Mani: Back-to-School Preppy Plaid

I wish summer could last forever, but alas! It is not to be. School started today, and I decided to go back in style with fall colors. I broke a nail recently, so all my lovely long nails got filed down to nubs — I think I went a little overboard on my left hand, lol.


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Mani: B&W wraps and decals

I wanted to try something a little different from what I usually do and decided to go with a high contrast black and white mani. I got black and white Jamberry checker wraps (only sold until August 31) recently, so I knew I wanted to use them, and also got some Skelanimals water slide decals from Nail Pop and figured I had a design.


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Mani: Copper Deco

I’m trying to be less perfectionist about line art on my nails, so rather than use striping tape on this mani, I just used a small striping brush. While the lines are definitely not straight, they’re also not too far off.


I used butter London polishes for this. Poole is the pale turquoise, and Goss is the metallic copper. Both have a great formula; Goss especially has amazing coverage.

Summer is ending, but I’m holding onto these summer colors for awhile! What do you think?

Mani: Under the Sea

OMG I suck at life and blogging. I just… The end of this school year was so difficult, for reasons. When people say that teachers have it easy, I want to kick them in the shins, because we don’t.

Anyhoo, I finally had time to do a decent manicure, and I wanted to try doing a gradient again, because I’m so bad at it. I covered up my ineptitude with glitter, which is really the best way to do it.

formul8edphrase - zoya sharky

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Snow Day Swatch: Zoya Naturel Satins for Spring 2015

Since I’m homebound today, I have a little time in my grading vortex to show you the new Zoya transitional collection. I have all three of the Naturel collections; I think they’re lovely and versatile shades. Satin and matte finishes are definitely the trend for spring, with Essie also releasing a matte finish collection in shades very similar to the Zoya Naturel Satins (so if you don’t have a Zoya retailer close by, check your local drugstore when the Essies come out).

Zoya Satins 2015

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