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.

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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

May Nail Art Challenge #7: Pastel

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. It’s absolutely gorgeous here today, the pool at my apartment complex was crazy busy ha. I originally wasn’t excited about this prompt – usually the only pastels I like are neon – but I actually love the way it came out, which is really nice after a few “meh” manis.

From left: China Glaze Pelican Gray, CG Sweet Hook, CG Diva Bride, OPI Gelato On My Mind, CG Re-fresh Mint

From left: China Glaze Pelican Gray, CG Sweet Hook, CG Diva Bride, OPI Gelato On My Mind, CG Re-fresh Mint

I was already wearing China Glaze’s Pelican Gray, so I decided to top that with some pastel colors and thought pastel mermaid scales might be pretty. I think the decals I used were from What’s Up Nails – they were pretty good! I still had to manually pop out some of the inside of the scales, but they stayed on the vinyl for the most part, and they gave me really nice, crisp lines except for one or two places where I didn’t press down hard enough.

My cuticles look fine in person, but they look really bad here, stupid camera magnification!

My cuticles look fine in person, but they look really bad here, stupid camera magnification!

Once my decals were in place, I wet a makeup sponge, wrung it out so it was only a little damp, then placed random dots of my four pastel colors and sponged it on. The pink and mint are some of the colors I won from China Glaze – I only kept them because I didn’t have a pale pink or mint and thought I should probably have them for nail art purposes, which is a good thing because I already used it for this mani! Despite being pastels, the colors only took two or three light sponging passes to be nice and opaque.

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I love how this turned out! The only thing I wish I could’ve changed it noticing the decal on my pinkie wasn’t down all the way – you can see the middle scale is kind of messed up – but I think this is a really pretty, springy mani! I kind of want to do everything mermaid scales now that I know how good the decals are.

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Thanks for reading! See you soon with the second-to-last nail art challenge for May – A x

May Nail Art Challenge #5: Halloween in May!

Guys, I just realized my post titles for nail art challenges are like Kimmy Schmidt episode titles, and I kind of love it. Anyway, this challenge is totally up my alley, because I am the Halloween Queen, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s ALWAYS Halloween! (Also, this was supposed to go up two days ago, whoops, sorry about that!)

Maybelline Lust For Lilac, Palish Man's Red Flower, Zoya Stevie

Maybelline Lust For Lilac, Palish Man’s Red Flower, Zoya Stevie

I wanted to use traditional Halloween colors but in more spring-y hues since it’s May, and I chose a lilac and peach combo. (I want to note, however, that the polishes I chose did not play nice with my camera, so the photos are not the greatest quality, but I tried to show the colors most true to life.) I used Zoya’s Stevie, a lavender PixieDust, on my thumb, pointer, and pinkie, then a base of Maybelline’s Lust for Lilac (LFL) on my middle and rings fingers with Pahlish’s Man’s Red Flower (MRF) over bat decals.

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I had a hard time getting the lighting right on these photos – I couldn’t capture the holo of MRF, the top coat I used for the bat nails was too glossy so it kept showing a bad glare from the light, trying to avoid that glare meant that I couldn’t capture the sparkle and texture of Stevie…let’s just say, I was frustrated as balls trying to get some decent photos of this mani!

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I don’t totally love the way this came out – I accidentally put thick coats of MRF over the decals, which meant the edges of the bats weren’t super crisp when I peeled them off, and LFL is slightly too pink-toned to match Stevie, which I was going for… Eh, you win some, you lose some.

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This did get me really excited for Halloween, though (jk, when am I ever not excited for Halloween?). The other day I came across my Halloween decorations in the closet and was like “I’m coming for y’all soooooooon!” which led to my sister looking at me like I was crazy and reminding me that it’s only May. “But it’s basically summer, and summer always goes quick, then it’s fall, which is HALLOWEEN” was my response. But seriously…I can’t wait. I might even start planning some more Halloween manis now, yassssss. Thanks for reading, see you next time – A x

Springy Nails

Due to moving, I haven’t had my nails painted in AGES – I threw on Funky Fingers’ Sand and Stilettos, a present from my buddy Rach, for Vegas at the start of our road trip, but I didn’t want to take anything out once it was packed, so I endured chipped nails for a week before I was able to remove them entirely and then I was just too busy to put anything else on. But this week, inspired by the lovely spring happening in Nashville (my first spring, sort of! I have lived in Florida and California, neither of which have actual seasons, so seeing pretty flowering trees and soft new grass everywhere is kind of blowing my mind), I did a lovely pastel mani.

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I had no pastel pink polish (not a fan of baby pinks at ALL), but luckily my Walmart had Sally Hansen’s Hard-Core Party for 99 cents. The formula was predictably terrible – very streaky and sheer, even at 3 coats – but it was so cheap, I’ll keep it in case I have pastel mani needs in the future. Luckily, all the other polishes were an easy 2 coats.

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I also attempted a new nail art technique for this mani – splattering with a toothbrush. I realized later that most people do this with acrylic paint, which is probably why mine was kind of a fail. I tried to thin the polish (Essie’s No Place Like Chrome, a super reflective silver) with a little water before dipping my toothbrush in it, but it still didn’t do more than teeny tiny flecks when I ran my thumbnail across the bristles. Oh well. I do like the effect, it’s just kind of hard to see in photos since it was so subtle.

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As I said, I haven’t done my nails in forever, but apparently my blue obsession is still going strong. I’ve gotten very into green with my decorating – my new bedroom is evolving into lots of mint, kelly green, and aqua – but I ended up doing a full mani of just OPI’s Gelato On My Mind after this mani chipped because UGH LOOK AT IT. It’s such a perfect pale robin’s egg blue and shockingly has a great formula for a pastel. Man, I love it so much.

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Ahhhhh it was so nice to have pretty nails again! I need to build my new lightbox, but I’ve got other stuff going on so my next few photos might just be outside like these until then, so I can get back onto a regular posting schedule. I still need to unravel all my polishes, though, so we shall see how that goes, ha. Thanks for reading! See ya next time – A x

Coral + Cornflower Leopard

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got another quick post for you using a nail art technique I’ve never actually attempted before: leopard spots!

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I feel like freehand leopard spots is a nail art technique every blogger/nail art aficionado has done multiple times, but for some reason I never tried it out until today. I still can’t shake my desire for blue polish, so I’m trying to at least incorporate other colors and make more unique combinations – which is where Man’s Red Flower comes in! From Pahlish‘s The Jungle Book collection, MRF is a peachy/orange holographic shade – it looked slightly more coral online, so I was a bit disappointed when I got it, but it’s BRIGHT in the sun (not quite neon but almost) and the formula is amazing. Glad I scooped this one up!

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I’m not normally a huge fan of blue/orange color pairings (it’s the colors of my college’s rival, booooo) but I like this combination because I think the soft orange and almost lavender-leaning cornflower blue of Bikini So Teeny look really pretty together.

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The silver came into play because my sister had her bottle of Orly on the coffee table where I was painting my nails, and then I decided to sponge on a layer of Servin’ Up Silver (which is so old and sad and goopy, ugh, I need to try to thin the formula out) as an accent on my pinkie.

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I’m annoyed I couldn’t capture the holo of MRF very well, but it’s really lovely in direct lighting. I’m also pretty happy with how my first attempt at leopard spots came out! Now that I know how easy it is, that look might be appearing in more of my manis coming up, so be warned! Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x