Cirque Colors

The One With Cirque Polish Xochitl and Dots

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Wednesday and we are smack dab in the middle of yet another work week.  I'm excited because today we are having an employee appreciation luncheon, which means I'm getting some Jamaican Jerk chicken wings.  The cook where I work is from Jamaica and literally makes the BEST chicken ever.  Ugh, so excited.

Today's design is a simple dot manicure using one of my new Cirque Polish's.  Yes, it's their old bottle, but it's new for me.  Before the label re-design, Cirque had mystery grab bags for sale where you got 4 polishes for $25.  If you know Cirque, then you know what an amazing deal that is.  I was iffy about doing a Mystery grab bag purchase, but I'm so happy I did.  All 8 colors that I got were something I will use.

Let's take a look at the first polish that caught my eye.


Colors Used:
  • Cirque Colors - Xochitl
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Oh. my. goodness.  Xochitl is more beautiful on the nail than it is in the bottle.  It's a gorgeous orchid purple holo polish which has full coverage in two coats.  The holo effect is visible in both natural and indoor light.  It's amazing.  Now, I don't know if Cirque still does this, but these polishes are infused with different oils, so when they dry there is a slight scent to them.  I was scared it would be overwhelming but it isn't at all.  Amanda from Fashion Footing was right when she said she doesn't even notice it.

What do you think?  Fan of this polish?  Do you own any old Cirque's?  Do you like the old bottle or the new??  I think I like the old better....

Until next time, <3.

China Glaze

The One With the Polka Dots and Flowers

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Monday and I already know that work is going to be crazy busy.  Also, the weather is weird where it's cold in the morning and really hot by the afternoon.  So it's making the whole picking out an outfit for work thing really difficult.  It's always something.

Today's design is a polka dot floral design that looked a lot better in my mind.  I wasn't going to share it, but I thought maybe I should because most of the time when I share a manicure I hate, it gets a really positive response.  Let's see what happens with this one.

Here we go.....


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - I Got a Blue Attitude
  • Acrylics
Maybe my mistake was that I used acrylics for the art.  Or maybe the base was too dark for the flowers?  Or maybe my dot base was just too busy?  Who knows.  But I still am not a huge fan.

I do enjoy and love I Got A Blue Attitude by China Glaze.  It's a gorgeous plurple color which covered perfectly in two coats.  Super shiny, and just a fun color.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Hate it like I do?

Until next time, <3.


Flowers

The One With the Splash Flower

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Saturday, but honestly it's just another day to me.  I'll sleep in, eat some food, and watch Netflix.  My life is so thrilling.  Well, I might spend some time outside because it's probably going to be the last nice weekend before Fall really sets in.  Who knows, maybe this is the start to an Indian Summer.  We will just have to wait and see.

Since it's going to be in the 80s, I figured I would share a bright manicure that is perfect one to wear if you're holding on to summer.  The other night I was feeling really uninspired and I asked my friend Holly to pick out a manicure, and she came back with a bright splash flower design.  At first I didn't like it, but it really grew on me and I loved how it turned out.

Let's take a look!



Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Summer Fling
  • ORLY - Frolic
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • Serendipity Polish - Holo-Day Lights
Cute, right?  I haven't done a splash flower design in awhile and I forgot how easy they are to do.  To get the look, once your white base is dry, you pretty much paint a flower on your nail using the dry brush technique.  For this one, I started with Summer Fling and dry brushed some petals on.  I then filled in the center with Frolic using the same technique.  I then went through with my nail art brush and outlined the dry brush.  The whole point of the splash flower is that it doesn't have to be perfect, it's supposed to look a tad messy and abstract.

Summer Fling is a gorgeous polish from ORLY.  In my opinion, it's a crelly polish which applies evenly in two coats.  It's such a bright coral peach which is the perfect summer color.  I used it for a pedicure and was not disappointed.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Think it's a good end of summer design??

Until next time, <3.



Dot Mani

The One With the Sunflowers

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  Can you believe I'm back posting so soon?  That's because I finally edited all my photos and realized I have 7 posts to share with you.  Now if I can only get my butt into gear and pre-publish the posts and write them ahead of time.  Maybe I'll work on that tomorrow.

It's sunflower season, so it's only fitting that I paint some sunflowers on my nails.  This year I did two in a row, and debated which to share with you first.  Since the other one is a re-creation of last year's design,  I thought I'd start with the new design.  This one was slightly inspired by a design I saw on Pinterest using a beloved Serendipity Polish.

Let's take a look.


Colors Used:

  • Serendipity Polish - Bottomless Mimosas
  • Serendipity Polish - Building My Empire
  • Acrylics
Bottomless Mimosas is a gorgeous yellow polish.  Two coats and full coverage.  You technically could have gotten away with one coat, but I had a patchy spot on my middle finger I needed to even out.  It is so bright and cheery, really a perfect yellow.  My Twin Mimmy by OPI is one of my favorite yellows, and this is on par with it, if not better.

Building My Empire is my favorite black polish which I am upset I will never get another bottle of.  One coat, quick drying, and super shiny.  Sigh, I'm so sad about Serendipity Polish closing.

The flowers are actually really easy to create.  I first started by painting the brown center on my nail.  When it was dried, I took a light orange paint and painted the petals, then went through with a yellow paint and filled in the empty spaces between the orange petals.  Since I decided to add some texture so I went through and put a little orange on the yellow petals.  Cleaned up the brown center, added the dots in the center to be little sunflower seeds, added a top coat, and called it a night.  Okay, it sounds a lot more complicated than it really is.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Ever done a sunflower manicure??

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With the Re-Creation of an Old Daisy Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Sunday?  I almost wasn't going to post today because I've been kind of under the weather the last few days, but I powered through and here I am posting.  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Florida and are bunkered down through Irma.  These hurricanes are crazy.

Today's manicure is a re-creation of a daisy design I did a few years ago.  My original design was inspired by Wondrously Polished.  Simple black manicure, with green polka dots, and some daises on top.  One of my favorite designs then, and still is now.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Building My Empire
  • Serendipity Polish - Hike & Be Happy
  • Serendipity Polish - Bottomless Mimosas
  • Serendipity Polish - #GoalDigger
Yes, an all polished nail art manicure using only Serendipity Polish.  I'm still sad that they closed up shop.  By far one of my favorite brands with their one coat polishes.  They are all so perfect for nail art due to the fact that they are so opaque.  They dry fast too, so you can start layering designs pretty quickly.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Sad that Serendipity Polish is no more?

Until next time, <3.


Flowers

The One With the Roses

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Thursday, although it feels like a Wednesday since I had Monday off for Labor Day.  I hate when weeks are like this, but partially I love them because Friday is here sooner than I know it.  Although my Friday feels like a Thursday and I'm behind on work.  Blah.

Anywho, today's manicure is a cute rose design which I'm probably sure I have done in the past.  I haven't done a rose manicure in a while, which kind of shocked me.  I was really on a daisy kick this summer and ignored all other flowers.  I do have two sunflower manicures I need to edit and post.  I should do that for next week.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Electric Pop
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Serendipity Polish - Holo Day Lights
Cute, isn't it?  Gosh how I've missed rose manicures. They used to be my go-to design when I started this blog, especially because it was one of the first designs I taught myself how to create.  Brings me back to the good old days.  Can you believe we're coming up on six years of this blog??  Crazy!

What do you think?  Like this rose design?  Fan of the color combination?

Until next time, <3.


Color Block Mani

The One With the Mosaic Looking Nail Art

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Labor Day here in the states, so that means that I have the day off from work.  My plans for the day, sleep, sleep, and more sleep.  Then I should be all rested and ready to return to work on Tuesday.

Today's manicure is a fun, swirly mosaic color block looking design I did a few weeks ago.  I was feeling uninspired and came across a similar look on Pinterest.  Since it had been forever since I did a mosaic looking design, I jumped on the opportunity.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Scenic Route
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • OPI - You're Such a Budapest
  • OPI - I Believe in Manicures
Cute, right??  It's a super simple look to re-create too!  First, you start off with a base of white polish.  I used My Boyfriend Scales Walls since I thought it was the most neutral white.  Not too bright, and not too dark.  When that base was dried, I took a black acrylic paint and outlined my color blocks.  I then colored in the empty spaces with different colored polishes.  When those were dry, I went through with the black acrylic and cleaned up the lines a little more.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Fan of the color combination?

Until next time, <3.


Monthly Mani Favs

The One With August's #MonthlyManiFavs

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  Happy Friday to you all!!  I apologize for not posting more this week, but my sinuses and allergies have been killing me.  When I've come home from work, I literally just lay in bed like a potato and don't move until I fall asleep.  I should probably make sure I don't have a sinus infection.

Anyways, today is the first day of September that means it is time for me to post my Monthly Mani Favs for August.  I thought I had another day to put this post together since I thought yesterday was the 30th, but no....it was the 31st.  Sigh, the days are going way too fast.

Let's take a look!


  • #TheNailArtSquad Raises Awareness for Epidermolysis Bullosa - The Nail Art Squad came together in August to raise awareness for the disease Epidermolysis Bullosa.  This is a rare disease where the skin blisters causing it to be very fragile.  Children who have the disease are known as butterfly children due to their fragile nature.  My close friend had a friend pass away from this disease and was so thankful that we did this.
  • The One With the OPI Daisies - Such a cute design! I rarely do an accent nail that isn't gold or silver, so this white glitter one is absolutely one of my favorites.  Especially paired with this design.  So bright, cheerful, and perfect for summer.
  • The One With the Bokeh Bubbles - I haven't done a bokeh design in awhile so I decided to give the look a try again.  I grabbed some acrylics and a cup of water and got to work.  I really fell in love with the end look and am going to have to try it again soon!
  • The One With the Blue Serendipity Polish Flowers - I'm still mourning the loss of Serendipity Polish.  Why did this awesome brand have to shut down??   Look at that blue polish!!!  One of my all time favorite colors ever.
What do you think?  Any of these your favorite?

Until next time, <3.

China Glaze

The One With the Watermelon Gradient Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Monday is upon us once again.  Hello there my polished peeps!  How was your weekend?  The weather here was absolutely gorgeous.  Perfect sunny days, temperatures in the 70s.  Quite a change from the rainy summer we have had.  Although, the weather didn't feel too summery, it felt more like fall.  Weather like this makes me count my blessings when I look at what's happening in Texas. My heart goes out to all of those dealing with this horrific flooding.  Truly, I am praying for you all.

Today's manicure is one of my last summery manicures....a watermelon gradient!  I wore this mani last weekend at the annual family picnic where I work.  Of course I had a watermelon shirt to match. Dumb me did pink watermelons instead of red like what was on my shirt, but it still looked cute regardless.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Lip Smackin' Good
  • China Glaze - Lime After Lime
  • ORLY - White Tips
Lovely, right?  Same colors I used for my other watermelon manicure earlier this summer.  How could I not use these though since they are the perfect color for a watermelon??  They work perfect for a gradient too.  I was a tad hesitant on using Lime After Lime because sometimes those neon greens don't show up well over the white or for photos, but I was pleasantly surprised.



Super duper easy look to re-create.  You first start out with a base of white polish.  When that's dried, it's time for the gradient.  I painted pink, white, and green on the make up sponge and dabbed until I got the desired look.  I added a quick top coat before I added the seeds.  I did those this year with a dotting tool instead of freehanding with a paint brush.  I found that the dotting tool was a lot easier.

What do you think?  Like these watermelons?  Something you've tried or want to??

Until next time, <3.

Bug Mani

#TheNailArtSquad Raises Awareness for Epidermolysis Bullosa

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world and Happy Friday to you all!!!  Yup, Friday is here and I couldn't be happier.  My work week has been hectic despite the fact I've only had a four day work week.  I'm sleeping all weekend.  Or at least I think I will and then I get plans and that just goes by the wayside.

Today I'm back collaborating with the Nail Art Squad.  This month, we are painting purple butterfly manicures to raise awareness for Epidermolysis Bullosa.  My friend Meagan had a close friend named Taylor who recently passed away from this disease.  When she told me about the disease, my heart was broken. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare skin disease which causes the skin to literally blister.  Those who are diagnosed with it have a very short life expectancy due to the fact that the skin is very fragile.  The children are known as butterfly children due to their fragile nature like a butterfly.

One night when I sat down to do my nails, Meagan asked if I had ever done butterfly nails.  Of course I started to show her all my previous manicures and she said she wanted her nails to be purple butterflies for Taylor.  I decided to draft up a design on my own nails and told Meagan that I would be posting it on my blog to raise awareness for the ideas and to remember Taylor.  Then it hit me, I could raise more awareness if I did a collaboration.  So I contacted Sarah and we gathered up the Nail Art Squad for today's manicure.

Let's take look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Lotus Begin
  • China Glaze - Let's Jam
  • China Glaze - I Got a Blue Attitude
Isn't it lovely?  The whole manicure turned out perfectly.  When I was painting it, I told Meagan that Taylor was cheering me on making sure I didn't mess up.  I truly believe it too because out of all the butterfly wing designs I've done, this one was the easiest to create.  Usually my lines are too thick, the gradient doesn't work....the list can go on and on.  Every single step went smoothly.

Let's take a look at the other girl's manicures!!



I hope that one day they find a cure for this horrible disease.  Learning about something like this really makes you count your blessings.

Until next time, <3.

Flowers

The One With the Blue Serendipity Polish Flowers

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Can you believe it's already Wednesday?  I kid you not, I thought today was Tuesday because I had Monday off.  Don't you just hate that when your whole week gets thrown off because of one day??  Oh well, at least that means Friday will be here before I know it.

Today I'm sharing a blue manicure I did using one of my new Serendipity Polish's.  I purchased the Summer in the OC collection right when it was released, then life got busy and I wasn't able to use it until now.  I'm kicking myself that it took me so long, especially since their shop is closed now and I can't purchase back ups.  Sigh.

Anyways, let's take a look!



Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - We Run This Beach
  • Serendipity Polish -Vitamin Sea
  • Serendipity Polish - Hike & Be Happy
I am in love with We Run This Beach.  As everyone is well aware, this is my favorite shade of blue ever.  I honestly wish I had 100 bottles of this color.  I never would tired of it.  I'm imagining it with the holo top coat and dying just thinking of it.  Two coats, which is surprising for Serendipity Polish since most of their polishes are one coaters.  It's not a difficult two coater though, first is a little sheer then it builds beautifully on the second coat.

I used Vitamin Sea and Hike & Be Happy for the floral design.  What I loved about this brand was that their colors are so opaque that you can use them over dark bases like this for nail art and have the colors show up.  Honestly, the best nail art polishes ever.  Sigh, please open your shop back up and come back to me!!!! 

What do you think of this design?  Love the colors??

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With the Negative Space Flowers

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Saturday and usually I get to sleep in, but sadly, today I am off to work.  Okay, I'm not too sad about it because we have this huge annual picnic and it should be quite fun.  I am a little sad that I'm missing my day to sleep in, but what can you do.  There's always next weekend.

Today I'm sharing with you the manicure I wore last week on my birthday.  This year I opted to not wear a cupcake design and instead match the polka dot dress I wore.  Well, actually, I ended up wearing a really cute pair of polka dotted pants, and the day after wore the dress because the weather ended up being cold, but whatever.  It all worked out.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • NYC - Tropicoral
  • ORLY - Gumdrop
  • ORLY - White Tips

It's super cute, right?  The dress is a coral dress with white polka dots, which literally matches my middle finger.  I put the bottle of Tropicoral on the dress and you couldn't tell the difference at all.  I forgot about this polish and am happy I re-visited it.  I always forget about NYC being a brand because it's not ever at any of the stores I go to.  Actually, I haven't gone to a beauty store or drug store in a long time.

I love negative space floral designs.  I am surprised it's taken me this long to create one this year.  I always thought it would look weird since I have an odd nail line, but you really can't tell because the design hides it.

What do you think?  Fan of this design?  Fan of the negative space floral?

I'm off to enjoy the picnic, then possibly go buy all of Sally Beauty Supply for a job well done.

Until next time, <3.

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.


Flowers

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.


China Glaze

The One With the China Glaze Floral Recreation

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Friday is almost here!  I am quite happy about that, although I don't think I have any plans this weekend.  I guess I'll plan out my birthday manicure because, you know, my birthday is next week.  Every year I do a cupcake mani, but, but I might switch it up.  Maybe....I'll most likely paint a cupcake.

Today I am sharing with you a re-creation of a manicure I did a few years ago.  Simple China Glaze neon floral design originally inspired by Paulina's Passion.  I love this manicure because it uses two of my favorite China Glaze polishes alongside my favorite Zoya, mixed with my favorite topper by INM, and utilizing my favorite design.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Too Yacht to Handle
  • China Glaze - That's Shore Bright
  • Zoya - Tomoko
  • INM - Northern Lights
I don't know which China Glaze polish I like more - Too Yacht to Handle or That's Shore Bright?  Mint, purple....ahhhh it's hard to chose!  I'll just say that they are my favorite in their individual color categories.  Both apply perfectly in two coats.  When you add a topcoat of INM Northern Lights, it really adds a whole new dimension to the plain creams.

Paired next to Tomoko, the whole manicure ties together very nicely.  Tomoko is my favorite of the Pixie Dusts by Zoya.  Two coats and full coverage.  Gorgeous with no top coat and with.  I have a few back up bottles of this beauty.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Like this manicure??

Until next time, <3.


Monthly Mani Favs

The One With June and July's #MonthlyManiFavs

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this first day of August?  Can you believe August is already here?  I feel like it hasn't even been summer because we haven't had that many hot days.  The weather is so weird lately.

Can we take a minute and love on my new blog layout!?  Thank you so much to Sarah from 25 SweetPeas who re-did my whole blog for me the other night!  Honestly, I don't know what I would have done without her.  I've been wanting a new layout for so long, but had no clue what I was doing and just never did it.  I stuck with the same look for the past 5 years.  Now that I have this new blog layout, I'm hoping it will ignite the blogger in me and get me motivated to get more posts up!

As promised, today I am sharing with you my monthly mani favs from June and July.  June kind of got away from me, and by the time I noticed that I didn't have a monthly fav up, it was almost midway through the month.  So, let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we....

June


  • The One With the Cracked Stone Looking Manicure - After being inspired by a stamped design I saw similar to this one, I had to try to re-create it.  Since I'm not one for stamping plates, and honestly have no clue how to stamp, I decided to free-hand the look and I think it turned out really well.  Maybe next time I'll try to go a little lighter on the lines, mine are kind of thick.
  • The One With the OPI Tape Manicure - What can I say, I love me some OPI blues.  This manicure highlights two of my favorite OPI blue polishes.  Took me a little bit of time, but was well worth it.
July

  • The One With the Watermelon Nail Art - Absolutely loved this watermelon design.  I've been wanting to re-create that accent nail for quite some time, but never did because I didn't have the right shaped vinyls like other bloggers.  Then it hit me, I could freehand the design.  So I put my own little twist on it and was very pleased with the results.
  • The One With Daisies and OPI No Tan Lines - I think this manicure is going to show up in my favorites of the year post.  Something about that orange and the look of those daisies.  I received a lot of compliments on that manicure and kind of want to do it again with a different base.
What do you think?  Which are your favorites?  Loving my new blog?!?

Thank you again Sarah for all that you did!!!!  <3

Until next time, <3.


    Flowers

    The One With Daisies and OPI No Tan Lines

    9:00:00 AM

    Good Morning polished world!  Happy Monday to everyone.  Happy and Monday don't belong in the same sentence, do they?  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I went on an almost 5 mile walk through the local park here with my friend on Saturday, and my whole body hurts today.  It was fun though and I want to go again.  I love hiking, it's so calming and peaceful.

    Today's manicure is a fun daisy manicure.  Yes, another daisy design from me, shocking,  I was surfing Pinterest and stumbled upon a similar design using an orange base and I really wanted to re-create it as soon as I saw it.  The first orange polish that popped into my mind was one of my newer purchases - OPI No Tan Lines.

    Let's take a look!


    Colors Used:
    • OPI - No Tan Lines
    • Acrylics
    Yes, I cheated, I used acrylics for pretty much this whole manicure minus the base.  The pretty, orange perfect base polish.  Two coats and I had full coverage.  My only complaint about this polish was that it took a long time to drive.  Abnormally long.  Maybe because it was humid out, but it was odd to me.  I ended up putting a fast dry top coat on before adding the art, which I never usually have to do.

    To get the look, I first outlined my design with a black acrylic.  When I had everything how I liked it, I colored in the blank areas.  Cleaned up my lines, added some dots, and admired my pretty design.

    What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Did anyone else find that this polish did not want to dry??

    Until next time, <3.

    Dry Brush Mani

    The One With the Serendipity Polish Dry Brush Manicure

    9:00:00 AM


    Good morning polished world!  How are you all on this fine Wednesday?  Honestly guys, if I survive this week, it will be a miracle.  Everything is so crazy busy!!!  I rather it be busy though than slow and dragging.  This all means that the weekend is right around the corner, right?

    With my busy week, I'm writing up this post quick before I move onto the next thing.  And since I'm writing this post in the wee hours of the morning, the next thing I'm planning on doing is sleeping.  Today's post is a simple dry brush manicure using one of my favorite Serendipity Polish's as a base.

    Let's take a look!


    Colors Used:
    • Serendipity Polish - Vitamin Sea
    • Serendipity Polish - Building My Empire
    • ORLY - White Tips (seriously, why do I not own the white Serendipity??)
    I don't know how I feel about this manicure.  First reaction is meh because I feel like the blue got muted with the black dry brush.  I saw this manicure on the interwebs where it was done with a mint base.  I loved it and thought it would look just as good on a blue base, but it just doesn't have the same pop to it.

    I still love Vitamin Sea though.  Gorgeous blue polish which has full coverage in one coat.  I used two coats because I was doing the dry brush and I wanted the blue to really pop.

    What do you think?  Like this manicure?  Think I should have used a different base??

    Until next time, <3.

    FingerPaints

    The One With the Pineapple Manicure

    9:00:00 AM


    Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  It's Sunday which means tomorrow is Monday, which means it is the beginning of yet another work week.  Sigh.  Summer is flying by and I feel like I can't enjoy it because I live at work.  Well, that and the weather has kind of been really crappy the past few weeks.  Shockingly, we had three good days last week which kept me out until late enjoying the weather.  And with those late nights, I had some really ratchet looking nails, naked toes, and a full abandonment of my blog and Instagram.  Oops.

    Since my last manicure was fruit themed, I thought I would share yet another fruit manicure.  This one being a pineapple design.  If you know me than you know I have a small, tiny obsession with pineapples.  I'm so happy I'm not the only one because going into a store and feeding this obsession has become quite easy.  Pineapple tote bags, tops, decorations....I'm in love.

    Let's take a look at the manicure!


    Colors Used:
    • FingerPaints - To The Plinth Degree
    • FingerPaints - Paper Mache
    • FingerPaints - Black Patent
    Isn't it adorable??  I love the black outlined pineapple next to the neon yellow polish.  To the Plinth Degree by FingerPaints is an amazing neon yellow.  It reminds me of Glowstick by ORLY.  I had to put a white base under it because it's very sheer and on it's own it is not as bright as when it has that white base.  I did one coat of Paper Mache, then two coats of To the Plinth Degree.  What I like about this polish over ORLY's Glowstick is that it dries so much quicker.  On the brightness scale, it is exactly the same.

    What do you think?  Like this manicure?  Love the neon yellow?

    Until next time, <3.


    China Glaze

    The One With the Watermelon Nail Art

    9:00:00 AM


    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.


    Gradient Mani

    The One With the ORLY Gradient Tape Manicure

    9:00:00 AM


    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.

    Dot Mani

    The One With the OPI Daisies

    9:00:00 AM


    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.

    FingerPaints

    The One With ORLY See You Soon and Flowers

    9:00:00 AM


    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.


    Morgan Taylor

    The One With the Morgan Taylor Tape Manicure

    9:00:00 AM


    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.

    Dot Mani

    #TheNailArtSquad Does the Fourth of July

    9:00:00 AM


    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.

    4th of July

    The One With the Patriotic Dry Brush Manicure

    9:00:00 AM


    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.

    Color Club

    The One With the Color Club Dot Manicure

    9:00:00 AM


    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.

    Gradient Mani

    The One With the Serendipity Polish Splatter Gradient Manicure

    9:00:00 AM


    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.


    OPI

    The One With the Cracked Stone Looking Manicure

    9:00:00 AM


    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.

    Dot Mani

    The One With the ORLY Gradient and Daisies

    9:00:00 AM


    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.