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.

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

June Nail Art Challenge #1: Squares!

Hi, everyone! Today I’ve got the first challenge of my June nail art challenge, so let’s get to it!

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Summer has officially hit, and when it’s over 90 degrees out, all I want to do it wear NEONS. I kept this mani super simple because I kinda just wanted some neon skittles! The yellow and orange are from my prize box of polishes that China Glaze sent me a few weeks ago, and they’re those old-school neons, so the formula is streaky as hell and needs a lot of coats, damnnnn the neon is so bright! The green is a newer China Glaze, from their neon collection last year, and it’s awesome – I love seeing a more blue-toned neon green instead of the usual acid-green hue, and the formula is great, too. And as always, Color Club’s Warhol is super opaque and super bright. Mmmm, neons.

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As for the “square” part, I added some gold square studs from Born Pretty Store at each cuticle, secured with a drop of top coat. I love adding studs to my manis, but even if I put top coat over top, they usually pop off within 24 hours, so I don’t use them that often.

Japanese Koi isn't coming across as neon here as it is in person, but it's BRIGHT.

Japanese Koi isn’t coming across as neon here as it is in person, but it’s BRIGHT.

Sorry this was so short, but it was was super simple mani and I didn’t have much to say about it ha. Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you next time! – A x

May Nail Art Challenge #4: Coral!

Hello, friends! How was your weekend? I had a really fun one – a little too much fun, if I’m being honest, so I spent most of Sunday recovering ha. But today it’s a lovely, bright day and I have a blinding mani to share with you!

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The fourth prompt of my nail art challenge was simply “coral,” and since that’s the color of one of my favorite nail polishes ever – China Glaze’s Surfin’ For Boys (SFB) – the polish I’d base the mani around was a no-brainer! I’ve used SFB a few times before on this blog, but seriously – if you don’t have it, you need it. It’s a blinding coral with pink shimmer that looks good on everyone and it’s just such a fun, summery color. I’ve given away about six bottles of SFB because everyone loves it, so it’s the perfect polish gift!

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I thought Orly’s Mirrorball would be a fun accent to go along with SFB, and thank goodness the sun came out so I could capture how awesome it is! Mirrorball is another polish I feel like everyone needs. It’s kind of an odd polish – it looks like it might be sheer, but it’s definitely too opaque to layer (it barely needs two coats), and it’s got both a linear holographic flare and small holographic glitter pieces mixed in – but it’s freaking gorgeous!

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I was thinking of using a silver to watermarble with on my pointer, but I wasn’t sure if any of my silvers were a) opaque enough, b) would react well in the water, so I used an old Sally Hansen black (Black Out, I think?). I haven’t attempted watermarbling in years, so I knew this would be a crap shoot, but it wasn’t actually too bad! At first my water was too cold, I think, because the polishes didn’t spread out, so I used slightly warm water and they spread out but then sort of separated? And then when I tried to make a design, it just sort of…swirled instead of giving me a nice, crisp design like this. Sigh. I actually like the design I ended up with, but dude – seriously, watermarbling is SO HARD. I don’t know how some people do it so easily!

This mani got me excited all over again for SFB, I’m thinking about putting it on my toes now that it’s officially sandal weather here in Nashville! Thanks for reading, and get ready, because the next nail art prompt is totally me (Halloween in May🎃👻🕸😍). See ya next time – A x

Neon Glittahhhhh

Last weekend, I was looking for a way to use Point Me To The Party that wasn’t over just white, and I think I hit on a pretty great solution!

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I’m pretty sure I got XOX Betsey because I saw it on Short ‘n’ Chic’s blog a few years ago. I was definitely NOT a neutral polish person then, but I believe it was on sale so I was willing to try it out for cheap. The formula is really great, especially for a light color – this was two super easy coats. I actually really like this polish – I’m not usually a fan of light pinks, but for some reason this pinky-nude is working for me!

After I added my old favorite Frisky (which I think might be fading a bit? Say it ain’t so!) on my pinkie as an accent nail and did alternating dots on my pointer and pinkie, I almost didn’t add Point Me To The Party on the rest of my nails because I thought it might clash. However, as soon as I applied it, I saw thankfully that the blue in PMTTP is very similar to Frisky, so everything looked good together!

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I’ve used PMTTP once before on this blog, last summer when I picked it up. It’s a very fun neon glitter topper comprised of translucent neon blue, green, purple, pink, and orange micro and hex glitter. I think China Glaze is the mainstream polish brand that’s done the best job of taking inspiration from indie polishes – this polish is clearly based on glitters like the famous Polish Me Silly‘s neon matte glitter confections, and it’s a really great effort! The glitter isn’t the easiest but also not the hardest I’ve ever dealt with – it was fairly easy to manipulate on the nail to get all the pieces where I wanted them. I was thrilled with how it looked over XOX Betsey – the whole reason I chose that color in the first place was to try to find another color to put PMTTP over that wasn’t stark white but still looked good (since the glitters are a bit translucent), and XOX Betsey worked perfectly, huzzah!

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I loved this mani so much that I kept it on for nearly a full week, and I got a ton of compliments on it. I love that it’s not a super in-your-face neon but still caught people’s attention. Thanks for reading, everyone! See ya next time – A x

Cobalt + Neon Yellow

Another quick little post here! I did these nails this past weekend, when temps were almost 90 here in LA. Yes, 90 degrees in February. Sigh. I’m not usually big on dark nail colors in general, but especially when it’s hot outside, I can’t bear to have anything besides bright hues on my fingertips, so I pulled out some of my favorites for this easy look.

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I loooove Baker Street – the polish made famous by Beyonce a few years ago – but this polish chips on me sometimes within hours. The only other polish I have by Nails Inc is a glitter, so I don’t know if it’s the general Nails Inc formula or just Baker Street itself, but it’s very disappointing. The color is so lovely I can’t really complain, though! This is two easy coats (that chipped within a day:().

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I used butter LONDON’s Cotton Buds and my dotting tools to make three graduated dots coming down from my cuticle. Once those had dried, I used the dotting tools to apply Essie’s In The Limelight on top. I really love how cobalt and neon yellow look together – I can’t remember where I first saw it, but it’s one of my favorite color combinations!

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I know it sounds like I’m rubbing these LA temps while the rest of the country is drowning in snow, but trust, I am not enjoying it. Please send some chilly thoughts my way, and I’ll send some way-too-hot-for-winter vibes to you, too! Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x