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Cracked Garnet

I couldn’t decide if this mani reminded me more of golden tree branches (which was the intention) or a broken gemstone (which is equally cool), so I went with gemstone! Either way, these nails ended up beautifully sparkly.


I seldom reach for my pure flakie top coats. Honestly, I feel like they overwhelm the color under them (which I suppose is the point) but I feel bad covering up my base color! In this case I used a purple I don’t like much, which made me feel overall better for the focus being on the flakies :-p


~ Dark purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Orange glitter: Born Pretty – Raging Fire
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BM – XL472


Happy Friday, and I hope you enjoyed! Its >90 degrees in St Louis right now, and absolutely miserable with humidity. I don’t understand this weather, it was in the 40s less than a week ago!

Subtle Purple Engraving

Super simple and super tiny nails today! After the Christmas holidays my nails broke down to tiny nubbins. Which means I was too lazy to do any real nail art on them, and just went ahead and stamped! And for some reason I was in a tone-on-tone mood (I think I wore these at the same time as Monday’s nails). Voila!


~ Dark purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Purple holo: A England – Let Me In
~ Stamp: EdM – 06


So, not the most exciting manicure in the world, but cute enough! Hope you enjoyed. I remain incredibly jet lagged but quite happy (well, not to be back in the hospital, but certainly to be sleeping in my own bed)!

Purple Cobblestone Path

Time to see the nail art that I did over all those weird swatch tests from the last few weeks! This is from my purple cremes day.


I decided to start by mashing together all 5 purples (basically sponged them on randomly on each nail). After that was done, I stamped over the purple mash with a blobbed combo of three colors (one of which was a different lighter purple), and then stamped on top of that with a metallic purple.


Basically, I painted them a single purple, sponged on 4 other purples, stamped cobblestones with 3 purples, and topped with a metallic purple. So very purple! I do like that the cobblestones at least showed up!


~ Light purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Blurple: L’Oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Bright purple: Formula X – Ignition
~ Medium purple: Zoya – Landon
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Monica
~ Dark purple jelly: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Metallic purple: Zoya – Rea
~ Stamps: Geometry BPX – L020


I am glad I wrote down the colors list when I painted these, or I would have no idea what was going on! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!

Swatch Test: Deep Purple Cremes and Dark Purple Holos

Deep Purple Cremes: How are “deep” purple cremes different from “dark” purple cremes? I don’t know, Maybe the other post is more medium purples? Either way, these are the other purple cremes that I own, which to me seemed like a different grouping. Really, these are the blue-leaning dark purples and Monday had the red-leaning purples.


From thumb to pinky:
~ Thumb: L’Oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Pointer: Formula X – Ignition
~ Middle: Zoya – Landon
~ Ring: Zoya – Monica
~ Pinky: Station – Happy Wine-y People


Three of the 5 polishes were two coats, except Wine-y and Paparazzi, which were three. Wine-y and Monica are almost dupes, if you ignore the fact that Monica has a much much better formula! None of the others are remotely similar, other than being purple. Paprazzi is more of a blurple anyway! I think it is safe to part with Wine-y.


Dark Purple Holos: I was hoping that most of these would look like each other and I would be left with 2-3 polishes total, but they are all so different! Ugh. And yet, so pretty.


From pinky to thumb:
~ Pinky: LA Girl – Purple Effect
~ Ring: ILNP – Zoe
~ Middle: A England – Crown of Thistles
~ Pointer: Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking
~ Thumb: Gothic Gala – Vallis Sanguine


For density, Effect and Zoe both took three coats, the others were all opaque at two. In terms of the dark scattered holos, Effect is darker than Zoe, and Zoe has visible shards rather than just glitters, with the addition of some really pretty shimmer. I think I need to keep both! For the linear purple holos, Crown is more of a shimmer than a holo, but leans more blue than the others and has absolutely perfect application, Berry remains a freaking rainbow (still one of the polishes that I gasp at when I put it on) but has actually turned more red since I got it? I still love it. Vallis is prettier and more holo than I remember but I still hate the bottle shape with its long pointy top! I was hoping to part with Vallis but it is such an interesting unique red-purple holo shade that I think I need to keep it and actually use it…eventually.

Shades of Pink Braid

So…maybe not my best work ever! It doesn’t help that my nails themselves look wonky with this many layers of colors. Whoops!


This art was inspired by Nuthin but a Nail Thing, although let’s be honest, her’s looks much better! And more colorful.


I should have used more intermediate colors. I went straight for my darker pinks, and that was definitely a mistake! Live and learn.


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Lightest pink: ULTA – Babydoll
~ Light pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Coral: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)
~ Darkest red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Dark purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


Hope you enjoyed! I am back in lab this week (which is to say NOT the hospital) and I couldn’t be more excited. Lab >> hospital!

Dusk Lace

After using two nail stickers/nail wraps in a row and now these…oh wow do I love water decals. They always look perfect and are repositionable and just wonderful. This mani looks pretty awesome and was not nearly as much effort as my recent attempt at nail wraps have been!


Anyway, I got these awesome water decals from Lady Queen Beauty to review. I had been requesting them for a while and they kept being out of stock, but I am so glad I got to play with them! The decal is curvy at one end and straight at the other. It isn’t super long, but I had no trouble fitting it on my nail. I debated ignoring the curved edge (I could have fit only the fully-patterned part on my nail as well) but decided I liked this look.


I debated far more than was necessary before putting together the base gradient. I’ve been using a lot of pinks and teals and purples, but that covers most of what I own. I then remembered a bright orange-red that I seldom use because it needs a white base to be opaque (and no one has time for that) or 4+ coats. But…it would work great in a gradient because the free end of my nail would be darker anyway! The water decal was applied once the gradient was dry and top coated, and I added a rhinestone just for fun. I don’t use enough rhinestones :-p


~ Orange: Julep – Natasha
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Dark purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People


Hope you enjoyed! You can pick up these awesome water decals (and many like them…let’s be honest, I am going to be getting nothing but water decals from here on out. They are 24601% better than stickers) from Lady Queen Beauty for $2.15. Don’t forget to use code BPLC15 for a 15% discount!

Golden Walks

More tape! Quite a lot of tape actually. Although I like the end result here, it doesn’t look at ALL like what I was going for! I tried to base this off an awesome bit of tape and polish by pshiiit, and you can hardly tell. I think she might have thinner striping tape than me!


The base here is the second of my new ILNP polishes, a stunning muted purple with subtle holo, a pink flash, and gold flakes. This is not the type of color I would usually reach for or buy, but I’m trying to stock up on beautiful polishes for when I have to return to the hospital in 8 months…and I thought this fit the bill! Who knows if they’ll let me wear it, but I think I have a better chance than with my bright greens (sadly)!



Anyway, the base is 3 thin coats of Long Walks by ILNP. The polish goes on like a dream, if a bit thin. I used three coats because the light base was not quite opaque at two, but it dried very fast so it wasn’t really a bother. I do like this color on its own, but with nail art it just kind of fades into a grey-purple and is less interesting (unless it catches the light and you can find the holo and pink shimmer). I included to swatch shots mostly because in direct light you get pink and holo, and with indirect you get the awesome gold flakies! (And sorry about the red fingers in the direct light photo…it was the only way I could get a color-accurate shot!)


I should have used a metallic gold and not a glitter, but I really don’t have any right now! Oops. My bottle of Bold Gold by Maybelline is 98% empty and dried up, thus terrible for striping tape. Also, pshiit’s peek-a-boo lines are tiny and mine are distinctly not. Which is to say, her’s is elegant and mine is merely playful.


~ Light purple: ILNP – Long Walks
~ Purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf

Anyway, subtle and bold! It was fun to wear regardless. Happy Friday! Go shop for polishes if you are in the US 😀

Broken Water

Waterspotting! I don’t know if that’s what its officially called, but I like it. I’ve seen designs like this (where you spread the polish on water but spray it instead of marble it) for a while, but every time I saw them, they claimed you need to use spritz perfume to separate the polish. Then I wandered on a pinterest post where -low and behold- they used HAIRSPRAY! Now, that I have. And I never use. And it’s awesome 😀


The mani that inspired this was doing a green multichrome-on-green creme design, so I did that on one of my nails and used my other varied multichromes on the others. Oddly…only the green really separated well and stood out from its base color! So now I know why they used green and I guess I’ll have to do this again with green-only. Oops!


For some reason, Mutagen didn’t want to separate and Chic Reloaded separated too well. Maybe I should have just done all of them over black…or layered them. Hrmmm, thoughts for the future!


~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Gold multichrome: Catrice – Genius in the Bottle
~ Green: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Green multichrome: ILNP – Mutagen
~ Blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Blue multichrome: ILNP – Birefringence
~ Purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Grey: Sinful Colors – Muse
~ Grey multichrome: Essence – Chic Reloaded


So yah, this is a bit odd-looking, but it was fun to do! Hairspray for the nail art win!

Purple Shadow Flowers

Today, I present the last of my new Zoya’s, a glass-fleck lilac polish called Rea. Unlike all the other polishes I got this time (which were all cremes, and all filled a niche I knew was empty) this one I got for only one reason: some random blogger stated it was their favorite zoya. Ever. So I had to try it!


Rea really is stunning. Light purple with a hint of pink, with a glass-fleck finish that is slightly metallic. She is like the light purple sister to Zoya Ziv (one of my favorite golds) with a hint of metallic depth. Maybe a bit more of a micro glitter than a glass fleck glitter? Anyway. Stunning. Wonderfully opaque in two coats and dries very quickly.



I couldn’t figure out what to do with Rea, so I decided to try another tone-on-tone mani (since my Veronica + Blaze worked so beautifully a few days ago). This one looks alright, but honestly, its kinda boring! I added flower petals and dots using Wine-y Happy People by Station, a dark purple crelly. Maybe if I had more time/wasn’t exhausted this would have come out better. Or with shorter nails. Who knows!



Moral: I do like Rea. A lot. She is not my favorite Zoya, but I am glad I got her! I want to see if she can stamp (50/50 on this…the glitter says yes but the larger flakes in it says no), so I’ll have to try that at some point soon!

Art Deco, Pink – 31DC2014

I kept looking for artistic inspiration, and ended up just going with the theme of art deco. Why? Mostly because I love striping tape! The inspiration for this design came from Nuthin But A Nail Thing because lets be honest…if it involves really cool gradients, she probably came up with it.


This was actually surprisingly simple. White base, striping tape, pink gradient, black rectangles and squares. Despite that, I think I got more compliments on this than on anything I have in a while!



~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
~ Light pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Medium pink: Love & Beauty – Pink
~ Dark pink: Station – Happy Wine-y People
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!

Sunny Day

Sometimes, when the description of a polish is “sky blue” you just want to make it a reality. So, sky! Also, rainbows…because skies should have more rainbows.


I really just had fun with this. It didn’t take much time, but everyone seemed to love it! The mani was inspired by the base polish, Love Those Wildwood Days  by Philly Loves Lacquer.




  • Blue holo: Philly Loves Lacquer – Love Those Wildwood Days
  • White: Zoya – Purity
  • Grey: Maybelline – Bare Escape
  • Red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
  • Orange: Zoya – Thandie
  • Yellow: Revlon – Electric
  • Green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
  • Blue: Zoya – Rocky
  • Purple: Zoya – Malia
  • Indigo: Station – Happy Wine-y People


The new collection including Love Those Wildwood Days just went on sale (yesterday!) over at Philly Loves Lacquer, if you want to check it out! Enjoy the sunshine!

Purple Tipped

This manicure comes from a surprising place…Nail It! Magazine! My nails were published in one of the earliest editions of the magazine, and my wonderful boyfriend went hunting to buy me a copy! While browsing, I found the design you see here in various shades of blue. It has taken me 6 months to grow my nails long enough (without breaking) to feel like I can do justice to this design!


It is actually very simple. Base color, tape and striping tape, and voila! You don’t even need a special brush…I just used the polish brush for the lines (although I almost went over the tape lines on my pinky). I had thought this would be time consuming, but it was very simple!




  • Light purple: Sally Hansen – Lacy Lilac
  • Medium light purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
  • Purple: Zoya – Malia
  • Medium dark purple: Sinful Colors – Fig
  • Dark purple: Station – Happy Wine-y People


For something so simple, this came out really well! Enjoy!

Rose Jewel

Finishing off the Cult Nails week, we have Center of Attention! I would also like to introduce you guys to the coolest nail jewels ever, courtesy of the Born Pretty Store.


Most of this mani you guys saw over the weekend, one coat of the pink and gold Center of Attention by Cult Nails over two coats of Happy Wine-y People by Station. What you did NOT see is what is on my accent nail and thumb: jewel stickers!


As I mentioned on Wednesday, I am pretty bad at water decals. So, I jumped at the chance to review some stickers! And add some shiny holographic and gold accents to the stickers, and you get true awesomeness!



The gemstone sticker set comes with quite a few stickers, in varying sizes to fit any nail. In addition to the gold/pink in this set, there are silver holographic bits as well, which I will show at a later date.


These stickers are really sticky! Which is to say once you place it on your nail, it is STAYING THERE. This also means that it won’t come off! The packaging recommended two coats of top coat, which is what I used. Lasted 3 days before I started picking it off (which is not the stickers fault). The stickers were very easy to use…like normal stickers. Peel them off, place them on the nail, top coat. Voila!


If you want to find yourself some gemstone stickers, I recommend checking out the Born Pretty Store! In addition to the pink/gold variety shown here, there are blues and purples, in many different shapes, each for $2.99! Don’t forget to use my 10% off code if you do find something you like, LY5X31!

Harvest Flower

I wanted to create a simple two-color gradient + stamping manicure, with an autumn feel. So I grabbed a vampy purple and a glittery copper, and set to work!


I started with one of my newer polishes, Happy Wine-y People by Station. It dried rather quickly to a high gloss, but took 3 coats to be fully opaque. I also have a gripe: the brush is wayy too thick! I could barely get to my nail bed without getting polish all over my cuticles 😦


My other color choice was Faye by Zoya. I love this color! Purple/copper with a golden glow. I used Faye on my accent and thumb, and also created a gradient (just using the polish brush) on my other nails.


For the stamp, I used Bundle Monster plate 225, the flower image. I ran into some stamping troubles (Happy Wine-y People isn’t opaque enough to stamp so I mixed it with black but it dried too fast…yah). I destroyed my thumb in the process which is why it is not making much of an appearance today! But I finally got a purple + black stamp that worked…mostly.


I have decided these nails (minus my thumb) look ok enough to make it onto the blog, but just barely. I need to step it up!!

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!

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