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Russian China

I while ago, I went to see this exhibit at Bower’s Museum.  Ok, I really went to see the Treasures of the Medici exhibit, completely unaware that they were featuring the Tsar’s Cabinet.  I was completely fascinated by the intricate designs (including several authentic Faberge eggs!), and they stuck with me.

russian china

There was one set of china that particularly stuck in my mind.  They were white plates trimmed in gold, with cobalt blue flowers around the edges, so that’s what I tried to replicate in this manicure.  I think it turned out pretty well, even though any nail art I could ever do would never hold a candle to the art in that exhibit.  I’m still in awe over the detail that was put into these objects.  Seriously, just type in the Tsar’s Cabinet into Google images.

russian china

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Essie Good as Gold, and Nina Ultra Pro Cobalt (which sadly doesn’t photograph accurately – it’s most like the darker spots – but trust me, it’s gorgeous – you need it).

Hope you all liked these as much as I do!  I still have a few other designs in mind from the other artifacts in the exhibit, so hopefully I will get those done eventually (perhaps a museum inspired series?).  Thanks for reading!

Neon Geometric Nails

I was in the mood for something different this week, so I pulled out the neons.  I like neons, but I don’t really like them on me.  Still, I’ve acquired quite a few of them.  I decided to go all out and go for the neon yellow.  I have a terrible habit of putting on neons at night, loving them, and then kind of hating them the next morning in the sun.  They’re just so damn bright, even though I guess that’s the point.  So, instead of taking it off, I decided to add some designs using striping tape.  I think they turned out pretty cool (even my dad complimented them!), but I still couldn’t wear them for more than a day.  Baby steps.

neon geometric nails

The neon yellow is Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare over white.  Once it was dry, I created the designs with striping tape and painted on Essie Power Clutch before peeling the tape off.

The thumb is my favorite, but it too soooo long! I definitely need some more striping tape practice.  I copied most of these designs from The Nailasaurus, who is ah-mazing!

neon geometric nails

What do you think of this mani?  When I have another three hours (yes, it took that long to do both hands), I will definitely try this again with different colors.


I have been searching for the perfect cobalt blue polish ever since I started really getting into nail polish.  I’ve tried quite a few, but they’ve always been too dark, or too dusty, or too purple, or just not vibrant enough.  That’s not to say they’re not all great polishes in their own right, they’re just not quite what I was looking for.  I’ve heard Revlon Royal is excellent, but I haven’t found it yet (though I’ve been keeping an eye out).  But I don’t think it matters anymore because I found this:

Nina Ultra Pro Cobalt.  It is THE perfect cobalt blue jelly.  Seriously, it’s gorgeous.  I got TONS of compliments on it from complete strangers.  And the dad of one of the kids I tutor interrupted me to tell me my nails were awesome.  He said they looked like glass and wanted to know where I got them done.  Totally made my day!

This was three coats with Essie Good to Go.  Application was excellent, especially for a jelly, and in real life (even in bright sunlight) you couldn’t see visible nail line.  And MAJOR plus: it didn’t stain at all!  I thought it would because 1. it’s blue and 2. it’s super pigmented, but it didn’t!  The only thing I didn’t like, and it’s a tiny little thing, is that the brush is super wide, which makes it impossible to avoid getting it on your skin.  Otherwise, this is the perfect polish!

It’s my first Nina Ultra Pro polish, and I can’t believe I haven’t tried them before!  I got this at Sally Beauty for (I think) $5.99.  Love they’re full-sized, great quality polishes for cheaper than your average salon bottle.  Definitely getting more of these!