June Nail Art Challenge #2: Colors You Don’t Usually Wear

Today’s prompt and mani are all about one color, a color I have a weird bias against – red.

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I don’t really gravitate towards red in general, although sometimes – usually in the fall or holiday time – I do like a nice wine/vampy or metallic red. But something about just a plain red creme polish I really don’t like – I remember getting super annoyed when I’d watch Parks & Rec because Leslie often had red nail polish, and I couldn’t stand it. I’m not quite sure what it is about it that presses my buttons – I guess maybe it just seems dated to me now? Like very ’80s or something (even though red nail polish has been around since I think the 1920s, and was one of the few nail polish colors until fairly recently, history-wise)? I even prefer a nude manicure to a red creme one, and I am definitely not an all-nude polish type of chick! Anyway, because of this, I almost never wear red in a mani unless it’s holiday time or 4th of July, so when I saw this prompt I knew immediately that I’d be doing something with red.

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Another problem I have with red is what to pair with it – anything metallic seems Christmassy, as does any kind of green or white. I hate the red/pink pairing that fashion-y people are always trying to make a thing, and red + purple doesn’t really work for me, either, while red + yellow just looks like advertising colors (specifically, McDonald’s). For my taste, basically the only options left were gray or a blue that wasn’t cobalt (because then it gets into 4th of July territory), so I opted for a bright turquoise to make a pop-y combo. Then I chose to do a bubbly gradient of dots because I thought it would be a fun and peppy look to make me not hate seeing red on my nails!

Ugh freaking reds - I let this dry for 15 minutes, but it still streaked when I put on top coat :/

Ugh freaking reds – I let this dry for 15 minutes, but it still streaked when I put on top coat :/

Well, that seems like one big rant against red, ha! I’m pretty pleased with how this came out, though. Sometimes I wonder if the nail art that I do isn’t exciting or intricate enough to warrant a blog, but I think that in this age of super crazy nail art on Instagram and in famous salons that maybe there’s some merit to the kind that I do – I think maybe it’s nice to just show some cute or pretty looks that can be done with minimal tools and time. I see enough page views that makes me think this is true, so thank you for your support! Also, if you ever have any ideas of nail art or colors you’d like to see, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to feature it! As always, thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you next time with a super fun prompt that I really loved – A x

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Tropical Aqua and Lime

I used to love wearing two different nail colors on each hand – one color on my left, one color on my right. I realized the other day that I haven’t done that in forever, so I pulled out some of my brightest and happiest colors to do just that!

(Sorry my lighting is a little weird in these pics - I still don't have my lightbox yet (nowhere to put it right now) and I was rushing to take these pics before the sun totally went away, hence the blue tint.)

(Sorry my lighting is a little weird in these pics – I still don’t have my lightbox yet (nowhere to put it right now) and I was rushing to take these pics before the sun totally went away, hence the blue tint.)

Blue-Ming is the prettiest aqua blue, but the formula sucks (like most pastel neon colors). It also chips really quickly on me, but the color is to die. I used two of my dotting tools to make the curved line of dots – first I added a few bigger dots, then I filled in the rest of the space with smaller dots. I ended up wanting to add some gold, too, so I just put it over a few existing green dots.

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The green polish featured here is from Lime Crime. I know it’s a terrible company, but I bought this polish, Pastelchio, and the purple, Lavendairy, years ago, before I really knew much about the company. Last year (or was it 2014?) was that awful incident where lots of people got their credit cards ripped off because Lime Crime didn’t want to put better security measures in effect (i.e. they were being cheap), and that’s when I found out about the whole host of other shitty practices Lime Crime had engaged in the past. I do have a few more products from them – a few eyeliners and a liquid lipstick – but again, I got them a few years ago before I knew of any issues, and I’m going to keep using them because I really like the formula and the colors, but I won’t be repurchasing (I believe China Glaze has colors that dupe both the green and purple that I own, anyway). Okay, rant over!

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I really love the color combo of aqua, lime, and gold, and Honey Ryder is the perfect gold – not too yellow, not to champagne-y, and with just the right metallic sheen. It’s no secret that I love OPI’s texture polishes, and this is one of my favorites. I’m weird about golds, so the fact that this is my preferred hue AND it’s a texture? Yas, yas, yas!

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I hope you liked this look! It was a lot of fun, and it got me some compliments, which is always nice. I haven’t been feeling very nail art-y lately, so I’m going to participate in a nail art challenge I found on Instagram in May to try to get me back into it, which means lots of posts this month! Thanks for reading, see you guys soon with my first challenge – 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

Halloween Mani #8: Halloween Bubbles!

Hello lovely readers! We’re in the home stretch leading up to Halloween, so I’m gonna have nail posts probably every day this week. Savor that, because after this month I probably won’t post very much, ha – I don’t know how some nail bloggers do so many posts/manis every single month! It’s too much for someone as lazy as me, even though I do love nail art. Today’s nail art is a very fun look that actually took me no time at all to do:

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I used two easy coats of Zoya’s Loredana, a dark gray matte that was recently re-released. It’s gorgeous, with its silver flecks, and since it’s matte, it dried in a flash. Score. When that was dry, I used a medium dotting tool to apply a few dots around the side of each nail with Arizona, followed by Treble Maker and Anime-zing Color. Then I used a smeller dotting tool to fill in the space with multicolored dots in a rough curved shape.

Ahhh sorry, I didn't see the chip on my pinkie when I was taking pics!

Ahhh sorry, I didn’t see the chip on my pinkie when I was taking pics!

It still looked like it needed a little something, so I went back in and put a few small black dots in the empty spaces. I thought this mani was really fun – the gray under the traditional orange/green/purple makes it less cutesy, but still cute, if that makes sense? Also, I didn’t use top coat or anything, but all these polishes dried really quickly so it was a pretty fast mani (except for one or two dots that got a ding, but that’s because I’m impatient).

See that gorgeous matte shimmer?

See that gorgeous matte shimmer?

Tomorrow starts the week leading up to Halloween! Are you excited? Do you have your costume prepared? I definitely do not – as much as I love and anticipate Halloween, I think because I decorated so early (mid-September) and because I’ve been so busy (October is always a super busy month, and my family was just in town for a week), the rest of October really snuck up on me. I think I’m gonna have to go with something that’s more makeup based rather than costume based, since I’ve run out of time and have no more weekends to shop! I’m thinking of doing a cute alien look, but we’ll see. Anyway, thanks for reading! I’ll have another post up tomorrow, see ya then – A x

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