My Top 10 Polishes of 2014, Part One

I’ve seen a lot of these types of posts, top 10 (and bottom 10!) beauty products of the year, and I thought why not do one of my own? Here are my top 10 favorite polishes of 2014. These are not only my favorites but also the ones that were used the most. So, without further ado…

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1. Ciate Speed Coat Fast Dry Top Coat
Omg. This top coat was used from March until the middle of December and will probably be used until I run out and am practically tipping the bottle upside down to get the very last drop. I live by this stuff! It really dries super fast and is very shiny, so it definitely lives up to its name. It also is pretty good at resisting every day wear and tear and never really chips on me. I cannot recommend this top coat enough. I bought it from Nordstrom for $17.

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2. Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”

White polishes are essential in any stash, because they help immensely with vivid watermarbles and helping sheer polishes “pop”. I used this after my Sally Hansen “White Out” dried up and got all goopy. Usually with whites they apply very streaky and gross, but I didn’t experience that with Snow Me White and reached for it every time I did a watermarble or just wanted a plain white matte, which is my go-to mani on my off days. I bought this from Rite Aid for $2.

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3. Nordstrom BP. “Navy Base”

Navy Base is a matte blue that dries very quickly and leaves a nice soft matte finish. This is another one of my off day polishes that I could apply in a short amount of time and at least have something on my nails. I fell in love with the color (as I do with most navy blues) and I just love mattes so this was a perfect match for me! I bought this at my local Nordstrom with an ongoing 2 for $8 deal they have.

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4. Savina “Marine Life”

This was another beautiful matte that I wore often. It’s a deep green sea glass color that dries quickly to a velvety finish. This was one that I found myself adding more coats to if it began to chip or get shiny because it was just too lovely to take off. I bought this at a Nordstrom Rack in Colorado for about $3, if I remember correctly.

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5. Nordstrom Nail Color “Cafe Au Lait”

This is a creamy neutral that I loved wearing because of how well it complemented my skin tone and looked like a very effortless mani that could be done over and over (which it was). This is one of those neutrals that looks good on basically anyone. I bought this from Nordstrom but I think it’s discontinued because I couldn’t find it anywhere on their site 😦

So there’s my first 5 of the top 10. Stay tuned for the last 5!

Fall Watermarble

Yes, as you probably guessed from the title this post should have been put up back in the fall. But I still wanted to share it because I just found it on my phone. Anyway, the colors I used in this watermarble were trying to reflect the common color scheme of fall: yellow, green, and orange. This didn’t turn out like I thought it would because, to me, it is too bright for fall. Yet this watermarble actually LOOKS like the swirls in the cup, which look great in the cup but don’t always end up correctly on the nail (my biggest pet peeve of watermarbling). Also these colors didn’t blend together after swirling them into place, one of my favorite things about BP.’s polishes is that they work fantastic for watermarbling. The colors used were Nordstrom BP.’s “Dandelion” and “Green Apple”; butter london’s Silly Billy (would you believe me if I said this is the only orange polish in my stash?)
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Dry Brush Technique

The dry brush technique is one of the most interesting of nail art techniques out there. It involves wiping all the excess polish off the brush – and then gently painting your nails as you usually would. This gives the effect of sparse strokes. The most common way this technique is used is for denim nails: using blues and white to imitate rips and the rough texture of denim. I don’t really know where I was going with this one, I just picked out colors I thought looked nice together, orange and blue. I like the dry brush style and would do it again with lighter colors against a white background to get a sort of watercolor feel.
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3 Ways to Be Inspired

Lately I’ve been in a rut when it comes to looking for design ideas. It’s always nice to come up with original art, but more often than not I just don’t feel very creative. Tutorials are fun but sometimes its nice to come up with your own work. So here are some ways to find inspiration to create your own original ideas to share with you. From abeautifulmess.com From abeautifulmess.com
1. Look in your closet. You have a closet full of clothes. Take a look and find patterns, details like studs, embroidery, ect. to incorporate into your original nail art. An army jacket can be easily replicated onto your nails; a studded-collar blouse can be remade with 3D nail rhinestones. Or ask the fashion industry: Vogue says cute gingham, bold floral and golden Bohemian styles are trending for spring 2015. Who says trends are just for clothes?
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2. Go for a walk. What season are we in? We’re still in winter, but it wouldn’t hurt to get a head start on spring. I associate spring with flowers and other nature; keep an eye out for bright blooms while out and about. Day trips to parks, gardens, and even the farmer’s market with friends can make looking for inspiration fun. Colorful trees and the sky can also be inspirational; it all depends on how you use your imagination.

3. Follow a #nailart tag on Instagram or Tumblr. The internet is obviously a great place for information and inspiration. Websites based on sharing ideas, like Tumblr and Pinterest, can be a great place to find others’ ideas and imitate with your own twist or build on them. Through Pinterest you can discover board after board for nail art so I recommend there as a place to start. Personally I follow #nailart right here on WordPress to look for new blogs to follow or other people’s designs.

Let me know some other ways YOU find inspiration for your nail art in the comments, and I’ll see you on Wednesday! 🙂