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. 🙂 

Guest Post From The Lazy Laquerista: Iridescent Fish Scale Nail Art

Good morning all! I hope you will join me in welcoming Michelle from The Lazy Lacquerista who is guest-posting for me today. 🙂

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Hello Be Happy And Buy Polish readers!

I’m Michelle from The Lazy Laquerista and Jessica has been kind enough to let me take over her blog for the day.  Today I have some nail art I did with Bora Bora from The Polish Bar’s Late Summer Collection to show you.  I started out with Bora Bora, a scatter holo on the border of pink and purple, as my base.  Then I added a coat of Zoya Maisie.  I love how the blue-green iridescent flakes contrast with the base colour.  The flakies reminded me of fish scales… so I took that inspiration literally and stamped some on using ILNP Northern Lights and Bundle Monster plate BM-502.  Finally, I sealed everything up with one coat of Essence Gel-Look top coat.  The photos below were taken in daylight spectrum lighting.


 


… and here are a couple more shots with more shaded lighting so you can really see those flakies pop.

I really love the result.  The shift and shimmer from the flakies really makes the design stand out.  If you liked this post, please come check me out in my natural habitat.

Happy polishing,
Michelle

Thank you, Michelle, for your awesome guest post today. These fish scales are just everything! 😀 I hope my readers check your blog out and give you a follow.

Zoya Alma

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week. 🙂 I’ve been so tired lately – yesterday I just conked out for an hour without even meaning to! I’m a grumpy napper too, so it wasn’t exactly a good thing. 😛

Zoya Alma | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I just have a quick swatch of Zoya Alma to show you today. 🙂 I picked this up on clearance awhile back, and I’m glad I did! This is 3 thin coats, plus top coat.

Zoya Alma macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Though I’m not usually an orange fan (exceptions like Pahlish Who Loves Orange Soda?!), there is something so pretty and sparkly about this polish! The base is pretty sheer, but those iridescent glitters more than make up for having to do an extra coat. 🙂

What’s a polish color that you don’t usually wear? Let me hear about it!

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Zoya Tilda, Ling, Claire nail polish swatches

It’s finally Friday, my friends! Woohoo!! 😀 Don’t ask why I’m so excited, I have no idea. LOL. Every day closer to June is a day closer to the children being out of school and me not knowing what I’m doing with them all summer long. In the meantime though, I thought I’d show you some Zoya nail polishes, because I honestly can’t remember the last time Zoya was on the blog.

Zoya Tilda | Be Happy and Buy Polish

Zoya Tilda – or what I think is Tilda because my bottle came with no label. Gorgeous green – this is 2 coats and no top coat.

Zoya Ling | Be Happy and Buy Polish

Zoya Ling – my goodness I am in love with bright blue lately and this is no exception! This is 2 coats and no top coat.

Zoya Claire | Be Happy and Buy Polish

Last is Zoya Claire – I think I picked this up in the hopes it would be a nice Marsala shade but now I’m not sure. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

The one thing I love about Zoya cremes is not only how nicely they flow onto the nail but also how shiny they are! I’d love to know which of the three is your favorite!

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NOTD: Zoya Remy + Fair Maiden Polish Pop the Bubbly

Purchased by Me buttonGood morning, how are you this fine Sunday morning? I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee in front of me, the smell wafting up to perk up my nose. I haven’t been sleeping well, so I need strong wakeup juice! Let’s take a look at a flashy nail of the day, shall we?

Zoya Remy | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I first started with Zoya Remy, and this is one of my clearance purchases from Ulta. Why haven’t I picked this up before now? It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Zoya Remy macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ve used two coats – I almost could have gotten away with one, but I did find the formula to be a bit thin.

Zoya Remy | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ve been experimenting with a new pose, what do you think? I haven’t quite refined it yet. LOL

Fair Maiden Polish Pop the Bubbly over Zoya Remy | Be Happy And Buy Polish

When I first received Pop the Bubbly, I slapped it over a couple of different colors to see what it would look good over (besides black) and that’s when I tried it over Remy and just loved how it looked!

Fair Maiden Polish Pop the Bubbly over Zoya Remy macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I just love how it looks! So sparkly and shiny.

Fair Maiden Polish Pop the Bubbly over Zoya Remy | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Another sunny glittery shot – yummy! What do you think of this polish combination?

Well, I’m off to shower and wake up more. Do you have any tips for getting to sleep easier?

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