Mani Monday – Simple Gifts

In celebration of Charlotte’s birthday last Wednesday, I came up with this mani that is reusable in any occasion–from holidays to birthdays!

I recently bought a set of MASH nail art brushes, and this mani is one of my first successful manis with the brushes!

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Pink isn’t usually my go-to color, but I am rather satisfied that it worked well overall.

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Sorry for the poor quality of photos–it calls for a remake, don’t you think?

Charlotte and I are almost on break so we’ll have more time to be creative =)

Products Used:

Milani A Rose for MyLady

NYC Black Lace Creme

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Mani Monday – Halloweekend Manicures

Hey everyone! Long time no talk…sorry 😦

It was a busy Halloween and Halloweekend on my end, but man was it fun.

I ended up with two festive manicures last week, one just for kicks and the other as part of my costume.

 

The first: ox-blood and spiderwebs.

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And the second: Slytherin themed to go with my Draco Malfoy costume. My roommates were Ron and Harry (maybe I’ll post a pic of us together later!).

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Until next time (I hope it’ll be soon!) have a wonderful Monday!

Mani Monday – Modern French Tip

Recently I’ve been playing with a few different combinations for a French tips design (you won’t be seeing some of those experiments any time soon). After trying way too many bright colors, I gave into my dark side and used these colors–and I really like how it turned out!

Instead of painting the French tip free-handed as I usually do, I tried out the taping method. Provided you do the entire process correctly, this method is simple, clean, and easy. Note that it is very important step to wait until the bottom color is completely dry before proceeding…

To complete the look, I added a matte top coat and the beads to cover crooked lines create an accent nail.

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Products Used:

Wet n’ Wild Megalast Through the Grapevine

Wet n’ Wild Wild Shine Black Creme

Claire’s Cosmetics Matte Top Coat

Mani Monday – Floral and Rhinestones

I was feeling extra girly this weekend so I decided that a pink manicure wasn’t enough. Oh no, I needed flowers too. And then I needed sparkles. This is what I ended up with!

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Products Used:

OPI Red My Fortune Cookie

OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

OPI Jade is the New Black

Unnamed White Striper

Mani Monday – End of Summer Sparkles

Last week my mother, sister, and I took a dangerous trip to my favorite nail polish spot. It’s one of those little wholesale places where everything is pretty much half price and it was the best discovery I ever made! Now, I usually go in with only $20 so I can limit my purchases…but for some reason this wasn’t a problem this time. I walked out with a lone bottle of Seche Vite and that was it! Guess I just wasn’t feeling any of the options? I’ll have to go back before I’m off to Boston again though! Point of the story though, is that my mom and sister nabbed some pretties and I obviously had to try some of them out. I went for my sister’s bottle of OPI’s Mimosa for Mr and Mrs, which is a lovely light pink. Being me though, I had to add some sparkles!

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Mani Monday – Watermelon Nail Art

This is a bit of a throwback, and not my current manicure but it’s a super summery look and it was a lot of fun to create and to wear. I had seen some fruit themed manicures circulating around the internet recently and decided to try my hand at a watermelon manicure because I had the right colors for it!

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Simple and sweet, just like the fruit that so perfectly embodies summertime!

Mani Monday – Accidental Valentine’s Manicure

I tried out the gradient without a sponge manicure again this past week, but I didn’t intend for it to be so Valentine’s Day-ish. Oh well, it was still super cute 🙂

It also gave me the opportunity to try out my new homemade light box! Can’t say I’m impressed on that front though…I think I need a better lamp.

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Many Monday – One Stroke Flowers

I have long been in awe of and intimidated by the one stroke technique for about a year now. I put off trying it by using the excuse that I didn’t have the right brush for the job, but since my birthday this past winter, that’s no longer valid. Even so, this past weekend was the first time I ever tried the one stroke technique and I must say I’m pretty proud of the outcome!

I started with a gradient using OPI’s Pearl of Wisdom and Lucky Lucky Lavender before adding the flower petals in each corner using Zoya’s Snow White and A England’s Lady of the Lake. Feeling like that still wasn’t enough, I added the dots around the other nail edge using a dotting tool.

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Mani Monday – Textured Nails

Sometimes great results are the products of accidents. This mani came about as a complete surprise. While surfing Youtube videos I began poking at the drying polish with my nails. When I eventually looked down to see what sort of destruction I had wrought on my nails, what I found intrigued me.

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Mani Monday – Lace Nails

I freely admit to the world that I am a huge Victorian/Regency Era fanatic, and I was in a Jane Austen sort of mood when I decided that I wanted to make lace nail art. So in honor of Mani Monday and my first blog post (and Jane Austen!), here is my first nail art to share with you all!

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The lace was all hand-drawn using Sally Hansen’s nail art pen. Although my inner artist is satisfied with how the lace came out, I’m not too sure if I will be doing this mani again any time soon simply because it was so time consuming.

I look forward to sharing more nail-art-fun with you all!

Products used:

Revlon Naughty

Sally Hansen Aisle Be There

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen White