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.