Julie G Bohemian Dreams nail polish collection nail art

Press Sample buttonHey everyone! My apologies for my late review of the 6 JulieG nail polishes from the Bohemian Dreams collection. Like I explained earlier this week, I’ve got a very mobile 7 month old, a terrorizing two-year old, and 2 older kids headed back to school next week. Oh, and our family is moving to another part of town. Yikes. Anyway, my time has been limited, not enough time to sit and do swatching. So….I’ve been wearing a lot of my manis for a few days lately, including all the manis I created with this collection. Long story short, I don’t have swatches of all the polishes BUT I do have manicures with all of them. Let’s get on with it, already. LOL!

A quick application note: all these cream polishes applied like buttah. Seriously. I mean, the colors aren’t revolutionary but I am a sucker for a great cream polish and all of these fit the bill. Continue reading

Art Deco nail art with Zoya Elphie, Olivera, Alicia, and Darling Diva Polish Fairy Pee holo

Happy Monday everyone! I can’t believe August is tomorrow. Today we have an open house for the kids’ school and it’s like…holy crud, school is starting in a few weeks. Sh*t…we have how much left to do?? Ugh. So let’s distract everyone with pretty nails, mmkay? I’ve used Zoya Elphie, Olivera, and Alicia [gift] with Darling Diva Polish Fairy Pee Holo [press sample]. I’ve also used some nail studs from Crystal Parade.

Zoya Elphie, Zoya Alicia, Zoya Olivera, Darling Diva Polish Fairy Pee holo art deco nail art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Zoya Elphie is a deep forest green textured polish. This is 3 coats and no top coat. I did find that it needed that third coat to really deepen the color.  Continue reading

Pick Three Polishes: Zoya Zooey, Zoya August, Girly Bits What Happens In Vegas Ends Up on Twitter, KBShimmer decal

Purchased by Me buttonMorning everyone! I hope you had a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day weekend. 🙂 Today I have a manicure using Zoya Zooey and August, Girly Bits Cosmetics What Happens In Vegas Ends Up on Twitter, and a KBShimmer water slide decal.

Zoya August, Girly Bits Cosmetics What Happens In Vegas Ends Up On Twitter, Zoya Zooey | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started with Zoya August on my pointer and pinky fingers. August is a cool grey creme polish. Formula is thin and runny. :/ This is 2 coats plus top coat.

Zoya Zooey, Girly Bits Cosmetics What Happens In Vegas Ends Up On Twitter, Zoya August | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Zoya Zooey macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my ring finger, I used Zoya Zooey [gift]. Zooey is a textured peachy pink polish with gold shimmer and iridescent glitter. Formula is good, application was smooth. Shown is 2 coats and no top coat. Continue reading

Guest Post by The Jedi Wife: iKat nail art manicure

Greetings, everyone! It is such an honor to be a guest blogger here at Be Happy and Buy Polish while Jessica is busy taking care of her new little bundle of joy! My name is Jen, and I am the blogger behind TheJediWife.com. For my guest post, I wanted to share a cute ikat nail art look with you; let’s check it out!
Between the holidays in December and then Valentine’s Day in February, red has really caught my attention lately. I’ve been wanting to do something fun with my bottle of Ellagee Polish Bad Romance, and I’m really loving this design!
On my nails with the ikat pattern, I started off with Zoya Purity as my base. On a mat, I stamped the ikat pattern from Color Club Abstract stamping plate with China Glaze Liquid Leather. I filled in some of the open areas of the ikat pattern with Bad Romance before transferring the design onto my white base and then sealing everything in with Glisten & Glow‘s HK Girl top coat.
I really enjoyed creating this look, and with several fun images on the Abstract stamping plate, I’m going to have to play and design more nail art looks with it for my blog! I hope this post has been inspiring for you as well, and I hope to see you over on my blog on occasion! Thank you for reading, and thank you to Jessica for allowing me to share this with you!
Thank you Jen! I love this funky look and it’s using a nail art look that I so admire. Bad Romance is gorgeous! Please go check out Jen’s blog, TheJediWife.com, and give her a follow on Facebook, instagram.

Gothic Nail Art with Bad Bitch Polish You’re a Star(ling), OPI My Current Crush, Zoya Tilly, Funky Fingers Dark Night

Press Sample buttonHi everyone and happy Halloween! I’ve just been really too “meh” to take on doing a Halloween manicure at the moment but I did this gothic nail art look a few weeks back and it seemed to fit the Halloween theme so I thought I’d show it to you today!

Bad Bitch Polish You're a Star(ling), OPI My Current Crush, Funky Fingers Dark Night, Zoya Tilly | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started with 2 coats plus top coat of Bad Bitch Polish You’re A Star(ling) [press sample] on my pointer, middle, and ring fingers. On my middle and ring fingers, I used a striped vinyl stencil and painted Funky Fingers Dark Night over the top.

OPI My Current Crush, Funky Fingers Dark Night, Zoya Tilly, Bad Bitch Polish You're a Star(ling) | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I then used 3 thin coats and no top coat of OPI My Current Crush on my thumb and pinky.

Zoya Tilly, Bad Bitch Polish You're a Star(ling), OPI My Current Crush, Funky Fingers Dark Night | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my pointer finger, I used a stencil with Zoya Tilly, then outlined with Dark Night. This part didn’t come out like I wanted to, unfortunately.

I know it isn’t really “Halloween” per se, but I still ended up liking the finished product quite a lot. Have a spooky day out there!

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge: Silver + Gold Glitter

Press Sample buttonGood morning all! Today is the third prompt for the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art challenge hosted by Challenge Your Nail Art and it’s “silver & gold glitter”. Well, in my super tired state, I missed the glitter part of the prompt!

I could not get that Burl Ives song outta my damn head though, every time I read “silver & gold”, and seeing that dang snowman dance through my mind. You know the one:

And now it’s your head and I’m not suffering alone.

Christmas Plaid stripes nail art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

So I recreated the snowman’s outfit, sort of! I started with 2 polishes from Bohemian Polish’s Adirondack Winter: Boughs of Pine and Snowbound [press samples, both]. I used OPI Black Onyx to create the black plaid stripes, and OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby to create the gold stripes. On the accent nail, I also used an unnamed Zoya green, and Bohemian Polish A Cardinal in Winter [press sample].

So even though I went off-script (oops!), I still like how it ended up! Let’s see what everyone else did for today:

I’d love to know your thoughts about my manicure today, leave a comment below if you’d like!

Guest Post From Lavish Layerings: Distressed Manicure with Zoya

Good morning all! I hope you are looking forward to the weekend! Today I have another guest post, this time by Jenny from Lavish Layerings. She is a total sweetheart and I am very excited to show you what she’s done today. P.S. She totally made me cry! 

Hi everyone! I’m Jenny from Lavish Layerings (or you might know me as @bostonmerlin10 on Instagram), and I’m honored to be guest posting for Jessica today! Let me tell you, I can’t say enough good things about Jessica. Not only are her nails and blog fabulous, but she is one of the most kind and supportive people that I know when it comes to uplifting and promoting bloggers in the nail community. She works so hard on various projects which increase engagement within the community and I really respect and admire all that she does.

On Jessica’s blog, she is always trying new nail art techniques and I think that she makes them very approachable to her readers. One of the things she does most often is tries techniques out in skittlette manicures (which I LOVE to do) and this makes a new technique seem less daunting when you only have to do it on one or two nails and it still gives a stunning finished look. She makes nail art seem effortless, and I know that always makes me want to try it because I’m often pressed for time or just plain intimidated by some of the techniques out there. Today, I decided to share with you guys my favorite effortless nail art technique, the dry brush or distressed mani.

For my look, I started out with a plain white base (I used KBShimmer Eyes White Open). I selected a few recently released Zoya cremes from their Island Fun and Focus Collections. I used Cecelia (teal), Sia (blue), and Lidia
(purple) to create my distressed look. There is absolutely nothing to this technique. All you do is start with your first color and wipe off the brush WELL on the lip of the bottle. You want to wipe it until the brush basically looks dry, so it will take several swipes. Then, you just drag the brush down your nail in random streaks. Repeat with the remaining colors and you have yourself a distressed look. Finish off with topcoat and you are done!

Now, in the original distressed mani tutorial by Chalkboard Nails (which is much better articulated than my description), you finish off the distressed look with streaks of black polish which really gives it a grungy vibe. You can definitely do that if you want, and I often do, but I really loved this one without the black. It just has sort of an abstract look. The colors look so pretty together too!

Pro Tip: If you happen to not wipe your brush off well enough and you get a thick swipe of polish instead of the nice broken look we are going for, just dip a nail art brush in acetone and lightly swipe over the area with too much polish. It will work like a charm to take that extra polish of and it will give you the brushstrokey look you are going for.

Thank you guys so much for having me today and I’m wishing Jessica all of the best with her bundle of joy! Much love and prayers for a smooth delivery and healthy baby!

Jenny, thank you so much for this beautiful look! You honor me by doing this manicure and yes, you did make me cry…See, I told you that Jenny is a total sweetheart! Please leave a comment for Jenny and let her know what you think. 🙂