Maroon and Fishtail Braid Manicure

With fall settling in, I’ve noticed maroon making the rounds on fingertips around campus. Usually it’s just a creme, but I’ve seen glitter, matte, and shimmer maroons lately too. Luckily, I brought one such deep red with me to school! It’s actually OPI’s Pepe’s Purple Passion, but it’s definitely more burgandy/maroon than it is purple. I also thought I’d hop abord the braided mani train and try out the fishtail braid look. It was so much fun and so easy (though it took like twenty minutes per nail, hence ¬†only having an accent nail).



As you may be able to tell, I accidentally crinkled a bit of the braid ): I don’t know how it happened, but by the time I noticed it, the polish was dry, so I didn’t try to smooth it out.

Here’s a nice close up of the braid! (Again, please ignore the wrinkles.)


The technique is super easy to master, even if you aren’t that great at getting straight lines. The pieces of my braid ended up being really narrow, but I love the combination of the colors! (OPI’s Pepe’s Purple Passion, Essie’s Nothing Else Metals and Penny Talk)


What do you think? Have you seen any other fall trends surfacing?

Leopard Print Manicure

Hello all!

So, I just realized that I’m way behind on posting my recent manicures. When it comes time to transfer pictures to my computer I just get so lazy ):

Anyway, as Wednesday is Independence Day, I will be holding off on posting some of my recent manis until after. But for today I have what may be my new favorite look!

I have been obsessed with all things leopard print since kindergarten. I distinctly remember another girl in my kindergarten class telling me she liked my “cheetah” print shirt and I responded with “IT’S LEOPARD PRINT.” So, yeah. This is definitely a look I should have tried at the very beginning of my adventures into Nail Art Land, but I just never got around to it until now.

Without further ado, I present to you my leopard print nails:

(These first few were taken under florescent lighting.)

And because I couldn’t get enough of this manicure, I had to take more pictures under natural lighting too (:

The first thing everyone asked my after seeing these nails was “who did this?!” closely followed by “how did you do this?”

So, in case you haven’t seen any of the wonderful tutorials out there on the interwebs yet, here’s how I did it:

I painted two coats of China Glaze’s Fast Track over my base coat. Then, using OPI’s Warm and Fozzi, I added little dabs to form the spots. The hardest part for me was outlining the spots with a black nail art brush. I really need to investigate more helpful brushes, the one I use is way to long for me to handle comfortably. But, I managed just fine I think!

My entire ballroom studio was in love with this look (partially because it matched the carpet…) and I have a feeling I’ll be trying a purple version of this very soon!

Enjoy and I hope you’ll check back on Wednesday for my first ever 4th of July nail art!

Rainbows Have Nothing to Hide

For my birthday (back in December) my mother gave me OPI’s Muppets Collection. Being the sparkle-a-holic that I am, I had to test out Rainbow Connection first. I may have also listened to Kermit singing the song while I applied the polish. I used four (FOUR!) whole coats of the polish because I couldn’t stand to see a single bit of bare nail. Those four coats made my nails inhumanely thick, but I was happy with the result and very pleasantly pleased that they didn’t chip for at least four days. I received numerous compliments on this eye-catching manicure, even from completely random people in the elevator.

I wish I had taken better pictures, because these truly were a beauty to see! Oh well, I guess I’ll have to test it out again…darn.