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Swatch Test: Purple and Dark Purple Metallics

Dark Purple: What makes a dark purple rather than a purple? I don’t know. These just seemed darker. Except one (which is obvious) and I couldn’t fit anywhere. All of these polishes have problems of their own however!

From pinky to pointer:
~ Pinky: Sinful Colors – Let’s Talk
~ Ring: Zoya – Delaney
~ Middle: OPI – Ink
~ Ring: Revlon – Wild Violets


So. Delaney took three coats while the rest took two, and obviously does not fit. I don’t like this polish even thought I don’t own any dupes, so it is a goner! For the other three, it is a bit more difficult. I love the color of Talk, but the purple is sooo vibrant that any time I try to do nail art over it, the purple bleeds through (I know it looks blue here, I swear it is a purple). I can put down two coats of top coat and use a metallic silver and the silver will still turn purple! Violets is a very pretty polish which I would love to use more (just look at that hidden shimmer) but it SMELLS. I don’t know why anyone puts scents in their polish, if I wanted to wear perfume I would! Ugh. So awesome color but it smells like terrible fake flowers. Ink I really like, I am just sad that the pink-purple shimmer that is so evident in the bottle is not as clear on the nails. Either way, I am ditching Delaney and keeping the rest, although I want to replace Violets with a similar color that doesn’t have a smell! Pooh to you, Revlon.


Purple Metallics: I love metallics, and in case the number of polishes shown today didn’t make it clear, I love purple metallics. There is just something about the shimmer in purple (be it red or blue leaning) that is so darn pretty! That said, I know one I am parting with!

From pinky to thumb:
~ Pinky: Zoya – Iris
~ Ring: Zoya – Isadora
~ Middle: Zoya – Giada
~ Pointer: OPI – Feel the Chemis-tree
~ Thumb: Zoya – Valerie


One of these things is not like the others…and it’s the OPI. There just isn’t as much depth to Chemis-tree as there is to the Zoyas! And wow are all the Zoyas beautiful. I had thought that Iris would be a dupe for Isadora, but even with top coat (Iris is a matte), it is much lighter. Giada and Valerie are still my favorites, but I love them all! All 5 polishes covered easily in 2 thin coats, and this is obviously shown with top coat since Iris is shiny. I think I am going to get rid of Chemis-tree, it is the same shade as Valerie with the same shimmer…but I love the coarser glitter in Valerie while Chemis-tree just looks grey and muted with the fine glitter. Voila!

Sorry about the one-photo-per-swatch today, I ran out of time and honestly the photos in my lightbox didn’t look great for these! I need better lights. Also, I have begun packing to move to St Louis, so if I stop posing regularly it’s because moving has taken over my life! Also…this is my final swatch test post! It is back to nail art on Monday 🙂

Swatch Test: Light Blues and Pastel Teals

Light blues: I should start by saint that hate light blue polish. I kept thinking as I was laying out these polishes “why do I never wear any of these?” I feel like for all of my other swatch tests (and there will be quite a few more) there were a couple polishes I gravitated towards for base colors or nail art, and with this set of blue there was nothing that I found exciting. To be fair, if I need a pastel blue I grab Zoya Blu and if I need a medium blue I grab one of my other three blue Zoya cremes…so it is really only the range between pastel and medium blue where I have this problem.


From pinky to pointer:
~ Pinky: Sally Hansen – Breezy Blue
~ Ring: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Middle: Sinful Colors – Cinderella
~ Pointer: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue


While swatching, I realized WHY I hate using these shades of blue. None of them are opaque enough! Ugh. Breezy took three THICK coats and even so was barely opaque. Cinderella was legitimately still see-through where my free edge is and this was with three thick coats. Boat only took three regular coats but is a bit thicker than I would like as a polish, and Rather is both a bit thick and dries matte (which is why these swatch photos do not have top coat). In summary, all of these polishes took three coats, and Breezy and Cinderella were still not quite opaque at three thick coats. That said, I do love the pink shimmer in Cinderella (I would believe this polish to be the color of glass slippers), and the slightly grey finish to Boat. I cannot stand the subtle frost in Breezy, and I am probably just getting rid of this polish since I have Blu which I know I love.


Pastel teals: I own three very very similar pastel teal polishes because unlike the blues, I love pastel teal! It is such a pretty soft color. I basically wanted a pale teal and a pale green…but a pale green looks much like a pale teal! The three of these (minus my pinky of course) ended up being very close in color, but not quite dupes!


From pinky to pointer:
~ Pinky: Serum No. 5 – Jaded
~ Ring: Zoya – Tiana
~ Middle: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Pointer: Maybelline – Green with Envy


The holo polish, Jaded, took only two thin coats, the rest were three. Worries was slightly more jelly-like than the other two, and so I used thicker coats, but it dried quickly so overall the finishes were the same. In terms of comparisons, Tiana is the palest of the three, while Worries is the closest to green rather than teal. Envy is slightly more blue and slightly brighter than Tiana, but they are very close! It does have a better formula (thinner but just as pigmented). I bought Worries and Tiana when I ran out of my first bottle of Envy (this is my third, I think) and since I use pastels a lot I just kept all three. I don’t honestly think I need them all, but I think I might keep them anyway? Tiana is the one that I could part with most easily, as Worries is more green and Envy does have the best finish! I just threw Jaded in since the base color is the same, but wheeee holo!

Swatch Test: Dark Metallic Blues

Another day for nail art! Kinda. This is another one that I want to repeat over just one color, likely a dark color. In terms of the polishes I chose to swatch, all but my pinky look really darn close in the bottle! That said, in the bottle, the shimmer in this polish is very strong and I always forget that doesn’t translate onto the nail! It looks like it COULD be a medium blue :-p


From pinky to thumb:
~ Pinky: OPI – Yoga-ta Get This Blue
~ Ring: Zoya – Estelle
~ Middle: Zoya – Tart
~ Pointer: Sally Hansen – Blue My Mind
~ Thumb: Nicole by OPI – A Lit-Teal Bit of Love


All polishes took three coats to be opaque, other than Yoga which only took two. When swatching these, I found a new favorite! I had forgotten about the Sally Hansen and it is beautiful! Possibly my favorite even if it is the least metallic. Estelle is the most metallic, but actually ends up looking streaky. I think I’ll stick with Tart, now I just need to decide if I want to get rid of Estelle all together or keep both her and Tart! Decisions, decisions.


All that said, I actually really hate Toga and Lit-Teal just for the names. Puns are cute, but not when you turn them into multi word hyphenated messes! Just for that (and because I seldom wear polishes that are nothing BUT glitter) I am going to part ways with Lit-Teal. I just hate typing it, and I never wear it!


For my design, I just double stamped with the same pattern…which looks amazing over the darker blues and kinda fades away over the lighter ones. I used plate BP – L003 and stamped with Zoya Yummy and then Color Club Over the Moon. Hope you enjoyed!

Swatch Test: Dark Purple Cremes

I need to get rid of some polish. Desperately. I am moving in a few short weeks (eeeeek!) and my polish racks are simply overflowing. I suppose I could buy more racks, but that seems wrong. I think it is time to part with some of my polish!


The two sets of colors that I seem to have the most of are nudes and purples. This week, I am starting with the purples. Today, the dark purple cremes. Going into this, I assumed I had two sets of dupes (two medium dark purples and two purple-reds) but as it turns out they are all unique! And now I am yet again conflicted.


What you see here are two coats of each polish. From thumb to pinky we have:
~ OPI – Malaga Wine
~ Zoya – Veronica
~ Zoya – Margo
~ Forumla X – Ignition
~ Sinful Colors – Fig


So. Fig has some shimmer to it, but honestly the polish is pretty dried up and gloopy and hard to use…and despite that, it took by far the longest to dry. I think I might be over this polish, which is sad since it was my very first purple! In the bottle, Ignition and Margo look identical, but while Ignition dried true-to-color, Margo dried much darker than the bottle color and so they are quite different! Ignition also leans more blue while Margo leans red. Veronica is the same saturation as Margo, but has a bit more red in it, and Malaga Wine takes that red shade one step further while still being more of a burgundy/purple than a true red. I don’t think I need both Malaga Wine and Veronica, but I can’t make myself part with either! Ugh.


I decided, of course, to do some nail art over my swatch ombre. I wanted to mostly cover up the differences in color, and as it turns out I failed completely at that! But I love the design I used (and will need to use it again at some point over a consistent colored background). The stamp is from Around the World 2 plate BM – XL158. The gold polish is Go for Gold by Sally Hansen, and the black is, as always, Black on Black by Sinful Colors.


Not maybe the most exciting post, but it needed to be done! As stated above the rest of this week will be just comparison posts (I figured out quickly that nail art over all different color nails just looks silly, so the nail art corresponding to each post will be shown later). This week is purples (with a little red), next week is blues and teal, and the last week of swatches will be nudes and the rest of the purples. SO MANY PURPLES OMG. Hope this was somewhat informative! If you want a particular polish comparison feel free to ask, if I have it I’ll throw it on!

Dark Laces

I have been sitting on this mani for months, but I figured fall was a good time to post it! I loved doing this one, but the laces took forever, so that I ran out of time to add enough top coat to smooth everything out. So, I am sorry for the slightly uneven finish!


The design was inspired by @banicured_ although her’s were all in white. The laces stand out more against the white, but there is nothing like a jewel-toned ombre to make me happy! Also, I wanted to see how OPI’s Stay Off the Lawn stacked up against some of my other darker colors.


It makes me a little sad how infrequently I can get away with doing manicures that show even a bit of my naked nail. I wear too much blue (and green, and even certain pinks) and my poor nails look like splatter paintings. I had to wait until they cleared up just to do this!


~ Sheer: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Teal: OPI – Stay Off the Lawn!!
~ Blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
~ Purple: L’Oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Pink: Zoya – Margo


That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Green Ombre Crowns

I don’t know why I painted these. I can’t wear green in the clinics so I wanted to wear it on the weekend? It is a fun ombre at least! I need more green in my life :-p


This was an incredibly simple mani. Just creme polishes, a gold stamp, and a little golden metallic stud for some dimension. Ta-da!


Honestly, I think my green gradient is the best stepwise nail color progression among the polishes that I own, other than blue (I own a metric butt-ton of blue polishes). I can MAKE an ombre out of most other colors, but it isn’t as smooth and even as this. I don’t really own any medium-dark pinks, and I have no idea what a light red looks like (not pink!). For purples…well…I think I own too many shimmer and glitters and not enough cremes! Also the cremes I do have in purple alternate between blue-toned and pink-toned, so they don’t work that well together. Oops, I guess I’ll just need more polish! I just need to talk myself into buying creme polishes since I’ve been defaulting heavily to holos recently.


~ Lightest green: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Light green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Darkest green: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – L020


Hope you enjoyed! Happy greens 😀


Aka the blue ombre! Blombre! …right. I am a sucker for blue polishes, and I was lacking quite a few in the darker range of my collection, so I placed an order from Zoya for their “we swear our polishes won’t ruin your fingernails” sale last month. Among the polishes I got were three new blues. About that time, I also saw bulleuw‘s beautiful 31 Day Challenge post with a blue ombre and decided to try it!


So, we have two new polishes here, but I am not giving you a full review (except to say that I love them and they were both one-coaters). I set up a blue ombre using 4/5 Zoya polishes (because I could…although it turns out I don’t have a light blue? Maybe that’s next on my shopping list!) and then added wavy border using vinyls from Lady Queen Beauty.


Unlike the full-nail patterned vinyls from the Born Pretty Store, these one are individual strips that you place, and are actually really easy to use (the remind me of my zig-zag ones from KBShimmer which I love). They come in a set and they’re white. I can’t wait to do a full mani with them!


~ Light blue: Essie – Rock the Boat
~ Lighish blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Medium blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Medium dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Grey holo: A England – Fated Prince


Yes, the essie (thumb) has shimmer and Ibiza (pinky) is a murky metallic, but I don’t have ALL the Zoya cremes! That being said, this most recent sale was prompted by Mentality’s total failure to make safe polish…yet, Mentality sells a lot of mattes, neons, and holos (those at least were the ones I wanted replaced) and Zoya does not have any corresponding colors! I did by the green matte to replace the one I had to get rid of, but I really want a dark blue and a dark purple…oh well! I guess I’ll have to wait for the holiday polishes to be released.


Hope you enjoyed! You can pick up the nail vinyls that I used to make up this design from Lady Queen Beauty for $1.94. Get 15% off with my code: BPLC15. Fun and easy!


When I first got the neon holo line of polishes from Mentality, I could not stop thinking about how great these 5 colors looked in a line! They were so pretty I took photos of the bottles all arranged! Thus, I knew I just had to do some ombre nail art with them.



The five colors used here (from pinky to thumb) are:
Golden yellow — Jolt
Orange — Shake
Orange red — Startle
Pink red — Drama
Hot pink — Alarm



All of them are so pretty! In the bottle I thought Drama looked the best, but on me I think I prefer Startle and Alarm. The flowers were free-handed with white polish (Sinful Colors – Snow me White) and gold-painted rhinestones were added at the end.


The idea was to have the flower blooming larger on each nail from pinky to pointer. I do like that the flower takes over more of the nail each time!


In the sun these colors REALLY flashed glittery and neon. My camera freaked out! I love it 😀


Each polish will get its on post coming up, but if you are as enamored of these polishes as I am/was/will be, you can get them at the Mentality shop for $6.75 each. Enjoy!

Blue Ombre Textures – 31DC2014

My poor textured polishes are feeling unloved. And I do love them (oh so very much) …they are just a pain in the butt to remove. So I don’t wear them as often as I would like. But today for Blue day they just had to come out and play! I have 4 blue textured polishes, three of which I used in this mani, after pairing them with a creme polish. The last blue is just too turquoise to fit into the ombre color scheme!


This mani was very simple but a lot of fun to wear! Go ombres! And striping tape, of course.



– White creme: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
– Silver textured: OPI – It’s Frosty Outside
– Light blue creme: Essie – Rock the Boat
– Light blue textured: Julie G – Blueberry Fizz
– Blue creme: Zoya – Yummy
– Blue textured: OPI – Kiss Me At Midnight
– Dark blue creme: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
– Dark blue textured: Zoya – Sunshine
– Black creme: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
– Black textured: OPI – Emotions
– Silver: A England – Excalibur
– Stamp: Bundle Monster – 222




Revealing Ombre

Why is this revealing? Because you get to see more and more of the underlying color as you move towards my cuticle! Ta da!


I had so many ideas for this manicure…and this was not the one I had planned on doing. I accidentally minimized the window that contained my actual plan, and spotted my ever-present striping tape instead. Thus this mani was born, although I have to say that I like it better than what I did have planned! The black matte just makes it perfect. I am so glad I own one!



The basis of this mani is, of course, just a green/teal/blue ombre composed entirely of subtly holographic polish. Striping tape + black matte polish and voila!



  • Light green: Nabi – Green
  • Green: Darling Diva – Green Diamond
  • Teal: Nabi – Teal
  • Blue: Nabi – Ocean Blue
  • Dark blue: Nabi – Navy Blue
  • Black: Mentality – Rascal


Despite taking very little time, this mani (in my never humble opinion) looks pretty awesome! These colors are my go-to gradient/ombre/this-works-well-as-a-set. I should acquire a line-up in a different color sequence at some point!

Glitter Ombre

Today called for me to use my favorite polish. Only, I have a few favorite polishes…namely, ones that I think I can actually wear on their own and have them qualify as nail art. This ombre uses three of them.


Although my very favorite polishes oscillates, 3 of my top 5 are present in this manicure. I love large glitter jellies in bold colors! The three that are my favorite are on my ring, middle, and pointer fingers. My pinky was made by layering a different glitter with some red polish, while my thumb is two coats of glitter over a dark green. I need to get myself a pink or red glitter mix at some point to do this for real!




  • Red: Revlon – Valentine
  • Gold/pink glitter: KBShimmer – Toastest with the Mostest
  • Purple: Emily de Molly – Cosmic Forces
  • Blue: Emily de Molly – Turbulence
  • Green: KBShimmer – Green Hex and Glam
  • Green creme: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
  • Green glitter (thumb): Paint Shop Polish – Bennett Witch


In case you were curious, Cosmic Forces, Turbulence, and Hex and Glam are my top three. I just adore them!

Red Ombre

Last week I mentioned doing my nails to match a red dress. This is the other half of those nails. This took, oh, 5 minutes? Fastest nail art ever!


Ok so maybe calling it art is a bit of a stretch. I don’t know that I think nothing but an ombre is art. So I added studs. I’m going to pretend it counts :-p




  • Light red: Pure Ice – Siren
  • Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
  • Dark red: Revlon – Valentine
  • Darkest red: OPI – Visions of Love
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


The best part? I think all of these ended up being two coaters (mostly because I was careful). Enjoy!

Fading Feathers

Ever since putting together my stash swatches, I have wanted to do a holo ombre using my silver and grey holo polishes (since I don’t own any true blacks). Unfortunately I recently broke many nails (I think 3 between two hands…) so my nails are super short. But here we go!


From pinky to thumb, we have Nabi – Silver (2 coats over white), Darling Diva – Diamond, Darling Diva – Black Diamond, Nabi – Black, and A England – Fated Prince. I really don’t have a medium grey (oops)!


I stamped over the ombre with the feather pattern from bundle monster plate #214, using Zoya Purity. Simple yet pretty!


I don’t really have much to say about this mani. Some of the polishes sparkled more than others…even with HK Girl by Glisten & Glow, some of the holo shimmer was lost in the two Nabi polishes.



Blue and Glitsy

I had a formal this past weekend, and was planning to wear a blue ombre dress. Today also happens to be the ‘blue’ theme day in the GOT Crumpet Challenge! As it happens, some of my favorite blue polishes (and the ones that matched my dress best) were all over a year old.


I don’t even know how to describe this manicure other than AWESOME. I made a teal-to-blue ombre with two metallic polishes, and then stamped over them with black using Bundle Monster plate 301. Despite the myriad of bubbles on my nails (grrrr destroyed from that darn gel polish!) the end product looks awesome!



I recently started blog-stalking the queen of glitter placement: Polish All The Nails. Her patience and way with color is awe-inspiring. If you like all things shiny, check out her blog. Anyway…I recently received a set of 12 pots of hexagonal nail glitters to review from the Born Pretty Store, and decided I wanted to create a glitter ombre accent! So I set about carefully placing each glitter.


Even I am impressed. IT IS SO SPARKLY! I love the almost holographic sheen to the teal, and the mysteriousness of the dark blue. This nail took almost 20 minutes, I don’t know how she does it! I think you’ll be seeing quite a few more glitter placement accents in the near future…


What’s more, the Born Pretty Store accidentally sent me an extra set of 12 glitter pots! (Well, I had requested something else but they sent two of these instead) so one of YOU lovely readers gets to take home a set of 12! Since this isn’t polish, the giveaway is open internationally. I’ll be setting it up and running it this weekend, so check back in two days!



  • Teal: Petites Color Fever – Figi
  • Blue: Wet n’ Wild – Blue Moon
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • Stamp: Bundle Monster – 301


In case you want to make your own epic glitter gradients, all of these sparkles can be found at the Born Pretty Store for $4.59! (And don’t forget to use my 10% off code if you buy something: LY5X31!) Hope you enjoyed!

Automatic Ombre

I recently won a giveaway from Ruby Wing, famous for their solar color changing polishes. Today, I will show you the first of my winnings…and OH WOW is it awesome! I present to you: Peony.


Indoors, this polish is a bright beautiful neon coral (it looks pale in the bottle but on the my nails it really pops!). In the sunlight, it changes quickly (within a minute, yes I timed it) to a hot neon pink. It is awesome! Also, it is scented! It isn’t overpowering…it just smells faintly of flowers.



Unfortunately, this polish took 3 coats to be opaque and had clumps in it! I don’t know what they are, but I had to restart two of my fingers TWICE because these thick gritty clumps (almost looked like clumps of sand) came out on the brush! The color is certainly worth digging around to avoid the clumps, but I was sad.


I stamped over Peony with a coral-to-pink gradient, applied directly to the stamping plate and mixed. The plan was to see if the coral disappeared when the color change occurred (since this was all done indoors before I knew exactly what it would look like) and I was not disappointed!


This polish is awesome. I can get a one-hand ombre with ONE POLISH. Of course, it only lasts a few seconds. But it is incredible while it lasts!



  • Coral/pink: Ruby Wing – Peony
  • Coral: Essie – Sunday Funday
  • Pink: Petites Color Fever – Raspberry Ice
  • Stamp: Bundle Monster – 203


I just cannot get over how cool this polish is! Peony and other color changing awesome pretties can be purchased from Ruby Wing for $10 each. Check them out on Facebook for a chance to win some pretties!


Underwater Wonderland

This is one complicated manicure. My friend and her fiancé came to visit (at the beach) and he requested something spectacular: a different sea creature on each nail, with the nails painted in an ombre from pale blue to deep blue to match the depth at which that creature would be found. He wanted me to try and do each to scale but that’s where I drew the line. I did tell him that this would take hours, so he offered to do one of the hands! I did the ombre (7 different nail polishes, no I don’t remember which ones I used), and then when that was dry we got to work on the sea life.


My friend’s right hand, the deep-sea hand was painted entirely by me. From the middle of the ocean (thumb) to the deepest part (pinky) we have a marlin, a dolphin, jellyfish (that glow in the dark), a squid (also glows), and an angler fish (obviously glows). I’m actually really proud of the thumb, I somehow pulled off blue-on-blue! Maybe. Please forgive the bubbles, that was the base coat and this photo is shown before topcoat.


Her other hand was done by her fiancé! It took me about an hour to do the right hand…it took him almost 2.5 hours to do the left! However, I must say, I was very impressed with the result, given that he has never painted nails before!


He did the shallow-water animals, from pinky (shallow) to middle water (thumb): coral reef with clownfish, seaweed with otter, crab battling an octopus, and a sea turtle. I am particularly impressed with the battle, but it was very 3D and did not take kindly to topcoat!


Our finished creations: the deep water

And the shallow water.

What do you guys think? Suitably impressive? Sorry about the lots-of-nails-that-aren’t-mine thing, I did a lot of other people’s nails recently and they all seem to want to show up on my blog! I have one last other-nail post this week, then its back to my nails for a while 😀

Sunlight on Water

This is the second (and third/fourth/fifth) of my new Nabi Holographic polishes! Based on a design I saw at Vic and her Nails, I wanted to try my hand at a SIDEWAYS gradient! Her’s were much more delineated, and thus you can see the gradient a bit better. But…mine are holographic!


The base coat is Petite Teal (a very light blue/teal) that has a wonderful holographic flair. This is 2 coats.


I then taped off the tips and applied a gradient using three of the other blue-to-teal colors in the collection: Teal, Ocean Blue, and Navy Blue. The tips of each finger were then painted with the appropriate ombre color as well!


Finally, I stamped with BM-210 on the tips. This was not the design I wanted to use, but my plate 212 won’t stamp!!! I’m really upset…if you’ve been following my blog you KNOW how much I love peacocks!


Anyway. The lighter the polish in these collections, the more holographic it appears (although there are some exceptions…stay tuned). I really like the color and depth in the darker blues, but they can’t compare to the rainbowness!



  • Light blue holo: Nabi – Petite Teal
  • Medium teal holo: Nabi – Teal
  • Blue holo: Nabi – Ocean Blue
  • Dark blue holo: Nabi – Navy Blue
  • Stamp: Bundle Monster – 210


So, what do you think? I don’t know if I like this or not, but it was shiny!


Seaside Ombre

The theme for today’s mani is “Half Moon.” I usually hate half moon manis, but I have been seeing a lot of lovely lace ones over at Lucy’s Stash and decided I needed to try one out. I also just received Zoya Rocky in the mail, and oh wow Rocky is the lovechild of Zoya Wednesday and Yummy!


So, obviously, I had to try my first real ombre (here “real” meaning not with colors that I mixed myself or different finishes…these are all cremes and all real colors). I couldn’t find a dark blue to complete my set, so I just did some art on my thumb 😀


Like Wednesday and Yummy, Rocky took two coats, self-leveled easily, and was just a joy to work with. My pinky is Green with Envy by Maybelline, which took 3 coats and was not very much fun to work with!


I was so happy with my ombre, I almost wanted to keep it like that. But I’m glad I added the lace details! I think they look awesome. All the art for this mani (other than on my thumb) was done using Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in white.


Lightest teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy
Darker teal: Zoya – Wednesday
Lighter blue: Zoya – Rocky
Darker blue: Zoya – Yummy
White: Sally Hansen – Nail Art Pen (in white)


So, what do you think? I consider this a success! And now I want to own ALL the Zoya cremes. Wow.


Ombre Puzzle

I had been wanting to do puzzle nails for a while. They just looked so cool! And…I went overboard. And came out the other side just looking foolish.


I loved the idea of an ombre and a rainbow  so much that I decided to use this design in a color-coded ombre version of puzzle pieces. Only, I should know that using striping tape with different color polishes that you KNOW are going to spill because there are too many open at midnight is just a recipe for disaster.


Whats more, the end result just looks…uncoordinated. I should have stuck with something simple. Maybe I’ll try this again with only 4 colors and play it easy. But I just don’t think it looks that good on my nails! Pooh.


Maybe I’ll wait another few months to further improve and then try again. Its sad that my favorite nail is monochrome!


If you want to know what any of the polish colors are, just ask. There are 21 polishes on my nails, I don’t think it helps to list them!



Birthday Balloons!

It’s my birthday! These are of course NOT the nails I am wearing right now (those are rainbow colored and holo…I figured I can wear whatever I want for my birthday). However, these are what I wore last weekend for my party!


What better way to celebrate turning 25 than with BALLOONS! (Which is only funny because the party involved all-you-can-eat sushi and then a massive game of Cards Against Humanity followed by a choice of two cakes…but no balloons).


Inspired by these balloons at Raggio di Luna, I wanted to make ombre balloons! I gave my boyfriend the choice of purple vs blue, and he went with purple. Ta da!



  • White: Julie G – White Orchid
  • Light purple: Sally Hansen – Lacey Lilac
  • Medium purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
  • Purple: Zoya – Malia
  • Medium dark purple: Sinful Colors – Fig
  • Dark purple: Zoya – Valerie
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


Its odd, I like the Sinful Colors black better (especially for nail art, it’s a bit more pigmented than the Julie G black) but for actually painting my nails, Julie G white goes on much smoother!


Hope you enjoy! And happy birthday to me :-p

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