July Nail Art Challenge #3: Splatter!

Is there any nail art that’s more fun than a splatter?

China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Sinful Colors Dream On, China Glaze Liquid Leather, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Models Own Turquoise Sea

China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Sinful Colors Dream On, China Glaze Liquid Leather, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Models Own Turquoise Sea

I really like this color combo – the neons really pop over the white base, and for some reason a little black always helps color combinations come together, I think.

I can never figure out how to pose with both hands in the same shot.

I can never figure out how to pose with both hands in the same shot.

My right hand actually came out way better than my left, but MAN is it awkward to pose my right hand and take photos with my left!

My right hand actually came out way better than my left, but MAN is it awkward to pose my right hand and take photos with my left!

I forgot how incredibly messy splatter manis are. I put two plastic bags down on my table to catch all the polish splatter and one or two drops still got on my phone :/ Thank God for screen covers!

The blue stuff around my nails is my liquid latex, which helps with clean up - you just peel off the latex instead of painstakingly cleaning up around the nail with a tiny brush or Q-tip.

The blue stuff around my nails is my liquid latex, which helps with clean up – you just peel off the latex instead of painstakingly cleaning up around the nail with a tiny brush or Q-tip.

I actually really loved the thumbs of each hand, too!

One more photo because I thought it was really cool – I went out this weekend and the neon sign near the balcony we were on made my nails glow awesomely because of the blue light.

7.10.16 Fancy Finger Guns neon

Sorry this was so photo-heavy, I just really loved this mani! Thanks for reading, see y’all next time – A x

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July Nail Art Challenge #2: Dry Brush

I haven’t done a dry brush in forever, I forgot how fun and easy they are!

7.6.16 Fancy Finger Guns bottles

My sister chose the color combo – pale pink and cobalt – because sometimes I get way too overwhelmed with all the choices/possible combos and just can’t deal, ha. I did a base of MBSW because my Fourth of July mani made me remember how awesome it is as a canvas for nail art.

7.6.16 Fancy Finger Guns around bottle

I’m not sure how I feel about the final result. I think the color combo looks very ’80s… Seriously, doesn’t this remind you of like, those satiny pale pink couches, neon light accents, and sketched lady art that was weirdly popular back in the day? I think if I had used a navy instead of royal blue it wouldn’t be so bad, but now I can’t un-see how ’80s it is! It’s making me want to watch Back to the Future or Miami Vice or something.

7.6.16 Fancy Finger Guns vertical

I wasn’t a huge fan of this, as you might be able to tell, so this will be a super quick post! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time – A x

June Nail Art Challenge #8: Glitter!

Hi, everyone! Today is the last nail art challenge of June, and it’s a fun one: glitter!

Cirque Colors Le Invader, China Glaze Lotus Begin

Cirque Colors Le Invader, China Glaze Lotus Begin

I scooped up Le Invader with a few other Cirque Colors last year when they had a massive clearance to clean out stock for new products, but I haven’t used it until today. I was anticipating an annoying application – it’s a chunky glitter polish, after all, and they’re usually difficult to apply – but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was! Guys, I really love Cirque polishes – they smell like lavender, the formulas are always a dream, and the branding and customer service are A+. If they weren’t a little pricier than I’d like, I’d buy them all the time! I’d say my one issue with them is that their new collections are limited edition now, which I learned the hard way last year, when I was waiting for their Vice collection to go on sale and instead it sold out. :/ (This year’s Vice collection just came out – how awesome do those look?!)

6.29.16 Fancy Finger Guns vertical

I had a hard time deciding what polish to use as a base for Le Invader. I decided to use China Glaze’s Lotus Begin since it’s a more muted color, which would allow the vibrant rainbow of glitters to pop. I think maybe my bottle of Lotus Begin got incorrectly labeled or maybe the formula was wonky or something – all the other images I’ve seen of Lotus Begin online show a vibrant pinky-lavender, but mine is definitely more of a muted hue. Anyway, I do like how these two polishes look together!

6.29.16 Fancy Finger Guns diagonal

Thanks for following me on this month of challenges (again)! I’m not sure if I’m going to do another one in July or not, so I’ll be figuring that out in the next few days. As always, thank you for reading, and I’ll see you next time! – A x

June Nail Art Challenge #6: Zigzag!

Hello, friends! This is gonna be a short post, so let’s get to it!

Left to right: Zoya Shelby, China Glaze Hang Ten Toes, CG Sweet Hook, CG That's Shore Bright, CG Kinetic Candy, CG Electric Beat, Color Club Blue-Ming, CG Too Yacht To Handle, Color Club Twiggie, Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet

Left to right: Zoya Shelby, China Glaze Hang Ten Toes, CG Sweet Hook, CG That’s Shore Bright, CG Kinetic Candy, CG Electric Beat, Color Club Blue-Ming, CG Too Yacht To Handle, Color Club Twiggie, Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet

I used this exact color combination two years ago in this mani, and I still love it! There’s nothing more fun than having a candy-coated rainbow on your tips.

6.21.16 Fancy Finger Guns around bottle

This took a little bit of time – a few of the colors required three coats (Blue-Ming, Sweet Hook), then I had to wait for top coat to dry, as well, and then it took some time to get all the zigzag/chevron decals to evenly spaced – but the end result is so worth it. I think this is cute without being too cutesy, you know what I mean?

Here's a better pic of the thumb.

Here’s a better pic of the thumb.

My mom and sister said this looks like Easter eggs, which I didn’t notice but they totally do! I kinda don’t want to take this off, I love it so much! 😍

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Thanks for reading, everyone! See ya next time – A x

June Nail Art Challenge #5: Unicorn!

Whoops, sorry, this should’ve gone up yesterday. Today’s theme is not really my jam, but it still came out pretty cute anyway!

6.19.16 Fancy Finger Guns bottles

I’ll be frank – I don’t like cutesy stuff, so a “unicorn” challenge was not really my cup of tea, but I decided to just lean into it and get all pink and sparkly! Bottoms Up has recently become my favorite pink – it’s an amazingly neon, bubblegum, ridiculous Barbie pink and I figured it would be perfect for a unicorn mani! Unfortunately, once I attempted to stamp over Bottoms Up, I had some real issues that made it take forever to get looking halfway decent. I used some Winstonia stamping plates to place a bunch of random stars on my middle finger, then the big unicorn on my ring finger.

6.19.16 Fancy Finger Guns curled

If you’re gonna do a unicorn mani, you might as well throw in some holo, right? I put my old buddy Mirrorball on my pinky, pointer, and ring fingers. The light was super weird outside so these pictures aren’t great, but I’ve used it before on this blog if you want to see how amazing and sparkly holo-y it is!

6.19.16 Fancy Finger Guns diagonal

Okay guys, I have discovered my new TV obsession, but because it’s British there’s only six episodes per season, so I’ve already watched the whole thing this past week and now I’m suffering withdrawals. :( The show is Peaky Blinders, and it’s awesome.


Peaky Blinders is apparently the UK’s first gangster TV show – it’s drawn comparisons to Boardwalk Empire (gangsters doing business with booze and race tracks in the 1920s), but I thought Boardwalk was boring as hell and never even got through half of the first season when it premiered, so I think the comparisons are pretty superficial. Anyway, this show is very cinematic, like all great TV shows in our recent Golden Age, and definitely has a style all of its own, one of which is using modern British rock songs from bands like The Kills, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, and of course, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – whose awesome “Red Right Hand” provides the theme song. The show also never met a slow-mo scene set to music it didn’t like, but that’s part of the fun.
Seriously, some shots are really just gorgeous. via

Seriously, some shots are really just gorgeous. via


The show does get bloodier and more violent as it goes on, though, so be warned if you’re squeamish! Also, one word of (casting) warning: I read that Tom Hardy, my Mad Max: Fury Road love, “starred” in the second season, but he’s barely in it. Don’t get me wrong – he makes the most of his time, and his character is hilarious (much-needed humor, by the way, because it can be quite a dark show), but he’s not in it very much. That’s okay, though, because weirdo eye candy Cillian Murphy is in like, 90% of the show.
Also, all anyone does on this show (besides maim or murder) is smoke and drink. via

Also, all anyone does on this show (besides maim or murder) is smoke and drink. via


A few things I don’t totally love about the show: I will admit, besides matriarch Aunt Polly (who I love), the female characters can be a bit underdeveloped, but it definitely got better in the third season, and I’m hoping it will continue to improve. Also, the criminal plots get a bit ridiculously twisty and difficult to follow in the second and third seasons, but at this point I mostly just watch for the characters, anyway. There were also some strong Godfather-esque moments in season three, in particular (some very “Micheal Corleone behind a desk” imagery), but I think that’s kind of inevitable when you’re doing a show about a gangster family. And anyway, much like Boardwalk Empire, The Godfather never really held my attention the way Peaky Blinders does. I’m sure it’s partly that I’m such an Anglophile, but I just think that for all its darkness and violence, the characters and the show’s style (the smoky urban setting, the costumes, the music) make it really enjoyable. Definitely at least give it a try if you’re looking for a new show!
Love you, Aunt Pol! via

Love you, Aunt Pol! via

Thanks for reading my little fluffy unicorn/dark drama show mashup post today! See you next time – A x