Guest Post From Manis & Makeovers: Sparkly Manicure with Indie Polishes

Good morning all! Today I’m welcoming Lothwen from Manis & Makeovers – she’s created something really sparkly and lovely so be sure to keep reading. 

Hello lovelies!

I’m Lothwen from Manis & Makeovers and I’m very honoured to be guest posting here for Jessica! I hope everything is going well with her and the baby! Babies are awesome 😀
I concocted a mani for which I used three different indie polish brands. These days with all the MNP drama going on, I want to emphasize the fact that this is an isolated incident and that other indie brands should not be mistrusted! So I used three of my faves: Ms. Sparkle, My Indie Polish and Incidental Twin Nail Polish!
I started off with a base of My Indie Polish “Sadness”, a gorgeous lilac sparkling holo.
Then I created stamping decals, using Born Pretty Store BP-L027 and Incidental Twin’s Squeeze Pop collection, a set of awesome jellies that are perfect for all kinds of nail art, like I did here! I used Red, Blue, Violet and Indigo flavours.
On my index and pinky I created a gradient with Ms. Sparkle’s Sheer O’Magic jellies, which contain Nfu-Oh like colour shifting flakies! To finish it off, I dotted some black at the base of these nails.
What do you think of these? I hope you like them! And I wish Jessica and her husband lots of happiness with the newest addition to their family!

Thank you, Lothwen! I adore this super sparkly look, just what’s needed today. 🙂 Indie polishes are just awesome, and you’ve certainly proved it. Please leave Lothwen a comment letting her know what you think!

Guest Post From Lavish Layerings: Distressed Manicure with Zoya

Good morning all! I hope you are looking forward to the weekend! Today I have another guest post, this time by Jenny from Lavish Layerings. She is a total sweetheart and I am very excited to show you what she’s done today. P.S. She totally made me cry! 

Hi everyone! I’m Jenny from Lavish Layerings (or you might know me as @bostonmerlin10 on Instagram), and I’m honored to be guest posting for Jessica today! Let me tell you, I can’t say enough good things about Jessica. Not only are her nails and blog fabulous, but she is one of the most kind and supportive people that I know when it comes to uplifting and promoting bloggers in the nail community. She works so hard on various projects which increase engagement within the community and I really respect and admire all that she does.

On Jessica’s blog, she is always trying new nail art techniques and I think that she makes them very approachable to her readers. One of the things she does most often is tries techniques out in skittlette manicures (which I LOVE to do) and this makes a new technique seem less daunting when you only have to do it on one or two nails and it still gives a stunning finished look. She makes nail art seem effortless, and I know that always makes me want to try it because I’m often pressed for time or just plain intimidated by some of the techniques out there. Today, I decided to share with you guys my favorite effortless nail art technique, the dry brush or distressed mani.

For my look, I started out with a plain white base (I used KBShimmer Eyes White Open). I selected a few recently released Zoya cremes from their Island Fun and Focus Collections. I used Cecelia (teal), Sia (blue), and Lidia
(purple) to create my distressed look. There is absolutely nothing to this technique. All you do is start with your first color and wipe off the brush WELL on the lip of the bottle. You want to wipe it until the brush basically looks dry, so it will take several swipes. Then, you just drag the brush down your nail in random streaks. Repeat with the remaining colors and you have yourself a distressed look. Finish off with topcoat and you are done!

Now, in the original distressed mani tutorial by Chalkboard Nails (which is much better articulated than my description), you finish off the distressed look with streaks of black polish which really gives it a grungy vibe. You can definitely do that if you want, and I often do, but I really loved this one without the black. It just has sort of an abstract look. The colors look so pretty together too!

Pro Tip: If you happen to not wipe your brush off well enough and you get a thick swipe of polish instead of the nice broken look we are going for, just dip a nail art brush in acetone and lightly swipe over the area with too much polish. It will work like a charm to take that extra polish of and it will give you the brushstrokey look you are going for.

Thank you guys so much for having me today and I’m wishing Jessica all of the best with her bundle of joy! Much love and prayers for a smooth delivery and healthy baby!

Jenny, thank you so much for this beautiful look! You honor me by doing this manicure and yes, you did make me cry…See, I told you that Jenny is a total sweetheart! Please leave a comment for Jenny and let her know what you think. 🙂 

Guest Post From Procrastinails: Sea Turtle Nail Art

Good morning all! Today’s guest post comes to you from Katherine at Procrastinails (I friggin’ love that blog name!). I’ve known Katherine for quite some time in the nail community, and she is one of the sweetest and nicest bloggers. I’m so glad to have her here today!

Turtle stamping nail are with Essie and Konad

Hello dolls! Super pumped today to be writing a guest post for the lovely Jessica! I’m Katherine from ProcrastiNails and I’ve known Jessica for a while now. When I saw she was looking for some guest posters I jumped at the chance and put something together. What I ended up with was this fun and tropical sea turtle look!

Turquoise jellyfish and turtle nail art

I’ll be 100% honest with you and say this isn’t at all what I was planning to put on my digits when I sat down to play around. But that’s okay because I love it! I think I may have been unknowingly influenced by my background-noise movie of choice at the time (the newer and… very interesting… TMNT movie)…

To start I applied a coat of Essie Bell-Bottom Blues and then added some large random dots with Essie White Page and then dry brushed over them with more white to smear them along the nail. When I applied a layer of Essie Pen & Inky I was left with what I think looks like a school of jellyfish! AWESOME! If I was to add technical nail art terms I guess my base would be a single-layer pond mani with dotted dry brushing? Humm.

To finish it off I did some stamping with Konad White and some turtles from MoYou London Sailor Plate 10!

Macro picture of my dry-brush dotting and pond mani jellyfish

Here’s a closer look at my impromptu jellies! Do turtles eat jellyfish? I think they do! So maybe I should’ve called theses nails “Feeding Time”! (Is that as cheesy to read as it felt to write? Haha.)

Sea turtle nail art with stamping and dry brushing

Overall I’m super pleased with how these turned out, and I would once again like to thank Jessica for hosting me. 🙂 It was fun!

Let me know what you think about my turtles! And if you want you can also check me out on tumblr, facebook, instagram and twitter! 🙂 Thanks for checking my guest post out!


Are you kidding me with this? Isn’t this just freakin’ awesome?! Thank you, Katherine! Please let Katherine know what you think of this in the comments below, I’m sure she’d appreciate it. 🙂

Guest Post From Manicured & Marvelous: Simple Stamping Turned Fun

Good morning all! Today I am super excited to have a stamping manicure by one of my favorite bloggers, Roselynn from Manicured & Marvelous!

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Hiya guys! I’m Rose from the nail blog Manicured and Marvelous and I’m here to fill in today. One of the many things I love doing with my nails is stamping and so thats what I thought I would share. The one thing that always gets me ‘stuck’ is, what base do I do? I always think the extreme like gradient vinyl combo and end up psyching myself out. But then I thought of something and felt like kicking myself for not doing it ages ago.

Simple Stamped Manicure by Manicured & Marvelous

Crelly polish base plus stamping for a simple magically mani!

CDB Lacquer Group Custom 1, Rica Robin's Egg Blue stamped manicure by Manicured & Marvelous

For this mani I used as a base CDB Lacquer group custom #1 and stamped over it using Rica’s Robins Egg Blue. The pattern for my stamping is from Winstonia W310. Initially I was going to end my mani there, but these rhinestones seemed to give it the perfect touch. I finished off my design with a glossy topcoat for a beautiful shine!

Winstonia W310 stamp by Manicured & Marvelous

I love the way this turned out! It feels like the crelly base gives so much more dimension to the otherwise plain stamping mani. I definitely sense a lot more stamping manis over crellys in my near future!

Thanks Jessica for having me and I hope you guys liked my mani. Don’t forget to stalk me, my blog is and you can also find me on Instagram under the username @roselynn787.

Thank you so much, Roselynn! This is such a pretty manicure and you are the best for creating it! 😀 Please let Roselynn know how much you liked this mani by leaving a comment below. 🙂 

Guest Post From Polish Those Nails: Patterned Manicure

Good morning all! I can’t wait for you to check out this awesome post by Marisa of Polish Those Nails, so let’s check it out:

Hello lovelies!

I’m so excited to be guest posting for Jessica while she’s away taking care of her little one! Jessica is one of my favorite bloggers, because not only are her nails gorgeous but I love how committed she is the nail polish community. I knew instantly that I wanted to help her out by contributing a post.

Andddddd, I should probably introduce myself now…so hi, guys! I’m Marisa and I blog over at Polish Those Nails (previously Hey, Darling Polish!) My blog consists mainly of nail art, patterns, indie polish, and rambling. Which I’m currently doing, so let’s get to the nails! 😀

nails, nail art, nail polish, pattern, polish those nails, guest post,

nails, nail art, nail polish, pattern, polish those nails, guest post, Here’s what I used:

be-happy-buy-polish-guest-post-grey-pattern-nail-art-bottle-shotPatterned nail art is my favorite to paint and to wear, so I wanted to share that with all of you! This look was inspired by this pattern by Moniquilla. How cute would this be as a scarf?

nails, nail art, nail polish, pattern, polish those nails, guest post, 1. Start by applying two coats of Pelican Gray.

2. When that’s dry, add a layer of Follies.

3. Using a detail brush and black paint, add on all of the “leaf” shapes.

4. Go back in with a smaller brush and blue paints for the flowers.

5. Finish each flower with a tiny spot of either white or black.

6. Clean up.

7. Add a layer of Glossy Glam.

nails, nail art, nail polish, pattern, polish those nails, guest post, I loved wearing these! Gray polish isn’t something that I usually wear, but it’s nice to take a step back from all the super, crazy colors that I often reach for. What do you guys think of these nails? Are they something that you would wear? I’d love to hear your thoughts (:

Thank you so much for allowing me to take over your blog for this post, Jessica. I hope you’re doing well and are getting some sleep haha! Thanks to everyone who reads this too!

– Marisa


Thank you so much, Marisa! I always adore your patterned manicures because they are so fun! Please let Marisa know what you think of her beautiful manicure in the comments below. 🙂 

Guest Post From Moni’s Mani: Upcycled Manicure

Good morning everyone! I have another guest post this morning, today it’s from Moni’s Mani! Please give her a warm welcome. 🙂 

Hello hello!!

How are you??! My name is Monica and I am the nail loving girl behind Moni’sMani a blog I started about a year and a half ago as a way to document my nail adventures and my love (addiction really) for nail polish. I am so happy and honored to be writing to you today. Thank you SO much Jessica for allowing me the oportunity to guest post for you! I hope you’re doing well and that you’re enjoying your time with your little one, God Bless!

It is about a year ago that I did my first guest post and so it seemed proper to recycle or rather, up-cycle a mani I did back then. Hope you like it!

This is from March 30, 2014

I remember I loooved this mani and got lots of compliments

Base: Orly Ancient Jade

Yellow is China Glaze Lemon Fizz sponged in with a makeup sponge then stamped with Pueen Plate 72


And this is August 2015

Base: KBShimmer Shore Thing

Yellow is SinfulColors V.I Peach sponged in with eyeshadow sponge stick and stamped with Pueen Plate 72


What’s different? The biggest difference for me is in the clean up and the nail shaping!

There is so much to be learned in this beautiful world of Nail Art and so many amazing people willing to teach us! I’m so lucky to have found so many friends and so lucky to be able to continue to blog with the same love I did when I started. So please, visit me here, I’d love to get to know you and share my nail adventure with you!

Thank you so much for reading and thank you so much for having me Jessica!!


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Wowee, Moni! Your upcycled manicure is absolutely slaying it and I’m grateful for your beautiful photos! Let Moni know what you think of her manicure in the comments below. 🙂