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

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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.