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New Orleans gradient

I haven’t posted nails since February! Like I said in my previous post I’m crazy busy these days so I only do my nails about once a week :-O whaaaAAAAAAAAaaat? I bought the New Orleans collection in early march, and I’ve been trying to swatch it when ever I have time. But when I got […]

nail art tutorial - glitter gradient

Nail art tutorial – Glitter Gradient

Glitter gradient manicures are my favorite to do! It’s so quick and simple, but still so pretty and glamorous, and they are perfect for the holidays! I have a couple of ways of doing glitter gradients, in this video I show you how I do it and give you some tips and tricks. Polishes used: […]

Palm trees sunset gradient nail art manicure

Palm trees in the setting sun

The gradient I did the other day reminded me of a summer sunset so I decided to paint some silhouettes of palm trees over top! Yes, I did a pretty much identical manicure two years ago, but I remember liking it so much, so I don’t mind! Obviously, the gradient is using  Go With The Lava […]

OPI - Go With The Lava Flow and This Color’s Making Waves! gradient manicure nail art

Lava Flowing in Waves summer gradient

Since I’m obsessed with Go With The Lava Flow and This Color’s Making Waves! from OPI’s Hawaii collection, I’m pretty much using them in every single manicure these days. So of course I did a gradient as well! I have now moved out of my apartment, and am living temporarily with my boyfriend in his apartment, which is […]

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Polisher’s Inc. – What’s On TV

Today’s challenge for Polisher’s Inc. is “What’s on TV”. And what have I been most obsessed over on TV lately? Game of Thrones of course! So obviously I created Game of Thrones inspired nails! They were hard to photograph, I regret not using a matte top coat, because the glossy top coat creates a reflection making […]


Fifty Shades Skittle

Inspired by the new Fifty Shades Of Grey collection, I made a skittle manicure!   Index – My Silk Tie with a Romantically Involved dotticure. Middle is a gradient using Cement The Deal, Embrace The Gray and Dark Side Of The Mood. On My ring finger I used two coats of Shine For Me and on my pinky is Romantically Involved. […]


Polisher’s Inc. – Safe and Sound

I unfortunately didn’t join in the previous PI challenge, it was in the middle of Christmas, and I was simply busy relaxing 😉 This week’s challenge though, I’m back! The theme today is “Safe and Sound” “the mani you do when you have to get it just right and don’t want to take any chances […]


Pink glitter gradient

I’m still doing pink for October, so show my support for Breast Cancer Awareness. As I’m typing this I’m actually waiting for the pink base of my next manicure to dry 😉 This one is a little bit more simple. I used Essie – Cashmere Bathrobe as a base, and did a glitter gradient using China […]


Going pink for October

I am showing my support for Breast Cancer Awareness month with pink on my nails! I did a gradient using OPI – My Boyfriend Scales Walls and OPI – DS Extravagance on all nails except the ring finger, where I used two coats of Extravagance. On my ring finger nail I painted a ribbon using MBSW, […]


Quatrefoil skittle

I have been drooling over gorgeous quatrefoil designs for quite a while, and when I was completely stumped for inspiration today, I remembered quatrefoil and decided that today is as good a day as any! I used Essie – Cashmere Bathrobe as my base, it is the most gorgeous grey polish with flecks of silver […]


Leslie gradient

Like I said in my swatch post, I knew Shimmer Polish – Leslie would be amazing for glitter gradients, so I had to try it out! I decided to pair it with Essie – Lapis of Luxury and I think the two polishes worked really well together. I was also considering layering it over a lilac […]


Minty nubbs

Wow, looking at these photos make me sad! Lol, I miss my long nails! This winter has been rough on my nails, no matter how much cuticle oil, cuticle cream and base coats with treatments they have been peeling and breaking non stop! Usually I’ve been able to save the breaks with Orly Nail Rescue, […]


Cookin’ Pinkman

Get ready to be picture-spammed, because I am so in love and proud of this manicure! This is Cadillacquer – Cap’n Cook and Pinkman, and boy are they both just so amazingly beautiful! I started with two coats of Pinkman on all my nails except my index where I used two coats of Cap’n Cook. On […]