Saturday, June 1, 2013

Strange Color Choice There Beaniesue!

Weird what

I shouldn't have been allowed to pick colors today. White, Blue, Yellow, Neon Orange and then Gold stripes? What?

I have been working a job where my hands get torn up and I finally grew my nails back out and I did this to them. Rude! Rude artist! I took it off almost right away.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Antique Technique Updated


I added many more layers of color to my most recent paint job and I don't even know the names of all the colors I added on. Just grabbed a bunch and went to Color Town!


I've been getting a bunch of compliments on them since I zazzed them up.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Antique Technique


Sunday night I tried a new tutorial from Get Nailed blog, the Antique Nails Tutorial. I took these photos in the bathroom of the Electric Six show we were at that night :)


Base coat is NYC French White Tip and the paint brushy stripes of color are Wet 'n Wild Fast Dry, China Glaze Bizarre Blurple, NYC Midtown Mimosa, NYC Empire State Blue, Wet 'n Wild Shine Red Red. I liked how the sheer yellow layered over the other colors to make green and orange in a few places since I forgot to grab a green polish to use.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Heatwave Hearts - A Mathy Manicure

Heatwave Hearts

I was staring at my new cataloged list of nail polish and couldn't decide what color to use yesterday. I have 62 colors not counting clear top coats, so I asked a few friends to name a number between 1 and 62. Someone suggested adding together all the numbers they picked and the average was going to be my manicure. *heh* I got the number 24.5 so I used both color 24 and 25.

Heatwave Hearts

As you see here, we have 3 coats of Wet 'n Wild Gray's Anatomy, a sheer purple to green duo chrome. And on top, I tried making hearts with a dotting tool for the first time in Wet 'n Wild Heatwave :). I think it looks cute! Thanks Mathy Friends!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

GAP Hunter Green

Hunter Posh

Did you know GAP has nail polish? Did you know you can buy them at the GAP outlet for $1.99 with an Old Navy Gift Card that has been in your purse for over a year? You can! I used GAP Hunter Green tonight to cover up my tip wear. I also procured a purply magenta creme from GAP that I'll break out later this week.

Hunter Posh

I put a strip of tape across my nail and painted on the full nail with GAP Hunter Green. It was thicker polish than I expected and dark. I wished it smelled like a pine tree. Then some lovely gold stripes with Sinful Colors Pot O Gold and topped with more NYC Matte Me Crazy. It turned out too....lumpy. I took it off soon after I photographed it. Nice idea though and I like the color combination.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Simply Posh Pink

Rimmel London Posh Pink

A simply sweet nail art post today. A few days ago, I painted on two coats of Rimmel London Posh Pink and then topped every nail but the ring finger with NYC Matte Me Crazy. I really love the soft finish the matte top coat leaves.

Rimmel London Posh Pink

I am just now getting minor tip wear so I'm going to go spiff them up and you'll see them again tomorrow :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Practicing to Make A Spectacle


One day last week I sat and practiced some nail art ideas on fake nails. I got 500 nails from Amazon for under $3 woot. I figure it'd be a good way to practice a bunch without getting cruddly cuticles from taking off nail polish over and over all day. This sparkle nail was one of my favorites I made up that day so I recreated it last night.


Zooooom close-up so you can see the loveliness of this glitter. The base is two coats of trusty Wet 'n Wild Black Creme. I went to pick up dinner wearing Black Creme on every nail of my left hand and nothing at all on my right hand last night and the checkout lady complimented my nails. Uhhhh thanks? :)

I swiped one coat of China Glaze Rare & Radiant, a gold green holographic polish, along the right side of my nail. Then I used two coats of China Glaze Make A Spectacle on the left side. Make A Spectacle is so holographically beautiful! Teensy holo glitter and larger pink green gold teal orange shimmers of holographic hexagon glitter all over.

Make A Spectacle

I tried to take some photos inside and outside to show the color changes at every angle of both these polishes, but it's hard to capture.

Make a Spectacle

I returned a bummer of a polish to Sally Beauty and picked out Make A Spectacle on sale because it looked like a snow globe in the bottle. I thought it would be white glitter but it is so much better. I need to figure out a way to incorporate it into a Galaxy nail. These nails make me think of glittery beetles in space.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Base of Hearts - Valentine's Nail Art

Base of Hearts

Happy Valentine's Day to you! I freehand painted today's shiny sparkly art. After I was done I realized my nail tips are the base of chubby red Valentine's hearts. My husband thought they looked like Iron Man! Happy Iron Man's Day too you too.

Ruby Pumps & Dazzle

I am trying to paint my nails carefully so I don't need to clean up my cuticles. First I painted two coats of Orly Dazzle. This is a very shimmery metallic made up of very fine, very dense silver particles.

Dazzle & Ruby Pumps

The tips are two coats of China Glaze Ruby Pumps. I have worn this color everyday for weeks....on my toes! The red jelly base of the polish ended up looking a deep pink over the silver of Dazzle in some lights. You can see it's red glitter shine through here and there in the sunshine.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop Dupe from Rue 21!

Candy Shop Dupe

Rue21 has a polish that I think is pretty close to Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop. It is color #050 Rue Beauté! Nail Deco and you can find it at their website here listed as Trans Chunky Glitter in purple. It is lovely in person and much much closer to a light pink than light purple. And Rue21 has them on sale 2 for $5 :) I don't have the Deborah Lippmann version of Candy Shop so I'll compare it to Claire's as a duplicate. Dupe of a dupe!.

Candy Shop Dupe

The glitter pieces are practically identical and if anything, Claire's version is a bit more dense in the glitter department. The combination of orange, yellow, and light blue glitters I haven't seen in other rainbow glitter mixes are there in both yay! The pink base of Candy Shop is like HOT PINK IN YO FACE now to me and #050 is a milky, light pinkish purple. Wanna see some comparison swatches?

050 vs Candy Shop

#050 showed up as a nice sheer pink and the formula was easy to work with and not gloppy at all. Thinner than the polish from Claire's but still had great glitter dispersion.

Candy Shop & 050

In the sunshine, Candy Shop looks so crazy bright! I've layered it over darker polishes like navy blue before and didn't notice it changing the other polish even with it's crazy brightness :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Coral Sparkle French Manicure

Coral Sparkle

Matching my manicure to my purse :) My Mom gave me a new Vera Bradley tote in Plum Crazy and I love the jewel tones in the fabric. I thought the coral in the pattern went pretty closely with my current favorite polish Rimmel London Sunset Orange. I recently bought Wet 'n Wild Megalast Heatwave on clearance and with an additional coupon for 66 cents! Woot! I thought it would be a good duplicate for Sunset Orange - it is pretty close in color, almost as sheer, but is definitely a darker coral orange with leaning more towards red.

This manicure is one coat of Heatwave, topped with one coat of Sunset Orange, and tipped with Orange (also procured with same super sale at 66 cents). Now I have shimmery tips with gold and orange in it at the same time. The visible nail line helped me paint on the french tips without needing a nail guide.

Coral sparkle

I have a nail patch made of teabag on my right thumb, so I did a reverse manicure and covered up the bit of teabag you could still see with a ton of sparkle.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Kinda Sorta Stacked Stripes

Kinda Sorta Stripes

I was trying to do a mardi gras themed version of Chalkboard Nails Springtime Stacked Stripes and it started to look like animal eyeballs on my nails. My nails....they are looking at youuuuuu. *waggles fingers*

Kinda Sorta Stripes

It devolved into me doing some fishtail stripes here and there and then calling it done. I wore them for two days and have decided they are a Moderate Nail Fail. They are okay...but not anything I'm proud of. Basecoat is Wet 'n Wild The Wonder Yellows, green stripe is China Glaze Cha Cha Cha, and purple stripe is Wet 'n Wild Eggplant Frost. The green was too sheer to show up how I wanted it.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sage & Gold Abstract Nails

Green gold

This weekend, I painted my nails Wet 'n Wild Sage in the City and wore them around for a day just plain green. The next morning I took my gold nail art paint and just scrubbed it around on my nails randomly to make abstract swirly patterns. The right hand here is kinda blobbity.

Green gold

The left hand here turned out much cooler. I love the symbol looking swirly on my thumb. Some of them look kinda ribbony too.

Monday, February 4, 2013

fishtail braid nails


Hey all! For this week's nails, I followed a tutorial at It looks really complicated, but was surprisingly easy!

Colors used: Sephora by OPI "Opening Night" (dark blue), OPI "Danke-shiny Red" and Revlon Top Speed "Golden" I do recommend letting each stripe of polish dry completely before moving to the next stripe... I didn't, and my nails took ALL DAY to dry.


This was very fun, and you could do so many color combinations that the possibilities are endless! Neons for summer, glitters mixed with flats as in the tutorial... just so many choices! I will definitely try this again.

Sunday, February 3, 2013



This tape manicure was done on Jan. 5th this year. A lighting bolt french manicure from a tutorial at :) I used Wet n Wild Blue Moon for the base and China Glaze Ruby Pumps and China Glaze Glistening Snow for the tips. Oh Ruby Pumps, you are one of the best polishes ever!

Manicure link -

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shiny Manicure on a Sunny Day

Shiny manicure on a sunny day

China Glaze Unpredictable is the shimmery green base coat, then Wet n Wild Bijou Blue and Sinful Gold Nail Art for the...well nail art designs. And some NYC top coat to see if it doesn't peel like the Seche Vite had peeled badly recently.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rockstar Glitter

Rockstar amounts of glitter

Tuesday's manicure was showing a bunch of tip wear and some chips so I got the Rockstar Pink glitter polish out and went glitter goofy. Rockstar amounts of glitter

I covered each nail with another coat of Rockstar, a coat of Matte Me Crazy, and then glittered up just the tips to try and make a gradient. Kinda worked, kinda didn't - but it was definitely extremely glittery and will be fun to try to take off tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Glitter For Audrey

For Audrey

I didn't have a specific manicure plan this morning. I did know I wanted to use one of my recent Christmas gifts to myself. I specifically bought China Glaze For Audrey because I have a new little niece named Audrey. And it's such a pretty creamy tiffany blue.

Glitter For Audrey

Over my base coat I freehanded a stripe of Orly Angel Eyes that has bright blue itsy bits glitter and silver hexagons and then a small stripe of Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink that has teensy red, pink, purple, and blue glitters. I went a little glitter overboard on a few fingers, but I like it. I still have a teabag patch on my thumb so the glitter covers up the lumpy buffing job I did :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Matte Skittles and a few Black Stripes

From Friday night's manicure, only one nail on each hand survived the weekend unscathed! And oddly, both nails had the horizontal stripes. Odd!

And only one nail survived!

The ring finger on my left hand and the pinky on my right hand were the only ones not chipped and flaking after two days at work. I open latches a bunch at work and know those eat polish for dinner, right? I retrieved all the colors from last time and painted each remaining nail a solid color. That didn't look quite finished so I used my new topcoat NYC Matte Me Crazy and it looks all velvety now.

Matte Skittles and Striped

Left hand - I think I'll leave the ring finger shiny instead of mattifying it.

Matte Skittles and Striped

Right hand!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Black Striped & Rainbow Nails

Watercolor Rainbow n Stripes
I was inspired to try rainbow nails with a pattern of black on top after seeing this tutorial for Mardi Gras Harlequin Nails on Nail Nerd. Instead of painting some skittle nails, I used a tiny little paint brush to dab bits of polish directly on my nails. Dab dab dab dab. That part was fun and I used some jelly polishes and some shimmery ones. Layers of dabbing China Glaze Red Satin, Rimmel Sunset Orange, Wet 'n Wild The Wonder Yellows, China Glaze Cha Cha Cha, Wet 'n Wild Bijou Blue and Eggplant Frost dab dab dab dab. The right hand, I tried to use a sponge to lay on the rainbow gradient and it kinda worked. The dabbing method worked better.

Rainbow Watercolor and stripes
I used a top coat and let it all dry. I tried to hand draw on the triangles in the tutorial...but that just got all blobbity. My nails aren't long enough yet or maybe I need a thinner brush. Instead, I used tape for the design since I have a wee bit of experience with tape manicures. After Christmas, I bought a ton of Christmas themed washi style tape on super sale called Recollections Crafting Tape at Michael's (examples of washi tape in this blog post here reviewing different kinds of washi tape). It isn't as sticky as masking tape and easier to see than trying to use clear tape when laying it on your nails.

This was the part that took forevers and evers. Note to self, cut all the bits of tape when your hand isn't wet with paint. Also, make sure you watch something really boring on TV like "The Bourne Legacy" so it seems like your manicure is taking more forevers than just one forever. This is somehow inexplicably an important part of this manicure....

Rainbow Watercolor and stripes
Right Hand!

Watercolor Rainbow n Stripes
Left Hand!

Rainbow Watercolor and stripes
My favorite two fingers on my left hand. I made most of the rainbows start with red at the nail tip, but my ring finger had a reverse rainbow. I also think the taping came out looking crisp and sharp here.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Caution: Guest Blogger

Bean has kindly allowed me to share my nail art on her blog.
With this nail design, I used my Couture gel nail polish. I attempted to do the fishtail design Bean did, but I found the gelpolish to be so self-leveling that it wouldn't hold the lines. I did the purple fishtails from pinky to thumb, but by the time I got done, the lines had melted into an arch. I guess I could have cured each nail separately, but I just went with this double-color french mani look.
Colors are Plum Fancy and After Midnight. :)

Welcome to Nail Town, Population Me!

Night Prowl is black full of purple sparkle
I started reading The Daily Nail blog in 2010 and branched out to follow a bunch of other nail art blogs. I didn't paint my nails much since I worked in a job where I had to wash my hands a billionty-four times a day.

I got a ton of nail art tools for Christmas (dotters, striping tape, manicure scissors, glitter top coats) and have been teaching myself some fun techniques and trying not to buy ALL THE NAILPOLISH EVER!

This post is one of my first attempts at a tutorial this year where I was just so so so happy with how it turned out. I used all Wet 'n Wild polishes with Night Prowl as the base,  Metallica, and Eggplant Frost. With a Seche Vite topcoat. This Fishtail manicure was from Chalkboard Nails tutorial .
Yay learning to paint tiny things on my tiny hands wheeeee!