Tropical Spring Break Nails

Everyone was going away for spring break recently, which was the inspiration for this manicure. I have one student who adores flamingos and had a “flamingo experience” where she got to interact with them in person while she was in Florida, which sounded amazing! These nails are dedicated to her.

I chose a rosy salmon pink as the base color for this design. This was achieved with 3 thin layers of Belen gel polish in color NU016. Each coat was cured for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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Easter Bunny Manicure

I know I’m posting this tutorial a little late, but at least it will be a reference for future Easters to come! After seeing the Easter bunny around town a few times, I decided to make some Easter bunny nails that didn’t look as creepy as the ones that I saw! Seriously, some of those bunnies are terrifying!

To start, I painted 3 coats of LV010 from Ünt. This company is best known for their legendary peel off base coat, a product that I use in combination with a lot of my gel manicures to make them easy to remove seeing as I change my polish quite often, but they also have a full range of colors and cosmetics. This beautiful light pink polish dried with a vinyl finish, but it also took forever to set and was streaky for the first 2 coats. If you have a lot of free time to do nothing, this is a good polish, but it definitely does not dry in a New York minute. It was disappointing considering how well loved their Ready for Takeoff base coat is.

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This beautiful swatch of LV010 from Unt needed a lot of time to dry, and it still wasn’t fully set when I started doing the rest of the nail art. Oops.

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Tropical Flamingo Nails

Schools have their winter recess now, so there are quite a lot of folks who hit the road (or skies) for warmer destinations. Unfortunately I am not one of those people, and I can only live vicariously through my nail art, so I created a tropical scene for this design.

I started by painting all my nails with Coconut Milk, a beautiful creamy white polish from Dimension Nails. It’s totally opaque in 2 coats and has the best painting consistency out of a lot of polishes that I have tried.

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Unicorn Nail Art

Happy March, everyone! I’ve been meaning to do some unicorn nail art for awhile just for fun, so let’s get on with this magical manicure!

My base color was an indigo wonder from Beauty Bigbang, 009 in their Holo Polish series.

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Beauty Bigbang Holo Polish 009 is full of magical rainbows that are perfect for a unicorn theme!

I’ve been feeling lazy about doing freehand stuff lately, so I opted to use plate L045 from Harunouta to assist me with this manicure.

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I chose to use the unicorn from the top row, 2nd image from the left, and the shooting star 2 images to the right of that for this manicure.

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Party Nails with Popple by Pretty & Polished

Sorry for my absence online again!  Anyone who has been following me on Instagram knows that I’ve been doing my nails, but I haven’t put up any tutorials for the last few yet.  It has been a busy 2 weeks for me, so I figured I’d start out by posting this pretty swatch of Popple from Pretty & Polished.

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Popple is a party in a bottle!

I literally spent 5 minutes on this manicure, which was done in a hurry before I left for work so that my nails wouldn’t be bare on my birthday!

I applied 3 coats to get the look here.  Because the glitters in the polish are suspended in a crelly (creme/jelly) base, the color is fairly sheer when you apply it.  It’s such a lovely color, and the brightly colored blue, pink, and yellow glitters really pop over the neutral base.  Makes me wonder how they came up with the name for this color…

For one step nail art, nothing else is better!  I really can’t get enough of this company’s polishes.  This particular one reminds me of confetti, and it’s the perfect polish for a fun celebration.

I bought a 15 mL bottle, which cost $8.50, but they also sell a mini size 6 mL bottle for $4.50 if you don’t like commitments.  The link for Popples on the Pretty & Polished website is shown below.  Happy polishing!

http://shopprettyandpolished.com/collections/all-polish/products/popples

Funky Paisley Nails

Like the look of mandalas but don’t feel like spending all that time coloring in all the details?  Try stamping over a gradient base when all else fails!

For the pattern, I used plate BP-35 from Born Pretty Store.

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BP-35 has quite a few random patterns on it, but the paisley quadrant on the lower right hand side is what I used for this manicure.

I felt like using a funky color combo for this, so I opted for black stamping over a gray and chartreuse gradient.

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From left to right: Frankly, I Don’t Give A-dam by Sephora by OPI, S’more Fun by China Glaze, and Konad Special Nail Polish in Black.

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I started by painting all my nails gray.

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On a silicone mat (a plastic bag will also suffice), I applied a generous line of gray and chartreuse polishes side by side as shown.

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Using a sponge, I layered on the polish from the mixture shown above this photo to form a gradient.

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I stamped the paisley pattern so that different portions of the image were on each nail.

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After adding some topcoat, the manicure is done!

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Pictured near some grass on 4/20.

The whole manicure took hardly any time to do, all things considered, so having the gradient underneath the stamping is a great way to jazz things up.

Happy polishing!