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Purple Waves

Sorry this post is going up late, I didn’t bring my laptop on my vacation last week so I only got around to editing this today! Oops 😀


That said, this really is not my best work! I had a decent idea of what I wanted going in, but I was impatient and the whole thing fell apart a bit. The design was created using stickers from the Born Pretty Store that I was sent to review. They work well, but there was a bit of a learning curve! Also I need a holo top coat. Trying to use this odd flakie one I have is just sad.


~ Light purple: Essie – Full Steam Ahead
~ Purple: L’oreal – Paparazzi Pleaser
~ Shimmer: Sally Hansen – Diamond


If you want to pick up these particular stickers  (or any of the rest in the set, and there are a LOT of designs), you can find them at the Born Pretty Store on sale for $1.99. Enjoy!

Pink and Purple Waves

This was initially intended as a Valentine’s-themed mani, but the colors didn’t end up looking as romantic as I intended! I had 5 colors laid out, and settled on these instead.


The nail vinyls I used to make the wavy pattern are from the Born Pretty Store. I was hoping to get at least two complete color rotations on each nail, but the vinyls were a tad too thick for that! At least the spacing looks mostly ok.


The vinyls also didn’t want to stick properly, so I had to go through and hand-clean a lot of the lines. It was worth it for the end product, but it took much longer than I predicted!


~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Ciara
~ Purple metallic: Zoya – Rea
~ Dark purple: Zoya – Monica


Hope you enjoyed! And this would have made a terrible Valentine’s man :-p


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!

Platform Wedges

I don’t really own that many shoes. I have two sneakers, 4 pairs of “work appropriate” black shoes, 2 sandals, and exactly 3 “fun” shoes. For this look, I grabbed the only one of my fun shoes that doesn’t have flowers and re-created it on my nails!


The shoes are wedge sandals. They have purple straps but the heels are multi-colored made out of something that looks like dyed twine. They are also surprisingly comfortable for 3 inch heels (probably because platforms > regular heels).


~ Red: Julie G – Hot Cinnamon
~ Orange: Julie G – Tangerine Dream
~ Yellow: Zoya – Solange
~ Nude: Zoya – Tomoko
~Teal: Julie G – Rock Candy
~ Blue: Zoya – Sunshine
~ Purple: Julie G – Sugar Plum Fairy
~ Pink: Julie G – Crushed Candy
~ Grey: Zoya – London


I decided to recreate the mani using textured polishes, both because I miss using textured polishes, and because I thought they did a decent job at capturing the twine-like look of the shoe. Sadly, I didn’t actually get to wear these shoes while I was wearing the mani!


Hope you enjoyed! Starting tomorrow, we get a few days of stamps (because I am tired of free-handing things).

Watery Fields of Gold

More neon matte Mentality polishes! This bit of art was inspired by myself! More or less. I just like swirls of color with lines between them, although this one was completely random swirls!
The base color here is a yellowish-green neon matte called Expunge. It is a super bright color, that looks slightly greenish in the bottle, but yellow on the nail. It’s pretty awesome. Shown here is three thickish coats (the color is a bit thin). It dries really fast.



~ Yellow: Mentality – Expunge
~ Green: Mentality – Quash
~ Light blue: Mentality – Ravage
~ Dark blue: Mentality – Sailor
~ Purple: Mentality – Royalty
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold

Everything except the gold is a Mentality polish, mostly because Mentality makes the best mattes and I wanted an all-matte mani! The brightest colors (yellow, green, blue) are from the new neon matte collection, the others are from older collections.
You can pick up Expunge (or any of the others) at the Mentality Shop for $6.50. Enjoy!

Rolling Pink Hills

Today I get to introduce you to one of the newest Mentality polishes, from the matte jellychrome line, Hoopla! I combined her with three other polishes from the same line and made some crazy wave/weave pattern


Hoopla is a hot (and I do mean hot!) pink polish with a very vibrant blue glass fleck shimmer that fades to purple at sharp angles. The polish is easy to control (maybe slightly thick) and covers in three thin coats (hence JELLYchrome…that is why there is so much shimmer!). This polish dries matte.



Although the polish is quite pretty, it is a pain to remove. Due to the glitter density, it takes forever to get off! It isn’t as bad as a ‘real’ glitter polish because here the glittery bits are small, but it isn’t fun. Just to warn you!


Inspiration for the wave design came from Liane Casagrande. It was kinda fun to see the other two matte jellychromes (both varying shades of orange-pink) against Hoopla!


~ Hot pink: Mentality – Hoopla
~ Orange pink: Mentality – Bash
~ Orange gold: Mentality – Spree
~ Pale pink: Revlon – Calla Lilly


Hope you enjoyed! If you like Hoopla, you can pick her up for $8.25 at the Mentality shop. Such a fun color!

Other’s Nails (Again)

The OMD 31 Day Challenge (hosted by brijitsdigits, craftynail, eeeknailpolish, and nailthataccent) begins tomorrow. Most of my manis these last two days have focused on preparing for that, so today you get to see some nails I have done on other people rather than my own! Most of these manis (three out of 4) were done on my baby sister.

My baby sister has a problem: she refuses to cut her pinky nail. So I had to do it for her…and then I went to town in June doing a bunch of designs! All three of these are ones she found on my blog and wanted to replicate on herself.

Waves: she requested a creme version of the holographic teal-to-blue pattern I did here. I’m not going to list the colors, but if you are curious about a specific one just ask. The fun part about this was making the sparkly teal lines on her middle nails using the striper she bough me!


Gradiented Dots: Despite loving the color purple, my sister continued requiting blue and green nails, specifically, and blue/green version of my yellow/coral divided nail art, here. I actually didn’t even do these nails…I had to leave for a day and told her how to do them herself! I’m going to pretend that is why the lines are less-than-perfect, but they still look pretty cool.


Green Chandeliers: One of our second cousins got married, and my sister wanted nails to match her dress…green (I sense a trend). She fell in love with my “half moon chandeliers” but wanted a GREEN version with Green Hex and Glam on her accent nails (she actually requested that color by name. I didn’t know anyone actually looked at my Polish List page, but apparently my sister does. It helps that this polish is drop-dead gorgeous). I didn’t know if this mani would look good at all, or if I would even have time in the hotel room (I also had to do her hair and my hair) but it all worked out! I’m pretty proud of these.


It also never occurred to me how hard it is to describe how one should hold their hand to be photographed. Go figure! I need to bring props for other people to hold.


One of my old friends from middle school (many many years ago) came to visit me in Philly (…and attend a wedding…) and asked me to do her nails. Apparently she reads this blog (hi Sam)! She asked for something simple, black and gold, to match her dress. Since I love dots and stamps, we went ahead and combined them! Unfortunately, I forgot how hard it is to stamp on another person’s nails. I need to work on that. But they still ended up pretty!


This post does make me wonder if nail shape is genetic though. My sister and I both have similar nail beds and shapes, yet many of my friends have completely different ones! Wider, deeper, broader…curious. Very curious.

Enjoy! And stay tuned throughout July for daily posts. Including weekends. If I can keep it up. Wish me luck!

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