It's a Boy!

Is anyone else ridiculously excited about the birth of a new Royal baby in the UK?  Unfortunately, I had to work yesterday and the new little prince was born at 4:24PM but I managed to throw something together anyway after I was home! This little guy will be the first Prince of Cambridge in 194 years! I can't wait to see what they'll name him and if he will look more like his mother or father (or neither as it sometimes happens!).  Well anyway here are my tribute nails to the little guy! I used all Barry M colors to complete this look. I hope you enjoy them and congrats to the Duke and Duchess and all of the UK! :)

The Neon Lights

Following my not so awesome results with the chevron patterns, I decided to try again with a different approach.  This time I chose a houndstooth pattern for the monotone side and then for a pop I used neon for the stripe. I went for more of a half and half split this time around too. I really like the idea of just the thin line up the side for the pop of color but I also really like neons for summer so I wanted a little MORE of the pop!  I think these are my favorite of the two even though they really turned out very different in the end. I hope you all enjoy them! :)

Colors Used:
Zoya Purity and Raven
China Glaze Hang Ten Toes and I'm With the Lifeguard

Voulez Vous...

Well....what can I say about today? I had good intentions. I really wanted this to turn out differently than it ended up turning out. I think half the problem is that I did it basically in the dark and all freehand. Apologies for the lighting as well, it's been SUPER rainy here lately.  At any rate. These were inspired by an iPad case I saw on Instagram.  I really love chevrons, they're one of my favorite patterns.  But they're tricky to do freehand because you need to be sure the spacing is on and they're not less tricky when you have to stop 3/4 of the way across!  I think they came out OK but later in the week I got the idea to do them over again in better light. You can see what transpired with that if you tune back in on Friday! I ended up going in a bit of a different direction after I got started! I hope you enjoy these anyway! :)

Colors Used:
Zoya Purity and Raven
OPI Who the Shrek Are You

Who Are You Wearing: Graffiti Art

It's time for another post in my Who Are You Wearing? blog series!  To remind you (it's been WAY too long!) in each WAYW post I will be copying the nail art of a famous person for you to see.  Even though these celebs are getting their digits professionally dressed up, most of the art they're getting is totally accessible to even  beginner artists!  I'm going to show you the celebrity nails, tell you what you need to have and do to achieve them (in extreme cases I'll be telling you how you can wear the trend at home) and then show you the recreation of the nails.  So here we go with the number twp in the series!!

This is graffiti art that a certain young, trendsetting starlet sported a few months  back. I love that it's sort of dark and almost Halloween like but also totally colorful and fun! It looks sort of complex but it's really just lines and blobs so this is one of those art projects that you absolutely cannot screw up! So what will you need to achieve the art? You'll need a black, green, purple, and blue polish and a white striper. They've used a pearly white in the picture but I went with a simple, stark white. You will also need a sponge (I used a triangle makeup sponge).  Start by polishing all nails black and then top coating and allowing that to dry. I used Seche Vite so I was ready for step 2 in 15 minutes.  Next add the white stripes using a striper brush. If you like, you can top coat that nail because it's done!  Then work on adding the colors. I started by sponging white onto my pinky and middle nail.  Make sure to wipe most of the polish off the sponge before you apply it to the nail. You want it cloudy and spotty not opaque.  Then use either the sponge or just the brush (I used the brush) to splodge green and purple bits onto the index and pinky nail.  Your pinky is done at this point so again, you can top coat if you wish. On the middle finger, add a splodge of blue (I used a purple/blue shift for some added flare). Then use your striper to add the design to the index finger and the star to your middle finger (you can stamp if you want it more uniform). Top coat and...voila! Done! I kept the thumb black with colored spots like the pinky but that's your call again, it's not shown. Here is my recreated version:

You can see that I used a more solid white and that I also used a color shift on my middle finger. I think these could be awesome with a matte top coat as well but of course they won't last as long!  So who is the lovely lady I copied these nails from?

If you guessed Demi Lovato, give yourself a pat on the back! I LOVE her and I'm really digging these graffiti style nails! If you try this at home, I'd love to see your results so feel free to email them to me at Use the subject: Who Are You Wearing!!

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Colors Used:
Zoya Raven
Models Own White Nail Art Pen
OPI Who The Shrek Are You
Essence Gabriella
Ozotic 532

In a MINT-ute...

Well it's the final day of the Digital Dozen's tape mani challenge week. For today I wanted to use tape in a different way and this is one of my favorite color combo's! I had some gold nail strips on hand anyway that I received in a swap ages ago. I used the other half of the box on accent nails so I decided to use these in a new way! I used some fancy scissors and cut them into shapes. Then I adhered them on top of the polish and top coated to finish. The finished look was really stunning! I have to say, this week has challenged and very much inspired me. Some of the things the other ladies did are just out of this world. I definitely want to try to experiment more with tape! I hope it inspired some of you as well! Don't forget to check out their amazing designs for today!

Colors Used:
butter LONDON Fiver
Sally Hansen Gold Glitter Nail Strips

To the T

Today's manicure for tape mani week with the Digit-al Dozen was inspired by a dress I have.  I'm really not patient enough to get extra fancy with the tape thing nad I think it kind of showed with this one because I spent forever touching up lines and I'm still not in love with them. It helps if you place the tape straight in the first place!  But I digress. I was still happy with the final result. I really love how the crisp white pops next to the green, which by the way is sort of a jelly so it looks super squishy and bright on the white! Don't forget to check out what the other girls came up with for today! And stay tuned all week for more tape mani's!

Colors Used: 
Zoya Purity 
Barry M Spring Green 
Ciate 3am Girl

Juicy Fruit

We're halfway through the Digital Dozen Tape mani challenge week! I sort of cheated on this one. I used the tape to tape off the tips. That's something I never do, I prefer to freehand it and I found that taping was kind of tricky! But I think it turned out pretty good anyway! Watermelon nails are another of those I've wanted to try but keep forgetting about and this seemed like a perfect time to try them out!  I hope you're all enjoying this week's art! Don't forget to check out what my fellow Dozeners came up  with!!

Colors Used are all by butterLONDON: Macbeth, Bossy Boots and British Racing Green

Suit and Tie

It's day two of the tape mani challenge with the Digital Dozen! Today I decided to go pretty simple. I keep seeing these nails which have these cute little tuxedos on them! I thought it would be fun to recreate them in a girly way. This is actually wicked easy and takes no time at all because there's virtually no dry time needed since the bottom of the nail is left naked. I used all Zoya colors to recreate it and I also love that Raven isn't a stark black it's got just a bit of shimmer to it so it's a little less flat than it might be otherwise. Don't forget to check out what the other ladies came up with!! Tape Mani Challenge runs all week so stay tuned for more!!

Colors used: 
Zoya Raven and Purity

The Digital Dozen Does...Tape Mani's

It's time for another week with the Digital Dozen! This week we're doing tape mani's! For those of you who don't know, a tape mani is when you use tape (striping or otherwise) to make a design on your nails.  I LOVE the way some people can manipulate tape and make these stellar, super intricate designs BUT...I am not one of them. I lack the patience for one thing and for another, I'm decent at making straight lines with a striping brush so I just never really saw the point.  However, the point of this challenge is to...well...CHALLENGE myself. So I have forced my way through this week for you anyway!  I know some of the other ladies will have AMAZING things for you so you'll just have to bear with me and not judge too harshly. :P

So for this manicure I used the tape to section off the two sides of color, before running a white line over the place where the line was.  I added the yellow stripes kind of as an afterthought and almost wish I hadn't because they're not as bright as I'd intended. I still loved this though and I LOVE the neon nail polishes Funky Fingers is churning out this season. Fabulous. Check out the other ladies work and don't forget to tune in all week long for more tape mani madness!! Colors Used:
 Zoya Purity 
China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise 
Funky Fingers Power Play
 Models Own Nail Art Pen in White and Yellow

Stars and Stripes...

It's that time again!! Independence Day! This year I wanted to do something simple (as per usual) but less abstract than I have in past years. I also wanted to use some of the 3D nail art supplies I've had in my drawer for years and never got around to using! This is probably the easiest art I've ever done but I really like the way it came out! I hope you all have a safe and fun Fourth of July!! :)

Colors Used:
butterLONDON Pillar Box Red and Blagger
Models Own White Nail Art Pen

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