Little Red Riding Hood Nails

If you’re a fan of the musical Into the Woods, you’ll recognize the scene on my nails from the Little Red Riding Hood feature where the wolf and Red sing “Hello Little Girl.” Even though this manicure is stamped, it was probably one of the most labor intensive stamping designs that I’ve ever done and uses several different techniques to bring the images to life.

I started with a rich shimmery forest green polish from Julep called Giselle. You only need to apply 2 coats of polish to achieve the same color that you see in the bottle, and it’s beautiful all on its own.

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Phases of the Moon Manicure

Social media was buzzing with pictures of the blood wolf moon from a few days ago, so naturally it inspired me to do some nail art! Instead of doing a true eclipse sequence, I did phases of the moon.

I started by painting my nails with Celestial from Maniology. In the bottle, you can see lots of holographic glitter, but it didn’t show up nearly as well when painted on my nails.

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2 coats of Celestial from Maniology were painted on my nails. Unfortunately the glitter doesn’t shine through such an opaque formula very well. I’ll have to see if it fares better when used as a stamping polish.

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Winter Landscape Nails

I mentioned the other day that my work with New Camerata Opera was hugely inspiring and that it spurned the creation of some glam punk sheep nail art. I didn’t want to leave the 2nd production of the double bill out, so for closing night, I did nails that were loosely based on the opera Savitri by Gustav Holst.

I used the trees from the projection and the color palette of the costumes as the inspiration for some winter landscape snowy trees nail art.

I started by painting my nails a pale shade of blue. This polish from Julep is called Joanna and is a cross between periwinkle blue, lavender, and gray with the prettiest shimmer in the formula.

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2 coats of Joanna look like sheer heaven.

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Review of Born Pretty No Smudge Top Coat

Have you ever finished a manicure only to find that your top coat smudged all your hard work by making the colors bleed into each other? I’ve had this happen a number of times, and it’s extremely frustrating when it happens! Enter the world of no smudge top coats.

This top coat is from Born Pretty and comes packaged in the brand’s elegant cream and gold box, instantly making the item feel luxurious.

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The ingredients list is the same for every bottle of polish from Born Pretty, so I’m not sure what makes this top coat work so effectively.

The bottle contains 6 mL of crystal clear top coat and features an easy to handle brush. 6 mL isn’t a huge amount, which is a shame because you’ll want to use this top coat for all of your nail art!

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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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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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