Monday, May 9, 2011

Mint condition

rather simple mani for the week. Didn't want to go over the top or anything. I used Nicole by OPI - My lifesaver from the bieber collection. 2 more weeks of school. then the summer!! cant wait to get my tan on :]

Thursday, May 5, 2011

All the right angles

I've done this style a few times with different colors, usually a lighter shade but decided i was in a dark mood. I used Essie - Sexy Divide & Wet & wild - Kaleidoscope. The gray polish i used just so happened to be a shade i kinda made on my own. My Sally Hansen Gunmetal was dried out so i mixed it with some SH - Whiteout and I ended up with the muted gray color.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Golden State Warriors

I think i'm on a roll , 2 manis in a week. I initially wanted to do some kinda starry nail. I picked out Essie Mezmerised. It's a royal blue creme. I tried out a star mani but did not look cute at all. with the NBA draft, i decided to some a team with the color blue. Since I'm from the bay, i picked the Golden State Warriors. This my first attempt a tape mani. HINT: LET YOUR BASE COLOR POLISH DR BEFORE TAPING!!!!  or else you wont get clean lines and the tape pulls out the nail polish so its pretty much ruined. I used Sally Hansen's insta-dri in lightening. NOT my fav polish from SH. The polish was really chalky and not a good formula, BUT it was the only yellow i had. Can you tell I messed up on my index finger? haha. shhhhhh!

Friday, April 29, 2011

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Wow, I haven't posted anything for a few weeks now. I've been swamped with projects and papers & i had spring break. Trying to get back into the grove of things. I recently bought some nail art off of eBay and couldn't wait to do a mani with it. The possibilities are endless. I used Essie Mod Square. Its a hot pink creme. The shade of pink reminds me of Barbie. Its absolute adorable alone but i wanted to do something a little more fun for spring.I think this would have looked better with a lighter pink but i didnt have any. Oh Wells. Stayed tuned for new post about an upcoming contest!!

What I used to decorate: (all bought on eBay)
-Rubber Roses
-Leaf Fimo Cane
-Small Ivory Pearls

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Leopard nails

Who isn't a big fan of the leopard print?!  For this design, i wanted something subtle but still pops & of course another reason for me to use Matte About You. :D

Friday, April 8, 2011

Feeling blue

1 more week till spring break!! yay! then to tahoe and UCD's picnis day. anywho. i was in a whimsical mood and did this powdery blue Essie - Lapis of Luxury &cute stamp tips. i think for next time, I'll stamp the design on top.
Essie - Lapis of Luxury BM10

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Maroon Butterfly Nails

Its been awhile since i did a french mani, Not exactly favorite but it will do for the time being. A few weeks ago,I got Viva La Nails sample pack. Its free-ish, you just have to pay for shipping which was bout $5 for me. First time using the nail art stickers because i couldnt think of a mani to use them for. The butterfly was a water nail sticker, so you have to soak it in water to remove it from the paper.  As i waited for it to dry before putting on my top coat, is sort ripped. :x Turned out better on the other hand but m nails are still growing out so it looks super ugly.
Nicole by O.P.I Di-Vine is Divine

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Anyone knows that if you want your eyeshadow to last, need a base/primer. I have Urban Decay Primer potion. It comes in this cute genie like bottle. Aesthetically pleasing but not convenient. There are a few blogs/post/youtube video's out there that shows you how to decant you UDPP. I figured since im out of UDPP, i'd cut mine and salvage whatever is left. If you're smart, I recommend just using pliers and pulling the stopper out

If you are feeling ambitious like i was then here is what you need:
*Knife (do not use a razor blade like i did - ended up with cuts)
*An empty container to put your primer in; an old jar or buy an empty one
I grabbed a stila twist up lip gloss pen opened it and cleaned it out

So at the widest part of the bottle, cut into it and this is what you find. I was a shocked to find out that i had all this product & to think i was going to throw it away.

Take your container and fill it. Mines was a bit messy but it worked out. i still had some left over, so i put it into a small lip balm jar to use. The pen holds about 2.4 ml. I'm going to guesstimate and say you have at least 3.5 ml of product left in that bottle.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


One of the biggest trend for spring 2011 is the cross body bag. You can find them anywhere in any style, color and size! Its convenient that your hands are free & you'll never forget your purse because its always on you. The other day, the bf got me a late v-days gift. Can you say cute? We were at the outlets & Coach had an additional 30% off. Snagged this bag for about $65, retail price of $148, almost half the original price!! Its more of a casual day wear. For going out, i have this quilted black studded faux leather bag from forever. In love with the weaving chain. If you're on a budget, check out forever 21, they have tons!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Essie Sand Tropez & Matte About You
Konad plate m57

The newest trend in nails seems to be matte. Of course, I cant spend $7 a bottle when I probably only wear is once or twice and the trend is out of season. I made a trip to walmart and picked up Essie Matte About You. Its pretty much a top coat you apply after you are done with your nails. The possibilities with it is endless and for about $8, definitely well worth it. Unlike most matte polishes, you can use a base coat and 2 coats of your polish then the Matte About You. It dries relatively fast  you see the results instantly. i wished i picked this up sooner instead eyeballing all those matte polishes online contemplating which one to buy. Its a bit tacky but the trick to it is to apply it on your nail with only two strokes; it minimizes the streaky look. And also make sure your polish is prefect before apply this because it will point out all those flaws. For today, I wanted something that was muted and feminine.Dont mind my uneven nail size... It ripped off but i couldnt wait till it grew out to try this. Enjoy! :D

Thursday, March 24, 2011


My fimo nail canes came in! yay! Got 100 different canes for about $5 on eBay. They're alot smaller than i thought but it makes sense especially if its going to fit on your nails. If you put two quarters next to each other, that's how long the canes are. anywho,ThatsSOfresh is hosting a spring themed nails contest. With a little extra time on my hands, i thought i'd give it a try.

Make You Smile & My Lifesaver 
I was super excited to snags these at my local Target. It the Justin Beiber, One Less Lonely Girl line for Nicole by OPI. I LOVE the mint green color! its my new favorite spring color. I also used some of my fimo canes :D

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I love the color combination of green, blue and purple. It reminds me of peacock feathers. So i decided to do a twist and make it look sci-fi/techno  with circles.

-Essie Trophy Wife
-Essie Aruba Blue
-Essie Jamaica Me Crazy
-Silver shimmer polish
-make up sponge
-Stamping plate BM19
There's two ways to do this depending on how you want it to look.
1. Apply base coat (Tropgy wife)
2. Using make up sponge, dab Jamica Me Crazy onto nails starting from the tip and building up
3. Use same method as before and add Aruba Blue
4. Stamp using BM19 with silver polish
5. Top coat to seal the stamp

1. Apply base coat (Trophy wife)
2. Using make up spong, apply Jamaica Me Crazy middle section of nail
3. Using Aruba Blue, dab it on the rest of the nail
4. Stamp useing BM19 in silver polish
5. Top Coat

Monday, March 14, 2011


No real explanation why i wanted to this pattern. I liked both colors separately and thought, why not put it together. Instead of listing how its done, i just posted photos of the step by step process. Don't mind the excess polish on the side, i was trying to hurry up before the sunset. So enjoy!

Items used:
- Essie Lilacism (creme lavender)
-Essie Jamacia Me Crazy (shimmer berry)
-Any white polish
-French guide tips
-Stamping plate

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Minnie Mouse Nails
Who doesnt know Minni Mouse?! Some of us grew up watching Disney and not sesame street. *ahem* me. This is a tributes to Disney world's 40th anniversary. Yay for childhood! Such a lovable character & her coveted polka dots is easily recognizable.Instead of doing an all over polka, i decided to do a little twist and add Minnie's signature bow. Enjoy!

-Essie Watermelon (any shade or pink/red) 
- Essie Imported bubbly (base) 
-Any kind of white & black polish 
-Siler is optional, you can use rhinestones instead 
-Stamping plate with polka dot image
(if you don't have this then you can use toothpicks)
-french tip guide stickers

1. Paint a base coat. I used a sheer champagne color. You dont have to use a base, i decided to because i liked the color
2. Tape off nails with the guide stickers. If you dont have any, you can use any kind of sticker that has a round corner such as those from name tags, etc
3. Paint the tips in Essie Watermelon or the shade you picked out. Keep the stickers on.
4. Using a stmaping plate, i stamped the white polka dots onto the pink tips. Remove sticker.
5. Using toothpicks, put black dots and 2 triangle above the tips
6.In the middle of the triangle, place a dot of silver polish or a rhinestone.
7. Paint top coat.
Voila! you're done! :D

Friday, March 4, 2011


FIRST BLOG!! YAY! I recently made a quick trip to wal-mart and found this amazing dark blue/green color by Essie. A tad anxious and eager; I've pushed aside my business project and did my nails. The inspiration came from these checkered van's. Its a fairly simple design and finally get to use my stamping kit. QUICK TIP! I bought a set of 21 for $18 on amazon. Great deal & comparable to konad plates, which by the way is at least $7 a plate. What A Steal! If only bundlemonster had more sets.. any-who onto the main attraction.

1. 1-2 coats of Essie
2. Using a sponge, dab celeb city. Staring at the bottom of the nail, building up the color
3. Use stamping plate BM17 & apply

Ta-da! the stamping is cricked but still pretty. :DD