Cherry Blossom Nails

I love seeing all the flowering trees in the spring! NY has only started seeing cherry blossoms come out because of our crazy long winter this year, so this manicure was inspired by their beauty.

I started by painting my nails with Born Pretty’s BP-GT05 Cerulean Stars glitter thermal polish. I applied 3 coats to try to get more opacity in the color as it is a pretty pale sky blue when cold and more glittery and clear when warm, but it’s still a very sheer shade.

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Metal and Lace Manicure

Here’s a quick tutorial for this rather edgy looking metal and lace manicure.

I started by applying a gunmetal gray polish from Formula X for Sephora called Hypnotize. It is close to opaque in only one coat and dries with a naturally flat metallic chrome finish to look street chic.

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2 coats of Hypnotize from Formula X for Sephora were applied to all my nails.

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Radioactive Frankenstein Manicure

It’s less than a week away from Halloween! Do you know what you’re putting on your nails yet?

I’m probably going to end up changing my manicure again before the big day, but I wanted to do a cute take on Frankenstein first! It’s been awhile since I’ve done some freehand nail art, so it was nice to pull out the brushes for this one.

I started by painting my nails black except for my ring finger, which I painted green. I used What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI for the black color and Radioactive from Formula X for Sephora for the green shade.

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This color combo looks very Wicked!

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Textured Leaf Manicure

Happy Fall! I’m transitioning into the season with a sophisticated yet simple manicure.

I picked a pretty sage green from my collection for an understated look. The leaves haven’t started changing colors yet in NYC, so I didn’t want to rush into the typical color palette for fall yet! My pick was Fearless from Formula X for Sephora. I then applied a generous coat of BK Super Matte Surface Oil to create a flat finish.

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2 coats of Fearless from Formula X for Sephora look even more elegant with a layer of BK Super Matte Surface Oil applied on top.

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Grape Manicure

Hello! Sorry to have been MIA again, but I was depressed about my peeling, brittle, breaking nails. In my haste to remove some of my last few manicures, I’ve been using 100% acetone, which really wreaks havoc on natural nails, so I needed a bit of a break. I ended up repairing a broken nail with some acrylic powder, which accounts for some of the lumpiness in the manicure you’re about to see because I didn’t apply it to the whole nail and apparently didn’t file it down very well, either. Oops. But hence the inspiration for my [sour] grape manicure.

In my head I saw grapes on top of a terracotta tile like the decor you might find at Home Goods, so I opted for a buff neutral color (Alison from Julep) to go with the nails that would have grapes on them. The other nails got painted with one of the accent colors that I planned to use for my grapes: Purple with a Purpose from OPI.

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I love the shimmer in the purple polish from OPI, and the buff/peach colored nails have what Julep calls a “soft focus finish.”

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Fleur de Lis Medieval Renaissance Nails

Hello, and happy June! I’ve been busy with performances again, so I’m trying to catch up on manicures and reviews now.

Last week was my guy’s birthday, and he bought himself some new gear to go with his ever expanding Renaissance Faire wardrobe! It got me thinking of medieval prints for this week, so I came up with this antique looking fleur de lis manicure.

To start, I painted all my nails black. What’s a Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI is my go to black polish, although I’m going to have to switch it up pretty soon because the bottle is getting close to empty after all these years!

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The fleur de lis design was taken from a plate from Bundle Monster’s Time Machine series.

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The Time Machine BM-XL131 plate from Bundle Monster screams medieval times.

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Glittery Pressed Flower Nail Art

Today’s manicure features dried flowers, something I’ve never worked with but always wanted to try. I used an assortment from Born Pretty Store that contained a few different types of flowers, so let’s get started!

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Just a few of the pretty blooms in this set from Born Pretty Store. If you have allergies, you might want to stay away because they’re real and full of pollen!

For this design, I focused on using the bright yellow flower on top along with black nail polish. Before painting my nails, I had to prep my flower pieces. I carefully plucked out individual petals and trimmed the ends and did the same with portions of the leaves underneath. I also cut away small fragments of the center part to leave myself options for creating the design.

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The individual petals look like feathers.

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Happy New Year! 2018 Nail Art

Happy New Year, everyone!

Today called for something festive and happy. I like to keep it a little classy as well, so I instantly thought to have a dark base color with some sort of glitter on top. After digging through my polishes, I selected a few choice bottles to produce this manicure.

I started by painting two coats of black polish on all my nails.

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This mini bottle of fun is the color Slayer from KVD vs Formula X, part of Formula X’s collaboration with Kat von D.

My selection for the glitter element was this stunning topper from Pretty & Polished called I Busted My Glass. It looks like confetti but with a holographic twist. It twinkles in the light, and it’s extra beautiful on this black base. I would have been plenty satisfied to call it a day here for the easiest nail art ever!

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I Busted My Glass from Pretty & Polished.

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Fun Halloween Themed Nails

Happy November! This post is coming a little late because I’ve been swamped with trying to get a lot of pictures edited and ready for the blog (not to mention work!), but I think you guys will still enjoy seeing my journey for this manicure!

I did my nails the night before Halloween, and while I didn’t have any spectacular plans to go out, I did want to be festive. I went with a various selection of stamped images on top of a dark background.

To start, I prepared my nails with Born Pretty Liquid Peel Off Tape and then painted my nails with Legend from Formula X for Sephora.

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I kind of wish I hadn’t painted the peel off tape first because this shade is gorgeous and deserved its own swatch photo!

Next I took a small piece of a makeup sponge and applied Jetsetter from Formula X and blended it with Legend to create a vampy gradient.

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Because each shade has shimmery particles in it, the textures blend extra well together.

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Eclipse Inspired Floral Nail Art

I know I’m late for the eclipse related stuff, but then again, this manicure isn’t really depicting the eclipse. NYC only had 70% coverage, so I had to settle for NASA’s video footage of totality to see how truly spectacular a solar eclipse can be. Can’t wait for the next one that’s coming here only seven years from now!

Back to the nail art first. I settled on using a creme black and pearl white color combo to channel those corona vibes.

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I painted my index and pinky fingers with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #54 while the other fingers were painted with Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora.

Stamping was done with Born Pretty’s BP-46 plate. I picked a floral pattern that, in abstraction, could resemble rays of light beaming out from a moon in the center. I sound like such a dreamer, eh?

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The pattern at the top of the BP-46 plate from Born Pretty Store was my shortcut to getting floral nails done in a flash.

I again used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #54 to transfer the pattern to the nails that were painted black. For the white nails, I applied a chunky glitter top coat from Formula X for Sephora called Meteoric. This top coat contains various sizes of black and white hexagonal glitters as well as holographic flecks and makes for an interesting contrasting “space” texture.

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And that’s literally all it takes to get these nails! Short and sweet, just like the eclipse itself.

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Hope you got to see the magic happen as well! If not, check out some of the videos online of the big moment!

Happy polishing!