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

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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 #8: Spring Flowers!

Hiya, all! The temperature is starting to climb, which means all I want to do it wear bright colors, so even though today’s nail art challenge prompt is “spring flowers” – which brings to mind soft, pale hues – I HAD to go neon pastel.

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As I’ve written many times before because I can’t stop using this color, China Glaze’s Son Of A Peach (SOAP) is SO hard to capture accurately on camera – it’s definitely a neon peach, but in photos it almost always looks like a mac-and-cheese, yellow-toned orange. However, I think I FINALLY managed some photos where I caught how it looks in person! I always try to shoot neons in the shade, where you can gauge both the actual brightness and see the true color, but that never really worked before with SOAP until now, huzzah!

I forgot to note that I put China Glaze's Point Me To The Party on my thumb as an accent, but it didn't show up that well against the super-neon SOAP.

I forgot to note that I put China Glaze’s Point Me To The Party on my thumb as an accent, but it didn’t show up that well against the super-neon SOAP.

I really love peach and lavender together (and just realized that I already used that combo once during this challenge, oops!), and I love the pairing of these two polishes! Lavendairy is one of my favorite polishes and I hate that I have to use it sparingly (I don’t support Lime Crime anymore, but even if I wanted to buy another, they stopped making nail polishes), so I just did a few accents with SOAP here. The purple/orange combo and the white daisies make this look a little ’70s, which I wasn’t going for, but I still think this looks really cute!

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Only one challenge left this month – I can’t believe May has gone so quickly! Thanks for reading, 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!

5.10.15 Fancy Finger Guns around bottle

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

Nail Quickies: Pink and Blue

Hello, friends! I wasn’t sure if I was going to post this, since my nails are still too short for my liking and my cuticles refuse to look good, but what the heck? I’ve been a little bored with polish lately and just doing one color, so I tried to mix things up a little with this mani.

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So…I didn’t end up loving this look. The decals I used on my middle finger weren’t spaced properly enough (I hate that little part at my cuticle and the zig zag nearest my tip is too big compared to the others) and the dry brush I did on my pinkie didn’t turn out as cool as I would’ve liked, but I still really like this color combo.

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The pink, Orly’s Risky Behavior, is more blue-toned/magenta in person, but it kept coming out very hot pink in my photos. It’s very vibrant and pretty, though! I saw it on sale for 97 cents at Ulta and couldn’t resist. The formula was great, too – two easy coats.

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I actually really love how my thumb turned out – I guess using a metallic as one of the brush strokes looks way better than using it as a base? I felt like the colors didn’t really pop on my pinkie, but it looks great on my thumb. Ah well, lesson learned!

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Thanks for reading! See ya next time – A x