Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree…

Happy hump day everyone. We’re halfway through the week. Woohoo! I’m also half way through this December Nail Art Challenge. Time fly’s when you’re having fun.

Today’s theme is Christmas Tree. You all told me you wanted more tutorials so I decided to go ahead and create a tutorial on how I made my tree as well. It’s very simple and I believe that anyone could do it :). Hope you enjoy it.

To start, just choose your base color for your nails. For this particular design you’re going to want to choose a color that you want as your tree garland as well. I chose Julep Sienna which is a metallic, shimmery gold color. I painted two coats, topped with top coat, and let dry for a few hours. This step is important because you’re going to be using tape. ImageDon’t mind the knick in my nail. Remember I have a two year old :). Normally I would fix that but in this mani I’ll be covering it up anyways.

After you’ve waited a few hours for your nails to dry, you’re going to need to grab scotch tape and stripping tape. Cut about 4 pieces of striping tape and two pieces of scotch tape. Rub your fingers over the back of the tape to take some of the sticky away. You don’t want it pulling your base color off of your nails.

Next, take your two pieces of scotch tape and tape an upside down V on your nails with the open part of the V at the tip of your nail and the point towards your cuticle. If you’re confused then you’ll see what I mean in the picture below. Then take your striping tape and just tape zigzags on the inside of your V. Mimic the way garland would be hung on your tree. Image

Then you’re going to grab your green polish that you want to use as your tree color. I’m using Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly. It’s the perfect Christmas Tree green. Paint one to two coats of green over top of your taped off area. Image

Now you need to quickly, but carefully, take your tape off. Make sure to do this while your green polish is still wet or it will leave holes in your tree by taking polish with the tape. Voila! You have a cute little Christmas Tree with garland.Image

Now feel free to decorate your tree as you wish. Or you can even just leave it plain. Whatever makes you happy. I decided to add some Christmas ornaments on mine. I used Color Club Berry and Bright for my tree topper, Julep Harley for the silver ornaments, and Color Club Gift of Sparkle for the purple ornaments. To add the ornaments I used the smallest of my dotting tools. You can also use the end of a pin, the tip of a pen, bobby pin, whatever works for you.Image

I decided to add tree garland on my other nails so this is how my finished mani turned out: Image

I hope my tutorial was helpful for you! Let me know if you have any questions. You can check out all the other great Christmas Tree manis by clicking the InLinkz below.


Candy Cane

I have a sweet treat for you today. Candy Cane nails! See what I did there 😉


I was going to attempt a totally different design for this mani but I couldn’t quite get it to work. So this is what I ended up with. And I like it!

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To create this mani I have 4 coats of Butter London Cream Tea as a base. It’s pretty sheer so it took me four coats to get it opaque enough for my liking. I used my striping tape to tape off four lines on my nails. Two close together on each end of my nail and leaving a fairly large gap in the middle. I used Julep Scarlett again today for the red on my mani. This polish is getting a lot of love! Painted two coats over top of Cream Tea and the tape.  I pulled the tape off while Scarlett was still wet to keep from ripping any of the red off with the tape. Top it with your favorite top coat and you’re good to go!

What do you think of it?! Check out the other girls mani’s below. Oh, and make sure to come back tomorrow. I’ll have an even sweeter treat 😀


Creepy Eyes

Halloween is right around the corner so I wanted to get some Halloween mani’s in before it’s too late! I decided to try out my glow in the dark polish, China Glaze Ghoulish Glow. I have to admit that this mani is not an original idea. I’ve seen it floating around the internet so I’m not sure of the original source.

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I started by painting my nails with a black polish. I used some unknown brand of black that I have. I applied Seche Vite so it would dry quickly.

Next I dipped a dotting tool in a white polish. I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White for this. I made two white dots on each finger close together to make the whites of the eye. Then I let that dry for a few minutes.

Once the white was fairly dry I used the same size dotting tool and dipped it in China Glaze Ghoulish Glow. I made dots of the white dots with with Ghoulish Glow so that the white would glow in the dark.

After that dried I dipped a smaller dotting tool back into the black polish and put black dots in the middle of the whites. You can make the eye balls going any direction you’d like. Have fun with it!

Here are my eye’s glowing!

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I really love this one! What do you think of it? I hope you try it out for Halloween! XOXO

Autumn Fishtail Braid

I didn’t intend for this mani to look so festive for the season but it turned out that way. It just so happens to be my favorite college footballs teams colors as well :). Go FSU!

Today I’m going to give you another tutorial. This time it’s going to be on how to create a Fishtail Braid mani. I took pictures step by step to share with you. It is quite simple and turns out beautiful, so I hope you try this out yourself!

To create a Fishtail Braid mani you’re going to need to chose 3 nail polish colors. These colors need to be pretty opaque since you’re going to be layering. For my mani today I used Revlon Ruby Ribbon, Essie Penny Talk, and Julep Stefani.

I started with one coat of Revlon Ruby Ribbon. This coat doesn’t need to be perfect since you’re essentially going to be layering over top of it anyways.
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For step 2, you’re going to grab your second color you want to work with. I choose Essie Penny Talk. Make a swipe across your nail starting at the left side of your cuticle. You do not need to go all the way across your nail, just about a little more than half way is fine.      ImageFor step 3, you’re going to grab your third color that you’re working with. This is when I used Julep Stefani. This time you’re going to make another swipe across your nail but starting at the right side of your cuticle. Make sure this color overlaps your 2nd color from step 2. See my picture below.  Image

Now for step 4 you’re going to grab your original color you started with again. For me it will be Revlon Ruby Ribbon. Go back to the left side of your nail where you swiped your 2nd color (in step 2). Right below that color you’re going to swipe your original color across. By doing this you should be covering any of the overlapping color from step 3.                                      Image

Step 5 is essentially just repeating step 2 but at this point you should be on the right side of your nail. You’ve probably got the hang of it at this point. 🙂                   Image

And my final step is 6. It’s a repeat of step 3. Make a swipe of your 3rd color across, starting at the left side of your nail.                                                                Image

Now if you have longer nails you may need more steps then 6 but I’m sure by that point you got the hang of it. Here is my final result in the sunlight:

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Hope my tutorial was helpful for you! I’d love to see the color combinations you come up with as well! XOXO

Easy Halloween Nails

I know it’s still pretty early for Halloween fingers but a fellow nail loving gal asked if some of us bloggers could share a tutorial on creating some awesome Halloween nails. Since I’m fairly new at nail art, mine is pretty simple! I hope you’re able to recreate this yourself this Halloween! If you do, I’d love to see a picture :).

When asked to do this tutorial I was kind of at a loss on what I was going to do. Vampires? Bats? Pumpkins? Pumpkins seem like the easiest thing to do but I wanted to challenge myself a little so I decided to step it up a bit and add Frankenstein! On my thumb and ring finger I’m wearing Julep Emilie, my index and pinky have Maybelline Color Show in Onyx Rush, and my middle finger has Essie Bazooka. I topped each nail with a coat of Seche Vite and let them dry for awhile. Also, I wait to clean up at the end. Sorry for the mess! lol

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As you can see this picture was taken in natural light outside. I lost the sun after that so had to take the rest of my pictures indoors.

In my October Julep box they included 2 glitter pots. One black and one orange. I thought they were beautiful but didn’t think I’d ever use them. I had an “AH-HA!” moment and figured a way to use my orange glitter. I packed it on top of the black polish on my index and pinky fingers. It really is beautiful and glad I though about it! If you have regular orange glitter polish, you can use that with a similar effect (and a lot less mess). I topped those nails with Seche Vite as well because I love the glossy shine it puts over the glitter.

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Mine final step was the hardest of the steps… to add my pumpkin and Frankenstein. I used my smallest dotting tools for the drawings on my nails to make it simple.

I started with my thumb nail. Again I grabbed my Color Show Onyx Rush and put a glob of it on a paper plate. Dipped my dotting tool and swiped a line across my nail then added the stitches across the line. Next I did the pumpkin. Again with the same dotting tool and black polish I started by drawing some simple, tiny, triangles for the pumpkin eyes and a zig zag line for his mouth.

Finally for the Frankenstein! I used the same size dotting tool and black polish again and started by drawing his hair. I just kind of drew a squiggly line across the top of my nail then filled it in with the black polish to create his hair. Next I drew a straight line across the end of my nail for his mouth. After that I cleaned my tool and added a drop of Julep’s Kate on my paper plate. Dipped my tool in the white and made two dots for Franks eyeballs. Cleaned my tool again and went back to black. By this time I needed more black on my plate because it was pretty dry. I drew the stitched line across his forehead the same way I did on my thumb. And for the last step of Frankenstein, I dipped in the black again and added some eyeballs. Topped it with Seche Vite again and waited for it all to dry! Simple and adorable.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and try to recreate it yourself this Halloween! Leave me a comment and let me know if you have any question! XOXO

The Foil Method

Have you heard of the foil method? It’s only the best way to remove stubborn glitter nail polish! I found out about this method from Pinterest. Here’s a link to the actually blog I got the tutorial from: http://berrypolished.com/removing-glitter-polish-the-foil-method/

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  1. 1. To start I gather a bunch of cotton balls. I tear my cotton balls in half so I use less that way.
  2. Rip a sheet of aluminum foil out of the package. Tear it into 10 strips that will wrap around your finger.
  3. Saturate a cotton ball in your polish remover and place it on your nail.
  4. Wrap the aluminum foil strip around the cotton ball and your fingers tight so that it doesn’t fall right off. I usually do one hand at a time but if you can do it or have help then go ahead and get both hands foiled up to save time!
  5. Wait about 5 minutes then rub and twist at the cotton ball on your nail so scrub that glitter off. If it still seems like it’s stuck on there pretty well then go ahead an leave it for a bit longer and keep checking. Some glitters are easier to get off than others.
  6. That’s it! You’ve now found the easiest way to remove glitter polish!

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You may need to swipe another cotton ball of remover over your nails to make sure all the polish and glitter is off. Sometimes it’s hard to get it all off from around the cuticles buy just doing this method. I’ve found I have that trouble with dark colors or when I’ve put a ton of coats of glitter on. I hope this helps you all out and if you have any questions, let me know!

Here’s a sneak peek for my mani I’ll be showing you tomorrow :). XOXO

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