Bow Mani

The One With the Bows

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Wednesday is here and we are midway through our week.  Well, I'm not since I have to work Saturday.  It's going to be a fun day though so I'm not dreading it.  Hopefully the weather is going to be nice.  Never know anymore what the weather is going to do around here.

Anyways, today's manicure is a cute bow design that I've done a couple times in the past.  A few weeks ago it was my niece's birthday and she absolutely loves purple and Minnie Mouse.  So I decided to do a cute Minnie bow in purple for her birthday party.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Let's Jam
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • OPI - Champagne For Breakfast
Cute isn't it?  My niece loved them.  She kept staring at them yelling out "they're purple! I love purple!"  She's too damn cute.  Let's Jam is a gorgeous purple polish with a subtle blue shimmer in it.  I'm so happy I purchased this last year and really wish I had a back up bottle because it's such a unique color.  Two coats and full coverage.

Champagne for Breakfast was a polish I was going to pass on but was so happy I didn't.  I thought that it was your run of the mill holo glitter, but it's actually a textured polish!  They should have marketed it under the Liquid Sand line.  Absolutely gorgeous and so happy to have it.

What do you think?  Like this bow manicure?  Fan of these polishes??

Until next time, <3.


The One With OPI Daisies

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world and Happy Sunday!  This weekend flew right on by, but that's okay because this week is going to be kind of crazy busy and I really am looking forward to the end of it.  Mainly because I have the annual work picnic at the end of the week with a cotton candy company which has 12 flavors of gourmet cotton candy.  Flavors such as apple pie and key lime pie...which taste just like the pie.  Ahhhh I can't wait.  Probably since I'm looking forward to something the week will drag on.

Anyways, today I'm sharing with you a cute blue daisy manicure I got the idea to do after surfing Pinterest.  I feel like I'm on a real daisy and dot flower kick this summer.  I sure hope you all aren't getting sick of the designs, but I think I'm switching them up so it's not too boring....right?

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • OPI - I Believe in Manicures
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Sally Hansen - Disco Balls
I absolutely love OPI's I Believe in Manicures.  I wasn't going to get this originally but after passing it a dozen times in the store I finally broke down and purchased it, and I'm glad I did.  I'm kicking myself that I didn't get a back up bottle because it's a perfect blue polish.  Two coats and full coverage.  Dries quick too which is nice when you want to throw some nail art on top.

I really like the white accent nail.  I honestly wouldn't have thought to do that unless I saw it on Pinterest.  Disco Ball really ties in the yellow of the center of the daisies which gives it a little flare.

What do you think?  Manicure that you would try?  Thinking I should stop the florals??

Until next time, <3.

Dry Brush Mani

The One With the ORLY Neon Dry Brush Manicure

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's going to be a sad day for me because I have to bring one of our kitties at work to be put down.  She's 17 years old and has lost a ton of weight in the last week or so.  Poor girl I think also is sad since her brother had to be put down a month or so ago because he had a tumor.  He was also 17 years old.  We did get two new kitties at work though, but it's still sad.

Today's manicure is something bright and cheerful since I'm not feeling so cheerful.  I did this manicure a few weeks ago when I was short on time but still wanted a fun looking design.  I decided to do a neon dry brush design since I feel I haven't used my neons at all this summer.  Probably because it hasn't even felt like summer at all.....

Who knows, let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Glowstick
  • ORLY - Vintage
  • ORLY - Frolic
  • ORLY - Push the Limit
Love it!  I also love how tan the manicure makes me look.  Super easy design to do.  First, you paint your nails with a base of white polish.  When the base is dry, you take your polish of choice and dry brush from the side of the nail towards the middle.  The overall goal is to make the area near the skin more concentrated in color, and let it fade out as it reaches the middle.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Find it as hard as I do to photograph neon yellow polish?

Until next time, <3.

Bokeh Bubbles

The One With the Bokeh Bubbles

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished people!  How are you all doing on this lovely Monday?  Ugh, Monday....can you believe the weekend went as fast as it did?  Can you believe it's already August 7th??  My birthday is tomorrow!!!! Ahhh and I don't even have a birthday manicure on yet!!!  I'm so behind....sigh.

Today's manicure is a fun bokeh bubble design I did using some acrylic polishes.  I've done a bokeh design a few years ago and it didn't show up too well on my nails.  Therefore I ended up drawing a floral design on top of it and then you could see it better.  Back then though I sucked at photography.  Hell I still do.

Anyways, let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Various Acrylics
  • INM - Northern Lights
Isn't it cool looking?  I actually love how it turned out.  It's super easy to get the look!  First you start off with a white base coat.  I used My Boyfriend Scales Walls because of it's grey undertones which would let the bokeh design pop.  I feel if I used a bright white, the colors would disappear into the base.

When the base was dried, I took some acrylic paint and mixed it with water.  I then used a dotting tool to place the wet dot on my nail.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then I used a corner of a napkin to absorb the excess liquid.  What is left behind is the clear bokeh bubble.  If you don't want to use a napkin, you can also use a damp nail art brush to suck up the extra water.  I found myself bouncing back and forth between the napkin and the brush depending on the size of the bubble.

What do you think?  Fan of the look?  Something you've ever tried?

Until next time, <3.