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' 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.


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.


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.


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.