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Antique Glass

Despite really liking how this came out, I had no idea what to title this mani! However, the base color looked a little like really old glass (the type that used to be green and turns copper-toned with age) so I just went with it.


This mani was really easy. Just two coats of Wallis and then a stamp! I wanted Wallis for soooo long, and I think this is maybe the third time I’ve ever used her in 2 years? I don’t understand how people with even more polish than me (~350 bottles) can use a polish more than once in a year!


I also love that Wallis looks either green, olive, or copper depending on the light. Mystery polish!


~ Olive glitter: butterLONDON – Wallis
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: EdM – 22


Hope you enjoyed!


This was an attempt at the current trend at cracked glass nails…only this failed to look at all like what I intended! Regardless, I think it looks pretty awesome. I have a second attempt that worked better that will be up sometime next week.


This look was pretty easy to obtain, although it took some time. I started with a black creme base (Sinful Colors – Black on Black), and added quick dry top coat to it. The top coat is important to protect the base, or not-quite-dry glue will pull off your base color!


Once the top coat was totally 100% dry (I went and played minecraft for about half an hour), I added some random striping tape patterns, and then a very thin layer of the glue that came with my foil set (I’m about 98% sure its just regular old glue…goes on white, dries clear). I then pulled off the striping tape.


I applied the foil when the glue turned clear (except on my pinky when I forgot and added the foil while the glue was still wet/white…and so it looks like a splatter painting), and squished the foil around before pulling back the rest of the foil roll. I was hoping for nice sharp demarcations where the striping tape had been…and instead I got this! I still like it.


My only REAL complaint is that my pinky is more green than teal. Oops! I added some water-based top coat to finish off the design, as it causes less crinkling of the foil (although it does crinkle some regardless).


Hope you enjoyed! Not a great way to make broken glass nails, but quite fun anyway 😀

Ruby Stained Glass

These are the companion nails to my Royal Flush ones from last week. Same color scheme (nude, black, red) but completely different design.


I love love LOVE these quasi stained glass nails! I’ve seen about 15 variations of them, and have at least 5 pinned to my “to try” board on pinterest. This is honestly somehow the first time I’ve done this, so at some point you’ll see more similarly themed nails!


This particular set was inspired by fallinnailove. I loved her mix of sharp angles and the occasional curve! I also wish I had created my own outline pattern rather than try and follow hers…I was trying so hard that the lines aren’t quite right. Oops!


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


Hope you enjoyed! Next week we are back to a normal collection of nail art, rather than a highlight reel like this week 🙂

Fire Through Glass

Continuing my Halloween theme, today we have fire, and fire through a stained glass window!


This was my first attempt at making my own nail decal. I stamped the design on my two middle fingers onto the stamper, hand-painted in each “window” shard, added two thick layers of top coat, and used it as a sticker!


In the future (and to any of you lovely ladies who want to try this) I recommend doing only ONE coat of top coat. Two was too thick, and as you can see one of my decals snapped when I tried to bend it to my finger. Both were too thick to really look great. I do so love the fiery gradient on my other nails though!



  • Red: Pure Ice – Siren
  • Orange: Wet n’ Wild – Sunny Side Up
  • Coral: Ruby Wing – Peony
  • Pink: Essie – Sunday Funday
  • Yellow: Revlon – Electric
  • Neon yellow: Forever 21 – Yellow
  • Black: Julie G – Black Sheep
  • Stamp: Bundle Monster – 208

Despite using a color changing polish, there was very little color change on my nails. Maybe I used too much topcoat?


Hope you enjoyed!

Day 27: Artwork (Chihuly)

Sculpture has always been my favorite type of artwork. And glass has always been my favorite sculpture medium (it helps that I blow glass, but hey). My favorite glass artists is Dale Chihuly (and if you have never seen his works GO LOOK AT THEM THEY ARE AMAZING). While in Seattle for a conference in May, I stopped at the Chihuly glass gardens, and this mani was inspired by his artwork.


Although he is most famous for brightly colored floral glass art, I chose a stranger piece…something that looked like a glowing striped vine.


For the nail polish, I started with a deep grey, and painted on glow-in-the-dark vines. I thought the color matched almost exactly!


I then moved on to adding the black lines, to make them look like the glass sculpture. It didn’t work perfectly, but I’m actually rather pleased with how close they look to the original (even if they aren’t the best idea for nail art).


What’s more, since my polish was glow in the dark, I had awesome glowing vine nails!


Oddly, I think the design stood out better indoors:

…than in sunlight, because the grey turned almost black in the sun!


  • Grey: OPI – Black Satin
  • Yellow: Serum No 5 – Dayglow
  • Black: Julie G – Black Sheep


What do you think, artsy enough? Let’s see what the other ladies have put together for today!

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