Sunday, December 31, 2023

My Favorite Nail Arts of 2023

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End of the year means a look back at my favorite art of this year! I love doing this because I posted just over 100 posts this year and it is easy to forget what I did in the first half of this year! I feel like 2023 just flew by and wow, I cannot believe 2024 is tomorrow! So let's take a walk down memory lane and check out some of my personal favorites of this year!


 

Friday, December 29, 2023

KBShimmer Howl You Doin'?, January 2024 Polish Pickup

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Hello all! As we end 2023, I figured I would pop up the January 2024 Polish Pickup, since I may take a week or so off in January and did not want to miss sharing this, as it will be available January 5th! This is KBShimmer's contribution and I think any blurple lover will want this, so let's get to it!


Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Zoya Vienna, December Color of the Month

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Well, I guess Zoya is now sending me their colors of the month and I am not mad at that. I cannot figure out definitively if these are only available for the month of the release or until sold out. I noticed older ones are not on the site but that November's color is still available so if you did not grab that one, you can now grab both! I just got an email that you only have a few days left to get this, so here ya go!


Sunday, December 24, 2023

Christmas Plaid with Candy Canes

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And I am down to the wire, as usual. I realize tonight is Christmas Eve and here I am posting. Well, after I posted my Starbucks cup nail art last night, I sat down to do my Christmas nail art, so here we are! 


Saturday, December 23, 2023

Starbucks Cup Christmas Nail Art

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Well, I am so behind on posting. hoops! Every year, Starbucks releases, a fun pattern holiday cup. This year they did a motif with hot pink. Every year, I collect the cups in hopes of doing nail art, and sort of never get around to doing it.  So I was determined to do it this year.
 
 

Monday, December 18, 2023

Striped Christmas Tree Nail Art

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Hello all. I am a little behind on my holiday nails because as usual, I have these huge goals but I cannot achieve. I really wanted to re-create my nail art look from 2014. It was so easy to do and I loved how modern and sleek it was. I am just obsessed, so let's check them out.


Friday, December 15, 2023

Christmas Nail Art Compilation

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Since I did my Hanukkah compilation, I decided I wanted to do a Christmas one. 12 years of blogging equals a lot of nail art! Looking through this art, I noticed my looks are mostly classy haha. 

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Hanukkah Ornaments Nail Art

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Hi all! This is my final Hanukkah manicure for 2023 and I had fun this year! Tonight is the seventh night of Chanukah so that means tomorrow is the last night. I wore festive Hanukkah sweaters this entire week at work with matching festive earrings. It is important to me that I represent my holiday and religion and show that we are a strong group of people. I hope you enjoyed my nail art over this last week.


 

Monday, December 11, 2023

Abstract Hanukkah Swirls Nail Art

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Like my plaid look, I like to do a few non-literal festive looks. I do these for most holidays. Sometimes I like a color scheme rather than intricate art. Last year, I did a simple Halloween manicure with orange swirls and I loved it so much, I decided to do it in Hanukkah colors!


Friday, December 8, 2023

Hanukkah Dreidels

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Ok well I guess I do a dreidel look every year. I have to! When I put on KBShimmer Freeze the Day, I knew I wanted to do a Hanukkah look with it since it was this gorgeous bright blue. And I love how gold and blue look together so this was a winning combination! Tonight is the second night of Chanukah so I wanted to get in this fun look as we go into the weekend. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Hanukkah Nail Art Compilation

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Hanukkah nail art is always pretty difficult because there are not as many symbols as there are for other holidays, such as Christmas. And the symbols that do exist, are super intricate! Most nail art online shows Star of Davids, but that is a symbol of Judaism, not Hanukkah. After so many years of blogging, I decided to compile some of my favorites and I might actually recreate some! Since Hanukkah (Chanukah) starts tomorrow night, this might kick you into gear to change your nails!


Monday, December 4, 2023

Hanukkah Plaid Nail Art

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Hello December! Last year, I did an autumn plaid and a Christmas plaid and I meant to do a Hanukkah plaid but simply ran out of time. Well, Hanukkah is earlier this year as it lands on Thursday night, December 7, so I got a jump start to get my Hanukkah plaid done this year.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

KBShimmer Sunset In My Ways, December Polish Pickup

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December is Maker's Choice! And this creation from KBShimmer is a beaut! I took way too many photographs. I have a feeling this will be on people love, so add it to your to-buy list!




Sunday, November 26, 2023

Jessica Cosmetics Going Places, Fall 2023

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I actually have not received a collection from Jessica Cosmetics in a while (according to my blog, Spring 2022) but then this randomly showed up mid-October. Of course, that was Ehmkay Nails Halloween month, so I did not swatch anything. Then November just zoomed by. Well, my nails are a wreck. I think it's the 60 degree then 30 degree days. I really wanted to wait to swatch these polishes but Mr. Ehmkay said no one wants to see a fall collection in December, swatch them now!

 

Friday, November 24, 2023

Zoya Amaris, November Color of the Month

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This past summer, Zoya started up color of the month promotion. Lots of indies used to do that and I like it because it allows people and companies to be creative without dedicating time to an entire collection. I do not normally get press samples for the colors of the month, but this one just showed up in the mail. Thanks Zoya! You only have until the rest of the month to grab it so jump on it if you want it!
 
UPDATE 11/29: I realized I only posted matte photos. Whoops! I added the shiny photos into the post.
 

 
 
 

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Thanksgiving Nail Art: Autumn Leaves with Gradient

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Hello everyone! This will probably be my last autumn nail art, even though I really wanted to squeeze in a few more. Time just got away from me, and I know I keep saying that. In addition, As you can see, I have super shorties right now. It kind of makes me sad and I actually have one more fall collection to swatch but I am choosing not to because my nails are so short. Anyway, let's get to the art!


Monday, November 20, 2023

Special Autumn Nails for a Friend

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I have been looking at this nail polish for just about a year. I really didn’t know when I wanted to wear it, but now just felt right. I put the changing of the leaves and the transition to the winter season as my inspiration for this nail art, as I think about a friend who is dearly missed.


Friday, November 17, 2023

KBShimmer Best in Snow Winter 2023 Collection Comparisons

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Hello all! I am back with my comparisons for the KBShimmer Best in Snow collection. I am in the depths of my doctoral studies, so I did some quick and dirty swatches on my nail mat, so let's check it out! Also, don't forget to head to the end of my post for all the details on the Black Friday sale! And if you want any other comparisons, leave a comment and I'll add more if I have the polish.


Thursday, November 16, 2023

KBShimmer Best in Snow Winter 2023, Swatches and Review

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Hello everyone! Today is exciting because I am sharing the newest KBShimmer winter collection! This collection releases next week, Wednesday November 22nd. In addition, I have details of the Black Friday sale! KBShimmer really only does one sale a year, so if you have a wish list, it's time to grab what you have been wanting! And come back tomorrow for comparisons! So grab a snack and sit back and take a look at my way too many pictures in all sorts of lighting!

Friday, November 10, 2023

Autumn Pumpkins Nail Art

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Today’s inspiration comes from Tessalynn nails on Instagram. I like the simplicity of this look, and I have been in such a moody blue teal mood that I wanted to connect that with pumpkin imagery. After swatching 13 polishes, I was tired, and I wanted some quick art and so that is why I went for this.


 

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Zoya Enamored, Fall 2023

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Listen, I know that this collection has been around since September but October is always dedicated to Halloween so I never really post Zoya fall before November. In addition, they always have amazing Black Friday sales so I feel like I am doing you a favor by holding off by showing these later so that you can get a good sale. OK let’s get into the swatches and hopefully I’ll be back with holiday before the actual winter holidays. Lol, I want to remind you that it is still fall so I am not late. 

 

Thursday, November 2, 2023

KBShimmer Bound to Happen, November Polish Pickup

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So Polish Pickup is right around the corner and so I am popping on real quick! I had a month of Halloween nail art so I had to get this in at the last minute. It's really pretty, so let's just take a look at it and you can purchase this one tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

13 Days of Halloween Nail Art Recap

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Before I start the recap, Happy Birthday to longtime reader Tami! πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ I still think it is so cool to have a Halloween birthday so yay!!! Yesterday's post showed me that I just do not do as intricate art as I used to do. Either way, with my crazy schedule, I am proud I carved out some time for nail art during my favorite time of year, so I wanted to round them all up!

 

13 Days of Halloween: Happy Halloween Candy Corn Gradient with Black Cat

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Well here we are! 13 Days of Halloween! Today is a manicure I wanted to do ages ago. KBShimmer's fall collection had three colors that when I saw it, I said CANDY CORN. Then I left them on my desk for months waiting for this. Lol. So that is what inspired me for today. So let's check out this fun and final Halloween manicure!


Monday, October 30, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: All My Favorites

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Alright so I failed at 13 manicures for Halloween. But at the same time, I longed for what I used to paint on my nails! It does not matter how many times I see these nail art, I impress myself that I actually did them! LOL. I know a ton of people love to use acrylic paints, but I find it more gratifying when I use nail polish; otherwise, why do I have all these colors? So let's go down memory lane and check out some of my favorites. I post a favorites each year and so you can look at last year's posts for more!

 

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Halloween Jack O Lantern Nail Art

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Day 11 of Halloween nail art! Pinterest is filled with amazing, spooky and autumn Halloween wallpapers. I have found a bunch of amazing artist that I have followed on Instagram through these gorgeous wallpapers. Today’s look was not linked to any artist so if this is yours, let me know and I’ll link you. So this was inspired by a really pretty wallpaper I saw online, and I took some inspiration and made it my own. 


Saturday, October 28, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Pillsbury Halloween Cookie Nail Art

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Every year, I get nervous around Halloween. What if I have no original ideas? Will it be okay to redo an old Halloween manicure I love? Then somehow I figure it out, for the most part. Well, today, I am just obsessed with this look! I cannot believe how good they came out, so let's take a look.


Thursday, October 26, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Classic Black and Orange Glitter Gradient

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I feel like every year, I have to do some kind of black and orange gradient. It's just classic!  It also gives me an excuse to use my favorite Halloween glitters all at once. I cannot do a full glitter manicure anymore. The removal makes me cry? But a gradient? Yes, please!


Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Candy Corn Characters

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I can't believe we are already on Day 8! At this point, I have done 11 Halloween manicures so I am confident I can get to 13. I always wished I could do 31 Days but that is impossible unless I started in August and I am not sure I could keep the momentum of posting that much. So we stick to 13. These were inspired by a cookie designer. When I tried to find who made it, it says Sara Bakes. Yea...you try finding that one. Lol. So I cannot find the direct link but nonetheless, this is what I saw on Pinterest.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Pumpkins and Spiders

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Day 7 of 13 Days of Halloween. This is a manicure that I see a million reiterations of so I don’t really know the origin of it. I love the idea of a pinky beige atypical Halloween look! But all the stuff on top of that base de perfectly spooky! So let’s gets to it.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Ghosty Needs Candy

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Hocus Pocus, I need candy to focus! Ghosty starts his night of spooking having a cup of coffee, then he needs candy! Wait...am I Ghosty? This sounds just like my day!  πŸ­πŸ‘»πŸ­ I have the cutest jar at work that says Hocus Pocus...I need candy to focus and I just had to do some nail art here!

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Halloween Dry Brush with Halloween Stamping

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So today's look is pretty simple and easy to recreate. Dry brush nail art is so effective and so easy, so I wanted to do at least one for Halloween! I paired it with one of my favorite images and ta da, easy peasy art in no time. Let's get to the details!

Monday, October 16, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Spooky Ghosts at Night

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Every year, I sort of sit down and think what will I do this year for my Halloween manicures. Well, a friend sent me a manicure on Instagram and I totally loved it. So if you ever have a nail art that you love, send along to me because I might just choose to do it. Well, that is today’s manicure.


 

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie

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What’s Halloween without a Nightmare Before Christmas manicure? I feel like I do one every single year. As I was looking through my stamping plates, I noticed that I had a really cool image of Jack Skellington and I thought why have I never used this before? So that inspired today’s nail art.


Thursday, October 12, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Caffeinated Ghosty ☕️ πŸ‘»

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Ok so I have already noticed that ghosts are a huge theme of my Halloween nail art this season. I have them doing all sorts of things. This time, it is what the ghost does before he goes spooking the town. He has coffee! I saw Steffy on Instagram wearing a sweater of a ghost drinking coffee and that is what inspired this look! ☕️πŸ‘»☕️

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Halloween Nail Art: Halloween Stamped Spiders

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No matter how early I start my Halloween nail art, it’s still not early enough. I actually started at the end of September and one day I will learn I need to start in the beginning or middle of September. I am going to try to do 13 days of Halloween this year. Despite having so much work and no life, it is truly something that I enjoy so let’s see if I can tackle it.


 

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Autumn πŸ‚ Ombre

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Helloooooo October!! YESSSS IT'S HERE. Before I deep dive into Halloween, I want to share this manicure I wore a few weeks ago. I loved it so much and so many people grabbed my hands. In fact, I don't even know if I needed the stamping, so this is "art" anyone can do!


Saturday, September 30, 2023

Stella Chroma Dr's Orders, October 2023 Polish Pickup

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Heyyy! Polish Pickup returns and Stella Chroma was inspired by...shoes. Can you guess which ones? This is a deep and moody polish and it releases Friday so let's get to it!


Friday, September 29, 2023

KBShimmer Come As You Are

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It's the 90s! Everything from the 90s is back so it makes sense this is the theme for Polish Pickup. This will be a quickie post and I will let the pictures do the talking. I love this color so much so have fun browsing the pictures!

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Birthday Nails to Celebrate My Dad!

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Hi all! It's a case of, why don't I ever take pictures after I do a manicure? Also, why did I not take pictures of the dress these nails were inspired by? Silly on all accounts!!!! This is what I wore for my dad's surprise birthday party and he loves orange. So yay!


 

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Mix and Match Nail Art

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Well I did this one weeks ago and I just forgot to post it. Yes, I have moved on to oranges and deeper colors, but this was too cute not to post! Something about brown and blue together makes me happy, so let's get to this!



Tuesday, September 26, 2023

KBShimmer It’s Fall About You Comparisons

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Hi everyone. As I was watching the new KBShimmer collection., I felt that some colors reminded me of others. I love to do a comparison post. If you missed my life update, I am currently enrolled in a doctorate program so my time is limited. Instead of swatching comparisons on my nails, I’d rather save time to do my actual nails, so I put these comparisons on my nail mat.

 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

KBShimmer It's Fall About You, Fall 2023 Collection

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It’s officially autumn so it’s time to share an autumn collection! KBShimmer’s new collection released last week and so I am here to show you 150 pictures. Yes, I took over 650 pictures of this collection and narrowed it down for you. So grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy the show. 


Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Simple Orange Gradient Nail Art

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Ok I am just so behind in posting! After my disastrous gel experience and my nail polish just sliding off, I was way too tired to do my nails. But the thought of going to work without nail polish scarred me so I slapped on some polish! This was it!

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Abstract Geode Nail Art

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Oh hello! I had all these posts in my drafts and I disappeared for like ten days and never posted any of them. My b! Anyway, I had some different random nail arts I have been doing, so it's time to share. I absolutely love this weird funky art. I had no idea what to call them but then someone said it reminded them of geodes, so that's where we are!

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Zoya Gelie-Cure Foundation Travel Kit

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Despite receiving this Zoya Gelie Cure kits months ago, I kept delaying using it because I wanted to see other reviews. Well, as of August 27, when I’m trying this out, I still cannot find any legitimate reviews. I see people post on Instagram that they like it but that doesn’t really help me. I also cannot find any blogs using this new system only the one from 2019. So I finally decided to sit down and try out this jelly care kit. 


 

Friday, September 1, 2023

Summer to Fall Swirl Nail Art

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As summer ends and we move into the school season, this week starts a brand, new chapter for me. If you’ve been a reader of my blog, you know that I graduated with my second masters degree last December. I walked in my cap and gown this past May, and shared my special manicure. Well now I’m opening up another door and beginning my journey as a doctoral student. I have officially completed my first week of course work!


 

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

KBShimmer Take the Stairs, September 2023 Polish Pickup

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Apparently I had this sitting in drafts, just waiting to be published, but I truly thought I published it. My fault! Luckily, this polish is available this Friday, so you are all good to still get it. Polish pick up is inspired by my favorite holiday, Halloween. The theme this month is spooky with Haunted History.


Monday, August 21, 2023

Stella Chroma July 2023 Neon LE

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Stella Chroma does a monthly mystery polish that she sends out to subscribers. I don’t currently subscribe to this, but I have subscribed to her mystery boxes in the past and loved them. It’s a chance for you to try new polishes that you might not otherwise purchase. I find that sometimes I love polishes so much more once they’re on my nails than in a bottle. For April’s color, Pam did an amazing pink neon. People went crazy for it and so she surprised everyone by creating a special, limited edition polish that is slightly different from the monthly mystery. She sold out in just a few hours. I know I’m going to be moving to autumn polishes soon, so I wanted to put on this polish before I no longer was in the neon mood. I don’t like my polishes sitting around untried. I only have two untried polishes right now and this is one of them.