My First Time Applying Acrylics Using Nailene Sculpture Kit


My friend’s finished nails.

Hi, everyone! A couple of weeks ago my friend brought me the Nailene Acrylic Sculpture Kit so that I could do her nails. I was a little hesitant, since I had never applied acrylics before (though I’d watched plenty of YouTube videos on the subject). I asked her to give me some time to practice, and a few days ago we finally went through with it. It was a very long 3-hour (crazy!) process, from choosing which tips fit her nails, to applying the acrylic, to painting the final design, which I’m super happy with. Unfortunately, her nails didn’t last more than a few days, which bummed me out more than it did her, but I think I know the reason why.

Continue reading

Ice Cream Cones Nail Art


Summer’s only a couple of months away, and I know I’ll soon be hearing the jingle of the ice cream trucks. I feel like I’ve been constantly staring at my nails since I did them! I wanted to do a design that would emphasize the more rounded shape of my nails, and when I finally thought of ice cream cones I couldn’t believe it took me so long.

The cone base is Sinful Colors Espionage and I used Essie Case Study for the waffle texture. For the thumb and ring finger, or the vanilla with sprinkles, I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen White On, then layered Milani Sugar High over it. I love the colors in this glitter. It’s also pretty dense so I don’t have to fish around to pick up glitter.

For the mint chocolate chip on the ring finger I used Revlon Jaded. The black is from a two-way nail art pen and brush by Phantom Frights. I found this and a white one on sale recently, and I think they work great. The brush can create really delicate looking lines, and the pen side is handy for dotting, or more intricate designs.

The chocolate on the middle nail is Sinful Colors Nirvana, and the strawberry on the pinky is Kleancolor Pastel Pink.

My favorite flavor is actually coffee with cookie chunks, but I thought the coffee would blend in too much with the cone. What flavor(s) would you choose?

Red French Tip Hearts Nail Art


I love how these turned out! I’ve done heart tips before, but never on a pointed/round nail. It took me a while to file the nails to get the exact shape I wanted, but I’m really happy with them now. As you can see from the photo, I decided to make each nail different. For the index and ring fingers I used red flocking powder, rhinestones for the middle finger, foil on the pinky, and I left the thumb with only the nail polish. The base is Milani Creme Brulee and the hearts are Sparitual Radiant.

On a different note, I started using again an old instagram account I had. I took a photo of these nails, and on there the index nail has glitter instead of flocking powder. I changed it later, because I didn’t like how the glitter looked, but if you want to see that, you can always check it out there!

Daisies & Fuzzy Nails


I noticed I’ve been doing a lot of floral designs lately, but they seem so perfect for Spring. This is my first time using flocking powder and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I just sprinkled it over a wet coat of Sinful Colors Most Sinful, the beautiful deep blue. I patted it down a little, but didn’t add any top coat, because it would ruin the effect. I was a bit skeptical at first about how long it would last, especially with hand washing, etc. But it only had slight wear on the second day, and I wasn’t being careful with it. I also have red flocking powder I’m excited to use as soon as I think of a design.

For the petals on the daisies, I used Art Club Nail Art White, painting them on with the brush it comes with. I then used Hurricane Nail Art Yellow and Sinful Colors Nail Art Time Off for the centers.

Doodle Nail Art


I think these nails are so fun! I used a black Sharpie to outline the designs, then filled them in using Art Club Nail Art White, Hurricane Nail Art Yellow, and Sinful Colors Nail Art Time Off, but if you wanted to, you could probably use other Sharpie colors.

For the base polishes, I used all Revlon: Flirt, Dreamer, Peachy, Zealous, and Sassy.

Spring Flowers Nail Art


I’m so glad Spring is finally here! For this design, I started with Sephora by OPI Dear Diary… a pretty semi-sheer pink. Then, I did the green french tip with Fresh Paint Honeydew and the stripes with Art Club White. For the flowers, I used Kiss Nail Art Soft Pink and Soft Purple, Hurricane Yellow, and Piggy Polish Blue-ming Romance. The leaves are a combination of Kiss Nail Art Bikini Green and Sinful Colors Nail Art Simple But Fun.

Rainbow Gradient Nails


I love how these bright, colorful nails turned out. They remind me of summer, and I can’t wait for it!

Sinful Colors Dream On
Sinful Colors Paradise
Kleancolor Bikini Green
Sinful Colors Neon Melon
Sephora by OPI Hi Def
Sephora by OPI What Aura Gonna Wear?
Sinful Colors Broadway Star
Art Club Nail Art Fine Gold
+ white acrylic paint

St. Patrick’s Day 2014: Clovers and Dry Marble Nail Art


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I wasn’t sure what to do, so I did a variety of designs. For the french tip dry marble, I started with Kleancolor Bikini Green, then marbled with Revlon Jaded and Finger Paints Scenery Greenery. I used those same two polishes for the clovers. The pinky accent glitter nail is Sinful Colors Call You Later on top of one coat of the Kleancolor.

By the way, if anyone wants to follow me on Pinterest, I just opened up an account!

Feather Design Nails


I’ve been wanting to try feather style nails for a while, but haven’t gotten around to buying any fake feathers for it. For this design, I started with Sally Hansen White On as base, then mixed a teal color from several polishes. Once the base had dried, I put globs of the teal color on top of the white, and with a toothpick made the lines. I used Brucci Kathy’s Baby Blues for the dots. I’m really happy with how this turned out.

Red & Green Half Moon Nails

RedGreen Half Moon Nails

Revlon Jaded
Revlon Parfumerie China Flower
Maybelline Color Show Gold’s Night Out

I have to say China Flower is one of my new favorite polishes! I bought it along with Autumn Spice, but I love this red so much more. The scent lasts about 1-2 days, and I think there’s a hint of cinnamon to it. Even without top coat, it’s really shiny.