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I have a little treat for you today, several manicures.. mostly nail art I’ve done over the past month or so that I’ve been meaning to share. Hopefully I’ll be able to upload some higher quality pictures another time, but for now cell phone pictures will have to do!


China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle layered over China Glaze Swing Baby


What I call a “preppy” manicure, it made me feel very tennis-club-in-the-Hamptons. Used Essie Cute As A Button, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Essie Tart Deco and (unfortunately) an unknown Essie (the bright pink).


!!Toes alert!! Essie Mint Candy Apple bows outlined in Art Club black nail art polish, layered over Essie Cute As A Button!


I can’t find the nail art inspiration picture I interpreted for this manicure–but I used Justin Bieber for NOPI I’m A Belieber with white and black Art Club nail art polishes for the design.


I am so utterly obsessed with jelly polishes, and this color especially: OPI Big Hair, Big Nails from the Texas 2011 collection!


I can’t tell you how ecstatic I was when I found OPI Sparkle-icious at a salon nearby. I didn’t jump on them when they first came out because I was poorly, and I couldn’t pass it up again!


Nail art with Zoya Dove and some Art Club studs! Loved this one, so chic, so… Rihanna.


I recently bought wall shelves from Target to organize my polish collection. This is a shot of all my polishes as of May 23, not including my MAC polishes (which are stored on a MAC polish display next to my make-up).

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Yay, I had a lot of fun doing this manicure! I was inspired by a picture of someone’s manicure that I found on tumblr. The “roses” are very easy to make, just lots of semi-circles in varying tints and shades of a couple colors. I chose to do roses only on my ring and thumb nails for this manicure, while the rest just had the striped pattern.

Before I post the pictures, an apology for the state of my nails in these photos. My nails (and hands) take a lot of abuse from me right now, as I am giving 2-3 facials a day, and constantly washing my hands to keep sanitary. I get thirsty just looking at my poor dehydrated skin!

USED:
Color Club High Society
Color Club Who Are You Wearing?
Color Club Ms. Socialite
Color Club She’s Sooo Glam
OPI Who the Shrek Are You?
Seche Vite Top Coat

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From China Glaze’s holiday collection, ‘Tis the Season To Be Naughty & Nice, is Party Hearty, a multi-colored glitter topcoat for the Christmas season. The polish is clear based with small silver and gold glitter, medium green glitter, and big red glitter. You can do several coats of this polish on its own over bare nails, or layered over other polishes. Here are some layering ideas for you!


China Glaze Party Hearty over OPI Who the Shrek Are You?


China Glaze Party Hearty over China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses


China Glaze Party Hearty over MAC Nocturnelle


China Glaze Party Hearty over China Glaze Mrs. Claus


China Glaze Party Hearty over Confetti White Wedding

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Oh. My. Goodness. Hot on the heels of Serena Williams’ announcement on The Oprah Show that she will be collaborating with OPI to make a new ‘Grand Slams’ polish collection, Nicole by OPI has announced its new collection, One Less Lonely Girl, is inspired by Justin Bieber.

*ETA* OPI has also announced that it will be teaming with Katy Perry… and a crackle polish is included in the collection!!

These first six polishes are scheduled for release in December 2010 at Wal Mart, with a subsequent launch in January 2011 at Wal Mart and in February 2011 at select Target, Sears, Ulta and other retail locations.


One Less Lonely Glitter


Prized Possession Purple


Give Me The First Dance


Me + Blue


OMB!


Step 2 the Beat of my Heart

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Totally. obsessed.

I follow WAH Nails of London on Tumblr (and Twitter), and I absolutely love getting inspiration from the pictures they post. Even though I am decent with freehand design, I usually feel that their designs are too advanced for me, or I don’t have the right colors or tools to complete similar looks (ie, Minx, gel nails, etc.). But I realized today that I had collected 3 snapshots of aztec manicures for inspiration, and knew I could do my own.

First, the inspiration pictures:


Now, the tools I used:

Revlon eyeliner brush (used with acetone for clean-up)
Thin paintbrush from craft store (used to paint designs)
White Nail Art Striper
Black Nail Art Striper
CoverGirl Boundless Color Fuchsia Girl 525 (I’m not sure if this bottle is really old or if the formula was bad, but I don’t recommend this polish.)
OPI Paint My Moji-Toes Red
China Glaze Lemon Fizz
MAC Peppermint Patti
Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Top & Base Coat

I started off with this base:


(L->R: OPI Paint My Moji-Toes Red, CG Fuchsia Girl, China Glaze Lemon Fizz)

And then added designs freehand!

I am so, so, so happy with the design, but I have one small dilemma.. my right hand has ZERO polish on it right now. I’m not sure if my hand is steady enough to attempt ambidexterity. I’ll figure that out tomorrow.. :P Hope you enjoyed!

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I had an interview with a school a couple weeks ago and I wanted to do a light/summery manicure and use a polish I haven’t used in a while. I chose MAC’s Silkwig. It was discontinued while I was working for them, so you can’t pick it up any more, but it’s a very dupeable color. It’s a a pale peachy-pink sheer polish with a creamy formula. Even though this bottle is years old, it still applies like a dream and withstood chipping for several days (I’m pretty abusive to my fingernails so this is quite a long time for me).I think this is three coats–I wanted it to lighten my nails, but I wasn’t so worried about the visible nail line, so 3 coats was opaque enough for me! The “flower” design on my thumb was made very easily with a dotting tool I picked up from transdesign.

Base: Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat
Layer 1: MAC Silkwig
Layer 2: OPI Cha-Ching Cherry & China Glaze Lemon Fizz (flower)
Top: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

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