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Roses and Dots

I was torn between using these for black/white day (today) or dots day. I settled, clearly, on today! Because mostly these nails are black and white if you ignore the red. And gold. 😀


They are inspired by Nails by Cassis. That said, she had smaller roses and her nails were much longer, but mine aren’t half bad! I need more rose stamps, clearly.


This mani, despite how much I like the end result, was a pain in the butt because the rose stamps wouldn’t pick up! They are from that same darn plate I used for the Day 2 flowers (which I have a replacement of, but which did not arrive soon enough for me to make these). Also the rose I chose did not have leaves…so the leaves and buds are from a totally different plate. It works, but it was painful! I want to try this again (maybe with different colors?) with a plate that STAMPS. Since I have that now. Omg. Also smaller leaves, oops!


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Stamps: BP – L067, L018


What do you think? Are the roses (or leaves) too big?


Another mani with Clearwater. I *swoon*. Being able to marble over gradients is awesome! Although this is a bit of a franken-mani. It reminds me of the ridges and scales on a dragon, hence the title of the mani.


I started with a diagonally stripped base of each metallic polish, and then marbled over top. I initially started with ILNP Birefringence (which you couldn’t really see over the colors…it is there on one finger, I didn’t bother removing it). I then tried white AND black. Ta-da! I


The white creme I used to start with was taking over too much of the water. So I tried two other whites…and they did the same thing. Anyone have a good marbling white? I ended up just going with it anyway, but I wanted thinner lines! To even the white vs. colors out a bit, I went ahead and added dots over the white.


~ Green: Zoya – Holly
~ Blue: Zoya – Estelle
~ Purple: Zoya – Giada
~ Dark purple: OPI – Ink
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Clear marble: Pipe Dream Polish – Clearwater


Even little nails can look awesome! Hope you enjoyed.

Soul on Fire

I kept thinking of the song “Red and Black” from Les Miserables, so I picked a random verse and made it the title! The song is incredible (ok, the whole musical is incredible) but I didn’t think a title of “red the color of desire, black the color of despair” was really what I was going for!


This negative space mani was inspired by Sassy Shelly. I spent a lot of time deliberating over my accent color choice, and I can’t help but think that maybe I should have gone for a neon (rather than a more elegant red). Still looks good, but doesn’t pop as much as Shelly’s!


The only difficult part of this mani was the nude base…it is a very sheer color that I wanted to use to whiten my nail a bit, but it took 4 coats! I think it came out looking rather awesome (and might see some use in more negative space manis in the future) but still, rather a pain.


~ Nude: Revlon – Calla Lilly
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – XL205


Hope you enjoyed! And happy Star Wars release day 🙂 (yes of course I have a star wars mani on right now, it just isn’t ready to show yet!)

Midnight Mystery

So, it helps that I did these nails at midnight (and finished them at 1am) but I still think they look cool! I ordered some matte studs of amazon (I was $2 under for free shipping, and 12 colors of these were $2 so I did it). They ended up being a bit bigger than I would have liked, but still cool! I wanted to start of using the rose gold ones, so I actually had something to match my essie gold polish…which is not quite a gold.


After perusing pinterest, I figured the right thing to do was a mix of matte and glossy black polish. Unfortunately, my stamp picked up the matte better! Oops. But anyway, the same stamp across three fingers, and the sister stamp on my thumb, plus gold. I rather like how it looks, although it is subtle.


…or as subtle as you can be with giant gold studs. Instead of using glossy and matte top coat for the stamps, I just used my glossy and black matte polishes. I think it works better that way!

~ Black glossy: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Black matte: Mentality – Rascal
~ Gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Stamps: Bundle Monster – 208 and 209


Hope you enjoyed! More colorful manis coming up next week :-p


So this was a FUN manicure! I knew what I wanted to do when I started, but my initial idea was more along the lines of making it look like a brocade dress. The end result (gold swirls on black, beautiful deep green matte) really reminded me of the outfit Loki wore in The Avengers, so here we go!


As a side note, I am a bit of an Avengers fan-girl. I love what is being done with the Marvel universe and so now I feel a need to create a mani for each of the Avengers. Eventually. We’ll see how this goes.


In the meantime, check out the wonder that is Reclaim, a blackened green matte by Mentality! I seriously love this color (which is why I saved it for last. I am actually posting this out of order because I need you all to coo over this mani sooner rather than later :-D). It covered nicely in one medium-thick coat over black, and two thin coats on its own (ring finger and thumb). I absolutely ADORE the color! Its a deep emerald green that looks shimmery despite the matte finish. I might need to try top coating this just to see what happens!

~ Green matte: Mentality – Reclaim
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Penny Talk
~ Gold glitter: Mentality – Rapture


The stamp was also provided for review, although you can’t see much of it I promise it’s pretty and transferred really well. It is plate 17 from the Born Pretty Store, and I love it! I was almost tempted not to cover it with a design, but I had to follow my plans (and I am glad I did!).


You can pick up the lovely Reclaim for $6.75 (and I strongly recommend you do!), or the Born Pretty Store stamping plate for $2.99 (my design is the upper corner of the top left design, and the whole design on my accent nails). Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!!

Jade Jewel

Wedding season has started again! You guys might not remember, but last summer I kept making teal/orange manicures to match this one dress that I ADORE wearing to weddings. Well, I wore it a week ago so here is my matching mani!


The design is based off a pinterest pin, with the colors altered to match my outfit! I am quite happy with the result.


The base was actually gold, and I added striping tape to keep my lines linear. I think it might have been better to free-hand the lines (they would have been thinner), but this result isn’t bad. I then added the orange and blues.




  • Gold: Essie – Penny Talk
  • Orange: Cult Nails – Ay, Poppy!
  • Blue: Maybelline – Green With Envy
  • Teal: Essie – Naughty Nautical


Hope you enjoyed!

Subtly Puzzled

I wanted to try stamping with Harp On It from the Halo Hues collection by Color Club. I had seen so many awesome examples of stamps with those polishes, and i just needed to know if it would work! Verdict: it does.


This is a simple mani. Black base (Black on Black by Sinful Colors) with a puzzle stamp (BM 319) using Harp On It. Before I added top coat, you could clearly see the silver of Harp On it…


After top coat, the silver faded a bit to just glitter. However, it was still beautiful! (If a bit more subtle).



The whole thing lit up in the sun. My camera wouldn’t even focus for all the glittery goodness! I call that a win.


Short post today. Hope you enjoyed!

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