For a while I wasn’t into nail art. I’m not really sure what happened, but doing my nails became a chore. Painting my nails only takes 10 minutes, but nail art? That can take an hour to do. But in a moment of clarity, I sat down and created this fun rainbow gradient nail art using some stamping. Find out how I got this rainbow arrows #NOTD and how I do my gradients!
Christmas is over so that means one thing: snowflake nails! One of my favorite wintery nail polishes is Zoya Crystal. It’s a beautiful blue foil with golden sparkles that make the polish look alive. This polish always reminded me of snow, so it made total sense to stamp some snowflakes on top. Find out how I got it down below!
Happy Black Friday everyone! Today is the day where most people do their Christmas and holiday shopping and I’m one of them. I love scouring through multiple websites trying to find the best deal and challenging myself to get all my gifts within a budget. But you don’t have to do your Christmas shopping alone! Today I’m sharing my list of gifts that will make your beauty and planner obsessed person in your life utterly happy. Check out my holiday gift guide below!
After a few weeks of awful, terrible nail breaks, I’m finally back with a #NOTD. My nails are finally grown out to a length where I’m not embarrassed to show them. To celebrate this momentous milestone, I decided to bring out my stamping supplies and try stamping with regular nail polish.
After receiving a nail stamping kit for my birthday from my loving boyfriend, (thanks Walter!!) I’ve been playing with stamping for every manicure. While I still have a lot to learn, this once has come out the best so far. I love the marbled colors underneath and the pattern on top. Want to know how I got this? Click read more!
It’s finally here! The end of year favorites posts. I look forward to seeing them from other bloggers, so I thought I’d share my list! Check out my 2015 Nail Polish Favorites down below!
Today marks the day that the Christmas nail art begins! I started off easy with a dotticure, or a manicure that is created out of dots. I chose to do one that looks like a gradient. It’s super easy for beginners but looks really elegant. Check out a step-by-step guide below!
What you’ll need:
Gold nail polish (I used Orly Luxe.)
Red nail polish (I used Zoya Dakota.)
Green nail polish (I used OPI Jade is the New Black.)
White nail polish (I used OPI Alpine Snow.)
Dotting tools of different sizes
Tray for nail polish – yogurt lids, plastic plate, etc.
Cleanup brush and cotton pads
- Paint on the gold nail polish. Let it dry for 10 minutes.
- On the tray, put a generous amount of white, red and green nail polish.
- With the bigger dotting tool, start dotting white dots along the tip of your nail. Work your way up about 1/3 of the nail. You want the most concentration of dots around the tips of your nails and the least towards the cuticle. This is how you’ll achieve the gradient effect.
- Repeat with red then green nail polish. Try not to think of where the dots are going and don’t be afraid to have the dots overlap. The nails that are more random turn out to be the best!
- With the smaller dotting tool, start adding dots of all three colors to fill in any gaps around the tip of the nail. Leave a few single dots about half way up the nail. The different sized dots will make the gradient more interesting and complex.
- Clean up around the cuticle with a cleanup brush and acetone.
- Apply top coat and you’re done!
The cool thing about this nail art is that when it starts to chip at the edge, just add more dots. It doesn’t mess up the overall look but saves the manicure.
This nail art can be done year round with a ton of different colors. What color combination do you want to try? Let me know down below!
I wanted to get back into nail art, so I decided that I would go back to a stand-by: the glitter fade. It’s easy, has lots of sparkle and it looks like you spent a lot of time on it.
Usually with glitter fades I will paint on the glitter, but I thought I would try a technique that I have never tried before.
Using makeup sponges, I created this glitter fade easily and without creating a thick nail in the process. The sponge soaks up all of the nail polish base and leaves behind the glitter. This makes the glitter go on more opaque, with less layers and less work.
What you will need:
A base polish of your choice
Latex free makeup sponge (like these)
Cleanup brush and cotton buds
- Paint your base coat and base color like you usually would. For this glitter fade, I chose Zoya Dakota. Let dry 10 minutes.
- Take your glitter polish (I chose OPI In True Stefani Fashion) and wipe it along the edge of the makeup sponge.
- Start dabbing the glitter at the edge of the nail. When there is less glitter on the sponge, start working towards the middle of the nail. This will create the fade. Repeat until you get the desired opacity.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 on each nail.
- After 10 minutes, apply top coat.
- Glitter will get around your nail, but it’s easy to clean up. After the top coat has dried, wash your hands and try to scrub around the nail. Then, apply cuticle oil. The oils will lift the glitter. Repeat this process until all of the glitter is gone.
That’s it! It’s an incredibly easy nail art that only takes a few minutes. The only thing I wish I had was a latex barrier. These barriers make cleanup easier. They’re kind of expensive (you could go the DIY route and just buy special FX latex, but that’s messy), but they make cleanup so much easier. It’s something that I want to pick up sooner than later!