Category Archives: easy

Nude to Pink Gradient + Sticks & Stones Accents

I loved my nude to teal gradient + sticks and stones that I did a while back. I wanted to try it with pink and this time only opted for accents!

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Simple Vintage Roses

I wanted to do something simple and sweet, so I opted for a blushing nude base with holographic top coat. It’s so sparkly — the picture definitely doesn’t do the top coat justice! I added vintage pink/red rose accents on each hand. Voila! So pretty. 🙂

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Stacked Ice Cream Cone Manicure

Oi! 🙂 That’s Portuguese for hello, by the way!

So a few days ago, while contemplating delicious treats, I was suddenly inspired to create the ice cream cone manicure you see below. I’ve seen ice cream manicures a million times before, but wanted to do something a little different, so I created a stacked look. I thought the results were super sweet. I simply created the cone on my thumb by painting a light brown inverted triangle with darker brown criss cross marks. For the scoops I created a half circle and then used a dotting tool along the bottom edge. The cherry also required a dotting tool. Super easy!

 

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Fishtail Nails

Hi all! 🙂 This was my first attempt at creating fishtail nails and I’m loving how they turned out. PLUS — so easy to do!

To complete the look, I painted a base coat of purple. I then painted on a diagonal blue stripe starting at the top corner to the middle of the opposite side. Then I did the same with gold polish to create an x. From there I kept layering the purple, blue and gold back and forth.Seal with a top coat and you’re golden. The only pesky part is waiting for each layer to dry.

 

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3 Enkelini Swatches: Bling it On, Doynk & Argonaut

I have the great pleasure of testing out three of Etsy seller Enkilini’s nail polishes. Check out the swatches below:

 

BLING IT ON: a holographic glitter polish with a transparent pinkish-red base. This is 4 coats.

DOYNK: a multichrome glitter polish that flashes mostly gold with some black/green

ARGONAUT: a holographic blue polish that really shimmers in the sun!

 

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Nude/Teal Gradient + Sticks & Stones

I was super excited to get my hands on a bottle of Cover Bands’ Sticks & Stones nail polish, a coveted black/white glitter beloved by the entire nail painting community. I’ve been wanting to do a gradient with nude, and what better color to pair it with than teal? The Sticks & Stones top coat with this gradient is nothing short of perfection. It always evokes that retro-ish vibe for me! What do you think?

Buy Cover Bands’ Sticks & Stones here (when it’s back in stock)!

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Freehand Retro Cherries Manicure

I’ve been wanting to do this manicure ever since I saw CutePolish’s YouTube tutorial. It was pretty simple and the response has been great, thus far. To simplify the process for you: paint nails white, apply red dot duos with a dotting tool, add green stems/leaf, put a white dot on the left side of each cherry. Voila! 🙂 I used Sally’s Northern Lights hologram glitter top coat for an extra kick of cute.

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Pink/Purple Gradient with Leopard Accent

I’ve been wanting to try a gradient for a while now and finally got around to doing one today. It took me a while to choose the colors, but I was feeling colorful today and went with a purple and blue gradient. I added a holographic glitter topcoat and then did an accent finger with pink leopard spots. To create the gradient, I painted the purple and blue onto a dry makeup sponge and dabbed onto my nail. For the leopard spots, I used the round end of a straight pin to apply random pink dots to my ring finger. I used a wee paintbrush to apply the black over the pink dots.

Tip: Top coats are key for gradients, as they smooth things out and give that…well…gradient effect.

I used the following nail polishes to create the look:

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Crimi-Nails

These were a hit and super easy to create. I did a double coat of white nail polish and then created a dark, vibrant red by mixing a few of my red polishes. I dipped my index finger into the red paint, dabbed it a few times and then gently applied to each finger. This would be a great Dexter manicure, or even True Blood manicure!

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Gold Glitter & Halfsies

This is a really simple design I achieved with the help of striping tape. I used striping tape to paint pink and purple halfsies on all my nails. After it dried, I used striping tape to create a triangle section at the bottom, which I painted with a gold glitter.

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