February Nail Art Challenge- Inspired by a Tutorial

Happy Presidents Day to my American girls! Today, day 7 of the challenge is “Inspired by a Tutorial.” I decided to incorporate our flag colors into my design today. 🙂

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I decided on the Fan Brush Stripped method for my nail art today. My tutorial comes from this YouTube clip by SimpleNailArtDesigns.

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For my colors I started with a base of OPI Cajun Shrimp. I painted two coats and allowed that to dry. I then followed the steps in the tutorial and used Essie Where’s My Chauffeur for my blue and Color Club French Tip for my white.

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ImageI really love how this turned out! It was fun and clean up wasn’t too bad. The color combinations you could create are endless.

I know this picture looks horrible (almost like a finger mug shot hahaha) but I think my middle finger kind of resembles the American flag. Do you see it too, or am I just crazy? lol

ImageAs usual, you can check out the other girls awesome manis by clicking the InLinkz below.



Febrauary Nail Art Challenge- Valentine’s Day Nails

Happy Valentines Day everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying it with your significant other, children, pets, by yourself… whatever works for you :). I planned on spending the day with my little man and taking him to the beach for a picnic today but we’ve had nasty rainy weather here in Florida so we’re staying in instead.

Before I show you my Valentine’s Day nails, I have to tell you that I don’t really like them. I had an idea in my head and it just didn’t play out as well as I was hoping it would. I wanted to use pastel colors but I think it ended up looking similar to those candy conversation hearts and they look kind of Eastery. Image

ImageI do love how my index finger and ring finger turned out though :). They’re my favorite.

ImageMy mother in law bought me these Valentine’s Day nail art stencils from Avon last month so I tried using them yesterday when I created my mani. They left a bit of the red stencil behind when I pulled them off. You can see it on my thumb and ring finger. I tried to cover it up but ended up screwing them up a bit so I gave up lol. Also my top coat made my pinky bubble up.

ImageFor this mani I used Julep Renee, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Julep Carrie, Color Club French Tip, and Julep Blake.


February Nail Art Challenge- Inspired by a Pattern

I want to give a warm welcome to all of our new followers :). Hi everyone! I know most of you are here from the giveaway. Good luck to everyone and I hope you all decided to stick around after the giveaway is over too. I’m jealous of all of you all getting to enter that giveaway. Those are some great prizes!

If you’re not even sure what giveaway I’m talking about and want to enter it, you can find the details about it in this post.

Ok now back to the nail art challenge. Today’s theme is ‘Inspired by a Pattern’. I bought a new shirt recently that I just love. It’s mauve pink with gold dots. I knew it is what I wanted to use for my pattern. After I started putting my pictures together I realized that day 8 is polka dots too. So I’ll have two polka dot nails this challenge lol.

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ImageI used two coats of Essie Eternal Optimist as my base color and then created gold shimmery dots with Julep Sienna in the same pattern they’re on the shirt.

Here’s a picture of my inspiration with my nails. ImageImageI really like these colors together. I probably would have never paired them up on my own had it not been for my new shirt :).

And as always, check out all the other great mani’s from this challenge! 🙂


February Nail Art Challenge- Glitter Loaded Nails

Hi girls (and guys)! Welcome to day 3 of the nail art challenge. I was really looking forward to todays challenge because I wanted to try out a jelly sandwich. I’ve flipped back and forth between actually liking or not liking this nail art style. Currently I like it lol.

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I’m still trying to stick with using my untried polishes when I can. Today I have one of my untried polishes for you. It’s also an indie from Once Upon a Polish called Under the Sea. Unfortunately, she’s no longer making polishes but I was lucky enough to grab this one before she closed up shop. I’m so glad I did because it’s beautiful!

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Under the Sea was described in her Etsy shop as “holographic blue hex glitters with holographic silver square glitters in a clear base.” It’s such a beautiful polish. I had to do some dabbing to get the glitter in place because it’s just so packed full of chunky glitter that it doesn’t spread so even.

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To create my jelly sandwich I started with 3 coats of Essie Muchi Muchi. This is one of my favorite Essies. It’s a sheer bubble gum pink color. After the 3 coats of Muchi Muchi dried I layered one coat of Under the Sea. Then one more coat of Muchi Muchi and a final top coat of Under the Sea. Lot of layers of beautiful :).

ImageI’m really liking this combo. It almost reminds me of those big speckled gumballs.

I want to give you all a quick reminder about the epic giveaway going on. It’s open until the 24th so if you haven’t entered yet then you still have time. You can find the details for it here.

Don’t forget to check out the InLinkz below to see all the other Glitter Loaded manis for today’s challenge!


February Nail Art Challenge- Half Moon Mani

Hello everyone! Ready for more half moons? After I painted my nails for the half moon challenge last night, I realized that the colors are similar to the colors I used last time around for this same challenge lol. Super creative, huh?

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ImageIf you don’t remember (or if you’re one of my new followers) I used purple and gold last time. So not completely the same but similar.

ImageFor today’s half moons I used two coats of Julep Gayle as my base color. It’s a dark purple creme. Very pretty in the right light. I used circle stickers this time to help with my half moon. Last time I free handed it but it was a pain. I painted two coats of Essie Beyond Cozy for the top half of the half moon. Once that dried, which was fairly quick since it’s such a dense glitterful (I may have made that word up) polish, I used a small dotter and just made little dots around my moon shape in the same color purple, Gayle. Top coat it and you’re done!

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Check out the InLinkz below to see how the other girls did with their half moons!



Inspired by a Holiday Movie

Happy Sunday :). I hope you’re all having a good weekend so far.

Today’s already day 8 of this Holiday Challenge. The theme for today is “Inspired by a Holiday Movie.”

I originally planned to use A Christmas Story as my inspiration. But I already know that one of the other girls used that movie as her theme. Plus, I figured that one might be pretty popular. I mean, it’s such an awesome movie :).  So instead, I decided to go with this movie. Here’s the picture I used for my inspiration:

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A Charlie Brown Christmas. Since I already had my nails white I used this as my base as well. It made for a good snow effect behind my tree.

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On my index finger I used Julep Daisy and Brandt. I just created the Charlie Brown T-shirt that we all know and love. I liked the idea of doing his shirt instead of the jacket he’s wearing in the picture. My middle finger is a base of Julep Molly. I used Julep Daisy, Charlotte, Eloise, and Parker to create the Christmas lights that are strung on the dog house. My ring finger is my tree :). It’s Butter London Cream Tea and Essie Pearlfection as a base from my mani yesterday. Julep Vera makes up the base of the tree. I mixed Julep Brandt and Sophie for a darker brown for the tree and used Julep Emilie for the leaves. The tree ornament is Julep Molly. My pinky finger is inspired by Snoopy’s hat. I used Julep Emilie and Eloise for that.

Did you get all of that? Lots of Juleps lol. I hope you like my holiday movie inspired mani. Check out what movie all of the other girls did by clicking the InLinkz below.



Nails For Newtown

Today my nails are white as a tribute for all of the victims in Newtown, CT yesterday. I have nothing witty to say today. Just peace and remembrance for those poor innocent lives and their families. ❤

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Butter London Cream Tea and Essie Pearlfection



Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Had a very shiny nose! 🙂 I had to finish it. And as a matter of fact, my Rudolph does have a very shiny nose.

Yesterday as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed I ran across reindeer nails that were soooo cute! They belonged to Cutepolish, who also happens to have wonderful video tutorials on Youtube. Just in time for day 5 of the challenge. She was definitely my inspiration for this mani.

ImageI started out with 2 coats of Essie Yogaga as my base color on all of my nails. I topped that with a coat of Deborah Lippmann Bring On The Bling for some shine. I really loved how this combo turned out so here you can see a picture of it alone: ImageI used Julep Demi and OPI Gettin Miss Piggy With It with the red glittery tips of my nails and Rudolph’s nose. On Rudolph I used Julep Vera and Sally Hansen Coco A-go-go. His eyes are Julep Brandt and Julep Kate. All topped with a coat of HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat to smooth it all out.

ImageWhat do you think? I think it’s cute and it was very simple to do. If you’re looking for a cute holiday mani then I suggest checking out Cutepolish’s Youtube for this tutorial.

Next up, Christmas Tree. I already know what I’m doing for this one and I’ll be back on Wednesday to show you. Also, Wednesday the winner of my giveaway will be chosen! Make sure you go enter if you haven’t already and good luck to everyone. 🙂



November Nail Art Challenge- Day 7

Welcome back! It’s already day 7 of this challenge. Can’t believe it’s almost over. I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ll probably take December off from challenges because it’s just a crazy busy time of year but January I’ll look into taking another one up.

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Today’s challenge is “stripes/lines.” I finally received my striping tape in the mail. Just in time for day 7. Woohoo! I decided to try out the quilting look. I already had my nails painted a pale pink color called Essie Vanity Fairest so I wanted something that would go with this color since my previous mani still looked perfect.

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So I went with Essie Set in Stones from the Luxeffects collection. Glitter makes everything look better. 🙂

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I really love how this turned out. Also this is before topcoat was added. Topcoat took away from the quilting effect and made it look like I just had patches of glitter on my nails.

Day 8 is gradient nails. The only gradient I’ve ever attempted was a glitter gradient so I’m going to attempt to try something new and see how it looks. Come back so you can see how that turns out. In the mean time, check out the other girls creations below.



November Nail Art Challenge- Day 4

Hope everyone is having a nice relaxing weekend so far! Welcome to day 4 of Erica’s November Nail Art Challenge. I’m loving the 3 days off in between. It gives me some time to think about what I’m going to do.

Today’s theme is “Delicate Print.” I wanted to try out the vintage flower nail art. Every time I see this print, I think about how delicate and pretty it is.

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I started with a base color of Essie Turquoise and Caicos (two coats).  On every other nail I used Butter London Creme Tea and drew horizontal stripes. I do not have any nail art brushes just yet so I free handed these using a dotting tool. Sorry they’re not perfectly straight lines :).

ImageOn my other fingers I drew the flowers. For the pink in the flowers I tried to do a swirl of pink and cream but it didn’t turn out that way lol. I used Essie Eternal Optimist and Butter London Cream Tea and swirled them together on a plate then dabbed three dots together on my nails. The swirl didn’t transfer onto my nail but it did lighten the pink which, I think, looks nice. I used Julep Emilie for the leaves on the flowers and Butter London Cream Tea again for the dots in the center of the flowers and the dots around the flowers.

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This is another one that I can’t wait to try out again in a few months to see if I’ve become any more skilled with my nail art. Especially after I finally pick up some nail art brushes. If you use nail art brushes, where did you get yours from?

I’d also like to point out that over there (<—— to the left) I’ve added a Facebook button. I just started No Bottle Left Behind’s Facebook page (it’s pretty boring right now) and I’d love for you to like my page! Share if with your friends too. I want to look into doing a giveaway soon so keep an eye out ;).


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