Friday Mani – Oh, You Fancy

It’s been a while since I’ve done a rhinestone encrusted mani. Buuuut today is my daughter’s end of year school recital and rather than mommy showing up with nails covered in glitter, I’m showing up with nails covered in rhinestones. I didn’t want to be too showy or go TOO overboard with the sparkle, so I opted for a nude nail color and did one full rhinestone nail with two other simple accent nails.


For my nail color, I used FingerPaints in Don’t Make a Scene. It’s a gorgeous cream nude color that has a really smooth formula (the bubbles you see on my middle finger are from my topcoat -_-). I bought this polish when I was looking for a dupe of OPI’s Don’t Pretzel My Buttons from the Germany Collection. I’d never seen that color in person so I only had online swatches to go by. Whether or not it is an actual dupe doesn’t matter to me because I looooove the FingerPaints polish and I got it for half price.

The rhinestones I used were from my stash of crystals that I’d accumulated during the time that I was into decoden. The teal/blue color and opal rhinestones are acrylic, all the other ones I used are glass. I also used some microbeads I bought from Michaels a while ago around the rhinestones and to fill in the spaces. If you’re into nail art and are looking for microbeads or “caviar beads,” seriously, go to Michaels. I bought a large container (I think it’s 90grams?) for less than $3.00. Regular price it’s $3.99 but they usually have a 40% off coupon floating around. It’s SO much cheaper than buying the caviar beads that nail or beauty shops sell.


Here’s a close-up outdoor shot (darn those air bubbles!).

BTW, I got a sample of Essie’s apricot cuticle oil in the mail that I’m going to give a try on my next mani. I’m excited to try it. Have any of you use it or do you use it? What do you think?

Stripes, spots, and flowers

I’ve been obsessing over floral and polka dot nails lately, you know, ever since I learned how to do them. In between scrubbing the heck out of the grout in our master bathroom, watching the Laker game, washing three loads of laundry, and prepping dinners for the week, I managed to sit down and do my nails… right before I washed the dishes. I messed up my tips a little in case you couldn’t tell which I’m sure you can. Note to self: be sure my nails are COMPLETELY dry before doing dishes. 
Left to Right: Kiss in White, Revlon in Eclectic, Finger Paints in Don’t make a Scene, Sinful Colors in Starfish, Sinful Colors in Candy Coated, and Sally Hansen in Golden-I
Last week, Walgreens had a great sale on Sinful Colors nail polish (only 99 cents each!) so I made a couple trips to pick some up, including a few from the Spring 2013 Collections Sugar Rush and Almost Famous. I’ll be back a little later to share which of those I got (one of them was used in this nail look).
Happy Monday!

Floral, polka dot, & glitter nails

What can all of these polishes, a bobby pin, and a few teeny tiny pearl cabochons do for you?

Left to right: Sally Hansen Bubble Gum Pink, Wet n Wild Undercover, Finger Paints Don’t Make a Scene, Wet n Wild French White Creme, Maybelline Green With Envy, Sinful Colors Mint Apple, Sally Hansen Green With Envy, and Kiss Black.

This. Don’t mind the cuticles (as usual).

This was my first attempt at nail art, not just adding some glitter on my nails. Well, okay, I did that on one nail one and a half nails. I was always so intimated by painting designs on my nails whenever I looked at pictures but I was so surprised at how easy this really was. Originally, the design didn’t have the pearl cabochons or black centers but I decided they needed a little extra oomph! so this happened.

 I’m pleased with how it turned out but I don’t expect to turn into nail artist pro overnight.

As usual, my cuticles are pretty crappy. One of these days I’ll get into caring for them. One of these days… Do you have any products that you would recommend? What’s your routine?

This week, I’m linking up to: