International Nail Art Day!

Hey everyone! If you’ve been following the GIOGO girls (and I don’t know why you wouldn’t be – they’re awesome!) then you’ll know that today is International Nail Art Day! It’s obviously cause enough for some celebration here at ManyManis, but August 3rd also happens to be my dearest mother’s birthday!

I tried and tried to plan the perfect, super extravagant look to fit this wonderful day but couldn’t settle on one idea. Instead, I give you multiple manicures to celebrate!

 

Butterfly Stamping

 

First up: Butterfly and floral stamping using Julep’s Audrey and Lauren.

 

One stroke floral with gold

 

One stroke floral with gold

 

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And the next: another one-stroke flower attempt using OPI’s Goldeneye and Rumple’s Wiggin’, Zoya’s Snow White, and Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure’s Plum Luck.

 

gradient with dot outline

 

gradient with dot outline

 

And last (also my current mani!): a gradient with polka dot outlines using Julep’s Susie, and OPI’s Rumple’s Wiggin’.

 

That’s all for now, folks. How are you celebrating this beautiful day?

 

 

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Throwback Thursday – Toucan Nails

I guess that’s a good name for them? I was going for a geometric sort of thing, but my boyfriend said they reminded him of a toucan…

Anyway, here are my pretty summer-y I-don’t-know-what-to-call-them nails!

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Mani Monday – I’m Back!

For the first time in about two months, I’ve actually done something cool with my own nails. Since it’s been a while, I really couldn’t even decide what to do, so I did everything! These are probably the girliest nails I’ve ever done and I love them!

I started with a gradient then tried using Konad plate m75 with for my first real stamping experience! I then topped everything off with a sparkly topcoat 🙂

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Products used:

OPI Panda-monium Pink

OPI Dim Sum Plum

Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Plum Luck

Zoya Sparkle Gloss

Konad Plate m75

Madeline Poole Gradient

When I first saw Madeline Poole’s gradient using American Apparel’s new sheer shades, I fell in love. Now, I don’t actually own any of the colors but I knew I had to try the look. Obviously, mine is nowhere near as gorgeous as MP’s, but it was so much fun trying to recreate this look. There’s even a tutorial for the look that you can follow if you’re just as intrigued as I was!

I tried to keep the colors as close to the original hues as possible, but I soon figured out my stash isn’t as diverse as I thought /:

Here’s the original manicure:

 

I absolutely love how the colors work so well together. You wouldn’t think purple and orange would flow so effortlessly together, but they’re absolutely gorgeous!

Here’s my fun take of that pose:

 

 

And more pics of my mani!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, I changed some of the colors. I didn’t have a yellow (not a single one in my stash!) so I chose some different colors I thought would make pretty pairs. Also, I’m kind of wishing I’d switched the greens on my pinky and middle fingers, but oh well! I may have to attempt this look again (:

I think my favorite nails are my ring (purple and orange) and and pointer (pink and red) fingers. I think the pink and red gradient would make a great Valentine’s Day mani!

On another note: My mother is a wonderful person, though she kind of enables my nail polish addiction (: When I lamented the lack of yellows in my stash, she surprised me with Zoya’s Pippa!

 

 

We also had a rather hectic weekend and she surprised me again with some of Essie’s new Mirror Metallics shades and two minnies!

 

 

The essie’s will definitely be coming back to school with me on Monday, so you’ll see more on them soon!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I’ll be spending mine packing and stressing about moving back to Boston. Hopefully I’ll be able to post again mid-week (:

 

Playing with Crackles!

Hello all! Welcome to all the new visitors, it always makes me so happy to see someone has found my little corner of the internet.

Once again, I have been lazy with posting ): I’m so sorry guys. But I will redeem myself!

A couple weeks ago I decided to revisit my many crackle polishes and have a little fun with them. My nails ended up looking kinda like blue skys with clouds, which I wasn’t really going for, but I decided it made for a great summer look.

I used Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri in Whirlwind White as my base and then used three OPI Shatters (Silver, Blue, and Turquoise) for the fun stuff.

About half-way through, I realized how much I love the Silver Shatter, and I almost wished I had just used that instead of getting all fancy. However, after a while, the blues grew on me too and I really had a lot of fun using them together.

So, that’s it for crackles/shatters  for now.

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Until next time (:

Independence Day Nails!

Hello all! I hope you’re having a wonderful 4th of July so far.

This is the first time I’ve tried Independence Day nails, so bear with me. At first, I just wanted to do a simple red, white, and blue gradient. However, I messed up on my very first nail (my thumb) and there was no white to be seen!

After successfully completing my pointer finger, I couldn’t figure out how to make the rest of my mani work…

So, I kinda just went for it and this is how it turned out!

And each finger, one by one:

My failed red, white and blue gradient turned into a red and blue gradient with a firework!

The gradient I was actually going for…

A red and blue stripe gradient with white crackle on top! My boyfriend thought it looked like icing (:

My ring finger is usually my favorite…I’m undecided about this one. I sponged the red on and used China Glaze’s Luxe and Lush on top.

I think my pinky may be my favorite (though I’ve grown to love the design on my thumb too!).

I love how they look when put together! I usually like the uniform nail look, perhaps with one accent nail, but I think these are so much fun!

And I did the same thing but switched the colors on my right hand!

Even though I freehanded the “fireworks” on my thumbs, they both looked exactly the same! I’m pretty impressed with myself.

 

That’s all for now! I’m sure you’re all sporting wonderful Independence Day nails too, and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Colors Used:

A England – Order of the Garter

China Glaze – Luxe and Lush, Ruby Pumps

No name white nail art polish

 

OPI – White Shatter

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Whirlwind White

 

Acid Wash (Grunge Effect)

It’s been a while! Sorry about that. Today, I present you with my attempt at an acid wash, also known as the grunge effect, manicure. This trend has been on my mind since NailsAdored made a tutorial on March. Two weeks ago, I tried it out for my self and I am so happy with the result!

For my base, I used Sally Hansen’s Plum Luck. I then layered the following colors in order to prepare for the grunge effect.

China Glaze – Dress Me Up

OPI – Rumple’s Wiggin’, Suzi Says Feng Shui, and Dim Sum Plum

Revlon – Minted

This lighting makes the polish seem a bit more brown-tinted than the overall look actually was. But I still love the effect!

I was a little scared a couple times while rubbing off the layers, thinking I had gone all the way down to my bare nail, but it ended up just being the layer of DMU.

And here we have more accurate lighting. You can see the wear at the tips, but this is after a couple days of heavy wear already.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed another look at the acid wash or grunge effect. I definitely encourage you artsy types to try it out. It took quite a bit of time but was so much fun!

 

My first attempt at doing the ever popular galaxy inspired manicure!

I had so much fun creating this look and I used so many colors, sorry I can’t remember them all ):

But it was really easy and fun to do, especially since I like to think of myself as an artsy kind of person. I used cut up pieces of makeup sponges as suggested by CutePolish and I found it didn’t really matter if I messed up much. The outcome was so much better than I expected my first try to be. I’ve tried the look once again but had no makeup sponges, I instead cut up a regular kitchen sponge but that didn’t work nearly as well /:

I would definitely suggest this look to anyone just getting involved in the wonderful world of nail art, especially because it was easy to do but it looks so pretty!

As a ballroom dancer, I love all things that sparkle. Especially when it comes to nails! I didn’t intend for this manicure to turn out this way, but I combined Sally Hansen’s Karat and OPI’s Teenage Dream and loved the result!