Nail-spiration: Vase Inspired Flaky Mani

Hello lover(s)!  I am not a big nail buff or anything but I got really inspired a few days ago by a vase that I bought at TJ Maxx years ago.  I was doing some spring cleaning and I was dusting this and a thought struck me!  My flaky nail polish looks so much like this!  Of course, I had to stop cleaning immediately and get to work on a fabulous mani!  Hey, when inspiration strikes…
I first started out with clean nails (cuticles freshly maintenanced) apply a base coat of your choice.
I then applied 2 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Navy Baby, which I find stunning all on it’s own.  Let that dry and move on to the next step.
Zoya Chloe is my favorite flaky polish.  It is simply gorgeous!  Just apply one to two coats, depending on your preference!  I like a lot of topping so I did two.  Let that dry and finish it with a top coat like Gelous and you are set!  I actually did this mani last week and it lasted a full 4 days without any wearing.
It is pretty simple but it looks so advanced!  And I am in awe of how close I came to my inspiration piece!  I love it when a plan comes together!  I challenge you to all get nail-spired this week!  I hope I get bit again too because I want to start doing more posts like this coming soon!

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Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Dupe: Urban Outfitters Sea Dust

I am a huge fan of many Deborah Lippmann polishes, but I often wont spring for them.  They are highly duplicated by many more affordable brands so I like to sit back and collect those.  I was strolling through Urban Outfitters a few weeks back and I sifted through the nail polish bins as I always do.  Most of the time I don’t find anything interesting or unique, but this go round I found a nail polish called Sea Dust which is the DL dupe for Mermaid’s Dream.

For those that know nothing of the original, let me describe it.  It is a nice metallic sea foam green base with small hex glitters that are either blue or teal… I really can’t tell.  

The polish is beautiful.  I use 2-3 coats when I wear it and it looks amazing.  I would think that it would be slightly gritty but I find that it is amazingly smooth.  

You can see that with a flash it is highly reflective.  Very hard to capture it’s beauty on film (or electronically)!  

Urban Outfitters Sea Dust is amazing and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.  I am now going to try more UO polishes in hopes they are all as amazing as this one!
What nail polish dupes have you found that you love?


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Nail Art: Georgia Bulldog Mani

As some of you may know (probably the ones that are married to NCAA SEC fans) the SEC championship game was this past weekend.  Georgia Bulldogs played Alabama Crimson Tide and it was probably the best game of the season.  I was on the edge of my seat about to have a heart attack until the VERY end.  Of course, my husband is from Georgia and is a HUGE fan so I have been converted over the years.  I decided to get into th game with him and did a manicure that was fitting.

It was actually super simple and quite fun.  I used a nail polish from the brand Spoiled called Ants In My Pants for all the nails except for my ring finger.  On my ring finger I laid down a white polish and applied a water applique over it.

I got the water applique from RLR Creations on Facebook.  Here is the link. I got a few different ones from her but this is the only one I have used so far.  It isn’t a sticker, it does have to be soaked in water to remove from the base it is on and then applies to your nail and top it off with a clear coat.

I hope you enjoyed my mani.  Check out the RLR store if you are looking for a team logo that you love, she had a lot.  If you have any questions, always feel free to ask.  Let me know in the comments below what your favorite football team is, whether it be NFL or NCAA!
*The items mentioned in this post were purchased by me.  This post is in no way sponsored, all links are for your convenience only.


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Manic(ure) Monday: Christmas Wreath Nails

What better way to get in the festive spirit than playing with nail polish to create festive designs.  You don’t have to be a nail genius to create something quick and darling.  If I can do it, ANYONE can do it.  :) 

Typically when I start getting into doing a design is when my plain one-color-nails are starting to wear at the tips etc so while I am touching them up I get inspired for playing.

In order to do this project you only need a 3 shades of polish and some dotting tools (and if you don’t have those a toothpick or bobby pin will work perfectly)!  
The base color I am using is Orly Rage.  It is a beautiful shimmery rose gold.  It is gorgeous on it’s own but also the perfect backdrop for the wreath.
To make the wreath I used Butter London Wallis.  It is a nice smooth polish that looks like it is made out of lots of gritty pieces.  PERFECT for imitating greenery.  All I did was make a semi-thick circle out of this with a large dotting tool.

Zoya America is one of the prettiest reds.  It is a perfect Christmas red.  I took a thin point dotting tool and dotted the berries on the wreath and then carefully drew out the bow with the same tool.
The tools I used were the largest and smallest.  :)
I hope you found this nail art inspirational AND helpful.  :)  What are you planning on doing with your nails in this holiday season?  If you have some nice festive nail art please link it in the comments below.  Even though my disclaimer says I delete links I wont delete valid links on this post.

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