Flowers

The One With the Abstract Daisies

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world.  How are you all doing today?  I meant to publish this post yesterday, but alas my week got away from me.  It's been a sad week at work.  One of our long time resident's is passing away.  Kind of caught us all off guard, but it is part of the job.  People ask me all the time how I can work in senior living and if I sure that I want this to be my career, and I always say yes.  When you walk into my job, you can not only feel the love, but you can see it.  My co-workers are amazing and I'm blessed to be apart of the team.  And in a world where love and compassion seems to have disappeared, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Today's manicure is a fun, abstract daisy design which was inspired by CourtDoesPolish on Instagram.  I stumbled across the look a few weeks ago and it reminded me of a dress that I own and shockingly haven't worn yet this summer.  Anyways, I was planning on wearing it when I created this design, but it only lasted about two days before it chipped off.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - #GoalDigger
  • Serendipity Polish - Building My Empire
  • Serendipity Polish - Orange County Girl
  • Serendipity Polish - Bottomless Mimosa
Cute, right??  Something different!  Courtney's were a million times better than mine!  I actually was kind of OCD with this design and it became difficult for me to get them to look how I wanted them.  As I was doing them, I took a few steps back and remembered that they didn't have to be perfect and were allowed to be messy because they were an abstract flower.

The design received a lot of compliments.  I wasn't sure what people were going to think because, again, Courtney's were a million times better than mine and I was being super critical.  After the compliments came rolling in though, I was sad that they chipped and I had to take them off so soon.

What do you think?  Fan of this design??

Until next time, <3.


Orly

The One With the Pink Smoosh Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Monday?  That's right, we are back to another Monday.  Where did the weekend go?  Actually I got a lot accomplished despite the fact I slept most of my Saturday and Sunday away.  I'm feeling positive and re-energized ready to take this week on.  Watch, my post later this week will be like "oh my goodness, this week is HORRIBLE."  Let's hope it doesn't turn out that way.

Today's design is one of my favorites....a smoosh manicure!!! I haven't done one in awhile because A. they're messy, B. my fingernail was broken, C. did I mention they're messy?  They're actually super easy to do, but they do take some time, patience, and a whole heck of a lot of painters tape.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Put the Top Down
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl

Despite the pain in the butt they are to do, they end result is so well worth it!  First, I start off with a base coat of white polish.  While that's drying, I take some painters tape and tape off my edge of my nails.  I have tried that peel off base coat, Elmer's glue, and liquid latex, but honestly, I feel like those are more of a pain and a mess than using the tape.  After the nails were taped, it was time to get to work.

I then take my squishy Morgan Taylor clear stamper and drip polish onto it.  Usually I do two drips of each color, so for this design I did two drips of white, two pink, and two black.  I don't pile the drips on top of each other, I usually do them all side by side where they are overlapping a tad.  Then I smoosh the stamper on a paper plate where it marbles it on the stamper.  Then I immediately smoosh the stamper onto the white nail.  Remove the tape, clean the edges, slap on some top coat, and bam....you got yourself a smoosh manicure!

What do you think?  Like this look?  Fan of the pink/black/white combo?  I wasn't too sure of it at first, but really did love it!

Until next time, <3. 

Flowers

The One With the Dainty Dot Flowers

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I apologize for not getting a post out sooner, but my week kind of got away from me.  I also just realized that I do not have any posts with photos edited other than this one.  How this happened is beyond me.  Sigh, I need to sit down and really work on this blog this weekend.  Really though, how is today Friday??  Where did my week go?!

Today's design is a cute dainty floral nail art.  I absolutely loved everything about this manicure.  The color theme, the little tiny flowers, and just how it turned out.  It took awhile to get the look because I used only tooth picks, but it was TOTALLY worth it!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - Alpine Snow
  • OPI - Crawfishin' for a Compliment
  • OPI - Having a Big Head Day
  • OPI - Polly Want a Lacquer?
  • OPI - I'm Soooo Swamped
Adorable, right?!  Cannot even stop looking at the photos of this design.  I received so many compliments on this manicure.  People couldn't believe me that I did the design myself and thought that they were stickers.

I first started out with a white base coat, and when it was dried, I went through adding the dot flowers with a tooth pick.  I started with Crawfishin' for a Compliment, then filled in other colors as I went along.  When the little bunches were on the nail, I went through and added some flowers along the edges.  Threw in some little leaves, and added the little centers.  Top coat and bam, pretty floral nails!



What do you think?  Like this look?  I loved it so much that I had to take another photo of it!!!

I just realized it's Friday the 13th.  In the words of Michael Scott, I'm not superstitious, but I am a little sttious.

Until next time, <3.

Bug Mani

The One With the Butterfly Nail Art

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!   Happy Monday to you all!  Should happy and Monday go in the same sentence?  My weekend didn't last long enough.  I did absolutely nothing.  Seriously had a "me" weekend where I lounged around.  Honestly, wish I had more days like that, probably could use at least two more then I'll be ready to go back to work.  Alas, I will be at work by the time this post is published running around not knowing my name.

Today's manicure is the annual butterfly manicure.  Last year I switched it up and did purple butterfly nails to raise awareness for Epidermolysis Bullosa.  This is a disease which commonly occurs in children.  Their skin is super fragile and sensitive and they can develop blisters easily.  Those children with this disease are known as butterfly children, because they are fragile like butterflies.  Last year, my good friend Meagan's friend Taylor passed away from this disease, giving me the idea for the post.

This year I wanted to do that again, so I turned yesterday's purple base into butterfly wings.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • FingerPaints - Lavender Love
  • FingerPaints - 50 Shades of Ashley
  • Acrylics
Now I don't need to gush again over this base like I did yesterday.  But look at how wonderful it is for the base of this design!!  I cannot get over how it gave the butterfly wings such dimension!  They shimmered and sparkled, and I received so many compliments on them.

What do you think?  Like the butterfly wings?

Until next time, <3.