Peach Perfect

I was looking on Design Seeds for color inspiration and came across this gorgeous springy palette.  I started with the diamond nails, and didn’t know what to pair them with – I had originally thought to do something floral, but that seemed like too much work.  Then I realized the colors would be perfect for this design by (who else?) Mr. Candiipants.  I did a simple gradient on the remaining two nails, and ended up with this super awesome manicure.  Love it!

peach perfect

The base color is OPI My Vampire is Buff.  The green is Sinful Colors Innocent, the gray is OPI Suzi Takes the Wheel, and the pink and peach are Nails Inc. Mayfair Lane and Wellington Square.

peach perfect

Don’t be surprised if you see more fruit nails from me in the near future – they were much easier than I thought they’d be, and they’re just so adorable!

Purple and Bronze

This mani was the result of me trying to put something together using the colors on my desk.  These were both semi-old (I think) colors that I recently picked up at T.J. Maxx and they’re really great.  I’m actually not a huge fan of the bronze polish on it’s own, but I absolutely love it in this gradient.  It might just be a gradient-only polish for me.

purple and bronze

The purple is Sation Super Nail-tural Powers.  I can only find Sation at T.J. Maxx (which is fine with me, because they’re only like $3), but I do generally like them.  I’ve heard great things about Sation, but it’s been pretty hit-or-miss for me.  This one is definitely a hit.  And the bronze is Sephora by OPI Rumba Romance.  Not sure where you can get this anymore, but if you find it, get it – if only because of it’s magical gradient powers.

purple and bronze

I was kinda going for a fall thing with the bronze, but, to me, this has almost an Arabian Nights vibe.  I absolutely love it!  I want to wear these colors in a gradient all the time.  Scrubbing sparkly bits of my fingers (gradient sponging hazard) is completely worth it in this case.

Blue Lagoon

After reorganizing my helmer (where I store my polish), I realized I don’t have a lot of variety when it comes to polish brands.  So I’ve been making an effort to try some new ones lately.  I recently discovered the brand Glitzology, and she has some really amazing glitter polishes!  This one is called Blue Lagoon, and it is definitely one of the most glitter-packed polishes I own.

blue lagoon

Blue Lagoon is a mix of different shades and sizes of blue and teal glitters, accented by some light sage green glitters.  Some, but not all, of the glitters are holographic.  The effect is really gorgeous!  You probably already know I’m not one for glitters, but I couldn’t stop looking at pictures of this, and ended up buying it during a recent 50% off sale (another reason to love Glitzology – there are LOTS of 50% off sales).

blue lagoon

I did have a bit of an issue with the formula, but I don’t have a lot of experience with glitters like this, so it might just be me.  I found the glitter to base ratio to be a little (ok, a lot) skewed towards the glitter side.  There’s pretty much just enough base in there to make the glitter stick.  Which is not conducive to applying polish.  One tip: glob the polish on your finger, and then kind of “pat” it down to spread it out (sort of like how acrylic nails are applied).  I found that worked much better than trying to paint it on.  Here, I did a gradient over Essie Da Bush.

blue lagoon

Glitzology is available on Etsy.  It’s always really well stocked.  Make sure to follow the Glitzology Facebook page to get updates on her awesome sales and discount codes!

New Year’s Eve Nails

I wanted to do something sparkly for New Year’s Eve, but I didn’t want just solid glitter.  I’ve always done more silvery colors, but this year, I thought I’d go with a black and gold combo.  I think they turned out great, and I’ve been staring at my nails all day.  Just because I’m home sick in my PJs doesn’t mean I can’t dress up a little.

new year's eve nails

I used Essie Licorice and China Glaze Champagne Kisses.  I really love the color of Champagne Kisses!  It’s almost a rose gold, and it’s a bit more subtle than a traditional bright gold.

The thumbs are my favorite!  I am definitely doing this “middle” glitter gradient again!

new year's eve nails

What are you wearing on your nails for New Years?

I hope you all have a fun and safe night!  Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Advent Calendar Day 14 – Glitter

You all know I’m not a huge glitter fan, but since I do have at least three glitters that are definitely “Christmas glitters,” I was actually excited to use them for this challenge.  I couldn’t really get a good picture of this (sorry!), but it looked great in real life.  Kind of reminded me of Victorian Christmas colors.

christmas glitter

For the base of these, I used OPI Thanks a Windmillion.  The glitter is F4 Polish Miracle on 34th Street (named after one of my favorite Christmas movies).  I probably should have stopped at one coat, but I wanted to do a gradient, so here it is.

christmas glitter

What is your favorite “holiday” glitter?

Halloween Gradient

Soooo today I’m starting the Twelve Days of Halloween (Nail Art)!  Don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything, it’s just my nerdy made-up excuse to do some awesome Halloween-themed nail art.  Every day until Halloween, I will be posting something Halloween-themed on my nails, whether it be nail art, or swatches of Halloween-themed polishes.  So here’s Day 1:

Not my best, but I liked it.  The details were far less visible in real life, which actually made them look better.  I used Sinful Colors Black on Black and Mezmerize, and Wet N Wild On a Trip – all polishes you can get for around $2!  This was actually much less blue, but I liked how my camera decided to see it better, so I didn’t do any color-correcting on these.

What do you think of my first Halloween post?  I have a few ideas for the next eleven days, but if you have any suggestions, feel free to post them!  I always love to see what other people come up with!


Another stamping manicure! I really wanted to use the pirate image from the stamping plates I reviewed yesterday, and ended up with this.  This is the first time I did nail art on both hands – usually I just do one, take pictures, and then take it off.  As much as I enjoy doing nail art, I don’t really wear it out of the house much – my hands are usually just a solid color, or maybe a gradient, but usually nothing more.

I used KKCenterHk plate M80 for the pirate image.  I already think I’m getting a little better at stamping!

I chose to use a sandy color with some sparkles because it reminded me of buried treasure.  Although very few pirates actually buried treasure – Blackbeard, the most famous treasure-burying pirate, buried his on an Island off of New York – preferring instead to spend it as fast as humanly possible.

I love the relative simplicity of these – they were actually pretty easy (they had to be if I could replicate them with my non-dominant hand), but definitely stand out.

I started with a base of Essie Sand Tropez on three of my fingers, with OPI Pros & Bronze on my thumbs and pinky fingers.  Then I added a gradient of Pros & Bronze on my ring and index fingers, and stamped the skull and swords image on my middle fingers with China Glaze Smoke & Ashes.  I kind of wish I had used Windestine Jeweled Sand (and OPI Skull & Glossbones, which sadly, I don’t have), but I do really love how these turned out!

Day 2 – Orange – Monarch Butterflies

I’ve loved monarch butterflies since I was a little girl, so when it came to doing orange nail art, this is the first thing that I thought of.  They’ve been very popular lately, so there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube if you’re interested.

This was my first attempt at these, and I’m obsessed with them.  I’m really glad I have nothing to do today because I want to keep this on as long as possible, but it looks kind of ridiculous on only one hand.  I wish I was more ambidextrous so I could do decent nail art on my right hand.

I started with an angled gradient of Zoya Arizona (light orange) and Essie Orange, It’s Obvious (medium orange – less red than it looks in the picture) then painted on the design with Essie Licorice (black) and Essie Blanc (white).

These are much easier than they look, and it’s pretty hard to mess them up since I think they look better with imperfections.  I like certain nails better than others, but overall, I really like the look.  Plus, in real life, you can’t really tell where I messed up.

What do you think?  Have you or are you going to attempt the butterfly trend?  If you have, post the link in the comments, I’d love to see them!

I have something pretty cool planned for tomorrow, and I’m really hoping it works out!

Purple Gradient

So sorry about the lack of posts this week!  But finals are over and my cold is (almost) gone, and I have a few exciting posts planned for the next few weeks.  I decided to celebrate with some simple nail art.  I’ve seen gradient nails everywhere lately, but I was inspired by a tutorial posted by Sammy over at The Nailasaurus (though I used a slightly different technique).  I especially love the yellow and taupe gradient she did.  I might copy it soon.

Anyway, here are the gradient nails I did.  They’re not perfect, but they’re not bad for a first attempt.

For these, I started with Essie’s To Buy or Not to Buy, and then sponged a mixture of TBONTB and Zoya Malia over the top.  An interesting effect of the sponging is that the shimmer in TBONTB is far more apparent than just brushing it on.  I’m really liking these, and will probably be wearing a lot of gradients this summer.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of gradient nails?  What’s your favorite color combination?