20 September 2018

Needle Marble Blue and Grey Nails

This manicure is actually pretty old, but I haven't had a chance to post it yet.

For this manicure, I used Milani Blue Jay and KBShimmer How You Dune? Blue Jay was a gorgeous polish and almost a one coater.

For the middle finger, I used the needle marble technique. It wasn't my attempt, but it still looked cool.

19 September 2018

Polish Con Manicure

So I accidentally took a blogging breaks, oops! Part of it was that my husband had surgery so I had all the chaos of preparing for that, then the surgery/hospital stay, and then I went to Polish Con Minneapolis 2018.

I've been to two previous Polish Cons that both previously took place in Chicago. Minneapolis was quite a bit farther, but still fun to travel to with my momma.

With everything, I still managed to come up a fun mani for Polish Con! The two hosts for this event were Chrissy from KBShimmer and Miranda from Ever After Polish so I used a polish from each for this manicure. I used KBShimmer Shore Thing and Ever After Louisa May Alcott.

06 September 2018

Barielle Lemondrops

Today I have swatches of Barielle Lemondrops. It's a semi neon/super bright yellow. The formula was a bit streaky, and I needed 3 coats of fully cover my nail.

03 September 2018

Back to School Chalkboard Nail Art with Glisten & Glow

Today I have a school themed chalkboard style mani because my little guy is headed off to his first day of Kindergarten tomorrow! He did well in 4K last year so I'm sure he'll love this year too.

For this mani, I stuck to polishes by Glisten & Glow. I started with Little Black Dress as my base coat. Then I used Jukebox & Jitterbug, Mother Flora, Mother Sea, and Mother Sky to stamp images from MoYou London plate Scholar 05. 
I really liked this pastel polishes since chalk isn't usually vibrant so it was a nice effect. For some of the images, I mixed the polishes on the plate to give a sort of swirl effect.

After applying a fast dry top coat and letting it dry, I added a matte top coat to complete the effect.

29 August 2018

China Glaze White on White

I don't wear plain white polish often so when I was debating what polish to put on last week, I decided to do just that.
This polish is China Glaze White on White, which is frankly not the best white. It's pretty thin and the formula isn't the greatest.

28 August 2018

Baseball Nail Art

I apologize for the lateness of this mani! I went to a Chicago Cubs game on August 5th and did this manicure for the game. Sooooo pretty late lol. Here it finally is though :)

Products used:
Funky Fingers Gesso
Zoya Sooki
A-England Tristam

27 August 2018

Matte and Shiny Nail Art

Hello all! Sorry it's been a minute :) We've been super busy with back to school prep, appointments, car troubles, and fall craft fair prep for me. I will have some back logged posts coming at you today and the next few days.

For today's manicure, I did a mixed finish manicure. I really like how this turned out.

After applying Zoya Lidia (purple), I applied a fast dry top coat and then added Zoya's matte top coat on that. Then I stamped on top using Barry M Razzle Dazzle and the stamping plate below. To keep the mixed finish effect, I left the manicure as that.
I will note that the stamping did flake off a bit since it wasn't protected with top coat, but the overall look was totally worth it.

On my pinkie finger, I just applied Barry M Razzle Dazzle and top coat.

17 August 2018

Barry M Holographic Molten Metal

My sister-in-law lives in Ireland and recently visited us in the States. I often have her bring me back Barry M polishes because they are nice colors, are cheap there, and hard to get here.

She brought me back 3 polishes, and today I have two of them from the Holographic Molten Metal Collection.

First I have Holopgraphic Moon. For a lighter color polish, it went on nicely in 2 coats. It's a lovely pinky nude and would be very appropriate for professional situations.

Holographic Flare is by far my favorite of the two (hello, green!). It also took only 2 coats, and the holographic is intense. I was even getting the effect inside in lower lighting which is awesome.

13 August 2018

Magenta Rose Nail Art

Hello all! I'm back. We had family visiting for a few days, and then a few kid free days so I took a mini-staycation. I'm back with a new post today.

Artificial Lighting
For today's manicure, the focus is on Zoya Nana. Nana is a deep magenta pink color that's perfect for that transition from summer to fall. It applies nicely in two coats.

All the polishes I used for this manicure were Zoya Jace (for the leaves), Zoya Nana (for a base plus the roses), KBShimmer How You Dune? (for a base plus the polka dots), and Funky Fingers Gesso (for mixing with Nana for the rose detail).

Artificial Lighting
Rose manicures on some of my favorite to do because they are easy and beautiful

Natural Lighting

30 July 2018

Matte Lace Nail Art Design

For today's manicure, I went with a lace design. I love the look of lace manicures, but I rarely do them. I debated going traditional using a nude base with the black stamping, but I thought a colored base would be really cool.

For the base, I used Wet n Wild Through the Grapevine. It's much more of a pinkish leaning purple than it shows here. This polish is from the Megalast line so it has a huge curved brush. I have smaller nails so I'm not a huge fan of the big brush.

After applying the stamping image, I added a fast dry topcoat to seal in the design. After that was dry, I added Zoya matte topcoat. I haven't used matte top coat in a while, and I love how it looks over lace nail designs.

The plate I used is from Born Pretty Story, and is BP-L020. It's full of a ton of different lace designs.