NAILS OF THE WEEK: PASTEL PRINT

finished pastel leopard print nails

I was coming up short this week when deciding what design to do.  After two other failed attempts,  I went back to an old standby.  I was obsessed with the way these turned out. The picture really doesn’t do them justice, but suffice it to say these nails are eye catching.  The pastel colors in the background provide visual interest without overpowering the leopard print.  the best thing about this design is that it is virtually mistake proof.  If your interested on how I got this look, just keep reading.

Products used:

CND stickey basecoat

OPI topcoat

Wet n’ Wild white nail polish

Light pink acrylic paint

Light turquoise acrylic paint

Light purple acrylic paint

Jessie’s Girl nail polish in firefly

A detail brush

A fan brush

I started off by applying a base coat to protect my nails.  I then applied  one coat of white nail polish to all of my nails.  Next, I used a small fan brush to alternate different pastel colors over all my nails. I then used white nail polish to paint leopard print, varying the size and shape of the design.  Finally, I applied a sheer glitter polish for some added sparkle, and finished with topcoat to protect the design.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

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BEAUTY BARGAIN:TEN UNDER $10

Beauty Bargain: Ten under $10

It seems as of lately there is a stunning transition of high end products creeping into the drugstore as cost effective counterparts. Here is my list of ten I can’t live without.

1. NYX-Above and Beyond Concealer ($5.00 at www.nyxcosmetics.com)

nyx conceal

 

 

 

 

 

What I love: So wonderfully creamy and perfect for the odd spot, yet can work on dark circles in a pinch!

2. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($5.49 at www.drugstore.com)

rimmle powder

 

 

 

 

 

What I love: It actually stays matte! My skin which in the summer doubles as a slip-n-slide, that’s no easy feat!

3. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer ($6.39 at www.drugstore.com)

maybelline dreamlumi

 

 

 

 

 

What I love: Use it to brighten and banish under eye circles and it doesn’t crease or add fine lines.

4. NYX Megashine lip glosses ($6.79 at www.drugstore.com)

nyx lip gloss

 

 

 

 

 

What I love: It’s creamy and opaque, and they come in a range of gorgeous colors. These little wonders are an absolute dupe for Nars lip glosses, only they smell better!

5. Maybelline Define-a-brow ($4.55 at drugstore.com)   

 maybelline brow

 

 

 

 

 What I love: It’s small and thin enough that you can actually get a natural looking result with a pencil. I use this interchangeably with my beloved lingering brow pencil from MAC.

 6. Revlon Photo Ready Concealer ($7.99 at drugstore.com)

revlon photo ready concealer

 

 

 

 

 

What I love: Although it’s not as creamy as the one I previously mentioned from NYX, it has staying power like nobody’s buisness. So go on, and cover up a multitude of sins!

7. Wet-n-Wild Color Icon eye shadows ( trio $2.99 at drugstore.com)

wet n wil trio

 

 

 

 

 

What I love: These beauties have a cult following, and with good reason! A highly pigmented, never flaky formula, and for $2.99 why not have them all?

8. Rimmel scandal eyes waterproof liner in nude ($4.49 at drugstore.com)

rimmel nude liner

 

 

 

 

 

What I love: It’s a nude liner that works well, and it’s from the drug store! It gives a brightening effect to your peepers without looking as harsh as white.

 

9. Avon super shock mascara in black($9.50 at www.avon.com)avon uper shock

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I love: This is my absolute favorite first coat mascara. It separates and adds a great thick base. I use it with a couple coats of Maybelline falsies mascara, and then I hit the tips of my lashes with Maybelline Illegal lengths for good measure. I realize this may be a bit extreme for the faint of heart, but when done right it complete eliminates the need to wear falsies.

 

10. L’Oreal Infallible eye shadow ($7.95 at drugstore.com)

 

 

loreal eyeshadow

 

 

 

 What I love: These pressed pigment eye shadows rival some higher end brands like MAC. They are so pigmented, and blend like butter.

 

 

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