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Rose Gold Rows

This is a super complicated mani, but I kinda love it. I was sent some very tiny rose gold caviar beads to review from the Born Pretty Store, and I went to town with them!


Most of my caviar beads are what I would consider standard size…which is easily twice the size of these ones. Look at how many pretty rows are on my middle finger! I ended up mix-and-matching with a fishtail, some other studs, and basic diagonals. I had seen a similar mani online, but I didn’t want to use a black base so I settled on a very dark blue with subtle gold shimmer 🙂


~ Dark blue: Zoya – Blake
~ Rose gold metallic: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Rose gold glitter: ILNP – Juliette


I have never really tried to place a bunch of studs and then surround them with caviar beads, mostly because my other caviar beads are larger, and the whole thing takes forever. That said, I did my middle finger first (well, I did the polish-only nails first, but it was the first nails with 3D elements) and since that only took 10 minutes, I went ahead and did the others with lots of tiny beads too. Success!


If you want to pick up these tiny beads for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store, where you can find them for $1.79. I kinda love them, and can’t wait to figure out ways to use them now!

Prismatic Braid

Omg you guys. YOU GUYS. So, first off, I am super freaking proud because LOOK I DID A FOIL TRANSFER. Now, I cannot totally lay claim to this, because everything in this mani is new…new base polish, new foil transfer glue, new foils. Somehow, it worked!


To start with, the base color is two thin coats of Landon by Zoya, a mid-tone slightly dusty purple creme. The polish is pretty enough, but honestly I prefer my mid-toned purple with a pink (or even true purple) tint and not grey-out like this! Anyway, Landon is pretty enough but a bit more wintry than I am currently feeling!


However, then I added holographic foil. Because. And it is amazing. I requested some holographic nail foils from the Born Pretty Store when they asked me what I wanted to review most recently, and I asked for foil glue as well since previously I had used regular nail polish. The foil glue was a bit…tricky. I tried to just paint it on but it shrunk to just the center of my nails. So I tried to paint it on thickly and it kinda worked…so I just gave up and dapped it on a few times in places that it wasn’t covering. Despite the headache of doing things that way, it dried quickly and clearly covered all right!



I then cut the foil I wanted to use (this set comes with 12 designs….three of which were a little poorly printed and looked blob-y and the rest of which were awesome) and went and applied the foil once the glue was completely dry. Ta-da! These worked basically perfectly. I smushed them down with a makeup sponge instead of just using my finger, and I think that helped.


So, you can find 12 foil designs, of which this is one, at the Born Pretty Store for $1.79, and the foil glue for $5.29. Hope you enjoyed! I know I did 😀

Rainbow Fishtail

Rainbows! It’s been two weeks, but it is rainbow time again! I actually had three different sets of rainbows pulled out, and picked the brightest one to save until today 😀


This was inspired by Nail Machine, although her blog seems to be defunct! Oh well. I wish nail artists would stop disappearing :-(. I also wish my nails were just a tad longer for this…she only used 7 colors and I had to grab a teal (ergo, I have 8) and the color blocking is much more closely spaced that I would have liked!


But still, bright colors = best colors. I wish I’d be able to do another rainbow gradient soon…but alas, this is basically my last post before I start my surgery rotation.


I have a bunch more nail arts lined up, but I don’t think any of them are rainbow! Maybe when I reappear (aka have time off med school) in September I’ll make another one.


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Pink: Essie – The Girls Are Out
~ Coral: Essie: Sunday Funday
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Yellow: Spoiled – Mind Your Own Beeswax
~ Green: Essie – The More The Merrier
~ Teal: Essie – Naughty Nautical
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Purple: Zoya – Margo


Hope you enjoyed! As a reminder, all future posts (other than this Monday’s) will be scheduled. Happy July, and any last things you want me to read should be posted before Monday afternoon…I head back to work on Tuesday!

Shades of Pink Braid

So…maybe not my best work ever! It doesn’t help that my nails themselves look wonky with this many layers of colors. Whoops!


This art was inspired by Nuthin but a Nail Thing, although let’s be honest, her’s looks much better! And more colorful.


I should have used more intermediate colors. I went straight for my darker pinks, and that was definitely a mistake! Live and learn.


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Lightest pink: ULTA – Babydoll
~ Light pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Coral: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Darkest red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Dark purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


Hope you enjoyed! I am back in lab this week (which is to say NOT the hospital) and I couldn’t be more excited. Lab >> hospital!


OMG GLITTER. So much glitter. Little tiny glittery rainbow! This mani was designed around Glitz by Mentality, which is basically a sparkly rainbow in a bottle (but with more teal and red than the other colors). But basically, GLITTER!


I couldn’t convince myself to cover the glittery goodness, so I only did an accent nail with Glitz. Despite being 100% glitter in a clear base, it only took 3 thin coats for full coverage. What’s more, the control was great (think Shimmer polishes)! There was 0 clean up with this polish. The glitter density also makes for great glitter gradients (see my thumb)! I did put glue down as a base coat, because I imagine this would remove like, well, a glitter :-p



The primary colors in Glitz are tiny glitters in shades of red, purple, teal, silver, and maybe some light blue. Somehow, you get flashes of green in there too, although I don’t actually see green glitter! So I accented the whole thing with a fishtail 🙂 It has been a while since I did a nail-braid!



~ Glitter: Mentality – Glitz
~ Red: City Color – Masquerade Red
~ Teal: Petites Color Fever – Figi
~ Silver: Revlon – Metallic


I don’t usually do super-glitzy party nail, but when I do, I can’t imagine I won’t grab for this polish. Easy application and so much colorful glitter! If you want to add Glitz to your stash (and oh god the name is perfect), you can pick her up for $6.50 at the Mentality shop. Happy polishing!

Naturelle Braid

This is going to be a short post because rather than writing this ahead of time as I usually do, I procrastinated. Wheee! So it’s currently 12:36am and I just got back from watching Guardians of the Galaxy (which by the way was amazing, if you are a nerd). Anyway. Nail art!


This bit of art was inspired by Zoya’s recent “naturel 2” collection. I had never been a fan of deep browns and pinks together, but I liked the looks of it! That being said, none of these three polishes are Zoya. They are, in fact, all OPI minis so I don’t even have their names. Enjoy the nameless nude-ish polishes!


Again, these were my sisters and I was just playing with them. I just went ahead and braided three deep neutrals together, a pink, a taupe with shimmer (my favorite of the three I think), and a chocolate brown. Voila!


And sorry about the coloration, I was using my other camera (I wasn’t at my apartment) so the pictures are a bit abnormal. Even photoshop couldn’t fix it!


So yah. Short post, nameless polish….whee! Tomorrow’s post will involve more nameless OPI mini polishes in vaguely nude colors. Don’t hurt me! And blame Zoya for the inspiration :-p

Mardi Gras

My Zoyas are some of my favorite polishes, and Valerie is no exception. She made my top 10 polishes of the year, and yet I hardly wear her! So, I designed this mani around her. And it came out looking like Mardi Gras, so I am posting it today, in honor of tomorrow (this was actually painted in December. I HAVE BEEN WAITING SO LONG!).


I wanted to do a tight fishtail braid (a la Lucy’s Stash), and just like Lucy, I went with three Zoyas! My picks were Valerie, Holly, and Ziv. 3 different finishes and 3 different colors. And I love it!



My original plan was to do a fishtail on every nail, but this was a weeknight and so I was limited by time. Instead I settled for a chevron french tip, with an accent fishtail and something somewhat in the middle on my thumb. *shrug*


I cannot get over how glittery this manicure is! Valerie glows, Ziv keeps throwing off sparkles, and Holly shines.


Hope you enjoyed!

Hair and Trees

This is a non-polish post (crazy, right?). Today I want to showcase two other things I do…namely hair (most long hair, not my own) and paint larger surfaces than nails (although I don’t do this often).

First: My giveaway ends tonight! If you haven’t, you should enter to win free pretty polishes!

Now then…

Whenever I see my baby sister and her long thick curly locks, I NEED to play with them. Usually she gives me free reign, which can be a problem! This time, I gave her a half pony, and braided that into a bun. I then took all of the rest of the hair that was down and divided it into 5 strands.


Each of those 5 strands turned into a tiny braid….4 to loop around the back in a somewhat-elegant fashion, and one to go around the bun itself! She is so tolerant of my crazy 😀


What do you think?

My family is now the proud owner of a beach house. There are a few spare bedrooms for guests, one of which is on the third floor of the house where my bedroom and that of my middle sister resides. So, we have claimed the third floor as our own. Including the guest room! We decided to paint a mural of a tree on the walls. It is not yet complete (there will be leaves in varying shades of green and possibly silver), but this is how it stands.


I decided I wanted a tree blowing in the wind, and that I would do the branches while my sister made some crazy swirly pattern out of the trunk. It started off great, until she left the country for a year! So I had to finish up the trunk without her. Hopefully you can’t tell where her work ends and mine begins!


Someday, I will finish the “scary tree” as we call it. Until then, blow in silent wind!

Braided Tips

Not exactly Stripes for the OMD Day 11 Challenge, but I think it fits! I got the idea for this mani from something that I saw in the Rite Aid Nail Art Extravaganza. French tips, multicolored, and braided! Since I wanted to try my new not-white, it seemed like a perfect mani to do.


The idea was to make a braid from light to dark within the same color family, as a french tip. I think my light blue and light pink were a little TOO light (they barely show up against the off-white color), but I like how this came out overall.


The base color for this mani is Bare Escape by Maybelline. I was hoping for a dupe of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, but I honestly have no idea how close this is. It looks like a dirty white, which is nice for a base where white would just be too strong. Shown here are two coats…this polish went on well, but bubbled a lot for me (I think its my clear base coat, but its helping so much I refuse to give it up).


I was dedicated to the idea of using striping tape to make clean lines, but really did not care to wait for the base coat to dry completely. Instead, I free-handed the lines. I have a little tutorial if you guys want to see how I did it…let me know if I should post it!


A lot of colors went into this mani, so if you are curious about a specific one, just ask!



Precious Metal

Here is the second of my two new Zoya polishes (after Alegra I showed last week)! This one is Penny, a beautiful metallic copper color. Since I use gold and silver so much, I figured I should add to my precious metal family!


Initially, I was going to do a fishtail braid on one finger and scales on another (both techniques I’ve been wanting to try for a while, and will be doing again). But my boyfriend thought the resulting mani looked “incomplete” and that I had to add designs to ALL my nails.


So, I did.


I think I still like the fishtail best (boyfriend disagrees, he’s partial to the scales), but the other nails look pretty cool. This is a REALLY shiny mani, but its really streaky as well. I don’t mind, but I know some people would.



  • Silver: A England – Excalibur
  • Gold: Maybelline – Bold Gold
  • Copper: Zoya – Penny


Now I need to come up with something to do next with Penny! 🙂

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