Monthly Archives: March 2013

March Polishes

I can’t believe March is (almost) over! Here are the polishes I got in March:

  • OPI I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw
  • OPI Euro Central Mini Set (Can’t Find my Czechbook [blue]; Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN! [pink]; You’re Such a BudaPest [purple]; OY Another Polish Joke [gold])
  • Pure Ice Watch Me Go
  • Pure Ice Beware
  • Pure Ice Cheatin
  • Sephora by OPI It’s Real 18K Gold Topcoat
  • Essie Matte About You
  • China Glaze Ombre Wait Teal You See! (White on White, For Audrey, Aquadelic, Turned Up Turquoise)
  • China Glaze Ombre Sweet Sensations (Angel’s Breath, Something Sweet, Dance Baby, Make an Enterance)
  • Orly Nail Defense Strengthening Protein Treatment
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J is for Just my Nails

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I am so glad that it’s Friday, this week was so weird; when I was in class the day went by fast, but when I was at home, time seemed to go really slow (although I’m glad it wasn’t the other way around). I got all my classes for next semester, it’s going to be an interesting one (I have academic classes from 9:30 – 4:45 on Tuesday and Thursday and I’ll marching band practice/games on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday). For Easter this weekend, I’ll be going to my grandparents’ house for the weekend. Hopefully the weather will be warm enough to go swimming (it probably will be, I do live in Arizona). We’ll be doing Easter dinner sometime on Sunday, but other than that I don’t think we have any other plans (that I know of anyway).

So today I have J in my A to Z nail challenge. And I could not get any of my ideas to work. I don’t own any nail polishes or any brands that start with J, I tried jellyfish (and failed miserably), I tried a “jelly sandwich” (that turned out really bad too), I tried to do something inspired by Princess Jasmine from Aladdin (that was a mess). So I decided to go with “just my nails.” My nails are super short (they keep breaking and are super weak and bendy, so I have to keep cutting them unfortunately),  but other than that I think they look pretty healthy. They’re not yellow (any more, they were for a while, because I kept forgetting to use a base coat, but I remember now to use one now) and other than being weak, they’re in good condition. I’m sorry for all the dryness around my cuticles, living in the desert is not very kind to my hands (even with applying lotion regularly and drinking lots of water). These are my natural nails, nothing is on them. I hope you all have a great weekend!

J is for Just My Nails

I is for Ikat

Hello Everyone! The week is half over which means I’m closer to going to my grandparent’s house for Easter. This week has been going pretty good, much less stressful and more relaxed than last week was (especially since I only have one test this week). I don’t have much else to say today, so it’s nail time.

Today’s nails in my A to Z nail challenge are I is for Ikat. I used this tutorial from Nails by Kayla Shevonne. I started with a coat of Orly Strengthener for Peeling and Splitting Nails. The blue is OPI – Can’t Find My Czechbook, the purple is OPI – You’re Such A BudaPest, and the white and black are acrylic paint. I topped the design with two coats of Orly Strengthener for Peeling and Splitting Nails. I messed up my middle finger a little bit (my hand shook), but overall, I like these nails (obviously they’re not the best, but they’re not the worst either 🙂 ) I can’t believe I only have 3 letters left (J, L, and Z) in my A to Z nail challenge.

I is for Ikat

D is for Dotted French

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I know that this was supposed to go up yesterday, but I was having problems getting my nails to look how I wanted to so it’s going up today. My weekend was okay, unexpected things came up on Saturday and my mentee was unable to make it to the Easter Basket event, but I still went; it was a lot of fun, especially delivering the baskets to the assisted living homes, everyone was really happy that we thought of them, I even met a woman who was 103 years old. The rest of the day Saturday I just kind of hung out and didn’t really do much. Sunday I did some homework, but mostly just lounged around and watched Once Upon a Time and The Walking Dead. I’m hoping that this week will be less busy than last week was (I think it will be since I only have one test). I think I’m going to start posting only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a while (I need to focus on school and I want to be able to not stress about blogging – which seems dumb, but I do stress about what I’m going to do with my nails and creating posts), with an occasional weekend post. I might be cutting down on blogging but I’m not giving up on it, I just have to balance school and my life and blogging and the best thing for me right now seems to be to cut down. Thanks for understanding!

And now that the boring part is out of the way, I present you with D is for Dotted French in my A to Z nail challenge. For this design, I started with a coat of Orly Strengthener for Peeling and Splitting Nails (I’m not sure if it works, but I figured it was worth a shot) as a base coat. I then applied three coats of OPI – Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN! (I could have used two, but I was impatient and painted the second coat too soon and it dragged the first coat). I then used white acrylic paint and a dotting tool to create the dotted french tips. I finished it with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Clearly Quick. I had good intentions with this, but I haven’t used my dotting tools in a while so my dots are a little weird looking haha. The second picture is more color accurate (of the polish, not my hands) and the first is just a better picture. OPI -Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN! is pink not salmon like the first picture shows. For some reason, my camera is being stupid and isn’t taking color accurate pictures, so the “color accurate” picture is from my iPhone 5 camera.

D is for Dotted French D is for Dottted French (color accurate)

E is for Easter Egg Gradient

Hello Everyone! Thank goodness this week is almost over! I’m so ready for the weekend (this week was both long and short if that makes any sense haha). I don’t really have any big plans this weekend, but tomorrow I’m going to be volunteering putting together easter baskets and cards for an assisted living home with the mentoring group I’m a part of. Other than that, I don’t have any plans this weekend, other than to relax.

(I would first like to apologize for the poor quality of my pictures/nails, my camera wasn’t cooperating with me last night so I took these photos with my phone, which apparently didn’t want to cooperate either – they look good in person though haha – and it’s my first attempt at a gradient). Today I have E is for Easter Egg Gradient (yeah, I know Easter is next week, but these reminded me of dyed Easter eggs). I started with two coats of Pure Ice – Superstar! (I was going to just do Candy-licious and Superstar! for my gradient, but my Superstar! is getting thick and is running out – time to buy more white polish [darn haha]). I then used China Glaze – Orange You Hot? and Wet n Wild – Candy-licious for my gradient (along with an Up&Up Latex Free Cosmetic Wedge). I can’t really describe how to do gradient nails, but there are tons of tutorials out there. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday!


E is for Easter Eggs (No Flash) E is for Easter Eggs (Flash)

P is for Purple

Hey everyone! So, if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen these nails last week, but it turns out I have a lot of school work to do this week (a test today, a test tomorrow, a paper due tomorrow, a paper due Friday, and an online homework-quiz). So instead of taking another break, I’m posting “old” nails, I hope you don’t mind. I’ll be back on Friday with new nails, but today I have P is for Purple in my A to Z nail challenge.

I started with a coat of Sinful Colors base coat. I then applied two coats of Wet n Wild – Disturbia. I then used two coats of Pure Ice – Cheatin’. I finished my nails with a coat of Essie – Matte About You. Have a great Wednesday! I’ll be back on Friday with another post. (Also, I wasn’t planning to put this on my blog so excuse the mess around the cuticles and the pool in the background).

P is for Purple

I’m Back! And R is For Real Gold

Hey everyone! I’m back finally! Taking the break allowed me to focus on school and enjoy my spring break. It also allowed me to get the enthusiasm for blogging back (I was starting to think of it as more of a chore than fun). My spring break was pretty good, I got an iPhone 5 (and an Otterbox, I’m clumsy on occasion and it’s better safe than sorry), a couple pairs of Tom’s (my mom and sister made me). I also went to San Francisco for a day with my dad and boyfriend. We walked around the wharf and my boyfriend and I went to the aquarium. I also got to see my dogs and my family. We also got my sister’s senior ball dress (it’s really pretty, but I’m not really sure how to describe it, haha). And now back to the real reason for my blog – my nails!

I’m back with my A to Z nail challenge and I have R is for Real Gold. Since yesterday was a St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to go with a St. Patrick’s Day theme (kind of). I started with a coat of Sinful Colors base coat. I then applied two coats of Ulta – The Jungle Look. I topped that with two coats of Sephora by OPI – It’s Real 18K Gold Top Coat. I then finished it off with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Clearly Quick. Well, that’s it from me today, check back on Wednesday for another nail design!

R is for Real Gold

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