Flowers

The One With the Little Daisies

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  It's Thursday and we have had our first snowfall, and it feels like mid January outside.  I'm telling you, this cold weather makes me lazy.  I need to start updating my Instagram again.  I'm over here blogging, but not sharing.  The sharing part is the easiest too, so that's why this is all a shock to me.  I need a personal assistant to share my posts for me!

Today's design is a cute little floral manicure I did using my favorite ORLY polish - Blue Suede.  I truly have zero idea where my inspiration came from for this manicure, but I'm not 100% fan of the manicure.  I love the blue, love the holographic accent, but the floral design....meh.  I think I could have done better.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Blue Suede
  • INM - Granite
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • Acrylics
I think it's the green leaves I don't like.  They're a tad messy for my liking.  I go from these highs when it comes to my details, to these lows where I just feel like I can't nail art anymore.  I realize I'm being hard on myself because yes, the manicure is cute, and really no one sees what I see when it comes to the "messiness".



I love ORLY Mirrorball, but I think it might have added too much to the manicure.  I think I should have gone with a plain grey nail, or maybe another Blue Suede nail.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Think I should have done it differently?

Until next time, <3.

Color Club

The One With the Color Club Dry Brush Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you on this wonderful Sunday? I apologize for not blogging this week, but I'm not going to lie, Daylight Savings really messed me up last week and I haven't been able to get used to this whole time change.  Earlier nights equals less blogging time.  Although I've still been creating nail art, therefore I'm going to have a lot of content coming up!

On top of Daylight Savings, tomorrow we are supposed to get our first real accumulation of snow.  While we had our first snowfall last week, this one will probably last a tad longer seeing as they're predicting about 4-8 inches.  Since the snow is coming, I thought it was appropriate to post this light blue dry brush manicure.  The blue polish reminds me of cold and snow....kind of.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Color Club - Meet Me at the Rink
  • Color Club - Pucci-Licious 
  • Cannot remember the name of the silver because it was awhile ago.....
Meet me at the Rink was part of the Poptastic Pastel neon collection that came out years ago.  I purchased it yeaaaars ago and the beauties just sit in my collection rarely touched.  I forget how much I love them.  Sure, the formula isn't 100% wonderful, but if you have some patience you can get complete coverage in two coats.



The dry brush nail is one of my favorites.  The purple, the blue, the silver, then the little abstract design....all perfect.  I wish I did all 10 of my nails with this design.  Maybe next time.

What do you think of this manicure?

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With ILNP Paige and Some Dots

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning polished world, and welcome to Monday!  Another weekend has come and gone, Daylight Savings is upon us, and now I'm going to be all off for the next two weeks.  Don't get me wrong, I love this whole extra hour of sleeping and falling back, I just hate how I have to learn a new sleep schedule.  It's safe to say last night I failed at that sleep schedule.

Instead of sharing the Monthly Mani Favs like I used to for the first post of the month, I've decided to hold off on that until next year, since this year it's going to be completely impossible to do a Monthly Mani Fav round up for my Yearly Fav post.   See what happens when you take over two months off?  Blogger madness.  I'll bring back the Monthly Mani Fav in 2020 if I stay active with the blog.  I really hope I do.

Anyways, today I am posting the second manicure I did during my blogger hiatus.  It is a super simple dot manicure using the gorgeous ILNP Paige. I went through about a 3 week period where all I wore was Paige, so I had to switch it up a bit with some dots.  And to see if I still could do a dotticure.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Paige
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
Isn't Paige gorgeous?  One of my all time favorite holographic polishes by ILNP.  Two coats and I had total coverage.  This holo is so strong outdoors and indoors.  I always forget about this beauty in my collection, then it makes a re-appearance and I cannot get enough.



Paige pairs so well with these black and white polka dots.  I debated on doing an abstract looking manicure, but I didn't want to take away from that holo, and really, can you blame me?

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

Until next time, <3.

Halloween

The One With the Spider Web Nail Art

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world and Happy Halloween to you all!  I almost forgot to do this post, but as I laid down in bed at 12:30am, I realized that I never edited the photos for this post, or wrote it.  I would have talked myself into doing it another day, but then I realized that the Halloween manicure kind of needs to be posted on Halloween, therefore I got up and got to work.  Of course Blogger didn't want to participate with me, so we will see if the photos actually end up getting uploaded. Technology hasn't been my friend today.

So, today is Halloween, and we are supposed to get a horrible storm.  I'm not sure if that means we will have any trick or treaters.  The southern part of the state is actually re-scheduling Halloween for Saturday because of this storm.  My guess is, because they're predicting it's going to be an awful storm, it really won't be and it will be a semi decent night.

Regardless, my nails are ready, this post is ready, so let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - CE0,000,000
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Acrylic
I actually created this spider web design last year and loved it so much that I had to re-create it this year.  To get the look I started off with two coats of Serendipity Polish CE0,000,000.  I will always tell everyone how much I miss this brand.  Long wearing, fast drying, one coater polishes.  Ahhh, how I loved them.


Once my base was dry, which literally was two minutes, I sponged the white polish onto the nails.  This gives it a really spooky feel.  I then went through with my nail art brush and added the spider webs.  I feel like these are the best webs that I've ever created.

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

Hope everyone has a safe Halloween! 

Until next time, <3.


Halloween

The One With the Pumpkin Nail Art that I Really Don't Like

9:00:00 AM

Nothing to Disclose

Good morning polished world! How are you all doing on this wonderful Monday?  I apologize for not posting but I got distracted and thought I had posted.  Actually I'm even behind on Instagram too.  Not quite sure how that happened since I feel I have been diligent, but who knows.

Today's nail art is something that looked MUCH better in my head than it did on my nails.  Remember the other day when I posted the graveyard coming from the cuticle and I said pumpkins by my cuticle would be a cute idea.  Yeah, they would probably be cute if they weren't jack o'lanterns.  I ran out of room, so I just did the eyes, and well I really did not like them.  But since I'm all about the blog again, I figured I would post them.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - I Can Never Hut Up
  • OPI - No Tan Lines
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • Acrylics
The thing I really liked about this manicure was the base.  I used two coats of I Can Never Hut Up, which is one of my all time favorite grey polishes by OPI.  When that was dry, I went through with a black polish and created the dry brush look.  I then added the pumpkins first by outlining them with a black acrylic.  I then filled in the orange and green and added some darker orange shading.



Then came time for the jack o'lantern faces.  This is where the manicure took a turn for the disaster-cure.  I didn't plan the spacing out enough and had no room for the little mouths, therefore I had tiny triangle eyes, at first.  I tried to fix my mess, and made the triangles larger, which I wasn't happy with.

Even though I wasn't happy with the design, other people thought they were cute.  They said they were peek-a-boo jack o'lanterns.

What do you think?  Hate them, love them?

Until next time, <3.

Halloween

The One With the Mani Swap With Coffee and Nail Polish - Graveyard Nails!

9:00:00 AM


Good morning, polished world!  How are you doing on this fine, fine Tuesday?  We are finally getting some Fall weather right in time for Halloween.  Life has slowed down for me during my favorite season and I actually am getting to enjoy the changing colors and crisp air.  I'm hoping the weather holds this weekend so I can carve my pumpkins.  I need ideas, so if you have any, let me know!

Today's post is a Mani Swap with Coffee and Nail Polish, you know, since two of my last three Halloween manicures have been inspired by her.  How could I not recreate her ghosts and candy corn dots??  When I saw her graveyard nails, I knew I had to re-create them as well.  After chatting about Halloween nail art, we decided to do today's swap!!

Let's take a look at my re-creation of her graveyard nails!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - I Can Never Hut Up
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Zoya - Troy
Aren't these graveyard nails neat?!  Just like her other designs, I never would have thought of this manicure.  Especially doing the little graves at the cuticle.  Why don't I think of doing more cuticle nail art?  It's so versatile and there are so many designs you can do from there.  I think I might do some Thanksgiving cuticle pumpkins.  That sounds weird, but trust me, I think it's going to be cute.



I really loved the base for this manicure.  To get the look, I started with a base coat of Zoya Troy.  It's a dark grey pewter polish from I believe the Urban Grunge collection.  During my blogging hiatus, it was a polish I discovered in my collection and wore a lot with a variety of holographic top coats.  You can get away with one coat of this beauty, but I typically use two.

When that was dried, I went through with ORLY White Tips and did a vertical dry brush unlike the normal random abstract dry brush that I typically do.  I then did a dry brush with I Can Not Hut Up by OPI.  One of my favorite light grey polishes with a subtle blue shimmer.  Then to make it a little more spooky, I added a bit of a dry brush using ORLY Liquid Vinyl.


Once my dry brush was completed, I added the cuticle nail art using acrylics.  Honestly, it was so much easier to create the nail art at the cuticle instead of at the tip of the nail.  Maybe because of the angle when painting.  Who knows.  Regardless, I really need to create more cuticle nail art.

I didn't plan the photo at the actual graveyard, it just was an interesting coincidence.  On a beautiful day this weekend, I went to visit some family plots before the winter to make sure they were in good condition when I realized I had the graveyards painted on my nails.  I had to take the opportunity for the photo.  I'm not going to lie, I find graveyards to be extremely peaceful and not so much haunting.  Just walking around and reading different graves you can learn so much.  At this particular graveyard, some of the graves are from the 1800s.  I just find it interesting.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure? Do you get creeped out by graveyards?

Don't forget to check out Shannon's swap!!!

Until next time, <3.



Dot Mani

The One With the Candy Corn Dotticure

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  How are you doing on this fine Sunday?  I meant to have this post up yesterday, but I decided to go to bed instead of editing photos and writing.  Actually, I took a look at the photos and they were in bad shape that I just kind of gave up and went to sleep.  I need to invest in a new camera.  I've been using the same one for the past five years and I think it's time.

Until then, the old camera is getting the job done and captured this fun candy corn dotticure inspired by Coffee and Nail Polish.  Pretty sure I should change my blog name for this month to "Inspired by Coffee and Nail Polish" because the mani I'm posting after this one will be the third one inspired by her.  She's just hitting home runs this Halloween season, so how can I not re-create her designs??

Let's take a look! 


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Taylor
  • Serendipity Polish - Orange County Girl
  • Serendipity Polish - Bottomless Mimosas
  • Serendipity Polish - #GoalDigger
Despite the fact that the coloring is horrid on these photos, the manicure was beyond amazing.  I absolutely loved the use of a nude base for the nail art.  I probably would have created this look with a negative space manicure, and then hated it.  I always forget to use my nude polishes, like Taylor from Zoya.  I got this polish years ago and it's such a great shade which really does match my skin.  We will ignore the fact that my skin looks beyond lobster'ed in these photos, truly it does match.



I miss Serendipity Polish.  That's one Indie that I wish was still around.  One coat creams which worked wonderfully for nail art.  

I'm sad that my top coat is getting old because it bubbled around the dots.  Oh well.  New camera, new top coat.....I need to get to the store.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure? Recommendations for new cameras?

Until next time, <3.

Halloween

The One With the Ghoulish Ghosts

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this Wednesday?  The weather is finally like Fall here with temperatures in the 50s and 60s.  We are due for a frost and the leaves are finally changing.  Ahhh, it's truly my favorite time of year.  Now, I just need to get some apples and start making some pies!

Before the pie making, there's some blogging to do.  Today's Halloween design was inspired by Coffee & Nail Polish.  She created the most unique ghost design for #GlamNailsChallengeOct.  In all my years of blogging I had never seen anything like it, and I for sure never thought of doing it!

Let's take a look!



Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Stilletos & Studs
  • INM - Northern Lights
  • Acrylics
Isn't this so amazing?!  Shannon came up with the idea of see through little ghosts.  I always hate doing ghost designs because the opaque white always didn't look right to me.  While this looks like an unbelievably complicated design, it was so easy to do!  I took white acrylic paint and watered it down.  I painted the design on the nail, then let it sit for about 30 seconds.  I then wiped off the access and was left with the outline of the ghost.  I brushed around some excess acrylics to fill in some really naked areas and was left with little ghosts!



Stilettos & Studs was a great base color for this manicure.  I debated on going with a straight black base with a scattered holo topper, but when I saw this polish in my drawer I had to use it.  It gives it that cloudy, spooky, night sky feel.  Two coats and I had full coverage of this Miracle Gel.  It wore like a beast, it took a little scrubbing to remove it.

What do you think?  Like these little ghosts?  Think they're spooky or cute?

Until next time, <3.

Halloween

The One With the Candy Corn Drip Nail Art

9:00:00 AM


Good morning, Polished World! How are you all doing on this fine, fine Sunday?  I meant to have this post up yesterday, but my days kind of blurred into one another and I thought yesterday was the 11th and not the 12th.  I literally am the worst person when it comes to remembering dates, or knowing what day of the week it is in general.  I can't tell you how many times I have to ask people what day it is.

Oh well, what I do know is that it's still October, and Halloween is right around the corner!  That means it's time for me to start creating some Halloween designs.  While on Pinterest, I came across a candy corn paint drip manicure originally created by Adventures in Acetone.  Her blog was one of the first that I followed, and I was so surprised that I had never seen this design until now.  Since I love the paint drip look, I decided to re-create it.  At 11pm the other night.  Not my wisest decision, but so worth it!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Storm
  • OPI - Alpine Snow
  • OPI - Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet
  • OPI - No Tan Lines
Isn't this awesome?  And yes, I used all nail polish to create the look.  I started off with two coats of my favorite Zoya polish - Storm.  I need to get another bottle of this black scattered holo beauty.  It's the perfect base coat for nail art like this.



Once dried, I added some very messy paint drips using Alpine Snow.  It was my first time making an all polish paint drip, but it was actually a tad easier than using the acrylics.  When that dried, I added the orange and yellow for the candy corn colors.  I then cleaned up any messy edges using Storm to make the paint drip more even.

What do you think? Fan of this look?

Until next time, <3.

ILNP

The One With the Fall Pumpkin Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Look at me, back at blogging like I never left.  I'm not going to lie, it doesn't feel like a chore anymore.  I now look forward to sitting down on my computer, coming up with nail designs, completing them, and then sharing them all with you. I think the break was good for me.  Hopefully I continue down this path.

Truly, I came back at the perfect time of year.  Fall has so many opportunities for nail art, then followed by Christmas!  Ahhhh so many nail art ideas, so little time.  It already is October 9th and I just painted my first Halloween design last evening.  I feel I'm behind, but really looking at other Instagrams, I feel like I'm right where I should be.  I actually wonder how many other "blogs" are still out there.  Part of me always wondered if I should delete this blog, and just convert to Instagram, but my first three posts back already have over 100 views, so people are reading.  *waves*

Anyways, today's manicure is a Fall pumpkin design.  Typically I would do this design around Thanksgiving, but after seeing a few other nail artists use this color of green, I just had to do this design.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • INM - Sage
  • ILNP - Clockwork
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Assorted Acrylics
Isn't that little pumpkin cute??  And look at me shading and makine some sort of dimension to that pumpkin.  It looked better in person than it does in the photos.  I have to reconfigure my lighting setup.  It's all out of whack since I took it all down with the whole hiatus thing.  I also probably should invest in a new camera......



Sage by INM is a gorgeous green polish.  I used two coats but you really can get away with just one.  It applied perfectly, dried super fast, and had such a shine that if you didn't have a top coat, you could go without it.  I ended up wearing the manicure for five days with no chips, which is a huge record for me.

What do you think? Like the green? Think this is a good Fall design?

Until next time, <3.

FingerPaints

The One With the FingerPaints Gold Negative Space Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I've been better.  Friday I ended up getting sick with some sort of allergic reaction where my breathing got all messed up and I've had the WORST stomach cramps for the past 24 close to 48 hours.  I'm hoping today it gets better and I can leave my house for more than 5 minutes.  Especially because it's supposed to be a perfect Fall day today.  Sunny, in the 70s...really hope I get outside.

Since I've been since, I haven't wanted to edit my latest Fall themed manicure.  Lucky for me, I had edited all my old photos over this past week and have 8 posts to share.  After looking through all the photos, I felt this negative space, gold, daisy manicure was fitting for a nice, sunny, Fall day.  Maybe.  

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • FingerPaints - Beverly's Touch
  • ORLY - White Tips
Pretty sure this is a re-creation of a manicure I did a few years ago.  I painted it back in April when I was feeling very uninspired but wanted some sort of floral design.  I remember looking on Instagram and finding a negative space manicure, and this one flew back into my mind.  Now you know me, I'm not a huge fan of gold, so this was a manicure that was way out of my comfort zone then, and was again when I recreated it.  Both times though, I absolutely loved the white and gold color combination.



Beverly's Touch is an oldie but goodie from my polish stash.  You can totally get away with one coat of this gorgeous yellow gold, but I used two.  I love how saturated it is because it makes it easier to use for nail art.

Fan of this manicure? Ever enjoyed the negative space look?

Until next time, <3.

Flowers

The One With the Sunflowers and ILNP Sundance

9:00:00 AM


Hey there polished world!!  I told you I was back!  Twice this week I have painted nail art, and I have a surplus of drafts.  I didn't realize until I took my picture card out of the camera how many manicures I never edited from before I stopped painting.  I think I have about 8 manicures to post, which is just beyond crazy to me.  Now, I just have to find the appropriate time to post them since it's Fall and most of the designs are Spring/Summer.  Guess I'll be creative....

Today's manicure is one I painted the other night, aka the first nail art after my hiatus!  For the past two months I have been wanting do sunflower nail art.  Summer, then September came and left, and I never painted any sunflowers.  Since it was super warm out the other day, and sunflowers are a Summer to Fall transition flower, I figured it would be appropriate to still paint them.

If you've been following me for a while, then you would know that annually I paint sunflowers on top of a glittery cobalt blue base.  Since I've done it so many times,  I really wasn't feeling it.  I then found my bottle of ORLY Olive You Kelly and was going to use that as my base, until I remembered that last year that's the base I used for my sunflowers.  Then, sitting next to the ORLY bottle was Sundance by ILNP; the perfect base for this design.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Sundance
  • Acrylics
Look at how gorgeous Sundance is!!!!  Two coats of this beautiful, green, holographic beauty.  All of my ILNP polishes are the same, saturated with color with a gorgeous holographic effect no matter what type of lighting you are in.  I can't tell you how many times this summer when I was wearing plain swatches I would get distracted and get lost in the holo.


I love how nail art on top of a holographic base gives the manicure a 3D illusion.  I debated on adding little flat green leaves but felt like the green background really gave it a leafy-field feel!

Not going to lie, I was a tad rusty when it came to nail art and working with the acrylics.  After a few nails it all started to come back to me.  I think it's going to be a slow and steady type thing as I start to get back into the swing of nail art!

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Loving that beautiful base.

Until next time, <3.

China Glaze

Hey Guys, Remember Me? Oh, and.....The One With the Watermelon Nail Art

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!!!  Do you remember me??  It's been a LOOONNNGGG time since I posted here on this blog.  Not a day went by where I didn't think about the nail art community and my little hobby. 

So, the big question, where have I been?  Well long story short, my life became really hectic.  Work, eat, sleep, repeat.  My nails went from intricately painted with nail art, to just random swatches of holographic polishes.  I kept polish on so long that they were chipping, which lead to peeling nails, which led to many a break.  Whenever I got the urge to paint my nails, they were in such horrid condition that I just kind of lost all motivation to do any form of art.

I continued to purchase polishes, but they were thrown to the side as I didn't feel the urge to use them.  I kept using my oldies but goodies saying to myself I would use the new polishes when my nails were in better condition.  Each day, my life continued to be more hectic than the next, and I continued to put my hobby on the back burner.  This community became a memory to me as I just didn't have the time to blog or interact.  It was sad, but I had priorities and needed to continue down the path I was on.  I did so knowing that one day I would be back and life would slow down.

Sure enough it did, and here I am!  Back and ready to get back at it!!  My life has had some major changes, and I'm excited for the future and I'm beyond excited to be back here in the blogging world.  The question is, are my followers still out there?

Today's manicure is one I did in August.  I figured since it's September 30th, it's 80 degrees, and probably the last summer like day, it was appropriate to share.  Right?  Let's face it, I don't have any fall-themed manicures started since I literally just began the nail art again last night, sooooo we have to go with this.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Treble Maker
  • China Glaze - Lip Smackin' Good
  • ILNP - Mega X
Did I mention I was using my oldies but goodies?  These colors are for sure some of my favorites, ILNP Mega X being my all time favorite.  Before I get into talking about how much I love the colors, this manicure was literally one of the two nail art designs I did in the past four months.  It was of course for a picnic where I wore my beloved watermelon shirt with green pants that were the exact shade as Treble Maker.  One of my favorite outfits that I didn't wear nearly enough this summer.



Clearly you can tell I have missed blogging since I'm babbling.  These China Glaze polishes are some of my favorites.  Treble Maker is a fun green polish which covers completely in two coats.  Trick with this one is to make sure your first coat is completely dried, otherwise you're going to be dragging the first coat when applying the second.  Lip Smackin' Good is a gorgeous two coat pink polish with a pretty subtle shimmer.  It can be a dragger too, but it's super buildable and easy to work with.

Then there's Mega X, the world's best silver holographic polish.  One of my all time favorites by ILNP.  I think I wore this alone at least three times during my nail art hiatus.  I actually lived on all of my holographic beauties by ILNP.  Not any of the new ones I bought though, of course saving those for when I was back go blogging.  Guess I can bust them out now!

What do you think of this nail art?  Have you missed me? 

I cannot wait to share Fall and Halloween nail art!  I feel I came back at the right time. 

Until next time, which won't be four months from now....

<3

China Glaze

The One With the Purple Floral Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Hey everyone!  Welcome to Tuesday.  You know, a whole week since I posted on the blog, yet again.  I had such great intentions last week to get on a normal blogging schedule, then it happened.  I fell Tuesday morning at work spraining my ankle and giving myself a mild concussion.  On top of that, the night before, I scratched my cornea while taking my contact out.  It was safe to say I was a hot mess.  The blog was the last thing on my mind.  I did end up taking a four day weekend to recover so I feel like I'm back and ready for action.  Maybe.  We shall see.

Today's manicure is a pretty purple floral design.  Honestly not too sure how I liked this manicure.  I imagined the florals looking a little different than they do.  Mainly that little peach flower is bothering me.  I feel like it should have been outlined in black like the other flower.

Oh well, let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Let's Jam
  • NYC Color - NY Princess
  • Acrylics
I think I should have done two of the outlined flowers.  I should figure out how to paint my thumb nail because that one was my favorite.  Even the little pink/peach looking flower looked better.  It's because it's a larger canvas and there's more room to make things look better.  I feel that's kind of a lie but I'm telling myself it to make myself feel better.



I do love how Let's Jam paired with that purple jelly NY Princess.  I kind of like doing a different colored accent nail instead of just silver or gold.  Of course as I type this, I have a silver accent nail on.  Shocker, right?

What do you think?  Like this purple mani?

Until next time, <3.

Flowers

The One With the OPI Blue Floral Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  Happy Monday!  We are here beginning yet another work week.  Hopefully this week isn't as long as the last few have been.  I am looking forward to that looong weekend next weekend.  I hope that I can get my garden planted and ready to go because I feel like it's super late for me to start this year.  I also at some point this week need to get to the local garden nursery and buy flowers for the gardens at work, and you know, plant them all.  I do it for the residents.

Today's design is yet another floral manicure.  You're going to be seeing a LOT of florals over the next few posts.  I'm just hooked and I can't stop painting them.  Maybe I'll get sick of them one day, but right now I don't see that happening.  Especially after today's blue design.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Pal Joey
  • OPI - Gelato On My Mind
Absolutely.in.love.  If you are a long time follower of my blog, then you all know how much I love My Pal Joey.  By far one of my favorite blue polishes which applies perfectly in two coats.  I think I have 3 bottles of this beauty.  I sadly only have one bottle of Gelato On My Mind.  Clearly I wasn't thinking when that polish was in stores.  It's one of my favorite light blue polishes, which is also the perfect base for those pink flowers!


I need to work a little bit on my leaf work, but overall I think I'm coming along with my floral designs.  I think I need to trim one of my nail art brushes to have a few less bristles so I can have a more precise little palm leaf thing.  I don't know what else to call that greenery other than palm leaf thing.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Love the blues as much as I do?

Until next time, <3.



Dot Mani

The One With the Yellow Flowers

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  Happy Wednesday to you all!  Yesterday I painted my resident's nails and well, my heart was full.  It has been MONTHS since I spent that time with them chatting, painting, and laughing.  Sad to me that so many people just discard the elderly population; they have so much to share with the younger generation.  People are truly missing out!

Today's manicure is the one I wore to match my dress for an event for the Alzheimer's Association.  It was such a wonderful night which raised over $100,000.00 for Alzheimer's research.  This is a cause near and dear to my heart because in my professional career I have seen so many people destroyed by this disease.  Not only does it destroy the resident, but it destroys the families as well.  Words cannot describe how horribly sad this disease is.

It was a beautiful event though and so many came together for the wonderful cause. Families who've lost loved ones, caregivers, members of the Skilled Nursing World, and even seniors with Alzheimer's were in attendance.  While it is a horrible disease, it was a time to celebrate the progress made in battling it and raising more money to hopefully eradicate it.

Let's take a look at the manicure!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Dahlia
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Sally Hansen - yellows and greens
My dress was a gorgeous long white dress with black polka dots and yellow roses.  It wasn't a dress I'd typically go for because of the length and I feel that longer dresses typically make me look short and stumpy, but this one flowed so nicely.  I was so proud of the fact that my manicure matched the dress exactly.  I'm kicking myself that I didn't take a photo of the two of them together, but I was too busy eating all the good food that I forgot!



After doing this manicure, I want to do one with lemons soon.  I kept having a lemon vibe from my little flowers.  It is also a reminder for me to use more yellow!

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

Until next time, <3.

China Glaze

The One With the Pink Floral Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world, and Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!  Especially my momma!  I apologize for being MIA again, but this week really truly did get away from me.  When I did sit down on my computer, I had no urge to edit my nail photos or even blog.  Not going to lie, I've gotten a lot of television watching done.  Hulu Live is my friend.  One bone I have to pick with Hulu - their version of She's The Man is totally edited and missing huge sections.  Not cool.

Today's manicure is a cute pink floral manicure I did with a mish mosh of pinks from my collection.  I have about 70 new polishes to use but I have nowhere to store them until I build my new Melmers (maybe I'll do that today), so I'm going through all my old collection and using some oldies but goodies.  You know, all those polishes which I have forgotten about since I have overflowing drawers and shelves.  Maybe I'll get to building my drawers today so I can use my newbies.

Let's take a look at the pink floral design!


Colors Used: 

  • OPI - Suzi's Hungary Again
  • ORLY - Pink Noise
  • China Glaze - Merry Whatever.

ORLY Pink Noise - an oldie from the Spring 2018 Pastel City collection.  Literally have not used this one, so maybe it's a good thing that I haven't built my new drawers yet.  Two coats of this beauty and I had full coverage.  It is the PERFECT pink for an accent manicure to do some nail art over the top of.  I didn't expect myself to love this polish as much as I do.  I really need to use this one more often, or even for a summer pedicure color.  It's a pastel, but has a tinge of neon brightness.  It's just gorgeous.


Love the floral design that I did on top of it.  I've been on a floral kick, so the next few posts are all florals.  Hope you all don't mind.  I went through and edited all the photos yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised to see that all the florals that I've done do not look alike.  What I like about this one is the combination of the rose and daisy.  The overlapping of designs just makes it pop.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Love the pinks?

Until next time, <3.  (Which hopefully won't be another week)


Monthly Mani Favs

The One With April's Monthly Mani Favs

9:00:00 AM

Long time no blog!  Hey there everyone!  I hope that you've all been well, and you all are still here reading this lovely little blog of mine.  I apologize for going MIA, but I have had a few really hectic weeks, and then on top of it an old friend of mine lost her battle with cancer.  It was a huge wake up call for me to slow down and enjoy each moment.  She had sent me a text a week before she passed away, and I'm kicking myself that I didn't slow down and catch up with her more than what I did.  It was a hard lesson learned, and I just needed a little break from everything, including the blog.

Here I am though, back at it.  I've been painting my nails and now just need to edit some photos.  I'm really into the florals again, which you will see soon.  First though, it's my Monthly Mani Favs for April.  I know that it is May 6th, but it would kill my OCD if I didn't post this little roundup post.

Let's take a look!


Clearly I had a thing for dots in April......goodness.....


  • The One With the Floppy Eared Easter Bunny -Is earred spelled with two R's or one like I have in the title?   I'm not sure, both are coming up as proper in the spell check.  I'm going to go with my gut and say it's spelled with one R.  This manicure is one of my favorite Easter designs. I have done a variation of it for years, but this year is my favorite switch up because of the outline of the little bunny.  Thank you to SRG.Nails on Instagram for the idea!
  • The One With the Pink Floral Spring Time Manicure - Pretty sure spring time is one word.  I'm failing all over the place with my post titles in the month of April.  One of my all time favorite floral designs.  You should see the floral designs I have coming up.  I'm really getting proud of myself with my pretty little florals.
  • The One With the Easter Manicure! - My favorite Easter manicure.  That Serendipity Polish blue with that cute little bunny bootie!  Another design inspired by SRG.Nails.  I'm not going to lie, I was super nervous to create this design because I have failed time and time again at that little bunny.  I kid you not, I've tried to do similar designs since I started this blog.  Finally, success!
  • The One With the China Glaze Dry Brush Manicure - Who can go wrong with a dry brush?  Especially when you use this color combination and mix it with a holographic?  Ugh, love it.
What do you think?  Which is your favorite?

Hope I will be posting more consistently this month!!! Ahhhh

Until next time, <3.

China Glaze

The One With the China Glaze Dry Brush Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Oh hey, remember me?!  The blogger who has the busiest schedule and isn't ever able to remember to blog.  My busy life isn't even filled with fun things, it's just work.  For example, I wanted with everything in me to go see Avengers: Endgame opening weekend, and well, that didn't happen.  Here I am trying my best to avoid spoilers and wait until later this week.  Do you know how tempting it is to just Google "What happens in Endgame?"  Until I see the movie, I will just watch every other Marvel movie to the point where I forget that Endgame is even a thing.  I keep telling myself that will work, but it probably won't.

Today's manicure is one I created before I started doing all my Easter manicures.  I loved it so much that it stayed on much longer than expected, but how could I bring myself to remove it when the colors were so dang amazing.  Seriously, one of my all time favorite color combinations to date.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - I Got a Blue Attitude
  • China Glaze - Disco Ball Drop
  • China Glaze - OMG
  • China Glaze - Too Yacht to Handle
  • China Glaze - yeahhhhhh I don't remember the name of the pink......
I really need to write down the names of the polishes I use when I use them.  I tell myself this each post yet I never do it.  Maybe one day I will learn.  Maybe.  Regardless, I Got a Blue Attitude is one of my all time favorite polishes.  It's a fun blurple's....you know, blue mixed with purple.  It's so bright, fun, and perfect Spring/Summer polish.  Who am I kidding, it's a good all year round polish.



Putting on two coats of China Glaze OMG underneath Disco Ball Drop was beyond amazing!  The holographic silver, mixed with the holographic flecks.  I was in love.  You know how much I love mixing holo silver with holo silver.  I really think it was the perfect accent for this manicure.

What do you think?  Fan of this dry brush look?

Until next time, <3.

Easter

The One With the Easter Manicure!

9:00:00 AM


Good morning and Happy Easter, polished world!!  Today is the most important holiday if you are a Christian.  It is the day that our Savior rose from the dead, fulfilling the scripture, and promising us eternal life.  Quite a wonderful day...He is risen!  Usually I create a manicure symbolizing this, but I ran out of time this year.  Despite having some time off of work, I found myself just as busy, if not more busy, than when I'm working.

Today's manicure is yet another bunny manicure....yet again inspired by SRG.Nails on Instagram.  I might as well just become a re-creation blog of all her designs because they're simply amazing.  Now, I didn't re-create her manicure this time, instead I put my own little twist onto it.  I was going to re-create it piece by piece, but then I broke my middle finger nail and had to chop it way, way down.  Therefore, glitter silver accent nail it had to become!

Regardless, I love how it turned out.  Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Vitamin Sea
  • Serendipity Polish - Holoday Lights
  • Serendipity Polish - Call Me Boss Lady
  • Serendipity Polish - #GoalDigger
  • INM - Northern Lights
Isn't this adorable?  I have tried for years to do the cute little bunny but manicure but have failed miserably.  My little bunnies never look like bunnies, but instead like messed up snowmen.  I really didn't think I was going to be able to accomplish this look seeing as I cut my nails super short to match my broken nail.  But, here we are!  Successful manicure!



Vitamin Sea is the perfect Spring-y blue for this manicure.  I believe it was part of a Summer collection, but it works for this time of year.  Ohhhh how I miss Serendipity Polish.  Those one coat wonders which dried so fast and had the BEST colors.

What do you think?  Like this manicure?  Think the bunny booties are adorable?

Happy Easter everyone!!

Until next time, <3.

Animal Mani

The One With Another Bunny Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  My injury is healing up quite nicely.  It's weird painting only 9 nails.  I figured why paint my right thumb nail if it's going to be covered by bandages.  Still hurts, but again I'm very blessed that it wasn't worse than what it is.  And I'm able to still paint my fingernails for Easter!

Today's manicure is a re-creation of one I did years ago which was inspired by Pshiiiit polish.  At least, I think that's what her blog name is.  I think she kind of disappeared off the face of the earth, just as many other amazing bloggers.  It's weird to me to think that I'm still at this when so many moved on.  I love it and don't see myself moving on anytime soon.  I hate to think of this blog as being a thing of the past.

Anyways, this manicure is adorable and my photos do not do it justice.  I hate how my camera hates pastels.  Literally I have zero luck photographing them.  Maybe if I used a black background.  Now as I'm typing this I wish I photographed them using a black background and am debating on taking other photographs.  Eh, maybe next time.  I'm kind of lazy.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Smartease
  • Sally Hansen - Sweet Tea
  • Sally Hansen - Pardon My Garden
  • Sally Hansen - Blacky-O

Now again I sit here wishing I re-took the photos but there is no guarantee that they would turn out well.  Then I would have to re-edit photos.  Ahhh why is it so much work?  I think I'm starting to see why the other bloggers gave it up.  Just kidding!  Okay, maybe not, this blog is a lot of work but for me it's worth it.  Such a huge stress reliever, you know, when I'm not stressing that my photos are horrible and I should retake them.


I love how the pastels all went together with the black.  I think that if these were white dots it would have totally disappeared.  I love pastels so much, I just never will understand why they hate me and don't like to photograph clear.

What do you think?  Fan of the manicure?  Any tips for photographing pastels?

Until next time, <3.

Color Club

The One With the Floppy Eared Easter Bunny

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!!  How are you doing tonight?  I'm babying yet another injury to my right hand.  You might remember that a few weeks ago I ripped my middle finger nail half off in the freezer.  Yes, that's right, I somehow jammed my finger and half my fingernail ripped right off.  That grew back, and of course broke yesterday but that's not the injury I'm talking about. 

Friday night I was making a pot of sauce and was opening a can of crushed tomatoes.  The can opener was being a little testy and the can didn't open right away.  My smart self decided to push on the lid to hopefully loosen it.  Well, it loosened, and my finger went right into the can....and you can just imagine how my thumb looks right now.  Thankfully I didn't need any stitches, but it's still not pretty.  Thanks to some clever bandaging, I'm able to use my thumb and can paint my nails.  It just is awkward holding things a little differently than normal.  I'm so blessed that the injury isn't worse because let me tell you, it really could have been.

Long story short, in my last post I talked about delaying my Easter manicures because I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to paint.  I should have never said it, because look at me now, injured.  At least I did delay the post because that means I will have enough to share up until Easter.  Including today's manicure!

Let's take a look!



Colors Used:
  • Color Club - Pucci-Licious
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • Acrylics
Now, you might be saying "Alaina, this is a twist on the floppy ear design you have done year after year." And you're correct, to an extent.  I didn't come up with this cute nail art; 100% credit goes to SRG.Nails on Instagram.  I'm in love with her manicures and I feel I'm just re-creating all of her designs over and over again.



I was so happy to see her design because I was sitting down to re-create my manicure that I've done year after year, but I was getting kind of bored of it.  While it's one of my favorites, I just wasn't really feeling it.  I needed a switch up, and this manicure was that.  Same concept, same color scheme, just a different, adorable layout.  And adding that outline to the bunny was pure genius on her part.  Pain in the butt to do because the area is so small, but look at how cute it is!!!  I'm so proud of my little bow.

What do you think? Are you even reading anymore since this post is sooooo long??

 Until next time, <3.

Abstract

The One With the Morgan Taylor Abstract Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Friday is finally here, yet again.  Yesterday it was 44 degrees and snowing, and today it's in the 70s.  My city cannot make its mind up about what season it wants to be.  Mind you, the temperature is going to drop again this weekend, which means hello to colds and sinus infections!!

Good news is, I started my Easter Nail art.  Bad news, I don't want to post the designs quite yet because I'm scared I may not be able to paint next week and then I'll post all my Easter designs pre-maturely and then have nothing.  So I have settled with sharing with you all a pink, spring, abstract manicure I did last week.  I'm surprised how much I loved this design, especially since it's pink and I've had dozens upon dozens of posts talking about how much I dislike pink.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Morgan Taylor - Plumette With Excitement
  • ORLY - Lucid Dreams
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • Some random darker pink I can't remember the name of....oops
I know I've said this about ten million times, but I really need to write down the names of the polishes I use when I use them.  It's easier when I hold the bottle because I can generally determine which bottle I'm holding by going back and looking at my collection.  Otherwise, everything else I'm just kind of remembering and my mind is filled with a million other things and well, you know what happens.



I absolutely loved this design.  It looked a lot better in person because Lucid Dream really shimmered against the cream polishes.  The abstract design was something fun and different.  The whole design looks like it took forever to accomplish, but really it was a 30 minute manicure.  Reason #1 I love abstract designs like this!

What do you think?  Like this look?  Fan of the pinks??

Until next time, <3






Animal Print

The One With the Zoya Leopard Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I really wasn't in the mood to create a post today, but here I am!  I've been exhausted lately and this was the only manicure that I had edited and ready to go.  I feel like I never got over the whole exhaustion from last week.  This week already is off to the same exhausting start.  So much so that I don't have nail art on my nails and it's been five days without it.  I feel naked.

Today's design is one I did a week or so ago when I was feeling uninspired and just wanted a quick simple manicure.  It's been a long time since I've done a leopard design, and they are by far the easiest ones to do.  Also, you know I've been obsessing over my Zoya Pixie polishes, so it's no shocker that I used one for this design.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Stevie
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
Pretty sure I use ORLY White Tips and Liquid Vinyl in all my manicures.  I've had to stop tagging ORLY in the posts that use these polishes because all 995 posts would be tagged.  Yeah, can you believe that?  I'm close to 1,000 posts on this little blog.  I'm sure that there are a lot of bloggers with triple the amount, but hey, I'm proud for making it this far on my blog.



Totally got off topic there for a second.  ORLY Liquid Vinyl and White Tips pair beautifully with Zoya Stevie.  This is one of my all time favorite polishes.  It's a light, lavender, sparkly Pixie which reminds me of my Great-Grandmother.  This lavender was her favorite shade of purple.  I don't use it nearly enough.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Loving the Pixie Dusts?

Until next time, <3.

Flowers

The One With the Pink Floral Spring Time Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Oh hey there, remember me?  Yes, it's been a week since I last posted.  This week by far was one of the craziest that I've had in a long time.  Tuesday I worked 16 hours, Wednesday 12 hours.....ahhh I can't even remember it all.  All I know is that things come in threes, I'm behind on all my television shows, and my nails are in need of some serious TLC.  I didn't paint them since last Sunday and they literally peeled off and are sooooo damaged due to it.

Good thing about not posting for a week, I have a backlog of posts so I can let my nails have the TLC they deserve.  So here I am, back and ready to share some more manicures with you.

Today's manicure is a fun, pink, Spring-time floral manicure using some of my Jessica Cosmetics polishes that I got last year in a giveaway.  Somehow, my unlucky self, won the Gypsy collection in an Instagram giveaway.  Seriously, I never win anything, so you can guess how beyond shocked I was when I received the DM congratulating me.  It only took me close to a year to start using them.

Let's take a look at the manicure!


Colors Used:
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Mojave Desert
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Flower Crown
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Festival Fuchsia
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Isn't this manicure beautiful!?  Now, I'm not a huge pink person, but I am loving Mojave Desert!  Beautiful pink polish which covers completely in two coats.  Works amazingly for nail art, just like Flower Crown and Festival Fuchsia.  They're so bright and concentrated that they really work well.



I love how the colors and design came together.  It looked especially amazing on my thumb nail. A little larger of a canvas which makes the design look perfect.  The ring finger is nice, but it's just never as nice as the thumb.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?

Until next time, <3.