Monthly Archives: October 2013

Simple Halloween manicure

I’ve seen a lot of amazing Halloween-themed manicures out there and I obviously wanted to join in. I had lots of ideas, most of which were super busy and involved a million colors/ sparkles/ stamps/ etc. Not much actually worked out in reality… wah waaah (sad trombone sound).

I did, however, do a really fun simple manicure with water marbling and dotting.


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Metallic ombre manicure

My beautiful Marc Jacobs Sally manicure began to chip a little around the tips, but I really didn’t want to get rid of the color altogether. So I figured I’d sponge on more metallic hues around the tips with an ombre/ gradient.



Obviously the base color is Marc Jacobs Sally, and I used Pixi Classy Cocoa (a really pretty chocolate shimmer) and Orly Luxe (a bright glittery gold) to complete the look.

Anyways, I love this technique and it helps extend a manicure!

Marc Jacobs Sally swatch

Sephora now sells Marc Jacobs nail polish! They have a great collection of colors, from light neutrals to dark fall-appropriate colors to brights. And it comes in a cute bottle too. I bought two colors, Sally and Evelyn. Sally is a gorgeous dark green with subtle green shimmer. Evelyn is a creme grey, more along the lines of a darker concrete. I have Sally on right now – very easy to apply. One coat was sufficient but 2 coats made it pop like crazy.





I haven’t tried Evelyn yet, but I’m excited for that one as well.

Julep Maven Madness

I love Julep and when I saw all the advertisements on Facebook for their Maven program, I was hooked. For those of you who don’t know about it yet, it’s the best thing ever! You sign up, take a little quiz about your style, get assigned to a “Maven style,” and get a free box of goodies. Then there are monthly boxes based on your style profile (but you can change it at will if you want) that are $20 with 2 nail polishes and some add-ons.

My Maven style is Bombshell, but I always love the stuff for Boho Glam and It Girl as well. My October box was amazing – it had 3 nail polishes (the 2 that came with my style and one add-on), an eyeliner, and some yummy candy corn.

I haven’t had a chance to do full manicures of any of the colors yet, but I did a quick swatch before my current manicure.


Emphasis on the quick swatch (aka that middle finger was super messy). My index finger is Valerie, which Julep describes as turquoise with gold shimmer, but it really looks more forest green in person. The gold sparkle is really nice though! My middle finger is Ciara, which I LOVE (despite the messiness of the above swatch). It comes out as a purpleish jelly with blue-green and purple sparkles. Very pretty. And last but not least, Cleopatra is on my ring finger. It’s a black matte/suede finish. I like it, but I’m not sure how often I’ll actually wear it. Maybe with some stamping on it or something like that.

Love Julep!

My Liebster nominations

Here are my nominations for the Liebster award:

1. – Anyone who loves monkeys and nails is good by me!

2. – Great nail polish swatches and some fun art as well.

3. – Fun nail art!

4. – It’s like nail porn. And there’s a Mean Girls themed post (On Wednesdays, we wear pink!) every week!

5. – Just starting to enjoy this blog… loving her nail art with animals.

6. – So impressed with all the nail art. So impressed.

7. – Another amazing nail art blog.

8. – Just starting to explore this site. Good tutorials, art, swatches… everything you could want!

9. – So much glitter… love the sparkles!

10. – Pretty colors, some stamping… love it!

An award? Me? Oh, you shouldn’t have ;-)

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Thank you so much! I’m really honored since I’m super new to blogging and haven’t done much, but I’ve really enjoyed it so far! And I love Cat’s thoughtful comments to my posts, so even more happy about this nomination.


The Liebster award is intended to give some exposure to small blogs with less than 200 followers. The rules are as follows:

1] Link back to the blogger who nominated you
2] Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3] Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4] Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
5] Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.

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Love stamping!


I got a new set of stamping plates recently and am in LOVE! Bundle Monster’s Create Your Own plates are amazing. The designs are unique and vary from simple patterns to themed (there’s a nintendo controller, owl, blood spatter, Valentine’s Day, etc).

The above manicure has Essie Mink Muffs as the base color and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Blue-Away as the stamping color. I used my Bundle Monster plate, BM-407 for the stamp.

I also finally received a few Konad plates in the mail. I just have to say – if you want Konad plates, order them from Amazon if they’re available! I ordered straight from the Konad website and it took FOREVER for them to arrive. It was almost 3 weeks before I received my order. They must ship from the North Pole or something. Even so, I’m excited to try the new plates. The stamps seem a bit thinner than my Bundle Monster or Gals, so we’ll see if it fits on my nails. More later!

Water marbled nails

I love the look of a well-done water marble manicure. Unfortunately, I have had such difficulty executing it. All the tutorials I watched/read made it look so simple, but it took me many (more than I’d like to admit) attempts to even get one successful nail.

Many small details go into making this manicure work. The temperature of the water has to be just right (room temperature or just slightly cooler is best), the polish has to be just right (I really only had success when I used the same brand polish for all my colors), and the height from which you drip the polish has to be just right (just a few cms above the water). I feel like Goldilocks trying to make this work. My biggest problem is getting my polishes to spread in the water no matter the temperature/ brand polish/ etc I use.


Despite all the above, I finally got a few nails that worked! I used OPI Koala Berry (pink) and OPI Eurso Euro (blue) for this combo.

Anyways, if you have any suggestions to make this manicure less high-maintenance, please leave comments below! I’ll keep trying!

Half moon manicure

My 80s themed neon manicure – not so work appropriate for a doctor. I changed it up this evening using the half moon technique I’ve been seeing everywhere. Definitely still an amateur at this, but my left hand turned out great. Can’t say the same for my right!


I started out with a base color of Zoya Carey, which is a great light grey neutral even on its own. Above is just one coat which is sufficient.


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80s night manicure

Like a good child of the 80s, I relish the opportunity to celebrate my favorite tacky decade. A local bar had three 80s cover bands playing, so of course I had to go in head-to-toe 80s regalia. Perfect time to try out my new neon glitter polish I purchased from Etsy!


The polishes I used: Sephora by OPI A-Ha! Moment, then 2 coats of Lush Lacquer’s Glowsticks (fantastic glitter polish purchased on Etsy), then Orly Glowstick (neon yellow).

I love Lush Lacquer! I bought 3 of their glitter polishes in miniature size and can’t wait to try the rest out.