Today is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday!  Ok, yes, it’s a little weird that I know (and semi-celebrate) this.  But I once shocked a Harvard professor by being his only student to know this little tidbit (I didn’t actually go to Harvard, just took a couple of classes from Harvard professors), and that makes it kind of worth it in my book.  And, I don’t know if this helps or hurts me, but this isn’t the only historical birthday I observe.  I don’t throw a party or anything, I just have them on my calendar.  Because that’s totally normal, right?

Anyway… I was thinking about it earlier this week when I glanced at my calendar and thought it would be pretty cool to do some Ben Franklin nails.  I had almost talked myself into recreating his original sketch of bifocals, or painting a different one of his inventions on each nail, but then it hit me: lightning.


Almost every kid in America learns in elementary school that Franklin discovered electricity with his kite and key (not entirely accurate, but whatever).  And since I’ve never done lightning before, and I was feeling a little too lazy for bifocal nails (they’re still on my list, don’t worry!), these happened.  And I love them!


I started off with a base of China Glaze Queen B, and then sponged on China Glaze Grape Pop and Spontaneous (with a q-tip because I couldn’t find my sponges – don’t do it!).  And then painted on the lightning with a nail art brush I cut down to like five bristles and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

I’ll be wearing these and reading this tonight, because it is amazing.

Let me know, do you like my über nerdy posts?  Because I would love to do more!




I was in the mood to try something new the other day, and remembered a tutorial I had seen for replicating OPI’s elusive Black Spotted.  I probably should have watched the tutorial again instead of just diving in, because this didn’t quite turn out how I had hoped.  But it was an interesting experience.  I can’t say that I’ll try this again soon, but that’s only because I hate water marbling and this is a very similar, and equally messy, technique.


I started with a base of Orly Mirror Mirror, and then used China Glaze Grape Pop for the water spots (no idea what to call it).  It’s more speckled than spotted, but I have to say I LOVE how my index finger turned out.  It’s like a weird gradient and I wish I could do that all the time, but I have no idea how I achieved that result.  So it’ll probably never happen again.


If you’d like to know how to accomplish (something hopefully a little prettier than) this look, just search water spotted nails on YouTube and about a million tutorials will come up.  What do you think?  Have you tried replicating Black Spotted?

Winter Triangles

I’m back!  Sorry for the extended absence.  Short story: stuff happened.  Slightly longer version: I’ve been dealing with insurance companies after someone hit my car on Black Friday, and as soon as that was over, my grandfather passed away, and honestly, I just haven’t been that into posting and didn’t want to force it.  But, it’s Christmas, and that means nail art (right?), so I thought I’d try to get back into this blog.  These aren’t that Christmassy, but I might try to get some red and green and sparkly going in the next two days.  Or at least some snowflakes or something.


These nails were inspired by these by Mr. Candiipants.  I seriously love her, and these are perfect!  Most of the colors I used came from the Essie Winter collection, with OPI My Vampire is Buff as the base and a couple of Revlon polishes thrown in there.  Love these colors!


Thank you all for continuing to read this blog!  There was honestly a point that I considered just not coming back, and a big part of the reason I did was the friends I’ve met doing this.  So thank you!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a wonderful week with family and friends!

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.


Today I have the third polish from Windestine’s Little Women Collection.  This one is called Peacekeeper and it is beautiful.


Peacekeeper is a light gray jelly with white gold shimmer and pink and purple glitter.  It reminds me a little bit of Windestine’s Snow Prince.  The accent nails here are China Glaze Tart-y for the Party, which I thought would look nice with the purple glitters.


I really do love this one!  Maybe because, in addition to history, literature, or geek-themed collections, I also have a weakness for white (or close to it) jelly bases with delicately colored glitters.  Either way, this one is really pretty!


When I saw that Windestine had released a collection inspired by Little Women, I immediately headed over to her Etsy shop and purchased all of them.  I have a serious weakness for nail polish inspired by anything historical or literary.  This is Heartbeat, which I knew would be one of my favorites as soon as I saw the bottle.


Heartbeat is a dark purple jelly with pink and copper microglitter (or very coarse shimmer).  It’s beautiful and perfect and the formula is great.  It is a bit sheer, so I layered two coats over OPI Vant to Bite My Neck?, which matches the base color perfectly.  On my index and pinky nails, I used Bundle Monster plate 317 to stamp the heart pattern starting with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Cinna-Snap (which you can barely see), and then Essie Penny Talk.


Heartbeat is definitely a classic Windestine color.  I absolutely love when she uses small glitters, and her jelly/glitter color combos are always flawless.  Stay tuned for the other four polishes in this collection!

Fowl Play

Orly Fowl Play spent a very long time on my wishlist.  I’d pick it up and look at it whenever I went to Sally’s, and every time, I convinced myself I didn’t need it, or I didn’t really like it all that much.  And then one day, I was in a hurry, and the salesgirl told me I could get one free, so I grabbed this on a whim.  And I am so glad I finally did, because it is gorgeous!

fowl play

Fowl Play is a dark purple jelly with holographic glitter, iridescent flakies, and tons of other good stuff.  This is a fairly old swatch, but I believe this is two coats (definitely not more than three).

fowl play

I think this is perfect for fall – classic dark purple with a bit of magic thrown in.  Love!