Thursday, July 20, 2017

The One With the Watermelon Nail Art


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I'm not going to lie, I'm quite exhausted.  So exhausted that I was almost not going to put this post up because I didn't want to edit the photos.  I'm so happy with my decision to just post a bottle shot because it makes my editting life so much easier.

Today I am sharing a cute watermelon manicure.  Last year a bunch of people were doing this sideways watermelon design and I wanted to re-create it, but I didn't have the vinyls which everyone was using.  Then for some reason this year I realized I could totally free-hand this design and couldn't figure out why I didn't realize that before.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Lime After Lime
  • China Glaze - Lip Smackin Good
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ILNP - Mega X
  • Acrylics
Isn't it adorable??  The other manicures I've seen with this design usually just have pink nails for the middle and index finger, but I decided to switch it up.  You know me, I can't have plain nails.  I tried to have a plain pink index finger, but it just didn't look right to me, so I added the dots.  Plus, I found the formula on Lip Smackin' Good to be kind of funky, so it didn't look right without something on it.  The formula on Lime After Lime though was amazing.  Two coats and pretty neon perfection. 

Now, how I created the look was I started off with a base coat of white polish.  When that was dried, I used Lip Smackin Good and Lime After Lime to fill in the different areas.  Kind of easier said than done with Lip Smackin' Good because again, the formula was kind of funky.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Something you would try?  Find the formula on Lip Smackin' Good to be weird??

 Until next time, <3.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The One With the ORLY Gradient Tape Manicure


Good morning polished world!  Welcome to Tuesday, the beginning of a new, busy work week.  I would have had this post up yesterday, but we had a lovely night of thunderstorms, which knocked my power out, which led me to not sleep, which meant I didn't get around to blogging at all.  I'm also at the end of my edited posts, so I really need to get my booty in gear and start working on this blog again.  I think I have six posts that need to be worked on?  Who knows....

Today's design is one I did a loooong time ago.  I honestly think I painted it back in March.  Yup, that's how long it sat in the drafts, waiting to be published.  The pictures were on my old laptop, and finally I pulled them over to the new laptop to edit.  Long story short, I stink at posting.

This manicure is a fun gradient, tape design using some of my favorite ORLY polishes.  Let's see if I can remember the names....

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Cool in California
  • ORLY - Frolic
  • ORLY - Be Daring
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • INM - Northern Lights
Isn't it wonderfully sparkly??  You all already know about my love for Mirrorball.  When Sally Beauty discontinued it, I literally bought 5 back up bottles because I was scared that ORLY themselves were discontinuing it.  Luckily, I can still get it from ORLY if worse came to worse, but I'm still on my original bottle, meaning that the 5 back ups have yet to be open.  I've owned my original bottle for over a year, it's three quarters gone, and it still applies as if the bottle was brand new.  That's what I love about ORLY, you really can use the polish until the bitter end.



One more shot so you can see that gorgeous gradient.  I love how well it blended together.  Such beautiful, opaque colors perfect for blending gradients.  I was surprised how well they applied over Mirrorball too with the tape design.  I wasn't sure if it would look as good as it did over the plain pink nail, but it did.  You would have never guessed that it was over just Mirrorball alone.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Something different, right??

Until next time, <3.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The One With the OPI Daisies


Happy Thursday polished world!!  I meant to post this yesterday, but you know, the days got away from me, again.  I really need to learn to pre-publish my posts.  Let's face it, I say that almost every post, yet it never happens....so I don't think it will be happening.

Today's manicure is a fun daisy design which I was inspired to do after scrolling through my Instagram and finding this design I did last year.  I decided to switch it up because I didn't want to do the same old, same old.  I feel like I'm always using silver as an accent, so I went with a gold and flipped around some of the designs, and got to work.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet
  • OPI - Rich Girls and Po Boys
  • Zoya - Tomoko
  • White Acrylic
Cute, right?  I love how Tomoko offsets the yellow and blue polish.  Exotic Birds do Not Tweet is from the Fiji Collection.  I loved My Twin Mimmy and always was kicking myself for not getting a back up bottle of that gorgeous yellow, so when this polish came out, I made sure to purchase it.  Two coats and full coverage of this beauty.  I think I might have to do a yellow pedicure this summer....



Rich Girls and Po Boys is one of my favorite OPI blues.  Two coats, full coverage.  I do own a few back up bottles of this.  All of my OPI blues have duplicates now that I think about it.  They're just so magnificent.

What do you think?  Like this daisy design?  Fan of OPI yellows and blues?

Until next time, <3.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The One With ORLY See You Soon and Flowers


Good morning polished world!  How are you today??  It's Monday which means we are at the start of yet another fun filled work week.  If all goes well, part of the renovations at my job should be done come Friday, and if that's the case, I will be one happy girl.  Just in time for the next part to start, but hey at least I won't have to deal with 10 different things going on.

Today's manicure is a fun, bright, blue neon design using See You Soon from ORLY's Coastal Crush collection.  I am absolutely in love with this blue polish.  Just wait until you see it.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - See You Soon
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - Up All Night
  • FingerPaints - Be Merry and Sparkle
Look at that blue polish!  You can really see how gorgeous it is on my pinkie finger.  Two coats and full shimmery coverage.  This polish reminds me of the shimmer version of Skinny Dip.  Okay, maybe this is a tad lighter, but regardless, it's wonderful.  I think it's my favorite from the Coastal Crush collection.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Something you would try?

I realize that summer technically just began, but I'm already excited for ORLY's Fall collection.  Cannot wait for it to arrive as part of the lovely Color Pass I purchased earlier in the year!

Until next time, <3.


Friday, July 7, 2017

The One With the Morgan Taylor Tape Manicure


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  Fourth of July has come and gone.  I still haven't shared my June's monthly mani favorites.  I think I'm going to combine June and July because now I think it's just too late to start sharing now.  Maybe it isn't and I'm overthinking, but whatever.  June and July combo it will be.  If I remember.

After all that red, white, and blue, I needed a neutral manicure.  You know, something simple that just takes all the color away and really refreshes your manicured mind.  I also feel like I haven't done a neutral design in awhile so it was well overdue.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Morgan Taylor - Plumette With Excitement
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl

Plumette With Excitement is from the Morgan Taylor Beauty and the Beast collection.  A true beautiful nude pink polish.  Two coats and full coverage.  I was a little nervous that it wouldn't cover the black well for the tape manicure, but I was pleasantly surprised.

What do you think? Like this design?  Think the pink and black go well together??

Until next time, <3.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

#TheNailArtSquad Does the Fourth of July


Good morning polished world and Happy Fourth of July!!!!!  I can't believe that July is here.  I cannot believe that I forgot to post a June Monthly Mani Favs.  June really got away from me...and now we are here on the 4th and I have yet to post a mani favs.  Maybe I can still do one??  Or maybe I'll share it to Instagram?  Or maybe I'll just forget it this month.

Anyways, today I am posting alongside the lovely ladies of the Nail Art Squad.  It's been awhile since I've joined one of the collaborations and I've truly missed it.  I love being apart of this group of talented ladies and seeing what they come up with.  Plus, the little collage is always cute too.

Let's take a look at what I came up with today!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Holo Day Lights
  • Sally Hansen - Tidal Wave
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • OPI - Having a Big Head Day
Kind of different, right?? I was trying to go for a stars and stripe feel, but I didn't want to go with your every day stars and stripes if that makes sense.  I thought the chevrons would add a little flare and make it a tad different.  Then instead of doing stars, I went with dots, because dots are easier.

Now to see what everyone else did! 



How cute are all of these manicures???  Sarah's pineapple is freaking adorable.  I honestly cannot pick which is my favorite.

What do you think?  Like my design?  Like the other girl's creations??

Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Until next time, <3.

Friday, June 30, 2017

The One With the Patriotic Dry Brush Manicure


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this lovely Friday??  Can you believe Friday is already here?  This week went by super fast, the weather is super weird, and I have had a migraine for the last day and a half.  I'm hoping I get some relief today, but with the weather still being funky I doubt it.  I'm hoping that it gets nicer by the Fourth of July so I can go watch some fireworks!

Today's manicure is one of two Fourth of July designs that I will be bringing you.  Who knows, if I feel better, maybe I can muster up three designs, you never know.  I'm kind of liking today's though so I don't think I'll be taking it off until I really have to.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Tidal Wave
  • Sally Hansen - Red My Lips
  • Sally Hansen - White
  • INM - Northern Lights
Fun, right?  Kind of like a dry brush kind of turned tie dye looking?  Maybe I'm the only one who see's it that way, but I think it's fun regardless.  Super easy look to re-create also.  I started off with a base coat of a white polish.  You must make sure that your base is completely dried before moving on to the dry brushing.  Otherwise your brush will get caught on the base and then you'll get gouges or drag marks.

When my base was dry, I went through first with my red polish and created the lines.  I let that dry a little and then went through and filled in the gaps with the blue.  Both Red My Lips and Tidal Wave are the perfect patriotic colors.  I think I've used them the past few years now.

Once the dry brush design was completely dried, I went through and added a top coat of INM Northern Lights.  I wanted a little bit of sparkle because in my mind that was the stars on the flag.  Or the glisten of a firework.  Honestly, I just love this top coat and thought it would work super well with this look.

What do you think?  Something you might give a go for the Fourth??

Until next time, <3.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The One With the Color Club Dot Manicure


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Tuesday and I'm already looking forward to Friday.  Work is busy, life is busy, my car got hit in the parking lot.  It's always something.  I just need a break...maybe a nice weekend at a spa somewhere.  Amanda tells me I should go visit her, and I have to agree.

Today I'm sharing a simple manicure I did last week at about midnight when my nails were all bashed and gross looking and needed something because I had to work in the morning.  Sometimes it's nice to go ultra simple like this though.  It is a good refresher, especially when they're done using my favorite colors.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Color Club - Pucci-licious
  • Color Club - Blue Ming
  • Serendipity Polish - Holo-Day Lights
Isn't it lovely??  Purple, mint, silver holo, dots??  What more could you want in a manicure??  Pucci-licious is one of my favorite purple polishes of all time.  I purchased it a few years ago from HBBeauty Bar and am so happy I did.  I really need to grab a back up bottle before the company discontinues it.  It's always my luck that my favorites are discontinued.  Happens that way with food too at the grocery store...



Blue-Ming is another one of my favorites from Color Club.  I bet that this is a dupe of my new love Orly Vintage.  I'll have to compare them side by side in the near future.  I just love colors in this family though, which you already know.  Two coats, pure lovely mint neon-ness.

Both colors look amazing next to Serendipity Polish Holo-Day Lights.  If you love holo glitters, then you need to purchase this beauty.  It's so dense on it's own, but I always put it over a plain silver base or something like Mirrorball.  I do that because I don't want to use the whole bottle and have no back ups.  I'm crazy like that.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Love the color combo??

Until next time, <3.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The One With the Serendipity Polish Splatter Gradient Manicure


Good morning polished world!  Happy Friday to you all!!!!  I need to learn to pre-publish my posts because now that my photos are edited, I forget to actually publish the dang post.  Sigh.  I'm hoping I get better at this when work slows down.  We are going through some renovations and it's been kind of hectic.  So, so hectic.  I cannot wait to catch up on sleep this weekend.

Today I'm sharing with you a fun gradient splatter manicure.  I've done this design a few times with different colors, and it's always a favorite of mine.  Something about the different gradients and the different color splatters on each nail.  I don't know, it's super eye catching and looks like it took forever to do, but really it's quite simple and not as horrible of a clean up as you might think.

Let's take a look.


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - White Tips (I sadly don't own the Serendipity White....what am I thinking?)
  • Serendipity Polish -  Building My Empire
  • Serendipity Polish - Vacation Vibes
Isn't it awesome!?  To get the look, I first painted the base coats on all my nails.  For my index, middle, and ring finger, I painted a white base, and the pinkie and thumb I painted a base of Vacation Vibes.  Once dried, I then taped around my cuticles using painters tape.  That for me is the longest step.  I don't have any latex/glue barriers and I'm okay with that.  I think that they honestly take more time to put on and then let dry than using tape.  And, when I did use a glue barrier, I had 100% more clean up than when I used the tape.

Anyways, once my nails were taped, I created the gradients with make up sponges.  While my nails were still taped, I then did splatter.  I use one of those coffee stirrers that are like mini straws.  Drip some polish on a paper plate, dunk one end into the polish, then blow through the straw and bam, splatter.  Kind of messy, but mostly all goes on the tape.

Remove the tape, clean up any residual (which is VERY Minimal) and then add your top coat.  Done, and done!

What do you think?  Like this look?  Something you'd try??

Until next time, <3.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The One With the Cracked Stone Looking Manicure


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I apologize for not posting yesterday, but I have some awesome news....I finally edited the photos in all 7 posts that need to be posted, soooo I should have consistant posting for the next two weeks.  Hopefully.  All I have to do now is just write all the posts.  I feel like that is the easier part.  Maybe it isn't because as I'm writing this, I just went and watched YouTube videos for 20 minutes.

Anyways, today's manicure is inspired by this cracked stone look by NBNailArt on Instagram.  I fell in love with this design as soon as I saw it.  Bianka used a stamp to get her look, but I figured it would be something that I could freehand with some acrylics and a small nail art brush.

Let's take a look.


Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Zoya - Maria Luisa
  • Acrylic
Isn't it a neat looking manicure?  It is one of those where I couldn't stop looking at my nails.  I think I did a decent job re-creating the design without the stamp.  At first I thought that the black lines looked a bit like tree branches, so I started to give them more of a jagged look to represent the cracks.



Maria Luisa is one of my favorite polishes which I always forget that I own.  One coat and and you get this gorgeous gold foil looking flecks all on the nail.  Over the white, I did just did one coat and as you can see, it's pretty dense.  This polish always separates on me, but with one shake it's back to normal.  I think it's just because the flecks are heavier than the base?  I don't know the logistics of polish.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Something you'd try??

Until next time, <3.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The One With the ORLY Gradient and Daisies


Good morning polished world!!  How are you all doing today??  It's Friday, so you know I'm having a great day.  Work has been so busy due to numerous renovations, so my mind is just spinning constantly.  The other night I woke up at 2am and was planning out things that needed to be done for the next day at work.  I'm probably going to develop an ulcer or something, but in the end the building is going to look nice so I guess it's going to be worth it.

Warmer, summer weather is finally here, so that means I'm going to be gravitating towards my neon polishes all the time.  As I've said in the past few posts featuring ORLY neon polishes, I'm absolutely obsessed with them.  They have such great formulas and are bright and eye catching.  Just what you want from a neon.

Let's take a look at today's fun, bright, flower-rific manicure....


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Put the Top Down
  • ORLY - See You Soon
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • INM - Northern Lights
Isn't this gradient gorgeous??  I love the pink, purple, to blue look.  It's one of my favorites and go to gradients.  Probably because it's also easy to achieve by using only two polishes.  On the make up sponge, I paint a swatch of pink, then overlap it with some blue and sponge away.  The blue blends with the pink creating the gorgeous purple color.

As always, which you can't really see here, I added a top coat of INM Northern Lights over the top of the gradient.  I love that little micro holo top coat.  It really helps blend the gradient together, while adding a little something with the sparkle.

Of course, since I'm in a daisy/dot flower mode, you know I had to add some daisies on top.  It looked a little naked so I went through and added dots throughout as well.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Been obsessed with ORLY polishes like I have been lately??

Until next time, <3.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The One With the OPI Tape Manicure


Hello polished world!  It's a Tuesday, yes I know,  I failed at doing a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday post this week.  I have a good excuse though....work is super busy.  Okay, it's not the greatest excuse, but my mind was kind of pre-occupied with a renovation that we are doing that I forgot about the blog.  And then I went into work and one of the kitties that we have needs to be put down.  So you know, it's all around a busy, mind filled time.

Today I'm sharing a fun tape gradient manicure that I did a few weeks ago.  I don't know what it is, but I love when I have blue nails.  I always end up starring at them and honestly, I can't explain it, I just can't ever stop looking at them.  This manicure was no exception.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Pal Joey
  • OPI - I Believe in Manicures
OPI makes such wonderful blue polishes.  Every time they have a blue in their collection, I run out and grab it because I have yet to have a bad one.  I really didn't need I Believe in Manicures since I have about 10 different blues in that light pastel shade, but since it was an OPI one, I told myself I needed it.  I'm honestly kicking myself that I didn't grab another bottle because it really is quite gorgeous.  On it's own it covers in two coats.  I was a little nervous that it wasn't going to sponge or show up well on top of My Pal Joey, but it did a great job.  No problems, easy peasy, pretty mani.



My Pal Joey is one of my all time favorite blue polishes.  I do have back ups of this pretty, yet I still don't wear it because I don't think that two bottles is enough.  It's a great pedicure polish in the summer with a holo top coat. Covers perfectly in two coats.  And dries super fast so I was able to do this fun tape design.

You know, the fun tape design that took me forever to do.  A lot of bloggers are now using nail vinyl stencils which you just place this design over the nail, but I don't own any of those so I had to go the old fashioned route....nail art tape.  That's right, each line was done using a strand of tape.  My OCD needed them to be perfect, and I think I did a pretty dang good job.

What do you think?  Like this manicure?  Think I should do it with other colors??

Until next time, <3.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The One With the 90s-ish Nail Art

Nothing to Disclose

Happy Friday polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Look at me, actually keeping to this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday posting schedule.  Do we think it will last more than a week??  I'm going to say yes....I'm an optimist after all.

Today's design is inspired by this abstract design that I saw on Nail It! magazine's Instagram page.  The manicure by monanneevernis is a lot more subtle and less bright than mine is.  Just wait until you see how amazingly bright this new ORLY polish is.  It's going to be my go to pedicure polish this year!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - No Regrets
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • ORLY - Glowstick
  • ORLY - Vintage
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Guys, do you see No Regrets???  This polish is from the Coastal Crush collection for Summer 2017.  Two coats and full coverage.  It's somewhere in between a red and pink polish.  So unique to my collection and honestly a must have for any neon polish lover.  I didn't think that I was going to like this one when I first saw it, but it's beyond amazing.

I am happy that I accented this manicure with Mirrorball.  The holo really picked up all the colors on the ring finger, while bringing some subtleness to a bright fun design.  

What do you think?  Like this design?  Does it remind you of the 90s also?  I feel like it has a Saved by the Bell vibe to it....

Until next time, <3.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The One With ILNP Music Box and Little Cherry Blossoms


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  So I'm going to attempt to do a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday posting schedule.  We will see how long that lasts for.  I'm going to try though since I have enough posts for an eternity.  Okay, maybe it's only about 8 posts.

A good portion of those manicures that I have to share with you are all done using some ORLY polishes.  Reason being I have so many new ORLYs, they're neons, and you know how much I love neon polishes.  You also know how much I love my mint polishes, so it's no surprise that to break up the neons, I grabbed my bottle of ILNP Music Box.

Let's take a look.


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Music Box
  • Acrylics
I love the simplicity of this design and I think it looks lovely on top of Music Box.  Something about that subtle holo with the dainty little flowers on top.  It reminds me of some sort of oriental design you would see on an antique tea cup or something.  I was debating on doing the design on all of my nails, but I'm happy that I just did a little accent.  I think it would have been too busy otherwise.

Music Box covers completely in two coats.  It's one of my favorite ILNP polishes, and that says a lot because all of Barbara's polishes are gorgeous.  I need to get my hands on those new jellies that just were released.  And on the Spring collection.....sigh if only I had a never ending supply of money to buy all of the polishes.

What do you think?  Think it has an oriental flare to it?  Maybe I'm just crazy.

Until next time, <3.


Monday, June 5, 2017

The One With the Black and White ORLY Daisy Manicure


Starting June off right, you know with a post other than my three day monthly mani fav for May.  Sigh.  I meant to post this yesterday but I didn't feel well and spent most of the day in bed.  By most of the day, I mean I laid in bed, caught up on The Flash, and baked cookies.  So when 11pm rolled around I was wide awake.

Today I'm sharing with you a simple black and white daisy manicure inspired by Sensationails4U on Instagram.  I saw the post on the Nail It! feed on Facebook and fell in love.  Flowers and dots = a true Little Canvas manicure.

Let's take a look....


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
You know, a manicure using my favorite white and black polish.  Okay, I do like the Serendipity Polish black because it covers in one coat, but Liquid Vinyl holds a special place in my heart.  I found it years ago and never turned back.  You can get coverage in once coat, but I always use two.  Same goes for White Tips.  You can get away with one coat, but I always use two.

What do you think?  Like this look?

Until next time, <3.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

The One With #MonthlyManiFavs for May....A Few Days Late

Good morning polished world!  I truly apologize for not posting my Monthly Mani Favs for May yesterday.  I really meant to, I had the intention, but the night got away from me and well I fell asleep.  Speaking of sleep, I cannot wait to sleep in today.  Sure, it's going to be gorgeous outside, but it's Saturday, my one day to sleep in.  I won't let it pass by.

Anyways, let's take a look at my favorite manicures for May!


  • The One With the Yellow Flowers and Morgan Taylor - I love the color combination of this design.  I didn't think I would when I was picking the colors out, but once the manicure was finished I truly was in love.  I'm starting to like yellow polishes.  After years of avoiding them, I'm trying to figure out why because I think they look pretty dang decent with my skin tone.
  • The One With The Summery ORLY Dry Brush Mani - I used some of my favorite ORLY neons and created this fun dry brush manicure.  Most of my dry brush designs are more intense so to speak.  I usually don't have this few brush strokes.  The less the best for this design because you can truly see the colors here.
  • The One With the OPI Dot Gradient - LOVE this color combination.  I saw the design on Pinterest and wasn't really sure that I would like it on my own nails, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I'll have to do this again....maybe for a pedicure?!
  • The One With the Dot and Rose Manicure - Another design using some Morgan Taylor polishes.  You know me and my love for florals and dots, so of course this manicure would make the list.  I love the color combination.
What do you think?  Any of these your favorite?  Think I should have selected something else??

Until next time, <3.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The One With the Super Bright ORLY Neon Flower Manicure

Nothing to Disclose

Happy Wednesday that feels like a Tuesday!  Don't get me wrong, I love three day weekends, but they really throw me off.  Honestly, I was thrown off all weekend because I forgot to even write a blog post.  Again, here I sit with about 7 posts to publish and here I am forgetting to write and publish them.  I will get back into the groove, especially now that I'm here with just one photo.  Life is so much easier when I just share a bottle shot.

Now, I do get asked here or there what's on my thumb, and I should probably clear that up now that I'm not sharing a "thumb" shot.  It is always going to be a safe assumption that whatever is on my ring finger is going to be on my thumb.  If it's something different, I'll make sure to tell you guys.  My OCD needs that "uniform" look so that's why I can say confidently tell you that the ring and thumb will always match.

Anyways, today I should be posting a Monthly Mani Favs, but I'll do that tomorrow.  Thought I should sneak one more in, and how fitting, I opened up May with a neon pink floral, and here I am closing May out with one.  This one is such a super bright pink neon that it kind of freaked my camera out.

Let's take a look.....


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Put the Top Down
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
So I bought Put the Top Down around the same time that the Coastal Crush collection arrived, and I thought it was part of that collection.  After I remembered that ORLY collections are 6 bottles and not 7, I went on the search to figure out what this beauty was.  Then I remembered that Sally Beauty released a few of the polishes from the PHC collection from last summer and I purchased them because, well, they're gorgeous neons....who could say no?

Put the Top Down can cover in one lovely neon coat.  I used two because I honestly feel awkward doing one coat.  It reminds me of a non-shimmery version of my favorite, Oh Cabana Boy!  Which reminds me, I need to get a back up of Oh Cabana Boy!

What do you think?  Like the bright neons?  Would you like to see swatches of the Coastal Crush collection??

Until next time, <3.


Friday, May 26, 2017

The One With the Yellow Flowers and Morgan Taylor


Good morning polished world!  Happy Friday to you all!!  Can you believe Friday is finally here?  Actually this week went by quite fast, so I really don't know what I'm talking about.  This weekend will go by super fast because it's a three day weekend.  We will see, maybe I'll get lucky and have a nice, long, relaxing weekend.

Today's manicure is something springy using a few of my lovely Morgan Taylor nail polishes.  I have been using a LOT of ORLY polishes lately, so I'm going to try to break those posts up with the random other brands I've used over the past few weeks.  Honestly, at this rate I could do a good two weeks of ORLY posts.  That's what happens when you fall in love with their new neon collection.

Getting off topic, back to this manicure.  I saw a very cute yellow and taupe floral design on Pinterest and decided to put my own twist on it.  Let's take a look!


Colors Used: 
  • Morgan Taylor - Rule the Runway
  • Morgan Taylor - Potts of Tea
  • Morgan Taylor - Days in the Sun
Isn't it lovely?  I never would have thought of this color combination if it weren't for Pinterest.  I love how the taupe and pale yellow blend together.  Rule the Runway is one of my favorite polishes from the Sweetheart Squadron collection that I received last fall.  Two coats and full coverage.  Such a great neutral.



I was very hesitant about Days in the Sun from the Beauty and the Beast collection.  I'm not a fan of pale yellows, and this one has a very subtle pink shimmer.  I honestly thought it was going to wash me out, and take at least three coats to get full coverage.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that it only took two coats, and was absolutely gorgeous.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Liking that dotted accent nail like I am?  Honestly think I like it better than the flowers.

To see swatches of the whole Sweetheart Squadron collection - click here.  To see swatches of the whole Beauty and the Beast collection - click here.

Until next time, <3.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The One With The Summery ORLY Dry Brush Mani


Good morning polished world and Happy Monday!  I apologize for not posting yesterday, but I thought I didn't have any photos editted, but in reality I did.  So I rushed and editted these photos to just see the random drafts all ready to go.  I need to get on a much better blogging schedule.

Well, the weather here is still crazy as all crazy.  It was in the 80s last week, and now it's in the 50s.  It's causing havoc on my sinuses and allergies.  On top of it, with all this weather changing, there has been a lot of rain, which is causing a lot of flooding along the lakeshore.  I feel horrible, people's houses are literally falling into the lake.  It's very sad, yesterday we took a drive through some of the areas and roads are literally gone.

Anyways, since the weather is crappy, I thought I would share a bright, fun dry brush manicure using some of my favorite ORLY neon polishes.  Seriously, China Glaze and ORLY make my favorite neon polishes.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY -For The First Time
  • ORLY - Thrill Seeker
  • ORLY - Sea You Soon
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Isn't it amazing, this is like the third manicure in a row where I've used the same brand.  At least I think it is.  I should go back and look at my past posts.  Regardless, ORLY, China Glaze, and OPI are becoming staples in my stash, alongside my Sally Hansen polishes.  I am kind of curious to find out how many of each brand I own.



I love how these colors go together.  Thrill Seeker is one of my all time favorite neon polishes.  It's a bright yellow-green neon that when used on it's own covers in two coats.  Unlike Glowstick by ORLY which covers in like ten billion coats.  Well Glowstick also is more of a highlighter green, whereas this has a green tinge to it.

Sea You Soon is the blue polish used in this manicure.  It is part of the new summer collection and I cannot wait to wear it on it's own.  It's soooo pretty.  It's a shimmery version of Skinny Dip.  I should swatch them side by side....

What do you think?  Like this look?  Fan of the ORLY neon polishes??

Until next time, <3.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The One With the OPI Dot Gradient

Nothing to Disclose

Good morning polished world!  Happy Thursday to you all!  It's going to be 87 degrees here today, so that means I'm breaking out the flip flops.  Although, I need to paint my toes.  I've been holding off on doing a pedicure yet because the temperature is going to drop back down in the 60s next week.  The weather cannot make up it's mind.

Today is polka dot day at my work, so it's only fitting that I share a polka dot manicure with you!  With this warmer weather I've been feeling warmer, summer colors.  A few weeks ago I purchased a few of the shades from the OPI Fiji collection.  Normally I don't gravitate towards orange and yellow polishes, but OPI has some awesome creams, so I couldn't say no to these.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • OPI - No Tan Lines
  • OPI - Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet
  • OPI - Hey Baby
Oh my goodness, I love No Tan Lines and Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet.  I need to actually swatch them, but they are just so bright and perfect.  I cannot wait to use them as a base.  The other day I used a yellow polish and I should have used Exotic Birds, but instead stupidly went for a pale yellow.  Okay, it wasn't stupid because the manicure is really cute, but I need to swatch this pretty.



I love this color combination.  I got the idea from seeing a similar manicure over on Pinterest.  I believe it was by TrendyPolish but do not quote me.  I think I want to do this manicure again but with a black base and some bright, bright neons.

What do you think?  Like this color combination?  Fan of these OPI polishes??

Look at me posting all week.  I'm so proud of myself.  Now I need to edit more photos for the 7 posts that I have drafted......

Until next time, <3.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The One With Zoya Rikki and Some Daisies


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Tuesday.  As promised I am going to be actually blogging more consistently.  Ten dollars bets I'll be consistent for like a week and then forget to blog all next week.  My life, what can I say.

The weather is getting warmer and Spring is certainly here.  Every time I sit and paint my nails, I want to do something floral just because of the weather.  You think I'd be getting tired of floral nails, but I don't think I ever will.  They're always just so cute.

Let's take a look at today's floral!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Rikki
  • Acrylics
Isn't it so cute?!  I forgot that I owned Zoya Rikki.  It's a gorgeous foil green polish with those gold metallic flecks throughout.  It has such dimension to it because of those flecks.  Two coats and full coverage.  Pain in the booty to remove though.  I feel like all the polishes from that collection were a pain.  I need to go through my stash and find them all and actually use them again.  They were gorgeous foils.

What do you think?  Like this simple daisy look?  Something good for Spring?

Until next time, <3.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The One With OPI Polly Want a Lacquer? and Daisies


Good morning polished world!  Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!  We are laying low here today for our celebrations.  Just going to my sister's house for some food and relaxing.  Yesterday I literally slept most of the day, then baked for today, did my nails, and edited a ton of photos.  So today relaxing sounds kind of eh, but I'm sure I'm going to love it.

That's right, I finally got around to editing posts.  So now I have about 4 out of 7 done.  Tomorrow I'm going to try to do the rest and then, get this, I'm going to pre-publish the posts as well.  That's the goal, but I doubt it will happen.

Today's post is a cute floral print which I think is nice for Mother's Day.   This lavender purple is my great grandmother's favorite color, so whenever I wear it I think of her.  So in the end, this really is a fitting manicure for today.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - Polly Want a Lacquer?
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • OPI - This Crown Needs a Gown
  • OPI - In True Stefani Fashion
Yup, you read that right, I used all one brand for this manicure.  I love having a collection large enough that I'm able to do so.  Speaking of the size of my collection,  I really need to build my new Melmers because the overflow right now is ridiculous.  That, or I need to get some sort of shelving.  I think the Melmer building makes more sense.

Anyways, I got off topic.  Polly Want a Lacquer? is a gorgeous purple shade which covered completely in two coats.  I absolutely love this shade.  Perfect for Spring, and honestly I think it will look great for summer pedicures.

What do you think?  Like this polka dotted floral design?  Fan of the purple polish?

Until next time, <3.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The One With the Dot and Rose Manicure


Happy Wednesday polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I realized that I have seven posts to still share with you, but I have not gotten around to editting the photos.  I believe I'm going to have to do that over the next few days.  This slacking is becoming awful.  I keep forgetting to update my poor Instagram.  At least I finally got around to updating my Facebook.

A few months ago, I stumbled across a cute dot manicure with roses created by Sensationails4U on Instagram.  I pinned it and forgot about it until I received the Beauty and the Beast polishes from Morgan Taylor.  The pink, Be Our Guest, was beyond perfect for it so I finally re-created the design.

Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • Morgan Taylor - Be Our Guest
  • China Glaze - Boho Blues
  • Various Acrylics
Isn't it cute?  I absolutely loved this manicure.  The color combination, the polka dots, the roses.  All of it was just so perfect.  I do think that if I ever create this manicure again, I would have three nails with the rose design, and two with the plain pink and polka dots.  Mainly because I love roses.  When I did this manicure, I thought about doing it that way, but I was kind of on the lazy side of things and didn't feel like over-arting.



Boho Blues is one of my favorite China Glaze polishes.  Gorgeous periwinkle cream polish which covers completely in two coats.  It's one of my favorite colors for a summer pedicure with a top coat of INM Northern Lights.  Might have to try a holo topper over it this year....


Morgan Taylor Be Our Guest is a gorgeous pink.  Two coats for full coverage.  Not a color I would typically gravitate towards, but am beyond happy that I own it.  I always say I don't gravitate towards pink, yet my nail polish collection is heavy with pinks.  I don't know how that happens....

What do you think?  Fan of this floral?  Like the color combo??

 Until next time, <3.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The One With ORLY Vintage and a Leopard Print


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Sunday, and it's May 7th, and it's freezing.  Seriously, we went from 80 degree weather right back to 40 degree weather.  It's been raining non stop, so it feels horribly damp outside.  And tomorrow, we are supposed to get snow.  Oh summer, where art thou?

Today I'm bringing you a semi bright manicure to help cheer me up in this awful weather.  I saw a post on Facebook with this manicure, but I honestly cannot remember who originally posted it.  You know how Facebook is now filled with tens of millions of videos shared by everyone with little to no credit.  I need to start saving the videos so I can attempt to give credit.

Okay, let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Vintage
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ILNP - Mega X
I love the bright mint mixed with the black and silver.  You know how much I love ILNP Mega X.  I honestly think I've used it in the last three manicures that I've posted on the blog.  I really need to re-order a bottle the next time that ILNP has a promo coupon.  I know, I should just purchase them at full price and not wait, but I have enough for a bit.



I am so beyond happy that I have finally gotten my hands on ORLY Vintage.  This polish came out a few years ago but since Sally Beauty stopped selling the Limited Edition collections, I was unable to find it anywhere.  I debated a few times about ordering it from HBBeauty Bar, but I always talked myself out of it.  A few months back, I was at Sally Beauty stocking up on some of my favorites during a BOGO sale, and the girls told me that there were some new ORLY's added to the main line.  I was beyond thrilled to see Vintage among some others that I was dying to get.  It's such a gorgeous polish which covers completely in two coats.  I just LOVE the color.

What do you think?  Like this leopard print?  Own ORLY Vintage and love it as much as I do?

Until next time, <3.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The One With the Neon Pink Flowers


Happy Thursday everyone!!!  I have a headache right now as I type this post so I'm going to make it short and sweet.  It already kind of is because I only took one photo for the post.  You'll probably be seeing me converting more of my posts to just bottle shots.  Especially if I don't have my thumb all fancy, there really is no point to do all the others, right?  I don't know, I'm trying to justify my lazy blogger skills.

Today's manicure is a bright neon pink manicure with a fun dot floral accent.  I liked the concept of this design, but on the nail I feel like something was lost.  Maybe I should have done a plain silver accent instead of a holo, but oh well.  It still is pretty.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Lip Smackin Good
  • ILNP - Mega X
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
I really love Lip Smackin Good.  Such a gorgeous pink neon which covers completely in two coats.  It has such a gorgeous shimmer to it as well.  I hope that China Glaze makes this part of their core collection, as well as a lot of others from last year's summer collection.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Something you'd try?

Okay, I"m going to go rest my headache.  Until next time, <3.



Monday, May 1, 2017

The One With April's #MonthlyManiFavs

Good morning polished world, and Happy May.  I apologize for not getting this post up yesterday, but it's been a crazy busy weekend.  Actually, I feel like this whole month has been crazy busy.  I do hope that May slows down a tad for me.  I'm also going to turn my focus back to this blog and all my social networks.  I haven't updated Facebook in about a month, Instagram is severely lacking, and I rarely am ever on Twitter.  Sigh.

When creating this post, I also realized how much I've neglected this blog.  I'm ashamed with how little I've posted.  I literally have 7 drafts, but never got around to actually writing the posts or editing the photos.  This slacking must stop!

Well, anyways, I looked at all 9 posts from April and selected my favorite four.  Let's take a look!


  1. The One with Round 35 of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing - Yup, as usual my Bestie Twin Nails with Amanda have made the list.  This has to be one of my favorites mainly because of the color combination and that perfect splatter.  I need to start using my taupe polishes more often.  For years, I never owned any, now I do and I neglect them.  Always happens that way.
  2. The One With Yet Another Floral Manicure - I absolutely loved this floral design.  If you follow my Instagram, then you know one of my resident's loved the design as well and wanted to have the exact same design on her nails.  I'm sad, I missed painting their nails two weeks ago so I need to make time and do them again this week.  The base of this manicure is one of the lovely polishes from the Morgan Taylor Beauty and the Beast collection.  Head on over to the post to see why I love it so much.
  3. Sally Hansen - #ColorOfTheMoment - Sally Hansen has this new campaign called the Color of the Moment where they are sharing exactly that....the color of the moment!  This month's colors were pink, which honestly I'm never too fond of, but I really did enjoy these shades.  I created a fun negative space floral design with a matching gradient.  I love how it all blended together.
  4. The One With the Lime Green Zebra Print Manicure - I was feeling summery in April and decided to paint my nails with the brightest, neonest green that I own.  That's right, neonest.  I made up a word.  Love the combination and that holo accent of ILNP Mega X.  You know me and my silver holos.....love.
What do you think??  Any of these your favorite?  I kind of wish I picked one of my Easter designs because they were cute.....oh well.

Okay, I promise May is going to be better.  Promise!!!

Until next time, <3.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The One With Round 35 of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing


Good morning polished world!!  I apologize for not posting more, but I have had quite the busy week.  I wanted to have this post up yesterday, but I went to a gala on Wednesday and never got around to editing the photos.  I really need to edit my photos ahead of time.  Maybe this weekend I can sit down and just do them.

Today is round 35, yes 35 of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing.  Amanda is taking a little break from her blog, but she is still posting on Instagram.  Then there's me, who hasn't even updated her Instagram in a week.  Where has my motivation gone?!  I"m still painting, still buying polish, but forgetting to post to social media.  Speaking of which, I really need to update the Facebook too.  Sigh, there aren't enough hours in the day!

Today, we are re-creating a splatter manicure originally done by Young Wild and Polished.

Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • OPI - You're Such a Budapest
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Sinful Colors - Taupe is Dope!
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Love this manicure so much.  I never would have thought of this color combination on my own.  I really need to start looking at my Colors board on Pinterest for different color combinations.  I'm in love with the taupe nail, which is Taupe is Dope! by Sinful Colors.  I picked this up a few weeks ago and honestly didn't even pay attention to which display it came off of.  I think I also purchased a blurple color which I need to go locate.  Anyways, this taupe applies perfectly in two coats and dries very fast.  Works wonderfully for the splatter.



I wasn't sure if You're Such a Budapest was going to splatter because it's a bit sheer.  It's a light purple cream with a shimmer.  I think the shimmer is what makes it thinner than your typical cream.  Regardless, it takes three coats to get full coverage, so that's why I didn't think that the splatter would work.  Luckily it did and it's just gorgeous mixed with the taupe and black.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Something different!

Until next time, <3.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sally Hansen #ColorOfTheMoment For March - A Month Late


Hi all and Happy Monday!!!  I don't know why I said Happy Monday because honestly there is nothing happy about Monday's.  Unless you don't work a full time job, then it's really happy.  Then it is just another day.  I'm hoping today is a good work day, we shall see though.  I can go in with my day planned out minute but minute and then something happens and none of what I planned gets accomplished.

Anyways, the other day I posted that I was invited to be a part of the Sally Hansen #ColorOfTheMoment program where I will be sent the latest color trends to share with you!  Now, last month was super crazy for me.  I received the Color of the Moment package, and my power went out for five days.  No polishing, no photos, no editting, everything kind of went crazy and I fell super behind.

The other day when I was posting my Color of the Moment manicure for April, I found these in the draft folder never published.  And that my friends is what happens when your life is thrown upside down due to lack of power.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Commander in Chic
  • Sally Hansen - Gilty Party
Have I ever mentioned how wonderful the Complete Salon Manicure line is?  To me, it is right on par with the Miracle Gel line.  I know some people have mixed emotions with both collections, but for me, they work super well and don't chip quickly.  Maybe it's my nail chemistry, but I can get at least 5 days out of a mani using the Complete Salon Manicure line or the Miracle Gel Line.

These polishes are absolutely gorgeous.  Gilty Party covered completely in two coats.  Dried fast so I was able to throw the tape on right away.  When I had my tape on how I liked it, I painted two thin coats over the nail and removed the tape.  Commander in Chic is I think one of my new favorite shades.  It's just a gorgeous neutral taupe which can be used alongside so many different colors.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Fan of the Complete Salon line?

I apologize again for not getting this post up in a timely manner.  I promise next month I will!!!  Kind of like how I did with this month's #ColorOfTheMoment!

Until next time, <3.





Friday, April 21, 2017

Sally Hansen #ColorOfTheMoment


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Friday, so you know that I am extremely happy.  Saturday is almost here and that means I can sleep in!  Spring has also officially sprung in my neck of the woods and we all know that makes me a very happy girl.

I am very excited to bring you today's post!  Sally Hansen has invited me to be part of their #ColorOfTheMoment program!  Through this program, Sally Hansen along with their Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole announce the latest nail colors every month.  This month the colors are pink!  I'm not a huge fan of pink, but I am in love with the Miracle Gel polishes that they sent!

Let's take a look at what I came up with! I apologize for not posting swatches, but I've been under the weather and it's been a struggle just to paint my nails.  Next month I'll do swatches!




Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Pink Cadillaquer
  • Sally Hansen - Electric Pop
  • Sally Hansen - Tipsy Gypsy
You know me and my love for negative space floral manicures.  Now that Spring is here, be on the lookout for many, many more.  Now the Color of the Moment package for this month only included Electric Pop and Tipsy Gypsy.  I already owned Pink Cadillaquer, but thought it would go well with this manicure and keep with the pink theme.  Plus, it's another Miracle Gel and really, you can't have enough of those.



On my index and pinkie finger, I decided to do a gradient with the three shades.  They blended together beautifully and didn't cause any bubbling like other cream polishes.  Topped it off with one coat of the Miracle Gel top coat.  Honestly,  I think this is one of my best gradients yet.


For the floral nails, I just did a base coat then used a dotting tool and added the flowers on the nails.  I threw a few white dots in with an acrylic white just to break it up a little bit.  The pinks kind of blended with my nail bed, so adding the white really made the colors stand out more.  Topped off with Miracle Gel top coat which is the black bottle in this last shot, and admired my pretty pink nails.

What do you think?  Fan of the Color of the Moment?  I think it's perfect for Spring!!

Until next time, <3.