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Nested Nude Dots

I actually did this while on vacation, and I think it will stand as the most intricate nail art I have done with minimal supplies, at a place outside of my nail art room! Anyway. The 31 day challenge theme for today calls for “delicate” and I think these count! I somehow made delicate nails with nothing but a dotting tool and a nail art brush. And nude colors (to make my mom happy, although she decided she didn’t want her nails painted after all)!

~ Nude: Zoya – Rue
~ Light nude: KBShimmer – Caught on Tape
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf

I remember I used to adore making intricate circle and dot nails, but they take to long for me to have much time to do them while in the hospital! Hopefully on some easier blocks, but not right now. Hope you enjoyed!

Dot Blossom

Well, this was fun! I was inspired to make simple cherry blossoms (that were just dots). Of course, that made everything easier! And quite cute. When I painted these it had been a while since I did a fully freehand mani and this felt good! Of course everything is better on a gradient background! And this works for gradient day of the 31 day challenge šŸ˜€

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Hot pink: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Pink: L’oreal – Orange you Jealous?

I thought about posting these in the spring, but I also figured that I already had 93048 cherry blossom nail arts, so I saved them. I am so sneaky! Hope you enjoyed!

Golden Dot Explosion

I has been SO LONG since I have done a pure dotticure, and I felt the need! These were actually quite fast to do, since I had to cut my nails way down due to peeling a potato and peeling off part of my pointer fingernail in the process. I suppose it did its job (and protected my finger from the peeler) but it was still a sad sacrifice! So I decorated my shorter nails with LOTS OF DOTS.

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

This actually inspired me to do a series of three MORE dotticures, but I haven’t transferred them onto my computer yet! So you guys get to see this one. I am also co-posting it for the dotticure challenge from Whats Up Nails; hopefully it can serve as some inspiration! Enjoy šŸ™‚ 

Dotted Spirals

I have somewhat missed freehanded dots, so I figured I would go to town with it! I also wanted to test one of my holographic shifty polish toppers over a variety of colors, so this is what I ended up with! I started by painting my nails bright blue. When that was dry, I painted a wide purple stripe with messy borders up the middle of each nail, followed by a thinner messy stripe of magenta (I was too lazy to make a horizontal gradient). I then topped with my holo shifty topper and THEN a flakie topper (just you know for more oomph) and top coat. I went ahead and free-handed black dots of various sizes, and then used the black as a shadow with gold dots over it (which was quite fun honestly). I intentionally had the shadow going in different directions on each nail, but in retrospect, it might have been fun to have all the shadows in one direction!

~ Blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Purple: Lā€™oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Magenta: Zoya – Margo
~ Shifty topper: Different Dimension – Intergalactic Dolphin
~ Flakie topper: Picture Polish – FestivalĀ 
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf

Looking back at this manicure, I actually think there is too much glitter. Between the glitter topper and the gold glittery polish, it looks a littleā€¦much. I will have to do shadow dots again with a slightly less busy background! Either way, hope you enjoyed! 

Dots on Vacation

These nails were painted on vacation! Which is why they are so darn simple (and also why I didn’t write down the names of the polish I usedā€¦they were the tiny sample sized ones that I have, oops). I love traveling with my dotting tools because they make things easy and pretty at the same time! But yah, these manicures-on-the-go took a grand total of 30 minutes, and most of that was waiting for the base polish to dry before I added dots.


Of course, my nails can never match exactly, so I tried two different dotting styles. I like the cuticle dots on teal better than the smattered circle dots! What are your thoughts?


Hope you enjoyed! This week is likely to be a mash of odd posts since I am on vacation and am looking to clean out my weird old stash of posts!

Pink Explosion

Today is a celebrationā€¦sort of. The final rank list is in for residency, andĀ thereĀ isĀ nothingĀ more me, my husband, or any of our prospective schools can do! Which means that we are fleeing to Hawaii for two weeks starting tomorrow. IĀ shouldĀ haveĀ internet during ourĀ travels, but I doubt I’ll spend much time on it in Hawaii! I’ve never been before and I am very excited. It also helps that this is vacation is a little more extravagant than usual, since it is alsoĀ our honeymoon (yes, we got married over a year ago).


The other fun bit about this, is that the mani shown here was paintedĀ on aĀ moving cruise ship, on my last vacationĀ toĀ the carribbean with my in-laws! In retrospect, trying to create a pattern of nested dots while on a moving boat that is slowly butĀ surelyĀ rocking side-to-side was NOT my best idea. Ooops!


~ Blue: Philly Loves Lacquer – Love Those Wildwood Days
~ Pink: Clinique – Pinkini
~ Orange: Julep – Natasha
~ Gold: Zoya – Severine


Wish me luck on my adventures! I have enough posts pre-prepared that the blog should not be without new nail art while I am gone, but things might be a little slow to start up again when I get back, especially since I find out where I matched for residency 48 hours after I returnā€¦and I imagine things are going to get a bit chaotic!

Valentines Dotticure

I wasn’t sure if I was going to use this as my day-before-Valentine’s Day mani or notā€¦because there are no hearts! But really, I didn’t paint any hearts this year, so have some pink and red and gold dots šŸ˜€


This mani was inspired by @badgirlnailsā€¦which really just seems to be a trend for me right now. I think I accidentally browsed her last approximately three years worth of manis and pinned them all to my to-try folder on pinterest. And they are all somewhat simple (like, 1-1.5 hours of work, rather than 3 hours of work) so when I don’t want to stamp I just keep turing to them! I would say whoops, but I honestly like her nail art a bunch so I don’t feel too bad about continually turned to it for inspiration.


Sadly, I haven’t actually edited the mani that includes the swatch of the base color I’ve used here, Cherish by Picture Polish. I’ll see if I can’t get posted next week or something! The nail art that went with it is a bit boring, but it is a pretty polish. So, stay tuned for that!

~ Nude: Picture Polish – Cherish
~ Hot pink: WOW – #371
~ Bright pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Light pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Gold: OPI – All Sparkly and Gold


Regardless, happy almost Valentine’s Day! I hope you eat a lot of chocolates and your lives are filled with flowers. Personally, I love going to the grocery store the day AFTER Valentine’s and grabbing all the half-price chocolate :-D. There is one more pink mani coming on Wednesday (just because), and then on to less girly pastures!


I am a little curious myselfā€¦this is my first Valentine’s day since I got married. I don’t think my husband and I are doing anything we don’t usually do (small gifts, fancy dinner, and not-flowers), but will it feel different? I highly doubt it :-p. Hope you enjoyed the nail art!

Pink Explosions

Happy (belated) new years! This was not my actual new years mani, but I haven’t actually had any time to edit nail art over break! So much for relaxing and free time. Yikes.


So, the last of my Christmas and my New Years mani will just have to wait till next year? I can probably post the new years one as just a random glittery thing, but i don’t think that santa and elves are anything but christmas!


Regardless, for this mani I was going to stampā€¦and then I just did dots instead?? It isn’t the best, but it is certainly glittery! And maybe a bit like fireworks if you squint.


~ Black holo: Zoya – Storm
~ Black creme: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Pink: Zoya – Alegra
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme


I was thinking of doing top-10 posts sometime soon (my favorite nail art and polishes of 2016) but I realized I haven’t posted what is probably my favorite polish of this year! Oops. So maybe I should put that post together first :-p

Royale Flush

I cut my nails short around three weeks ago (I actually have a whole set of posts entitled “tiny nails” that I’ll post eventually about nubbin nail art) and this was done as they were finally growing to a decent length again! I wanted to make my nails mostly match each other, and settled on nude/black/red.


The nail art here was inspired by @glittr, but I obviously changed the colors and some of the designs. I really do not like how busy my pinky ended up being, but oops! I also really think this would have looked better with a nude or grey base, not nude (it almost looks pink here!).


~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Red: China Glaze – Ruby Pumps
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


The title came about because he color scheme reminds me of the Bond movie Casino Royal and thus card games in general! It would have taken forever to paint tiny hearts and spades and diamonds though.




So, this mani has a complicated set of inspirations, and doesn’t quite do any of them justice. I got the idea for a mandala pattern from Lucy’s Stash, but I decided I wanted to use her direct inspiration instead, and latched onto these two mandalas by elspethmclean. However, I really can’t make dots a small as I wanted to! Thus, my mani isn’t as nice as I wanted but look at the mandalas anyway because they are stunning.


Eslpeth’s mandala stones start with a black base, so I did the same. I grabbed a bunch of yellow, orange, red, pink, and neons and went to town. This took an hour. Oops!



I am NOT going to list all the polishes I usedā€¦there are at least 16 and I give up. Sorry!


Anyway, lots of dots. I should have gone with my first idea (two-color dot circles, which I KNOW I can do!) but you never learn unless you try new things!


Hope you enjoyed!


Minnie’s Dots

Dots. Lots of dots. Different sized dots. I wanted a quick and easy mani and I only had a few colorsā€¦so I dotted!


Turns out, I like dots. I know, I do dotticures fairly frequently, but usually they are more intricate than this. This is probably the first time I have done (almost) nothing but dots and actually like the spacing enough to consider it a success! The french tip on my accent nail is also almost straight enough, so success there too šŸ˜€


Really, I just attacked my nails with a hairpin and a paperclip. My father (who hates nail polish) decided that this manicure “did not have enough depth”ā€¦which really tells me that he DOES in fact stare at my nails when there are intricate design on them, and that he feels more than two colors are necessary. So I’m going to count that as a win (at least he noticed?). All I can think is that Minnie Mouse would love this manicure!



Only two colors were used (clearlyā€¦) All I Want For Christmas (is OPI) by OPI, and Snow me White by Sinful Colors. Hope you enjoyed! And as a note: doing this with gold and red would make a GREAT Christmas mani, and it only took 20ish minutes!

Barbie Scales

Sometimes, I just want to do dots. And all I have with me are pink and a silver. My intention with this pallet was to do a rough gradient of some type (I was traveling), but somehow I decided on pink fish scales. With silver as a contrasting color.


And then I decided that if Barbie were ever to do a scale mani, she would go with pink. Eye-searing pink. So we have a Barbie scale manicure. Honestly, this one looked rather cool on, but since I didn’t have my awesome nail camera, the colors are a bit odd (darn you iPhone!).



~ Pink creme: Clinique – Pinkini
~ Pink metallic: Petites Color Fever – Raspberry Ice
~ Pink holo: Femme Fatale – Mr Pinchy
~ Silver: OPI – Number One Nemesis



My Stamp!

EXCITING!!! I AM SO EXCITED! Today, I present nail art with the stamp that I created HOW COOL IS THAT. Ok. Seriously. I am done with caps lock.


Bundle Monster just released their stamping plate collection for 2014, another create your own set. Everyone who had a design which was selected to be included in the final collection was sent a free set, so I now have the new set! Be preparedā€¦quite a few of the next posts are going to involve this new set of plates. Some of the designs are spectacular.



My stamp is on plate 607, the curly dot design. The best part, in my opinion, is that I sent in 7 designs. Of the 7, other people sent in two similar designs (which were chosen over mineā€¦a criss cross pattern and a woodgrain. I don’t know if I think theirs are better, but I am glad to see the designs there at all!). My one that DID get picked was extra special because it is actually based off nail art I did for New Years last year (which can be found here). As in, I opened that image, picked my favorite nail, and in Photoshop re-created all the dots from the design in black-on-white. Thus, the sizing is perfect for nails because it comes from a design off a nail!


Of course, I had to use one of my favorite purple glitters (Valerie by Zoya) and some gold polish (Penny Talk by Essie) with the stamp. I am just so happy with this!


The stamp transferred remarkably well, given the number of tiny dots. Actually, I feel like a lot of the designs in this collection have thinner lines than I am used to seeing. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Honestly, you need to clean between uses with these more than with the designs that have just larger holes, but I think they are stunning.


Ok. Just one more photo. I’m done now, I promise. So many of these new designs are begging to be turned into decals. Dinos! You guys there are DINOSAURS.

Serene Dots

What better art to do when you are pressed for time than a simple gradient dotticure! Love me some dots. And LOVE me these polishes!


I really don’t have much to say about this. Dots. Black, white, grey. I have now played with 7/12 of the Textured Earth Tone polishes and I think this grey might be my absolute favorite. It just looks soā€¦rich. Velvety. Its a nice DARK grey, which is a color I don’t even have in my collection, never mind in matte!



The grey base is Pozzolana by Mentality. Shown here is two very thin coats (it dries faster and will, indeed, provide great coverage even if applied thin). I don’t even think I had to clean around my cuticles! Its like the color of freshly poured concrete. I’m obsessed. I already have two other manis planned with this color, but I suppose I’ll have to wait and go through the other remaining ones first :-p


The dots were made with an unbent hairpin and paperclip. The black is Asphalt by Mentality (which you saw on Wednesday) and the White is Spackle (I can remember that name!).


Despite being super simple, this came out really elegant. I hope you enjoyed! And here’s to hoping I get on top of my game and actually have a post ready for Monday. Between Yom Kippur, the Renaissance Faire, and traveling this weekend, I’m going to have my work cut out for me!

Concentrically Dotted – 31DC2014

I cannot claim the right to this nail art. I shamelessly stole the design from Melyne ā€¦and oh man am I glad I did! SO MANY PRETTY DOTS!


This was another one of those “ok, I need two colors. One will be white. What else should I use?” kinda things. And as always, I somehow migrated to Alegra by Zoya. That pink is just so damn pretty! I almost picked a red glitter, but I couldn’t do it. Justā€¦sparkles.



This mani took less time than expected, but more than I am usually comfortable with. Placing that many lines of dots is tiring. I had to bring in the tip of a mechanical pencil for the tiny ones!


I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did! So far, I have created a little over half of the designs I need this monthā€¦and I think yesterdays gradient of awesomeness and todays dotty glitter are my favorites. It’s gonna get worse before it gets better (aka tomorrow and the 13th are not gonna be pretty, I apologize in advance).

Hot Pink Rays

The last of my new polishes from Llarowe is a truly crazy glittermbomb by Different Dimension called Cranfairy. What made me really excited though is how much this polish reminded me of Shimmer polishesā€¦which are perfect. Because it allowed me to do the art you see below, which I have been waiting to put together for months!


Polish first. Cranfairy is an insane mix of hot pink glitters in a deep pink (almost red) jelly base. Shown here is 3 thinnish coatsā€¦there is so much glitter that the polish clumps a bit coming out, but is very easy to spread. I only used three coats because the top one was incredibly thin, to spread out the glitter. I spotted small and medium pink hexes, and pink squares. There are also tiny black micro glitters, and maybe some red? It is so sparkly it’s actually hard to tell! As expected, this is a glitter bomb, so wear a peel-off base or be prepared to kill your nails with polish removal! In warning, even with two thick coats of top coat, the polish was not completely smooth.



The design on my accent nails is lifted straight from La Paillette Frondeuse. I had seen this design months ago and saved it. I kept going back to itā€¦but none of my glitters had the punch I needed to faithfully showcase the design! My Shimmer polishes have too many colors, and most of my other glitter bombs have glitter that is too large to fit with this design. Enter Cranfairy!



I think with this bit of art I can safely say that I have mastered dot-making. This is all done by paperclip, hairpin, and the tip of a mechanical pencil. Enjoy!

USA Swirls

Since I didn’t post anything patriotic for the 4th of July, I figured it was time to show you what I actually wore for the 4th! Which is to say this mani is almost a month old, but I thought it fit well with the OMD2 theme for “national pride.”


This was a very simple manicureā€¦and given that I love making lots of swirly dots, was right up my alley! It didn’t even take long.



– Red: China Glaze – Ruby Red Pumps
– Silver: A England – Excalibur
– Blue: A England – Tristam


I might have gone overboard on my pinky. *shrug* enjoy! We are soooo close to done with the 31 day challenge!

Golden Dotted Gradient

I had really high hopes for this manicureā€¦and they did not quite plan out. Mostly because I got overly excited about small dots! Ah well, there are worst things to get excited about :-p


This is basically a gradient composed of dots in varying shades of gold and copper. I should have left the cuticle dot-free, butā€¦.dots! So many dots!




  • White: NYC – French White Creme
  • Gold: Maybelline – Bold Gold
  • Bright gold: Sally Hansen – Liquid Gold
  • Copper: Zoya – Penny
  • Rose: Essie – Penny Talk
  • Bronze: Pure Ice – Magic
  • Broze glitter: Sally Hansen – Kinetic Copper


Anyway. Tomorrow’s ombre for the OMD2 challenge is much more exciting. And I did not go overboard, I promise!

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