Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Eggs

It's Easter and this is my wonderfully, pastel, sparkly manicure!

Right Hand:

Left Hand:

Left Hand:

Right Hand:

I painted two coats of the following colors: China Glaze Something Sweet, Re-Fresh Mint, Lemon Fizz, Spontaneous and Color Club Factory Girl. I used acetone remover to clean up my cuticle edge to make the shape a bit more into an egg and then, in corresponding order, I added the following glitters from LA Splash Cosmetics : Fashionista, Immature, Golden Egg, Viola and for my Color Club nail I used YOFI cosmetic Sparkle Dust in Blue Moon. I painted with a thin brush a moon of white near my cuticles in China Glaze White On White and topped the whole manicure off with one coat of CND Super Shiney.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I don't have any real story behind this manicure except to say it was a way to highlight two new shades in my collection. Zoya Areej and China Glaze White Cap. The layering was very pretty and the nail art was simple enough to let the colors shine!

I painted two coats of Zoya Areej and layered one coat of China Glaze White Cap on top. I painted the flower fans with China Glaze White On White with the top coat being China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.


I was a personal attendant for a long-time friend over the weekend. Her bridal colors were purple and green. I needed a quick manicure as I had so many things on my mind and so little time. So what does that mean? You guessed it, GLITTER! It was blingtastic and the wedding was a blast.

For the purple nails, I painted two coats of Zoya Kieko and added LA Splash Cosmetics nail glitter in Trickery. The green nails were two coats of Zoya Apple and LA Splash Cosmetics nail glitter in Immature. I coated all nails with CND Super Shiney

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Say What?

Ok. I have no idea what to title this manicure. I can't decide if it's snake-like, girlie camo? Who knows. All I know is that I like it.

obligatory sparkle shot:

I painted three coats of Zoya Apple and then added OPI Black Shatter on part of my nail. I defined the edge of the shatter with a stripe of Zoya Areej and finished the manicure with one coat of CND Super Shiney.

Ketchup To The Sparkle

This new color from the Zoya's Summertime Collection immediately reminded me of ketchup. I was not sure I liked it (but I think it was more that I didn't like the manicure). It also chipped the first day it was on my nails, so it promptly went away!

I painted three coats of Zoya Tamsen and added to all nails but my ring finger through sponging first OPI Extra-Va-Vaganza and then added on top and in the center OPI Gift of Gold. On my ring finger I painted one coat of China Glaze Golden Enchantment adding to all nails one coat of CND Super Shiney to seal the deal.

Leather Corsets

I love the result of this manicure. It was inspired by a celebrated third year anniversary with my girlfriends. The traditional gift for three years is leather and I thought this was an excellent way to represent it!

I painted three coats of Zoya Skye and then added the black corset sides and ties with Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure in Midnight in NY. I dotted China Glaze Millennium for the rivets and used one coat of CND Super Shiney to seal the manicure before applying Essie Matte About You (I know it seems contradictory to paint shiny then matte, but I've found that Matte About You causes some bleeding or running in manicures and a top coat protects from that...).

Monday, April 4, 2011

Random Rainbow

Again, it's a Sunday night whirlwind of polish postings. I don't know what has been up with me lately and being lazy in posting. I'm really sorry, but I hope you all are assured that posts will come.... Don't worry, my nails aren't naked!!! This is the last color I have to try in the Zoya Intimate Collection. I actually think it's pretty awesome. Gray is apparently "hot" right now, and I am a victim of the trend. I love it. I got this glitter polish at Ulta from a rewards coupon. I like it. The glitter is different shapes and sizes and comes out so randomly.

I painted three coats of Zoya Dove and added a coat of Ulta Salon Formula polish in Pinata-Yada-Yada. I added gemstones to my ring finger and coated with CND Super Shiney.

Puppet Master

My friend Ryah was at my house while I was getting ready to paint my nails. I love to ask for inspiration on what I should do for designs. She says "I think you should paint them, add glitter and then a stamp." Alright. That is basically adding all of things I might do individually in one manicure. For all it's individual simplicity, it was an epic fail the first TWO times I did it that I couldn't keep them on my nails. But I was determined and I KNEW I could make it work. Eventually I did. Although sparkle makes the Konad a bit difficult and textured, I think it looked good in the end. Thanks Ryah, the challenge was challenging! I wish I had pictures of how this manicure "glowed". The glitter I used really has a glowing, blue hue that was pretty amazing.

I painted two coats of China Glaze Four Leaf Clover and added LA Splash Cosmetic nail glitter in Dry Ice. I then used Konad Special Stamping Polish in black and Konad plate m69 and a top coat of CND Super Shiney.

Orange You Glad It's Spring

Ok, so it really hasn't felt like spring here in MN, but that isn't going to stop me from moving in the warmer direction in my nails. I was kind of bummed that just before this manicure, I had to cut down nearly all my nails on my right hand (my left hand has been growing and keeping nice, decent length nails for a while). So I was kind of playing on my long finger-nailed hand and my short one.

Right Hand

Left Hand

I taped off the top three quarters of my nail and painted three coats of China Glaze Jamaican Out and on added three coats to the rest of my nails in Peachy Keen. I added my stamped design with Konad Special Polish in White with Bundle Monster Plate BM16 and added a coat of CND Super Shiney for my top coat.

First Flowers

In keeping with my spring-themed manicures, I decided to use my flower decals for a manicure. It is always challenging when there is a lot of raised texture on a manicure in terms of wear, but this lasted as long as I wanted it to.....

I painted three coats of Zoya Marley and then hand painted with Gemma some curly-cues (maybe representative of leaves) and added on the flower decals from Art Club Blue Denim Clay Nail Art collection. I used two coats of Seche Vite for the top coat.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

I have been trying to work through my Zoya Intimate Collection and am killing two birds with one stone in this manicure. Originally it was just the two colors Dannii and Jules, but it wasn't enough for me. My solution for everything is ADD MORE GLITTER!!!! Actually, the glitter made the manicure for me. Love the result. I'm adding several pictures in order to show the different depictions of color and glitter.

Dense Glitter Shot:


I painted three coats of both Dannii and Jules and then added LA Splash Cosmetics nail glitter in Golden Egg on Dannii nails and Viola on Jules nails. I finished the look with a coat of CND Super Shiney.

Melting Snow

I am so looking forward to all the snow we have accumulated this year to finally melt. I had to do a manicure that was symbolic of that. I thought this manicure was so fun (and of course, sparkly). White crackle seems to crackle a bit differently, but I loved the final look! P.S. The color is off in these pictures. The crackle is definitely white, not green looking)

I painted one coat of China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, (mostly due to not wanting to risk green staining) and then two coats of Paper Chasing. I added nail glitter from LA Splash Cosmetics in Immature, added a coat of clear polish and then used China Glaze Crackle Glaze in Lightning Bolt. CND Super Shiney was used for the top coat.

Half Moon

This manicure did not last very long. I really was excited for this new color in Zoya's Intimate Collection, Gemma. I have to say, I was kind of disappointed by it. One in terms of wear, and second in terms of color. I wanted it to be a bit more dynamic than it was IRL. Oh well, I am going to save judgement for another wear.

I painted three coats of Zoya Gemma and then added the half moon with Caitlin. I finished the look with one coat of CND Super Shiney.


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