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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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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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Easy Owl Nails


Hello all. 🙂 I’m kind of owl obsessed (like so many these days), so I wanted to give an owl manicure a go. I opted to only do one nail and painted the rest gray with Zoya’s Dove (one of my favorites)!

For the owl, I painted a light pink oval on one nail along with two wee ears. For the wings, I used a darker purple to create two half moons on either side of my nail (I used a dotting tool for this). I also used a dotting tool to create layered circles for the eyes and for the feathers on the owl’s belly. To create the crescent moon shapes on the belly, I made three white dots and then used the lighter purple polish on top of the dots.

For the other nails, I used a dotting tool to create dark purple/light purple layered spots.


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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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Superman Nails

I wanted to do something colorful and cute, but not terribly complicated. I painted a blue, yellow and red stripe and then a small red square on each yellow stripe. I outlined the stripes/square with black polish to create the outfit portion of this superman inspired manicure. For the ring finger, I used a nude nail polish, painted the third top black and then created a swoop for Superman’s curly hair. Easy peasy!

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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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Famous Painting Nails

I did this look last night and, needless to say, it took forever. This was my first attempt. I did not use a nail brush for these at all — they were created entirely with a few tiny paint brushes and index cards as my palette. I really like how they turned out.

Some additional shots and close ups of each finger:

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Water Marbling

This was my first attempt at water marbling, and I was pleased with the results. Don’t forget to apply a white base coat when water marbling — your colors will look super vibrant!

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This is another really basic manicure (and pre-clean up, obviously). I painted all my nails black and then used a silver glitter to create a star-like shape and trailing “star dust” on the index finger.

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Glitter Dipped

I’m a bit obsessed with glitter, so I really love this look. I painted my nails a sheer pinkish-nude color and then used a multi-colored glitter on the tips to create a sweet little gradient. Voila!

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