OPI

The One With the Re-Creation of Yet Another Floral Manicure

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning, and welcome to another Monday!  I apologize for posting only weekly, but life has been crazy.  I'm not going to lie though, I'm super proud that despite the crazy, my nails are grown out again and I've been creating nail art.  That means I'll just have a lot of content coming your way!!  Not to mention, I also have a lot of new polishes that I need to start using.  That just means more nail art!

Today's design is a re-creation of one of my all time favorite rose designs.  I did the design years ago when I first purchased this OPI.  I loved it so much that it was my profile picture for ages on my Facebook and Instagram.  Then I got fancy and had the little logo made, then I just now opt for selfies.  How the times have changed, but one thing that hasn't is that this is one of my favorite designs.

Let's take a look! 


Colors Used:
  • OPI - Crawfishin For a Compliment
  • OPI - My Vampire is Buff
  • OPI - I'm Sooo Swamped
Isn't it adorable?!  Those dainty little roses paired with that gorgeous peach polish!?  Crawfishin For a Compliment was one of my first polishes in this gorgeous shade.  I never bought anything like it before because I didn't think it would look good on me, nor was it a color I usually gravitated towards.  I'm glad I bought it oh so long ago, because it's one of my secret favorites.  Two coats and you have full perfect coverage.


Now as I look at this design, I kind of want to try to do some peach fruit nail art with these colors.  Maybe little branches with peaches hanging off of them?  Ehhh I won't get it to work.  I think I'll stick to the dainty little roses.

What do you think?  Love the colors and the flowers?

Until next time, <3

China Glaze

The One That Took Way Longer Than It Should Have

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning Polished World!  How are you all doing on this wonderful Monday?  Can you sense the sarcasm in my voice?  It's been a crazy few weeks at work.  There's been some turnover where I work due to the lovely COVID burn out, so I'm stuck doing a few extra tasks until the new team members can start.  I'm super excited for the new team, but also super tired in the interim.  I can't be too mad because everything does truly happen for a reason. 

Today's design is one I did prior to my little hiatus where I was only painting swatches.  It's a cute design inspired by....well now for the life of me as I sit here and write this, I cannot remember who it was who originally did it.  Let's just say hers was better and mine ended up looking like little snowflakes from a distance.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - CaLOVEfornia
  • China Glaze - Boho Blues
  • Acrylics
Boho Blues is one of my all time favorite China Glaze polishes.  Perfect color, perfect application, and perfect glossy finish.  I couldn't leave well enough alone.  I had a weird dent on my index finger due to some peeling on my natural nail and the plain polish just didn't look good.   So, instead of adding my go-to INM Northern Lights, I grabbed my bottle of holographic top coater by Serendipity Polish.  This is a polish I've owned for years but just recently started using.  I'm not sure why I waited so long, because truly it becomes the star of any manicure!
 

Just look at that gorgeous holo on top of Boho blues!!!  It truly added a new dimension to this manicure.  I'm now obsessed with holographic top coats and finally the four I have in my collection are being put to good use.  

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?

Until next time, <3. 


4th of July

The One With the Fourth of July Manicure

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning, Polished World!  Happy 4th of July to my American readers!  I have to say, this is one of my favorite holidays.  Warm weather, fireworks.  Can't go wrong, can you?  I could go on forever about my opinions on how this country has changed so much in the past 10 years, but this blog isn't political.  This blog is about the nails and well, today my nails are celebrating my country.

It's been awhile since I've actually done nail art.  Life got crazy, as it did this time last year, and I just have had no time.  Now everything is settling out and I decided it was time to delve back into my creative outlet.  What better way than to start with some red, white, and blue nails?!

Of course, when I sat down to paint today's manicure, a million ideas were coming to my head.  So today's manicure is literally a kitchen sink mani.  Many designs thrown into one.  Something crazy, just like me!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Tidal Wave
  • ORLY - Stiletto on the Run
  • OPI - Set Apart by Tile Art
  • ILNP - Mega X
Tidal Wave is my go to blue polish for the summer.  It's the first pedicure polish, then I switch it up to different colors for about 3 other pedis, then I'm right back to it.  It's also my go-to color for manicures when I'm just swatching.  Throw a holographic top coat on it, and you have one gorgeous mani or pedi.  It applies perfectly in two coats, and of course works wonderfully for nail art.

I'm not going to lie, I forgot how to do a good old fashioned smoosh manicure like on my ring finger.  I finally remembered how to do it when I painted my right hand, but of course the dots on my right hand are a tad funky, so there's no photos of that.  I'm not angry with how this ring finger turned out though.  It kind of looks like if one of those bomb popsicles melted.


The smoosh manicure blends really well with the Tidal Wave pinkie finger, and the Mega X middle finger, but then you have the index finger.  The red, white, and blue dots that could have been it's own design.  I feel it's disjointed and takes away from the manicure as a whole.  But then part of me thinks it blends well.   Part of me wishes I just painted a regular red nail there, or left it white.  You know me though, can't leave well enough alone.

What do you think?  Like this design?

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July everyone!

Until next time, <3.


OPI

The One With the Pinterest Manicure that I'm Obsessed With

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning, Polished World!!!  I know, I've been missing again.  I apologize but work became crazy again and I have been working a lot of 12 hour days.  It's exhausting, but at the end of the day I truly don't want to be doing anything else.  The light is at the end of the tunnel, and I'm going to focus on myself again and start painting my nails more than just a swatch.  Now, don't think I'm 100% work obsessed, I've been spending a lot of time in my vegetable garden which is looking amazing.  Broke a few nails in the garden, but it's well worth it.

Today's design is one I did towards the end of May which I am OBSESSED with!  I saw a similar manicure on Pinterest and I fell in love.  It was a color combination I never imagined doing, or thinking that it would look good on me, but here we are!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Twin Mimmy
  • ORLY - As Seen on TV
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Black Acrylic
Isn't this amazing?!  Look at that color combination?!  The gorgeous pastel pink/purple mixed with the BRIGHT yellow!!!!  Then that vine design?!  It all blends and works so perfectly.  I was beyond upset with this manicure chipped and I had to remove it.  Especially because I feel I have finally mastered the nail art vine.


Just look how I got those leaves to perfectly flow across the nails.  And the leaves actually looked like leaves.  Sure, it took me about 5 attempts on each nail to get it just right, but it's ten times better than when I would try, get frustrated, and then remove the polish all together.

So now I'm in the market for more fun ideas like this.  Tag me on Instagram if you find any!!!!

Until next time, <3

Flowers

The One With Yet Another Floral Recreation

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning, Polished World!  How are you all doing on this wonderful Wednesday?  I'm still slacking and have yet to transfer my blog over to another platform, but to be honest I'm debating on even doing that now because Google seems to have restored my posts which were removed.  I'm still iffy because I'm nervous I'm going to lose everything that I've done on this blog for so many years of my life.  When work slows down some, I'll get to moving it.

Today's manicure is yet another floral re-creation.  I'm not going to lie, I painted this design a few weeks ago and shared a sneak peek to Instagram, and never posted it.  Again, slacker.  When I was painting this design, I was looking through old floral posts and debating on what to do.  I had completely forgotten about these flowers and as soon as I saw them I had to try them again.  This has to be my favorite one out of all of them.

Let's take a look! 


Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh, we are going to skip right past the colors used on this post.  Not because I forgot the name of the polish.  No, we are skipping because this ORLY is one of my OG ORLY's from when I started blogging and the sticker has fallen off the bottom of the bottle.  I call it my highlighter pink pretty.  It's actually one of my go-to colors for pedicures in the summertime.  Super easy to apply and full coverage in two coats.  Shame I don't know the name so you all can go out and buy it.  I do know though that it was for the longest time part of their core collection.


The flowers are actually SUPER easy to paint.  I started out by outlining the design with an acrylic paint.  When I had the flower just how I wanted it, I went through with the polishes and filled in the color as if it were a coloring book.  Once that dried, I cleaned up the lines a bit again with the acrylic and added the little details.  Added a top coat and called it a night!

What do you think?  Fan of this floral?  Any clue what that ORLY is?

Until next time, <3.


Color Club

The One that Kind of Looks like an Arizona Iced Tea Can

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning, Polished World!  How are you all doing today?  Of course, I have failed at switching the blog over to the other platform, so now I'm behind on posting.  Everything works out for a reason though because I had a major break on my left hand so I'm letting the nails grow again so I can reshape them and get them back into better shape.  I'm thinking midweek I'll be back into the nail art.

Even though my nails are short, and I have a plethora of designs that are from a few weeks ago, I decided to go back into the vault for today's manicure.  Since the weather is going to get warmer, I felt that it's time to share this fun design.  Shocker, but I believe it was inspired by SRG.Nails.  To be honest, I can't remember since I painted this manicure in November. Yes, you read that right, November.  I was having some seasonal depression clearly and wanted to brighten things up then.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Color Club - Blue-Ming
  • Faby - Panic on Wall Street 
  • China Glaze - Merry Whatever
  • Acrylics
Now, I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty sure that pink is a polish but again, I painted it in November and I have no clue what color pink it is.  I'm actually shocked I remembered the golds I used for the accent.  The dots gave it away because Faby Polish Panic on Wall Street is a gorgeous gold which has wonderful coverage for nail art.  It's become one of my go-to gold polishes.


I think we can all agree though that this manicure gives off that Arizona Iced Tea can vibe.  I really loved how the whole design came together.  I think I'm going to re-create it with some different colors.  Oooo maybe a red, white and blue for the Fourth of July?

What do you think? Fan of this manicure?

Until next time <3 


China Glaze

The One With a Fun Watercolor Recreation

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning Polished World!  How are you all doing today?  It's another Tuesday.  I meant to post yesterday but life got crazy, and honestly I was thinking about pausing the blog utnil i get it up and running on the new platform.  Yes, you read that right.  I'm switching the blog off of Blogger.  Last week two of my posts were removed for guideline violations, and if I didn't fix said violations then my whole blog would be removed.  When I read that I had an instant feeling of panic because this blog has been a huge part of my life since 2012 and I just couldn't imagine it being erased off the face of the Earth.

So, I took a deep breath, backed up the blog, and started the transition.  I need to set it up just how I want to and then I'll be live on the other platform.  I need to figure out how to switch the domain.  But basically, you all will have no interruption.  Most of the links will probably be dead but we will figure that out when we get to it...right?

Anyways, today's manicure is one I absolutely adore.  The weather here is getting Spring-y so it is only fitting that I re-created one of my crazy watercolor splash flower designs.  It's been awhile since I've created something that looks this fantastic.  I forgot how much I love crazy nails.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Pretty much every single China Glaze Neon I own....lol
Yeahhhhhh, you guessed it, I forgot to write down the names of the polish.  You can't blame me this time, I took the photos for this design and then opened my email to see that my posts were being removed.  Oh to circle back on that, my posts were reinstated.  Now I could leave my blog here, but I just don't have much faith in the system after what happened.  Can't blame a girl.


But with nails like these, who can panic or be upset?  Seriously, this manicure made my day and I couldn't stop looking at my nails.  I love how the gradient in the background look like a watercolor.  This kind of was a multi-step process.  First I had to paint my nails white, then I used the different color neons and sponged them around the nail filling in all the white.  This left a VERY bright neon base.  To tone down the bright neon, I took a make up sponge with white polish and dabbed it over the nails, softening the neons and giving them a more pastel look.

What do you think? Fan of this design?

Until next time, <3.


Flowers

The One With One of my Favorite Floral Designs

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning, and welcome to another Monday!!  Can you believe it is already May 10th?  This month is flying by.  While I realize we have yet to experience Spring or Summer, I'm low key not mad that it's flying by because I love Fall and I'm ready for all things cozy again.  Although, I don't want to skip summer all together though because I have the makings for an amazing garden this year.  I have so many little seedlings, including flowers!  Never before have I started flowers from seeds, so I am really excited for that.

Since I'm in the flower mood, that means it's going to be a very heavy floral season on The Little Canvas.  Today's manicure is one of my all time favorite floral designs that I created years ago.  While it's nothing special to look at, for me it holds tons of memories.  This was one of the designs I'd frequently do on my resident's nails at the facility I used to work at.  Ohhhh the simpler, Pre-COVID times where I was able to paint my people's nails.  I need to get back into the swing of it.  Anyways, today's manicure popped up on my Facebook memories a few days ago lined up next to one of my resident's nails.  I just had to paint them again.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Morgan Taylor - Potts of Tea
  • Assorted polishes
Yeah, I don't know what colors I used for the flowers.  To be honest, I think it was a mixture of OPI polishes because OPI has some of the most gorgeous, eye catching colors for little designs like this.  Potts of Tea though is a true beauty.  It's a white/blue polish with this very subtle pink shimmer.  It gives a boring plain polish such dimension with that shimmer.  It truly is the perfect base for this manicure. 


I'm not going to lie, I get a bit teary eyed looking at this manicure because I truly miss the wonderful women whose nails I painted with this design.  It's been almost three years since the first one passed and it's just shocking to me that time went by that fast. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was sitting in Pretty Polish chatting with them and painting.

People ask me all the time why I work in nursing homes, and it's reasons like this.  For those connections that I made that I still hold near and dear to my heart.  I have learned and continue to learn so much from my residents..

What do you think? Like this manicure?

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With A Floral Manicure Inspired by SRG.Nails

9:00:00 AM

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Well, good morning and Happy Tuesday to you all!  How's the weather where you are?  Finally it's getting a tad warmer here, but it looks like it's going to drop down again later this week.  Kind of upsetting to me because my seedlings are doing really well and I'm getting impatient and I want to plant them into my garden.  You should see how much I've grown this year so far.  Tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and a mixture of flowers.  Oh the flowers, I'm going to have a huge flower garden before I know it.

And since the flowers have sprouted, that means it's time for me to start floral manicures.  Today's design is yet again inspired by SRG.Nails.  I've done something similar to this in the past, but this time I switched up the color of the flowers.  I wasn't feeling the red like she did, I wanted that Spring umph.

Let's take a look! 


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Dahlia
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • Acrylics
Now, the pink and purple are nail polish, but you guessed it....I can't remember what colors!!!  In the end, I did remember that I'm holding Dahlia, one of my all time favorite Pixie Dust polishes from Zoya.  Who else thinks that Zoya needs to release a new collection of these beauties?!  Maybe a holographic PixieDust line?!  I'm just imagining how beautiful it would be.


I love how this manicure turned out.  I'm super impressed with my leaves this time around.  That's one thing I've struggled on in the past few years, the little finer details.  Finally, I think I'm starting to get it.  Stay tuned because you know me, I get obsessed with a look or a design and I re-create it a million times in a row.

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

Until next time, <3.


Animal Print

The One With a Sparkly Leopard Print

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning Polished World, and welcome to yet another Monday!  I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here the weather is all over the place.  It went from 70 and sunny, to snowy and cold, to again warm and sunny, back to windy and cold.  I'm literally giving up on feeling Spring-y since Spring won't stay around for more than a day.  Good news is, my little seedlings for my garden have all sprouted and are thriving, so I guess that's one sure sign of Spring.  Right?

Well since I'm not feeling very Spring-y, today I'm sharing a not very Spring like manicure.  Just a simple leopard print using a few neutral shades.  I feel I saw this on Instagram and got the idea for it, but now for the life of me I cannot remember who did it first.  I'm going to assume it was SRG.Nails since I copy 99.9% of her manicures.

Let's take a look!


Well, my mind is mush so we don't get a colors used portion here.  I literally can't remember what colors I used and didn't use.  Again, you think I'd learn after the 40th time doing this, but nope.  Can't teach old dog new tricks.  All I remember is that the glitter polish was super sheer and I had to put a base of the creme down under it so you couldn't see my nail.  I also believe I used about 3 coats on top of that cream base to get it to look that opaque.  


Love the subtle, neutral look though.  Anything with a black accent just really is sharp.  I had one resident at my previous facility who used to tell me black nail polish was her favorite.  When I asked her why she always said "I don't know, something about it.  It's just sharp and sexy.  Almost mysterious.  It's the best."  Now whenever I have on black nail polish I think of her.

What do you think? Like this simple look?

Until next time, <3.


Dot Mani

The One With the Holographic Interlocking Dot Manicure!

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning, and welcome to yet another Wednesday.  Can you believe that the last week of April is next week?  Also, can you believe that it's 35 degrees and snowing where I am?  It was in the 70s last week, and now Mother Nature can't make her mind up.

Since the weather is not feeling too Spring-like, I felt it was appropriate to share a black and silver manicure instead of something with flowers or spring pastels.  Although, I feel I'm neglecting my pastel polishes this Spring.  Anyways, today's manicure is a fun interlocking dot mani using my all time favorite holographic polish - ILNP Mega X.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Mega X
  • Sally Hansen - Blacky O
I cannot begin to tell you how I was beyond obsessed with this manicure.  Ready to hear though the most disappointing thing ever?  Well when I painted this design, I didn't have anymore base coat, and I was too lazy to go downstairs and grab my new bottle that was in my purse.  So, I figured that using a top coat for a base would do the same thing.  Oh man, was I wrong.  After about a day, the nails literally were popping off as if they were fake nails.  Lesson learned the hard way, of course on a manicure I loved.


To get the look I started off with a base coat of Mega X.  When that was dried, I went through and did a diagonal swoosh of Blacky O.  I then went through with my dotting tool and added the dots.  Now, after looking at other interlocking dot manicures on the interwebs, I see that I did the dots slightly wrong.  I now know for next time.  You know, when I use a proper base coat....sigh.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?

Until next time, <3.


Dry Brush Mani

The One With Another Dry Brush Mani - and a Story!

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning Polished World. How are you all doing on this wonderful Saturday?  I apologize for my lack of posting this week.  I have the posts all ready to go, my issue is my drive to actually write a post.  Actually, it's not even that.  This week was soooooo busy with work that by the time I got home and sat down, I just wanted to watch some tv and relax.  For anyone who is curious, my current show that I'm binging is Modern Family.  I had to take a break from watching everything and anything MCU related.  Don't worry, once Season 11 is over, this girl is going back to watching the MCU movies in order....it's a problem.

Anyways, today's manicure is a simple dry brush manicure.  Needed a little bit of a break from the crazy nails after Easter was over.  It's been so long since I've done actual nail art like those bunnies that my mind can't process having intricate nails too many times in a row.  Is that weird?  Maybe.  I guess you can say that I need a bit of a palette refresh here and there, and this dry brush is just that.

Let's take a look at the photos that I thought looked good until I took the manicure off...


Colors Used:
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Oasis
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
I don't know about all of you, but blue is literally my favorite color when it comes to nail polish.  I feel the most content and normal with blue nails.  I remember when I was working my high school job, long before my nail polish addiction, this one customer made the RUDEST comment to me about just wearing a swatch of a blue polish.  To keep this content family friendly, this woman said that blue polish meant something horrible about my character as a person.  I remember being offended by it, then brushing it off and just not giving a crap what that lady thought.  My blue nails made me happy.  I wasn't going to let some middle age woman ruin that for me, a teenager.  

Sometimes when I'm painting my nails with blue, I will randomly think about that woman's comment.  How awful it was for her to say this to a young girl.  I then start to wonder what she'd think about my nail art and it makes me want to do something crazy or SUPER blue.  While this nail art isn't the craziest or overwhelmingly blue, it made me think of this story and want to share it with you.  Truly, this wasn't the direction I even imagined going with this post tonight, but hey, everything happens for a reason, right?


Who knows why she said what she did, what her motives were, or if she's ever done anything like that since; in the end I'm happy, I let my blue nail polish loving, nail art flag fly high and enjoy the hell out of myself.  So, long story short, don't ever let a bully pull you away from something you love.  Let their hate, comments, or whatever push you to be even better and inspire you to do something even more amazing.

Hope you all have an amazing day, remember how awesome you are, and do whatever it is that makes you happy!

Until next time, <3.

Easter

The One With the Easter Bunny Re-Creation Manicure

9:00:00 AM

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Happy Easter/Resurrection Day, Everyone!  Hope you all are having an amazing Sunday with your loved ones!  I'm not going to lie I am a little disappointed that I didn't create more Easter designs this year, but we will blame that massive nail break that I got right after St. Patrick's Day.  Also, this whole Easter being a few weeks after St. Patrick's Day is a little flustering sometimes.  The worst was that one year where it literally fell a week after.  I can't be the only one who likes when Easter is towards the middle or end of April.

Regardless, today is an awesome day and I'm grateful to be here bringing you some Easter content.  Today's design is yet again another re-creation of a manicure that I feel I have been doing for years on this blog.  I've done it with a mint base and then a purple base.  For today's post, I decided to go for the classic mint.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Dillon
  • Acrylics
Yes, I cheated and used acrylics for the little dots and bunnies, but it was 10pm when I sat down and started this manicure, so it was justified.  To get the look, I started off with two coats of Dillon by Zoya.  This polish is for sure an oldie but goodie.  I've had this polish since 2014 when it was originally released and it still applies as if it were brand new.  It's got a gorgeous gold shimmer to it which is really unique for pastel polishes.  Does anyone else remember the Awaken collection?  By far one of my all time favorite Spring releases.  Dillon's sisters, Rebel and Hudson are just as gorgeous too.


When the base was dry, I went through with the black acrylic and added the dots.  Since that was an acrylic paint, those dots dried in two seconds and it was onto the little bunny heads.  Usually I take over more of the nail with the bunnies, but this year I decided to make them literally just peaking out form the corners.  I prefer this look to be honest.

What do you think?  Love this look?

I hope that everyone has a Blessed and Happy Easter!!!

Now, it's time for some floral nail art....maybe.

Until next time! 

Color Club

The One With the Floppy Ear Easter Bunny Manicure

9:00:00 AM

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Happy April 1st everyone!  Can you believe it, here we are at another April Fools Day.  Now, I was going to take today off of work for the Easter weekend, but alas, I'm off to work this morning.  Not a day of rest when you work in healthcare.  I do love my job, I'm just a tad bit tired heading into this weekend.  I feel like last week it was really slow, and this week is draaagggging and jam packed.

Despite the crazy work week, I have made sure to find time to paint my nails for Easter.  Nothing super creative this year as I'm feeling rather nostalgic and re-visiting some of my favorite designs.  One of those being the floppy eared Easter bunny using two of my favorite colors from Color Club.  I switched up the layout of the design compared to past years, but the main accent is still the same.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Color Club - Pucci-licious
  • Color Club - Blue-Ming
  • Some random silver polish with a silver glitter topper
See, told you I'd last one post with writing down the polish names before I'd forget to do it again.  I think the silver is an old Serendipity Polish and the glitter is by FingerPaints.  Honestly, I'm too lazy to go into my drawers which are about five feet away from me and look.  That's what happens when you schedule your posts ahead of time and write them all at midnight.


Regardless of the fact that I'm super lazy and horrible at remember polish colors, this manicure is beyond adorable.  I think it's one of the best floppy ear guys I've ever painted.  I like the layout of this polish too where I used more Blue-Ming.  Previously I've done it with all Pucci-licious or had only one Blue-Ming accent.

Both of these polishes I've owned since I started blogging and both apply as if they were brand new.  Color Club's formula is amazing and I really need to start looking into adding more of their polishes into my collection.

What do you think?  Fan of this cute Easter look?

Until next time, <3.


Easter

The One With the Good Old Fashioned Skittle Manicure

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning Polished World! Welcome to yet another Monday.  Not only is it the beginning of a new week, it's also the start of Holy Week which means Easter is right around the corner.  And I have been seriously slacking when it comes to Easter nail art.  I can't say it's all 100% my fault.  I had so many cute ideas, and then on the day before St. Patrick's Day, I had a major break and spent all last week with plain swatches on my nails.

Then it hit me, I could still do an Easter design utilizing a swatch.  Remember those pastel skittle manicures using the black and white glitter that looked like those robin egg candies?  You know, something that was popular when I started blogging an eternity ago?  Well that idea popped in my head randomly and I went searching for my black and white glitter.  Luckily for me, they hadn't dried up yet.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Cool in California (peachy pink)
  • ORLY - Big City Dreams (mint not pictured)
  • ORLY - As Seen on TV (Purple)
  • ORLY - Forget Me Not (blue)
  • Color Club - Disco's Not Dead
  • FingerPaints - Th-Ink Outside the Box
Look at me remembering the name of the polishes I used!!!  I actually wrote them when I painted the design.  Let's see how long this lasts. I'm betting the next post I'll forget the colors.  

Regardless, can we take a minute and look at how awesome this manicure is??  All those pastels just went flawlessly together.  I'm kind of disappointed that I couldn't find a pastel yellow by ORLY in my collection.  My polish drawers need some serious reorganization so I'm sure I'll find one when I get around to that.


This manicure gave me all the retro vibes.  You know, retro like 2013.  I seriously cannot believe I've been blogging for that long.  FingerPaints Th-Ink Outside the Box is an amazing black and white glitter polish, which now that I remember I have it, I will be using more often.  The wonderful thing about this glitter is that it removes super easily.

What do you think? Fan of this manicure?  Think it's Easter-y enough?

Until next time, <3.

Flowers

The One With the Spring Floral Manicure!

9:00:00 AM

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Happy....ummm is it Wednesday?  Yes.  Happy Wednesday!!! Goodness this week is flying by and to be completely honest with you, it's just been a weird week.  Not because it's super busy, but because it's just....odd. I can't put my finger on it.  It's kind of slow, but I'm able to catch up on work.  I think I'm used to the go, go, go that when normal life hits I don't know how to handle it and automatically assume it's odd.  Regardless, the weather has been gorgeous so I've been enjoying every moment outside that I can.

Of course, with every moment outside working on my garden and cleaning my car, that has led to some massive breaks in my nails and I'm back to short little nubs.  Which means I'm only swatching again.  Therefore, today's post is from The Little Canvas vault.  Thank God for that vault so I can bring you content.  Today's design is a random floral one which just screams Spring.

Let's take a look!


Now to see if I remember what colors I used since I did this an eternity ago....

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Pink Noise
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • ORLY - Vintage
  • ORLY - White Tips
Four out of five colors isn't bad.  I can't remember that dark pink polish I used for the flower.  Oh, and the dark green leaf.  That honestly might be an acrylic. Now, is it just me, or does this color combination make my hand look kind of yellow and jaundice?  Okay, I'm being dramatic, but it did wash me out a bit.  In person, this manicure was drop dead gorgeous and didn't give me that washed out look.


Now that I said it though, it can't be unseen.  Despite the yellow tinged hand, the color combination worked really well together.  I think if I were to create this manicure again, I might skip the silver accent nail and do another vintage nail or another polka dot nail.  You know me and my silver accents, I just have to throw one there.

What do you think?  Love this look? 

Until next time, <3.

Gradient Mani

The One With the Green Gradient for St. Patrick's Day

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!  Hope everyone is decked out in green today!!  You'll find me in crazy leggings and plain green nails.  Sadly not the nails I'm sharing today because didn't I break one of them and the whole thing was just ruined.  Such is life.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I'm currently in the mood of blaming everything on Daylight Savings, so the nail break clearly is because of that also.  Seriously though, I cannot get into the groove of anything since Sunday!  I'm so thrown off.  I'm actually shocked I'm getting this post up, that's how thrown off I am.

Today's post is by far one of my favorite manicures to date.  I really wasn't feeling anything crazy for St. Patrick's Day this year.  Usually I do the pot of gold, shamrocks, and rainbows, but I don't know what it is.  My nail art self wasn't wanting to do all of that.  Then came the next best thing, a green gradient with a top coat of a gold flake.  I'm so glad I skipped the crazy nail art and went with this.

Let's take a look!


We will just pretend that I posted the colors I used here.  Literally painted this manicure the other day and cannot figure out for the life of me what polishes I used other than the Serendipity in the photo.  Which, I don't recall the name of it and I'm too lazy to go get the bottle and check.  Since this polish is discontinued, I don't think it's that big of a deal since you all won't be running to buy it and honestly it's a dupe for like ten other dark green polishes on the market.

I'm rambling.  Regardless, this manicure was created by painting my nails with a base of a light green polish.  That polish was one of my Sally Hansen Miracle Gels.  I was convinced that it was going to stain my nails since most light green polishes do that.  However, that beauty did not.  99.9% positive that the base was Sally Hansen Wet My Thistle.


When my base was dried, I used three shades of green to create that beautiful gradient.  I debated on rotating the gradient and having the dark at some of the cuticles, but my brain wanted to be OCD and keep everything uniform.  I'm actually happy I stayed uniform because I think the overall look was better in the end.

That glitter topper is Maria Luisa by Zoya.  My favorite gold flake which I will never forget the name of as long as I'm living.  I think it was that perfect little pot of gold look to add to it.

What do you think?  Perfect St Patrick's Day Manicure???

Everyone have a safe and happy day!

Until next time, <3.


China Glaze

The One Where I Started Off With One Idea and Ended Up With a Dotticure

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning Polished World, and welcome to another Monday!  I don't know about you, but Daylight Savings is kicking my ass. Yesterday I woke up late and felt like the day was dragging on and on.  Then, I decided to make some chili and bake some goodies.  In my mind I started at 5pm, really it was 6pm and I ended up baking way later than I wanted to, all because my body was programed to something else.  It's a good thing I have enough designs to publish that I didn't have to do any nail art because by the time I sat down to edit this post, it was 11pm.

Today's design is one where I started off with one idea and just ended up with a dot manicure.  Rather disappointed that my original plan failed because it was going to be super amazing, but alas, this dotticure isn't too bad.  The colors are beyond wonderful.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Highlight of My Summer
  • China Glaze - Treble Maker
  • INM Northern Lights
Aren't these two colors together amazing?!!?  I was so upset that the manicure chipped so quickly because I would have kept this on for a solid week.  China Glaze doesn't like me for some reason.  No matter which shade I use, the formula chips super fast.  It must not like my nails or something.  That or Highlight of My Summer requires three coats and that's why it chipped so fast.  I don't recall this polish ever needing that many coats or being so patchy, but this time around I had a super difficult time working with it.


Regardless of the trouble that it gave me, the payoff was worth it.  Especially with the top coat of INM Northern Lights.  Treble Maker's formula is much better than Highlight.  Two coats for that beauty which dried rather quick.  Both worked wonderfully for the dots.  They weren't goopy and didn't drag.

What do you think?  Like this color combination?

One more green manicure coming up, then I'm taking a break from green for a solid month.   Unless it's mint! 

Until next time, <3.




Zoya

The One With Yet Another Manicure Inspired by SRG.Nails

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning Polished World, and Happy Friday! Hope you are all doing well!  We had some sunny, warm weather this week, so I'm in a good mood.  Minus the fact that it's going to get cold again and we had a thunderstorm last night which helped bring in that colder weather.  Oh well, that just means that Spring is around the corner!

Today's design is inspired by SRG.Nails on Instagram, again.  If you've been following me for awhile, you know that I copy Sammie's designs all the time.  Of course, her's look much better than mine.  This manicure is no different.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used: haha, good one.  I didn't write them down....AGAIN.

However, I do believe that polish I'm holding is Hunter by Zoya.  I am about 99.9% positive.  I need a personal assistant who literally reminds me to write the names down of the polishes as I paint.  Regardless, that green polish applies like a dream!  Two coats and gorgeous, shiny coverage.  It worked well for that line art as well!


I was so OCD when it came to the lines on my nails.  I had to redo the manicure at least three times because I was that bothered by my lines.  I settled with this but really do think I could have done better.  Maybe next time.

What do you think?  Like this look?  A good design for St. Patrick's Day?

A few more green manicures to edit and post before next Wednesday.  I think I have some time....

Until next time, <3.




FingerPaints

The One With a Re-Creation of a Gradient Splatter Manicure

9:00:00 AM

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Welcome to yet another Sunday!  How was your week last week?  Are we all ready for yet another fun filled week?  I know I am....not.  One thing I am excited for is the weather.  It's been very cold and blustery here the last few days, and next week it's going to be in the 40s and 50s.  While to many this seems horribly cold, it's a lot better than the 20s and 30s.

Today's manicure is a re-creation of one I did a few years ago which so happens to be one of my all time favorite manicures.  It came up on my FaceBook memories and I just had to re-create it.  Now if I can only figure out how to re-create my nail photos to look just like they did back then, I'll be all set.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • FingerPaints - The Mural of the Story
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Ahhhhhh isn't it gorgeous?!  I literally love everything about this manicure.  the gradient, the splatter, the colors.  I cannot find one thing wrong.  This is one of those manicures that I wore for more than my usual 3 day period because I love it so much.  Does anyone remember how to do these splatter manicures?  I feel it's been forever since I've seen anyone create them.  Wait....is the splatter out?

Regardless, to get the look you take one of those mini coffee stir straws and you dip it into the nail polish.  Then you hover it over your nail and just blow through the straw.  It's one of the messiest things ever, but the payoff is so worth it.


I forgot how much I love The Mural of the Story by FingerPaints, and well, how much I love my FingerPaints polishes all together.  Is this brand still around?  I haven't stepped foot into a Sally Beauty Supply in over a year and feel like I'm way out of the nail polish loop.  If the polish isn't coming in the mail to me, then I'm not going looking for it. 

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


Until next time, <3.


Abstract

The One With the Random Abstract Design

11:39:00 PM

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Good Morning, Polished World, and Happy March!  Can you believe it? We are almost at the one year mark of all the crazy COVID lockdowns.  The world has changed so much in a year.  I can safely say that I have changed a lot too this past year.  While others have chosen to live in the "woe is me" of the past 2020, I've decided to look at all the positives, and in the end I feel I've grown a lot because of that.  Who knows, maybe it's a mind over matter thing, but regardless, I'm very grateful for the past year.

Today's manicure is the beginning of  me attempting to utilize green polish for the first half of March.  Unlike February and Valentine's Day, I do love March and St. Patrick's Day.  I'm a sucker for a good green polish, especially a mint.  Of course, mint really doesn't scream St. Patrick's Day, but who's really going to care.  I got the idea for today's manicure when I was scrolling Pinterest for a banana cake recipe.  It was abstract and I really adored the color palette.  Definitely something I never would have come up with on my own.

Let's take a look! 


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Olive You Kelly
  • ORLY - Pink Noise
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Look at Pink Noise....look at Olive You Kelly!  Both polishes are GORGEOUS in their own right.  This year I'm going to make it a point to go through all my ORLY polishes that I haven't used from the last two years of my Color Pass subscription and really go to town and create manicures using colors I normally don't use.  That was a run on sentence, but you get the point.  I can't even recall what subscriptions these two polishes were from, but I think I've only used each of them once or twice.  Alone they're gorgeous, and together even more gorgeous.


I'm a fan of the abstract color blocking putting the two together.  Whoever it was that originally came up with this design, bravo.  I really am not that talented.

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

Until next time, <3.


Zoya

The One With the Simple Little Heart

9:00:00 AM

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Hello there, and welcome to another Friday.  Can you believe this is the last Friday of February?  Honestly, this month seemed to drag on up until these last few days.  Maybe it's a mind over matter but I feel like something good is coming and that's why time is flying by.  Who knows, I could just be going crazy from this whole COVID world/life thing.  Regardless, it's a good thing to remain positive, right?

Today's manicure is one from the archives.  Remember when I disappeared last year and was still painting and never posting?  Well, that's where today's manicure comes from.  I did it so long ago that I literally cannot remember when I did it. I think it was at a time when I went from having crazy neon nails and needed something subtle as a transition.  Kind of like the manicure I did this evening. I had really funky colors on yesterday and now tonight I'm in a neutral mood as a "refresh."

Let's take a look at the design I did who knows when!


I'm going to skip right over the colors used thing because, you guessed it, when I edited the photos, I never wrote down what colors I used.  If I had to guess, I think that Zoya is Avery, and the black polish is most likley my beloved ORLY Liquid Vinyl.  As for the gold, well, that one will have me guessing for awhile.  I own too many gold glitters, which is weird for someone who dislikes gold as much as I do.  I swear, I could write a book about all my random idiosyncrasies. 


Despite the fact I forgot the colors, this manicure is still adorable.  I've painted this simple design numerous times over the years.  I'm actually impressed with my heart this time around.  The heart is one of the simplest thing to do, yet each time I paint one, I always mess it up.  Lord only knows how many times I painted this one before getting it just right.

What do you think? Fan of the look?

Until next time ,<3


Dry Brush Mani

The One With the Sally Hansen Black and White Dry Brush Mani

9:00:00 AM

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Well Good Morning, Polished World!  How are you all doing on this fun Sunday?  Are Sunday's even considered fun?  For me they're a day of "ugh I'm going back to work tomorrow" mixed with errands that I didn't do throughout the week because I was so busy with work.  Did anyone else have a super busy week last week?  I felt like everything and anything that could happen did.  It was one of those weeks where I had plain nails and avoided all forms of social media.

Now I'm back though and life is calming down.  I decided to go into the drafts for today's post since obviously last week I had zero time to do any nail art.  I have so many ideas and designs that I want to re-create too, so I'm hopeful that tonight I'll have some time to sit down and begin creating again.  Until then, today's design is a black and white dry brush design I did last month.  I had no idea where I was going with this one, I just kind of let the paints flow.

Let's take a look.


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Blacky O
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Some Gold polish I can't remember the name of....it was an ORLY though!
You think by now I'd write the names of the polishes used in the drafts of these posts so when I come back to them a month or two later I know what colors I used.  It's only been 9 years of blogging and I've yet to learn that lesson.  Seriously though - I started this blog in 2012, can you believe I've been doing this for 9 years?!  I think if I make it to 2022, I'm going to re-create every single manicure that I did during my first year.


Sorry, got off track from today's manicure.  I actually am obsessed with how this design turned out.  I love the swooped drybrush.  I always go side to side or upside down, but instead I went a little abstract.  When the dry brush was done, I debated on stopping there but it seemed like it needed something more.  Enter in the gold dots.  I wish I had gold flake or something because that would have looked really awesome on this design.  Oh darn, I should have dry brushed the gold!  Regardless, I think the dots added to the abstract look.  

What do you think? Fun manicure? Something you'd try?

Until next time, <3.


Orly

The One Where I Caved and Did a Valentine's Day Manicure

9:00:00 AM

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Good Morning, Polished World!  And Happy Valentine's Day to all my lovely followers.  Yes, the past two posts I said I wasn't going to post today or have any themed nail art this year, but here I am.  You can thank my coworkers who peer pressured me into doing some festive nails.  I'm kind of glad I did because I really liked this design.

Earlier this week I was updating Instagram (shocking) when I stumbled across this design by Nail_Art_By_Tal.  As you know, a few posts back I shared a french tip snowflake design which I was completely in love with, so this was no shocker that I fell in love with this one as well.  I had to re-create it.  It's simple, festive, but not over the top for the day.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • Acrylics
ORLY Mirrorball, one of the best holographic polishes in my collection.  I have about 4 back up bottles of this beauty.  I haven't ever used it for a glitter gradient before, but now that I see how well it works, I'm going to!  I debated on using Mega X by ILNP for this manicure, but I wanted that extra glitter that Mirroball has with the little hex pieces.


When the gradient was dried,  I went through with a small dotting tool and added the hearts and the little dots.  I wanted to do the little stars that Tal had, but I never in all my years of blogging have figured out how to do those freehanded.  So, instead of the stars,  I decided to add the little line on the hearts to make them pop a little.  I love them, but think Tal did a better job.

What do you think?  Fan of the manicure?  Happy I did something for Valentine's Day?

Until next time, <3.



precision lacquer

The One With the Manicure that Looked Better in Person

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning Polished World!  Look at me blogging on time this week.  Mainly because I'm writing this post a few days in advance in hopes that I remember to update all my other social media accounts to stay current.  Odds are, I won't and will fail miserably and be back in the same cycle as the last month.  Work gets crazy, I can't help it.  Funny thing is, I spend some time on Instagram, but I'm literally just scrolling and not posting.  It's aimless really.  The worst is TikTok.....oh the hours I waste on that app.

Anyways, today's manicure is again, probably the most festive that I'm going to get for Valentine's Day, and seeing that it's only a pinkish toned polish, that's really not too festive.  As you can guess from the title, this manicure looked much better in person, and I'm hard core critiquing the photos as I'm writing this.  Here at The Little Canvas, I believe in sharing the fails, so you all can see that life isn't perfect and what Facebook and Instagram makes it to be, even when it comes to nail art.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Precision Lacquer - Red Velvet Cupcake
  • Sally Hansen - Blacky O
So, I got the idea for this manicure off of a post from ORLY's Facebook.  Instead of using the ORLY polishes, which I already own, I decided to attempt it with another color.  I feel I would have liked this manicure more if I used the ORLY's but here we are.  It's not that I hated it though because of the polish.  Precision Lacquer Red Velvet Cupcake is wonderful.  Two coats and you have full coverage of this beautiful glitter - which is easy to remove.  An added plus for such an opaque glitter.


I think the main reason that I disliked it was because my lines were not straight or even at all.  I probably should have left my middle finger just plain glitter, but here we are.  It's okay, but as I said, looks better in person.

What do you think?  Anything you would change?

Well, we will see if I will sneak a Valentine's Day post in here somewhere.  At this point, it's not looking good.

Until next time, <3.