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31DC2013 (The Last Post) Day 31- Honor Nails You Love <3 Part 2

And now for the continuation of this week’s episode of 31DC2013…

15 more challenge manis I ❤ with all my ❤

16) Favorite tribal nails: Nail Polish Society



Don’t the dots make it look like a cute little mosaic design? Love!

17) Favorite glitter nails: ErinZi’s Nails



This glitter really packs a sparkly punch! And sparkly punches are the one kind of punch I like (except fruit punch, that’s good too…)

18) Favorite half-moon nails: Cambridge Nails

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She didn’t do half moon nails, oh no. She did half earth nails. And saturn. and mars. SO COOL.

19) Favorite galaxy nails: Colorful Cupcake Cat



I love her color choice combined with the glitter, I love the pastels!

20) Favorite water marble nails: Brijit’s Digits



I’m a huge fan of simplistic water marbles, and this totally hits the spot for me! And those long nails *jealous*

21) Favorite inspired by a color nails: Cajón de los Esmaltes

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Los brillos son fabulosos, y azul es mi color favorito! Ella sabe como pintar muy bien!

22) Favorite song inspired nails: Dani’s Manis


How true to life are these nails? This girl has free-handing talent!

23) Favorite movie inspired nails: ALIQUID

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Just take a moment to appreciate that the Lion King is on her nails. That pretty much says it all!!

24) Favorite book inspired nails: Bling Finger


They’re inspired by the ancient language of Sanskrit, and they’re so beautifully done!

25) Favorite fashion inspired nails: More Nail Polish


Ingenious use of flocking powder and beads, all at once. So elegant indeed!

26) Favorite pattern inspired nails: Nail Polish In My Eyes


This beautifully captures the essence of wicker. And it’s freehanded! So beautiful!

27) Favorite art inspired nails: Drawn to Nails



Can you believe this is HAND PAINTED ON A NAIL? No, ok. Good, because neither can I!

28) Favorite flag inspired nails: Chalkboard Nails



I’m in love with the use of textures here!

29) Favorite supernatural inspired nails: Nail Polish In My Eyes



These angel wings are so delicate they look like they could fly off the nail!

30) Favorite tutorial inspired nails: The Polish Influenza

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Ok, so they’re my nails… I’m just really proud of these ones! 🙂

And there you have it, folks. The conclusion of the 31DC2013. It’s been a blast, and I can’t wait to do it all again next year! Many thanks to all who have supported me through it, I hope you will continue to follow my blog going forward! Regularly scheduled posting will resume tomorrow! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a MOTD! Until next year!






31DC2013 Day 31- Honor Nails You Love <3 Part 1

Hi my lovely readers!

So, the end is upon us. I’m not sure whether to feel sad or relieved. The creative side of me wishes this challenge would go on for another month, while the practical side says LOL WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? Either way, it has been an amazing run, and I’m so glad I’ve gotten to share it with all of you! 

Today, I’m doing something a bit different. I’m not going to honor one nail. Oh no, that would be FAR too easy. I’m honoring 30 NAIL DESIGNS. Well, to be fair, I’m not doing any of the painting. But I feel like it’s right to celebrate all the amazing designs other bloggers have created this month. So without further ado, let’s start! (because this is gon’ take awhile…)

1) Favorite red nails: More Nail Polish 



The butterflies are absolutely adorable! I love her idea, and the execution is spot on! 

2) Favorite orange nails: Let Them Have Polish!



I love how the black and orange doesn’t go anywhere near Halloween territory, and the stamping is so cute!

3) Favorite yellow nails: Plumeria Painted 

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Spongebob was and still is my favorite show on Nick. Need I say more? 😀

4) Favorite green nails: POW! Nails



Tell me these little green blobs aren’t the most adorable things? 

5) Favorite blue nails: Vic and her Nails



This stunning blue tartan design almost reminds me of Dorothy’s dress in the Wizard of Oz!

6) Favorite purple nails: My Nail Polish Online



These delicate floral nails would look perfect in the springtime! 

7) Favorite black and white nails: Fedora Harp


I’m a musician, these are music nails. Clear winner in my book!

8) Favorite metallic nails: The Nail Polish Project


From the color scheme to the execution, everything about these nails is “spot” on! (soooo pun intended, lol)

9) Favorite rainbow nails: Colors Frenzy


I’m a sucker for drip nails and rainbows, so um, of course I love these!

10) Favorite gradient nails: Little Night Flower 

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The red flowers really take this classic gradient up a notch! 

11) Favorite polka dot nails: Pretty Tough Nails

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I can’t even with the kissing fish. TOO CUTE FOR WORDS.

12) Favorite striped nails: Chalkboard Nails



A beautiful execution of a broken ombre. One of my faves!

13) Favorite animal print nails: Gelic’ Nail Art



The fox is SOOO cute, and I’m also a bit obsessed with the “What Does the Fox Say?” video so…

14) Favorite floral nails: Wacky Laki



These flowers are so beautifully organic, and the color scheme is to die for!

15) Favorite delicate design nails: The Nailasaurus



Guys, these are handpainted. HAND FREAKING PAINTED. Amazing. No words.

I know this is only half of the posts, but this post is getting ridiculously long. I promise the other half of my 31DC2013 favorites will be up later tonight! Until then, let me know which of these fantastic designs is your favorite!





31DC2013 Day 30- Inspired by a Tutorial (rubikscube907)

Hi everyone!

This is it, folks. One day left of the 31DC2013 after today’s post! It has been a wild ride, and I’m glad I got to spend it with all of my amazing viewers! You all make me so happy, seeing your views and comments, and it’s really exciting watching my stat map to see what countries everyone is from. Shout out to my first viewer from Japan a few days ago! I hope you all enjoy reading this blog as much as I love writing it 🙂

Today’s nails are inspired by the lovely youtuber rubikscube907. She does great nail art tutorials, Outfits of the Day, and much more, but this one particular tutorial caught my eye. It’s social media nails! What a more appropriate way to spread the love for rubikscube907 than through social media, eh? Here’s a screen grab of her design!

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And here’s the video!

To create the design, I pretty much just freehanded everything with toothpicks, so it’s not worth explaining every nail (besides, if you want to see a visual tutorial, rubikscube907 has that for you!), but here are the colors I used on each nail:

Youtube: Sinful Colors Snow Me White, e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot (red), Love and Beauty Black

Twitter: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue me Away (light blue), e.l.f. Skinny Jeans (dark blue), Snow Me White

Instagram: Rue Beauté 004 (light brown), Rue Beauté 063 (dark brown), Black, Snow Me White, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, Smokin’ Hot, Skinny Jeans, Rue Beauté 040 (green)

Facebook: Skinny Jeans, Snow Me White, e.l.f. Lavender Mist

Tumblr: Essence Movie Star, Lavender Mist, Snow Me White

I hope you like my interpretation of the design! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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If you like this design, please share it on social media! (I know, I know, cheesy). And make sure to let me know which of my nails you like the best! And also, make sure to check out rubikscube907 on youtube, she deserves your attention!

The end approacheth! Tomorrow is the final day! Honor nails you ❤ is the theme, which nails will I recreate? Only time will tell!






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31DC2013 Day 29- Inspired by the Supernatural

Hi everyone!

Today’s prompt, the supernatural, was a bit difficult for me. I’m not into scary things (I’m such a crybaby at horror movies, it’s ridiculous) and dragons and phoenixes are too difficult to paint in miniature. I then thought of ghosts, but that seemed far too clichéd. And then it hit me: what if I went tongue-in-cheek, and did Pacman ghosts. And so it went.

To create my classic arcade-inspired nails, I started off by painting all of my nails with two coats of Love and Beauty Black. I then took Sinful Colors Snow Me White and drew the outlines of Pacman with his dots on my thumb and the 4 ghosts, Inky, Pinky, Blinky, and Sue, on my other fingers. I filled in the designs with white to make sure that the colors would stand out against the black. Once that had dried, I filled in Pacman and the dots with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, Inky with a mix of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away and Mint Sorbet, Pinky with a mix of Love and Beauty Pink Creme and Snow Me White, Blinky with e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot, and Sue with Mellow Yellow and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed. Once those colors dried, I put little white dots on the ghosts for eyes, and put a black dot inside of them. And Pacman has come to life on my nails! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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So it’s not quite spooky or scary, but it sure is cute! ^__^ Sue is a little cross-eyed, but hey, she was always the odd one out xD Let me know if you like Pacman too in the comments below!

Only TWO DAYS LEFT of the 31DC2013!!! I can’t believe how fast time flies! I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have 🙂 Tomorrow is “inspired by a tutorial”, so if you have a favorite tutorial, make sure to let me know in the comments! I always need inspiration!






31DC2013 Day 28- Inspired by a Flag(s)

Hi everyone!

So, I’m using today’s 31DC2013 theme as an announcement. I’m going to be going on my very first trip to Europe this summer! I’m taking a cruise, so I’m going to have the opportunity to see multiple countries. And today, my nails are representing the countries I’ll be visiting. So, without further ado….


I’m going to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia, and Estonia!! If you live in or are from any of these countries, let me know in the comments! You don’t know how excited I am to see these countries. The Baltic area has always fascinated me, and I can’t wait to experience the sites, sounds, and culture these countries have to offer! And of course, I’d love to see the best nail polish brands from abroad, too 🙂

To create today’s design, I used the tape manicure technique. I started with a base of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow on my thumb, Rue Beauté 043 on my pointer finger, e.l.f. Skinny Jeans on my middle finger, Sinful Colors Snow Me White on my ring finger, and Love and Beauty Black on my pinky. I made tape crosses on my thumb and pointer finger, and a strip of tape down the middle of my middle finger, ring finger, and pinky. I painted Skinny Jeans over my thumb, Snow Me White over my pointer finger, e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot on the tip of my middle finger and Snow Me White on the base, Smokin’ Hot on my ring finger, and Skinny Jeans on the base of my pinky, and Snow Me White on the tip. I peeled off the tape, and ta da! Lots of flags, in the order of my itinerary! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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I hope you guys like them! And to my viewers from these 5 countries, what are the best local nail polish brands, and where can I find them when I’m on my vacation? I’d love to be able to pick up some foreign lacquers as souvenirs!

We’re winding down on the 31DC2013, folks! It’s been one crazy ride, no? Tomorrow is a supernatural inspired design. Oooh, ghosts and monsters and witches! Can’t wait!






31DC2013 Day 27- Inspired by Artwork (The Scream)

Hi all!

I’m going to admit, today was a struggle. I’m really no artist, I just happen to be good with nail polish. I swear, when I pick up a paintbrush or colored pencil and try to do this stuff in real life, the end result is horrific. I don’t know why it always works on my nails, lol! So having to put a real life work of art on my nails was kinda terrifying! In the end, I’m pleased with the result, and I hope you agree with me!


My inspiration for today’s design came from the painting The Scream by Edvard Munch. It’s very surreal, which I love because of its abstract nature. I immediately knew that I wanted to emulate the swirls of the paint through water marble, and I separated the color patterns into three parts: the oranges, yellows, and reds of the sky, the blues of the water, and the browns of the bridge. I started by painting all of my nails white (Sinful Colors Snow Me White) to get the best and boldest water marble.

To get the sun-lit sky, I put drops of Essie Tart Deco, e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow and Sally Hansen Sun Kissed into a bowl of lukewarm tap water. I used a toothpick to draw random, linear patterns, and dipped my thumb and middle finger into the mix. To get the water, I put drops of Rue Beauté 043, Rue Beauté 033, e.l.f. Lavender Mist, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, and Sinful Colors Snow Me White into a bowl, created the same linear pattern, and dipped my pointer and ring fingers into the mix. For the bridge, I mixed Rue Beauté 004 and Rue Beauté 063 in the same linear pattern, and just dipped in my pinky.

For the scream himself, I mixed together Snow Me White, 004, and Love and Beauty Black on a palette, and freehanded the shape of his face on my ring finger. Once that dried, I used a mix of black and the navy 043 to freehand the mouth and eyes. I then used the grey mixture to draw on his hands next to his face. And ta da! Art on my fingers! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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So there’s my version of art. Please share if you like it! It means a lot to me! And I really want to see all of your amazing nail art designs as well, so make sure to share them!

Tomorrow is flag inspired day. I already have my design planned and ready to go! Come back tomorrow to see what I have in store!






31DC2013 Day 26- Inspired by a Pattern! (Zig-Zags)

Hi everyone!

5 DAYS LEFT!!! I cannot believe that this 31DC2013 has gone by this fast. I really think that I’ve gotten much better at nail art during this month. I hope you guys think so too!

Today’s design was inspired by this lovely pattern I found on Google.


I originally wanted to do a triangular/geometric design, but I couldn’t find something I liked. This just screamed at me: Look at those colors! And I had colors in my stash that I knew could do this pattern justice, so I got started!

I felt kinda lazy today, so I freehanded the whole design instead of taping things out. I started with a base of 2 coats of Sinful Colors Dream On, a satin-matte neon purple. Once that dried, I painted on zigzags using the following colors:

Teal: Sinful Colors Rise and Shine

Black: Love and Beauty Black

Baby Pink: a mix of Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Love and Beauty Pink (the one with blue shimmer running through it)

Once the zigzags were complete to my satisfaction, I finished it off with OPI topcoat! Pictures are below!

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So what do you think of the design? I know stripes and zigzags have been done thousands of times, but I hope you like my color choice and execution!

We’re nearing the end of the challenge, folks! Tomorrow is “Inspired by an Artwork” day. Isn’t all nail art considered art? This should be easy!






31DC2013 Day 25- Inspired by a Fashion! (Tweed Coat)

Hi all!

Less than a week of the 31DC2013 to go! I can’t believe we’ve all gotten this far! Kudos to all who have been involved in such a taxing challenge. The nail art that has come out of it has been fantastic! Let me tell you, it’s going to be hard to pick a favorite look come day 31!

Today’s design is not actually my own. It was actually inspired by the lovely Michelle Mismas over at All Lacquered Up. If you haven’t already, please, check out her blog. She’s an incredible nail guru with more tips and tricks than I even thought were possible! She’s pretty much my idol in the nail blogging world, and she’s one of the reasons that I started my blog in the first place 🙂


To create my pink coat design, I started with two coats of Claire’s Hot Stuff (reviewed in this week’s On Wednesdays We Wear Pink segment!). Once that dried, I applied one generous coat of Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat topcoat in Tweedy, to create the tweed fabric effect on the nail. I then took Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Love and Beauty Black with toothpicks, and drew random, overlapping lines to create a tweed effect. It’s such a simple design with such a fun end result! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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I hope you guys like this! And make sure to give Michelle some love too, she’s the original creator!

Tomorrow’s look is inspired by a pattern. Oh boy. Tune in tomorrow to see what I choose!





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31DC2013 Day 24- Inspired by a Book (The Rainbow Fish)

Hi folks!

Quick post for today because my schedule is crazy busy! I barely had time to do my nails! But I fit it in! All while watching the America’s Cup (GO TEAM ORACLE! If you’re not watching, you’d better tune in tomorrow, it’s going to be an exciting race of sailing!). Maybe that’s why my manicure is nautical themed today…

The book I’ve selected as my inspiration is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. It’s a classic children’s book written to display the joys of sharing with others. Just like I’m doing with my manicure today- sharing it with you!


I started of with two coats of e.l.f. Skinny Jeans on my pointer finger, middle finger, and pinky, and two coats of e.l.f. Lavender Mist on my thumb and ring finger. On my two accent nails, I used Love and Beauty Black on a toothpick to draw the outlines of fish scales. On the other three nails, I took a makeup sponge torn into little chunks and dabbed on Lavender Mist and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away in small patches to create depth to the ocean. I finished off those nails with Sinful Colors Snow Me White circles to represent bubbles (as seen on the cover of the book).

To finish off the scale nails, I took Rue Beauté 040, Love and Beauty Red, Lavender Mist, Skinny Jeans, and Sinful Colors Dream On and put drops of each color on a paper plate (which I use as a palette). I mixed a drop of Ulta Glass Slipper (a glass shard topcoat shown here) to each color to give them shimmery effects. I then randomly placed the colors inside the drawn scales. On one scale per nail, I used Sephora by OPI Bring on the Snowflakes to serve as the Rainbow Fish’s iconic silver scale. I sealed in the design with Ulta Color-Enhancing topcoat and my fishy design was finished! Pictures are below!

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I hope you guys love this design! Maybe it’ll spark some childhood nostalgia like it did for me!

Tomorrow’s design is “inspired by a fashion”. I have a pretty good idea what I’m doing for this one, so stay tuned for tomorrow design!





31DC2013 Day 23- Inspired by a Movie (Monsters Inc.)

Hi ladies!

Today I have a design inspired by one of my all time favorite movies: MONSTERS INC. I absolutely loved the movie as a child, and I still do today! Mike and Sully and Boo will forever have my heart ❤ So now I’m going to wear my heart on my nails!

I wanted to incorporate my two favorite characters into the design, Mike and Sully. Mike, I knew, would be easy to put on my nails, because he fits the general shape. Sully, on the other hand, would be a challenge. To amend the situation, I opted to pay an “ode to Sully” on my pointer finger, middle finger, and pinky, painting my nails with a mix of Wet n’ Wild Megalast in I Need a Refresh-mint and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away, and then painting on splotches of purple with a toothpick by using a mix of e.l.f. Skinny Jeans and Sinful Colors Dream On. To create Mike, I started out with two coats of Sinful Colors Innocent (CAUTION: Always use base coat with this polish, it stains like crazy!). I then drew a white circle with Sinful Colors Snow Me White to create an eye, then put a medium size dot of a mix of Skinny Jeans and Innocent to make the iris, followed by a dot of Love and Beauty Black to create the pupil. I also outlined the top part of the eye very thinly with a toothpick to create a crease. For the mouth, I used black to create a smiling face, the used Snow Me White to dot on teeth, and Mike was done! For my thumb, I used Skinny Jeans over Snow Me White to draw the Monsters Inc. logo freehanded. I SOOO love the results! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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So what do you guys think? Are you a fan of this monstrous mani? What’s your favorite Disney/Pixar movie of all time? Let me know in the comments!

Tomorrow’s 31DC2013 challenge is Inspired by a book. Luckily, I read. A lot. So I’m sure tomorrow’s inspiration will be pages come alive! Come back tomorrow to find out what fine piece of literature I choose!