Monday Manicures

Sorry for the long break in posts! Last week was my first week back to school–and the first week of my senior year!–and it’s been super crazy. But everything’s settled now, so we should be back on schedule. πŸ™‚

Alright ya’ll, this week’s post is pretty simple, since I limited myself to fewer, more elaborate nails. Lots of compliments on these designs!!

First up, I did my current-favorite manicure: Galaxy nails!Galaxy Mani

This is two coats of China Glaze Smoke & Ashes with Revlon Colorstay Marmalade and China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint for the nebula. I sponged them on (mint and then coral) with a makeup sponge and then layered one coat of Revlon Stunning over the top for the starry effect. I love this look so much and it’s such an eye-catcher! I always get good wear out of it, too.

Next up, I followed this tutorialΒ to create a cheerful floral pattern:Floral Mani

This is, again, 2 coats China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint for the background, and the flowers are Revlon Colorstay Marmalade & Zoya Maura, and Sally Hansen Instra-Dri Lightening and Sun-Kissed. The green detailing is from a mini bottle of Sinful Colors with no name–just a nice medium green with a little shimmer. These were such happy nails to have for the first week of school! I need to work on my technique a little more with this style, but it was certainly fun and something I’d like to try in a more muted color palette.

This week in polish is going to be pretty exciting: I managed to get 8 new Zoyas with the BOGO coupon they gave out a few days ago, and I managed to snag a new color-shifting polish from Ninja Polish. I can’t wait for them all to get here!



So I didn’t do a Monday Manicures this week. I’m really bummed out about it, too, because I had this gem in store for ya’ll:

This is Zoya Maura, 2 coats, along with an accent nail done with generic nail striping polishes. Steven and I have been on a real Twin Peaks kick lately, and it only felt appropriate to finally do a manicure based on the Red Room from Agent Cooper’s dream:

But, I’ve decided that I’m going to mix up how I blog about my nails (since that’s one of my most popular tags, currently) so I’m waiting for next week. We’ve also been house & pet sitting, so I’ve been away from my apartment and hanging out with this girl a whole bunch. She’s a pretty cool dog, even though I’m a cat/bunny person. πŸ˜‰

And to kick off our new Monday Manicure format, I have MORE new polishes to show you!! It’s a brand-new shop, with brand-new polishes, and I’m honored to be part of her grand opening because look at these bottle shots they’re gorgeous!Β 

More on these come Monday!


Monday Manicures

It’s my favorite part of the week again; let’s talk about nails!

So this week I decided to start off with a bang and go as shimmery, bright, bold as I could–gold. I may be a little obsessed with gold these days.

This is L’Oreal Amazon’s Flash (3 coats) over Sally Hansen Instra-Dri in Lightening (2 coats). Pretty thick manicure, but it held up well and I ended up wearing it for four glamorous days. I love Amazon’s Flash, it’s such a nice gold, I just wish it were less sheer. Over Lightening it sort of turns out too yellowy for my preferences, but it looked okay on my skin tone so it was fine. I’ll have to keep a lookout for better underwear for that polish.

Now that I’m taking pictures of my manicures, I’ve realized that I don’t want to look at a million pictures of myself wearing a solid color and I’m trying more nail art. Hence:

BOWS! I love bows. They’re my one concession to girly-ness. This is Finger Paints Late Night Rendezvous (2ish coats) with tips in China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (1 coat) and a generic white nail striping polish. This is the first time I’ve worn Late Night Rendezvous on my nails and I LOVE it! The color has such richness and vibrancy, it’s mesmerizing to look at. (I’m wearing it on my toes now, too.) And Smoke & Ashes is my all-time favorite black polish–just a little sparkle, enough to keep it interesting, and great pigmentation. I even bought a back-up bottle. πŸ™‚

But that mani chipped reeeaally quickly, so I decided on glitter.

This is Zoya Lotus (2 coats) with China Glaze Prism sponged on the tips. Lotus is one of my favorite polishes in my collection–a gorgeous warm violet, with red-violet shimmer that’s plainly visible on the nail, just…not in this image, sadly. And Prism is just ridiculously shiny. It’s been a pretty fun weekend mani to have.

Not sure what to wear next though.. I have several bottles headed my way in the mail, so I’m kind of getting anxious about those!