Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Glitter Placement Tessellation

My idea for this mani came from Polish All the Nails and Jaunty Juli (I recreated her hand-painted version here) who I both saw tessellation manis from that I loved!

So for my glitter placement tessellation, I used Finger Paints Louvre This Pink as my base, and NOPI Be Awesome for the glitters.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday - Inspired by Your Hometown

I am 1,000% not at all thrilled with how today's mani turned out. I was going for a "field of wildflowers" look to represent my hometown, but dried flowers just plain suck! -.- This is almost too embarrassing to even post....

Monday, April 28, 2014

Zoya - Cosmo

Of Zoya's Magical Pixie Dusts, I think Cosmo has to be my favorite!

These aren't brand new polishes from Zoya, but they still are on the newer side.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Complementary Sunshine Skittles: Untriedicure #9

I wanted to use purple and yellow together in a mani, because I love complementary color combos. 

So I pulled out some untrieds from Heather: butter LONDON Bramble (purple), Rimmel London Sunny Days (yellow), and W'n'W Quartz of Course (purple glitter), and used them, along with OPI When Monkeys Fly, and chevon Nail Vinyls, to create a sparkly sunshine design... Thing.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fuzzy Bunny Nails

If you missed my review yesterday of Nutra Nail Raspberry gel polish, that is my base for today's Easter mani! I ended up having only four nails that held up and looked good by the end of Day 2 of wearing Raspberry, so I wanted to add some art on top.

I got some white flocking powder (currently $2.59 at Born Pretty Store where I bought mine) because I thought it would make the cutest little furry bunnies! ^.^

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nutra Nail - Raspberry

I found some Nutra Nail gel polishes on clearance for $2, so I figured I would give one a shot. The color I picked up is Raspberry.

Since I don't have much time to do my nails while I am working during the week, I wanted something I could put on at the beginning of the week, that would last three or four days and endure all the stress my job puts my hands and nails through, until I had time to change my manicure. So what better than a gel polish.... right?

This is one of the gels that doesn't require a light. It comes with brush-on activator instead. 

I had a lot of likes and dislikes with this polish. It did only need three coats for full coverage, and looked gorgeous and shiny, with a super solid finish.... at first!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday - Gifted Polish

For this week's theme, my gifted polish is a lemming I've been dying for forever, Maybelline Blue Marks the Spot from Heather, which inspired me to try out a treasure map mani. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Born Pretty Store Review - Folding File

I received a set of folding files from Born Pretty Store to review. These are four-sided, like many files, with the roughest grit (black) for taking down length, the next down (blue) for shaping, the second highest (pink) is for buffing, and the most gentle (blue) shines. 

I'm not sure what the actual grits are on these, as they are not listed on the website, but they were neither too harsh or weak for my nails, and left a nice, smooth finish.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rainbow Watercolor Water Marble

I was just playing around with a bunch of neon acrylic paints, watering them down for a watercolor look, then topped it with a floral water marble.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Textured Geometric Mani

In February, I created this textured rays mani (if you missed it, sneak peek on my thumb!) and absolutely loved it. At the time, I had been playing with some of the same polishes, and doing other striping. This is another I'd come up with, but never got around to posting. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday - Favorite Glitter Topper

In today's TT post, we are all sharing our favorite glitter topper polish.

My mani for this theme is a jelly sandwich using Zoya Kate and China Glaze Fairy Dust.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Jelly Bean Nails

Remember THIS massive post I did Friday? Well, I loved the Jelly Bean nails I wore in it (that were inspired by Peace, Love & Polish) so much, that I actually wore them for a few days; not only matted, but first with a shiny topcoat, and then with some China Glaze Fairy Dust on top. So I figured I'd share those two versions of the mani as well.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Heather - An Epic Tribute to an Epic Friend

I have to say a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the best ladies I've met in the nail community, Heather of Peace Love and Polish!! I have a enormous post today to honor her!

I've admired Heather's blog and nail art skills for years. It wasn't until recently (maybe about a year) that we really started talking outside of social media. This chick has quickly become my best nail friend though, and I knew I had to do something extreme and extra special for her big day! What better way than through nail art?!

I have redone 43 of my favorite manicures from Heather to say "Happy Birthday" in a way only a fellow polish addict can! I've listed them below, with each "mani" being a clickable link to her original version. I redid Heather's:
  1. vertical neon studs mani.
  2. blue and peach skittle mani with roses and a bow.
  3. Valentine's Day doodles mani.
  4. vintage cherries mani.
  5. Valentine's Day argyle mani.
  6. Valentine's Day half gradient mani.
  7. purple holo French mani.
  8. football print mani.
  9. monochrome mint flowers mani.
  10. jelly beans mani.
  11. star strip mani.
  12. Holiday funky French mani.
  13. "I'm thankful for..." collab mani/Cartoony Landscape.
  14. checkered "love" mani.
  15. rainbow galaxies mani.
  16. pink French with bow mani.
  17. pink zebra print mani.
  18. rainbow disco ball mani.
  19. Fall argyle mani.
  20. galaxy mani.
  21. sprinkles mani.
  22. tape measure mani.
  23. piano mani.
  24. blue camo mani.
  25. ice cream print mani.
  26. anchor print mani.
  27. dinosaur mani.
  28. tie-dye mani.
  29. suspenders and bow ties mani.
  30. unique giraffe print mani.
  31. rose French mani.
  32. desert dotticure mani.
  33. primary splatter mani.
  34. neon color block mani.
  35. American flag French mani.
  36. neon Fuzzy Coat mani.
  37. cool dots mani.
  38. bee mani.
  39. pink lemonade mani.
  40. scalloped tips mani.
  41. cotton candy nails - I combined this mani and this mani.
  42. peppermint swirl mani.
  43. half gradient dotticure mani.
Now are you ready to see all of my 43 versions of these manicures up close?! Here goes....

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday - Nails Inspired by Your Bag

Today's TT  theme was to create nails inspired by your bag. I have actually been wanting to do a mani based on the backpack I carried all through college, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity!

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