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Ocean Surf

Summer time! Well, sort of. In St Louis it went from 99 degrees and sunny to 75 and raining. I prefer the¬†colder and rainier, but it makes this less fitting! Anyway, I really like the mani ūüôā


The design was inspired by the ever-awesome Copycat Claws (and yes I saw this posted a year ago and have been waiting to do my own version since then)! Unfortunately the shell and starfish charms that I own are SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than I expected, and than were required for this mani. So I improvised.


I started with a teal creme polish, and topped it with a darker teal jelly. Once that was dry, I stamped using white polish. I then topped the white stamp with two coats of the same teal jelly polish. On the nails with sand and water, I blobbed the teal jelly in a haphazard pattern somewhat overlapping the textured glitter to make it look like sand underwater. I then then added white surf by hand using part of an (unused) kitchen sponge. Since my textured polish is pretty simple, over the textured glitter I dabbed on some gold holo glitters for a more interesting base.


Unfortunately, the ocean charms I have are rather small! I ended up sponging on some white polish so they would stand out against the gold base, since the charms and the textured polish were almost exactly the same color! Yikes. Even sadder, the pearl charms I have are much larger than, say, the starfish and clamshell charms,¬†so I grabbed some cute pink rhinestones instead and am going to pretend they are sea glass ūüėÄ

~ Teal creme: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Teal jelly: Zoya – Frida
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold textured: Zoya – Tomoko
~ Gold holo glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ Stamp: Geometry BPX – L020


Anyway, that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed ūüôā Stay tuned for some more pretty nail art this week!

Iridescent Dots and Roses

Happy Monday! No really, I mean it. Today is a good day¬†because¬†I start on an elective block tomorrow which means I get such things like WEEKENDS and NOT WORKING 30 HOUR CALL SHIFTS. It’s¬†amazing. Anyway, on to nail art! In¬†celebration¬†of my new found freedom, this week I’m going to be posting some recent favorites that I’ve saved up, starting with this sparkly floral piece!


The base polish here is¬†two thin coats of Holidazed Over You by OPI. This polish is a very very dark blue creme‚Ķso dark it is basically black. That said, the polish is almost a one coater! I always need more super opaque blacks (even if this IS blue), and having one in a tiny mini bottle will be useful, even if I’m just going to pretend it’s black. Oh well!


I then went and covered the polish with holographic iridescent foil from the Born Pretty Store. Most of my foil is single sheets, but this particular pattern is an entire roll! This is great because the design is fairly awesome: an array of dots with a rainbow shifting wave running through! As I tilt my nails the swirl shifts up, down, left, and right. The rainbows are incredible! I got 98% dot transfer which is really impressive. I did add a few of the missing dots using a silver metallic polish, but I think across all 5 nails I only had to add maybe 10 dots total? So win for both the foil and the foil glue!


In my continuing need to test all things related to using foil on my nails, I went hunting for a way to make foil manis last longer. The last time I used foil, I only covered it with aqua base (water-based base coat intended for some persnickety holographic polishes…and the only water-based anything that I own, unfortunately) and in the shower the whole thing started to crack and flake off! Which means it worked great for about 5 hours and then became kinda really ugly. So, this time I covered with Seche Vite after the aqua base…. and it totally worked! The aqua base seems to protect the finish and shimmer of the foil, while Seche Vite does its job and protects the mani from such hazards as water and daily life.


I kinda wish I had taken a video (not that I actually know how to get them onto the blog, but still) just so you guys could see the shifty wave pattern. It was fun! But then I decided it wasn’t enough.


I for some reason really wanted to throw on some roses over the dots! I was initially going to use layered stamping, but all the rose plates that I have contain flowers that were larger than I wanted to go with‚Ķso freehand roses it was! It’s been a while since I last freehanded flowers (yet somehow the posts I’ve put together for the next few weeks have a lot of flowers? I don’t know, I guess I lump them together thematically. Anyway), and these came out pretty good for all that I am out of practice!


~ Dark blue: OPI – Holidazed Over You
~ Pastel pink: ULTA – Baby Doll
~ Pink: Revlon – Bubbly
~ Dark pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Green: Zoya – Tilda
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn


That’s all for today! You can pick up the roll of shifty holographic dot foil for 99 cents at the Born Pretty Store. I am super a fan! Then all you need is some freehand roses and voila! Super fun mani, if I do say so myself. Hope you enjoyed!

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 ūüėÄ


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! ‚Ķright. 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‚Ķalthough 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‚Ķyet, 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‚Ķoh 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‚ĶI 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‚Ķgreen (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 (‚Ķand attend a wedding‚Ķ) 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!


I love blue. I have not been particularly tempted buy any further blue textured polishes (I already owned one), just because none of them spoke to me. I picked up Sleigh Ride on a whim, and I am really glad I did.


This polish is possibly my favorite textured polish, bar none. It is a beautiful vibrant true blue, with silver and light blue glitter. It is textured but does not catch on anything, and took only one coat to be opaque. I added two coats, and the color deepened a bit. It dried remarkably fast, and I cannot stop staring at my nails. This is the perfect blue.


I wanted to add snowflakes for my art, but seeing as how it is still 70 degrees out, I figured ’tis not the season yet. Instead, I opted for water! The blue and glitter reminded me of sunlight passing through the surface of water, so I decided to do a shallow ocean design.


So, here we have bubbles and a wave on my accent nail and thumb. I added some accents in another Julie G textured polish, and you can see that it looks almost grey/silver next to Sleigh Ride! Crazy.



  • Blue textured: Julie G – Sleigh Ride
  • Light blue textured: Julie G – Blueberry Fizz
  • Blue: Zoya – Yummy
  • Light blue: Sally Hansen – Breezy Blue
  • White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White


This mani is so much fun! And this polish is incredible. If you want Sleigh Ride and the rest of the collection, head to Jesse’s Girl right now for a pre-sale of the whole set! Julie G textured polishes can be found at Rite Aid for $4.


Blue on Blue

While I had purple and flowers on my right hand, I decided to use a mini bottle of this blue/green OPI duochrome my sister had lying around. Oddly, it took 4+ coats to become opaque, and I eventually gave up.


To cover most of the patches, I free-handed swirly waves in a very similar shade of blue, and highlighted them in silver. This mani took a grand total of 20 minutes, and I got a lot of compliments! So strange. I liked it a lot though!


Unfortunately, in direct sunlight the background blue became so shiny that I wasn’t able to see the design, so most of the photos are in some sort of shade. It was a cool effect.


I don’t know the name of the background color, since the OPI mini bottle didn’t have a name on it! The blue cream is a milani nail art striper brush, and the silver is a kiss nail art striper brush.


Most of these photos are off my iPhone, since at the beach I didn’t bring my old camera (which is oddly better at true-color and in-focus macro shots than my awesome new camera).

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!
In other news, manicurator is holding a giveaway, and for those of us who don’t want to pay for liquid sand polishes in case we don’t like them…this seems like a great opportunity! Also, she has one of my favorite nail art blogs.

Take a look!

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Somewhere Beyond the Sea… Pre-Spring Challenge Day 11: Beach

I am a shameless copycat, AND I take advantages of my own bad manicures. I had originally intended to make this a gradient (which I will show you in two days) but even I could barely see the difference in the nails! So I gave up and painted waves.


I got the design from this post by the nailasaurus (I stole it a while ago and was going to do it when it got nicer out…but oh well!)

I had two problems photographing these nails…I wanted to capture the holo quality of the light blue, but then the form of the waves got lost! And I don’t own a really dark blue, so the waves are lighter overall than I would have liked.


Right and left hand in sunlight, you can see some of the rainbow. This is without top coat, so you get the 3D-ness of the waves!


The colors I used are:

  • Linear Holo: Nfu-Oh – #65
  • Scattered Holo: Milani (3D) – Cyberspace
  • Light Blue: Unnamed Nail Art Brush
  • Light Teal: Wet ‘n Wild (megalast) – I Need A Refresh-Mint
  • Dark Teal: Petites Color Fever – Figi
  • Dark Blue: Nicole by OPI – A Lit-Teal Bit of Love
  • White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
  • Silver: Revlon (fast dry) – Metallic


So shiny…. my nails have ridges. Oh well.


And finally, taken post-top-coat without direct sunlight, you can actually see the waves!


Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. ūüôā

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