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All the Stripes

I'm going to start this post off by saying that I am freakishly in love with this design! I say freakishly because I look at these pictures and almost want to print them and paste it on my nails. 

Why did I ever grab my acetone and remove this pattern off my nails? There's no doubt that I'll be doing these over again.

And by the way, the inspiration for this design came from the lovely Nearly Natural Nails

For this manicure I used OPI Planks A Lot as the purple base. Then I painted a large vertical stripe going down the middle of my nails with Orly Ancient Jade. To create this chevron-like pattern I took my nail art brush and a black acrylic paint and drew diagonal stripes throughout the center stripe. Afterwards, I connected the ends of the diagonal lines, on both sides, one going upwards and the other side downwards. Finally, I outlined the green center stripe with black. 

J'adore this manicure! Are you as excited about this design as I am? 


Hoot! Hoot!

Hello, hello!

I have a quick post for you guys today.

I love any cute, animated animal, monster, whatever! So of course an adorable owl would eventually land on my nails!

*I'm holding a random bottle in this picture, the polish wasn’t used for this manicure*

For this manicure I used Essie Sag Harbor for the base and Sally Hansen Model Behavior for the sponging. The brown is Sally Hansen Valentino. I used Orly Ancient Jade as the turquoise/mint, Wet N Wild Candylicious is the pink, and the purple is Wet N Wild Bite the Bullet (mixed with a bit of white).

And if you're wondering where you've seen this design it's  probably because you follow me on Twitter where I entered it in the CVS/All Lacquered Up contest!

P.S. I now have a Born Pretty discount code for my readers! The code is GFL91 and will take 10% off your order. If this code is used 10 times BP will sponsor a giveaway for you all!
* Code is in affiliation with Born Pretty


Fourth of July Love

Happy Independence Day!

I spent about two hours doing this design this morning. I made sure to wake up early enough that I didn't miss the sun, not a success. The sun was almost out of my yard but I managed to get some decent lighting in these pictures!

When I created this design, I originally planned for something else but it turned out almost identical to my valentines day manicure earlier this year. Oh well, I still love it. 

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme as the white base. Then I took my nail art brush and China Glaze Hey Sailor and I slowly created each stripe, slightly slanting some and completely rounding others. Next I created the hearts using Orly Royal Navy (my all time favorite blue!) and bordered it with black. The dots were created using the same white I used for the base. 

I don't have any big plans for the fourth, what are you doing for Independence Day?


Orly Pinterest Contest!

Hello ladies (and gents)!

ORLY is launching a Pinterest contest today where participants will have until March 19 to create a moodboard or storyboard using images and captions and integrating at least one lacquer from the spring 2012 Cool Romance Collection. Under each pin, participants should use the hashtags #ORLYCoolRomance and #ORLYNails. Finalists will receive a prize bag, including a variety of ORLY products. 

For more details about the contest please visit the contest page:

Cool Romance
ORLY Spring 2012 Collection
Modern Elegance Meets Sophisticated Romance

Romance doesn’t have to be prim and proper. This spring ORLY celebrates edgy elegance with a fresh, fashion-forward take on classic, subdued shades with Cool Romance.
The muted palette of cool metallics and pastels offers a romantic, feminine touch to fingertips and toes. The six lacquers in the Cool Romance Collection are the epitome of
a new definition of femininity, with splashes of clean pastels that marry the fresh romanticism of young love with a sleek sensibility that is all grown up.
The six lacquers in the Cool Romance Collection include:

You’re Blushing: Muted Lilac Crème
Prelude to a Kiss: Pastel Pink Crème
Jealous, Much?: Pastel Mint
Faint of Heart: Soft Grey Crème
Steel Your Heart: Charcoal Shimmer
Artificial Sweetener: Dusty Rose Shimmer

All ORLY Nail Lacquers including the Cool Romance Collection are free of DBP, Toluene and all traces of Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin.

The Cool Romance Lacquers will be available starting March 2012 for $8.50 each. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at,

Sally Beauty, Ulta and other purveyors of beauty throughout the U.S. and in over 100 countries worldwide.


For more information contact LaForce + Stevens or visit us online at

Jeff Pink founded ORLY in 1975 with a simple idea: to innovate natural nail care.  By creating leading-edge products and tools designed not only to beautify, but to respond to the needs of salon
professionals, ORLY’sbeauty experts have redefined nail care and nail fashion.  ORLY’s dynamic color palette includes over 150 Lacquer shades that are completely free of DBP, formaldehyde and toluene. 
 As much a trendsetter as a nail care innovator, ORLY also introduced the first-ever iconic nail look: the Original French Manicure® and reinvented Lacquer application with the award-winning Gripper Cap™.  ORLY embodies quality that beauty professionals in over 100 countries worldwide rely upon.


Mardi Gras Inspired

Happy Mardi Gras!

Do people say that? I know there's "Happy Valentine's Day" and "Happy Birthday" but I've never heard anyone say "Happy Mardi Gras."

Ah, whatever, it is what it is.

This took me close to two and a half hours to do. And that's just one hand! I especially had a lot of trouble with the index finger. Apparently it's impossible to get an evenly proportioned mask. But it was all worth it; I love the finished result!

For this manicure I used Orly Out of this World (which my best friend, Emily, gave me) as the deep purple base. Then I created a horizontal stripe in the middle with Color Club Enchanted Holiday. The green stripe, closest to my tip, is Orly Here Comes Trouble. I used a dotting tool and China Glaze Brighthouse to create the gold beads and then I outlined them in black. The mask was created using (mainly) Zoya Lolly and a variety of pink polishes. I then added on some loose glitter and slapped on a thick coat of Seche Vite.

I don't feel like these pictures are doing any justice to this manicure. It's fun, glittery and so pretty in person!


Creative Stripes

Hello, hello!

Yesterday, when I went to do this manicure, I was literally standing in front of my collection for about ten minutes trying to decide what I wanted to do on my nails.

Flowers? No. More Ugly Dolls? Nope. Layering?, don't think so. 

Then I thought of my "Waves" post from Retro Week and got my inspiration from there.

Not entirely the same, but just as fun. (:

For this manicure I used Orly Ancient Jade (love this color!) as the base. I then took my nail art brush and started creating stripes that curved over the entire nail. The colors used for the stripes are Zoya Skylar, Wet N Wild Ice Breaker and of course Orly Ancient Jade.

This color combination works really well! I wasn't sure whether I should start with Zoya Skylar or white but in the end I'm pretty happy with it.
*Zoya Skylar sent for review.


Follow the Candy Cane Road

Merry Christmas!

I'll keep this post short and sweet since it's the holidays and many of you are probably very busy.

This is a..."creative" manicure I came up with yesterday. I didn't really have any type of inspiration but thought it would be fun to do something a little different.

And just for fun, here's our Chrsitmas tree this year! The theme was blue, silver and a touch of gold.

For this manicure I used China Glaze Starboard as the base. Then I applied one layer of Orly Bubbly Bombshell on top. The "candy cane-esque" stripe was made with Wet N Wild Break the Ice and, using a nail art brush for the stripes, China Glaze Hey Sailor. I then went back with Holly Jolly (the snowman polish) and sponged it around the sides of each stripe. Fun, simple, easy, and quick.

Happy Holidays to you! I hope you get everything you want, eat delicious food and enjoy time with loved ones!

See you in 2012!


Retro Week: Radiating Dots

Good morning!

Ready for day two of Retro Week?

Today's design was inspired by a picture that I saw online. I saved it a long time ago in my inspiration folder but I don't know what blog it came from. If someone knows, please tell me in the comments so I can properly credit.

This came out a lot different than I wanted. I still like it though. I just wish the topcoat didn't bubble and smear so much.

Ah...well, we can't have it all.

For this manicure I used Orly Ancient Jade as the base. Next, I drew dots on several different spots on each nail. Then, using a nail art brush, I took Zoya Cynthia, Zoya Marley and an orange polish (I forgot which one) and drew the lines that surround the dots.

This was a fun and easy design to do, but taking your time is essential. I rushed through this design, (which I even said not to do in my nail art guide) so it didn't turn out as thin/neat as I had hoped.


Orly Space Cadet

Good morning!

Today I'm showing you my favorite nail polish, Orly Space Cadet! I finally found it yesterday after searching for it for months.

I know there are a million swatches of this already, but lucky for you, you get to see one more.

I'll let the polish do all the talking.

I'm sure your jaw has dropped to the keyboard by now.

Orly Space Cadet is this amazing gold/orange/copper, green and purple multi-chrome foil metallic. I couldn't pick up much of the green, but believe me when I say it's there! Space Cadet is pretty sheer so I layered it over one coat of Rimmel London Black Satin.

A close dupe for this is Claire's Venomous which I posted swatches of here. The finish of these two are a bit different though.

I'm so happy I got this! It's now the best nail polish in my collection. 

P.S. I guess I should bring attention to that fact that I shortened my nails a few  days ago. I'm getting tired of long nails for some reason.


Dotted All Over

Hello everyone!

First I wanted to tell you about a new blog that I already love. My best friend, Emily, just started her very own fashion/beauty blog over at Style As A Second Language. I know a lot of you are interested in fashion as well as makeup and I think her blog would be great for you. Show her some love and support and check out her blog!

Now back to the manicure. I'm in the process of going through my untrieds and using them all as bases for my nail art. One of the ones I chose to wear was Fingerpaints Chrysanthe-Mum's The Word. I hate the name, but I love the color.

Also, how do you guys like the size of this picture? Do you like my pictures better when they're big like this or smaller like my last post? Let me know!

There was zero sun when I took this picture, *sigh*.  Also excuse the chip on my index.

And here's Chrysanth-Mum's The Word on it's own.

For this manicure I used Fingerpaints Chrysanthe-Mum's The Word as the base. This is an interesting color, it's like a pastel lime green. Really pretty! I used my dotting tool to create the dots. The polishes were Fingerpaints Groovy Green, Rimmel London Green With Envy and Zoya Ivanka. The glitter on my ring finger is Orly Here Comes Trouble from their Pin-Up Collection.

I really love doing polka dots. They're fast and easy and really simple. I don't wear a design more than once but polka dots can be done in so many different ways!



Week two of the new Monday Nail Art Challenge I'm participating in!

This week was much more challenging than last week's polka dots. When I hear the words "floral" I get kind of scared. It's a lot more difficult than it sounds, at least for me. I've done floral before but they are always simple, dotted daisies.

I actually attempted two different designs but the first one was a huge fail. I wanted to do something a bit different than I normally do so I watched some Youtube videos for inspiration and came up with this!

This beautiful design is inspired by this video from Robin Moses.

The red is so bright, my camera freaked out. Apologies.

For this manicure I used Orly Ancient Jade as the base. I drew the stems with China Glaze Starboard and then the poppies were made with China Glaze Hey Sailor and a nail art brush. I added in the yellow dots with Essence Mellow Yellow. The clouds were made using Wet n Wild Shiver.

Very simple, but I really like it! Robin Moses's designs are incredible. No matter what she does, it always impresses me. If you've been living under a rock and don't know who she is, check out her Youtube channel here.


Orly Ancient Jade + Silver Shatter and White Cap

I felt like being experimental so I played with China Glaze White Cap and OPI Silver Shatter!

Let's start off with the OPI Silver Shatter. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't like this combination at all. The colors just don't work well together. I love them on their own, just not together. But nonetheless, here's what Orly Ancient Jade looks like with Silver Shatter on top:

A little while later I removed this and layered China Glaze White Cap over Orly Ancient Jade. Now this is more like it! It's like these two were made for each other. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

And what would this post be if I didn't include a picture of Ancient Jade on it's own?
Orly Ancient Jade is a beautiful medium, jade green with a bit of a mint tone to it. Orly's formula impressed me as this is a definite one-coater. It also dried super fast and shiny. The picture above is with no topcoat.


Layering Orly It's Up To Blue and Nicole by OPI Nicole...Spotted

I was feeling something fun and summer-y. I'm so tired of dark winter colors! I was in a rush, so excuse my cuticles please.

For this manicure I applied three coats of Orly It's Up to Blue.

Then I applied one thick coat of Nicole by OPI Nicole...Spotted (from their Gossip Girl Collection).

I really like the look of this manicure. Nicole...Spotted has these pretty green shimmers but still has those big blue glitters.
And It's Up To Blue is so bright and pretty I can hardly stand it!
They were both easy to apply and were practically made for layering.

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