Fashion Friday

Products used are self-purchased.

Good afternoon everyone! Hope you are having a good day. I am luckily having a better day than yesterday, so I felt up to trying out a Fashion Friday nail art challenge! Out of my stack of inspiration pages (torn out of Elle magazines), I decided to give this one a shot:


I used Sinful Colors Rise & Shine for the green, OPI Solitaire for the diamonds. I had a bit of trouble finding a gold color in my stash to use for the gold jewelry, so I ended up using OPI Oy Another Polish Joke.

One coat of Oy Another Polish Joke, no flash:
OPI Oy Another Polish Joke

Two coats of Oy Another Polish Joke, no flash:
OPI Oy Another Polish Joke

Three coats of Oy Another Polish Joke, flash:
OPI Oy Another Polish Joke

I tried mattifying it. This is one coat essie matte about you, in the sunshine:
OPI Oy Another Polish Joke

Then I realized it wouldn’t matter if I mattified it because I’d be putting a top coat on (durrrr). I didn’t take step by step pictures, but after that dried, I used a small nail brush to make a Rise & Shine circle on each nail, then using a dotting tool, I made smaller circles with Solitaire, then using the dotting tool again, made Rise & Shine dots around the perimeter. It all was topped off with 2 coats of Seche Vite:

No flash, inside light:
Sinful Colors Rise & Shine | OPI Oy Another Polish Joke | OPI Solitaire

Flash, inside:
Sinful Colors Rise & Shine | OPI Oy Another Polish Joke | OPI Solitaire

Flash, outside and in the sunshine:
Sinful Colors Rise & Shine | OPI Oy Another Polish Joke | OPI Solitaire

Comparison to the inspiration:
Sinful Colors Rise & Shine | OPI Oy Another Polish Joke | OPI Solitaire

Things I would have done differently: I would have liked to have a base color closer to what gold jewelry looks like; I would have also made all the circles smaller, so that I could have made the perimeter emeralds look more like jewel shapes instead of dots. If you have suggestions for what you would have done differently, or a suggestion for a gold-toned nail polish, let me know in the comments! Otherwise, what do you think? I hope you have a good rest of the day, as always,


Fashion Friday: Nail Fail and Nail Success

Memorial Day weekend was too crazy for me to get Fashion Friday done, so I have it for you today. As the title says, I have a nail fail and nail success to share with you.

First, the bad news aka nail fail. I was trying to copy this:


I was going to do something else on my fingernails, so I made a try for my toenails. Sigh. It just didn’t come out right at all. I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White as a base, then used essie licorice to make the lines. (I’m desperately trying to remember the navy blue that I used, and I can’t. If I remember, I will update the post.) I really really need a very small striping brush to make better lines, because I did these lines using a toothpick. (Another reason I don’t think it came out right.)


And a close-up:

In reality, it wasn’t as see-through as it seems in the close-up. If I’m able to get a small striping brush, I’m going to try doing this on my fingernails and seeing if I have better luck.

Okay, onto the nail success! This is the design I was trying to emulate:


I first wanted to start off with mannequin hands, so I used two coats of OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons. P.S. I freaking love this color as a nude base!


Then using a striping brush with essie licorice, I did three vertical lines on each nail, with the center line being shorter than the two side lines. Then I connected the three vertical lines with diagonal lines. Lastly, I used Sephora by OPI’s Only Gold for Me and a toothpick to place gold accents on the points of the lines. The first photo is in natural light, the other two photos are in full sunlight.




Comparison to the inspiration:

I was really happy with how my fingernails turned out, which made me a little more bummed that my toenails weren’t up to my standards, haha! What do you think? What would you have done differently with the pedicure? I will have the last May Challenge up later today, so keep an eye out for that!


Fashion Friday

If you don’t remember, when I did the first May challenge – inspired by fashion – I found so many good ideas. I decided I wanted to do a semi-weekly manicure where it is inspired by fashion. Here is today’s inspiration:


I started off with two coats of essie grow stronger, followed by two coats of L’Oreal Greycian Goddess:

Then I followed up with essie licorice, with my largest dotting tool (which, fyi, I loved the look of):

After that, I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green With Envy overlapping the black dots:

I finished with two coats of Seche Vite to smooth out the bumps:


And here are my nails with the inspiration:

I absolutely love this fun manicure! Just for kicks, I mattefied it with essie matte about you:


So, what do you think about the manicure? What’s on your nails today?