Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hot Pink 80's Marble

Whew! I have successfully caught up on blogging. This is my current manicure and it definitely has an 80's vibe with its black, silver and hot pink color scheme. This idea wasn't my original, it is the result of failed previous water marbling attempts. My colors weren't working properly. These colors did and it stuck. I love it. Good things can come from failure!
Right Hand:

Left Hand:

Flash for Color:
I painted two coats of China Glaze Cheers To You and marbled China Glaze Liquid Leather and Platinum Silver with Orly Passion Fruit. The manicure was finished with one coat of Seche Vite.


Two brand new polishes showcased in this manicure. First it's Yara from Zoya's fall 2011 Smoke and Mirrors Collection and second is a new (to me) Special Yellow Stamping Polish from Konad. The pair was marvelous. However, it was a bit to fall for me yet on the color scheme. I still want to hold on to summer as long as I can! My side note is that I painted this while on vacation and I didn't have my camera. So the shot is after several days of wear and you can catch some tip wear in the photos.

I painted three coats of Zoya Yara on my nail and added Bundle Monster plate bm203 with Special Yellow Stamping Polish. Manicure was topped off with one coat of Seche Vite.

Purple Pop Water Marble

It was water marbling time again. I really liked this manicure; the colors really blended together well. There were a few bald spots in the marble where you can see the silver underneath, but I kinda like that.

Right Hand:

Left Hand:

Flash for color:

I put a base coat of China Glaze Cheers To You and marbled Zoya Mira, Gemma and Cynthia. One coat of Seche Vite was used to finish the look..

Sparkle Filigree

Quick, simple, pretty manicure. This was so easy to create and very pretty to look at.

I painted three coats of Zoya Faye and added Bundle Monster plate bm201 with Special Pastel Violet Stamping Polish and topped the manicure with one coat of Seche Vite.

Hot Swirl

I loved this manicure. It was so bright and fun. I purchased some new Konad Special Polishes from OC Nail Art. This pink was perfect and I had to get it.

I painted three coats of Zoya Pippa and added Bundle Monster plate bm210 with Konad Special Stamping Polish in Psyche Pink. I used a top coat of Seche Vite.

Flower Decals

I've been working on my water decal skills and this is my second attempt at something. One things I've learned with decals is that I have to be computer and vector art savvy. One thing I'm not. But I'm learning. However, for these flower designs I found some free vector art on the Internet and made the decals with those. I liked the way the design turned out, but decals are still pretty tricky. So I'm hoping practice makes perfect. But for now, here's the latest:

Base paint

Left hand

Right hand

I painted three coats of China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint and added China Glaze Paper Chasing with Bundle Monster plate bm203. On top I added the flower decals and two coats of Seche Vite.

Retro Blue

Finally getting around to posting this. I very much like this blue and have been having fun with my new Bundle Monster plates.

I painted three coats of China Glaze First Mate and then added Konad plate design m65 on my pinky fingers and on the rest used Bundle Monster Plate bm203 all with Konad special polish in White. I used one coat of Seche Vite for the top coat.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Where has August gone?

So sorry readers for not being present enough to post my manicures. I promise to be better this week and deliver my recent manicures. But until then, here's just a taste of what's on my nails currently (full post to come):


I'm adding another picture and details on the manicure:

I painted three coats of China Glaze Below Deck and sponged China Glaze DV8 across the middle. I then used Bundle Monster plate bm217 with Konad Special Pastel Violet Stamping Polish and painted one coat of Seche Vite to seal the deal.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


I would make a bad politician because I don't like to solicit to gain personal momentum. I am great with people, but I am a horrible salesperson (which is what I think you have to be to be successful in politics). But alas, I will buck up and ask another day for your vote! Click HERE to be redirected to Facebook. Thanks again for your support those who are voting!

Aren't I cute!?!

Simple Pink

I love this color from the Island Escape Collection from China Glaze. So much that I wanted to let the color shine and do something simple. This image from Bundle Monster reminds me of music notes at first glance, but either way I like it.

With Flash:

Florescent Light:

I painted three coats of China Glaze 108 Degrees then added Bundle Monster Image from plate BM-208 with China Glaze Passion. I finished the manicure with one coat of Seche Vite.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Spirit Animals: Stepping It Up A Notch

Alright, I do know that I have a healthy self-esteem but I don't really like to brag. However, I was so excited with my new venture in nail art, that I was very proud of myself and hope you guys get a charge out of these manicures as much as I do!

As you know from my posts, I have recently entered a nail painting contest (vote for me here). As I was reading through some posts, I came across a manicurist who mentioned water decals that she made herself. Here is her blog, BTW, she has great landscape nails! I had to look into it myself to see if it was easy or hard. After getting some help from the Internet and having some inspiration due to an upcoming girls weekend, I decided to go for it. Water decal paper was a bit difficult to track down, but I found it and am excited to show you the results.

The back story on the following manicures is this: a group of my girlfriends have adopted Spirit Animals that either capture our heart, speak to us in some way and in general create an all over cheesy feeling. So I decided I would treat my friends to a manicure on our weekend getaway and make decals with their Spirit Animal. Here are the results!

Man Of War:

Painted with a base coat of Zoya Sienna and Konad Special Polish in Coral Blue with Konad plate m65.

The Loon:

Painted with three coats of China Glaze Sea Spray and using Konad Special Stamping Polish in Coral Blue and Bundle Monster Plate MB-209.


(or as we like to call them dancing bears) Painted with three coats China Glaze Knotty and stamped with Bundle Monster Plate BM-213 with Zoya Areej.


Painted with three coats of Zoya Areej and stamped with Konad Special Stamping Polish in Black and Bundle Monster Plate BM-212.


Painted with three coats of China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise followed by a coat of China Glaze White Cap and stamped with Konad Special Stamping Polish in Black and White with Bundle Monster Plate BM-205 .

Patrick Swayze:

I know he might not speak to you as a Spirit Animal, but he did apparently call to my friend, Erin. Sometimes odd things happen, but he is glorious! Painted with three coats of Zoya Mira and on the ring finger glitter added from LA Splash Cosmetics in Dry Ice and stamped with Konad Special Polish in White and Black using Bundle Monster Plate BM-208

Each manicure was topped of with the special water decal seen and a coat of Seche Vite as the top coat and sealer.

Don't Forget To Vote!

I hope you're inspired after the new posts to the blog enough to vote for my nails in the StyledOn nail art contest. You can vote for me here. I know you may have to do a few clicks, but I will be grateful!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

I mentioned yesterday about being behind in posting manicures. Part of it is has been not having access to the computer, but the other part has to do with this manicure as well. This manicure was painted after getting the news that my grandmother had passed away. After having a difficult time already with my Aunt's passing, just two weeks later we got the news about my grandmother. It was expected as she had been having some health issues and has been living in a nursing home for a while, but I wasn't prepared to deal with another death so soon. In honor of her life and her passing, I thought rainbows and clouds were a great way to pay tribute to her long and wonderful life.

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Left Hand:

For the Rainbow nails I painted a base coat color with two coats of China Glaze Cheers To You and marbled with the following colors: China Glaze Papaya Punch, Electric Pineapple, and Paper Chasing, Zoya Sarah and Yasmeen.

For the Cloud nails I painted two coats of China Glaze White On White and marbled with the same and China Glaze White Cap and Sea Spray.

Over all nails I used one coat of Seche Vite.

Seriously Pretty

I don't know what to name this manicure, but it was seriously so pretty. I couldn't have been more happy with the results.

I painted a base color of China Glaze Digital Dawn with two coats. I then sponged in the middle of the nail China Glaze DV8 and on the tips L8R G8R. On top I added Bundle Monster plate BM-203 with Konad Special Stamping Polish in Black and finished the look with one coat of Seche Vite.

Yellow + Blue = Green

This manicure was a mini illusion. I recently purchased a new Shatter polish from OPI and paired that teal Shatter over a yellow manicure and green hues popped up all over the place.

I first painted three coats of Sally Hansen HD Hi Definition Nail Color in Lite. I added some yellow glitter to the top half of my nail and once the manicure was dry, I added OPI Turquoise Shatter and painted a thin line of China Glaze Platinum Silver to delineate the line between the color blocking. I painted one coat of Seche Vite to seal.

Green Neon With Blue Glitter Detail

I love neon green. I also love sparkles. You might already know that. This was simple but fun that popped.


No Flash:

I painted three coats on all fingers but my ring of China Glaze In The Limelight. I dotted each green nail and used a base of China Glaze Blue Iguana for my ring finger and then added glitter from Yofi in Caribbean Crush. I coated the entire manicure with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Vote for Me!

Sorry I've been MIA, I have a list of several posts for you guys I hope to get up by the end of today or tomorrow. But in the mean time, I have entered a manicure of mine in a contest and am requesting your help so I have better chances of winning. If you own a Facebook account, you can vote for my Christmas Elves manicure "Santa's Little Helpers" by clicking on this link: Facebook Contest. You can vote every day. So I might be a little annoying in the next week and put a reminder up each day to vote, but it's because I'm so passionate about the originality of this design that I think it could win. I'd appreciate the extra time it takes to send out a vote and thank you in advance for the love.

Anyway, you can do what you will, but if you like it vote!

Here is the link again. And for your photographic memory, here is the pic I submitted (I could only put in one)


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