Colors: All Hail The Queen (Butter London), Teddy Girl (Butter London), Super Star! (Pure Ice), Turquoise & Caicos (Essie), Nice is Nice (Essie), Borrowed & Blue (Essie), Splash of Grenadine (Essie), Siren (Pure Ice), Black Lingerie (Revlon), Fairy Dust (China Glaze)
Since today is my younger sister’s birthday, I thought I’d feature a cupcake mani. :)
I know it looks like I used a million colors for this, but this design is actually pretty quick and easy to achieve. Start by painting your nail a base color. Then, paint a French tip in any color, and use a striper or any other small/thin brush to paint on cupcake lines in a darker shade. Use a dotting tool (or bobby pin) to create the white frosting, and then use a smaller dotting tool (or toothpick) to create sprinkles and a cherry. I decided to add a layer of Fairy Dust on top to really make the design sparkle (especially in sunlight). Let the design dry for a few minutes (to avoid smearing your nail art), and then add a top coat to seal it in.
This mani is so cute, and really easy to recreate. I hope you’ll give it a go. Just try to avoid licking the “frosting” off your fingernails! ;)
Colors: Cute As A Button (Essie), Turquoise & Caicos (Essie), Borrowed & Blue (Essie), Nice Is Nice (Essie), Tart Deco (Essie), Super Star! (Pure Ice)
I decided to finally try some Konad stamping on my nails for this rainbow zebra print manicure. It’s super cool, but it takes a couple tries to figure out exactly how to get the whole design on your nail. I used plate m57 for the zebra print.
I thought I’d do different colors on my nails to see which pairings I liked most. I think I have to say my thumb, middle, and pinky fingers are my favorites, but the design looks pretty good on all fingers. A bit too much pastel for my liking, though. It looks kind of like Lisa Frank didn’t have her Wheaties one morning! Haha!
What do yall think of this manicure?
Colors: Sun-Sational (Ulta), Eye Popping Poppy (Ulta), Black Lingerie (Revlon), Super Star! (Pure Ice)
It’s a Pikachu mani! I got so many fun comments on the bus today because of my nails. :) You can create the large dots using the end of a make-up brush, and the smaller ones using a dotting tool, toothpick, or bobby pin. Try it out!
Sun-Sational is a bright, sunny shade of yellow, but the formula is awful. From far away, it looks okay, but up close, there are a bunch of tiny bubbles all over every coat. The polish goes on streaky, so not only can I see bubbles on the last coat, but through it, I can see bubbles on the coats beneath! This manicure certainly convinced me I need to invest in another yellow. Anyone have any recs?
Sun-Sational required three coats, but it sure was a battle. I think in the future, I’ll just use this shade for details on nail art instead of for painting over an entire nail.
Colors: Splash of Grenadine (Essie), Pinata-Yada-Yada (Ulta), Fairy Dust (China Glaze)
I always forget how fun it is to layer nail polishes; this technique can completely transform a manicure. Originally, this was going to be a swatch for Splash of Grenadine, but something just rubs me the wrong way with this color. Maybe it just looks strange on my skin tone? I do like that you can’t quite tell if this is a pink or purple. I wore a purple shirt yesterday, and my nails went quite well with it, but now I’m wearing a pink shirt, and the color also matches.
After deciding I didn’t like Splash of Grenadine on my nails, I decided to add a layer of Pinata-Yada-Yada on top to add some color, and on top of that, I added a layer of Fairy Dust. In the photo (and in the bottle), Fairy Dust looks like an ordinary silver glitter, but it’s actually holographic! Just one layer of this stuff goes a long way. In the sun, my nails don’t stop twinkling, and it definitely turns heads (in a good way!). The extreme glitter would also be why there are huge white blobs on my nails. No matter how many photos I took, the flash would always bounce off the glitter!
Unfortunately, this manicure started chipping after just two days (despite my Seche Vite top coat)! I’m not sure if the Essie base color is to blame, or if it’s due to either of the glitters. Separately, I have absolutely no complaints about the two glitter polishes; the formulas are great, and they go on easily. The Essie formula for Splash of Grenadine was a little too streaky for my liking; however, if you’re careful in the way you apply your nail polish, two to three coats should make the color completely opaque.
I used two coats of Splash of Grenadine, one coat of Pinata-Yada-Yada, and one coat of Fairy Dust.
Color: Snow White (Ulta)
I decided to try out this Katy Perry-inspired sprinkles manicure. I bake quite a lot, so I’ve been craving this mani ever since I first saw it on Katy’s fingers! To achieve this look, all I did was paint my nails with two coats of Snow White, sprinkle my fingers with actual sprinkles (I used Wal-Mart brand sprinkles, so it’s not like it matters what sprinkles you use), and then cover the design with two coats of Seche Vite top coat. Seche Vite is the best top coat I’ve ever used, so it’s definitely what I’d recommend for sealing in this design.
I love how it turned out, but it’s definitely only meant to last about one or two days. I just got done washing my hair with this mani, and while the sprinkles did stay attached to my fingers (I’ve decided this is because Seche Vite is intense and awesome—I’ve purposely been rough with my nails to see how they’d hold up, and not a single sprinkle has fallen off!), I guess unless you totally pile on the top coat to seal this in, water will leak in through the cracks and wash out the colors on the sprinkles!
The good thing is this mani is incredibly forgiving of mistakes. You really can’t see much of the Snow White base color through all the sprinkles, but the reason I use a white base color is because the bits of it that peek out around the edges aren’t that noticeable since most rainbow sprinkles include white sprinkles.
I think I’d definitely do this design again for a party or something. Even though the wear is so short, it looks so unique! What do yall think?
Colors: Snow White (Ulta), Blue Streak (Ulta), Eye Popping Poppy (Ulta), and Papaya Punch (China Glaze).
I decided to try out water marbling (youtube it)! After my base coat, I painted my nails white (you can sort of see the white peeking out near the edges of my nails) so that the water marble mani would show up better. I like these groovy colors, and what’s fun about water marbling is sometimes, the colors sort of mix together to create brand new colors/shades!
First time out, water marbling is incredibly time-consuming, but eventually, you figure out what swirl patterns you like, how to quickly create the patterns you like, and exactly where to dip your fingernail. I’m not sure I’ll be doing water marble manicures often, but these are fun and unique, so I might do them when I’ve got a long weekend, or maybe during a holiday or something.
Colors: Aruba Blue (Essie), Bam-blue-zled (Ulta), Sun-Sational (Ulta), Snow White (Ulta), Black Rage (Pure Ice).
“Starry Night” nails! :) I love this magical royal blue from Essie. When the light hits it, you get flashes of blues throughout. Beautiful!
Cool texture tip: I got the neat swirls on my thumb and ring finger by pushing my thumbprint into the middle of the polish when it was almost dry. Probably not how Van Gogh managed it, but I think it ended up looking pretty cool on my nail, lol.
Colors: Lira (Borghese), Chroma (Borghese), Blue Streak (Ulta), Sun-Sational (Ulta), The Jungle Look (Ulta), Ruby Slipper (Ulta), and Black Rage (Pure Ice).
Check out my Hogwarts pride nails. Instead of French tips, I gave myself some lightning bolt tips. I think they turned out pretty cool. :)
Colors: Who Needs A Prince? (OPI) and One Less Lonely Glitter (Nicole).
I’ve included a smaller photo of my nails in the corner so that yall can kinda-sorta see the gradient effect a little better. And yes, One Less Lonely Glitter is from Justin Bieber’s nail polish line, lol. It’s actually really great! It goes on smoothly, and the glitter is cool cuz you get it in big and small pieces. I absolutely recommend it (the OPI shade here is also great, and totally one of my faves).
Colors: Fuchsiamania (Ulta), Snow White (Ulta), and Black Rage (Pure Ice).
Tada! Hello Kitty mani, inspired by this one. :) I’ve included the smaller photo in the corner to show that Kitty really doesn’t look so gross and pixel-y from far away.
Colors: Turquoise & Caicos (Essie), Black Rage (Pure Ice), French White Tip (NYC), Platinum Glitter (Orly).
I have a watch the exact color as this turquoise, and I love the color on my watch, but as a solid color on my nail, it was just a bit much for me. Not sure why! Normally, I love all of Essie’s colors as solid colors on my nails. Anyway, a couple days after I painted my nails solid turquoise, I was inspired by this tutorial, and added the black diagonal stripes and white polka-dots, which definitely helped to tone down the extreme turquoise-ness. Recycled mani ftw!
Colors: Sun-Sational (Ulta), Orange Flame (Ultra Pro), Pink Voltage (China Glaze), Black Shatter (OPI).
The sunset gradient effect is really easy to recreate, and can be done with other colors that would fade nicely into each other. First, I painted all my nails yellow. After the yellow was mostly dried, I took a make-up sponge and sponged on an orange color over 2/3 of my nail. After the orange was mostly dried, I sponged on a pink color over 1/3 of my nail. When sponging, start from the tip of your nail, and work toward the cuticle. While I waited for my nails to completely dry, I used a q-tip to clean up the polish on my skin from all the sponging. Then, I applied OPI’s Black Shatter, followed by Seche Vite’s top coat. Easy, and perfect for summer. :)