Dot Mani

The One With the Daisy Manicure and Serendipity Polish

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world! How are you all on this fine Monday morning?  The weather is warming up here some and we are finally having some sunshine.  Maybe that Groundhog was right after all and we will have an early Spring!  Although, I have a suspicion that this isn't going to last and before we know it, it's going to be below zero and there's going to be a snowstorm again.

Well, since it's warmer, and I'm attempting to stick with the pink theme for the month of February, today I'm sharing a fun, Spring-Time pink manicure with you all!  I have to say, the pink is starting to grow on me. Maybe it's because of the design on top.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Poinsettia
  • Serendipity Polish - Holoday Lights
  • Serendipity Polish - #GoalDigger
  • Serendipity Polish - Bottomless Mimosas
Ahhhh my beloved Serendipity Polish's.  Oh how I miss this brand.  Poinsettia is a perfect pink which has full coverage in one coat.  Yes, one beautiful coat.  I of course use two because I'm crazy like that.  I just feel like my nails are more durable with two coats.



Once the base was dry, which was super fast because the dry time on these Serendipity Polish's are no lie 5 seconds, I went through with #GoalDigger and created my designs.  Added the finishing touch of the center of the flower using Bottomless Mimosas and I topped the whole design off with their Fast Dry Top Coat.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Loving that 60s kind of look to the daisy?

Until next time, <3

Jessica Cosmetics

The One With the Pink Snowflake Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning, Polished World!  How are you doing this Wednesday morning?  It's cold and snowy yet again.  Well, it was snowy yesterday morning with that horrible "heart attack" snow that is so wet and heavy that it causes heart attacks when people try to shovel it.  Of course, I went out there and shoveled it and I swear I pulled a muscle in my back.  Hey, it's my only exercise in the winter time.  Hopefully Spring is around the corner.

Since it's snowy-ish, today I'm sharing a manicure I painted before Valentine's Day and was planning on posting it before the holiday, but of course, I didn't get around to doing so.   To be honest, I thought I had edited the post, but instead I editted some other manicure which wasn't pink and had nothing to do with winter.  Not sure what I was thinking, but oh well.  At least now I can share this cute snowflake manicure with you!

Let's take a look!



Colors Used:
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Mojave Desert
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Festival Fuschia
  • Serendipity Polish - Holoday Lights
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Isn't this manicure fabulous?  It has to be one of my all time favorites.  My gradient turned out wonderfully, the snowflake is so straight and perfect, then the accented dots?  Ahhh, I just love it all!!!  Then that silver holographic nail adds a little flare and pizazz that I feel really pulled it all together!



Jessica Cosmetics Mojave Desert was the base coat for this pink ombre look.  It's a perfect light pink polish which applies evenly in two coats.  When that base dried, I took a make up brush and added some Mojave Desert and Festival Fuchsia and dabbed it on the nail.  Sometimes two color ombres can be tricky and be too dense and not have a smooth blend, but these worked wonderfully together.  After I got the color how I wanted it, I added the snowflake design and added top coat.

What do you think?  Fan of this snowflake manicure?  Love it as much as I do?

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With the Pink Roses for Valentine's Day

9:00:00 AM

Nothing to Disclose

Good Morning Polished World, and Happy almost Valentine's Day!!  Also, happy blog-versary to me!!  That's right, 8 years ago today, this little blog was formed.  It is beyond shocking to me that I have stuck to this blog for that long.  Sure, last year was a tad rocky, but I'm back.  Maybe not better than ever, but I'm back!  Thank you EVERYONE who has stood by me and followed me for this long.  It seriously does not feel like it was that long ago.

Today's design is a re-creation of one of my all time favorite rose designs.  I wanted to post another pink manicure before this one, but I got a lovely migraine the other night and just did not want to blog.  Anywho,  I remember years ago when I created this manicure that it took me a super long time to get everything just how I wanted it.  Now, here I am, years later, re-creating a design that took close to three hours in just under an hour and a half.  Now sure, an hour and a half seems long, but I was in the midst of playing an intense round of Candy Crush and I kind of abandoned the nails before my endless lives ran out.

Let's take a look at the manicure!


Normally this is where I tell you what colors I used, but I have absolutely zero clue.  The sticker at some point or another fell off the bottom of the bottle and I couldn't find it anywhere.  My assumption is that it fell off in the bottom of my drawer, and when I was cleaning out my drawers last, I just threw it out instead of looking to see where it belonged.  Kind of a shame because I really truly wish I knew this polish's name because it's GORGEOUS.  Two coats of this perfect, subtle, neutral pink.  Perfect base for this design.


Once my mystery pink polish was dried, I went through with a white polish and added polka dots on all my nails.  I let them dry a bit and then added the pink circles for my base of my roses.  Then with a toothpick, I paintstackingly (just kidding it went really fast) added the leaves.  Grabbed a small nail art brush, some black acrylic, and added the detail.  Slapped on some Out the Door and went to sleep.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Perfect for Valentine's Day without being too Valentine's-y?

Again, I want to thank you all for sticking by me for the past 8 years.  I truly cannot believe I'm still blogging after all these years and that this hobby would mean so much to me.  I love you all.

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With the Pink Dot Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning Polished World!  How are you all doing on this fun Thursday?  We are in the beginning of yet another snow few days.  It was kind of getting gloomy around here with dead, muddy grass, salty streets, and grey skies.  Kind of weirdly looking forward to the snow.  It also is coming at a good time because that means I'll have an excuse of why I am going to do nothing on Saturday!

Today I am sharing another pink design because I have told myself that I'm only going to post red or pink nails up until the 14th.  I figured that it's still Valentine's Day-ish if it's those colors, right? Well, today's design is using some of my old polishes by Serendipity.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Summer Sunnies
  • Serendipity Polish - Building My Empire
  • Serendipity Polish - #GoalDigger
  • Serendipity Polish - Midnight Kisses
Boy do I miss this brand.  One coat of Summer Sunnies and I had full coverage.  Of course, I used two coats because I feel naked with just one.  I then went through and I started to add my dots using the various polishes.  I started with the white, followed by black, finishing off with the silver dots.  I then went through with a tooth pick and added some smaller dots to fill in the naked, larger holes.



I was actually shocked how much I liked this manicure, especially because I'm not into pink.  I love how the dots really came off the pink base.  All the colors just blended well together and made for one pretty manicure.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Think this post makes sense because I feel like it's disjointed.....

Until next time, <3.

Dry Brush Mani

The One With the ILNP Paige Dry Brush Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning Polished World!  Happy Super Monday, aka the day after the Super Bowl where everyone calls into work.  Except for me, I have an early day ahead of me.  Of course, I write my posts the night before so it's always weird for me to write about the day I'm going to have the night before.  All I know is that my Mondays are always busy.  Then that rolls into Tuesday and so on and so forth!

Since it's February, it's time for me to start some pink nail designs.  You know me and how much I love pink.  Not.  It's weird though, a huge part of my collection consists of pink polishes.  I'm a conundrum, what can I say?

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Paige
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
Despite not being a fan of pink, ILNP Paige is one of my all time favorite pink polishes.  Back when I was on my hiatus, I used this polish every other week as my plain swatch color.  It's eye catching with that perfect holographic shimmer.  Two coats, full coverage.



Added a quick dry brush to the top of it to add a little bit of dimension.  At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but once I added the top coat it all came together.  Page would probably be a gorgeous base for a black and white splatter manicure.......

What do you think? Fan of this look?

Until next time, <3

OPI

The One With the Re-Creation of an Old Snowflake Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning Polished World!  How are you all doing on this cold, January day?  I'm low key proud of myself this month for posting as much as I have been.  As you all know, last year I took a bit of a hiatus when my life got crazy.  I didn't start painting my nails again until the Fall when life slowed down.  Now I'm finding that my biggest issue with blogging is editing the photos.  I have a lot of downtime in the evenings, so I really have no idea why I don't edit photos.  I think I got so used to not blogging that the whole idea skips my mind.  That is until I realize I have 5 posts to edit and another 4 to still share.  I'm getting there, and soon I'll be blogging like I used to....hopefully.  Despite the hiatus, I'm amazed that people are still here taking a look at my nails. My views are at an all time high since returning and I never expected that.  Thank you all for sticking around!

Again, I am proud of myself that I got back into the swing of it.  Some nights I'm more inspired than others.  Last night I just did a plain swatch because the inspiration was at a zero, but since I have so many posts to share, it didn't bother me.  I took the time to edit today's post which is a re-creation of a snowflake manicure I did a few years ago.  I loved it then and I truly still love it now.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - I Believe in Manicures
  • OPI - Champagne for Breakfast
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Could have had a manicure utilizing all OPI polishes, but no, I had to grab my beloved ORLY Liquid Vinyl.  I wonder if I even have a bottle of Black Onyx by OPI.....I should research that.  I have to ask, is it an amazing black polish?  I don't know if I can be converted from ORLY's Liquid Vinyl.  I'm getting off track; can we talk about how awesome a black accent is for this snowflake manicure?  I just love the look with the stunning blue, the holographic silver, and then the black snowflakes.



What I especially love is OPI Champagne for Breakfast.  A polishe released in 2016 as part of the Breakfast at Tiffany's holiday collection (seriously this was released 3 years ago), this polish was a liquid sand holographic silver glitter.  I love the textured polishes and OPIs take on them were fabulous.  This polish is no exception.  I think OPI needs to re-release it ASAP.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Love the combination?  Think I should do a more formal then and now series?

Until next time, <3.

Orly

The One With the Watercolor Pineapple

9:00:00 AM


Happy Thursday polished world!!  Are you enjoying your week thus far?  I feel like it has been a blur, but to be honest I have been feeling not myself since Sunday.  I'm not sick, but I'm not 100% normal.  *Insert joke of when am I ever normal here.* Tomorrow is Friday which means that the weekend is almost here and before we know it we will be headed into the last week of January.  And I've done nearly not enough snowflake manicures for the year.  Maybe I'll get to another one in the next few days.

I haven't been feeling the snowflake nail art because we keep getting these weird little heat waves.  It goes from 19 degrees back up to 45.  No sooner than it drops about 6 inches of snow on the ground, it's melted the next day.  Listen, I'm never happy when it comes to the weather, but I would be a little happier if it stuck to being either cold or warm, not all over the place.  Since we are in another "heat wave" I decided to have a little fun on my nails and do a more summery look.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • Acrylics
Cute, right?  Nothing says summer like a little pineapple.  I saw a watercolor pineapple on Pinterest, and you all know me and my love of pineapples, it went on the re-create board right away.  The look was a lot simpler to create than I thought it would be.

First I started off with a coat of my favorite black and white polishes.  I rave about ORLY White Tips and Liquid Vinyl pretty much in every post.  They are my go to black and white because they last a long time, apply evenly, and have such perfect shiny finish.


When my white polish was dried, I went through with a black acrylic and painted the outline of the pineapple.  I then took different acrylics and watered them down so they pretty much were just stained watered.  I then took that and added each watered down color individually to the nail.  I let it sit for a few seconds and soaked up the excess water.  I went through and did this with each color.  Once I got the colors I wanted, I went through and cleaned up the outline.

What do you think? Love the pineapple?  I have to say, this probably is my favorite pineapple manicure to date.

Until next time, <3.


Dot Mani

The One With the Black and White Snowflake Manicure

9:00:00 AM

Nothing to Disclose

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this cold, chilly Monday morning?  I can tell you that I much rather be in bed.  Sure, I'm writing this post at midnight on the 20th, but I just know that come the time this post is published, I rather be in my warm bed than in my office.  Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but my bed is quite wonderful too.

Since it's been a snowy weekend, it's time for me to start painting snowflake nails.  I think I did a snowflake manicure back around Christmas, but I feel like that was an eternity ago that I cannot remember.  My inspiration for today's design is a kind of a re-creation of a snowflake manicure I did a few years ago.  I twisted it up a bit and added a new twist and overall love the end result.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Holoday Lights
  • Serendipity Polish - Building My Empire
  • Serendipity Polish - #GoalDigger
Sometimes I just have to bust out my Serendipity Polish's and reminisce about how wonderful they are.  This company was one of the only that I have ever found that had one coat coverage in their creams, making Building My Empire and #GoalDigger the best black and white polishes to ever exist.  So sad that they went out of business and that more people didn't purchase their products.



You all know how I love a good silver, black, and white manicure, and this beauty is no different.  I love how it all came together to make a sleek, snowy design.  I think the dots I created on my index and pinkie finger really tied it all together.

Love the look?  Sad Serendipity Polish isn't a thing anymore?

Until next time, <3.

Gradient Mani

The One With the ILNP Gradient Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world! How are you all doing on this fine.....what day is it, Wednesday?  I swear my days just keep blending into each other.  Every single day I ask "what day is it?"  I'm not the only one though, so I don't feel so bad about it.

Today's manicure is a simple ILNP Gradient that looked better in my head.  After my New Year's manicure where I did a gradient with Versailles, all I wanted to do was another type of gradient using some of Barbara's holographic polishes on top of a black.  I couldn't get the color combination exactly right, but it doesn't look too shabby.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ILNP - Float On
  • ILNP - Tidal Wave

As expected, the polishes were amazing to use for a gradient.  My only, minor, tiny, little complaint is that the colors weren't as vibrant as I would have liked.  Don't get me wrong, they were pretty bright, but I think Tidal Wave blended too much into Float On.  I really should try this with say a pink and a purple.


Regardless, I felt like the manicure had a real mermaid vibe to it.  If I was really feeling artsy, I probably would have painted some scales on the accent nail, but it was midnight when I did this manicure, and well, I didn't have time for that.  Honestly shocked I did a gradient on all ten of my nails.

What do you think?  Like this gradient?  Think I should try other color combinations?

Until next time, <3.

China Glaze

The One With the Neon Dot Flower Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Sunday?  I'm off to a rocky start with 2020 and this blog, but I really hunkered down last evening and edited all of my photos and set up some posts for you all.  Kind of proud of that.  I actually have one more post to edit which is the manicure I painted last evening, but since today it's going to rain, I have some time.

Speaking of weather, it was in the 60s yesterday.  I kid you not, it went from 20 degrees to 60 in a matter of 24 hours.  Now we have high winds and enough rain where you can swim down the street.  Last night driving home there was so much fog that you could barely see five feet in front of you.

Since we had this warm break in the normal winter cold, I felt it necessary to have a neon floral manicure.  This summer since I was on my hiatus, all of my gorgeous neons sat in their drawers never touched.  You know I jumped at the opportunity to use them.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - That's Shore Bright
  • China Glaze - Too Yacht to Handle
  • China Glaze - Pinking Through the Window
  • Zoya - Tomoko 
  • ORLY - White Tips

This is a recreation of a manicure I did a few years ago.  Only thing I did differently this time around was added the random black dots on the floral accent nail.  I also think that my dot flowers were a tad larger.


Still a cute, simple manicure which brought a refreshment to the boring winter color palette.  Too Yacht To Handle is my all time favorite neon polish.  Many complained about it's formula, but I never have had a problem with it and can have full coverage in two coats.

What do you think? Fan of this manicure?

Until next time, <3.

Flowers

The One With the Random Floral Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  Happy Sunday to you all!  I'm so excited that the holidays are over and the work week can go back to being just that; a work week.  Nothing was worse than the past two weeks working a Monday, being off on a Tuesday and Wednesday, then returning on Thursday to a day that feels like a Monday.  I miss the days of being a kid where I just had full weeks off of school and didn't have to worry about working.

But alas, I am an adult, who paints nail art on her nails.  Today's design is a simple floral manicure I did back in the Fall, but never got around to posting.  I tried my hardest this Fall to use some of my darker toned polishes.  My goal last year and this year was to stick with the whole color pallette of the season, but I'm going to tell you that I painted neons on my nails last night so it's safe to say I already failed.  Regardless, this manicure was perfect for Fall, and works for winter too.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Mystic Maven
I'm only putting the bottle color I used, because as usual I don't remember what the other polishes are and I didn't put them in the post when I created the draft.  You think after all these years of blogging, I would have learned by now.  Oh well.  Mystic Maven deserves her own post though because she truly is a gorgeous purple, mauve cream.  Truly unique to my collection and one I should wear more often.  Two coats and full, smooth coverage.  Not shocking since we all know ORLY is perfection.



I was rather proud of my floral design.  I'm getting better at creating leaves with some form of dimension to them with the random green shading.  I can tell you that I cheated and used acrylics for those little babies, but the flower itself was all polish.

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

Until next time, <3.