Current Nail Art

Nothing too intricate, but oh so lovely. I used L’oreal’s Nail Color Riche. I like this formula because it goes on easily and is not gloppy or thick. It could be considered too thin by some, but I like this because it gives good coverage and painting multiple coats isn’t a problem. It actually dries!

They have a lot of good colors too. These are Violet Vixen and Grecian Goddess.

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(Please ignore the scar on my index finger, my rotary cutter got away from me two weeks ago. Eeek)

Spooky Nails?

Not quite. Adorable-y sweet (and SUPER quick) Halloween mani.

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polishes used:

OPI’s Russian Navy
Orly’s Pointe Blanche
Nine Ultra’s Ink-Ling

My topcoat is ALWAYS Revlon’s Extra Life.

The great thing about this manicure is that as soon as Halloween was over, I simply took polish remover to the ghost and painted my ring fingers with the Russian Navy, a GREAT fall color.

Summer Color

Quick and easy mani. Which is what you want while you’re on vacay! No time to do intricate designs when the the waves are calling.

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polishes used:

essie’s Big Spender
Orly’s It’s Up to Blue
Nicole’s Rich in Spirit

Tonal Polka Dots

You cannot beat a lovely hue on hue polka dot design for ease and prettiness. A perfect summery manicure.

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(Dang, my hands are tan. I’m going to regret that in a few short years!)

polishes used:

essie’s Boxer Shorts (LOL)
Sally Hansen’s Deep Blue Sea

Summer Scallops

I am just simply in love with this art deco scalloped edge manicure. I found it via the beauty department, a wonderfully pretty website with cool tutorials.

I’ve done this particular technique at least a half dozen times, with many different colors. I love how lovely and interesting it looks.

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polishes used:

Orly’s Charged Up
L’Oreal’s Grecian Goddess
Sally Hansen’s Pink Satin

Patriotic Nails

I think this mani speaks for itself.

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(Photo doodles and text added via the Beautiful Mess iphone app, I love that thing!)

polishes used:

China Glaze’s Salsa
OPI’s Russian Navy
Orly’s Pointe Blanche
essie’s Set in Stone

I used a dotting tool and striping tape for the design. Photo taken poolside, aw yeah.

Summer Coral

Truth be told, I don’t even really like the color coral or those orange-y brights all that much. I prefer my oranges to be burnt and autumnal.

But!

Just look at this luxe and rich gold and tangerine mani, I think I might have been won over by its deliciousness.

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polishes used:

L’Oreal’s Tangerine Crush
Nicole’s The Next CEO

I used a dotting tool and striping tape for this simple design.

Taupe and Blue

I love the contrast between conservative taupe and the bold pop of a royal blue!

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I used striping tape and a dotting tool for this design.

polishes used:

essie’s Merino Cool
Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue

Zig-Zags

I got this technique from elycia and have used it a few times. Again, this one is a tad fussy, so to make it a little easier, I only used two colors and made two thinner strips of zig-zags on each nail. And then added a purple accent nail for a nice popping contrast.

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polishes used:

OPI’s Funky Donkey
OPI’s What’s With the Cattitude?
OPI’s Orge the top Blue

Fuzzy Nails?

Total impulse buy! I saw it at Target and thought, why the hell would someone buy it? And then I tried it on one nail and was sort of smitten with it right away. Inspire by Jackson Pollock perhaps?

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polishes used:

OPI’s Orge the Top Blue
Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Coat Tweedy