Friday, September 4, 2015

Bright Striped Nails For My 3rd Blogiversary!


I cannot believe I've had this blog for three years now! I don't know if you noticed, but I've changed up the look a bit. I was getting sick of the polka dots. What do you think? New and fresh for a new year of blogging? I think so. I still need to fix my Tumblr a bit but, it's getting there.

So I bought a few new polishes the other day and they were all sitting around in a group on my table (gossiping or something) and I loved the way they looked together. So I decided to do a simple striped mani with them all, and added in some purple and gold. I really should have done a mani to match my new blog design but oh welll. Maybe next time?

I used:
  • OPI: Alpine Snow
  • OPI: Life Gave Me Lemons
  • OPI: My Dogsled Is A Hybrid
  • OPI: Lost My Bikini In Molokini
  • China Glaze: Sun Worshiper
  • Essie: Naughty Nautical
  • Essie: Good As Gold
  • Seche Vite: Dry Fast Top Coat

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beach Nails!

I'm in denial. How is it already the end of August? That is so depressing. I am not ready for another insane Boston winter. Ugh. I'm not one of those people who gets excited for fall either. Don't get me wrong, there are some really nice fall days, and I enjoy them, but to me it's just a step closer to winter.

Well to trick myself into forgetting that summer is ending, I did some beach nails, and I'm sort of in love with them. I think if I had to wear one manicure for the rest of my life, this would be it. I cannot stop staring at my fingers and day dreaming.

I should probably go to the beach at least one more time.

I was inspired to do these because I received some really cute beach themed studs from Born Pretty Store and I somehow had never done beach nails before?

For these I started with a light coat of Essie: Absolutely Shore, and then used a makeup sponge to make a gradient from Blue/Green to Nude. Then I went in with a thin brush dipped in sheer white and made little squiggly shore lines and waves, then added in some more waves with the darker blue/green. I added some Seche Vite, added the adorable little seashells/starfish and added more Seche on top of just the seashell fingers. I also took a few pieces of glitter from Zoya: Monet and put them in the sand, but you probably can't see them. Then once it was dry I used a small brush to add some sand with a Textured Zoya Pixie Dust.

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I used:
  • OPI: Funny Bunny
  • OPI: Austin-tatious Turquoise
  • OPI: My Dogsled Is A Hybrid
  • OPI: Don't Pretzel My Buttons
  • Essie: Naughty Nautical
  • Essie: Absolutely Shore
  • Zoya: Godiva
  • Zoya: Monet
  • Born Pretty Store: Seashell/Starfish Studs
  • Seche Vite: Dry Fast Top Coat

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wall Art Nails!

Hi! Today I have some colorful nails!

Kind of a weird inspiration. I don't know if you follow the blog Sugar & Cloth, but in March she posted about a trip to Miami and took a photo in front of this really awesome painted wall. I loved it and pinned it and finally got around to trying to paint it on my nails. I'll definitely admit that the wall looks way cooler than my nails turned out, but I got a bunch of compliments on these and they were really fun to wear!

Awesome Wall Inspiration!

I used:
  • OPI: Funny Bunny
  • OPI: Suzi Shops & Island Hops
  • OPI: Aloha From OPI
  • OPI: Fly
  • Essie: Play Date
  • Essie: The More The Merrier
  • Essie: Bond With Whomever
  • Essie: Butler Please
  • Essie: Borrowed & Blue
  • Essie: Go Overboard
  • Seche Vite: Dry Fast Top Coat

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Palm Nails!

Hey guys! I'm back from vacation! (I know, I didn't even tell you I was going on vacation...) I was hoping to post these before I left, but I obviously did not.

So I've been seeing palm prints all over the place this summer and I've been loving them. For this mani I used a Pinterest photo for inspiration, but it turned out nothing like it so I'm not going to show you. I do like the way these turned out, I just kind of wish I did them over white instead of nude.

I used:
  • OPI: Do You Take Lei Away?
  • OPI: That's Hula-rious!
  • OPI: Green-wich Village
  • OPI: Don't Mess With OPI
  • OPI: Suzi Loves Cowboys
  • OPI: Matte Top Coat
  • Seche Vite: Dry Fast Top Coat

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gradient Tribal Print Nails!

Hey! Random little mani I did for the week. Wanted something bright, summery & simple. Decided on a gradient and some gold tribal looking print. All free-handed with a thin brush.

I used:

  • OPI: Lost My Bikini In Molokini
  • China Glaze: Highlight Of My Summer
  • Essie: Good As Gold
  • Seche Vite: Dry Fast Top Coat

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Foo Fighter's Nails!

Hey guys!! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter (you totally should…) you might have seen my Foo Fighter's mani! They came to Fenway Park this past weekend so naturally I had to do my nails for the show.

It's been a few years since the Foo Fighter's toured and I had been waiting since the last show to go again because they put on an unreal show. Plus have you seen Dave Grohl's throne since he broke his leg?!? He's such a boss, I love that man. Who does that?? Dave does. And I'm glad, I would have been so upset if they had to postpone the tour.

Anyways, I went with grays and blacks because, Rock n Roll! I painted their logo and added some gold studs and chunky gold glitter. I was really tempted to flip someone off with this mani because studs on my middle finger just make it seem so badass.

My Dad, Me, my cousin twin and my brother before the show!

I used:
  • OPI: My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • OPI: Black Onyx
  • OPI: Moonraker
  • OPI: Metallic 4 Life
  • OPI: Taupe-less Beach
  • OPI: Embrace The Gray
  • Essie: Good As Gold
  • The New Black: Gold Glitter
  • Born Pretty Store: Gold Studs
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Glitter Rainbow Nails!

Glitter. Rainbows. Yes.

I wanted to do these weeks ago, but when are glitter rainbows not relevant? #LoveWins

So I got these sparklies from Born Pretty Store and wanted to use as many colors as possible. I LOVE all the mani's that Polish All The Nails does, but I don't know where she gets the time and patience to do her crazy sparkly nails. I'm jealous. However, I'm always so inspired when I look at her nails, so I went full sparkle. For mine, I just kind of clumped the different colors on with a small damp brush in rainbow order. It wasn't too hard, but it was crazy messy.

I used:

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