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  • Midwinter's Night

    Hello! How are you today? I've missed having the time to post more often lately. I'm hoping to get back in the swing now, though. I hope all your holidays were joyful and restful and that your new year has started off well! Mine so far is good.

    Saturday morning I woke up to a perfect blanket of snow over everything! You know the kind where the whole blanket is made up of perfect flakes and it all sparkles! I was inspired to paint a midwinter's night mani. 

    I loooove how this mani turned out! It shimmers and sparkles all over the place! β„οΈβœ¨ I mostly think to paint snowflake manis in December but there are still many snowflakes in January too. 

    I hope you have a wonderful day! See you soon...

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Enchanted Polish - Kids

    Enchanted Polish - Rainbow Juice (With Pulp)

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - H02

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Silver Poinsettias

    Hello there...how are you this evening? I'm doing pretty well. I've decorated my house for my first Christmas in it, which I love! Here's my tree! πŸŽ„

    And of course I still make time for nail art! Here's one I'm very happy with! I'm excited about how the detail came out so clear. I'm not entirely sure if this image was meant to be a specific flower but it looks a lot like little poinsettias to me. 

    I enjoy Christmas manis and I tend to try and create some that aren't so obviously festive. A little covert, perhaps... What do you think? Does this pass as a version of a holiday mani?

    Thank you for stopping by! Blessings to you...

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    A England - Heathcliff

    A England - Let Me In

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 201

  • ILNP | Birds

    Hello! How are you today? How has your week been? I've had a long work week so I'm looking forward to the weekend. I'm still doing a lot of work to my new (well 105 years old but new to me) house but trying to enjoy my mani-cave too and paint my nails! I ordered four shades from ILNP's summer collection and I have one of the fabulous scatter holos to show you today. I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but I'm a sucker for blue holos so naturally I couldn't resist this one! This is Honor Roll.

    It's fabulous, ultra scatter holo blue! It sparkles just as you dream it ought to! I added some stamping, though, as I normally do so here's Honor Roll with birds taking flight!

    I hope you like it! I really do... 😁 I hope you have a great evening and a wonderful Friday! As always, thank you for stopping by! Happy polishing!

    Supplies:

    ILNP - Honor Roll

    Essie - Blue Rhapsody

    Bundle Monster Plate - 508

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Turquoise

    Hi there. How are you today? Did you have a fun 4th of July? I can't believe it's July already. I feel like this year is flying by. 

    I came across this amazing mani that looked like the stone, turquoise, and I had to try to accomplish it myself. The original mani that inspired me was done with a water spotting technique that for the life of me I couldn't get to work. I'll keep trying but in the end I found a stamp that I used to accomplish a very similar look.

    I am sooooo excited about how this turned out! I started with the Saran Wrap technique with three shades of turquoise to get the depth of color there then stamped over that. Free hand, I filled in some of the stamping with black and free hand again, I used a copper holo for accenting the black. It's so fun I can barely stand it! 😁

    There are lots of tutorials online about the Saran Wrap and water spotting techniques so feel free to browse and see if you like the way others have created manis with them. 

    I hope you have a relaxing Sunday...I'm going to paint some more in my house (wearing gloves of course as to not ruin my mani) and then relax too. Thank you for stopping by!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Lady Liberty

    Essie - Turquoise and Cacois

    Essie - Mint Candy Apple

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 509

    Cirque - Cypress

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Oh Louboutin...

    Happy weekend to you. How are you today? I have been a major introvert and didn't leave my place at all today. I do love people, but sometimes it's very refreshing to just chill out on my own. I was given such an amazing Christmas gift from my boyfriend and I just have to share it with you! How great is my man!?

    I just LOVE this color! It's a simple, rich navy cream but there's something special about it. It's nearly a one-coater too, but I always paint two. The inkwell-type cap is so comfortable to use, though it's a little shorter than the Rouge cap. I'm sure the Rouge is it's own design since it's THE Louboutin color.

    So, as usual, I couldn't leave it alone... I have a few pictures below of art I added to this beauty. These two pics show a taped stiletto design with a gunmetal shade (Zoya, Claudine) to mimick the bottle.

    And here I added Enchanted Polish's To Die For glitter on my ring fingers, then stamped with Bundle Monster's plate 604, Essie's No place Like Chrome and Picture Polish's Pandora for the dot accents. You just can't go wrong with navy! 

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Thanks for hangin in there with my picture-heavy post today! 😁

  • Christmas!!

    Merry Christmas to you!! I hope you are having a wonderful day! Mine is full going from one family member's house to another but a great day! I painted this mani for today and it's another swirly, stamped and dotted mani. Here 'tis! πŸŽ„

    Well, there you have it! This is short and sweet for today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day! Blessings to you and your family and loved ones!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - The Devil Wears Cirque

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    A England - St. George 

    Bundle Monster Plate - 607

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Christmas Eve, Eve

    Hello! Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!!πŸŽ„ My brother and I used to always say that growing up and we thought we were so clever. So now I always remember that. I think it was a way for us to extend the feeling of Christmas. I have a fun, festive, though not classically festive, mani to show you today. I'm so not normally a green person but this Tavern on the Teal is somethin' else!

    I had the silver swirl image over the teal for an evening and it just felt like it was missing something so I added the dots later that night and it's just right!

    So can you believe it's almost Christmas again?! I'm pretty excited. The month of December has had it's ups and downs for me over the years but this one is definitely up. I hope yours is too, though I do know it can be a challenging time of year for many. 

    I hope you have a wonderful day and see you soon!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Tavern on the Teal

    A England - Sleeping Palace

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 607

    Seche  Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Snowflakes

    Hello! How are you? I'm doing good, though I got a flat tire today so that's frustrating... I can even see the screw that's in the tire. I guess I'll have to go straight to the tire shop in the morning... Well, something way more fun than car troubles is a new bottle of nail polish one of my besties gave me for my birthday! My first Marc Jacobs polish!😍 Here is Secret Love.

    Secret Love is an amazing, vampy, deep plum! The formula is surprisingly thin for the dark pigmentation so I had to really control the polish. The second coat gave it a high shine all on its own. It was difficult to tell if it was drying at all because of its high gloss finish. I couldn't leave the polish alone, of course, so I thought I'd add some snowflakes...❄️❄️❄️

    This is one of my blingiest manis ever and I hadn't planned on it being so. I thought it would be simple, then it just ran with a mind of its own. ☺️ I used two Bundle Monster images for this double stamped mani and I used both white and silver holo hoping to add depth to the look. I really love how this turned out! Very unexpected, but I love it!

    I hope you have a great Friday! It's almost the weekend... Thank you for stopping by.

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Marc Jacobs - Secret Love

    Konad - White

    Cirque - Sani

    Essie - Set In Stone

    Bundle Monster Plates - 014, 323

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Festive Continues...

    Hello! Can you believe Christmas is this week? It sure does seem to come around faster every year. It is fun to have such a great season to inspire nail art too! Here's a mixed method mani to continue the festivities using one of my favorite reds of all time.

    I stamped on two fingers and glitter faded the rest. I really love how this one turned out. I think I'm drawn to less obvious festive manis, for lack of better explanation. So in my mind this fits into that category. I hope you like it! And, I hope you have a great rest of your day. I need to run a couple last minute Christmas errands then I'll be all set! See you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    A England - Rosebower 

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    A England - St. George

    Bundle Monster Plate - 213

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Auntie Ems

    Happy weekend everyone!! I've been absent for a bit...sorry about that. I've had a super busy couple of weeks and this week has been full of excitement because I'm officially an aunt! My brother and sister-in-law brought an incredible baby boy into the world yesterday! I have never been a baby person but oh-my-goodness am I head over heels! His name is Abdiel. It means "Servant of God" in Hebrew. So, I know this isn't a nails pic, but here I am holding Abdiel, a blessing to our family. 

    So, night before last, as I was hoping and waiting for news of Abdiel's arrival, I did the best thing I could think of...painted my nails, of course! So here's a special mani for an incredibly special occasion.

    Well, there you have it! I hope you like this as much as I do! Even though the base color is called Midsummer Night, it really looks festive with the rose gold stamped design and glitter! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm hoping to spend more time with my sweet nephew.

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast base Coat

    Cirque - Midsummer Night

    Essie - Penny Talk

    Julep - Diamond Theory

    Pueen Stamping Plate - 61

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Happy 1 Year Anniversay!!

    Hello! How are you today? I am doing great! I am all about birthdays and anniversaries... Days that mark something special...and today marks one year of my nail art blog! Wow, that went fast! I have been inspired over the years by many nail polish-aholics, a.k.a. nail artists and I have been privileged to paint my art with much encouragement. Thank you for your encouragement too! Thank you for all the visits you've made to my corner of the world-wide-web to see what I imagine. I am grateful for you!

    Here are just a few of my favorites over the last year. All of these have their own posts that you can find if you'd like. And there will be more to come!

    For today's manicure, I chose a detailed stamping image and added a little something over top...

    I used a couple newer polishes of mine, Concrete Jungle for the base and Bette for the bright blue dots. I like how neutral this manicure is. I wear a lot of black and gray and blue (even though red is my favorite color) so this goes with a lot. It's probably why I was drawn to this combo in the first place. ☺️ 

    Thank you again for stopping by! Here's to the last year and more ahead! πŸŽ‰Welcome December and I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Cirque - Concrete Jungle

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Picture Polish - Bette

    Bundle Monster Plate - 404

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Llarowe Duo

    Happy mid-week! How are you? I have a really fun duo to show you this evening. I have used two of my favorite Llarowe polishes for this nail art. I used Final Fantasy, the light gold-pink holo, and Dirty Diana, the berry holo. Llarowe creates amazing holo polishes in very unique shades. They all apply perfectly and many are almost opaque in one coat. 

    I painted two coats of Final Fantasy, tapped off the middle to paint the black. I re-tapped the edges of the black to paint a stripe of Dirty Diana. After all that, I chose a slim stamping design and stamped down the center. There were a lot of steps for this mani but I am so happy with the way it turned out! It was fun to combine taping and stamping. 

    I hope that you have a great evening and a good Thursday tomorrow. I hope to see you soon!

    Supplies:

    Llarowe - Final Fantasy

    Llarowe - Dirty Diana

    Essie - Liccorice 

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 213

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • So Rouge

    Hey there, how are you? I'm doing well. I'm more sleepy today than usual for a Saturday but that's alright. I get to relax today. What are your weekend plans? I decided to use the stunning Louboutin Rouge again the other day. The only other time I've worn it, I didn't add anything to it. This time I didn't add much, but it went a long way, I think.

    So there you have it. Just simple studs and a couple stripes but it's definitely a striking mani. I used Essie's No place Like Chrome for the stripes and of course my trusty Seche Vite top coat. 

    Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great afternoon!

  • Enchanted Polish | Vampires Suck

    Happy Saturday everyone! I've not felt well this week so I apologize for the lack of posting. I purchased two Enchanted Polishes a couple weeks back and I have one of them to show you today. I searched online for all the swatches of this color before ordering and I thought it was more on the red side but it turns out to be very brown. I probably wouldn't have ordered it had I known, but I'm kinda glad I did because it got me out of my norm and it is really pretty. Here is Vampires Suck.

    I added a stamping image from Bundle Monster's new Sunkissed Collection and it really turned out fun. Again, it's definitely out of my norm but it's good to get out of the box every now and then. :)

    I hope you are having a lovely day, and I hope to see you soon! I have new Cirque colors arriving today so I'll be posting those as soon as I can. πŸ‘

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Enchanted Polish - Vampires Suck

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 509

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • For the Garden Party

    Hey there, how are you today? I've had a great day! I got to paint nails at an outdoor market and it was so fun! It was the third outdoor market I painted manis at this summer but since this was in September I took all the colors of fall to paint fall inspired manis. I wanted to have my own mani in tip top shape for the occasion so here's how I dressed my nails.

    This is the first time I tried reverse stamping and it worked really well! I'm super excited how this turned out and looking forward to future manis with this technique. 

    I hope you've had a great Saturday! I'm glad you stopped by. 

    Supplies:

    ILNP - Black Orchid

    Essie - Penny Talk

    O.P.I. - Amazon...Amazoff...

    Bundle Monster Plate - 506

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Sunkissed with A England

    Good evening to you! How are you? I'm doing good though I'm very sleepy... I had a good day which included a great couple hours of quiet, alone time at the Glen Eyrie Castle. Here's the view from where I enjoyed my time.

    I also, of course have nail art to show you.πŸ˜ƒ Bundle Monster released a small collectection of plates recently called Sunkissed. It's a great set of 10 plates inspired by the sun and the ocean. I used one of their new disigns for this mani.

    These pics make the base look black but this is a deep navy blue. I love using holo polishes to stamp with over creams and this mani is no exception. If you're a fan of stamping this Sunkissed Collection is a must have. It's full of literal ocean styles as well as designs like this one that don't necessarily scream ocean. It's a great collection.

    Thank you for swinging by. I think I'll head to bed now...sweet dreamsπŸ’€

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Bobbing For Bobbles

    A England - Encore Margot

    Bundle Monster Plate - 506

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • MoYou Rainbow Contest Part II

    Hello there! Happy weekend to you! Here is part II of the MoYou London's 20k followers contest. This post has blue, purple and pink. It's been a while since I've painted my nails every night, it's mostly just every other night ;) so this was a fun way to use some polishes and stamping images I don't normally put together. Here we go!

    Friday: Blue

    Hers is Zoya's Blu for the base and A England's Tristam (the king of everything blue) to stamp with. This is an image from the Suki 04 plate.

    Saturday: Purple

    This is the lovely Imperial from Picture Polish stamped with Essie's Nothing Else Metals. I used a portion of the Suki 08 stamping plate for the birds. 

    Sunday: Pink

    I used two O.P.I pinks for an hombre base, Mod About You and Miami Beet. The black for the lace stamping image took over the pink more than I expected but I still love the result! This is an image from the MoYou Bridal plate 06.

    Well, fellow polish-aholics, there you have it! I hope you've enjoyed watching the colors of the rainbow unfold into manicures as much as I enjoyed painting all of them. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend and, as always, thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Inspired by Summer

    Hi there! How are you today? So over the last three weather seasons I've painted a mani inspired by each season. This will be the fourth and final of this series and what season better to use for a finale than summer!

    This was really fun to paint though it definitely took a good amount of time. Here are the supplies for Summer.

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Colors by Llarowe - Zipper

    O.P.I. - Alpine Snow

    Essie - Cashmere Bathrobe

    O.P.I. - Amazon...Amazoff

    Essie - Mojioto Madness

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 407

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

    I used the same theme in all four seasons so here they are all together.

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    Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods. I hope you have a great evening!

  • ILNP | Princess Diaries

    Good evening everyone. How did your Tuesday go? My day felt really long...the kind that would kid me into thinking tomorrow is at least Thursday. Oh well, at least there's always nail polish! I have another ILNP soon-to-be-retired color to show you today. This is another color out of my norm, like the green holo I posted yesterday was, but it's SO PRETTY!!! Here is Princess Diaries.

    I added black and subtle glitter with the dry brush technique to this dreamy pink holo. I am so excited about how this turned out! This look would work with so many color combinations. I think I'll definitely do something similar with a lilac, light blue or even a gold... 

    Thank you for stopping by today. I hope that you are well and that you have a wonderful evening.

    Supplies:

    ILNP - Princess Diaries

    Essie - Licorice 

    Julep - Portia

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Chevron

    Hey there! How was your Fourth of July? Mine was so nice and relaxing. I painted my friend's nails and then went to a BBQ at my mom's. Super laid back, which is my favorite. Here is a mani I painted to go with an outfit for a wedding last weekend. I really, love how the colors combined. 

    I started of course with my two coats for the base colors and then stamped over those. I also actually always paint a coat of Seche Vite over my base colors before stamping. It helps the base dry faster but I also think it helps the stamped image apply better. I'm not sure how many gals do that when they stamp but I've always found it helpful.

    I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Cashmere Bathrobe

    Essie - Naughty Nautical 

    A England - Rosebower

    Bundle Monster Plate - 423

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Mint with a hint of rose...

    Good day to you! How is your weekend going? Mine is going well. I need to get my lazy self out for a run today though...it's been a while. Before I do, though, I wanted to share my most recent mani with you. It all starts with a fabulous mint cream polish from Essie. Here we go!

    I've always loved the combination of mint or turquoise of some kind and red. There's just something about it and these two shades turned out just how I'd hoped. I really love to use tape for nail art too. Years ago (like over 15) I only used tape for all my nail art. If stamping plates existed, I sure didn't know about them so tape was my only known option. :) 

    I hope you have a wonderful Sunday afternoon and I look forward to seeing you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Mint Candy Apple

    A England - Rose Bower

    Nail Art Tape

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Fashionably Late with Suki

    Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you had a great week. I received a couple nail mail packages over the last couple weeks and here is the second of the two Lacquer Lust polishes I bought. This is a collaboration shade called Fashionably Late between Laquer Lust and Fashion Polish who are actually sisters which is super fun! 

    I ended up stamping over Fashionaly Late with an Essie polish. I really love the images but I didn't expect them to cover as much of the base as they did. I'll have to wear Fashionably Late on its own again soon. I started with two coats of my base but depending on the thickness of how you tend to apply polish you may need three. It's an awesom blue jelly polish with small purple shimmers and purple flakies. It's really pretty! Overall with the two Lacquer Lust polishes I purchased, I'm very pleased. I'll definitely be checking the site for new collections in the future.

    I hope you have a great evening!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Lacquer Lust - Fashionably Late

    Essie - Nothing Else Metals

    MoYou London Stamping Plate - 04

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Steam Punk

    Hello, hello! How are you today? I'm pretty worn out from a long, but good week. I hope you're doing well this week too. Here's a simple, somewhat neutral stamped mani that reminds me of the steam punk style. Super cool stamp!

    I used two coats of my base, Master Plan, and stamped over it with a Sally Hansen rapid-dry polish. They work really well for stamping. I hope you like it!

    Supplies:

    Essie - Master Plan

    Sally Hansen - Grease Ligtening

    Bundle Monster Plate - 415

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Panacea

    Happy Sunday! I love sleeping in on the weekends, the birds chirping outside and the sun light brightening my bedroom to gently wake me up...sigh... :) I hope you're weekend has been relaxing too. I have another Cirque color to show you today. It's called Panacea and it a beautiful bright green holo. This is definitely not a color I'm normally drawn to but when purchasing the Heritage collection, I decided to include it to stretch my norm a bit.

     

    I started with two easy coats of Panacea and then chose a silver chrome polish to stamp a simple image over it. I wanted the base to show through the majority of the image. I can't say enough how much I love Cirque polishes!

    Thank you for swinging by today! 

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Cirque - Panacea

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Pueen Stamping Plate - 58

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Wing Dust

    Hi! How are you? I'm doing just fine and am loving this brilliant new topcoat I ordered. The indi brand is called Wing Dust and they have some super fun creations! This is my first polish of theirs but most likely, not my last!

    On the site I ordered it from (Llarowe) it describes this polish as "12 kt White gold in a linear holo base with copper/red shimmer and small gold flecks." I'd say that about sums it up! :) This is also my first polish with real gold flakes in it even though several brands have created their versions. I was thinking it might be chunky and dry kind of lumpy but I must say, the application was simple, evenly distributing the flakes and it dries completely smooth. I just love it! This is one coat over two coats of my favorite navy.

    Take care and I hope to see you soon!

    Supplies: 

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Bobbing for Baubles

    Wing Dust - I Can See Your Holo

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast top Coat

  • Happy Easter!

    Happy Easter to you! How do you celebrate today? I went to church and spent time with family and later I'll be with family again. It's been a great day! I've had this spring manicure on my mind for quite some time. I painted a fall and winter scene like this so now it's time for spring. The buds are finally braving our still somewhat snowy weather so I decided today was the day to break out this mani!

    I used eight polishes, a fine art brush, dotting tools and a stamp to create the design. It was really fun! I hope you like it too and I hope you have a wonderful afternoon! See you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Llarowe - Zipper

    Konad - Black

    O.P.I. - Alpine Snow

    O.P.I. - The Thrill of Brazil

    O.P.I. - Mod About You

    Essie - Mojito Madness

    Zoya - Eva

    Julep - Catrina

    Bundle Monster Plate - 407

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • More Cirque Fabulousness!

    Happy Saturday! I hope you're having a good day so far. I thought I'd swatch all the new Cirque colors today but I couldn't help just diving in and creating more nail art with them so instead, here is another mani with the remaining two colors from the new Heritage collection I didn't use in my last mani.

    I started with an hombre mani using the two Cirque colors and I love how well they blend! They created a slight hombre and an almost sunset-like feel. I stamped a delicate design over them in a silvery-purple chrome polish so that the hombre would still show through and I love the outcome! 

    Thank you for taking a peek into my world of polish! I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Cirque - Luminous Owl

    Cirque - Powwow

    Essie - Nothing Else Metals

    Bundle Monster Plate - 419

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Crossover

    Hey there, how has your week started off? Weekends go too fast but my day was good. I have a pic-heavy post tonight. I couldn't help it. :) Hope you enjoy...

    I'm so excited about how this turned out! I haven't used this China Glaze top coat in ages but it's the perfect touch. I think it's a nice crossover mani too from winter to spring. It's tough to want to wear super springy colors when there's still snow on the ground here. 

    I hope you have a great evening and hopefully see you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Turquoise & Caicos

    Sally Hansen - Brisk Blue

    China Glaze - Fairy Dust

    Bundle Monster Plate - 210

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Short and sweet...

    Happy Friday!! I'm very grateful for the weekend's arrival. :) Here's a simple stamped mani for ya. 

    I hope you have a great evening!! 

    Supplies: 

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Rainbow Honey - Diamond Weapon

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 301

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Gravity

    Hey there, how are you? I'm doing good and was so happy to come home to this little beauty waiting for me on my doorstep today! I expected it tomorrow. :) This is a short post but I just had to show you how incredible this new Picture Polish is: Gravity.

    This polish is a-mazing! I was quite surprised that it's really sheer so after remembering some other reviews and swatches that were over black, I tried that too. This is two coats of black and two of Gravity plus my trusty top coat. It's almost indescribable how it shifts in color from deep blue to aqua with purple and even hints of pink on the edges. That's all topped off with the trademark scatter-holo of Picture Polish and is just stunning! This is part of a new PP line of four polishes all with this intense duo chrome color-shifting scatter holo effect. If you decide to pick any of them up, I know you will be glad you did.

    Well, no art this time but more to come soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Licorice

    Picture Polish - Gravity

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • White, Yellow, Rose

    Good morning! Well, at least there's about 20 more minutes to the morning where I am. :) I'm being pretty lazy today and as much as the calendar says it's spring, it's not even 30 degrees here in Colorado Springs and snow covered the city last night. So, I'm tucked away in my little place painting my nails...bummer. ;) Here's a mani inspired by a new O.P.I. glitter that has shreds of white gold, yellow gold and rose gold in it. Sooooo pretty!

    I used one of my new MoYou London stamping plates for the three stamped nails; one in each tone from the glitter. I love this glitter and I think it'll look great over a lot of colors. The shredded shapes really give it a unique look and a bit of an edge. 

    I hope you have a great Sunday afternoon and hopefully see you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    ILNP - Pt 78

    O.P.I. - Gaing Mole-mentum

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Essie - Penny Talk

    Essie - Good As Gold

    MoYou London Plate - Suki 04

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Make a wish...

    Happy, happy Friday! I don't know about you but I am beat! I'm so grateful it's the weekend. I've had a lot going on at work and unfortunately I've also had a bit of a slump with manicures. :( I don't know why but a handful of manis have not turned out well enough to post so, sorry about my short absence. Here's a fresh little mani, though, using brand new MoYou London stamping plates.

    I absolutely LOVE the MoYou images. It was tough to only order a few. But I narrowed it down and look forward to all the fun stamped manis to come with them. I do have to say that the images are etched deeper than Bundle Monster's images so you don't have to clean the plate between every use as I normally do with Bundle Monster. With that said, though the deeper image holds more paint so I noticed that when I would place the stamper on the image to transfer it, some of the paint ended up escaping the recessed image and spoiling the transferred image. I got the hang of it, but I thought it was worth the mention as pre-thought use. :)

    I hope you have a weekend ahead that is tailored to your liking. I am going to rest, read, and of course...paint my nails!

    Supplies:

    Essie - Cashmere Bathrobe

    Konad - White

    MoYou Pro Collection - 07

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Tibetan Nights

    Hi there! Yay, we're past the middle of the week already! My last couple days have been quite long with a lot going on at work. How has your week been so far? Thankfully, there's always nail polish to help me chill out. Here is the very first Cirque Polish I bought a couple years ago and one of my all time favorite polishes.

    This Polish is a fabulous jelly-cobalt with super fine silver glitter in bars and hexagonal shapes. This is two coats with a Bundle Monster stamping image on just a couple nails. I love it and have actually had it on my nails now for three days which nearly never happens for me. :)

    I hope you have a fabulous Thursday and I'll see you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Cirque - Tibetan Nights

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 311

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 28

    Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you and welcome to the last day of February also means it's time for the last February Nail Art Challenge theme: Galaxy!

    So there you have it! I have only painted the galaxy mani one other time and that was over a year ago so I welcomed that theme. It's a little more time consuming so I guess it's not a look I go to often but it sure is fun! I had a great time with the February Nail Art Challenge, though I may wait until April to participate again. 

    I hope you have a fantastic Friday, whatever this day holds for you and thank you so much for swinging by!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Licorice 

    O.P.I. - Alpine Snow

    O.P.I. - Dating A Royal

    Picture Polish - Midnite Meteor

    Julep - Catrina

    Essie - Carry On

    A England - Morgan Le Fay

    A England - Encore Margot

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Chloe + Isabel

    Happy Wednesday! I hope you're doing well. I was recently introduced to Chloe + Isabel jewelry by my friend, Tracy. I was immediately impressed by the creativity, design and quality of the pieces. I’m pretty much a Chloe all the way but I know that c+i has something for everyone. The spring collections have inspired a few of my latest manicures so I thought I'd show you.

    Supplies:

    Julep - Helen

    Essie - Good As Gold

    Julep - Josephine 

    BM Plate - 212

    Crystal Nail Gems

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

    Supplies:

    Essie - Tart Deco

    Essie - Naughty Nautical

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

    Supplies:

    Essie - For The Twill Of It

    Essie - Set In Stone

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

    Chloe + Isabel jewelry can be found at tracyscandi.com. They have pieces at all price points and it's really fun to discover if your style leans more toward Chloe, like mine, or Isabel. I'm sure there will be more c+i inspired manis in the future so I'll be sure to show them to you. I hope you have a great day!

  • February Nail Art Cahllenge - 23

    Happy weekend to you! How is your weekend going? I've had a great one so far shopping with my man, going to family dinner, being lazy and of course...painting my nails! Today's February Nail Art Challenge theme is "animal". Here's what I decided to paint. :)

    So what do you think? I'm pretty excited about how this turned out. I must say though that great polishes have so much to do with great nail art. If you have yet to check out Cirque or A England, I highly recommend you do. Only two more nail art themes for this month so see you soon!

    I hope you have a great rest of your Sunday! 

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Cirque - Epoch

    Cirque - Baptisia 

    A England - Encore Margot

    A England - Princess Sabra

    Essie - Naughty Nautical

    BM Plates - 015, 212, 419

    Dotting Tools

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 20

    Welcome to Thursday! I hope you are well and that your life is full of great things. :) Today is another post of nail art for the February Nail Art Challenge with the theme: Floral. Now, much like the girly, Valentine manis I'm not much of a flowery girl either but I branched out once again and ended up using a stamping image I most likely never would have if not for the theme. And I like!

    I started with two coats of the Orly purple. I love this color with all its fabulous flakies mixed throughout. They catch the light and bling in the best way. Orly really is a great polish; I only have about 5 of their polishes but all of them apply like a dream and are unique. 

    I hope you have a great day... Tomorrow is Friday, after all. :)

    Supplies:

    Picture Polish - Revolution Glitter Base Coat

    Orly - Fowl Play

    Essie - Nothing Else Metals

    Bundle Monster Plate - 310

    Bundle Monster Plate - 323

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Neutral Fade

    Hey there! How is your weekend going? Mine is good and lazy so far, which is nice. :) There's always time for manicures though so I thought after all the bright colors in February manis that I'd use neutral colors for this one.

    I just purchased the taupe-gray Essie this past week called Master Plan, though it's been out for a while. I really love the color! It goes with everything and applies as well as all Essie. I started with two coats of Master Plan and then used two glitters that I made last year I call Salt & Pepper. :) I thought I would only use the white over the black on my ring fingers but then I really liked how it looked so I ended up painting them all the same. I hope you like it! 

    Supplies:

    Essie - Master Plan

    Mani+ac - Salt

    Mani+ac - Pepper

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 09

    Happy Sunday! Today is the fourth day for the challenge with the theme: Hearts. As I mentioned before about the manicures that are too girly... I'm not normally drawn to them but I guess I've found a way to put my own spin on them and I like that this February challenge has helped me think outside my norm. 

    These are both polishes from my February Julep Maven box. The glitter was a gift to all the Julep Mavens this month, called Love, and is really pretty in person. It seems to be all glitter but it's such a full coverage, shimmer glitter that this is only two coats. I hope you like my version of a hearts mani! 

    Supplies:

    Julep - Greta

    Julep - Love

    Essie - Good As Gold

    Bundle Monster Plate - 317

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 04

    Hey there! How are you today? I hope you're doing well and enjoying your week so far. Today is the second day to paint your nails for the February Nail Art Challenge and today's theme - Polkadots!

    I wanted to do something a little different for the theme so I thought having it all be textured would be fun. I know it's only been two manis so far for the challenge but it's fun to have a theme to go by for a change. Be sure to swing by again soon for the next theme! I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Supplies:

    Zoya - Sunshine 

    Julep - Hailee

    Essie - Blue Rhapsody

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 01

    Hello! Can you believe it's already February? I'm pretty amazed, actually. I've had this blog going for two months now and I'm still having lots of fun with it. I'm so glad you stop by too so I hope you've enjoyed what I've posted so far. :)

    Today also marks the first day of the February Nail Art Challenge by California Nails. I saw the challenge posted by a few fellow nail art bloggers on Instagram this past week and decided it would be really fun! So here's day 1 - Glitter!

    I had a lot of ideas for the "glitter" day but decided on using a new glitter Polish from Rainbow Honey for this one that's part of their Sweet Talk collection. I love the combination of red and turquoise. I always have. There's something so sharp yet classic about it. BTW, I'll be swatching the six polishes from the Sweet Talk Collection soon so be on the lookout for it.

    It's another cold and snowy day in Colorado Springs so it'll probably be a good day for more manicures! I hope wherever you are, you have a wonderful Saturday!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Parka Perfect

    Rainbow Honey - XOXO

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Unique ID

    Happy Sunday! It's a beautiful day in Colorado Springs today. Hopefully your day is off to a great start. This is a fun design I hadn't used yet but thought would turn out well. 

    It's fun having finger prints on both sides of my fingers. :) This is a complete Essie look too. Their chrome collection from last year stamps super well. Thank you for swinging by today! Have a great afternoon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Recessionista 

    Essie - Nothing Else Metals

    Bundle Monster Plate - 414

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Simple Sparkle

    Hello, hello! How is your week going? Mine seems to be going a bit long but tomorrow is Thursday after all so the weekend is still on its way. :) I have a very simple manicure to show you today. I use the inexpensive sponge eyeshadow applicators to achieve glitter fades so I used the same technique here too.

    I included a blurry picture to show all the sparkle in this glitter. I think this may be my favorite glitter from 2013. I love that there are different sizes and colors and of course prismatic glitter too! This is a pretty simple technique so feel free to have a try. I hope you have a fabulous evening and hopefully see you soon!

    Supplies:

    Picture Polish - Revolution (Glitter Base)

    Essie - Mademoiselle 

    Julep - Beatrix

    Sponge Eyeshadow Applicator

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Doorways...

    Hi there! It's cold and snowy in my city today so it made for perfect mani weather! :) I've been stamping so much lately that I thought it was time to take the time and tape a manicure this time.

    My experience with nail art began with taping off designs so this method does come naturally to me. It just takes quite a while so I don't go this route as often. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!! Thanks, as always, for stopping by today. :)

    Supplies:

    A England - Encore Margot

    A England - Galahad

    Julep - Josephine

    Essie - Recessionista

    Nail Tape

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Cool Stamping

    Happy day two of 2014! :) Unfortunately the mani from yesterday was already chipping on me... That never happens in one day for me but it did so I needed to redo my nails and decided to go with one of my very favorite classic Essie polishes to stamp over.

    I make such a mess stamping with black...I tell ya. I use up so many q-tips and toothpicks soaked in polish remover... :) I think it turned out quite nice though! This image was great to work with too! I hope you have a good evening and a great Friday!

    Supplies: 

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Essie - Marino Cool

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 020

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • 2014

    Hello and welcome to the new year! I have a tried and true favorite of mine to show you today from O.P.I. I really tried to capture the true color of this Designer Series shade but it kept coming up more brown than the deep plum it is in natural light. If you have the chance to pick this shade up, I don't think you'll be disappointed. 

    After applying two coats of the DS Mystery I stamped with a chrome Essie polish and then fished out a few purple glitters from a new Essie Luxe Effects glitter top coat for little accents. I hope you like it! 

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    O.P.I. - DS Mystery

    Essie - Good As Gold

    Essie - Jazzy Jubilant

    BM Plate - 003

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • One For One

    My very favorite shoe company, well movement rather, is TOMS. I may be a little passionate seeing as I have two pairs of sunglasses and 22 pairs of TOMS shoes...but I truly love the cause! So, because TOMS and nail polish are passions of mine, I happen to be inspired by new pairs of shoes I get for manicure ideas! 

    I LOVE how this turned out! I'm going to have to wear these ballet flats while I have this mani! So fun. If you're new to TOMS in any way, I encourage you to check them out. I have painted two other TOMS inspired manicures so I've put those photos below too. I hope you like this as much as I do! Have a great evening!

    Supplies: 

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    A England - Bridal Veil

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 021

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

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    Supplies for the mani inspired by the Woven Women's Paisley Classics:

    O.P.I. - Dating A Royal

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 315

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

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    Supplies for the mani inspired by the Red Polka Dot Linen Ballet Flats:

    Julep - Claudette

    Dotting Tool

    Konad - White

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Merry Christmas Eve!

    Merry, merry Christmas Eve!! I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas Eve so far today. I had a wonderful, relaxing day with family and friends. That's the best part of this season for me; spending time with people closest to me. Here's what I spent a little of my time on today. :)

    I used one of my top five favorite colors of all time for the base and it's actually a bit more gray in person but it's a classic O.P.I. and goes with everything. I stamped a couple accent nails and then faded an amazing multi-colored, multi-shaped, multi-sized glitter for just a twinkle here and there. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for swinging by my little corner of the web. :)

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    O.P.I. - You Don't Know Jaques

    Rainbow Honey - Lunairetic 

    Essie - Good As Gold

    Bundle Monster Plate - 417

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Bling

    Hello! Oh how I love Saturdays! Here is a stamped mani that has "bling" in a different way. :) 

    I decided to reverse the accent nail to be the one without the stamp. I love the colors of the glitter in this Butter London polish. It has tiny deep cobalt and kelly green hexagonal glitter in a deep blue jelly base. I used two coats and it applies pretty well. The first coat was perfect, though it already began to thicken on the second coat but it's very manageable. It dries quite satin in finish and not as smooth as I prefer so I used two coats of top coat to help with that. 

    I hope you have some great Saturday plans! 

    Supplies:

    Picture Polish - Revolution Glitter Base

    Butter London - Inky Six

    Essie - Blue Rhapsody

    Bundle Monster Plate - 422

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Happy December!

    Happy December and welcome to mani-ac.com, officially! I chose one of my all-time favorite polishes called Hope by the fabulous Picture Polish. Even though it's been bright and sunny this past week I thought snowflakes would be just right to launch December! :)

    I haven't used this combination of polishes yet but I really like it! Hope by Picture Polish applies opaque in two coats allowing the amazing scatter holo and blue hexagonal glitters shine through! The Essie chrome collection from last year stamps really well for me too. I used two stamping plates so that I alternated some of the images. I hope you have a great first day of December wherever you are today. Thank you for stopping by!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Picture Polish - Hope

    Essie - Blue Rhapsody

    Bundle Monster Plates - 319, 323

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Glowing Fade...

    You know you have a problem when you stare at a collection of polishes and don't know what to choose... At least that's when I knew I had a problem... ;) Here is a glowing glitter fade with two great polishes. I couldn't decide which of my glitters to use but my BFF chose this one for me.

    I quite like this combo! It definitely seems to glow especially with the multi-colored, multi-sized shades of red glitter faded over the deep gray backdrop. I hope you enjoy!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Clear Base Coat

    Essie - Cashmere Bathrobe

    Julep - Autumn

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Inspired by Autumn

    I was inspired by the beautiful season for this nail art. I used a combination of polishes with the stamping technique on my middle and ring fingers then added dots to create "leaves" with dotting tools.

    Supplies:

    Llarowe - Zipper

    Konad Special Stamping Polish - Black

    Julep - Claudette

    Julep - Catrina

    Essie - Mojito Madness

    Cirque - Mink

    Bundle Monster Plate - 407

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Perfect Royalty

    I had a lazy Sunday and of course painted my nails! This is a new collaboration shade from Picture Polish.  It's absolutely amazing!

    In the end, as I often do, I added some extras to Imperial. I thought one stamped accent nail would be just right then I faded glitter on the rest. Please know though, that Imperial stands alone with splendor. It's a near electric purple with hughes of deep blue pearlescence among the gold hexagonal glitters and it applies like a dream. I used two coats. The glitter appeared more rose in color to me which may be because of the layers so I chose Traffic Stopper Coper and Penny Talk to accent the glitters. 

    Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely evening!

    Supplies: 

    Picture Polish - Revolution Base Coat

    Picture Polish - Imperial

    Sephora by O.P.I. - Traffic Stopper Copper

    Essie - Penny Talk

    Bundle Monster Plate - 401

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat