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.


Gradient Mani

The One With the Pink Snowflake Manicure - Take Two

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning Polished World!  How are you all doing on this fine Tuesday?  It's the dreaded Valentine's week where I am going to attempt to be festive, but will fail miserably at it.  Honestly,  I don't think I'm going to do any pink heart nails this year.  Sorry to disappoint, but I'm truly not feeling it.  If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day, so this shouldn't come as a huge shock.  Maybe next year, or randomly in the middle of the summer when I'm feeling like doing heart nails for no reason whatsoever.

Today's design is one I created about a year ago now.  It's probably the most festive you'll get out of me for Valentine's as it has the perfect pink gradient.  And you guessed it, it's a snowflake design.  I don't remember where I got the inspiration from for this design, but it's one of my all time favorite snowflake manicures.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Mojave Desert
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Festival Fuchsia
  • Serendipity Polish - Holoday Lights
  • Sally Hansen - Blacky-O
Isn't this manicure perfect?  I kind of want to re-create it with a blue gradient.  Although I'm burning out on the whole snowflake thing, and I'm sure you all are tired of seeing them as well!  Maybe next year.  Anyways, these two pink polishes work wonderfully to create a gradient. I started off with a base coat of Mojave Desert, the most perfect baby pink polish ever.  Two coats and you have complete coverage.  When it was dried, I took a make up sponge and dabbed on the Festival Fuchsia.


When the gradient was dry, I went through and added the snowflake with acrylics.  Yes, I cheated a bit but when creating a snowflake, I'm a tad OCD and want the art to look as perfect as possible.  As you can guess, this flake took about 5 tries to get it how it is here, and I'm still finding issues with it.

What do you think? Fan of this look?

Okay, I think I'll move on from snowflakes. Maybe I'll enter a flower phase again.

Until next time, <3.




The One With the Snowflake Smoosh Mani

9:00:00 AM

Nothing to Disclose 


Good morning Polished World, how are you all doing today? It's cold and snowy here as we are in the midst of a nor'easter.  I'm not going to complain though as I've been wanting one good snowstorm.  Sure, I would have much rather had this storm on the weekend when I don't have to wake up early and drive to work, but alas, here we are.

Since there we are in the midst of this storm, it's only fitting that I post another snowflake manicure.  What is this, the fifth one of the season?  I'm sorry, but I'm a tad bit obsessed this season.  I also figured that if I painted my nails enough times with snowflakes, I'd get my storm.  Today's design is a re-creation of a smoosh based manicure that I did a few years ago.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Forget Me Not
  • Zoya - Dream
  • White Acrylic
Completely in love with this design.  While it looks super complicated, it's a look that's super simple to create.  I started off with two coats of Forget Me Not by ORLY.  A gorgeous pale baby blue polish which overed very well.  I was surprised because most pastel polishes like this are super patchy.  When my base was dry, I dripped two drops of Dream by Zoya and Forget Me Not on a paper plate.  I then took my rubber stamper, stamped the polish smooshing it all together, then stamped it on my nail.  It left me with an awesome tie-dyed base.


After I smooshed all my nails with polish, I went through with the white acrylic and painted the snowflakes.  I loved this design so much that I actually kept it on my nails for five days.  Typically I keep a design on my nails for 2-3 days, so 5 is quite a bit for me.  It wouldn't chip and I just love blue nails, let alone ones with fun art.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?

Until next time, <3.


China Glaze

The One With the Gold Snowflakes

9:00:00 AM


Good morning Polished World!  How are you all doing today?  Welcome to another Saturday!  This is actually my first Saturday off in a while and I couldn't be happier.  I shouldn't say anything because I'm going to jinx it and end up at work.  At least my nails are painted, unlike that one weekend that  I was called in and went in with naked nails.  First time in about 6 years since that's happened.

Today's nail art is by far one of my favorite designs that I've ever created.  I saw a similar design on Pinterst and knew I had to re-create it.  Now, you know me, I'm not a fan of gold, but this manicure wouldn't have looked right with silver.  Plus, in the past when I've created gold and white nail art, I've always fallen in love with the look.  Something about those two shades together just works.  This manicure is no exception.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • China Glaze - Merry Whatever
  • China Glaze - Big Hair and Bubbly
  • Faby - Panic on Wall Street
Fitting that the gold base under all that glitter is Faby "Panic on Wall Street" seeing as there was literally panic on wall street this week.  But this isn't a blog about stocks, we are here about the nail art.  Let's talk about this Faby Nail Lacquer.  I received these polishes a few years ago and used them a few times.  I'm not even sure if the company is still around, but if they are you should check them out.  This gold polish is amazing.  Two coats and you have a fabulous shimmery gold base.  When it was dried, I went through and added the two China Glaze glitters to make it really pop.

The Faby polish was perfect for nail art.  I used it with a toothpick to create the snowflake on my ring finger and thumb.  Some polishes drag, get goopy, or just are not workable for nail art, but this wasn't the case.  I'm starting to picture what other gold designs I can use it for in the future.  Oooo, maybe a waterfall design like I did on the last manicure I posted.


Best part - the glitter gradient on my index and pinkie finger.  I told you I'm low key obsessed with the glitter gradient, especially since I mastered them in the past few months.  For this one, I first used Merry Whatever as it was a finer glitter, then went through with Big Hair and Bubbly to add some random larger flecks.  Both polishes sponged on perfectly.

Saddest thing about this manicure, it only lasted two days because I am at the bottom of my white polish and it's not applying right anymore.

What do you think?  Fan of this design?  Like the gold and white?

Until next time, <3.


China Glaze

The One With a Random Snowflake Manicure

9:00:00 AM

Good Morning, Polished World!  How are you all doing today? I have finally gotten around to not only painting some nail art on my nails, but editing the photos of said nails.  I cannot for the life of me figure out why my photos like two years ago were so much better than my photos now.  I'm using the same set up, same camera, same backdrop.  I think I must have messed with a camera setting....who knows.

Anyways, today's design is a low key recreation of something I saw on Pinterest.  You know me, I had to take my own spin on it.  The original design had stamped snowflakes and I hardcore fail when it comes to nail stamping.  I've tried it dozens of times but I just don't get it.  I'll stick to toothpicks and paint brushes.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Boho Blues
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ILNP - Mega X
Isn't this a gorgeous little manicure?  I'm especially in love with my ring finger.  For years I've attempted this waterfall look.  I've tried numerous techniques and ways to do it and failed miserably time and time again.  When I saw the original post on Pinterest, I saw the waterfall design and said to myself that I'd give it a try and if it failed,  I would just paint a snowflake on the white nail to match or do a silver accent.  Then, the unexpected happened, I did it.  I mastered the waterfall accent nail.  Just like I recently mastered the glitter gradient and am now obsessed, I'm now obsessed with this.  Fair warning, you'll be seeing more of these accents in the coming year.


Seriously though, LOOK AT THAT RING FINGER.  Ahh, so proud of myself.  Then there's my middle finger with the swirled colored snowflake.  I mixed a few colored acrylics together which gave it a more tie-dyed look than just a plain blue.  Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out, but I feel it might be an odd match up with my ring finger.  Maybe?  Ehh, it does go.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Loving Boho Blues as much as I do?

Until next time, <3

Serendipity Polish

The One With the Snowflake French Tip

9:00:00 AM

Nothing to Disclose


Good morning Polished World!  How are you all doing today?  I apologize for not having more posts up last week, but I had a really bad break on my middle finger so I'm back to swatching for a bit, and work got a little hectic.  As much as I love blogging, sometimes I need to take that step back and focus on myself.  When work gets hectic, I tend to not sleep, and it just spirals from there.  So before that spiral started, I stepped back knowing I'd be back in less time than if I let that fun little spiral of exhaustion occur.

Today's design is a cute snowflake french tip design. I did this one a few years ago and really loved it.  I always wanted to recreate it but I'm not going to lie, this design is a pain in the butt to do.  I quickly remembered that as soon as I started to paint the little snowflakes.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Holoday Lights
  • Acrylics
Yes, I used acrylics to do the snowflakes, but they still were a pain in the butt to paint.  Maybe it was my OCD but I couldn't get the lines just right.  They were too thick, then too thin, then they didn't look like snowflakes. I literally painted the snowflakes on my ring finger about 10 times before I settled with what you see in the photos.  We always are our toughest critics, right?


Despite the difficulties and tedious process, I truly love the look.  I think HoloDay Lights is the coolest polish for a sparkly french tip.  I dabbed a bit of a plain silver on my nail first and then went over it with Holoday Lights.  I probably could have gone without the plain silver base, but I did so because i figured it would make the glitter easier to remove.  Which, in the end, I was correct.

What do you think? Like this snowflake mani?

Until next time, <3.



ILNP

The One With the Silver and Black Snowflake Nail Art

9:00:00 AM

Good morning Polished World, and welcome to January 11th!  Can you believe we are already almost halfway through this month?  This has been a crazy first two weeks of January, but hey, we all are still here and breathing so we should be grateful.  I meant to post more last week but work got kind of crazy, then I got on an editing binge, and well, one thing led to another and here we are.

Today's design is a black and silver snowflake manicure using my FAVORITE silver holographic polish, ILNP Mega X.  As I said in my last post, I'm a little bit obsessed with the glitter gradient using these ILNP holographics.   I couldn't resist when it came to this manicure, and you'll see why.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Mega X
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • Acrylic White
Isn't this manicure perfect?  I was so sad when it chipped off and I had to remove it.  Mega X is just perfect. The holo accent, the perfect gradient, the bit of sparkle it added to the snowflake; all perfection!  It was very easy to manipulate over the top of the snowflake. 


One conclusion that I've drawn regarding this manicure; I need to learn how to paint different looking snowflakes.  I literally make all my snowflakes look identical each and every time I do one of these designs.  As we all know, January and February are my months of snowflake designs, so I feel I have some time to work on this.

What do you think? Like this manicure as much as I do?

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With the Holographic Gradient Accent Nail

9:00:00 AM

Nothing to Disclose 


Good morning Polished World, and welcome to 2021!  I'm happy to see 2020 leave, but let's face it the years are only what you make of them.  I look back on 2020 and despite all the hardships, I'm very grateful for the year.  Sure, with my line of work I could look and be all woe is me and hate on 2020, but I'm not going to.  That's not going to get me or any of us anywhere if we choose to look at the negative.  So let's all go into 2021 looking at only the positives and how the negatives were just there to help us grow.

Today's post is a draft from before Christmas.  I did it shortly after Halloween as a palate cleanser from all the orange, greens, and purples.  You can never go wrong with mint and silver holographics.  Plus a glitter gradient?  This manicure is simple and perfect.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Flower Crown
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ILNP - Mega X
Isn't this gorgeous?  I love how Mega X looks over White Tips.  In my last post, I used ILNP Versailles for a glitter gradient and it worked just as wonderfully.  I'm on a gradient kick because the design I painted last night has the Mega X gradient again.  You'll see that post in a few days.  I just think it's the perfect accent to any manicure.


Flower Crown is one of my favorite polishes.  It applies perfectly in two coats.  You technically could get away with one coat of this beauty, but you know me, I have to have at least two.  I've tried going the one coat route, but it feels like my nails are still naked.  Is that weird?  I feel that's weird.

What do you think?  Fan of this look? 

Until next time, <3.