).

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cirque Colors x Pop-In @ Nordstrom - Vans 50th Anniversary Celebration: Checkerboard Nail Art Kit

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Hello, all! Wow it's been a while, hasn't it? I've been insanely busy at my day job (pesky thing, that) and then also busy traveling to handle wedding planning duties. But, it's that time of year where new Fall collections are upon us and I have so many beautiful goodies to share with you all!

Today I have a fun little duo that is the first post in a series of polishes from Cirque Colors! They're doing another fun Pop-In @ Nordstrom, this time partnering up with Vans for their 50th Anniversary Celebration! They've created 3 exclusive shades in primary hues, as well as 3 nail art kits to celebrate the occasion. First up is one one the nail art kits which helps you create the classic Vans Checkerboard!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Zoya Seashells Collection: Pixiedust - Swatches

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Alright! Yesterday was the first half of the Zoya Summer collection (the Sunset cremes) and today is the Seashells set! Guess what they are!? Pixiedusts! Yay! In my opinion, Zoya makes the best textured polishes and this set is yet another fun take on them. Let's jump in and enjoy.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Zoya Sunsets Collection: One Coat Cremes - Swatches

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Hi again! Happy Monday to you all! Is the weekend getting shorter and shorter for anyone else? ;)

I've got the Summer Zoya collections to share today and tomorrow so let's start with the Sunset Collection! I so enjoy the fact that Zoya always does two versions of their collections - a creme set, and a special finish set (shimmer, texture, holo, etc.). This season's cremes are being marketed as "One Coat Cremes" which, for someone without nail ridges (or who uses a ridge filler), could probably get away with. Since I have ridges however, I ended up applying more than 1 coat on all my swatches.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

LVX Summer 2016 - Swatches & Review

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Hello, my friends! I hope that everyone had a great weekend :) Sundays are always bitter sweet as I feel the impending start of my work week all to much...but I try my best to keep my worrisome thoughts at bay...and what better way to do that than with nail polish!?

Today brings the lovely LVX Summer 2016 collection! I especially love LVX because they seem to always do mostly creme collections. As a die hard creme finish lover, this is ideal for me! Plus, their shades seem to always be spot on for each season. LVX is 7-Free and Vegan friendly/Cruelty Free polish that comes in a 0.5 fl oz bottle (so you get your money's worth).

Monday, July 11, 2016

Winstonia Store - Berry Wine Brush Set: Review & Nail Art

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Hello again, my friends! I have another brush review to share with you today, this time the Berry Wine fine liner brush set made by Winstonia Store. If you'll recall, yesterday I shared my Bambooristic brush set review (and I loved it), so today we're taking a look at anther detail brush set.

Right off the bat, these visually were a win for me because they're ultra fine liners and something that I have been desperately in search of. In the past, I have purchased nail art brushes and had to trim them down myself to get them thin enough to work with so it's incredibly exciting and refreshing to see something this tiny come direct to my doorstep with no changes required.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Guest Post for Very Emily

Hi Everyone! I am so insanely excited about today's post! It's one I've been wanting to share for over a month and I'm stoked to finally get to show you what I've painted :)

My dear friend Emily who blogs over at Very Emily asked me to guest post for her again and, of course, I immediately said yes! She's an insanely talented, well rounded, and just amazing person and artist so I am always honored to grace her blog pages :) Click the link below to see my full right up on this post! :D

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Let me know what you think! :D 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Winstonia Store - Bambooristic Brush Set: Review & Nail Art

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Hi, friends! I hope everyone had a lovely week! I'm so thankful we had a short week here in the States - I'm exhausted! But! I wanted to share with you my thoughts on a few different brush sets that I've recently gotten to try out from Winstonia Store. I've worked with them a few times in the past and really love the quality of products they put out at an affordable price.

I'll have 3 different brush sets to share with you over the next few days, but I'm going to start with one that I surprisingly really loved as well as show you the nail art I was able to create using the brushes in the set. Let's take a look at the Bambooritic Set!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

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Hello, my friends! I hope that those of you outside the US had a lovely weekend. Here in the US, most places are off work as we're celebrating our Independence Day! I absolutely love seeing all the 4th of July inspired nail art each year and I like to partake as well whenever possible.

I've done a few looks in the past that I've loved, (like these two flag manis, and this floral & striped look that is reminiscent of what I've done today), but I think this year's look really holds true to my own design aesthetic as well as keeping it patriotic :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wrenn Polish - Nail Polish by Wrenn Jewelry: Swatches & Review

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Hi all! I've got some swatches of some Wrenn polishes to share today! If you'll recall, I had the honor swatching a few of the polishes from Wrenn's initial launch and I absolutely loved them. They're 5-Free, Vegan friendly and cruelty free which is always great. So, today, I've got the rest of the polishes in the Wrenn line to share with you :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Nail Art: The Planner Society Washi Series - March 2016

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Hello, all! I hope you had a great weekend! I'm finishing out my Planner Society washi tape series with these two adorable folk art inspired tapes that were included in the March kit!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nail Art: The Planner Society Washi Series - June 2016

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Hey, all! I am yet again back with another Planner Society Kit washi tape inspired manicure and I am just so proud of how it turned out! You can check out the rest of the series here.

Today's look is inspired by the wide washi tape that came just a few days ago as part of the June kit. This particular tape was part of the washi tape kit and I'm just in love with. So lovely.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nail Art: The Planner Society Washi Series - April 2016

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Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! I'm both shocked that we're already to the middle of the week and THRILLED ;D I'm continuing along with my Planner Society Kit washi tape inspired manis (if you've missed my past ones, head here) and today we're taking a look at the washi that was included in April's kit!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nail Art: The Planner Society Washi Series - January 2016

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Hello my friends! :) remember how yesterday I said I had more The Planner Society Kit inspired washi manicures to share? Well here's the next one! :D let's take a look, shall we?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nail Art: The Planner Society Washi Series - May 2016

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Hi everyone! :D I hope that those of you celebrating Father's Day yesterday had a wonderful time! I live about 4 hours from my folks so I had a good chat on the phone with my Dad today. Always nice to catch up with him.

I know I've been pretty sporadic with my posting lately, but I'm hoping (yet again) to get back to posting nail art regularly. I am super excited about today's post as it's the start of a little mini "series" (if you will) that I've been intending to do for a long while! Some of you may know that outside of my love of nail art, I'm also a huge fan of all things planners/journals/pens/etc., and I subscribe to a super awesome monthly kit called, The Planner Society Kit. You can check out my planner instagram if you want - I'm @moonlitdaydreamer!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Bella Bosio Polish - Swatches & Review

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Hello, all! I’ve got another round of swatches to share with you all today! I have 4 more shades from Bella Bosio Polish and these glitters are packing some serious sparkle!

This is my second time working with Bella Bosio’s polishes and I’m enjoying them just as much this time around. They apply smoothly and are very opaque. Nice formula and all around fun shades to work with. Let’s get to it!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wet N Wild, 1-Step Wonder Gel: Swatches & Review

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Hey, all! I have a beyond EPIC post to share today! I think this is the most swatches I've ever done of a brand and I'm pretty excited to share with you all! I have the entire Wet n' Wild 1-Step Wonder Gel line swatched and I have to say, I am pretty smitten with these polishes.

The idea behind this line of shades is that you don't need anything but the bottle of polish you're using to complete your manicure. So no base or top coat required. While they're calling them a "gel", it isn't a true gel and doesn't require a light to cure it. So how does it stand up? I'll share my swatches and then let you know my thoughts at the end.

Since they're all very similar in application, I've just mentioned the shade description and how many coats I used in the photos. True to how the polish is meant to be worn, I'm showing these without base or top coat.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Daniel Wellington - Dapper Durham Rose Gold 34mm

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Hey my friends! I hope your week has been going well! Anyone else still in shock that we're already into May? Time needs to slow its roll! ;)...heh, I guess pun intended because today's post is about a watch and the matching nail art I did!

So today is about my new Daniel Wellington Dapper Durham watch in rose gold! I am seriously obsessed with this watch...I've been wearing it almost daily for the last 2 weeks and I can't get enough of it. It's classic and understated and wearable with every single outfit I have. The face is the perfect size for me - not too big or too small in my opinion. It's clean and fresh looking while also making me feel incredibly stylish and sensible. Just perfection.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Zoya Petals - Spring 2016 Collection: Swatches

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Hey, all! I've got another lovely spring collection to share with you all, this time from my beloved Zoya! While Zoya always seems to do a great job curating shades for each season, the Petals collection I have to share today is especially beautiful and perfect for this time of year. I love how delicate and soft each shade is...I supppse that's why it's the Petals collection ;)

Monday, May 2, 2016

LVX - Spring 2016 Collection: Swatches

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Hi, all! I've got the Spring 2016 collection by LVX to share today and as always, I'm in love with the beautiful creme polishes they've curated for us this season. I always consider LVX to be spot on with the current trends and color palettes and this collection is no different. It's the perfect combination of soft pastels and bold pops of color. Just...ugh, so pretty!

LVX is 7-Free, Vegan friendly, and animal cruelty free, and while they're pretty pricey at $18/bottle, you are getting a full 0.5oz of guilt-free polish at that rate. It seems more and more brands are selling at this steeper price, but using bottles that are half this in my opinion, the full size bottles make the price easier to swallow. Let's take a look!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Paint All The Nails Presents Monochrome

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Hello, all!

Hope your week is going well! I'm so excited about today's post because I'm ACTUALLY doing some nail art! Yay! Better still is that I'm doing nail art alongside some of my favorite nail artists...I'm finally getting around to posting with the ladies of Paint All the Nails!

This month we've challenged ourselves to do monochromatic nail art. While monochromatic is generally values of any one color, we've decided to stick to traditional black, white, and grey for today. I'm so excited to see what everyone comes up with for today, but first, let's take a look at the design I've painted.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

China Glaze Lite Brites - Summer 2016 Collection: Swatches & Review

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Hiya, everyone!

Hope your week is going well :) I can't believe it's already Wedneday and that it's already almost MAY!? Where is the time running away to!? I'm getting married in almost 6 months and that is just INSANE to me. Someone come help me plan the rest of it?? :D

Today I've got swatches of the super fun China Glaze Summer 2016 Collection, Lite Brites! I honestly love swatching China Glaze's collections because they're always so beautiful together and create a cohesive and inspiring set of shades. This one absolutely has me excited for summer!

As always, I try to keep my swatches as true to color as possible, but keep in mind that some of these are bright neons and don't always translate well to photos. For reference, I shoot all my swatch photos under two 5500 K ottlight blubs directly onto my nail so different lighting will also affect the look of the photos.

Let's take a look and you'll have to tell me your favorite! :D

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Modish Polish - Swatches, Review, & Nail Art

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Hi, all!

I have swatches from a new to me brand, Modish Polish, to share with you today! I had heard of this brand a few times so I was excited when they got in touch and asked if I'd be interested in trying out a few of their polishes.

Modish was founded by two sisters out of Los Angeles and features a big 5-Free formula and is also Vegan friendly (gotta love supporting cruelty free brands!). You can read more about their mission statement in their About section. Let's take a look at the three polishes I swatched!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Rifle Paper Company - Recipe Tin Floral Print

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Hi, guys! Hope your Saturdays are going wonderfully! I've got a quick post to share with you today that I'm excited about! I've had this amazing Rifle Paper Company Recipe tin for ages (snagged it from PaperSource) and I've been dying to do nail art inspired by it...but, such is life and I never got around to it.

Well, today, that changes! :D

Thursday, April 14, 2016

KBShimmer - Spring 2016 Collection: Swatches & Review

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Well, hello, hello! I can't believe it's been a month since I blogged last. I've been dealing with a lot in my personal life and unfortunately it's been affecting my blog schedule. That being said, I've got loads of new nail polish swatches coming your way along with nail art! Yay? Yay!

So today I have the first half of the KBShimmer Spring collection! There are 14 polishes total that were released for Spring, these 7 here, as then 7 Mega Flame polish that I'll have to share soon! As always, Christy and her crew have created season appropriate polishes that still feel fresh fun (and they've got nice formulas to boot). Let's take a look!

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Digital Dozen does Spring - Day 5: Cute Cacti

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You know what's awesome!? Two kittens high fiving on the backs of unicorns. But you know what else is awesome!? Today marks the last of Digital Dozen Spring week! I'm pretty proud to have actually gotten through the week. It's been hard for me lately to get through it all with how busy I've been.

My final look this week is one I've been longing to do for awhile now...I even had the inspiration image as my phone background for a few weeks now! So while I find this pattern adorable and perfect for this time of year, cacti have a special place in my heart. I grew up visiting my great grand-parents home in Borrego Springs, a small desert town at the southern tip of California.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Digital Dozen does Spring - Day 4: Retro Floral St. Patrick's Day

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Woah, can you guys believe I've been posting so much!? Me either! :D Pretty proud of myself for keeping up with Digital Dozen week so far. Day 4 of Spring week is also St Patrick's Day so I wanted to try and do something that incorporated both!