Gold French Tip Nails

Simple, french tip manicures are what I like to call palate cleansers. They are such a great stop between two bold manicures where you want to relax your eyes a little bit while not leaving them completely bare.

I don’t wear gel polishes often because of the removal process (yikes!), but sometimes I don’t want to deal with chipped manis.

I’ve had the Le Mini Macaron system for a while now, and while I’ve tried other brands, this is the best system I’ve tried. I especially like how the lamp only fits one finger at a time. When I paint my nails, I do the thumb first and then I do them from the pinky to my pointer, so I can cure one nail while painting the next so I don’t feel like I have any waiting time while all my nails cure. (Which order do you guys paint your nails in?) Also, with this system, you have base coat, color, and top coat all in one polish, so it is super quick. The removal is also easier when you don’t have as many layers on the nail.

Anyway, rant over – these are the nails.

Gold french tips 1Gold french tips 2

Polishes used:

  • Le Mini Macaron – Meringue
  • Le Mini Macaron – Gold Glitter

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Jack-o-Lantern Nails

Ever since I got the new shade by Picture Polish called ‘Foxy‘, I have more or less worn it non-stop, because this is probably the most fall appropriate shade I have ever owned. I love it!

The mani was kind of on its last leg, so I decided to refurbish it into this pumpkin jack-o-lantern mani – the first one for me ever. It’s all hand-painted, and without tooting my own horn (too much), I think these turned out super cool!


They are super cool for halloween if you’re not into scary manis.

Polishes used:

  • Picture Polish – Foxy
  • Essie – Licorice
  • Sally Hansen – Tahitian Sunset
  • Technic – Vert

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Bloody and bruised nails

Do you guys remember day 20 in the 31 day nail polish challenge (the watermarble prompt) where I told you that I had a water spotting attempt that looked like bruises and blood that I didn’t want to use for the challenge?

I saved that attempt to show you as an abstract halloween design instead. I think it looks just gross enough to pass for a gory halloween look – what do you think?


Bruises and blood 3Bruises and blood 2

Polishes used:

  • Essie – Cocktails & Coconuts
  • Essie – Hide & Go Chic
  • Essie – With the Band

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Picture Polish (Mini-)Haul

I think my Picture Polish wish list is miles long by now – I am seriously in love with the brand and the polishes they create that are so unique and different from all others while using a 5-free, vegan formula. To be honest, I’ve never tried any of their creme polishes, but that is only because their glitter/flakie polishes are the best – and they are always easy to remove without any hassle (unless stated otherwise on their website).

When they released a bunch of new shades in september 2017, which included the most perfect fall color ever (Foxy), I couldn’t wait any longer and I had to cross some polishes off my wish list. I only got four this time around (+ a clear jelly stamper because I haven’t had any luck with other clear stampers in the past), and I still have at least as many on my wish list, but I’ll get around to those another time. I had hoped to snatch up ‘2001’ as well, but while I was waiting for them to restock ‘Merge’, the shade was retired 😦

Anyway, here are the four polishes I got this time around. Continue reading

Review: Stamping guide template

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I am in no way a stamping expert, but I try to improve all the time and do nicer and nicer things with stamping. I was given the opportunity to review a cool ‘gadget’ that takes stamping to the next level.

This stamping guide template from Born Pretty Store allows you to only pick up parts of an image to create cool effects. It comes in four different versions. The one I got looks like this:

Born Pretty Store Stamping Guide 1

You place it on top of your stamping plate after you have scraped the excess polish off. Continue reading

Blue Leaves and Glitter

These nails were my first attempt at blue nails for 31DC2017, but I scrapped them because they weren’t completely to my liking. However, I still wanted to show them to you, because they actually took quite a while to do 😀


Polishes used:

  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Color Club – Take me to your chateau
  • Vivien Konder – Blue
  • W7 – Crushed Pineapple
  • Color Club – Beyond the Mistletoe

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31DC2017: Wrap Up

With this post, I conclude this years 31 day nail polish challenge! I always feel a little bit proud of myself when I finish it, because it really is A LOT of work, and especially towards the end, you just want to be done with it. I think there are some good manicures here – overall, I think I was more pleased with last year’s challenge, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

Here you can see all of the 31 manicures – if you want to take a closer look at one of them, the headings are links to the original posts. I will talk about my personal favorites in the bottom of this post.

Day 1 – Red                                Day 2 – Orange                               Day 3 – Yellow


Day 4 – Green                                Day 5 – Blue                                  Day 6 – Violet


Day 7 – Black & White                      Day 8 – Metallic                             Day 9 – Rainbow


Day 10 – Gradient                     Day 11 – Polka Dots                       Day 12 – Stripes


Day 13 – Animal Print                    Day 14 – Flowers                     Day 15 – Delicate Print


Day 16 – Geometric                        Day 17 – Glitter                        Day 18 – Half Moons


Day 19 – Galaxies                            Day 20 – Water Marble             Day 21 – Inspired by a color


Day 22 – Inspired by a song      Day 23 – Inspired by a movie      Day 24 – Inspired by a book


Day 25 – Inspired by fashion  Day 26 – Inspired by pattern  Day 27 – Inspired by artwork


Day 28 – Inspired by a flag                             Day 29 – Inspired by the supernatural


Day 30 – Inspired by a tutorial                               Day 31 – Honor nails you love


My favorites are:

What are your favorites?

[31DC2016: Wrap Up]

[31DC2015: Sum Up]

[31DC2014: Wrap Up]

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31DC2017: Day 31 Honor Nails You Love

I have had this screenshot in my phone for a long time of a mani by Clelianna, but I’ve always postponed recreating it because it was done with a decal that I didn’t have. Well, now that I’ve wanted to do it for so long, but still don’t really do decals, I decided to just try a freehand it, and I think it turned out pretty well! Of course, the shade of blue glitter polish that she used was retired by Picture Polish just days before I had a chance to buy it 😦


Polishes used:

  • Essie – Truth of Flare
  • OPI – Got Your Number
  • Depend – 5042

[31DC2016: Day 31]

[31DC2015: Day 31]

[31DC2014: Day 30+31]

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31DC2017: Day 30 Inspired by a Tutorial

I’ve watched a lot of nail art tutorials over the years, but I don’t do it so much anymore, because I can more or less figure out how it’s done from looking at a picture, but every once in a while, a manicure captures me enough that I’ll watch the tutorial even if I have the technique guessed beforehand. This tutorial by HannahRoxNails was one of those cases, because I really love the look!


Polishes used:

  • Sally Hansen – Rule of Plum
  • Essie – Watermelon
  • Pieces – Peach Whippe Matte

[31DC2016: Day 30]

[31DC2015: Day 30]

[31DC2014: Day 30+31]

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31DC2017: Day 29 Inspired by the Supernatural

I find the supernatural prompt really hard to do, because I always want to do halloween nails, but that doesn’t necessarily mean supernatural, so I always struggle a little bit to come up with an idea for today’s prompt. This year, my choice fell on ghosts.


Polishes used:

  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Essie – Licorice

[31DC2016: Day 29]

[31DC2015: Day 29]

[31DC2014: Day 29]

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