27 Dec

Caronia Tea Rose Christmas Nails (and My New Nail Shape)

Hi Gals!

I finally did it! I have been wanting to try a different nail shape for such a long time. It has taken me months to work up the courage to take the plunge and file away, but I finally did it! When I initially finished filing these I had them pointier than this, but I wasn’t quite ready for that yet so I filed the points down a bit. These are definitely an easier transition point. Tadaaaaaa!

Caronia Tea Rose with green rhinestones and foil
I do like them a lot, but I think I will like them even more when I get the shape just right. For this look, I started with just one coat of Caronia Tea Rose for my base. I have said it before and I’ll say it again… I LOVE this polish. How many reds are there out there that have this kind of coverage in one coat? Do you have one? Or a red that is a creme? All the other reds in my collection take 3 coats and are jelly-like or shimmery and thin. This is practically a one-coater. The formula is on the thick side so it makes application a bit tricky, but using a little care and taking your time makes all the difference. After Tea Rose dried, I took out my clear coat and after wiping most of the polish off the brush, I applied some over the red with random, splotchy strokes. Then after just a few seconds, I applied nail foils (#32-green on the accent nail and #17-red on the rest) that I purchased from Blooming Nail Cebu. I added some green rhinestones I purchased off Amazon quite a while back.
Caronia Tea Rose swatch
What do you think of my new shape? I’m not sure why the middle finger ended up looking so round compared to the others. Perhaps it’s due to my very limited skills in shaping nails. Here is hoping I will soon have perfected the shaping, and they will all look the same. A girl can dream, right?
These are the nails I sported on Christmas Day. They were perfect for the day, and my new nail shape was a big hit with the family. I wanted to share a couple of nail related gifts I received over the holidays too.
Colored feathers, glitter, and pearl studs
I was given these lovely nail art goodies by Blooming Nail Cebu. I am especially excited to try the feathers! Thank you Blooming Nail Cebu!
Nail polish racks built by Mr. Nailinator

Check out my new polish rack on the left! Mr. Nailinator was so sweet to make me another one since the one he made me in February was all filled up and even my overflow baskets were overflowing and cramping my style. As soon as he mounted it on the wall I filled it up and only had room for 2 more bottles. I bought my sister-in-law two polishes for Christmas, and she had them both already, so I let her trade them out for two polishes from my back up stash. I didn’t own either of the colors I picked for her so now my polish racks are completely full! Yikes! Believe it or not, those two are the only polishes I acquired for Christmas. I think I fit the category now where my friends and family don’t buy me polish because they don’t know if I already have a color or not.

Did you get any polishes for Christmas? I would love to hear what your favorite gift was that you received or gave to someone. I love getting little gifts, but I also love giving gifts.

I hope you have a blessed day.


24 May

Sparkly Skittles

Hello to all my new friends out there. I’m so happy to have you. Thank you to everyone who has entered my giveaway. If you haven’t done so yet then you ought to. 🙂 Who can say “no” to FREE POLISH?!?! I’m excited!

I decided on a skittle mani today because the lovely Marta of Chit Chat Nails is constantly coming up with magical combinations and I’ve been inspired to have a go myself. I like what I came up with. What do you think?

Natural light in the shade

I used 2 coats of Oh My Golly Jive on the middle finger and thumb and added some BPS rhinestones. I used 2 coats of Jocarste 36 on the ring finger and stamped with Jive. On my index and pinky I’ve got 3 coats of Miss Beauty Diamondmax #8. You can’t really tell by the photo but there are tiny holographic bits in the mix of glitter. So sparkly. Here it is in the sunlight.

direct sunlight
09 May


Today I’ve got a pretty glittery polish for you. This is from Oh My Golly’s Crystal Sand collection. This is 3 coats of Emerald. Isn’t it pretty? It dries so fast too!
This polish along with the other polishes in this collection will be up for grabs in my upcoming giveaway. Have a great day!

Natural light
17 Apr

3D Flowers

Woohoo! Look at me! Posting two of Short and Sweet in Texasnail challenges in a row. On the correct day no less! I’m proud of myself. I’m getting to feeling better and I enlisted the help of my other sister (We’ll be calling her “The Bookworm since she is definitely a book lover). I’m not a huge fan of 3d nail art so I don’t have anything but rhinestones in that department so I decided to do something with those. (I’m hoping to get my hands on some metal studs soon)

The Bookworm also needed work appropriate nails and she likes softer colors so we started off with two coats of Caronia – First Crush and then I added the rhinestones and put topcoat on very slowly. I saw a tutorial a while back by Robin Moses where she mentioned going very slowly over rhinestones with topcoat helps with bubbling and I have to say it was the best experience I’ve had so far with topcoat over rhinestones. 🙂 Thank you Robin Moses!
I hope y’all like this feminine look. Have a fabulous day!

05 Feb

Flower accent

This is a simple accent I added to my manicure because, now that I’m into nail art, I’m not sure I can do plain nails anymore.

For this look I used:
Sally Hanson – Black Diamond
Sinful Colors Striper – sunset
Sinful Colors Striper – morning breath
BPS – Black rhinestones
Tiny dotting tool

That’s all! Short and sweet. I hope y’all like it.

Ps. Please forgive the oddly placed pinky finger.

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