Fun with Classic Red

Today’s classic red is courtesy of Butter London and their gorgeous Pillar Box Red. It doesn’t get any lovelier than this. While the color is stunning on its own, I love to jazz it up, taking it to another level.



… or ornate …


… a classic cream is a stunning backdrop for all the nail art you could ever want.

(Personal note: The ornate version was to celebrate the Detroit Red Wings being in the playoffs for 23 consecutive seasons. They didn’t make it far, but it was fun while it lasted. Go Wings!)

The Start of Autumn

Here we have the first of many autumn manicures I will be doing. I love fall colors above all else, their richness and warmth. And so pretty!


The base brown is China Glaze’s Mahogany Magic (yes, from the Capitol Colours collection!), with Cross Iron for the orange. The gold is Orly’s Luxe. Thumb not featured because it looked more like a pine cone than a leaf. Bonus flash pic! I realized after I downloaded the above pic that it was kind of blurry, so I took one with flash. The colors are all wrong, but the design is much sharper. I really need to figure out how to best photograph my nails, pronto.


More to come!

You’re Invited

Baroque Stamping

I lifted this design off a wedding invitation I received a few years back and have admired ever since. The design is a lovely baroque filigree stamp from the MASH bundle available on Amazon. And, yes, it’s the same one featured in my “stamps” post from a few days ago. Did I mention it was my favorite? It’s my favorite.

The black is plain ol’ transparent tape, painted black with polish and cut into strips. I just stuck ’em on top after I did my Seche Vite, then sealed them with a super-shine Sally Hansen topcoat (there are a few different ones… they all work the same as far as I can tell). This manicure lasted a week, even with the rhinestones, before I had a single chip. I highly recommend this DIY striping tape. You can cut any shape you want, not just stripes. Give it a go!

Pink on Pink

China Glaze "Make an Entrance" and "Passion for Petals"

China Glaze “Make an Entrance” and “Passion for Petals”

Can’t decide which pink to use? Why not both?

I’ve been on such a royal blue kick this entire summer that I wanted to force myself to use some brighter colors. But which to pick? The warmer shade is my favorite, but the more neon shade doesn’t get enough love for me.

Eh, screw it. Stripes again! I love stripes in all aspects of my life. Shortly, I’ll post a picture of my cube decor at work. It’s all texture and patterns and geometry. My coworkers think I’m nuts, but it makes me happy. Same with nail art.

To get the clean stripes I used regular ol’ transparent tape cut into narrow strips, the width I wanted my stripes to be. Love that clean line. Love.

Anyone else think this looks like a t-shirt Old Navy would sell, or is it just me?

Stamps Stamps Stamps

Essie "Aruba Blue"

Essie “Aruba Blue”

I love stamping. But, admittedly, I tend to do it in about the most boring possible manner when I do full-nail stamps. White for dark colors, black for light colors. Metallics for everybody! And… that’s it. I was fully geared up to do this stamp (my favorite, which you will see in probably every other stamping mani I do from now until the end of time) in white over the dark blue, but at the last minute I decided to go with black.

I’m so glad I did. This gorgeous effect got a ton of compliments, including minor assault by a coworker who grabbed my hand and nearly pulled me off my feet. But, as I mentioned in a previous post, this is the one circumstance in which I love having my personal space violated. All in the name of art (and maybe just a hint of envy).

A Foray Into Striping Tape

Sephora by OPI "Read My Palm"

Sephora by OPI “Read My Palm”

Striping tape has long been a point of contention with me. While countless others have had success, I found nothing but frustration. However, when experimenting with an Independence Day manicure (whose picture I seem to have misplaced…) I learned that I had white striping tape. So, instead of using the tape to mask stripes, I decided to leave it on. Y’know… kinda how it was maybe meant to be used. Or something.

It worked brilliantly. And, thus, a new love was born. Add in my typical floral and a rhinestone for the hell of it, and I had one rockin’ mani. Striping tape, we are finally friends.

Bonus: If you look closely, my middle finger is a sausage in this picture. See how it looks bent? It’s not. It’s flat. This was taken a day or two after injuring my finger when a dog, whom I was not notified was dog-aggressive, bolted before I had securely grabbed his leash. The leash wrapped around my finger, and… well, I’m probably lucky it didn’t break or worse. Yay sausage finger!