SEASONS GREETINGS MANICURE

 

SEASONS GREETINGS MANICURE 

Here is a fun little mani that I created for the holidays. I didn’t want a manicure that was 100% dedicated to Christmas since New Years is right around the corner. So I combined the two with a festive yet fun gold plated candy cane mani! The gold and shimmer represents the fun of NYE while the candy cane gives the spirit of the holiday season! 

xx – varnishta

GET THE LOOK – SAVVY STRIPES BY ESSIE

photo from essie.com

SAVVY STRIPES TUTORIAL 

I love a fun and simple tutorial, so the Essie branded Savvy Stripes tutorial was right up my alley! The soft pale pink of Fiji contrasts perfectly with the red of She’s Pampered and the pop of plum from Flowerista. Click on the link above to check out their tutorial and make sure to click on the tutorials link in the header bar for more fun.

xx – varnishta

VARNISTHA TUTORIALS – CRACKED GOLD & JADE MANICURE

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.   Paint all fingers except your ring finger on both hands with Treble Maker. Allow to air dry for 10 minutes. 

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    base coat

  2. Once dry, paint each finger with OPI- Gold ShatterAllow to air 5 minutes to dry. (The Gold Shatter should not take long to dry.)
    1. IMPORTANT – ONLY USE A THIN LAYER OF GOLD SHATTER. If you use too much, the polish will NOT crackle and you’ll just have a gold sheen over jade nails.
  3. Once dried, paint over the crackle with Ciate Silicone Top Coat for a thick, gel like shine. Allow to dry for 15 minutes in front of your fan.
  4. This nail session should take about 30 minutes! Quick and easy!
close up of finished nail design

close up of finished nail design

WORDS OF ADVICE

  • Treble Maker is a beautiful summer color on it’s own; but it was a bit too bright for my taste. It kind of has that optical illusion color change thing about it, where it goes from jade green to a sort of lime green in certain lights. If you’re up for those immediate bold colors, by all means try this one! However, the gold does tone it down and adds a bit of finesse to it. B
  • OPI – Gold Shatter is my go to top coat when it comes to an easy design. You can throw it on one nail to add a touch of fancy gold or use it on all nails to add dimension to an all around flat design. A+ of course, you knew this already.
  • The Ciate Silicone Top Coat is heaven sent and I got this in the Haute House Patent Leather set a few months ago. I did not know that I was going to fall in LOVE with this top coat. It gives this thick sort of gel like sheen to the nails that make them look like you got them done in a salon. Bravo! The only drawback is that it gets a bit….clumpy….towards….the…end…of…the….bottle. 😦 But overall, I still love it. A-
  • This manicure lasted me a week and a half without chipping or fraying, so I definitely recommending this tutorial to anyone and everyone looking for a bit of summer fun!

Make sure to post your own adaptations or let me know how this tutorial works out for you! Also, link me to your own China Glaze nail designs! I’d love to see what styles you all went for!

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VARNISHTA TUTORIALS: FINGERCUFF FABULOUS

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So this manicure was a complete accident, but I completely adore it! The design mirrors that of a finger cuff- but I have gotten that it kind of looks like butterfly wings as well. Either way, each is perfect for a springtime look that will have the whole town talking!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Paint your nails with the clear base coat.
  2. Paint all fingers with Easy Going. dot1
    • Use about 2 coats.
    • Allow 10 minutes to dry
  3. Once dry, use Rough Around The Edges top coat on all fingers. dot2
    • One coat is perfect enough- however, if you want a more intense speckled look, use two coats. 
    • Allow 10 minutes to dry.
  4. Take your nail angled nail art brush and draw a triangle leading toward the middle of your finger on each nail. You do not have to fill in the insides with the brush, just get the general outline of how sharp or angled you want your triangle to be. Leave enough space from the tip to still expose the textured top coat. dots5
    • Allow 10 minutes to dry.
  5. Use your nail polish brush on the lid of Black on Black to fill inside of the triangle to the base of your nail. You’re basically filling in the blank here. Make sure it is not so heavy of a coat- you still have to use the dotting tool as well!
  6. Use your nail dotting tool to make several dots around the edge of the triangle. This will give a more detailed focus for your nail besides the harshness of the black. dots9
    • Allow 10 minutes to dry.
  7. Use a top clear coat over the finished product to adhere all the layers and give it extra shine.
  8. This nail session should take about1 hour- depending on your patience!
ONE WEEK LATER

ONE WEEK LATER

WORDS OF ADVICE

  • Easy Going is a wonderful pale pink base coat for any heavy top coats your are looking for. It’s also wonderful by itself for the spring if you are going for more neutral colors. I will say it seemed a bit thin compared to the other polishes I’ve used- but since I was covering it with Rough Around The Edges- I wasn’t bothered by it. Plus, once it was added to the finish with the dotting tool, it creates this complex- but calming air about the manicure.
  • Rough Around The Edges is better than what I could have ever asked for! The pattern is so spectacular and the hot pink and black speckles go great together to create an eye pleasing pattern. It’s got a rough texture to it, but I think that bodes with with the overall look of course. It’s a 5 star top coat, I promise!
  • Black on Black as I’ve said before, is an amazing shade. It’s thick, it’s rich and it comes on perfectly. It’s the most best match to the colorful and busy pattern of the top coat and creates this stark contrast that is so captivating!
  • TIP: The triangles in the middle of the nail give the illusion of longer nails. So instead of hawking out the money for acrylic- invest in fun ways to trick your mani into making your nails look longer.

When I tell you I bought with so many different designs before I stumbled upon simple dots and a black elongating triangles- I am not joking! This one took a lot of trial and error; even though this wasn’t the manicure I had in my mind when I started- I am completely floored by the finish. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this manicure and most people can barely believe I did it myself. But it’s easy with the steps I provided! Don’t be afraid to experiment- it may pay off in a big way!

xx – varnishta

VARNISHTA TUTORIALS: ODE TO IRELAND

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For St. Patrick’s Day, I concocted a tutorial reminiscent of the beautiful castles nestled in Ireland with a neutral toned mossy green and sparkling golds to create this amazing look!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Paint your nails with the clear base coat.
  2. Paint all fingers with Magical Moss (Green). Allow to dry for 10 minutes. 
  3. Once dry, use the scissors to cut to pieces of tape in half. I used the edge pieces to shape a V on my finger- leaving the top half exposed. (see below)scotch
  4. Use Gold Medal to paint all over the exposed area of the nail. If the tape is secured correctly, it shouldn’t matter if you get the polish on the tape.
  5. convexGently peel the tape off of your finger to reveal the gold in a neat clean V shape. If it does no go straight down or you mess up- don’t worry! You can always go over it with a precision brush and gold to tighten up the lines. Allow 15-20 minutes to dry.
  6. Once dried, take Fool’s Gold and cover each of your nails with the top coat. I used two coats for an extra shimmery look but polish to your own intensity. Allow 15-20 minutes to dry.
  7. This nail session should take about1 hour- depending on your patience!

 

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WORDS OF ADVICE

  • Magical Moss was such a wonder to use. I loved it for the beautiful tone of green that it provided! It wasn’t too bright and honestly, the dry time on this one was pretty perfect.
  • Gold Medal provided this wonderful muted gold that only added to the shimmer of the top coat, not taking away from the shimmer or even overpowering the colors. It melded easily with Magical Moss and definitely deserves the gold in this tutorial.
  • Fool’s Gold was definitely the star of this manicure and I LOVED the way it shimmered in the light and created this almost gradient feel from the green all the way to the gold bits. It was like dipping your fingertips in a pot of gold and I definitely have to rate this one as one of my favorite top coats!
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ONE WEEK LATER

 

  • The great thing about this manicure in particular was that the colors stayed shimmery and near perfect for the week that I rocked this on my nails! I recieved plenty of compliments and it was hard for me to even think of changing this manicure because it was just so darn awesome! A+ for the manicure.
  • I do have to say, just like most glitter or shimmer top coats, it did take a while to remove all of it with nail polish remover. Did it take an arm and a leg? Not at all, just be sure to bone up on your remover techniques and have some patience.

Make sure to post your own adaptations or let me know how this tutorial works out for you! Also, link me to your own St. Patrick’s Day nail designs! I’d love to see what styles you all went for!

xx – varnishta

VARNISHTA TUTORIALS – COPPER AND RED DOTTED MANICURED

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This is an easy two color mix manicure brought to you by two amazing and beautiful colors that are so drool worthy on the nails! You don’t always need millions of colors for a great design! Sometimes all it takes are powerful colors that are bold enough to stand together.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Paint your nails with the clear base coat.
  2. Paint all fingers except your thumbs on both hands with Copper Pot.Allow to dry for 3-5 minutes. gold1
  3. While they are drying, paint your thumbs with No Text Red. Allow 3-5 minutes to dry. gold2
  4. Pool a small amount of each color onto a piece of paper. This way you can control how much polish you are going to use on your Nail Dotting Tool.
  5. Dip a Nail Dotting Tool into No Text Red and make three medium sized dots onto the Copper Pot polish painted nails. The dotting tool makes this easier than with a steady hand!
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    HOMEMADE NAIL DOTTING TOOL

    1. If you don’t own a Nail Art Dotting Tool, check out THIS beauty cheat code for an alternative! (see right)
  6. Repeat the previous step, alternating with Copper Pot on your thumb nails painted with No Text Red.
  7. Dry for 15 minutes!
  8. Use the Sinful Colors Clear Coat as a top coat!
  9. This nail session should take about 30 minutes– depending on your patience!

WORDS OF ADVICE

  • Each varnish used in this tutorial gets an A+. 
  • Copper Pot drips like butter from the applicator and glides on smooth as silk. It’s color is vibrant and luminous and I almost didn’t want to put any kind of design on it just because it looked so damn good! Bravo, Sinful Colors. BRAVO.
  • No Text Red is not only a beautiful varnish, but it comes with a message. With the No Text Red Campaign, you paint your thumb with this beautiful red color to remind you not to text and drive safely. It’s a clever and convenient way to stay safe and for that- I give it two thumbs all the way up!
  • These varnishes lasted a week and then some with no chipping, feathering or any cracking at all! I totally and completely recommend these colors!
ONE WEEK LATER

ONE WEEK LATER, AND YES, THAT IS CHICKEN IN THE BACKGROUND.

Make sure to post your own adaptations or let me know how this tutorial works out for you! Also, link me to your own Valentine’s Day nail designs! I’d love to see what styles you all went for!

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VARNISHTA TUTORIALS – VALEN-TEAL’S DAY MANICURE

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Paint your nails with the clear base coat.
  2. First, get the easy part out of the way. Paint all fingers except your ring finger on both hands with Rise & Shine. Allow to dry for 3-5 minutes. 
  3. Once dry, paint both ring fingers with Easy Going as a base for your design. (This way the glitter in Pinky Glitter will show up more!) Allow 3-5 minutes to dry. 
  4. Paint Pinky Glitter over Easy Going for a vibrant pink glitter effect! Allow 15-20 minutes to dry. 
  5. Dip a Nail Art Precision Brush to dip into Rise & Shine polish to make hearts over the pinky glitter effect. I did four just because I barely have a steady enough hand to make smaller ones. Just make two intersecting lines to make the hearts! Trust me, if I can do it- you can do it since I barely know how to do things without messing up a couple times.
    1. If you don’t own a Nail Art Precision Brush, check out THIS beauty cheat code for an alternative!

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      PINKY GLITTER WITH TEAL HEARTS

  6. Dry for 15 minutes!
  7. This nail session should take about an hour- depending on your patience!

WORDS OF ADVICE

  • Rise & Shine is like no other Sinful Color varnish I’ve used before. It was as perfect as it could get! The dry time was faster than any one I’ve ever used and the sheer vibrance of the color was astounding. Perfect 10, A+, Thumbs Up! Whatever this varnish needs to get a high score I shall give it!
  • Easy Going was a perfect base and held nice for Pinky Glitter. I’ll give it an A for effort, though it’s a little too pale for my taste in pink.
  • Pinky Glitter did an amazing job and the texture was right, though it fell a little bit in the shimmer department. It didn’t add the pop effect that I wanted- which was why I added the hearts in the first place. A solid B for this varnish. Hey, it still passes!
  • Now I did end up waiting a while to do the teal pink hearts, only because I wasn’t sure if I wanted them or not. However, once they were added- it made this cohesive tie to all the other nails and everything just looked better!
  • The varnishes overall get an A+ for lasting completely after a full weeks’ wear.
  • I took a cue from the Sinful Colors “Flirt With Hearts” collection and strayed away from the cliche reds and white and pinks for Valentine’s Day and with with a striking teal that definitely brightened my mood! Overall, I think I made a great decision!

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Make sure to post your own adaptations or let me know how this tutorial works out for you! Also, link me to your own Valentine’s Day nail designs! I’d love to see what styles you all went for!

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VARNISHTA TUTORIALS – BEACHSCAPE NAILS

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(ABOVE) ONE WEEK LATER MANICURE IS STILL INTACT.

This isn’t just a simple manicure or some trendy pattern that’s been sweeping the runway- it’s a storyscape manicure that continues from nail to nail, typing a fun scene together for your own enjoyment! This manicure, The Beachscape, travels from sunset to ocean floor with the help of the Ciaté London Summer 2014 Beach House Collection.  

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Even though this tutorial is in depth, I tried to condense everything to 10 steps!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Paint your nails with the clear base coat.
  2. First, paint your thumb with two coats of Ciaté’s Raspberry Collins, this is the start of the beachscape and will represent the sky.
  3. On the rest of your fingers, paint them with two coats of Ciaté’s Off Shore, this will be the ocean! Yay! (Dry with your mini fan.)offshore
  4. Once each finger has dried, apply Ciaté’s Beach Bum with small strokes to the bottom on your thumb, the bottom of your pinky and the tip of your index finger. This will represent the sand cascading from the beach into the ocean floor and the ocean floor itself. Use two coats for the top of the index and only one coat for the thumb and the pinky. Allow each to dry.
  5. Once your thumb has dried with one coat of sand, apply Ciaté’s Hopscotch in a half circle, just above the sand- to represent the sunset. Allow to dry for 5 minutes- the fan helps, I promise!
  6. Dip a Nail Art Precision Brush to dip into Ciaté’s Palm Tree to make, well, a happy palm tree on your thumb. On your pinky, make two or three squiggly lines to represent the seaweed of the ocean floor. Once finished, add a second coat to all your nails with sand. Allow 5 minutes to dry.
    1. If you don’t own a Nail Art Precision Brush, check out THIS beauty cheat code for an alternative!

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      POOL PALM TREE TO MAKE…WELL, PALM TREES!

  7. To help out the ocean theme use Ciaté’s Surf’s Up on all your nails that have “ocean” and “sand”. The holographic flecks enhance the feel to make it look like iridescent water and shiny shells in the sand! Allow for this to dry as well.
  8. Allow 10 minutes with your fan to dry!
    1. NOTE: As you can see, to give it a more beachy feel I used Amazing Gracie & Boudoir to make a life preserver on my middle finger; as well as a beach towel and beach umbrella. You don’t have to add all these odds and ends- but I usually go all the way out! Even without these little tokens, your beach scene will look fabulous!logo
  9. Once everything has had a preliminary dry- give it all a final top coat for extra seal and shine. Dry for 15 minutes!
  10. This nail session should take about an hour- depending on your patience!

WORDS OF ADVICE

  • Settle in loves, because this manicure took me a while to do. Mainly because I tend to get lazy doing large manicure products so I did all the base coats, let them dry overnight (i.e. went to sleep) then finished the accents in the morning.
  • Even though this manicure had a LOT of components, everything held up nicely! I mean, even sleeping on this (with the proper dry times) didn’t ruin anything for either hand!
  • The Off Shore mini is this beautiful blue color that I became obsessed with the moment I put it on my nails. I am totally over the moon for this one!
  • Beach Bum surprised me the most! I wasn’t sure how such a neutral tone would last as the sand accent- but let me tell you I was won over. Not only did it serve the beachscape beautifully, but it has easily become one of my favorite go-to colors.
  • I went a little overboard for the ocean accents, but if you want a simple beachscape, you can easily just do the sand and water. I just wanted mine to tell a little story!
  • The pink and orange sunset (Raspberry Collins + Hopscotch) went so well against the blue and helped enhance the colors of the trees and sun umbrella! Have fun with your colors! It’s a manicure- break the rules a little!
  • Unlike Snow Globe, the Surf’s Up mini with holographic flecks did NOT clump up on me. In fact, it stayed beautiful and consistent throughout!
  • To say that I piled on a lot of polish, this manicure lasted me the whole week! Chipping only started at the end of day 6 and even that was sparing. At this point, I am completely impressed by Ciaté and it’s last factor. Any polish can come on beautifully, but it’s the ones that stay that make the difference!
  • Overall, I’d grade the whole Ciaté Summer Beach House Collection and astounding A+. 

Make sure to post your own adaptations or let me know how this tutorial works out for you!

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