Day 63

Day 63: Last day of the instagram nail art challenge–theme pastels

pastel aztec nail artHere is another nail art that I have been putting off as well. Sometimes I’m not very patient, but the series finale of The Walking Dead was on so I sat down and painted my nails while I studied as well (life of a student).

The colors I used for the three base colors were:

pink: essie Fiji

green: OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

Purple: Sinful Colors Candy coated

The accent white is the good ol’ trusty OPI Alpine snow.

The aztec design itself that I created has no rhyme or reason. It’s more about doodling on your nail. I don’t know how much I enjoy this aztec design so I might try this again. I used two tools: a dotting tool & a small brush. This manicure just takes a little more time and a steady hand more than anything.

Happy polishing & happy easter everyone!

Day 28

Happy birthday to my babe. Technically his birthday isn’t until tuesday, but we are going out to dinner tonight. I thought today would be a good day to have a little bit of nail art dedicated to him. =)

Today’s manicure of the day utilized OPI Birthday babe, Essie Butler Please, Essie Bikini So teeny, and Alpine snow for the most part, to make a cupcake–for my cupcake!!

cupcake mani 1First start out with your base colors. On my ring finger I used Essie Bikini So Teeny. It is a nice soft blue with slight transparency with one coat and full opaqueness with two coats. The formula is not too thick, making it easy to work with. OPI Birthday babe is a very soft metallic silver, also very easy to work with. The hardest thing about metallic polishes is that you can see stroke lines sometimes, which is a reason why I mostly steer away from them.

cupcake mani 2Second, with a thin striping brush gently make lines on your ring finger to make the lines in the cupcake holder. You can get a striping brush from any beauty supply store. It is the paint brush with long thin hairs. I’m not very good with it mostly because I get really nervous and my lines come out really shaky =/ but practice makes perfect.

cupcake mani 3The following steps are done by the dotting tool. Take your dotting tool and very gently draw 3 half-circles on your nail like so–this makes the edge of your frosting. After you have done so, take your dotting tool again and dot out a “mound of frosting.” Make sure you don’t press down too hard because you may take up some of the dried polish in your layers below messing up the whole manicure. After you are done making your frosting wash the dotting tool off and use different colors for your sprinkles. For my sprinkles I used Essie Mojito Madness, Essie Cute As A Button, and Pop Sunny.

cupcake mani 4Instead of using more nail polish to paint on a cherry I just used a round rhinestone. Applying these is really easy. I used a dotting tool again with clear polish. Dip your dotting tool in clear polish and make a dot on your nail where you want to place the rhinestone. After placing your dot, use your dotting tool with the remnant clear polish to pick up a rhinestone and place the rhinestone on top of your dot of clear polish. And that’s it!

This manicure is very quick and it doesn’t take a lot of skill either.

Happy birthday, babe! ❤

Happy polishing.




Snow White & the Funny Bunny

I am starting this new project with my blog. For months now I have been trying to think of a clever way to show you what colors I have in my collection. The way I WANT to do it won’t happen mainly because i don’t have the knowledge to create it, nor do I have the time to learn. SO I have decided to swatch each color and review it and on my page titled, “My Growing Collection,” I will include a link to the post for reference. I figured the best way to tackle my collection is to start from one storage unit and work my way through that and on to the next one.

So first I have Funny Bunny by OPI. Now normally this would be a one polish kind of post but I do notice that a lot of people out there are trying to find out the difference between Funny Bunny and Alpine Snow. By first glance the look the same–white.

But these colors couldn’t be more different. When you open Funny Bunny you will notice the consistency is almost like a slightly thinned out Elmer’s glue. Here is one coat of Funny Bunny.

And here is one coat of Alpine Snow.

Alpine Snow is more like white out. This reminds me of the days in elementary school when I actually used to use White Out on my nails during class. Ah memories. =)
Here is two coats of each polish. The first picture is of Funny Bunny and the second picture is Alpine Snow.


And a side by side picture with Funny Bunny on the left and Alpine Snow on the right.