Nails for Pride!

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is going well. I was supposed to have this post up two weeks ago – when I went to Pride in West Hollywood – but I’ve been majorly slacking on the blog recently. I wanted to finally get this post up today, though, for the historic SCOTUS ruling that same-sex couples can marry nationwide.

I wish it was unanimous, but I'll take what I can get!

I wish it was unanimous, but I’ll take what I can get!


I kind of still can’t believe it – after a rough few years for civil rights in this country, it’s felt for a long time that everything is terrible and it’s hard not to get downtrodden. Of course, even with this win, there are still many other civil rights issues left to fight for, but this ruling is such an amazing stride forward and deserves to be celebrated!

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For my Pride mani, I wanted to do something that both incorporated rainbow colors and a fun, festive theme, so I ended up doing confetti dots with stripes as an accent nail. I also used neon colors instead of the traditional ROY G BIV. It was a pretty easy mani to do, actually – the hardest part was getting the striping tape on perfectly evenly and since the stripes were so small to allow all six colors to fit on my nail, to paint the polish on without getting to on other sections. For this last part, I just used the least amount of polish on the brush as possible.

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Then came the fun part – the confetti dots! I used the smallest dotting tool I had (which still makes fairly big dots because I usually have too much polish) and dipped it in a little dollop of each color I put on a spare piece of paper, then added random dots on each nail. I think the color order I went in was yellow -> green -> blue -> pink -> orange -> purple because I wanted to make sure the lighter colors didn’t get lost amongst the darker ones. It was really easy to do, you just have to swipe off the current color with a remover-soaked cotton ball before going on to your next one so they colors don’t mix and get muddied.

I used purple striping tape and some of it rubbed off on the polish, which you can see on the yellow stripe :(

I used purple striping tape and some of it rubbed off on the polish, which you can see on the yellow and green stripes :(

Because I used butter London’s Cotton Buds as my base, this mani chipped almost immediately, unfortunately (bLs wear like crap on me), which is why in a few of the pics you’ll see that my thumb looks terrible, even though I tried to touch it up. I loved how this looked, though – so happy and fun, and since it was so easy, I would love to try it out with different colors (and a different base) in the future. It just looks like a party on your nails, doesn’t it?

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This year was the 45th annual Pride celebration in West Hollywood, and while I wouldn’t have braved the Sunday parade for anything (I couldn’t have dealt with the 40,000 people that were going to attend, I hate huge crowds), I went Saturday evening and my night ended with a fantastic concert by Kesha! I unabashedly love Kesha – I think her music and her general glitter party thing are so fun – so I was really looking forward to the concert and it definitely delivered. I didn’t really get many great pics or videos because I was awkwardly on the side (there were a BILLION people there), but it was such a fun show – Kesha had amazing neon green hair; there was tons of glitter, rainbow balloons, and backup dancers dressed in S&M gear and animal costumes; and at the end Kesha even came out in a rainbow costume complete with a rainbow guitar. Classic Kesh.

Thank you for reading and helping me celebrate this great day! I’ll see you next time – A x

Cirque Holo Polishes

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a lovely week! I was craving some holographic sparkliness but of course the day after I put this mani on it was cloudy and overcast for almost an entire week. I was fiiiiinally able to take some photos yesterday, so sorry for the week-plus absence, but feast your eyes on these babies:

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I ordered three Cirque holos just before Christmas last year during a sale; I already showed the gorgeous orchid holo, Xochitl, in a previous post, but today I combined the last two in this super blingy mani.

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So we’ve got Panacea, a funky chartreuse holo, and Cerrillos, a vibrant turquoise – both colors I looooove, even when not in deliciously sparkly holo form. Panacea was a little sheer, so I did three thin coats, and Cerrillos was probably good at two but I was painting in low light so I added a third for good measure. These wore super well on me – I had it on for almost an entire week and I only got a little chip on each finger. Not bad! Oh, also, for some reason when I photographed in the direct sunlight (to catch as much holo flare as possible), the base colors didn’t appear as vivid as they are in person. Photos really don’t do these justice, they’re mesmerizing in real life!

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For my glittery pinkie and thumb, I dabbed a coat of China Glaze’s Techno over Essie’s No Place Like Chrome, a great one-coat metallic silver. Techno is pretty chunky, so I did two thick layers of top coat, which of course meant my thumb chipped almost instantly. Sigh. But I just kept fixing the messed up parts because I liked this mani so much. It definitely didn’t chip off in big chunks like heavy glitters usually do on me, though, so that was a plus.

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On my pointer, I did one coat of No Place Like Chrome and then a layer of top coat. After it was totally dry, I placed one of my Make It Stick tribal decals (although it looks like they don’t do nail decals anymore…?) and painted a thick layer of Cerrillos on the top half and Panacea on the bottom. I was nervous to smooth the decal down too hard, like I usually do, because metallics have a tendency to rip off if you use tape on them, so the one side doesn’t look too great, but the outermost side is pretty crisp. I’ve never used these before because I kept forgetting about them, but I really love the designs.

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! I’ve got a few simple nail designs like this in mind for my next few manis, and I might even attempt a pictorial tutorial? Hmmm we’ll see how lazy I’m feeling. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see. As always, thank you for reading, and I’ll see you next time! – A x