China Glaze

The One With the Jelly Bean Nail Art

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I've been better.  As you've seen, I've been MIA from the blog the last few days.  That's because the other night I sliced half of my middle finger nail off and now am in a healing phase.  Therefore, I'm sparingly posting so I can still bring content while my nail grows out and repairs itself.  Ugh it just stinks.  I had so many Easter designs I wanted to do, but unfortunately I can't.  Why it couldn't be a nail on my other hand, we will never know.

Today's design is a re-creation of my jelly bean nail art that I do pretty much every Easter.  This was going to be my second to last design before tomorrow's big day, but alas....here I am with just only two Easter manicures this year.  Truly I'm in mourning over here with this injury.  Ugh.

Let's take a look.


Colors Used:

  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • China Glaze - Plur-ple, DJ Blue My Mind, Red-Y to Rave, Treble Maker, Glow With the Flow, Home Sweet House Music
Adorable, right?  At least it's a cute design for my last Easter design.  Simple one to create.  Start off with a base coat of white or in this case off white polish.  When it's dry, you go through with a dotting tool and just add little semi-circle dots.  Then you take a small nail art brush with a white acrylic and make the little "shine" lines.  Top coat, and enjoy.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Something you've done before?

Until next time, <3.

Easter

The One With the Easter Bunnies

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing this fine Sunday morning?  The work week is almost here.  Where did the weekend go?  Okay well, my weekend was literally spent in bed because I got sick the middle of last week, and it kind of snowballed Friday and Saturday.  I probably would have been a lot better if I didn't go to work and rested on Friday, but you know, there's no rest for the boss lady.

Despite being sick, I'm still painting my nails!  Even more shocking, I'm editing my photos.  Crazy, right?  Today's design is a re-creation of one that I did a few years ago.  Instead of doing a purple base, I went for a mint green one because Sarah from 25 Sweet Peas did it with this color a few years back and I really loved it.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Dillon
  • Acrylics
Ahhhh how I love Zoya Dillon.  I got this polish yeaaaaars ago now, and it still is like it's brand new.  Two coats and full coverage.  Shiny, beautiful, minty coverage.  Perfect base for this design.  When the base was dried, i went through and added the polka dots, then painted on the bunnies.

What do you think?  Like the little Easter Bunnies?  Are you ready for Easter?

Until next time, <3.


China Glaze

The One With the Springy Floral Design

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  This is going to be a short post for me because I'm rather sick.  The other day I woke up with swollen glands in my throat, and now it's just blossomed into not being able to breath and feeling like there is a weight on my chest.  Ugh.  I usually get sick once a year, so I guess this is it.

Since it was the first day of Spring was just the other day, and Easter is right around the corner, I'm going to be posting some Spring-y or Easter designs.  I currently have an Easter Bunny design on my nails, but I don't have the strength to edit the photos, so thank goodness I have this Spring manicure already editted and ready to go.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Pinking Out the Window
  • China Glaze - Too Yacht to Handle
  • China Glaze - Big Hair & Bubbly
  • ORLY - White Tips
Isn't this an adorable manicure?  One of my favorite floral designs.  I'm seeing more and more like this all over Pinterest, so be prepared to see me doing them with many different colors.  Reason being, they're cute, simple, and look like they took a ton of time to do.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Love the color combination?

Until next time, <3.


Dot Mani

The One With the Insta-Dri Roses

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this wonderful Monday?  Can you sense my sarcasm?  Mondays are never wonderful.  Who knows, maybe today will be the exception.  Did everyone have a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day?  I stayed home all day, then went out and bought a Nintendo Switch.  You know, because that's a normal thing for an almost 30 year old to do.  I've also spent an unhealthy amount of time playing The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but it's just so amazing, how can I not?  If I disappear from blogging, it's because of Zelda.

Since St. Patrick's Day is over, that means goodbye green, hello pastel Spring looking designs!!  I actually painted this one around Valentine's Day but was holding out on posting it until we were getting closer to Spring/Easter.  Now let's just hope that the weather gets warmer so I can truly start to get in the Spring mood.

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


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Heather Hustle
  • Sally Hansen - Umm some other colors I just can't remember them....blame Zelda
Heather Hustle is a gorgeous light purple pastel polish which covers completely in two coats.  It worked wonderfully for the base of this design.  It dried super fast so I was able to start my nail art right away.  

The next step of this design is to add the polka dots on all the nails.  I find it easier to do the polka dot base then add the flowers versus doing the flowers first then trying to fill the dots in.  Plus, this makes for a more uniformed look.

When the dots were dried, I went through and added the roses, leaves, and the details.  Added a top coat and called it a night.

What do you think? Fan of this look?  Have you tried any of the new Insta Dri formulas?

Until next time, <3.


NYC New York Color

The One With the St. Patrick's Day Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  It's Thursday, which means my work week is almost over, then the weekend will be here and gone before I know it.  Saturday is St. Patrick's Day, and I was hoping to be able to do one more manicure, but I don't think I will have the time.  Therefore, today's design is the one that I will hopefully still have on my nails Saturday.  You know, if it doesn't chip and get destroyed before then.

I wasn't really sure for what to do for my final design this year.  I always feel like I do the same thing over and over again, so I took to Pinterest.  Surfed around a while and found a few designs that I liked.  So I took inspiration from a bunch of them and re-created them!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Champagne Slushie
  • NYC New York Color - Queen's Jewels
  • Acrylics
Champagne Slushie is a gorgeous champagne gold polish which covered completely in two coats.  I didn't wait long enough to let the coats dry because I was kind of impatient, so I had a little bit of bubbling, but it was covered by the design mostly.

Queen's Jewels is beyond gorgeous!  Two coats of this crelly green glitter polish.  Truly does look like a jewel on my nail.  Kind of not looking forward to taking it off.  It's probably going to be a huge pain in the behind.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Sufficiently festive?

Until next time, <3,


Dot Mani

The One With the St. Patrick's Day Dot Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  Happy Monday to you all.  Can you believe the weekend is already over?  Daylight savings time is really killing me this time around.  I never have an issue with the whole falling back, but this whole jumping ahead is really messing with me.  I already go to bed late, so last night I was up until 2am because my body was thinking it's 1am.  Ugh.  Good news, I have more "time" to edit nail photos and post to the blog since I'm wide awake.

Today's design is a simple dotticure using one of my favorite green polishes - ILNP 1Up.  I was going to do a shamrock design using this, but once I put the dots down I really didn't want to add anything else because I felt like it was going to take away from the holo.

Let's take a look.


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - 1Up
  • OLRY - White Tips
  • FingerPaints - Beverly's Touch
Isn't 1Up the most awesome green holographic polish ever?!  I absolutely love the ILNP holos.  I know a few weeks ago I said I needed to pre-order some of her Spring polishes, but I never got around to it.  I'm sure by now the pre-sale is over. Anyways, this polish covers completely in two coats.  Works great for dotting/nail art.

What do you think?  Fan of this look? Love the holo?

Until next time, <3.


St. Patrick's Day

The One With the Plaid St. Patrick's Day Design

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world! How are you all doing today?  I apologize for the later post today, but posting totally skipped my mind.  It was a crazy week at work which exhausted me.  I honestly could say that about any and all weeks.  Who knows, maybe one day being an adult won't be so tiring.

As promised I'm going to start my St. Patrick's Day manicures.  I wasn't 100% ready to go all out with the shamrocks quite yet, so I went for a simple plaid design.  I always tend to forget about my green polishes unless it's March or December, and I hate that I do that because I always come across such beauties that I need to use more.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Rikki
  • Zoya - Tomoko
  • ORLY - White Tips
Ahhhh Zoya Rikki, what a LOVELY polish!  Two coats and you have a beautiful green shimmer with gold flecks throughout.  This polish I believe is from the Irresistable Collection which came out yeaaaarss ago.  That tells you that Zoya's polishes hold up, because I really think this one is about four years old, if not five.

Really loving it paired with Tomoko.  The plaid design was super easy once I got the tape placed on my nail just how I wanted it.  That's always the hardest part.

What do you think?  Like this design??  Ready for St. Patrick's Day??

Until next time, <3.


Cirque Colors

The One With Cirque Colors Paraiba

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Wednesday?!  I feel like it already should be Friday...that's how long this week has been.  I'm exhausted and can't wait for Saturday to sleep literally all day.  Well most of the day.

Anyways, I'm back attempting to post all green/mint manicures until St. Patrick's Day.  Today's design uses Cirque Colors Paraiba which is more of a blue teal, which leans more towards that green teal side, which kind of counts for the color theme that I'm going for.  What I'm trying to do is slowly go into green manicures because I really wasn't 100% ready to start St. Patrick's Day nails.  Now tonight I'll probably start with my full on green manicures.  Maybe.  We will see.  I'll probably end up with purple nails.

Oh well, let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Cirque Colors - Paraiba
Guys, Cirque Colors Paraiba is beyond GORGEOUS.  I bought this polish when Cirque was re-designing their label and they had mystery grab bags for sale.  I purchased two grab bags and got 8 surprise polishes; all which are just lovely.  

I have to say though, this one has to be my favorite.  I need to try it on it's own, but it worked great for nail art.  I messed up and put a dot in one of the areas where Paraiba is, and you can't even see it through the polish.

What do you think?  Fan of this abstract manicure? Own and Cirque polishes?

Until next time, <3.


Dot Mani

The One With the Interlocking Dot Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  Happy Sunday to you all!!  Where did the weekend go?  My work weeks have been so long and overwhelming, that my calm and relaxing weekends just do not last long enough.  Then there's the problem of me sleeping all day then not being able to sleep at night, then I'm super exhausted on Monday for one of the busiest work days.  It's such a vicious cycle.

Today's manicure is yet another mint one.  As I said in my last post, I'm going to try to post either mint or green manicures from here until St. Patrick's Day.  Seeing as I've had naked nails for the past two days, I see myself failing by next post.  But, here's hoping I can!  This design is an interlocking dot one I did using one of my favorite holos.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Music Box
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Music Box, oh how you are one of my all time favorite Holo polishes.  All of Barbara's polishes are my favorite.  They're just so gorgeous.  I need to pre-order some from the Spring collection.  I love how it looks with this design.  Now, you think the interlocking design is super simple, but it was a pain in my behind.  It might be easier than I make it out to be, but I couldn't get the dots just how I wanted them.  My poor OCD kind of goes crazy, which then makes the design take forever.

What do you think?  Fan of this design? Love the ILNP polishes?

Until next time, <3.



China Glaze

The One With the China Glaze Abstract Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Can you believe March is already here??  Where did the time go?  So I thought we were going to have an early Spring, but now we are being slammed by a snow storm.  I feel this always happens.  We get a taste of warmer weather, then bam, a major snow event, then Spring finally arrives.  Hopefully I'll be able to make it to work tomorrow..

Today's design is a brighter one.  It's a re-creation of an abstract design I did last year.  Instead of doing a peach/coral color, I opted for one of my favorites; neon mint.  Which works perfectly because I'm going to try to do all green/mint manicures up until St. Patrick's Day.  I highly doubt I'll be able to do so, but we will see.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Too Yacht to Handle
  • OPI - This Crown Needs a Gown
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
Super simple manicure which looks like it took a lot of time and took some effort.  You start off with a base coat, and just go from there.  Apply some color, add your black details, then add the splotch of silver, and bam your done.  The hardest part is free-handing the black blocks, but it really doesn't take any effort at all.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?

Until next time, <3.