I decided to use my Pure Ice Cosmetics nail polish in Afterhours as the main color for this weeks manicure and accent it with Essie Resort Collection ’14 in Cocktails & Coconuts.

I used both regular tape cut into strips and a nail dotting tool to obtain the designs.

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1. I painted all my nails the color I liked with 2 coats each.

**Remember to let the nail fully dry, or throw some quick dry top polish to speed up the process.

2. I then took a piece of scotch tape and cut it into smaller strips.

3. Take the tape strips and create the design you would like.

4. Take your accent polish and paint the whole nail. (use 2 coats if a sheer color)

5. Wait 2 minutes, remove strips.

6. Using a dotting tool (a tooth pick & bobby pin work just as good) create a design for an accent nail.

7. Finish with a top coat.

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 So easy & CHIC!

What do you think??

I recently qualified for the #VIVAVOXBOX through Influenster & my box arrived last week 🙂

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Here’s what was included:

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Cocoa Radiant – $7.99

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Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card – Free

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Pure Ice Nail Polishes in Afterhours & It’s Complicated  – $1.69 ec.

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths – $5.99

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NYC New York Color City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color in South Ferry Berry – $2.99

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Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spas in Creamy Coconut – $2.49

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Everything included in this Voxbox was super useful.

As you all already know by now – I am obsessed with nail polish so I made sure to use the Pure Ice polishes right away. I’ll have a manicure post about them up shortly. The NYC Intense Lip Color was one of my favorite items in the box. The color is so rich & packs the punch of a lipstick while gliding on effortless. Montagne Jeunesse makes some of my favorite face mask so I’m really looking forward to trying out the Creamy Coconut. The Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer is something I have been interested in trying out since it came out. It is so easy to use BUT the fact that it includes alcohol in its ingredients is a NO for me. Also it isn’t very thick like other lotions that really moisturizer but I will definitely use it when on the go. I never heard of the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths prior to this box. I’m also looking for new products to cleanse my face so I can’t wait to test these out. Lastly, the Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card was in this Voxbox and it is a free card that allows you to save at the pump. No complaints there.

If you are a fellow blogger & are interested in signing up for Influenster, send me your e-mail & I will send you an invite!

[ What is your favorite item from the Viva VoxBox? ]

So I’m finally getting around to trying some of the new nail polishes I’ve received.

For this weeks manicure I am using Wet n Wild MegaLast in I Need a Refresh-Mint. At first glance I was a little iffy about the shade of blue’ish mint green in the bottle but I decided to give it a shot and OMG what a color!!!! The formula is top-notch & I can always appreciate polishes that don’t chip easily. The color is very pigmented and I really only needed 1 coat to cover the whole nail but added the 2 for that extra POP. Besides loving the actually shade of this polish, I really love the shape of the brush which Wet n Wild calls their Manicure pro brush. These retail for under $2. That price is a steal for the quality.

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For this weeks manicure I was going to keep it simple & just go with red.

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BUT then I decided I wanted to play around with some tape and just cut strips to see what I could come up with.

Main Polish: Sephora by O.P.I in And a Cherry on Top

Accent Polish: Revlon ‘Limited Edition’ Chalkboard Nail Art 

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A 2nd nail color and tape can turn a basic manicure into a chic one in seconds.

I’m really happy with this weeks manicure. I have been going crazy trying to find my nail tape and I finally was able to find it so I played around with different designs this week.

Main Polish: Essie Resort Collection ’14 in Under the Twilight

Accent Polish: Essie Resort Collection ’14 in Cocktails & Coconuts

Accent Glitter Polish: Maybelline Color Show in Gilded Rose

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What do you think?