Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Eggs

Happy Easter weekend! Whether you celebrate or not I hope that this weekend is extra special for you and your family. I'm home for the first time in awhile, so it's nice to spend some time with the people that are closest to me. Also, the weather is beautiful and spring-like right now. Seems like perfect weekend material to me :)

Here's my Easter manicure for this year. I'm not a huge fan of bunny/chick motifs on nails since I'm more of a pattern kind of girl. This started out as a halfmoon manicure, but ended up being a full, curved tribal print in spring pastels. 

The end result looks very Easter egg-ish to me, so I'm pleased. I really like the delicate touches- the scalloped edges and the flowers- mixed in with the regular tribal print.

I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt. Then I worked from cuticle to tip with a striping brush and a dotting tool to create the patterns. The colours I used are American Apparel Manila, American Apparel L'Esprit, American Apparel Coney Island, and American Apparel Office.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sailor's Bouquet

Hi everyone! This work week is done for me, and next week will be the last of my freshman year at university. I can't believe how quickly time has flown by. This year has had its highs and lows, but overall it's been incredible. I'm trying really hard to enjoy the last of my time here with friends until exams start in April, so I'm still a bit MIA apart from posting. I'm terribly sorry and thank you so much for your time.

These nails are inspired by Floss Gloss Boss. I loved the mix of stripes, flowers, and burnt orange with navy blue. I translated the look onto my own nails with lots of big flowers and skinny stripes. I really like how these turned out, especially the index finger.

Also, please don't mind the non-existent nail on my little finger. A while back I mentioned that I had a really deep break in one of my nails. It was growing out pretty well as I fixed it with the teabag method, but it finally bit the dust before I took photos of this design. I managed to fix it up a bit, but I'll have to file down the rest of my nails for next time :(

I started with American Apparel Rose Bowl on my middle and little finger, and American Apparel T-Shirt on the rest. I used a striping brush and American Apparel Cameo Blue for the stripes. I used American Apparel T-Shirt and a large dotting tool to make the flowers. Then I added a drop of American Apparel Manila in the centers and sheered out that colour using the watercolour technique. I then outlined all of the flowers and added leaves with a striping brush.

Have a good Easter weekend! Come back on Saturday to see my Easter nails for this year :)


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Country Florals

Hello! I'm pretty excited about today's post so I'll just jump right in. I'm introducing a new feature on my blog called Tutorial Tuesdays where I'll post a new photo tutorial each week. I get a lot requests to do tutorials but videos take way too much time to film and edit. These photo tutorials are much easier for me to do, so hopefully they're helpful to you! I'd love to hear your suggestions for future tutorials as well!

For the first Tutorial Tuesday I decided to start with something simple. I'm really pleased with how these turned out. Tiny florals are always a winner in my book! I like this colour combination a lot too. It's both delicate and cheery, and it makes me happy to look at :)

The colours I used in this manicure are American Apparel T-Shirt, American Apparel L'Esprit, American Apparel Summer Peach, American Apparel Rose Bowl, American Apparel Manila, and Essie Navigate Her. Keep reading for the tutorial!

  1. Start with your base coat and colour, and let that dry.
  2. Use a dotting tool to make 5-petal flowers all over your nail, leaving space between them for leaves.
  3. Use a striping brush and a contrasting polish to add detail to the petals. You can also do this with a smaller dotting tool or a toothpick.
  4. Use a dotting tool to create one dot in the center of each flower.
  5. Use a striping brush to create the leaves by making small V shapes. Create two leaves per flower.
  6. Use a dotting tool to fill in any spaces with dots.
  7. Seal with topcoat, clean up, and you're done!

I really hope you liked the first Tutorial Tuesday post. I hope to keep up with this every week, so don't forget to comment with what you would like to see next! :)


Sunday, March 24, 2013


Hi everyone! I hope your weekend has been good! Mine was pretty fun-filled and jam-packed, which is why this post is coming to you so late in the day. On Tuesday I'll be introducing the first Tutorial Tuesday on Precious Polish. I'm really excited, so I hope you like it and stay tuned! :)

I didn't have any plans when I started this manicure. I just picked some colours and started painting. The design ended up being quite earthy with a few flowers and a ruffian pattern. It's another style that I'm not quite used to. I'm not sure how in love I am with these, but I'm always glad to have tried new things.

I started with OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons. I used a striping brush to create the flowers and the ruffian patterns with OPI You Don't Know Jacques, American Apparel American Denim, and American Apparel Sunset Blvd. I added dots to the floral nails with a dotting tool.

Thank you for looking and I hope to see you here for the first Tutorial Tuesday! :)


Friday, March 22, 2013

Pastel & Polka Dots

Happy Friday! I'm finally free of all of my tests/essays, which means no more living in the library! I'm expecting life to be relatively less stressful until exams. I have my fingers crossed that I catch up with blog maintaining and reading, and I have some new ideas for Precious Polish too, including photo tutorials. I have one in the works already, but I'd love to hear your suggestions for what you would like to see :)

These were done as a quick fix during a study break. I wanted something easy to execute but also something that would make me happy to look at. I went with a trusty gradient in soft girly pastels and added fading polka dots on top.

I used American Apparel T-Shirt, American Apparel Coney Island, and American Apparel L'Esprit for this manicure. I started with the colour closest to the cuticle and then used a makeup sponge for the gradient effect. I used a dotting tool for the polka dots.

Don't forget to comment with what photo tutorials you would like to see, and have a great weekend!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Metallic Monochromatic

Hi all! I have my last test of the semester today (physical chemistry), so I'm quite stressed but also overjoyed.  I've really been missing out on interacting with you all, and I'm looking forward to getting things back on track around here :)

These little shape doodles were done on a whim. I needed something quick and these were the result. I feel like I don't do a lot of strictly black and white looks, but I guess this one doesn't count either since I used silver polish on my ring finger to spruce things up.

I'm not exactly sure how I feel about these yet. They're definitely different from my usual stuff, but I think that maybe they're a bit too simple for my liking. What do you think?

I started with American Apparel T-Shirt on my index and middle finger and American Apparel Hassid on the rest. With those colours and also American Apparel Silver Jazz to paint on the shapes with a striping brush.

Thanks so much for your readership! Lots of love <3


Monday, March 18, 2013

Strawberry Fields Forever

Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was relatively uneventful and I spent a ridiculous amount of time in the library and drank unhealthy amounts of coffee. I have a lot of assignments and a test this week so I'm not looking forward to it. After this I'm basically done with most of my major school work so things should settle down quite a bit until exams :)

I went for something a bit different for these nails, opting for a more realistic style with these strawberry vines. I usually do a lot of flat 2D patterns so this was quite the change. I experimented with shading and highlights here and I'm pretty satisfied with how they turned out. I definitely need more practice though!

I started with American Apparel T-Shirt. I used a striping brush and American Apparel Poppy to paint on the strawberries. I used a small dotting tool to shade with American Apparel Downtown LA and to highlight with American Apparel Pink Ladies, American Apparel Sunshine State and American Apparel T-Shirt. For the leaves and vines I used American Apparel Zuma Beach, American Apparel Army Jacket and American Apparel Crescent Heights.

What do you think of this fruity manicure? It makes you a bit hungry, no? :P


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Clover Field

Hello everyone! St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, so obviously I needed to do some green nails. I actually wish that I could do some more looks, but unfortunately I didn't plan far enough ahead :( I have a lot on my plate at the moment so the extent of my St. Patrick's Day festivities ends at my nails, but I hope you guys have a fun (and safe) day tomorrow! I'd love to live vicariously through you, so share your plans with me :)

I had a lot of beautiful green polishes to choose from, so I asked for some help deciding on Instagram. In the end I tried to incorporate several into one look. I remembered seeing an awesome colourblocked clover tutorial by the talented Lindsey of Wondrously Polished. Her tutorial manages to combine four different polishes of varying finish into one stellar, cohesive look. Perfect!

I followed Lindsey's video tutorial for the clover pattern. I started off with Essie Navigate Her on all of my nails and painted off the squares using the polish brushes from OPI Green-wich Village, Nubar Meadow Sparkle, and China Glaze Glittering Garland. Then I used a large dotting tool to make the clovers.

I left the clovers as an accent and did a sparkly glitter gradient on the rest of my nails using a makeup sponge and Nubar Meadow Sparkle followed by China Glaze Glittering Garland.

Feel free to tweet me or tag me on Instagram with your St. Patrick's Day nails, I'd love to see them! Have some fun for me tomorrow and be safe :)


Thursday, March 14, 2013

French Riviera

Hello! I hope you've been having a good week so far. Mine has been pretty uneventful, aside from some major nail trauma. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this awful photo. The nail on my pinky ripped really deep down the nail bed. It's hanging on for dear life there, but it's too deep to cut off without being painful. Luckily I managed to tea bag it with some school glue and strengthening base coat. I wasn't sure if the school glue would cut it but it's working well for now, phew! Have you had any cringe-worthy nail trauma? How did you deal with it?

I covered up the tea bag mess with this design. I don't think I've ever combined primary colours like this, but it's a refreshing change! I thought that the horizontal stripes were very chic, and for some reason 'French Riviera' kept popping up in my head as I was painting these. To be honest, I don't really know what French Riviera fashion entails but a quick Google search shows lots of horizontal stripes, so hey, why not?

I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt for the striped nails. Then I took a striping brush to paint the stripes with American Apparel Manila, American Apparel Poppy, and American Apparel Cameo Blue

I created the flowers on a base of American Apparel Cameo Blue with a dotting tool. They're actually very similar to the ones I did  in "Pretty Perennials". They're super simple to do and the small size makes them extra cute! The trick to all florals is to add leaves, I think. A couple quick strokes with a striping brush and the design looks so much better! :)

Despite nearly losing half a nail, I'm still really happy with how my nails look right now. I like this design a lot and I'll definitely be doing more horizontal stripes in the future. Have a good weekend and see you Saturday!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tribal Sky

Hi lovelies! School's still really hectic, but I think the worst of my cold is gone, so I'm managing a bit better. Also, St. Patrick's Day is coming up! I never really cared for it in the past, but now that I'm legal I suppose a bit of celebration is necessary ;) I'm itching to break out the greens too. I recently stole borrowed all of the pretty green polish from my house and brought them back with me to res. They're currently sitting on my book shelf just waiting to be used, so expect so green manicures soon!

I did these nails last night. Usually these would be added to the queue and probably wouldn't be posted until Saturday, but I was so pleased with them that I had to show you them right away. I went back to my comfort zone and did variations of gradients with three colours. I was originally only going to do a couple of the nails as gradients, but I'm glad I did all of them. I think the gradient effect really ties the manicure together nicely :)

After that I slapped on a half tribal print on top. I'm in love with the look of the fading print, especially on the index and middle finger!

The colours I used were American Apparel T-Shirt, American Apparel American Denim, and Essie Play Date. The colour closest to the cuticle is the one I applied first to the entire nail. When that was dry I used the next colour to make the gradient with a makeup sponge. Lastly, I took a striping brush to paint on the tribal print.

Thanks for looking- lots of love to you all!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

First Flowers Of Spring

Hello! The weather is so beautiful right now but unfortunately I've come down with quite the cold. It started as a cough but now it's reached my nose, so basically all I want to do is sleep. Still, nail art is always an appropriate way to welcome a new season, so here I have some simple bright florals and plaid.

I employed the watercolour technique to achieve this style, thinning out my polishes with acetone to create sheer layers of colour. While I do love crisp, opaque colour, I'm finding myself growing quite fond of the look of varying opacity :)

I started with American Apparel T-Shirt. I applied drop of American Apparel Sunshine Beach, American Apparel Dynasty and American Apparel Coney Island for the flowers and used the watercolour technique to thin out the colour. Then I did the same in the center of the flowers with American Apparel Zuma Beach, American Apparel African Violet and American Apparel Angeline. I then used a striping brush and American Apparel Zuma Beach to paint the petals, and added some dots to the flower centers with American Apparel Hunter. For the lines I used a striping brush and American Apparel Zuma Beach and American Apparel Angeline that I first thinned with acetone on foil. Finally I added a magenta rhinestone to each accent nail.

Hopefully the weather is nice where you are too, so go out and enjoy it! See you soon!


Friday, March 08, 2013

Bronze Brocade

Happy Friday! We've finally reached the end of a very busy week. I'm super exhausted but there's no time for sleep! Tonight is my college's formal dinner and dance. It'll be nice to see everyone all dressed up so I'm looking forward to it. What are your weekend plans?

There's a bit of a story to how these nails came to be. My previous glittery birthday manicure was on the verge of becoming a chipped nightmare so I needed something quick and easy to replace it with. I grabbed a go-to mint and paired it with a bronze metallic. I thought, 'this interesting colour combo as a halfmoon manicure will be enough to satiate my manic nail art addiction!' Wrong.

I did the halfmoons in a few minutes and then decided to add a swirly brocade print to just one nail. Bad idea! After that I was doomed. I liked the design so much that I had to replicate it on all of my nails. I had to work quickly and got a bit impatient, so some parts of the design aren't perfectly matched. Still, I really like how these turned out! They were worth the extra trouble :)

I started with American Apparel Office. I used a striping brush to paint on the halfmoon and filled it in with American Apparel Bronze Dash. Then I painted on the print in the same way.

As always, thanks for stopping by! Take it easy and have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Bordered Ruffian

Hi there! I hope you're all doing well. This has been one busy week for me but I think it's winding down now. My addiction to Instagram is still growing though, so I strongly recommend following me on there for more frequent updates! It's also a really easy way for me to see your nails and communicate with you, so send me your handles to follow too :)

These ruffian nails are inspired by the cool NCLA nail wraps by Madeline Poole. Like always, I added a gradient to the tips for added interest. Like my Mint Deco nails, the finished product is both bold yet soft. Top it all off with a reverse accent nail and you have one eye-catching manicure! 

I started with American Apparel T-Shirt on my index and middle finger, and American Apparel L'Esprit  on the rest. I then used alternating colours to paint on the ruffian. When that was dry I used a makeup sponge to apply the gradients. Finally I outlined the cuticle, the ruffian, and the sides of the nails with a black striping polish.

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday in my previous post! I'm so glad to have made friends with all of you and your kinds messages made the day even sweeter <3