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Marchesa Gradient Gown

Day 25’s theme is “fashion” which is a bit of a problem, as I am still wearing the same clothing I wore in high school (and I’m 29). That said, this years was a little easier than most! I’m also a little late in posting since I was traveling all day, oops!


While searching for fashionable gowns on google, I stumbled across an absolutely stunning dress by Marchesa. I want it. The colors and the pattern and the fabric and most especially the cut of the skirt. So, of course, I had to try and recreate it on my nails!



This mani took two days, mostly because I wanted a completely dry base color before I was willing to attempt to make a gradient using metallic polish. Usually, I end up with bubbles and messes galore, and I happen to be attending a wedding this weekend so my nails need to be flawless! So, I painted on the hot pink metallic base (Petites Color Fever – Raspberry Ice), waited a day, and THEN did the gradient (OPI – Cute Little Vixen and Confetti – Masquerade Ball). Success!


Initially, I was not going to put anything over my accent nail (which was going to be a black jelly with a pink-to-black stamp, but I gave up and grabbed one of my favorite glitterbomb polishes instead, The Unloved by Emily de Molly), but it looked too bright next to the completed gradient so I added a stamp that reminded me of the top of the Marchesa dress (BP – L049). I think it came out really well!


I am going to consider the fashion day a success this year, which might actually be a first for me! Also, my nails are super glittery and metallic. But I have to admit, I am not looking forward to trying to remove that glitter polish!

Frilly Wrap

I had no idea what to call this. I feel like that is the unifying trend this week: Eva has difficulty naming her manicures. The art here was loosely inspired by Sveta Sanders. My color choice was maybe a bit strange…and then I had to go add a pseudo-necklace because I thought it looked like the top of a dress!


Since I made this, I have received a lot of new stamping plates with lace on them, so there is a decent chance I try this again with a different color combo and some better lace plates.


I don’t really have much to say, I wasn’t super happy with this mani!


~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – L020


Hope you enjoyed!


“Can you paint with all the colors of the wiiiiiiind”. Today is movie day, and of course I had to do something Disney (well, or Pixar) and since my boyfriend is out missing (aka at work even though I painted this over the weekend) I thought I’d do a homage to his least-favorite disney movie, Pocahontas! In his words: it’s as if someone made a movie about the holocaust where the jews and germans made friends and no one died. So, I get it, but I still think the movie is beautiful.


Unfortunately, I don’t own a color even close to Pocahontas’ skin tone, so I went darker rather than lighter. Despite that, I think the end product looks ok!


From pinky to thumb, we have the end of her dress, her necklace, her arm tattoo, the top of her dress, and some semblance of hair in the wind. Or maybe the branches of Grandmother Willow, I don’t actually know which! Free-form wavy things.


~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Yellow: Maybelline – Citrus Collide
~ Nude: Zoya – Charlotte
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Mint: Maybelline – Green with Envy
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


Hope you enjoyed! I was torn between Pocahontas and Lilo and Stitch, so maybe next time there will be some Stitch nail art!


Violet Beauregard

A week or so ago I asked if anyone had any nail art requests…and I actually got one response! One of my readers wanted me to do some Violet Beauregard nails, from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. As creepy as I find that movie (seriously, “is it raining is it snowing is a hurricane a-blowing” used to make me shudder) I though it was a cool idea! So, some Violet nails and a tutorial 🙂


Although Violet is famous for becoming a human blueberry, I figured nails were a bit too small of a canvas for an expanding person. I just made her dress! As it turns out (through copious google searching) Violet actually wears blue. Go figure!



~ Blue: Zoya – Tart
~ Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Red: City Colors – Red
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Liquid Gold


This is also the most you will ever see of my naked nail. My nails are kind of a mess! I don’t think they like being this long…but I like them this long. So I will deal and you shall see no naked nails.


Step 1: Paint the nails a true blue (I used a slightly metallic blue for added shimmer). Don’t forget to first apply base coat, blues can stain!
Step 2: Using 100% acetone, remove a half-moon from your cuticle. This will create the neck scoop of Violet’s dress
Step 3: Using a darker blue polish, create two semi-circles around the half-moon. These will become her collar.
Step 4: Using a bright red polish, add a thick band near the free end of your nail to create her belt.
Step 5: Using a thin nail art brush, create a rectangle out of gold polish around the center of the red belt band. This creates the belt buckle.
Step 6: Using a small dotting tool (unbent paper clip for me!) and gold polish, add 3-4 buttons in a line between the middle of the blue collar and the belt. Top coat and enjoy!

Violet Beauregard


Every year, I pick my favorite movie of the year. This year, hands down, the winner was Disney’s recent movie Frozen. It is amazing. The animation is fantastic, the singing is mind-blowing (more on that later), and the plot is awesome (and feminist!). I have been singing the songs from it for two weeks now. If you like Pixar movies, go see it. Disney took another Pixar idea and made it their own…complete with pre-movie short! My design is modeled on the clothing worn by the two main characters.



My accent nail is Anna’s dress, which she wears for most of the movie. The rest of the nails are Elsa’s dress, from after she accepts her place as the snow queen. Although you can barely tell, underneath all that glitter is a blue-to-teal gradient! I am very proud.


In short, Frozen is the tale of two orphaned princesses, one with power and one without, who try to save their kingdom from ice. They are both helped and hindered by men, a snowman, a reindeer, and trolls. The best part of the movie, by far, is the singing. The lead (Elsa) is played by Idina Menzel, known as the original Elphaba in Wicked and Maureen in RENT. And boy, can she sing.



  • Pale blue glitter: Sinful Colors – Cinderella
  • Gold: Maybelline – Bold Gold
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • Green: Zoya – Holly
  • Pink: Petites Color Fever – Raspberry Ice
  • Purple: Nabi – Purple
  • Light blue: Essie – Full Steam Ahead
  • Blue: Zoya – Rocky
  • Teal: Zoya – Wednesday
  • Large holo glitter: Wet n’ Wild – Kalidascope
  • Teal holo glitter: Orly – Sparkling Garbage


Needless to say, I love this mani! Hope you enjoyed, and I strongly recommend the movie!

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Day 18: Half-moon (Blouses)

I hate half moon manicures. I don’t know why…I don’t quite get them and I don’t like doing them. For the last 30 Day Challenge I took part in, I did an ombre and added a half-moon at the last second. This time, I was inspired and decided I could turn my inspiration into a half-moon…blouses!


I started with a nude base (you do NOT want to see my natural nails), and just free-handed semicircles out of a polish I won in a giveaway, a beautiful deep eggplant color. It took two coats but self-leveled beautifully! I then free-handed the lace colors using white polish and added the dots using a nail art pen.


Even though the purple looks almost black, I think this came out stunning! For a half-moon mani, I don’t mind this at all 🙂



  • Nude: Wet n’ Wild – Private Viewing
  • Purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People
  • White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
  • White: Sally Hansen – Nail Art Pen


Be sure to take a look at what the other nail art enthusiasts have put together for todays challenge!

Tale as Old as Time

Beauty and the Beast will always hold a special place in my heart…it was the first show I acted/sang/dance in during college, and “Tale as Old as Time” was the song playing when I my boyfriend and I celebrated our one year anniversary a while ago. These nails, for the OMD Challenge “Movie” are inspired by Beauty and the Beast.


I had been wanting to try a stained glass flower for a while…but I think I got too ambitious. A flower is ok. A flower and a stem is ok. Add in two leaves and a blue background? Too much. I am also not too happy with the yellow folded fabric fingers (try saying that fast), but a lot of that is just that I dislike the color yellow!


My thumb was good in concept but I was getting tired when I did it. Meet Chip! Maybe I should have added a bit of a background or something. Oh well, I think he’s cute!


I am not going to list all the polishes that I used here…there were 3 greens, 5 blues, 3 yellows, 6 red/pinks, purple, grey, black, white, gold…right.


Before I top-coated them, the texture (especially on the “dress”) was really cool!


Anyway, I hope you enjoy these! They aren’t my favorite, but I’m ok with them at least.

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