Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Sunflower Reverse Stamping Nail Art

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Oh hello there. I've realized that August is always a slow month blog-wise and so while I did these nails a month ago, I'm sharing them now haha. My darling surprised me (well told me two days before!) with tickets to a sunflower trail.  ðŸŒ» 🌻🌻 Deep down, he totally gave me notice so I could do theme nails. My theme nails for events have dropped significantly, well, because life has changed! So I took advantage of it and did some fun nails!

Friday, September 10, 2021

Garden Path Lacquers Dial It In!: September Polished Gamers

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Hello everyone. I hope you are excited to enter the weekend. It is supposed to be beautiful here, which is very different from last week when we had record-breaking flooding. I have the offering from Garden Path Lacquers for Polished Gamers. This is my first polish from Garden Path and I have to say I absolutely love the image of the re-branding. The love the celestial vibe and the lock! All right, let's take a look at the color.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Goodbye Summer Neon Dry Brush

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Well the unofficial end of summer is Labor Day and since that passed, I'm sharing my goodbye to neon manicure! I just shared my watermelon nails, which I wore like two weeks before this look but now back-to-back, they have similar vibes. Oh well!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Abstract Watermelon Nail Art

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Summer is wrapping up! I love a little abstract art and I've been really attracted to super simple looks that take no time at all and are really effective. So here ya go, my neon abstract watermelons that literally anyone can do!

Monday, August 30, 2021

September Polish Pickup: Trick or Treat

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Halloween is my favorite holiday so this is a theme I will always be excited for. Give me Halloween polishes year round. While these are not your typical black and orange polish, I can see imagine pumpkin and witch nail art on all of these. Plus you’ll get them in time for Halloween, since they are available on September 3!


Monday, August 23, 2021

Desert Cactus Nail Art Inspired by Washi Tape

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Way back in May when I received the KBShimmer RV There Yet? collection, she included really pretty washi tape. I have no idea what this is used for but google says scrapbooking. The designs were so gorgeous, so I set one aside to do nail art on. Over three months later, I finally sat down to do it. Yup, this is my life. I have nail art I want to do and just never do it for months. 

Friday, August 20, 2021

KBShimmer RV There Yet? Gradient + Clean Up Brush Review

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I have done it again. I've had this art of my to-do list since May and just kept pushing it off as I had to swatch other things or wanted to do something else. Then I did the art and took forever to post it, LOL. Well, here ya go. And actually, I originally did something else with these polishes, hated it, took it off, and overall just failed at all of it. 

Monday, August 16, 2021

Alter Ego Chocolate Treasure Tall Bearded Iris

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Hello everyone! Sorry for the unintentional break. I actually have lots of posts but I just was not in the mood to post, so I don't force it if I don't feel like it haha. But today I am sharing a polish that is only available until the 21st, so let's take a look!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Neon Peachy Florals

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Hello all! I finally sat down and did a nail art I screen shot ages ago and I'm obsessed. I always love how neons look against a neutral background and this color combo made me happy. I am so glad I made time for myself to just sit and do my nails cause I love it!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Watermelon Stamping

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Hey all! I did this quick mani last week when it was super hot and humid and thought I would share it, even though it is so simple. I've been back to in-person work and knew I had a lot of cleaning to do after it being abandoned for 17 months, so I didn't want to mess up art that took away. This was so cute and easy and when I chipped it, no tears!

Friday, July 30, 2021

August 2021 Polish Pickup Offerings: The Elements

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Hey all! Another Polish Pickup and the theme is Elements. I am going to be honest and say meh to this theme. I feel like the themes are uninspired lately or maybe I miss inspiration from indies themselves as they probably get more inspo from themes they create as opposed to PPU forcing makers to fit into their theme. I happen to enjoy all three polishes from this month, so let's take a look.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Gradient Dotticure with Jessica Golden Hour

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Well, I'm back with one more post on the Golden Hour collection from Jessica Cosmetics, but I know I'll be using the colors all the time in nail art and such. The collection is called Golden Hour, so I had to do a kind of sunset gradient look, and this is what I came up with.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Zoya Dreamin' Horizontal Line Nail Art

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today I have a simple and fun nail art to share. Summer 2021 has been all about the simple and fun nail are and this look is included. Of course, I wanted to do some art with the Zoya Dreamin' collection but I don't know, it did not exactly give me summer vibes at first. Well, I change my mind! It's totally summer!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Zoya Dreamin' Comparisons

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Whenever I get cremes for Zoya, especially pink cremes, I like to compare them to others that I have in my stash. Really, it's a way for me to figure out what colors to donate and which are unique for my stash. So when I swatched the Dreamin' collection, a few felt familiar. I actually re-swatched these, so these are truly quick and dirty swatches for comparison reasons.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Zoya Dreamin' for Summer 2021, Swatches and Review

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Like I mentioned in my Cosmic Pop post last month, I thought the Zoya Neons was the summer collection but turns out, they had three! Hah! So I am finally caught up with sharing all of the new Zoya releases. GO ME. Today I am sharing the Dreamin' collection, which is their actual summer collection (although it feels like a spring to summer transitional collection). So let's check it out!


Friday, July 16, 2021

Pusheen Calendar Series: Sailor Pusheen Nail Art

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Pusheen is a jack of all trades! Now, he sails. And why not? I guess July would be the perfect time of year to go on a boat. Of course, I had to simplify this look to fit on my nail, but I absolutely loveeeeee how it came out. So read the rest of my post for all the details!


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Zoya Neon Vertical Line Nail Art

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Of course I wanted to do some nail art with the Zoya Neons. Although I wasn’t thrilled with how they worked on their own, I knew they would be nice with art. I really wanted to do some random vertical lines and so, here they are. 


Monday, July 12, 2021

Zoya Easy Neons, Swatches and Review

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I was so excited when Zoya announced their Easy Neons, as many others were. These are supposed to be full coverage, no white base needed, neons. Well, you can certainly see my nail line in the first image, so there’s a hint of this collection. Let's check out this collection now!

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Alter Ego Her Majesty Tall Bearded Iris

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Can you believe I am actually posting an HHC polish on time? They are always sent on time, I’m just always late. I love that Cynthia is exposing me to all new flowers. I have a Pinterest board of flowers I love and I’ve been having fun looking at these as I get the polishes in. This is available July 14-21, so let’s take a look at more photos. 

Friday, July 9, 2021

Jessica Cosmetics Hand and Nail Care

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I usually post nail polishes from Jessica Cosmetics but they have an entire hand and nail care line and they sent me a few items so I thought I would share. I’ve used their nail files and cuticle oils but and do enjoy their base and top coats. This is my first time trying their lotions and cuticle balm, so why not share it? 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

90s Nail Art: Smiley Faces with Jessica Cosmetics Golden Hour

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Seriously, as a 90s kid, I am not sure how I feel about my students embracing the trends I tried to forget hahah. I think about Carrie Bradshaw telling Jack Berger that NO WAY would a woman be caught in public with a scrunchie (high pitched voice)., she would cry haha. So everyone loves a smiley face and I was inspired by the new Jessica Cosmetics Golden Hour for some 90s art!

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Fourth of July Nail Art

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🎆Happy Fourth of July! 🎆 I had all the intentions of posting my Fourth of July nail art a few days ago but life got away from me and so I only did my nails last night and I did a really quick art. I looked back at my blog and realized I am mostly uninspired when it comes to Fourth of July nail art. I have some really awesome ones that I’ve done but lately my life has been about the simple. I pulled out colors I knew I wanted to use, thought of a few ideas, show them to my significant other, and I let him pick out my art. Also, if you still want to do some nail art, this took 30 minutes total so it was quick and easy if I do say so myself!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Polish Pickup Offerings July 2021: Rewind

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Hey all! July is the annual Polish Pickup Rewind, where fans vote for their favorite polishes from brands and those exclusives come back for just this month! There are 2 options. First, one polish will be available in the Polish Pickup Shop from July 2-July 5th. Second, another polish will be available in the maker's shop for the month of July. Please pay attention to my details below. 

I have linked the original post for each color so you can read my full review and see all the pictures, but I have added a few photos for reference. ENJOY!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Stella Chroma Everything The Light Touches

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Just a simple NOTD today of a color that is no longer available, my b. Of course, you can check trade and sale boards for it. Why do I post NOTDs? Well, as I have been cleaning out and significantly purging my stash, I have been using my blog as an encyclopedia of sorts! Seriously, I have looked at my swatches to see what are close dupes and what can be given away or sold. Actually, I have 300+ polishes that I will be putting for sale (and many more than that that have been given away!). So let's see if this polish makes the cut...just kidding, it is definitely a keeper. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Zoya Cosmic Pop Gradient

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When I shared the swatches of the Cosmic pop Trio yesterday, you knew I would be back with some art! Lately, because of the heat and humidity, I like to keep my art simple, because it means less time in my tiny and hot nail polish room. What's funny is I usually love the simplest art, so let's take a look at this because these polishes are limited edition!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Zoya Cosmic Pop Trio, Swatches and Review

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All right y'all, I have a confession. When I received the Zoya Easy Neons, I thought fun, neons! I can post this in late June since it's a summer collection. But then the summer Dreamin' collection and I went "whoops, guess the neons weren't the summer collection." Then came the Cosmic Pop trio and well, now I am behind! I decided to start by showing the Cosmic Pop trio since this is actually a limited edition collection, so if you want it, don't wait. Also, these have been some of my favorite Zoyas in a long time! So let's take a look!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Pusheen Calender Series: Cattitude

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Hello there! Pusheen is saying hello to you today by kicking the water dish. Cats are so funny. A kitty I once had (may she rest in peace) would always want fresh food. If it was more than five minutes old, nope, kicked it away. So when I saw this art, I immediately thought of kitty and chose to do that image. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Tie Dye Nail Art with Stella Chroma

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Was there really any other art to do for a Phish-inspired collection than tie dye?! I was going to go with the traditional swirl and then decided on a funky vertical version. This collection releases today and you can check out my full swatches and review HERE

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Jessica Cosmetics Golden Hour Collection Comparisons

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Hi all! When I swatched the newest Golden Hour collection, a few of the colors reminded me of older colors of theirs. So of course, I had to do some comparisons! I really did this so I could see if I needed both of them in my collection or to give some away. Well, let's see how they look together!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Jessica Cosmetics Golden Hour Collection

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I have the spring collection of Jessica Cosmetics today. Hey, it is still technically spring! Plus, I love these types of colors when I want a break from neons. These are also clean and bright and fun. I was so excited as soon as I saw promos of this collection on Instagram and they did not disappoint in person!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

9th Blogiverysary: Neon Smoosh Nail Art

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If you have not noticed, I usually reach for rainbow and neons for my birthday manicure, which is always my blog anniversary post. It is actually what started this blog back in 2012. I cannot believe I have been blogging for nine years. Yes, I say that each year. Each year, I wonder how long I will keep this up, despite all the things that occur. For example, another blog has decided to copy my blog. SIGH. It's so much work and my blog still has not recovered from the forced 3 week break. I also am still banned from posting links on Facebook and Instagram. So this blogging thing seems to fight me, despite me still wanting to share art. So let's look at this one.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Stella Chroma Ticket Stub in Your Hand Collection

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Today, I am sharing the newest collection from Stella Chroma! The Ticket Stub in Your Hand collection is inspired by Phish! If you have never heard of Phish, well, they are a jam band! Going to their concerts is a legit experience haha. I was lucky enough to go to one of their concerts like 12 years ago haha. Phish tickets are so artistic and beautiful. I searched and searched and could not find mine, but I know these colors were on it! If you don't know Phish, this is a gorgeous collection, so let's take a look!

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Alter Ego My Tall Bearded Iris

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Hi all! I'm back with another iris-inspired polish from Alter Ego! This is part of Hella Handmade Creations which will be available on June 14th. This month, Cynthia was inspired by her own irises on her property! Apparently, if planted properly, they bloom every year. I have to look into this because I love annual flowers!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June 2021 Polish Pickup Offerings: Rainbows

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Welcome to June! It's my birthday month and my blogiversary! And if you know anything about my blogiversary manicure, it usually is something with rainbows. And how fun that Polish Pickup is themed with rainbows for June. It's perfect! So I have a small peek at some of the rainbows!

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Retro Waves Nail Art wuth Duri Cosmetics

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What better way to show a collection called Retro Wave than waves on my nails? I went back and forth with how I wanted to create the waves but then I decided to go against the grain, literally, with vertical waves!

Friday, May 28, 2021

Jessica Indie Fest and Duri Retro Wave Comparisons

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After I  swatched the Duri Retro Wave collection (gifted by a friend), I realized some of the colors I loved felt familiar. A quick look through my blog and Jessica Cosmetics (press sample) helmer drawer, and lo and behold, The Indie Fest collection came to mind. I swatched that collection back in April 2020 and Duri Retro Wave came out in Spring 2020 so let's see how they compare!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Duri Retro Wave Collection

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Hey all! So a friend recently thought I would like to try out Duri nail polish and sent me a gift of three of their collections! Hence my weird disclaimer because I did not purchase these but they were not gifted by the company. So I figured I would do proper swatches and start with their Spring 2020 collection! I actually wore two of these polishes independently too, so this collection has been getting a lot of love! I have seen Duri polishes online but never purchased them before. Now I see I have been missing out!

Monday, May 24, 2021

KBShimmer RV There Yet? Summer 2021

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Happy Monday, y'all! This weekend was really ridiculous heat which basically means summer is coming. I like warm, but I was not really for 92 degrees. Give me 75 please. Anyway, the hot weather is pulling me towards brights and louder colors and what better day than today to show you the new summer KBShimmer RV There Yet? Summer Collection which has nine colors and releases June 1st! This is a huge post, so sit back and relax!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Abstract Nail Art with Stella Chroma Spring Skies

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Hello all! I am finally sharing some abstract art with the Stella Chroma spring 2021 collection. Did you catch my post in the Stella Chromatics fan group where I posted my wear test of Fair Weather Cumulus after two weeks?! Make sure to join the group! But I am here today for my abstract art!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Pusheen Calendar Series: Pusheen Napping with Plants

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Apparently, May is about relaxation....LOL. For me, it is final papers and final exams and tabulating grades and staff meetings and end-of-semester ramblings. I am glad to say I have entered my final grades in and I am done. But Pusheen has other ideas. This includes napping and being surrounded my succulents and house plants. Can I be Pusheen? 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Jessica Phenom Heaven on Earth Leopard Print Nail Art

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Can you believe that right after I swatched this collection, I broke my nail. UGH. So now I am looking at pictures and my nails don't look even and I am frustrated but oh well. I wanted to share my nail art with the Jessica Phenom Heaven on Earth collection I shared a few days ago, so let's take a look.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Jessica Phenom Heaven on Earth Trio, Swatches and Review

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The Heaven on Earth Jessica Phenom trio is out for Spring 2021 and I love it. I love each of the three colors and this collection is a total home run for me! It is springy without the typical pastels and I have already worn these colors multiple times. I love them on their own and with art. When you use Phenom colors with their top coat, they are supposed to last for 10 days--and I have had that wear time with their system! So let's check it out!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Alter Ego Absolute Treasure Tall Bearded Iris

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HHC returns on Friday and Alter Ego has such a pretty offering. I have to say, I really did not pay attention to irises and they are so pretty. Cynthia has been introducing me to all varieties of this flower! I googled this one and it is such a pretty blue--a color I find is not frequent in flowers. So let's take a look!

Monday, May 10, 2021

Opal Nail Art

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Hello! I have to say, that unintentional three week blog break gave me horrible blog habits. I did these nails like two weeks ago and did not post them. Not only that, but I have wanted to do these nails forever, then I had a break and decided to wait it out. So this has all been one long awaited post for nails I have wanted to do for like 6 weeks.. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

May Polish Pickup Offerings: Guilty Pleasures

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We have guilty pleasures for May! I don't have too many, because I should not feel guilty by things I enjoy. 90 Day Fiance quality television? No. Do I like it? Heck yes (side note: I have been watching this show way too long and way before it blew up in popularity LOL). Anyway, today, this is what we are looking at as inspiration for Polish Pickup!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Zoya Rescue and Repair: Full Test Review

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Good morning! So for the month of March (and still now), I was testing the Rescue and Repair system from Zoya. I was all set to post and then, of course, had to put the blog on hold while I awaited the other site to be shut down. So I am finally sharing this set. I did an honest review of this, using it solely as my base coat in between manis, so you can get an ideas of this system!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Pusheen Calendar Series: Pusheen Bunny Nail Art

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Happy Monday everyone! My Pusheen calendar mani may be late and holiday-specific, but I really did not want to break this tradition. The entire 3 weeks off the blog while I settled the other site taking my stuff meant that I did not post any Easter or Passover nail arts, at least not on time. But despite that, I figured bunnies are spring animals and they eat people's gardens, so this is what Pusheen will be for today! 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Stella Chroma Ventura Dreams with Floral Stamping

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Yesterday I shared the Stella Chroma March 2021 VIP box and mentioned that I immediately wore the polish color Venture Dreams. After a few days of it alone, I decided to add some stamping, because that is how I role, so let's check it out!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Stella Chroma March 2021 VIP Box

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Hello all! I actually had the Stella Chroma VIP box post ready to go for weeks, but the whole blog being stolen thing delayed me posting. That's okay though, because by now, everyone has received their March box so no spoilers here! I have really enjoyed getting these VIP mystery boxes over the past year. This is the last one, but good news, they will be back with a different format in October, so make sure you are a part of the Stella Chromatics Facebook group to stay current!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Alter Ego Diamond, April Color of the Month

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Hello all! I have another Alter Ego offering today, which is her color of the month. These colors are inspired by monthly gemstones. April is diamond, so of course we have a sparkly color. This is available for a while, but you can pick it up with her other monthly offerings, if you have missed out. Let's check out more pictures!