Mello Yellow: Nail Inspiration

With school out for the summer I’m ready to take in the sunshine and bask in the glow of the great sunny outdoors.  This inspired me look for nail designs from around the webs that reflect my new mellowed out mood.  Following are some of the favorite looks I found:

1) Grapefruit Nails 

2) Wild Leopard Nails

3) Cherry Nails

4) Galaxy Nails

5) Nicki Minaj Inspired Nails


Poolside French Nails

I spent this Saturday celebrating a friend’s graduation at a poolside party.  To create a nail look that went along nicely with my weekend plans I stuck to a clean french manicure look with a touch of blue to match the chlorinated hues that would be in my midsts.  I had considered getting a little more complex with the design by adding some stamping  but quickly decided it may be better to stay simple.  For one thing, have you ever noticed that swimming seems to eat away at your mani’s and pedis more quickly then anything else.

The supplies I used to create this style are seen/listed below (from left to right):
1) Sinful Colors Nail Art in Anxious Azure – you can find a nice assortment of nail art colors at Walgreens for only $1.99 a bottle.
2) Zoya’s Purity – an absolute staple (Find online at or ulta $8)
3) China Glaze Afterglow – This pearly pink color is a lovely color for french manis and it offered a nice blue color undertone that helped set off the azure accent color. (Find at Ulta $8)
4) OPI RapiDry Top Coat – This is a breakaway from my usual Seche Vite but I found that this top coat works really well and provides thorough nail protection (Find at Ulta $8)
5) Kiss Nail Art paint in white (Find at Walgreens in nail color sets / typically $7 – $10)
6) Nail Stickers – these provide a nice clean french mani tip (Find online on e-bay for $5 approx)

Creating an at home french look is simple with the use of the nail stickers – Thumbnails can be seen below – ha ha – you’ll get the joke in a second:

1) First I painted the nail in China Glaze – let dry and then applied the nail sticker template. To ensure that the sticker would not pull off any base polish I pushed against clothing and removed a couple of times before putting on nail.

 2) Next step was to use Zoya Purity to paint the tip of the nail:

3) Finally I removed the tape and freehanded the azure nail art line to add a touch of blue:

Added top coat and walla – almost done.  I say almost because I decided to do a matching pedi to go with it.  I followed the same process on the big toe nail; however on the little toes I just freehanded a white nail art line at the tip of each nail and underscored it with the Azure color instead of using the template.

Sponged Nails: Created Through Trial and Error

Failed Attempt At Pinterest Tutorial
Every now then I come across a new finger nail tutorial I’m really excited to try out. Most recently there has been a design technique circulating on Pinterest that demonstrates a process for creating a “water color effect.” The steps outlined below were easy to follow so I decided to give it a try:
1) Paint nail white – let dry
2) Dot various polish colors onto nail
3) Put plastic wrap or a plastic bag over the nail and remove

While the tutorial seemed easy, this actually resulted in a disaster. When I removed the plastic wrap I had a mess on my hands, the colors were all over the place and the plastic actually picked up some of the base color leaving paint chips behind. I tried the process out on several nails but in the end decided I would have to go about another way of achieving the look I desired.

Following  is a picture of the Pinterest tutorial:

Successful Sponging Attempt
For my second attempt at the design I decided to try a sponging technique and followed the steps below:

1) Paint nail white – let dry
2) Sponged on layers of dark grey (Zoya, Dove ) sponged pink (Zoya, Marley) and topped with green (Butter London, Bossy Boots). I applied the colors in a linear fashion but was sure to let them overlap at points so that the colors blended together a little. (Note: I found these nail sponges at Sally Beauty Supply).
3) I added a little sparkle by applying a “Northern Lights” hologram topcoat glitter. The glitter in this polish is really fine and a single coat is almost unnoticed but I think this gives the look the perfect amount of sparkle when seen in the sunlight.
4) As usual, I finished up by applying my Seche Vite top coat.

Overall, I was really happy with the end result; sometimes it takes a little trial and error before a look will come out satisfactorily. I still hope to have something a little more “water colorish” in the future.

Are there any nail tutorials you have tried and would recommend?

Supplies Pictured Below:

Feeling Blue: Nail Inspiration

Following are some pictures of Blue nail designs I’d like to try some day:
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Fourth of July Nails

What better way to celebrate America’s birthday with a simple fourth of July nail design.  To show my spirit, I sported a red, white and blue polka dot / glitter design.  I used Butter London’s “Blagger” blue (a favorite) and “Chancer” red glitter to create this look.

I almost went without doing a design for the fourth at all but found myself with extra time on hands thanks to the weird day of the week for this holiday.  Just about everything at work was canceled, I haven’t seen my calendar this clear since last Christmas.  Meetings that were scheduled months in advance were suddenly called off without explanation.  People called in sick with sudden stomach viruses or in one particular case someone called in claiming to have issues with here eye glasses so she were unable to work since she couldn’t see anything – really people!

With a trip to Vegas coming up in my near future I decided to push through and work the entire week only to find myself feeling a little disgruntled and unmotivated.  Luckily we were released early the day before the fourth so…. since happy nails make for a happy girl, I decided to use the down time to my advantage.  Following are the steps for this look:

1) Base coat – I usually don’t mention that I do a base coat but decided to call this to attention since this is a VERY Important step.  With a good base your polish will stay on longer AND most importantly it will help keep your nails from turning yellow.   I learned this the hard way!  My favorite base coat is made by Seche Vite.  I’ve tried cheaper ones but discovered they do not do as good a job.  To be honest, this is an area that could use more research since I have heard that there are “sticky” base coats that work really well.
2) Applied two coats of the the red and blue Butter London colors.
3) Used a dotting tool to add the polka dots.
4) Applied Seche Vite top coat

There you have it, a very simple look that can be interchanged with any colors to suit any occasion.

On another note, did you all hear about the San Diego fireworks debacle?  Apparently they accidentally set off all the fireworks at same time in the beginning of the show.  Check out the following you tube video to watch the most anticlimactic fireworks show ever:

Neon Nails

In celebration of Chicago’s Wavefront Music Fest, I went with a glittery “Neon Nail” design this week.  This was an easy look to create but the hardest part was getting the color scheme right.  Luckily, I recently purchased a set of Claire’s sweet scented mini polishes which were complimentary in color so that really helped me accomplish this look.   (BTW once the polish is applied it stinks like usual so don’t by into the sweet scent business).

Steps Followed:
1) Applied white pearl polish (Loreal Brand) – let dry
2) Painted on nail tips free-hand, alternating colors
3) Used a nail art polish to draw a dark pink line over the bottom of the tip to hide the trouble spots
4) Last steps, applied glitter polish – let dry and finished up with my favorite top coat, Seche Vite

Note: When tipping your nails, templates are very useful to help you get a clean line.  I usually find some tip guides on e-bay for a reasonable price.

Picture of supplies I used provided below:

Here are some cool photos from the fest:

Beige Lattice Nails

My nail design of the week features a neutral beige color called Yummy Mummy from the Butter London collection.  This color has quickly become one of my favorite’s of the summer and is perfect for virtually any occasion.  This was a great fit for me this week since I have a work outing and wanted a fun design that was slightly on the conservative side.  To spice up the manicure I created a lattice pattern on the thumb and ring fingers by putting the beige against a white backdrop.  The steps I followed to create this look are provided below:

Supplies needed for this design included: Scissors, nail tape, a dotting tool, beige and white polish.

After applying a base coat and shaping the nails I applied the beige and white colors then let dry

Next, I tapped off the white nails to create my desired lattice effect

I then painted two coats of the beige color over the tapped nail

I quickly removed the tape before the polish could dry.

To break up the harshness of the white lines I used my dotting tool to add beige dots to where the lines intersected

To wrap things up I added a coat of Seche Vite to give it a glassy impenetrable finish and called it a day.