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Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Newly Impassioned Soul in a Girly Wallpaper design: January NCC #3

Hello sweeties!! Today I have two things to share with you – another gorgeous Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer polish, and my third wallpaper look for January’s Nail Challenge Collaborative. Julie from BEGL sent me this beautiful pink polish from her My Indecisive Valentine collection for review, and it’s called Newly Impassioned Soul. I put this baby on and immediately thought it’d be the perfect base for a girly wallpaper design!

NIS is this baby pink yet still almost neon crelly with loads of iridescent microflakies. It almost leans a bit more jelly than crelly – I used three coats and still had some visible nail line. If I was wearing this alone I would throw a 4th coat on for opacity, but I was planning on stamping over it so I left it at three.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Newly Impassioned Soul

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Newly Impassioned Soul

Isn’t it beautiful? So girly and feminine with a little bit of modern edge from the flakies! My camera freaked out at how pretty it is too.

Closeup of BEGL Newly Impassioned Soul

Closeup of BEGL Newly Impassioned Soul

See those flakies? Love! This is the kind of color that could be all over a little girls’ bedroom decor, so I decided it would be perfect for my Girly Wallpaper Mani!

Girly Wallpaper Manicure

Girly Wallpaper Manicure

What better to adorn a little girls’ walls than flowers/ roses? I really like how this came out! I was originally going to use a lace image to stamp with, but it covered the pink way too much. And flowers are quintessentially girly!

Growing up I would have died if this was in my room – I was far from a girly girl. But I could totally see this in some chic and girly girl’s room!

Products used:

  • Base color: BEGL Newly Impassioned Soul
  • Stamping plates:
    • Pinky & Ring finger: Konad m65
    • Middle & Index fingers: Shany SH208
  • Stamping polish: Rica Whiteout… amazing opaque white creme!

What do you think? Does this look like wallpaper you’d have in your room growing up? Do you like this BEGL?

Oh! Before I forget – Newly Impassioned Soul is on sale on BEGL’s site! So if you like it, go pick it up!

And go check out the other Wallpaper Manis from the NCC ladies:

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Jungle wallpaper manicure: January NCC #2

When I was trying to brainstorm manicures based on wallpaper, the first thing that came to mind was the guest bathroom in a relative’s home in Staten Island. Whenever I’d visit as I was growing up, I was impressed with the 80s/90s-era chic jungle wallpaper in that little bathroom – slightly tacky, but a fun and playful choice for a bathroom lol. And what better place to recreate that than on my nails?!

My Jungle-Chic Wallpaper Manicure

My Jungle-Chic Wallpaper Manicure

I actually think my manicure looks very similar to the wallpaper I remember! It was a dark green background with different shades of green leaves and flowers all over. So my manicure was designed to represent that.

Another pic of my manicure

Another pic of my manicure

I double stamped different tropical images, which ended up being my first successful double stamped mani! I previously did one (see it here) that was double stamped with plaid images, and it just looked too busy. But I really like this version – I think stamping in different shades of the same color really makes it blend better!

It is a little difficult to see the bottom stamped image because it’s a bit darker, but it does peek through the tips of the nails a bit.

Anyways, I really like how this came out! It certainly looks better on my nails than it did as a wallpaper! Oh and can I say that I’m still loving the crap out of using liquid latex as a cleaning product?! It makes the end clean-up SO much easier after stamping!!

Here’s what I used:

  • Base color: Zoya Hunter
  • Stamping plates: MoYou London Tropical collection 03 and 04
  • Bottom stamping polish: Barry M Kiwi
  • Top stamping polish: Rica Summer Mint

Check out what the other NCC ladies are doing for wallpaper-themed nails:

First Attempt at a Quatrefoil Mani: January NCC #1

Happy Monday sweeties! I’ve gotten so used to vacation, I’m not ready to go back to work! But girl’s gotta make a living right? Anyways, on to the nail art! This month’s Nail Challenge Collaborative theme is wallpaper. This was initially super intimidating to me because all I could think about was tons of intricate detail work, and I’m definitely still working on my detail work. But hey, it’s a new year and I’d love to improve my freehand skills!

So keeping that in mind, my first wallpaper pattern is a modern design and something I’ve seen in the nail art world as well – quatrefoil. I was inspired by this amazing video on YouTube by ChristabellNails. This definitely didn’t come out perfectly, but if you cross your eyes and look at it from afar, it’s super pretty! 😉

My quatrefoil manicure

My quatrefoil manicure

I figured I should show the mani fails along with the great ones. You can’t improve if you don’t try and fail every now and again!

Another pic of this attempt

Another pic of this attempt

I really wanted to use a new polish I picked up from Target, Essie’s Coat Couture. It’s from the new Cashmere Matte collection, and it’s just gorgeous. But it’s a satin-matte, and I should have known better than to try to do nail art with that texture again! It’s always so much more difficult since it dries super quick. But the polish itself is fantastic. It’s this beautiful mauve/ dusty purple/ brownish-grey with blue shimmer – LOVE!

And I used Rica’s Whiteout as the accent. This is my go-to white for any nail art since it’s the most opaque white polish I own. I’m starting to get low on my bottle, so it’s almost time for a repurchase!

Anyways, even though this is far from my best work, I’m happy I tried the design. I think if I use a different (non-matte) polish and work on my dotting and striping skills, this could look much better!

What do you think? Do you have any nail-related resolutions? Have you tried this quatrefoil design before?

Check out more wallpaper-inspired manicures from my NCC ladies:

Nighttime Snowman Manicure: December’s NCC #3

Hello sweeties! I’m so pleased with today’s mani – I hope you like it as much as I do! I’ve been slow in getting into the holiday spirit this year, but since company is arriving today I figured it was high time to decorate the house. And I’ve decorated my nails festively as well!

My little snowman against a night sky!

My little snowman against a night sky!

And I thought this was perfect as my third look for the dotticure NCC theme! I wanted to do a sparkly snowy scene, and a snowman was a perfect addition to the scene! Isn’t that blue a perfect polish for a nighttime sky look?! I just love it 🙂

Polishes used:

  • Base color: Zoya Dream… this is one of my all-time favorite Zoyas! It’s a perfect scattered holo blue that just has so much depth! Love!
  • Snow: Rica Whiteout… my favorite opaque white polish!
  • Snowman buttons: Rica Blackout… my favorite opaque black polish 🙂
  • Snowman nose: Orly Tropical Pop… a neon tangerine orange polish
  • Snow topping: China Glaze Fairy Dust… how can you not love a sparkly topper to snow?!

I’m loving this festive mani! What do you think? How are you preparing for the holidays? Have you procrastinated as much as I have? I hope I’m not the only lazy butt out here!

Check out more dotticures from the NCC ladies:

Jack Skellington Manicure: October’s NCC #4

Happy Halloween week! Today, just for you, I have my first Halloween-themed nail art manicure! I have seen a TON of Jack Skellington manis and I just adore The Nightmare Before Christmas, so I wanted to recreate that look. I think I first saw it somewhere on Pinterest, but I honestly don’t remember the original source.  But I loved the mani from the first time I saw it, aaaand it fits in perfectly with October’s NCC theme of stripes!

This is Halloween, this is Halloween!

This is Halloween, this is Halloween!

I just realized that I forgot to paint in Jack’s little skeleton nose! Oops! But I think it still looks like him, don’t you? Even if it doesn’t 100% look like him, it still looks like a skeleton face.

I also realized while I was cropping these pics, my cuticles and fingers are RAGGED. Gross! I’m sorry for subjecting you to that! I went to my college homecoming weekend (my 9 year reunion and my husband’s 10th!), and we had a few bonfires and other shenanigans that weren’t terribly kind on my fingers. Plus I forgot all my nourishing cuticle/ hand products! So anyways, forgive me! I’m going to put my hands in beauty boot camp and they’ll be pretty again soon.

Jack Skellington manicure

Jack Skellington manicure. PS – doesn’t my watermark fit in well with a Halloween theme?!

For this mani, I used my amazing Rica Blackout & Whiteout with some nail vinyls and nail art brushes. I know I say it all the time, but I love love love Rica’s Whiteout & Blackout!! They are the best quality white and black polishes I’ve found – super duper opaque and creamy and perfect for stamping.

So what do you think? What’s your mani plan for Halloween? I have a few more looks this week for your Halloween-loving eyes!

Check out the other striped manis from my NCC ladies:

Striped Splatter Manicure: October’s NCC #3

For my 3rd striped look of October, I decided to do another previously untried technique – splatter! It’s always seemed like more work than fun and when I tried a long time ago, I couldn’t get the polish to even splatter from the straw. {Insert juvenile joke about blowing harder here 😉 } Since I’m now an older and wiser nail blogger, I figured it was time to try it again!

Splatter and stripes and texture - oh my!

Splatter and stripes and texture – oh my!

I debated on exactly how to accomplish this end product – throw some decals down and splatter over it or splatter, then stamp stripes. I ended up doing the latter because I thought it would take too much time splattering over the decals, which would make the thinned out polish dry and peel up. But anyways, I’d like to attempt that way as well!

I think this method worked out pretty well nonetheless, and I really like how it came out! I used a very similar color scheme as my last manicure (the dry marble swirl mani) because I think it looks almost like an abstract spring floral design.

Check out my first Pixie Dust!

Check out my first Pixie Dust!

I also got to break out my very first Pixie Dust from Zoya! I had been resisting that purchase because I have never really gotten into textures. But Zoya had such a great sale recently where you could get 3 free polishes and the Remove+, so I thought I’d finally try it out. I have to say – I love them! They’re not too textured that it’ll catch on everything, but they still show off a really cool visual difference between the other glossy nails. I still don’t think I’d wear them as a full mani, but I do like them as an accent!

I do love this look!

I do love this look!

What I used:

  • Splatter nails:
    • Base color: Zoya Purity… this is definitely not my favorite white polish, but I wanted to still give it some love. It’s ok, it’s just not the best.
    • Zoya Hunter… a great dark hunter green
    • China Glaze Rose Among Thorns… a very pretty red/pink-leaning fuchsia
    • Polish My Life Greenwich Street… a very nice pastel kelly green
    • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-411
    • Stamping polish: Rica Whiteout – now THIS is my favorite white polish 🙂
  • Accent nail: Zoya Chita… a gorgeous hunter green textured polish

So what do you think? Do you like the combination of splatter and stripes? Are you a textured polish fan?

Check out the other striped manicures from the NCC ladies:

Holo Humpday: Rica Black Baroness

Happy Wednesday everyone! Here’s hoping your week is going well so far! I’ve been working like crazy the past two weeks, so I’m just barely squeezing these posts in on my usual schedule. My busy work schedule also means my nails just broke 😦 I had them at my favorite length too! So sad. I am now nubbinized.

I had mentioned in my last post that I don’t really wear seasonally appropriate colors all the time. I do, however, tend to wear certain colors based on my nail length. I absolutely love a dark vampy color on nubbins. And I love to show off a more complex polish or nail art when my nails are longer. So you’re going to see some darker colors while my nails are growing out!

For today’s Holo Humpday, I have an amazing black holographic polish. Rica’s Black Baroness is goooorgeous!

Black Baroness

Black Baroness

My pics don’t even do this polish justice… it’s just amazingly beautiful! It’s a perfect black with a strong holo finish. I looove it! Rica just has never done me wrong – it’s such a great brand!

Another pic of this beauty!

Another pic of this beauty!

Mmm mmm mmm! I just can’t get enough of this one. Rica did just put out Black Baroness 2.0 in her Royal Ladies collection, which seems like it’s this polish plus blue microflakies. The description also says there’s even more holo than before… this one already has a very strong holo finish, so I can only imagine how that looks!

So much love for Black Baroness

So much love for Black Baroness

I did get a bottle that had a bit of a wonky brush, but it didn’t affect the application at all. I am in love with this black holo!

Do you have a favorite black holo polish? I don’t know if it gets any better than this one 🙂

Squish the Rainbow Leadlighting

It’s been a really long time since I’ve tried a leadlighting manicure and I recently picked up the entire Rica jelly polish collection (Squish the Rainbow), so I figured it was high time to venture back into leadlighting! If you haven’t heard of this style, it’s basically like a color-by-numbers technique using jelly polishes over a stamp.

I really just wanted to play around practicing leadlighting with different stamps. The intention was not to create a wearable manicure, but I think it actually looks pretty good!

Rica leadlighting manicure

Rica leadlighting manicure

Not bad right? It’s flowery but geometric, and the colors kind of bring it all together.

Another pic with my thumb in there

Another pic with my thumb in there

What I used for this mani:

  • Base color: OPI Alpine Snow
  • Stamps: MoYou London Explorer 03… such a perfect plate for this technique! All the images are detailed and have lots of areas to color in.
  • Stamping polish: Rica Blackout
  • Leadlighting colors: Rica Squishy Blueberry, Squishy Lime, Squishy Lemon, and Squishy Grape… These are all great jelly polishes! They worked so perfectly for leadlighting, and they look so pretty over white. LOVE!
  • I applied the leadlighting colors with a tiny dotting tool to help fill in smaller areas.

This kind of manicure makes me feel like I’m a kid with a coloring book! It’s so fun and relaxing, but it does take quite awhile if the stamping images are detailed. The end game makes it totally worth it though – the manicures come out so great!

What do you think? Have you done leadlighting before? What other images do you like to use?

Beautiful Unicorn Dandruff Manicure

You know when there’s that one polish on your wishlist forever and you’re not quite sure why you haven’t yet made it your own? And then when you do, it’s as amazing as you thought it’d be? For me, that’s Rica’s Unicorn Dandruff. I had it as a pending purchase for over a month, and I finally bought it… let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed!

zoya ryan, superficially lacquer the sacred tsaheylu rica unicorn dandruff blue neon holo green glitter skittlette manicure

Unicorn Dandruff in all its glory

I bought Zoya Ryan, and I realized my Unicorn Dandruff (PS – how great is that name??) matched it perfectly along with a gorgeous neon green holo of mine. Zoya Ryan is sooo pretty! It’s a dark navy blue with teal hues – and it barely stains!

zoya ryan, superficially lacquer the sacred tsaheylu rica unicorn dandruff blue neon holo green glitter skittlette manicure

So pretty! Just look at that bottle!

So much love! And here’s yet another pic:

zoya ryan, superficially lacquer the sacred tsaheylu rica unicorn dandruff blue neon holo green glitter skittlette manicure

Can’t go wrong with The Sacred Tsaheylu!

And that neon green holo! Oof – it’s amazing! It’s another polish in the Superficially Colorful Lacquer’s A Life on Pandora collection, and that collection has yet to treat me wrong. Every single polish is a winner! This green is certainly not an exception!

And the main event:

zoya ryan, superficially lacquer the sacred tsaheylu rica unicorn dandruff blue neon holo green glitter skittlette manicure

Closeup of Rica Unicorn Dandruff. Nom nom nom!

Woooow! I just love this glitter topper! It has silver, neon green, and iridescent blue glitter, and has great coverage in just one coat. I just love it so much! Also, please excuse my cuticles on that close-up – as I was pushing back my cuticles, I slipped and took a chunk out by accident… ouch!

So what do you think? Aren’t these polishes beautiful? I was so happy they matched one another so perfectly 🙂

Also, guess who is having their 1 year blogiversary next week? Hint – it’s me! Yay for a whole year of blogging!

Green and Orange Abstract Mani: September NCC #3

So far this is my least favorite manicure for September’s NCC theme of geometric nails. Better to start you off with low expectations, right? 🙂 I don’t think the mani came out poorly or anything… I just didn’t quite like it. Anyways, let me show you to see what you think:

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My meh mani

See? Not awful, but I guess it’s just not quite my style. I basically grabbed some single chevron vinyls and played around with different patterns, then threw some dots up on there.

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Look at that crazy amazing mango orange polish!

I think it would, however, be great for a St. Patricks day mani! Especially if you don’t want to paint 4-leaf clovers, leprechauns, or rainbows… this is kind of a abstract homage to the holiday. 🙂 I wasn’t going for that when I did this mani, but the colors definitely scream St Paddys!

geometric manicure nail vinyls abstract green orange dots i love nail polish reminisce picture polish tail feather orly tropical pop

Excuse the lobster hands – I was trying to get that light green to look color-accurate

The orange and light green did freak my camera out, so my skin looks a little lobster-esque!

Here’s what I used:

  • Base color: My go-to white, Rica’s Whiteout
  • Light Green: piCture pOlish Tail Feather… such a gorgeous almost-neon mint with subtle scattered holo
  • Darker Green: ILNP Reminisce (H)… the holo version of Reminisce, an ultrachrome from my favorite indie brand that shifts from different shades of green to blue and gold. When it was in a small accent on my nails, it didn’t show the shift very well, but it was still there!
  • Orange: Orly Tropical Pop… this is sooo pretty! It’s like a mango/ tangerine yellow-orange neon. It is sheer, so as a full mani you’d have to have a white undie!

So what do you think? Are you as “meh” about it as me? Or is it super appropriate for the March holiday?

Check out the other geometric manis: