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Green Glaciers

This was a multi-step process. I wanted to make glaciers because I was traveling to Iceland. So, I decided to start with a greyed shimmery base…but used Memory Palace which is really a teal. I put away my grey gradient, and grabbed a teal gradient instead to make the glaciers. The end result was rather cool…but very teal-green. I asked my husband what I should add and he goes “northern lights”. Now, the northern lights are usually teal/green, and obviously that wouldn’t work, so I coarse-sponged on a tiny purple/red/yellow gradient. That looked surprisingly cool (thanks husband!) but it needed more oomph…so I added some rainbow flakies using Festival. Voila!


I did end up using one of the new items from the Born Pretty Store to make the mountains (the darkest green thin line). I wasn’t sure these would stamp because the lines are so darn thin, but it worked just fine! The plate has a whole bunch of awesome mountain/waterfall/water full nail images that I used in a different mani that you’ll see soon.


~ Pastel teal holo: Cadillacquer – Memory Palace
~ Dark teal: A England – Saint George
~ Teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Light teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Lightest teal: Glitter Gal – No Worries
~ Purple: Zoya – Margo
~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Orange: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Flakies: piCture pOlish – Festival
~ Stamp: Born Pretty – Chinese Style – L003


So thats today, Green Day in the 31 Day Challenge! And also glaciers to honor my trip to Iceland (which btw is beautiful). Hope you enjoyed!

Swirling Flakes

Snowflakes! More snowflakes! Snowflakes on a windy background! I decided I wanted more color so on top of Downpour (the dark blue) I dry marbled some Party Favor (teal), then stamped with Yummy (lighter blue) before stamping with silver.


Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, for some reason most of the photos came out blurry. So today there are only a few photos (although 3 does tend to be normal for me now) and I did my best to pick in-focus ones!


~ Dark blue holo: ILNP – Downpour
~ Dark teal holo: ILNP – Party Favor
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (Renaissance)
~ Stamps: BM – XL213, 323, BP – 185


Maybe I should have posted something a bit more Christmas-y today, but all my manis got pushed back a day, so my official christmas mani will go up on Wednesday and holiday nails will continue through Friday. Oops! Enjoy anyway :-p

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This is my entry for this years nail art canada holiday challenge! I have entered for the past 5 or so years, and last year I won the internal competition! Most years I just pick my very favorite holiday mani that I had done up to that point…but this year I painted something specifically for the challenge. I have to say I am quite pleased! The design itself was based off a press-on nail set by Project Nails.


I started with a blue holographic base (mostly because I wanted to use a one-coat base and the halo hues collection from Color Club are basically magic). I then brush-gradiented using blue and purple scattered holo crellies and splotched on some dark teal jelly. Once that was all top coated and dry, it was design time!


I basically freehanded some rooftops, then a moon, then snow, and finally windows and sled. The hardest part of the whole thing was certainly the reindeer, I still don’t love them but without using acrylic I think this is the best I can do! The only part of this mani that isn’t free-handed is the stars: those are stamps. The top of the moon was made from playing with variations of white and yellow to make a little gradient.


~ Blue holo: Color Club – Over the Moon
~ Blue scattered holo: Milani – Cyberspace
~ Purple scattered holo: Milani – Hi-Res
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Light orange: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana
~ Stamp: BM – XL213


Please go vote for this entry in the challenge, it would be amazing to win! You can find the link here and sprinkled throughout the rest of this post. I will keep posting the link for the remainder of the contest. Hope you enjoyed, and thank you for voting!!

Swirling Flakes on Grey

I just keep wearing this polish! Grey Opal might be my favorite buy from Polish Pickup Pack (its from probably a year ago at this point), because it is amazingly shimmery and flakie-y, but it still just subtle enough to totally get away with in the hospital!


I also finally used up my bottle of the original Excalibur (my go-to silver polish for just about anything), and about a year ago bought a replacement (this is the best stamping silver ever), but now it is “Renaissance” because they replaced Excalibur with some weird gold/silver flake combo which, while pretty, does not at ALL serve the purpose of the original bottle. That said, this formula is still fantastic 😀


~ Grey flakie: Polished for Days – Grey Opal
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Stamps: BP (asian) – L008, BP – 185, BM – 319, BM – 232


Super simple, but quite pretty! And work-appropriate as long as no one notices all the colors hidden in the flakies. Win for everyone! Hope you enjoyed and happy Friday 🙂


Stars and snowflakes! I painted this a while ago and was afraid I wouldn’t get around to posting it while it was still cold out. I should not have worried. It is forecast to snow tomorrow and Wednesday, oy vey!


The base here is yet another holiday polish that I won from Nail Polish Canada, this is Coalmates by OPI. What you see here are three thin coats of polish, which is a dark grey-blue jelly that looks almost black, but is filled with copious silver and blue flecks. The first coat looked grey with large amounts of glitter, but it covered in three coats and the blue came through. Honestly, this is not my favorite polish and I am glad it is a mini.


I thought it would work nicely as the base for a night sky, so I grabbed another new stamp that I was sent to review from the Born Pretty Store and went to work!


All the images here are from the same stamping plate, but the plate itself is a bit of a hodgepodge of design elements! However, it does stamp beautiful (even the tiny intricate lines, I am quite impressed).


My favorite part of this stamp is the encircled sun/moon on my middle finger. It is both intricate and absolutely beautiful. I don’t know why the stars on the other part of the image are mixed with snowflakes, but I’ll take it! This is overall a very fun plate!


If you want to pick up plate BP-185 for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store where it is on sale for $1.59. Hope you enjoyed!

Hidden Snow

This is actually appropriate! I am posting this today (and another super cool mani on Friday) just so that next week I can post my top 10 polishes of 2016 and include these ones. Cause they are awesome.


This truly fantastic polish is Thermo Top Coat in black by Bow polish. It is wonderful. I didn’t use it on its own, because the best part of this polish is how it works with designs! The polish is a nude-grey when warm and a black when cold. I don’t know if the nude color is opaque on its own, I layered this over a nude polish. It did grey the base a little, but you can hardly tell!


What you see here is two coats of the thermo top coat over a nude base. The black stamped pattern is underneath the thermo polish (so in the warm state, what you see is how much the black lines were color dampened). The thermo polish also has a generous but not overwhelming amount of scattered holo glitter, which really pop in the cold/black state, and are pretty and subtle in the warm/nude state! The polish dries down to a semi-matte (I didn’t take photos since I needed to top coat before stamping the snowflakes, sorry!) and as such dries fast.


Two more awesome things about the bow thermal polish:
1) it didn’t smudge the stamp! The black pattern is between two layers of the thermal polish (although being honest, I probably only needed one coat…I had planned for two so I went with it, but I imagine the white base would be less greyed-put if I had just done one coat). Despite not adding ‘real’ top coat over the black patterned stamp before adding the next layer of thermal, there is 0 smudging. Yay!
2) the polish goes on in the ‘dark’ color (aka black) so it is really easy to clean up and not miss something.


~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Black thermal: bow – Thermo Top Coat (black)
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


Hope you enjoyed! I want to use this polish again soon…lets see if I can get away with it on my current rotation? Maybe? Oh well! Still awesome.

Falling Flakes

Happy after-Christmas and third day of Hanukkah! I need to get a move on making some menorah nails if I want them edited within the next 5 days :-p.


These were inspired by @simplenailartdesigns, although its a bit hard to say anything with a blue gradient and snowflakes was inspired by any particular person, its such a common design!


Regardless, I like how these came out. I added little silver glitters to the center of the snowflakes a few hours later, so the sunlight photos have glittery bits too 🙂


~ Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Light blue: Zoya – Blu
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BM – 323, Born Pretty Plate – L008


Hope you enjoyed!

Icy Penguins

Christmas and winter manis galore! Starting out this week with something more winter-y than Christmas-y, but we’ll get there!


This design was inspired by badgirlnails. I just need to permanently bookmark everything she does. These are adorable!


I was actually brave enough to wear this to the children’s hospital while I was rotating there, and the few people who noticed them loved it. So, score!


~ Blue: Milani – Cyberspace
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun


Hope you enjoyed!

Neon Summer Snow

I hate hand-painting snowflakes. It takes forever and they never quite come out right. It’s awful. When I saw this plate at the Born Pretty Store that combined snowflakes and lace, I knew I needed it!


The designs on the plate are really well etched and quite pretty. They vary between huge (a snowflake that would never fit onto one nail) and quite small (actually nail sized). I used both sizes here, and basically just placed whichever snowflake I wanted at the tip of my nail and let the connected lacy pattern trail down.


I went ahead and used non-typical colors (really, more white or silver snowflakes on blue? Nope) because it seemed like fun. My base is a pink-green duochrome with a grey base called For The Twill of It by Essie, and the stamp is a hot pink stamping polish. Although you can barely see the pink of the duochrome behind the neon pink, the combo still looks alright!


This mani almost didn’t happen…I was hit with debilitating vertigo just as I was going to add the stamps, and had to lie down for the rest of the night. I’ve never had vertigo before, it was awful!! On the plus side, my ear problems seem to have righted themselves so maybe it will never happen again. I can only hope.


If you want to get this snowy lacy stamping plate, head over to the Born Pretty Store! The stamping plate is $2.99, so have fun! Enjoy!

Snowmen in Hats

Even though it it STILL not snowing here in Philly (apparently it snowed briefly this weekend, but I missed it!), I have a bunch of winter/snow-themed manis for this week! I can always hope that at some point this winter I will indeed get to build a snowman…


This particular design was inspired by The Nail Network although I put teal trim on my hats! Partially because more colors always makes nail art better, and partially because I messed up one of the black hat lines and I was too lazy to try and fix it.


Look at their dotted smiles! This was a lot of fun. Especially making wonky carrot noses 😀


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Dark teal: Essie – Naughty Nautical
~ Teal: Zoya – Wednesday
~ Light teal: Maybelline – Green with Envy


Hope you enjoyed!

Green Blizzard

Sorry for the late post, I just got back from a weekend in Boston! Unfortunately, two of my fish were dead when I got home (neither was honestly a surprise) so I had to spend even more time cleaning up the fish tank. Anyway, here is a post!


I was having some camera troubles (apparently I white-balanced sometime in the last week and didn’t notice. So all the colors are off! Oops), so there are only 3 photos today. Which is ok since this mani isn’t incredibly exciting anyway :-p


This is really just a teal-green pastel base with some green and white glitters over it. The glitter polish is a pain in the butt…it was super super thick and didn’t want to spread at all! Even with glomming it on and pushing the glitters around, it was still difficult to work with! Now I see why last time I used this I pulled out individual glitters and just placed them. Ugh.

~ Green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Glitter: Salon Perfect – Sham-Rock Your Socks Off


The decals were actually a gift from Jacqui at Craftynail a while ago…maybe two years ago now? I don’t know. She made her own water decals and sent me some! And since snowflakes are terrible to freehand, I decided to use her decals. Thanks Jacqui! It does rather look like a green-themed snowstorm at least. Hope you enjoyed and happy MLK day to anyone who has it off!

Chevrons and Trees

Random mixture today! Up first we have some pretty teal and silver holo chevrons with dots. These were done for my friend Jaime as she was preparing to leave lab. Before she joined, almost no one noticed my nails! I’m sad she left, but it was fun to paint her nails! It helps that she likes teal 😀


Second today, we have some hold-overs from the winter holidays. My friend Bri asked for wintery trees. The best part of this was that the whole thing was done on a textured background! It made the snow look ever MORE awesome (in my option) and the trees look properly 3-dimensional.


I really like doing snow-covered trees! The trees themselves are two shades of green plus the white. The hardest part of this mani was adding the golden glow to the tree with red ornaments…that went oblast and it was darn difficult to paint around the tree!


There are more wintery manis coming up, there was a whole holiday section I never posted!

Berries in Snow

One more winter mani before I go into my favorite manicures of this year (tomorrow) and my top 10 polishes of 2014 (Wednesday). Then, maybe, some shiny New Years themed nail arts?


This mani was inspired by Mari’s Nail Polish, which just recently popped up on pinterest despite being from 2012! Anyway, I modeled my art somewhat after her’s, and I rather like it!


~ Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise


The messy gradient was made with a kitchen sponge, before white dots were added, then brown branches, and finally the red berries.



Sleet and Snow

It is time for snowflakes! I just went ahead and grabbed two holo polishes that I don’t play with enough, and a whole bunch of Bundle Monster stamps. Some of them worked better than others…but still, shiny! I love winter manis 🙂 (so now we have two days of partial Bundle Monster fails)


The raindrop (sleet? odd lines?) stamp works…ok. It isn’t great but it does show up. Oddly, the single snowflake stamp is on the same plate and it is barely etched. I had to really work to get it to transfer! This is unfortunate since the whole-nail snowflakes from a different plate stamp beautifully but they aren’t NEARLY as much fun as that one stunning snowflake! Oy.



~ Black holo: Zoya – Storm
~ Grey holo: Darling Diva – Black Diamond
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: Bundle Monster – 319, 323


I need to bring back those Darling Diva holos, they are awesome! I kinda forgot that they were one-coaters. Enjoy! Winter manis for the win!


More Mentality polish! Rounding out the jellychrome set we have the shiny (not matte) sister to Gala from last week. Which is to say: meet Detonate.


Detonate is a beautiful true blue polish with a fairly strong holographic flare and glass flecks that hit pink, purple, and occasionally green. This polish took three thin coats to be opaque, self-leveled wonderfully, and is probably going to stay on my toes for the foreseeable future. I love the shade of blue, the glitter in it, the holo, and how fast it dried. Shown here without top coat.


Given the perfect sky blue with purple of the polish, I HAD to do a snowman scene! So here we go, snowmen. They look a slight bit demonic, but I still like them. I got my inspiration from Paulina’s Passions.


~ Blue: Mentality – Detonate
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
~ Hot pink: WOW – #371
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie


You can pick up Detonate from Mentality for $6.80 using my 20% off code EVA. It’s only good till the end of December, so buy it now or mourn forever! And pick up any other polishes you’ve had your eye on while you’re at it :-).


Just as a reminder, there were 4 jellychromes:
– Pink + gold matte (2 coats): Spree
– Pink + gold shiny (2 coats): Shatter
– Blue + purple matte (3 coats): Gala
– Blue + purple shiny (3  coats): Detonate
All 4 polishes were wonderful. I think if I absolutely had to pick, I would go for Spree and Detonate, just because the glitter density in Spree is breathtaking and I can never pass on a blue glass-fleck polish, but you won’t go wrong with any of them! Happy shopping!

Snow Much Fun

The best part of this manicure? I didn’t have to paint on the snowflakes! I love snowflakes, but they take so long to paint. So, when they come in the polish…bingo! I wanted to make something cloudy and snowy, and after seeing one of the prettiest cloud manis from Top Coat It I decided to just go with it.


Snow Much Fun by KBShimmer is from their recent blogger collaboration line. This polish is genius. I stored it upside down overnight, so all of the larger glitters made it to the top of the bottle. I just want to say up front, that I hate it when bloggers say they had to “dig” for glitter. To me, that means “I spent a long time finding just the right piece and you who want to paint your nails in under two hours will NEVER FIND IT MWHAHAHAH”. So, when I review polish I try not to dig. For this polish, I did not dig.


If anything, there were almost too many snowflakes and large white circles! They kept coming off on the brush and I had to wipe them away because I wanted to see more of the smaller glitters :-). Shown here is 3 thin (yes, thin) coats of Snow Much Fun, with one coat of top coat. I didn’t think this polish would become opaque, it was really thin at one and two coats (it really is a jelly), but by three I was happy! I had 0 problem getting glitter out, and I was actually surprised by how quickly this dried. I applied all three coats in under 20 minutes, and didn’t have to deal with glitter dragging. This really is a remarkable polish.


I then added clouds in blue (Zoya – Yummy) and white (Zoya – Purity). This is the closest blue creme I have to the base blue! This is my second time trying a cloud mani, and I think it worked. The first time was a complete fail.


My nails are snowing! 😀 Fitting, since there is STILL snow outside and it hasn’t risen above 20 degrees in about two weeks. Yikes.



I don’t like ‘speciality’ glitter. I try to avoid things like hearts and stars. But even I have to admit that these snowflakes are adorable. They don’t quite sit flat on my nails (except my thumb), but they haven’t caught on anything and I really like how interesting they look half buried in blue polish. If you want to get some blue snowflake polish for yourself, head over to KBShimmer (no, this was not sent for review. I just really really like this polish).

Guest Post: Lucy from Make Up Crazy

Lucy hails from California, and was actually the winner of my first giveaway earlier this year! Although her blog tends to feature make up, I promise she does ADORABLE nail art. Take a look!

Lucy actually put together 4 different nail art manis for this guest post! Up first is her take on Disney’s new movie Frozen! I did some rather abstract Frozen nails a few weeks ago, and her’s are so much more recognizable! We have snow (obviously), Anna and Elsa, and the gangly but loveable snowman Olaf! How great is that?
Lucy 1

She also put together a cute little mish-mash of pink and orange. I have never been brave enough to wear these two colors together, but they do look great!
Lucy 2

Her final two nails are two sets of holiday/Christmas designs! The first one features a snowman face, candy cane stripes, a gift, a dot tree, and a gingerbread nail.
Lucy 3

For her final design, Lucy sent over a cake, snow, santa, and lights! So cute.
Lucy 4

I love that all of her designs use so many colors! Thanks again Lucy for your guest post and nail art 🙂

You can find Lucy’s blog at:

Blue Blizzard

*Provided for Review

What is better than a few blue polishes? MORE blue polishes! Like Donner, from Paint Shop Polish.


Donner is a blackened sapphire blue polish. On me, this polish took 3 thin coats to reach opacity, and was a bit thick. However, the end result was squishy-looking and awesome, and the polish dried very quickly. Just make sure to let the coat dry before adding the next or it will drag!


I decided Donner (despite being a reindeer name) was more suited to a winter storm, dark and blustery! So I grabbed a whole host of blues, and went to town. I started by dotting my various blues across my nails.


I then stamped on some snowflakes (I am NOT hand drawing any more snowflakes this season! It takes hours) from Bundle Monster plates 319 and 323. Finish with some top coat, and voila! Winter wonderland.



The shimmer in Donner gave this manicure good depth! With all creme polishes, I don’t know that I would like this mani as much as I do. But, all the snow things!



  • Blue shimmer: Paint Shop Polish – Donner
  • White: Zoya – Purity
  • Light blue: Essie – Rock the Boat
  • Medium blue: Zoya – Yummy
  • Dark blue: Wet n’ Wild – Blue Moon


You can find Paint Shop Polish on etsy, Facebook, and twitter. You can pick up any of Candi’s polishes in either mini or full size, including Donner.
I also have a 10% off coupon for you guys! Use the code PSP10 on your next order, and enjoy!

Dancer the Reindeer

*Provided for review

Today, for your viewing pleasure, I present Dancer from Paint Shop Polish. Candi (the maker of these lovely polishes) sent me two bottles from her winter release…Dancer and Donner! I love reindeers 🙂


Dancer is a deep brick red shimmer. The polish went on easily, was opaque in two coats, and dried rather fast. Although the polish looked very streaky on application, it dried completely flat! I was impressed. This polish leans a bit more orange than any of the deep reds in my collection, and has a beautiful shimmer in the light.


I decided to compliment Dancer with reindeer! How could I not? And snow. Because reindeer and snow just make sense. I even have a reindeer tutorial that will show up on Nail It! Magazine soon!




  • Deep red: Paint Shop Polish – Dancer
  • Brown: Zoya – Louise
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • White: Zoya – Purity
  • Red: City Color – Red



You can find Paint Shop Polish on etsy, Facebook, and twitter. There are so many lovely colors to choose from! If you don’t want to invest a lot of money, Candi offers both mini and full size polishes, including of Dancer.
I also have a 10% off coupon for you guys! Use the code PSP10 on your next order, and enjoy!

Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway! Ends in two days 🙂 (US only)

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Winter in the Vallis

*Sent for review

The third and final of my Gothic Gala Lacquer polishes is a beautiful magenta purple with a strong linear holo flare. This is the strongest holo I own, other than Nfu Oh #65, if that gives you some perspective!


This color is called Vallis Sanguine, or ‘valley of optimism’. This polish is certainly happy! This is two thin coats. It went on like a dream, dried very quickly, and was just a pleasure to work with! My other strong holo (the Nfu Oh) cracks, peels, and just generally has become a disaster to work with. This polish is chip free and going strong at 3 days.


Notably, the holo flare did NOT dim with the addition of top coat! I use a cheap 99 cent top coat (In A New York Minute by NYC) so if it was going to dim, my top coat would do it. I am really impressed! I also love the color…it looks like an elegant deep red/purple with glitter in dim lights, and comes to life in direct lighting! There has been NO sun since I painted my nails (there has, however, been snow! First snowfall of the season), so all of the photos are indoors. I got out my giant LED flashlight to take the ‘flash’ photos.


I hand-painted on the snowflakes. I had planned to stamp the designs, but I decided at the last minute to free-hand. I need a minute to brag: this design is on my right hand, which is to say I painted these snowflakes with my non-dominant hand. I have come a LONG way in the last year!!


I was inspired by this beautiful beaded snowflake manicure at Nail Polish Galore to add micro beads to my snowflakes! I have an order of more colors coming in from the Born Pretty Store that I can’t wait to play with! I’m not sure I think the beads add to the manicure, but they certainly make a fun texture to mess around with 🙂



  • Purple holo: Gothic Gala Lacquers – Vallis Sanguine
  • White: Zoya – Purity


Vallis Sangine ($9.50) can be found at the Gothic Gala Lacquers etsy page. Check out Gothic Gala on facebook for sales. From now till Christmas, all polishes 15% off with the code PRESENT15! Happy polishing, and happy first snow!

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