Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Gradient

Happy New Year's Eve! 
Are y'all ready for 2015? I am! I'm sure it will be full of new nail polish and nail art techniques!

The look I have chosen to wear to bring in the new year is very simple- a gradient!

I used two coats of Zoya Haven, topped with a gradient of Zoya Thea. I then used a top coat to smooth it all out!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!
See you in 2015! :D

Sunday, December 28, 2014

DIY Peel Off Base Coat

Hey y'all!
Today I have a super quick DIY post for you! 

This DIY combines all of my knowledge that I've learned by reading tons of peel off base coat posts.
If you haven't tried this yet, I encourage you to try it out! It is a true life saver. ;)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Twinise Thursday: Christmas Stamping

Merry Christmas! I hope y'all enjoy your holiday! Check out Lothwen's cute Christmas mani below! You can see mine on Lothwen's blog! <3

Hello lovelies!
Merry Christmas! It also happens to be Twinsie Thursday, so for me and Samantha it is a double feast. ;) I played Secret Santa and sent Samantha a stamping plate, so that we could coordinate our stamping :D So here is my mani with stamping plate BP-01:

I chose a different image for my mani and created this winter wonderland! 

My base is Essence "Jacob's Protection" from their Twilight line from 2 or three years ago. The white is Essence white stamping polish and the silver glitter is Rimmel "Shooting Star". What do you think? I like how the snow looks like french tips :)

Now go check out Samantha's mani, because it's super Xmas-y and super cute! And I hope you will all enjoy your holidays!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Red Glitter

Hey y'all!
Today I have a super simple, yet festive look for you today!

This is two coats of Sinful Colors (Sinful Shine) Picante with one coat of Milani 584 Red.

I absolutely love this look! I've actually worn it more than once this holiday season!

Are you ready for the holidays? Do you have a manicure planned or will you just wing it? Let me know below! :)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Zoya Dotticure

Hey y'all!
I seem to be on a roll with dotticures lately! Today's dotticure features four Zoya polishes, along with one polish from Wet N Wild.

Polishes Used:
Zoya Taylor
Zoya Ziv
Zoya Posh
Zoya Verushka
Wet N Wild French White Creme

I'm loving this look for the holidays!
What do you think?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Revlon Dotticure

Hey y'all!
I'm finally free from final exams, so I'm sure there will be a lot of  posts until the end of the year!
Today I have a super quick and easy nail art look: a dotticure!

 I used two coats Revlon Posh and then I dotted on Revlon Silver Dollar.
This look lasted for an entire week! I was very impressed, seeing as I usually get about four days out of a manicure!

Dotticures are my go to nail art look when I'm in a rush. They are quick, easy, and I can do them with about anything! 

What is your go to nail art look?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Makeup By One Direction {Rock Me Nail Kit, Liquilights Glow Gloss Trio, & Electro Glam Mascara Trio}

 * The following products were sent to me by Brandbacker for my honest review. For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.*  
Hey y'all!
I'm so excited to be back into the swing of things! I've had exams all week, so I've been pretty swamped. Today I have three different Makeup by One Direction kits: the Rock Me Nail Kit, the Liquilights Glow Gloss Trio, and the Electro Glam Mascara Trio!

All of the products below can be found at Macy's, Dillards, Boscov's, Stage Stores, Beauty Brands, and Lord & Taylor. Each set retails for $16.50USD.

Rock Me Nail Kit
This kit came with three polishes and three matching loose glitters. The polishes are UV reactive, but I do not have a UV light to test the reactivity. As you can see in the photos below, Happily and Moments have a jelly finish. Diana, my favorite of the three, is a gorgeous silver glitter.

Happily- Two coats.

Moments- Two coats.

Diana- Two coats. 

The kit also came with three loose glitters, which are also UV reactive. I really like the idea of loose glitter, but I always get it everywhere!
Kicks layered over Happily, Star layered over Moments, and Not Afraid layered over Diana.

Liqiuilights Glow Gloss Trio
This trio, like the nail polishes and loose glitter, is UV reactive. I found that these glosses were a bit gritty, as they have glitter specs in them. 

Electro Glam Mascara Trio
These mascaras can be used on your eyelashes or in your hair! I've swatched them on my arm below, so you could get a feel for the colors.

This is the second time I've been sent Makeup by One Direction products to review and I still feel the same way about them. I feel like you are paying more for a name than a product. The products are decent, but I'm not sure if they are something I would pull out of my collection to wear on a daily basis.

Visit Makeup by One Direction on Facebook!

What do you think? Would you pick these products up?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Teal & Pink

 * The following products were sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.* 
Hey y'all!
Today's post features some rhinestones from Born Pretty Store and a neon teal from Color Club!

For this look, I used the hot pink rhinestones from the 1800 Nail Art 3mm Rhinestones Wheel Glue Glitter UV Gel (#3076) wheel! This wheel retails for $4.27 USD, which is very reasonable, seeing as you get so many rhinestones! Plus, you can use my discount code below for an extra 10% off!
These rhinestones are 3mm in size, which is the perfect size for anybody! My nails are pretty short, but the stones do not overpower my manicure.
If you are looking for rhinestones, I'd definitely recommend these!

So, what do you think? Will you be picking these up?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pink Carmine Circle Glitter

* The following products were sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.* 
Hey y'all!
Today's post features N.NAIL 2.5mm Circle Glitter-Pink Carmine [NNAIL-HB96-2-5mm] from KKCenterHK!

These glitters, in the color pink carmine, are 2.5 mm in size. They also are on the thicker side when it comes to height. 
I placed twelve of these glitters on my ring finger to create a disco ball effect. To top the look off, I put one glitter at the base of the other nails. 

 The base color used is an unnamed neon pink from Color Club.

These glitters retail for $2.50 USD, and as you can see in the picture above, you get a large tub full. There are many colors to chose from on KKCenterHK's site.

Overall, I really like these glitters. They create a dimensional look when in the light, almost like a disco ball. I will definitely use these again and I have a feeling you'll see these in a nail art look soon! ;)


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Twinsie Thursday: Plaid Nails

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! 

Hello lovelies!
I'm back for this  month's Twinsie Thursday and this time we decided on something cosy for the upcoming winter: Plaid nails! We decided to use reds and purples and even though the specifics, our manis turned out completely different, lol! This is my take on the matter and for Samantha's neat design, go to my blog!

 I started out with one generous coat of NYC "Revolving Red" and then striped on some red stamping polish by Laushine (for the opacity) vertically. Then I striped on a less opaque red striping polish by Lemax. Then for the purple Essence "Lilac is my Style" an some of that mixed with white for the tiny stripes. Last I applied black acrylic paint with a striper and done!

Now head over to my blog for Samantha's design, you're gonna wanna see what she did, it's so classy and neat and fun!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SmART Nails Stencils: Review & Giveaway

* The following products were sent to me for my honest review. The giveaway prizes are from SmART Nails For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.*  
Hey y'all!
Today I have eight stencil designs from SmART Nails to show you, along with an awesome giveaway!

First, let's talk about my overall experience with the stencils. Overall, I was impressed. This was my first time using stencils, so there was a learning curve. You can tell from my photos below that some designs were easier to work with than others, but it was nothing unbearable. The only problem I had was a user error! You should let your base color be completely dry before you apply the stencils. My base color wasn't completely dry some of the times, so I had to repair the base with a striping brush and my polish color.
All of the stencils retail for $1.99USD and there are 10 in each package. You can clean them and use them more than once {I used mine twice and then threw them away}, so they are definitely worth the price.

Zoya Ziv & Rimmel London Black Satin

Wet n Wild Private Viewing, Zoya Kirtridge & Emilia
Revlon Royal, Sally Hansen Ice Queen, & Revlon Silver Dollar
Rimmel London Black Satin & Revlon Silver Dollar
FingerPaints Silkscreen Green, Wet n Wild Private Viewing, & Rimmel London French White Nail Tip Liner
Covergirl #TechnoGlow & Pyro Pink
Covergirl #ElectroGlow & Flamed Out
My mom tried these out! Sally Hasen Red Snapper & Revlon Silver Dollar
The Giveaway:
Three (3) winners will receive five (5) stencils from SmART Nails! 
Please make sure you read the terms and conditions stated in the Rafflecopter app! If you can't find them, they are also located underneath the Rafflecopter. Open to legal residents 18 years or older of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The giveaway starts at 10:00 AM, November 22nd, and ends at 12:00 AM, December 8th. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail. The prizes are shipped by SmART Nails.
Good Luck!

T&C: Giveaway ends December 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter application and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Samantha Fisher (Southern Sparkle Nail Art) is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The is shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue the sponsor, please notify Southern Sparkle Nail Art within 90 days for assistance, after that I may be unable to assist you. *Note: The sponsor is an international company; therefore, your prize may take up to 6 weeks to get to you.* The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

#notd {Zoya, KKCenterHK & Born Pretty Store}

* The following products were sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.* 
Hey y'all!
Today I have a quick #notd post featuring Zoya Haven and some studs from KKCenterHK and Born Pretty Store!

The star studs are from KKCenterHK! They are the N.NAIL Studs Star Silver 4mm Nail Art Decorations [NNAIL-DRN619] and they retail for $2.50USD. They have a slight curve to them, so they sit perfectly on your nail. These studs lasted until I changed my manicure (about four days) and did not budge! 

The rhinestones are from Born Pretty Store! They are from the 400Pcs 1.2mm/2mm/3mm/4mm Silver Round Rhinestones for Acrylic UV Gel Nail Art wheel and they retail for $3.95USD. These rhinestones wore like iron. They stayed on the entire time I wore this manicure and didn't come off at all! I believe all nail art enthusiasts should have a wheel like this as it provides so many options!

I have a coupon for KKCenterHK and Born Pretty Store!

KKCenterHK: SouthernSparkle

Born Pretty Store: YSG10
I'll talk to y'all later in the week! <3

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zoya Willa & Imogen

Hello Lacquer Lovers!
Today I have a super quick and cute nail art look for you!

I started off with two coats of Willa. Then using guides I did half moons with Imogen. I added an accent of Imogen on my ring finger; then I topped it off with top coat.

I'm really loving the way this turned out!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mermaids, Shells, and & Rhinestones

* The following products were sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.* 
Hello Lacquer Lovers!
Today I have a super cute manicure using four products from Born Pretty Store! I have a 10% off discount code, so make sure you grab it at the end of this post!

Polishes Used:
Sinful Colors Orange Cream
Sinful Colors Unicorn
Sinful Colors Sugar Rush
Rimmel London French White Nail Tip Liner
Milani Art of Gold

On my index finger I used a  Pattern 29 3D Nail Art Decoration, which is the gold mermaid glitter. I also used a 3mm pink rhinestone and two silver rhinestones.

On my ringer finger I used a Pattern 39 3D Nail Art Decoration, which is a gorgeous gold sea shell glitter. I also used a 3mm dark blue rhinestone, along with two silver rhinestones.

This look was inspired by a nail art look I saw on the mermaid and sea shell product page!

The mermaid and sea shell glitters were very easy to apply. I gave them a slight curve using an orange stick and they fit perfectly on my nails.

Overall, I was really impressed with the four products from Born Pretty Store. You can get 10% off of your next order using the code YSG10 at checkout!

What product is your favorite? Let me know below!