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.

Monthly Mani Favs

The One With March's #MonthlyManiFavs

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this lovely Sunday?  I meant to have this post up yesterday, but work has been abnormally crazy. I feel that all my posts start out this way, but this week truly is an exception.  Maybe next week it will slow down?  Who knows.

Well, March isn't over yet, so technically I'm on time sharing my Monthly Mani Favs for March!  Can you believe April is right around the corner?  I feel like March just began.  I feel most of my days are a blur.  Regardless, March had a lot of good manicures, it was hard for me to pick!  I didn't really do many St. Patrick's Day designs and looking back I kind of wish I did more. 

Let's take a look!


  • The One Inspired by JasmineNobleNails - The first of many abstract manicures that are coming up on the blog.  Jasmine created this design and I absolutely fell in love due to the color combination.  Her design was better because she has longer nails, but I still think it turned out well.
  • The One With the Mani Swap with NailsBySammie_ - I took to my Instagram Story and asked if anyone would be interested in doing a ManiSwap and NailsBySammie_ was quick to answer.  She has some of the best manicures on her page, so you really should go check her out.  I love how she uses little accent rings.  I loved her rose manicure, so I had to do it for my mani swap.  Plus, I was able to use Spare Me A French Quarter which is a lovely shade I forgot I owned.
  • The One With the Abstract China Glaze Manicure - My favorite of the month.  Simple design which looked like it took forever to create.  Loved the gold accent with the fun neons.  Part of me wonders what it would look like with a silver accent....so I might be re-creating it real soon.
  • The One With the Floral Manicure Inspired By Srg.Nails - I had a lot of manicures this month inspired by fellow nail artists.  Might be because I went on a mass unfollow of dead accounts and followed a lot of new, talented artists.  I need to become more active on Instagram more often so I can be inspired by more lovelies.  This manicure was absolutely lovely and I was really impressed with my nail art.
What do you think? Which was your favorite?

I need to start thinking about some Easter manicures!!!

Until next time, <3.


Dot Mani

The One With a Floral Manicure Inspired by SRG.Nails

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  Welcome to Sunday.  My weekend has been almost as crazy as my weekdays.  I also was without a phone for a good portion of the weekend because I updated my iPhone and, well, the one I of course got was defective.  Kept resetting itself and just being an all around nightmare.  I went back to Verizon yesterday, had them switch it out, and sat there for another 2 hours while things restored.  Both days though I met some really wonderful people while waiting which otherwise I wouldn't have.  So, just proof that everything happens for a reason!

I kind of am on a Zoya kick lately.  After my St. Patrick's Day manicure using Zoya Rikki, I re-discovered all my Zoya polishes and now am using them.  I feel I do this where I go through a phase where all I use is one brand.  There's a soft spot in my heart for the Pixie Dust polishes, and I always forget I own them until I go to use one for an accent, and then I have to re-visit them all.

Today's design is another manicure inspired by SRG.Nails on Instagram.  Absolutely loved her fun floral design accented with dots and black glitter.  Zoya Dahlia was the perfect accent for this beauty, and I just absolutely love how it all comes together.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Dahlia
  • Zoya - Dillon
  • Zoya - Hunter
  • Zoya - Kitridge
  • ORLY - White TIps
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
I failed at making htis an all Zoya manicure, but I just can't get over my love for White Tips and Liquid Vinyl.  By far, ORLY has the best white and black polish.  I've used a lot of other brands, Zoya included, and I just don't like them as much.  Zoya though does beautiful colors and beautiful Pixies.  Seriously, look at that accent nail!



I'm impressed with myself over that nail art.  By far one of the neatest looking designs I've done with 100% paint and no acrylics.  I think I might shy away from the acrylics a little more in 2019 and try to test my skills with more polish art.

I love how the shimmer of Dillon looks for the flowers.  Then mixed in with the other details, it just looks so dainty.

What do you think of this design?  Loving that floral pattern as much as I am?

Until next time, <3.

China Glaze

The One With the Abstract China Glaze Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I apologize for being a little MIA the past few days.  I have been in hard core work mode because I'll be at a conference the next two days.  I kind of dislike conferences because I'm used to running around all day, so sitting for 8 hours straight never bodes well.

Yesterday was the official first day of Spring, and boy was it gorgeous outside.  Beautiful, sunny, in the 50s, tulips popping up.  Just wonderful.  We will ignore the fact that we are supposed to get snow this weekend.  I logged onto Facebook to see that we may get 2-4 inches....third Winter, here we come.

Despite it being third winter, I still can paint my nails something fun and semi bright.  I decided to do a neon abstract design which I saw on Pinterest.  This is such a versatile fun manicure which could be worn year round.  Some neons, some black and white, mixed with gold....perfect.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - I'll Pink to That
  • China Glaze - That's Shore Bright
  • China Glaze - I Got a Blue Attitude
  • China Glaze - Big Hair and Bubbly
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Isn't it pretty?  I was very upset when this one chipped because I loved it so much.  What I especially loved was how it all went together.  I decided to accent the whole design with I'll Pink to That, but really I could have even accented it with That's Shore Bright or I Got a Blue Attitude.  I'm actually shocked I didn't accent it with That's Shore Bright seeing as I usually gravitate towards mint polishes.  Maybe next time.



I loved the cluster of dots on the ring finger.  So different than just my normal polka dots.  I actually used a toothpick to get them to be so small.  Wish they were a little straighter, but it added to the whole abstract look.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Think it's a good manicure for this time of year?

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With the St. Patrick's Day Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Have you gone out and faked being Irish for the day?  Yesterday my city put on their big St. Patrick's Day parade and party downtown.  I didn't go because I'm not into the whole drunk people acting like jerks for a day thing that they all do.  Kind of ruins the holiday.  I instead went and saw Captain Marvel and now am fully ready for Avengers: Endgame.  That's for another post....

Today's design is just a simple green and gold heart manicure.  To be completely honest with you, I wasn't inspired this year to do many St. Patrick's Day designs.  I kept having to stop myself from doing purple or blue manicures, and had to remind myself to use the green.  When I sat down to do this manicure, I pulled out a few greens and my eye went immediately to Zoya Rikki.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Rikki
  • Zoya - Tomoko

 It's a cute, subtle St. Patrick's Day design.  I have to say, I think Zoya Rikki is the perfect green for today.  It's a gorgeous green foil with flecks of gold. It really has that leprechaun pot of gold feel.  Paired off with Tomoko, I really had that whole St. Patrick's Day vibe going.  Too bad I was uninspired and just went for some dots and a heart.  I probably really could have had an amazing design with these colors.


It still turned out okay.  I was happy with my heart, which nine times out of ten I am not.  I was going to do a shamrock, but I'm not the best at doing hearts, therefore I didn't think I would be able to get a cute little shamrock on my nail.  Then, I turned around and made a perfect little heart and wish I made it smaller so I could have done a shamrock.  Oh well, always next year.

What do you think? Fan of this manicure?

Have a safe, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Until next time, <3.

OPI

The One With the St. Patrick's Day Manicure Inspired by SRG.Nails

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Thursday?  It's going to be gorgeous out today.  Temperatures in the 60s, hopefully sunny, and just all around wonderful.  Maybe I'll be able to sneak out of work a little early to enjoy it before the next round of cold comes in.  Doubt it, but one can be hopeful, right?

Well, St. Patrick's Day is Sunday, so I thought I better get my booty in gear and do at least one, maybe two nail art designs for the holiday.  I feel like last year I did St. Patrick's day designs, or at least all green manicures, for most of the month.  I wasn't really feeling it this year.  Yes I love my green polishes but I just wasn't in the mood for them on my nails.  It's weird, has anyone else ever gone through that phase where they just hate a color they usually love?

Today's design is a recreation of one by SRG.Nails on Instagram.  I saw her design and loved it.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - I'm Sooo Swamped
  • China Glaze - Big Hair and Bubbly
  • China Glaze - Merry Whatever
  • Acrylics
Cute, right?  You have to check out SRG.Nails' post, because I loved hers much more than mine.  Still think mine is cute, but compared to hers, they're just okay.  I do love that rainbow accent nail.  Never would have thought to do a dry brush rainbow like that.



I liked putting a top coat of Merry Whatever on the rainbow.  It really made it a nice pot of gold look over the top of it.  Subtle sparkle, holo gold flecks.  Beautiful.

What do you think?  Like this design?

Should be able to get one more St. Patrick's Day design in before Sunday!

Until next time, <3.

Jessica Cosmetics

The One Inspired by JasmineNobleNails

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's yet another Monday, where oh where did the weekend go?  I actually feel like I was quite productive.  Went on a bunch of errands, watched a bunch of tv, ate a bunch of food.  All and all, a successful weekend.  Now, let's hope my week is not busy.

Today I'm bringing you a manicure inspired by JasminNobleNails on Instagram.  It's a fun, abstract design that she did ten times better than I did.  I did it a few weeks ago, but am sharing it now because it's St. Patrick's week and, well, I need to start sharing some green manicures.  Even if they are mint green and not at all St. Patrick's Day themed.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Flower Crown
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • Serendipity Polish - Holoday Lights
  • Acrylics
Even though I think Jasmine's are better, I really do like this manicure.  It's so fun and abstract!  It looks like a painting you would see in a gallery somewhere.  I think what really makes this manicure is the stripe of holographic silver right down the center.  After I put on two coats of that beautiful Flower Crown by Jessica Cosmetics, I swiped a coat of Mirrorball down the center of my nail.  I didn't have to worry how neat it was because I knew there was going to be all that abstract design over the top.



Mirrorball didn't make it holographic enough, so I swiped a thin coat of Holoday Lights down the center.  That gave it the holo look just like Jasmine had on her manicure.  I then went through with my acrylics and started adding the detail.  It was all just so fun to do!

What do you think?  Are you a fan of the acrylic design?

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With Serendipity Polish CE0,000,000 and Dots

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Thursday, and to be honest with you I really felt like it was Friday.  It has been yet another long week and I cannot wait for the weekend.  I am a little bitter that it's going to be Day Light Savings, but that rant is for another post.  Instead, I will sit here and tell you that I'm cold, cranky, and tired.

Since I'm tired, I was too lazy to edit new photos, therefore I'm digging into my archive of posts. Which currently is this, and only this.  I am about four posts behind in photo editing, so it's going to make for a fun weekend.

Today's design is just a holographic base with some black and white polka dots.  Funny enough, when I painted this design, I was extremely tired and really was just going to do a swatch and call it a night.  Then I got the big, bright idea to do a random dot design over it.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish, CE0,000,000
  • Acrylics
Yes, I cheated and used acrylics for my dots.  I told you that I was tired that night.  Acrylics just are easier to work with compared to polish and they dry much faster.  When they're dry, it's quick to just slap a topcoat on and call it a night.



Only issue with acrylics is that I find they chip faster than polishes.  My other issue with acrylics is that they suck up the top coat, so you have to do at least two coats of topper on them for them to be shiny like polish.  In the end though, when you're using a fast dry top coat, that really isn't a huge problem.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?

Until next time, <3.

Color Block Mani

The One With the ILNP Mosaic Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Hello all!  How are you all doing on this wonderful Monday?  It really isn't wonderful, but I'm being optimistic that it will be.  So far we woke up to some lovely snow....again, and some lovely cold temperatures....again.  We are in third winter here.  You know, when you think Spring is actually going to happen, but then winter rears its head again leaving you nice, cold, and under a mound of snow.

Despite the awful weather, I decided to crack out my ILNP Summer polishes from last year and do something fun and bright on my nails.  After pre-ordering the whole ILNP Spring Lush collection, and a few from the Tranquility collection, I was wanting to use some of my older pretties.  These are holding me over until all my new babies arrive.  That shipment date of March 12th cannot come soon enough.

I really couldn't decide on which one of the Ultra Holos from Summer 2018 I wanted to use, therefore I decided to use all of them.  I combined them all into a fun mosaic looking manicure.  I really loved the end result.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Sail Away
  • ILNP - Pick Me Up
  • ILNP - Kiss and Tell
  • ILNP - Sidekick
  • ILNP - Tidal Wave
  • ILNP - Sundance
Look at how gorgeously holographic this manicure is!  These polishes absolutely are ultra holographic.  The color is so concentrated in all of them as well!  This manicure wasn't done on a base of white like most people thought.  Nope, I started off with two coats of Sail Away as my base.  Yes, that gorgeous, turquoise beauty was the base for this manicure and all those lovely, bright colors were layered on top of it.



When my base of Sail Away was dried, I added my lines using a black acrylic.  I then started filling in the empty spaces with different polishes from the collection.  I was nervous they'd disappear over the turquoise and it was a huge risk, but it paid off so much.  Even Sundance (the green) showed up brilliantly as if it were on a white base.

What do you think?  Love these polishes?  Do you own any of them?  Did you pre-order any of the Spring polishes?

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With the Mani Swap with @NailsbySammie_

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this lovely, lovely, LOVELY Friday?  Yes, it's a lovely Friday because tomorrow is Saturday meaning I finally get a day off after what seems to be the longest week ever!  My to-do list at work is growing and growing and I feel like I'm never going to get caught up.  I felt like this a few months ago and it turned around, so I'm expecting it to again.  We shall see.

Today, I am super excited to be bringing you a Mani Swap!  It's been forever since I've done a collaboration with another blogger.  After seeing so many people doing them, I took to my Instagram story and asked who would be interested and I had some lovelies respond.  One of them being @NailsBySammie_.  I've been a fan of Sam's page for so long!  Her nail art is so neat, her swatches are amazing, and I love all of her rings.  Seriously, I really want to get me some rings for my manicure photos.

After looking through her page, I stumbled across a beautiful rose manicure with a dotted accent.  You know me and how I love roses and dots, so of course this would be the design I would create!

Let's take a look!



Colors Used:
  • OPI - Spare Me A French Quarter?
  • OPI - Alpine Snow

I forgot that I even owned "Spare Me A French Quarter?" by OPI.  I really am questioning if I've ever used it before because when I opened it up the inside was perfectly clean like a brand new bottle.  It's such a gorgeous shade that I would have completely forgotten about if it weren't for this mani swap!  Two coats and full coverage.  Honestly, you could get away with one coat of this beauty.


I love the design so much.  I rarely accent my manicures like this.  Usually I do the ring and index finger.  This is such a fun set up for a manicure that I will most certainly be using more often!


Sam re-created my gradient heart design I did last month!  Make sure to head over to her Instagram to take a look at her post!  I absolutely love her swap!  I think her manicures are so much better than mine!

What do you think?  Like the mani swap?  Which is your favorite??

Thank you so much Sam for doing this collaboration with me!!!  I hope to do it again soon!

Until next time, <3.


Monthly Mani Favs

The One With the #MonthlyManiFavs for February

9:00:00 AM

Hey everyone!!  How are you all doing today?  Yesterday we were slammed with snow, and now we are in a little lull before the next snow storm.  It's freezing though which is no fun.  I guess that just means more indoor time painting my nails and attempting to blog.  I shouldn't say attempting to blog,  I do feel I have been more active on my Social Media platforms.  So much so that I'm even going to have a few mani-swaps coming up over the next few days/weeks.

Due to the fact I have a mani swap coming up tomorrow, I'm going to be posting my Monthly Mani Favs for February while we are still in the month!  Shocker, right!?  Usually I'm posting like a week into the next month.  Guess I really am blogging better than I was....you know just even a week ago when I didn't post for a week.  Goodness, I'm all over the place.

Let's take a look at the Monthly Mani Favs!


  • The One With the Pink Dry Brush Manicure - This was me dipping my toe into pink manicures for February, and well as you can tell by the rest of my favorites (minutes the next one) I kind of stuck to the pink theme.  It's weirdly growing on me, but I don't think this will last, especially after I slap some green on my nails over the next few weeks.  I really enjoyed the black mixed with the pink for this manicure, and that accent.  You know me and my silver accents, so this really was a nice change.
  • The One Where I Used 100 Pieces of Nail Art Tape and ILNP Mega X - Yes, you read that right, 100 pieces of nail art tape.  If you haven't checked this post out yet, you really need to.  It by far is my all time favorite manicure that I've ever created.  It was worth every.single.second. of time that it took me to create.  My crazy self might attempt to re-create it with some other colors in the future.  Maybe.
  • The One with the Rose Manicure for Valentine's Day! And Blog-Versary - I'm kind of surprised that this manicure didn't have more "likes" on Instagram.  Truly loved this little dainty rose design with the pretty Mystic Maven by ORLY.  Also, can you believe that I've been blogging for 7 years???  Just still crazy to me that I've been doing this for so long.  I don't see myself ending anytime soon either.  Well, unless I just forget to blog like I have been.
  • The One With the Heart Manicure - My pink hating self absolutely loved this manicure.  Just everything about it was so perfect.  It was something truly out of my comfort zone and I loved it so much that I can now see myself going out of my comfort zone again in the near future.
What do you think?  Which one is your favorite?

See you soon, <3.


Dot Mani

The One With the OPI Roses

9:00:00 AM


Hello all!  A week later, and I am back to blogging.  Last week I had some of the worst migraines.  I honestly am shocked that I didn't overdose or at least get an ulcer with the amount of Advil I was taking.  On Tuesday, I walked into Costco and the migraine hit me so hard that I had to lean against a display for a minute because I felt like I could pass out.  I blame stress and the weather.  Don't even get me started on the weather.  Today, are in a high wind warning, so I'm praying that I don't lose power.  Blah.

Anyways, today's nail art is what I actually wore on Valentine's Day.  Wasn't a huge fan of the manicure, but I received a lot of compliments on it.  I wore a very pretty black blouse with red roses on it for V-Day, so I wanted to have red roses on my nails to match it.  I debated on doing a black base, but opted for the nude.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - Having A Big Head Day
  • OPI - My Vampire is Buff
  • Acrylics
Kind of cute, but not my favorite rose manicure.  Something about it just bothers me.  I think it's the leaves.  I wish they didn't look as fake and more like leaves.  I also think the base was too light for the red roses.  Maybe not.  Who knows.



I think I should have used a darker nude base.  I think My Vampire is Buff was too bright of a nude and the white dots got lost on it.  That, or I'm being overly critical.  Or the migraines have destroyed my mind.

What do you think?  Actually like this design?  Am I being too harsh on myself?

Until next time, <3.

ILNP

The One Where I Used 100 Pieces of Nail Art Tape - And ILNP Mega X

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  Valentine's Day is over.  It's snowing, again.  We are into second winter here.  You know, where you think winter is over, but then it comes back in full force.  I think we will have about 6 or so inches when all is said and done today.  Not a huge amount of snow, but still, it's snow.

Since Valentine's Day is over, I'm going to delay on posting my manicure I wore on that dreaded day, and share one of my all time favorite manicures.  It's beyond perfect.  Now, this manicure took me forever to do and I think that's why I've been procrastinating on posting it.  Why did it take me so long?  Well because I used nail art tape....not a stencil.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Mega X
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
Yes.....you read that right.  Tape was used, not a stencil.  Ten pieces of tape, per nail.  Ten nails, times ten pieces of tape equals 100 little pieces of nail art tape were used to do both my right and left hand.  I know some bloggers only paint the hand they photograph, but not me.  My OCD doesn't allow me to just paint one hand.



Despite all that hard work, this manicure was so worth it!  Just look at it!  Mega X is by far my favorite holographic silver polish.  Barbara hit it out of the park with that one.  I need to get another bottle next time I do an ILNP order.  It looked GORGEOUS underneath the black and white tape design.


What do you think?  Can you believe that I used 100 pieces of nail art tape?

I cannot wait for my nails to start growing out so I create another design like this.  The winter has been so hard on my nails no matter what type of cuticle oils or lotions I've used.  Now that it's second winter, I'm not seeing any end in site.  Sigh.

Until next time, <3.

Flowers

The One With the Rose Manicure for Valentine's Day! - and Blog-versary!

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world and Happy Valentine's Day!  Blah, hate this holiday, but guess what?  It's the 7th Anniversary of The Little Canvas.  Weird that it's the anniversary of my blog seeing as I hate this day so much.  I remember when I started this blog, I was homesick for a month with some ungodly illness.  Before getting sick, I was beginning to discover the world of nail polish blogs.  I so badly wanted to get my designs out there, and while lounging around the house attempting to get better, The Little Canvas was born!  Looking back at it now, while that sickness was horrible, I'm grateful it happened, because if it didn't I wouldn't have this blog, and I probably wouldn't still be painting my nails.

So while everyone is showing their love with their significant others, I'm going to show my love for all my lovely followers.  From those who have stuck from me since the very beginning, to all my new followers, I thank you all joining me on this journey!  I truly love you and couldn't imagine not having you all in my life!

I guess I should stop being so sappy and start talking about my manicure for today!  I love rose manicures, and this one is no exception.  The colors, the little roses....just everything is perfect!!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Mystic Maven
  • ORLY - Head in the Clouds
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
Look at this manicure!!!!!  How could you hate it?!  Mystic Maven is drop.dead.gorgeous!  Mystic Maven is a purple mauve cream from the Deep Wonder collection from Winter 2018.  I said this in my last ORLY post, but polishes like these are the reason that I still have a subscription to the ORLY Color Pass.  It's such a great deal and you get all four main ORLY collections.  Since Sally Beauty stopped carrying the Limited Edition collections, this was the way to go for me.  Especially because the Color Pass is much cheaper than what I could purchase them for in store.

Anyways, Mystic Maven covers completely in two coats.  Honestly, you could get away with one coat on this gorgeous polish.  I'm so happy to have this color in my collection.



Trying a little new background for my pose like this.  Not sure if I like it yet, but it does feature another shot of Mystic Maven, as well as the beautiful Head in the Clouds.  This polish is from the La La Land Spring Collection in 2017....another Color Pass purchase.  Two coats for that polish, but I used three because I felt like there was one patchy spot.  I think that was operator error though.

What do you think? Love this rose manicure? Love the ORLYs?

Again, I want to thank you all who have followed and supported me for the past 6 years!  You have no idea how much it means to me!  Here's to another year!

Until next time, <3.