Sunday, September 30, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 28 Inspired by a Flag

I went with the American flag for this inspiration.  I figured this would be fun practice for next years Fourth of July nails.

I used Pure Ice French Kiss, Orly Dayglow, OPI Pirouette My Whistle and LA Colors Art Deco Red Glitter


Saturday, September 29, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 27 Inspired by Artwork

This one was hard for me, I am a huge art lover and it was really hard for me to pick which way to go.  I decided to use Jackson Pollock's paintings as my inspiration.  It may not be very original, mainly because I do so many splatter mani's anyways, but I love his painting and it is probably one of the reason why I like splatter nails so much.  If you want to know how to do these see my tutorial here

I used Wet N Wild Ebony Hates Chris, Essie Mojito Madness, OPI Do You Lilac It?, and China Glaze Electric Beat.


Friday, September 28, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 26 Inspired by a Pattern

Getting close to the end of this challenge now!  I was inspired by a shirt that I have a had for a little while.  I did smear one of my fingers a little bit so I apoligize for that. 

I used Color Club Naughtycal Navy, Sally Hansen Xreme Wear Lacey Lilac, Essie Tart Deco, Sinful Colors Ruby, Ruby, China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, and China Glaze Skyscraper


Thursday, September 27, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 25 Inspired by Fashion

I was actually inspired by the nails at the Lucian Matis Spring 2012 fashion show.  They did these watercolor nails and I this is where I found the tutorial and pics for this on BeautyGeeks it is pretty easy to do and the video is a great tutorial for them.

I used Revlon Top Speed Cloud for my base and the "watercolors" are Finger Paints Scarlet's Paint, China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, and Ulta Blue Streak.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 24 Inspired by a Book

Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days!  Work has been taking over a little and I have been getting a tiny bit "stuck" with my mani's for this challenge.  This was inspired by Harry Potter, I know it is probably overdone blah, blah, blah.  But honestly the Harry Potter series is one of my favorite and I saw a tutorial on Nailside for this lightening bolt and it screamed to be used as a HP mani design. 

I used Finger Paints Magnetic Hipnotic and Orly Luxe

Monday, September 24, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 23 Inspired by a Movie

My inspiration for this challenge was The Hunger Games, more specifically Effie Trinket's nails.  If you google or get on youtube and search Effie Trinket nails I am sure quite a few tutorials will pop up for this one.  I have actually done a mani very similar to this way before the movie came out but I used a different gold for the gradient.   For this one I used China Glaze Strawberry Fields (probably the most gorgeous pink nail polish in the world) and China Glaze Blonde Bombshell. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 22 Inspired by a Song

I used Prince's Purple Rain as my inspiration for this mani.  I really love how this one turned out and I have been wearing it for 5 days!  That is a record for me haha.

I used Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier and Orly Oui. I sponged Orly Oui with a eyeshadow sponge applicator to get the gradient effect.


Friday, September 21, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 21 Inspired By A Color

This challenge day is supossed to be inspired by a color.  I went with blue, mainly because it is my favorite color especially when it comes to nail polish.  I used China Glaze Bahamian Escape (my new favorite blue), Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue and Sinful Colors Why Not.  For the little hearts I drew the hearts on a ziploc bag let them dry over night then took them off with tweezer applied a little top coat to my nail then placed the heart on followed by another coat of topcoat.  I will probably do a tutorial for the ziploc bag trick someday, it was my first time trying it and I think I will need to get the hang of it a bit more before I do one on it.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tagged: Liebster Award

I was tagged by Ida Rose over at for a Liebster Award.  It's more like a tag or chain letter.  Bloggers tag blogs with less than 200 followers and tag them to tell 11 random facts about themselves and ask them to answer 11 questions that they came up with. In return the blogger that was tagged is supossed to tag other bloggers and come up with 11 random questions for them. 

Questions from Ida Rose:

1) Do you have a favorite perfume or scent and if so, what is it?  I have a few but my go to for years has been the original Candies for Women perfume

2) What is the last polish that you bought?  China Glaze Deviantly Daring and Bahamian Escape

3) What is your favorite nail polish finish?  This is impossible for me to answer haha.  I like them all but frosts

4) How often do you change your nail polish?  3-4 times a week, however recently it has been everyday with this 31 Day Challenge I am doing.

5) What is an easy to find lemming that you haven't fulfilled?  Nails Inc. Bakers Street

6) What is your favorite commercial nail polish brand?  It's a tie between China Glaze and Orly

7) What color do you find yourself buying the most?  Blues, I cannot get enough of them!

8) Do you have anyone in real life that shares your polish obsession?  No but my co-workers love my fun nails

9) In what number range is your polish collection?  Well last time I counted I was at 200 exactly but I have bought some since then, I try to keep it as low as I can but that is starting to become difficult

10) What is a future polish release that you are excited about?  China Glaze Halloween

11) Do you collect anything else besides nail polish?  Makeup, I have way too many eyeshadows, liners, and lipsticks

Eleven Random Fact About Myself:

1) I love to read, I have read all the Harry Potter books (more than once), Stephen King's Dark Tower series is really good too.  Just a couple of my faves but I have read countless books over the years

2) I am scared of heights

3) "Scary" movies don't scare me at all, you know those overly gorry, just plain gross slasher movies like all the Saw movies.  I just think they are silly...

4)  I never go without toe nail polish, even in the winter time, I may wait a little while to change it in the winter but I always have some polish on my toes :)

5) I have a sick obsession with the Real Housewives of Orange County and New Jersey, I rarely watch television but if I do it is one of these shows usually

6)  One of my all time favorite foods is hummus, I can seriously live off the stuff

7)  I hate tomatoes

8)  My hair has been every color but black, I have even had blue and pink hair back before it was "in"

9)  I love art, all genres and mediums, I love to learn the history and meanings behind pieces of art

10)  I will pretty much listen to any kind of music except for country, it just does not appeal to me at all

People I Am Tagging:

Sunny at

The Polished Mommy at

My Questions:

1) What is your favorite nail polish color?
2) At what age did you get interested in nail polish?
3) Do you collect other beauty products besides nail polish?
4) What is your all time favorite nail polish brand?
5) How many polish do you own?
6) Do you enjoy doing nail art?
7) Has your boyfriend/husband/significant other let you polish their nails?
8) How often do you paint your nails?
9) If you were allowed to only keep one nail polish from your stash which one would it be?
10) Do you like glitter nail polish?
11) What is your favorite drug store brand?

Hope you enjoyed this fun random tag!

31 Day Challenge, Day 20 Water Marble

Ok so I am not an expert at all when it comes to water marbles, I have honestly done 3, including this one, so I apologize if this is not the best water marble you guys have ever seen.  I was inspired my The Polished Mommy she has done some really cool stuff with the China Glaze New Bohemian Collection and one of them was a water marble.  Definitely go check hers out because it is amazing!

I used Wet N Wild Ebony Hates Chris as a base, then I water marbled with China Glaze Unpredictable & Deviantly Daring, and OPI Just Spotted the Lizard.

Also this many looked so bumpy but it felt smooth to the touch, I think my topcoat made it bubble like crazy...

and an underwater one

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 19 Galaxies

I love Galaxy mani's they are really so easy and look so dimensional and cool!  If you want to check out my tutorial for a galaxy mani go here.

I used a base of China Glaze Stone Cold (sort of in love with this one right now a perfect one coater) Sinful Colors Bikini, Sinful Colors Rise and Shine, OPI Did It On Em', Sinful Colors Cinderella and LA Colors Color Craze Sparkling Diamonds.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 18 Half Moons

I haven't done a half moon mani in forever, so I am a little rusty at it.   Also this cloudy overcast weather is killing me, it is so hard to get good pics with no sunlight!  I used the little french manicure guides for this one and I am not sure if it was the guides or something I did but they didn't turn out as curved as I would have like them to be.

I used China Glaze Stone Cold and Wet N Wild Disturbia


Monday, September 17, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 17 Glitter

I have been waiting on this one!  I picked up a polish at Sally's last weekend and I have been dying to try it out since then.  It's Nina Ultra Pro Holographic Topcoat, it is super gorgeous and is almost an exact dupe to Butter London Tart With A Heart.  I layered 2 coat of Holographic Topcoat over After Party.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 16 Tribal

I love tribal designs on nails, but boy do I struggle with them.  It seems I always have something pictured in my mind about how it will turn out but I just cannot seem to translate that onto my nails haha.  I almost went with silver instead of black for the design, but changed my mind at the last minute.  I like working with lighter colors for free-hand nail art designs they are more forgiving than say black and I feel like they give a different look. Kinda wishing I had done silver as I continue to write this post but I guess that will be another mani :)

I used China Glaze Bahamian Escape and an Amuse nail art pen in black


Saturday, September 15, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 15 Delicate

Hmm this one was one that I wracked my brain to come up with.  I don't do a lot of stamping and I don't have any "delicate" looking stamping plates so I had to free hand something.  I went with feathers, I really, really like this though.  The feathers were much easier to do than I thought they were going to be. 

I used Color Club Get A Clue and an Amuse white nail art pen


Friday, September 14, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 14 Flowers

Day 14 already!  I went with something not so girly, I think, for this one.  I really like the black with the flowers it makes it not so springy looking haha.  For the flowers I did a dot of the red then a dot of the white and swirled them together with a pin.

I used Wet N Wild Ebony Hates Chris, LA Colors Art Deco nail striper Red, NYC French White Tip, and Orly Lucky Duck

Also so sorry about how awful my bottle of Lucky Duck looks my daughter has gotten a hold of it a few times.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 13 Animal Print

This one drove me nuts!  I had to redo the leopard print twice and I still don't really like how it turned out.  I really like how the other nails look though!  Also sorry for the lack of pics, there is some yucky weather going on at the moment so I don't have any sunlight to work with.

I used Sinful Colors Bikini, OPI Pirouette My Whistle, NYC French White Tip and an Amuse black nail art pen.

Seriously Bikini may be one of the prettiest pink polish ever and Piroutte looks so good combined with it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 12 Stripes

I had done something else for this one but it turned out really awful and by the time I could take pics I had ruined the mani.  I went with something simple because honestly I could not come up with something interesting for this one!  I like the finished result though.

I used Revlon Top Speed Violet (love so hard), LA Colors Art Deco nail stripers in Bright Orange and Baby Pink


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Hey guys, I was going to let everyone know about a new blog that I am contributing to.  It is the MakeupAlley Nail Boarders Blog Nail Boarders Unite!  There are a bunch of people from the board contributing so go check them out! 

31 Day Challenge, Day 11 Polka Dots

I love dotted mani's but it took me forever to decide what to do for this one.  I went with a red and white combo, even though I have done this one before I have wanted to re-create it for a while and I used different polish as well.  I call this my Minnie Mouse nails!

I used Sinful Colors Ruby, Ruby, China Glaze Ring In the Red, and Orly Dayglow


Monday, September 10, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 10 Gradient

Now here is a part of this challenge that's right up my alley.  I love a gradient nail, as you can tell if you visit my blog.   This one is similar to one I have done before but I used different polish to achieve it.  Honestly this one looks like cotton candy on my nails, it makes me wish the state fair was here already.

I used China Glaze Dance Baby, OPI No Room For the Blues and Revlon Whimsical.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 9 Rainbow

At first I figured I would just do skittles for this one but I decided to try something different.  I have seen this mani on either Pinterest or Beautylish and loved it so I figured it would be perfect for this challenge.  This is what is nice about doing this challenge to, it has made me try new things!

I used LA Colors Color Craze Live, Zoya Maura, China Glaze Papaya Punch, Finger Paints Lemon Sour, Color Club Twiggie, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue.

Sorry for the reflection of the flash in this one, metallics are so hard to photograph with flash or in direct sunlight

Saturday, September 8, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 8 Metallic

A break from all the color, glitter and nail art!  I went with Orly Rage for day eight of this challenge.  This color is a pale rose gold or one may consider it a pale copper.  I like it because it is a neutral with a kick, something not so "loud", but still pretty.


Friday, September 7, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 7 Black and White

For some reason this one was a hard one for me.  I tried like two other mani's and messed both of them up before finally going with this one. 

I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac and Lush Lacquer Salt N Peppa

Thursday, September 6, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 6 Violet

I knew exactly what color the I was going to use for this day the second I read the themes for this challenge, Wet N Wild Buffy the Violet Slayer. This polish is one of the prettiest polish I have ever come across, it just glows on your nails. Also the name gets me I was/am a huge Buffy fan. Again this one like my blue one was super hard to get color accurate it appears very blue toned in these pics and I tried adjusting the color as much as I could but nothing was getting this one right.

I used Buffy the Violet Slayer and 2 coats of OPI I Juggle...Men

the bottle color on this last one is probably the closest to what it looks like in real life