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.