Monday, September 30, 2013

Guest Post from Jacki of Adventures in Acetone

Hi loves!  I'm sure all of us have a few nail bloggers who we were just in awe of before we started our own blogs, and today I have a guest post for you from a lady who was one of those to me!  Jacki from Adventures in Acetone is always doing the most amazing and intricate nail art, and to top it all off she is just the biggest sweetheart.  I'm hoping to have some time to meet up with her in real life while we are in Florida this month.  Keep reading to see the nail art she has come up with today!

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Hello, Smashley Sparkles readers! I'm so happy to be here today! I'm Jacki, and you may know me from my blog Adventures In Acetone. I know that Ashley loves green and purple combos for nail art so I just had to do that combo for today's guest post!


  • I started out with 2 coats of Elevation Polish Wuyi Mountain. This is a really pretty green with blue shimmer. 
  • Once it was completely dry, I used striping tape to do a criss cross design all over the nails. (Similar to this tutorial I did with textured polishes last month.)
  • Then, I used a torn makeup sponge and Picture Polish Amethyst to do a gradient from the tips toward the cuticle. The blue simmer and flakies in Amethyst tied in so nicely with Wuyi Mtn!
  • After I removed the striping tape, I was left with this design with the diamonds fading that were closest to the cuticle. 
  • Lastly, I used HKGirl top coat to seal it all in!




What do you think of this look? I really liked how it turned out and wore it for a few days! 

Thank you for reading, and a big THANK YOU to Ashley for letting my guest post for you all today!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Guest Post from Michaela of The Mani Café

Hi guys!  Today's guest post is from my lovely friend Michaela.  She has a new-ish blog called The Mani Café, where she posts some awesome nail art and swatches.  We have a few things in common, such as our love for purple, MAC Cosmetics and Lynnderella, so we've bonded over that.  Big thanks to her for being here today.  Let's keep reading to see what she has for you guys to read about!

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Hi Smashley Sparkles readers! I'm Michaela from The Mani Café so happy to be guest posting for Ashley over here today. I love her blog and nail art in particular! 

I have quite a simple but pretty manicure for you today in my favourite colour from one of my favourite brands, Elevation Polish. All of Lulu's polishes are spectacular but these two really blew me away, especially worn together! 

Elevation Polish Pata Puffer II and Mount Cangyan

Mount Cangyan is a gorgeous purple shimmer from the 'View From The Top' collection which really glows! 
Here is the description from Elevation Polish: 
Royal Purple shimmer polish that is highly complex in the light. Red shimmer in high concentration as well as copper & gold shimmer
Finish: shimmer almost a duochrome

Elevation Polish Mount Cangyan and Pata Puffer II

I used two coats of Mount Cangyan for perfect opacity. The formula was perfect and application was easy. 

Elevation Polish Mount Cangyan and Pata Puffer II
As an accent nail I added a coat of Pata Puffer II from the Tools Of the Trade collection to my ring finger. 
Pata Puffer II is a gorgeous glitter topcoat which I can't wait to layer over loads of different colours! 
Here is the description from Elevation Polish:
Clear base, Blend of Wine, Fuchsia, Purple and sparse pink glitters including circle glitters.
Finish: Heavy glitter

Elevation Polish Mount Cangyan and Pata Puffer II

Elevation Polish Mount Cangyan and Pata Puffer II
 
Elevation Polish Mount Cangyan and Pata Puffer II


These two look great together and I really enjoyed wearing this mani. What do you think of it? Thanks to Ashley for having me today and I hope that you'll come visit me over at The Mani Café

Elevation Polishes can be purchased at http://elevationpolish.bigcartel.com/ and restocks are every 7th of the month at 9PM (CST) and every 22nd of the month at 9AM (CST).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Guest Post from Jin of Superficially Colorful

Hi guys!  Today's guest post is from my awesome friend Jin.  She runs the blog Superfically Colorful, as well as makes some totally epic thermal polishes (which are not available for purchase at the moment, sorry, but you can have a look at some swatches here!).  I love the unique nail art that Jin is always doing, and she is someone you really need to be following!

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Hello Dearest readers!
I am so honored and excited to be here today, while Smashley is having lots of fun in her vacation! Or at least - I hope she does ;-)
I'm Jin from Superficially Colorful and I have a little special mani for you today.
Bondi New York The Limelight  freehand cats
I started this mani with Bondi New York polish - The Limelight, a gorgeous, bright lime green creme that has a perfect formula and is opaque in two easy coats.
Bondi New York The Limelight
Then I stamped a few of what I consider to be kitty-related items on my nails, using Sally Hansen White On. However, when I top-coated it (with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat), the lime green bled into the white and it turned the stamping to be very subtle in the background. I didn't quite plan that, but I can't say it ruined anything. I like the way it turned out.
Bondi New York The Limelight
And then I drew some kitties on these background. I admit I am not original. I saw those kitties here and I simply fell in love! so I had to try them too! However, on my thumb I didn't feel like painting another cat so I continued with the kitty-related items and drew a ball of wool instead. 
Bondi New York The Limelight  freehand cats
Bondi New York The Limelight  freehand cats
Bondi New York The Limelight  freehand cats
Bondi New York The Limelight  freehand cats
I know that Ashley likes cats and I know she misses her babies very much while in the US, so this is just a little kitty-kiss for her, and I hope that you will come back safely and after you have recharged yourself completely 



Thank you Jin, this mani is just the cutest, and you're right about me missing my babies!  This made my day, though! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Guest Post from Danielle of Polish. Glitter. Rock & Roll!

Hi guys!  Today I have a guest post for you from one of my besties, Danielle.  She runs the blog Polish. Glitter. Rock & Roll! and she was the first nail blogger I met up with in real life.  I can't wait to visit her while we are in Houston, and we are meeting for lunch today! :)

Keep reading and check out this cute nail art she did for you!  I love this mani so much... Maybe I will have to recreate it one day!

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Hello all you Sparklers fans!  Is that okay, Ash?  Can we call them Sparklers?  lol I am so happy to be here doing a guest post for Ashley while she's on vacation.  She's actually here in the States and we are gonna meet up for lunch.  I am so excited about it AND this mani I created for her blog.


I knew I wanted to do a fun skittle mani with glitter bombs.  I thought doing purple would be really pretty and it's Ashley's favorite color, BUT I decided on teal instead.  I just like the teal/silver combo.
 

I started with a base of a no-name teal that I got from Urban Outfitters in an ombre set.  You can see my post about them HERE.  For the silver glitter I used Ulta Starstruck which is a super dense scattered holo silver glitter.  I used three coats.  Over that I layered L.A. Colors Color Craze Sparkling Diamond which is a multi-sized silver glitter in a clear base.
 

Ooooh!  Look at all that holo glitter!
 

For the stripes I used Kiss Nail Artist Fine Art pens in black and white and then a nail art brush to draw a cutesy little heart on my ring finger with the teal polish.  I topped it all off with a hefty coat of Seche Vite and I was good to go.  I did think to myself, "OMG this is gonna be such a pain to get off".  Thankfully I used a glue base so it will come right off. I hope you all enjoyed this super fun mani as much as I do.  Thanks to Ashley for having me and I wish her and her husband the best while they are here visiting family and friends. 

 Don't forget to swing by and check out my blog at Polish. Glitter. Rock & Roll!  You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Guest Post from Debbie of The Crumpet

Hey lovelies!  Today's guest post is from one of my nail polish besties, Debbie Crumpet herself!  I love Debbie's blog, and if you aren't following her you 100% should be.  Debbie has some nail stamping for us today, so keep reading to check it out.

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Hi Goddesses


I am thrilled to be guesting for my gal pal Ashley today.  We have become thick as thieves since she moved into my time zone, and I am honoured to be here with you to share a little Crumpet-y madness.


Today's mani is a rich feast for the eyes.  It's got plush red, real gold, and black melodrama.  




The base you've seen before during Bling Week - this is the lovely Cirque Curiosity, a shimmery red, with a layer of Cirque AU gold flakie top coat.




I then stamped over it with this fabulous circles design .... which I forgot to write down.  Sorry, Crumpet smacks self on bottom for being naughty.   I may not know what it is, but it looks cool, doesn't it lol.




I really love the dramatic play off between the 3 colours here, and we also need to give a shout out to Poshe - look at that gloss!

Enjoy xx :)

Many thank yous to Debbie for being here today!  Be sure to go follow her blog or Facebook page to see more of her work.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Guest Post from Heather of Peace, Love, and Polish

Hello darlings!  So I am super lucky to be friends with many talented nail art bloggers, and Heather is one of them.  She has created some gorgeous galaxy nails for your viewing pleasure.  Big thanks to Heather for posting for me, and keep reading to see what she used!
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 Hey guys! It's Heather from Peace, Love and Polish guest posting here on the amazing Smashley Sparkles blog. I am fortunate enough to know Ashley through the Digit-al Dozen Group and she does some AMAZING work. She sure has an eye for color combos and nail art. So anyway, when she was calling for guest posts - I jumped right on the opportunity :)
 
For this guest post, I wanted to create something fun, and new for me. I decided on some galaxy nails. I can't believe that in my two years of blogging I've never done galaxy nails. I've always admired them from afar - but they looked too complicated and time consuming for me to accomplish. Boy, was I wrong! They're super easy and super cute - and you can change up the colors and make each your own.

I started with a base of Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Cyberspace. For the remaining colors, I used a makeup sponge to dab on the colors in random spaces. I used OPI Alpine Snow (white), Fresh Paint Dragon Lady (green), Fresh Paint Passionfruit (purple) and Essie Tour De Finance (pink). I added the white stars and dots using my small dotting tool, then topped it off with a coat of Northern Lights.



I love how the green shimmer gives it a fun sparkly effect (aside from the Northern Lights). I loved doing these galaxy nails, and I can assure you they won't be the last ones I do, I have big ideas in my mind for more - especially with different colors :)
Thanks Ashley for having me! I hope you all enjoyed this galaxy nail art :)

If you'd like to follow Heather to see more of her nail art you can find her blog HERE, and her blog's Facebook page HERE.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Guest Post from Sheila of Pointless Cafe

Hi guys!  So now that I've finished my scheduled posts for Digit-al Dozen, I've got some guest posts for you.  I am so lucky to have a bunch of amazing blogger friends who have contributed guest posts for my blog so you have something to read for the rest of the month.  First up is the lovely Sheila from Pointless Cafe!  I'm sure you've heard of her blog, and if not you should certainly check it out.  She does amazing swatches, as well as some cute nail art!  A big thank you to Sheila for taking the time to do this post for us... and she even used my favorite color! :)

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*These products are Cruelty Free 


When Smashley Sparkles said she would be on vacation in September, I jumped at the chance to do a guest post for her to help fill in! Well to be honest, she promised to take lots of photos and I'm so itchy to go on vacation that I love seeing travel photos. So she'd better live up to her end of the bargain!

Today I have a gradient to show you using two of the newest blogger collaboration shades from piCture pOlish: Freya's Cats and Shy Violet. They're both so pretty and just play so well together.

A Smashing Sparkle Gradient for our own Smashley Sparkles!









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If I could have, I'd have done a water marble in honor of all the spectacular ones Smashley's done, but alas, it's not my forte. I do hope you've enjoyed the mani as much as I enjoyed doing the guest post!

Safe travels Smashley! ♥


♥ Sheila
Pointless Cafe


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Friday, September 13, 2013

Guest Post from Kim of The Ides of Polish

Hello! I'm Kim from The Ides of Polish and I'm excited to be guest posting on Smashley Sparkle's blog for the first time! I have a polish from Koh Colours! called Jewel which is a jade color polish with green flecks that don't show up on the nail very well. Application was easy and this is three coats with top coat.





This color is a little bit darker than it appears in these pictures. I'm not really in love with it but it's pretty enough. I might add some glitter to spice it up a bit!

Koh can be purchased from their website, although they only ship within Europe, so you'll have to find someone willing to send it to you outside of Europe. 

I hope Ashley is having an amazing time in the states!

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Thank you so much Kim, I really appreciate you being here to guest post for me!  That color is really pretty and now I think I need to try some Koh polishes myself.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Guest Post from Missy of Gnarly Gnails

 Hi guys!  Today's guest post is from my second polish bestie, Missy from Gnarly Gnails.  She's got a super awesome Lynnderella to show you, and now I'm really really glad that I have this polish waiting for me to arrive at my mom's house in the US!  Big thanks to Missy for doing this post for me! <3

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Hi there folks! I'm Missy from Gnarly Gnails and today I am doing a super special guest post for a super special girl - Smashley! I hope she is having a blast wherever she is right now in the states! I'm bummed we won't have a chance to meet up while she is so close-by, but I know one day it WILL happen - cuz she rules.
Anyway - Ashley and I both share a slight love for Lynnderella polishes - so when she asked me to guest post it was obvious what needed to be done...Behold...Lynnderella Girl-Boy Party!
Here is Lynnderella Girl-Boy Party on its own. It's a VERY heavy coat, dabbed on and it's thick! But it dried down pretty bearable. I would however, suggest you dab it lighter and do more than one coat. It took a LONG time to dry. But it was worth it, yes?!
This polish has a ton of awesome in it, like most Lynnderella's do. Hearts, stars...I love em. It's a spin on an older polish called Boy-Girl Party which I craved really bad and just never bought. But this came in a twinset with another polish I was dying over, so win win for waiting!
I then decided to test out one of my new MoYou London large stamping plates - which if you haven't heard of these yet, go now and seek glorious enlightenment, they're AMAZING. So yeah...bottom right corner image is the one I used because it's on the Sailor plate and is sorta nautical which for some reason I seem to associate with Ashley.
How amazing is this stamping image?! It's like a mirror frame! I used Konad special black polish for the stamped design and finished with a coat of Out the Door top coat.
So thanks Ashley for letting me show off this beautiful polish and maybe even introduce a few people to the new MoYou plates! Thanks guys!! 
xoxo,
Missy
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