Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day Mani + February Birchbox!

It's been awhile, but I finally have some nail art to share! I found this design while scrolling through soompi designs, and I saved this one among others. To be honest, I didn't realize that it was Valentine's day, and I was planning on doing this with OPI Ink instead of a pink and red combination, but I realized how perfect this design would be for V-Day. So you can use any colors if you want to replicate this design.


I used Sinful Colors Oasis for the base. The picture doesn't capture the beauty of this color well enough! It's a bright, gorgeous pink with a subtle shimmer. I know it's been sitting in my collection for months, so I have no clue why I've never used it! It's so pretty.


For the thumb nail, I decided to use a heart sticker instead of cutting out the hearts, but it was too wide and I didn't like how it ended up. Of course, with Valentine's Day stuff on sale now, it might be worthwhile to find some good heart stickers and purchase them to make it easier.


What you do is press the sticker (or, alternatively, cut hearts out of scotch tape and use that instead) in the corner of your nail. Paint the color all over your nail. I used three coats of Oasis, just because it got even more pretty the more coats were used. Then rip off the heart and outline it with a striper. I used Sinful Colors Be My Valentine Striper. Draw two lines in the corner (optional), wait a few minutes, and apply topcoat. So pretty! It's a very simple design, too.

Also, I received my Birchbox for February in the mail yesterday! I only found out about Birchbox last month, and now I want to know where it has been all my life! It's so pretty and professionally put together, and a great way to try new things.


The box. It is made of sturdy cardboard, and it's so cute and very strong.


The inside when you open the cover. I love how pretty these are! You could totally just take the birchbox and give it to your friend as a present. It's already wrapped on the inside! The bow is such a nice touch, I was totally surprised.


The contents of my Birchbox. From left to right: Eye Rock Designer Eyeliner. These are single-use, stick on liner strips that come in four different styles. I haven't tried them out yet, but they look so cool! A card for six free songs from Green River Ordinance, an indie rock band. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint. colorescience pro Glow and go Travel Puff. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. And a neon pink, heart-shaped, Lifestyle Extra nail file.

This box is so cool! I love it all, and I can't wait to use it. And isn't that nail file adorable? I usually carry around a crystal nail file at school, but I think I might swap it out for this.

Stay tuned! Later this week (or hopefully, tomorrow at the earliest) I will have my nail haul for the week. And it is INSANE.

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