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Brightening the Snowy Days

Holo Neon Nails

The weather has been frightful for a while, and with more impending doom this weekend (which is only worth it if I get a snow day on Monday *wink*) I was ready for some bright colors.

Color Club and Studs

For this look I used a Color Club holographic polish and neon studs.

Color Club Harp On It

Color Club Harp On It is a silver, holographic polish.  It is easy to apply evenly.  With two coats, I was completely covered.  And I tried to get in the sunshine to capture the shine.

Neon Nail Studs

The neon studs came from eBay, and there are circle and square studs.  I went with the circles this time around.

Holographic Nails

This turned out to be a very easy mani, and I like it more than I expected to.  Something about the way the holo catches the light is a big part of it, but the simple studs add just enough to keep it bright in the absence of sunlight.

Nail Studs

To attach the studs, all I needed was a spot of clear coat and a dotting tool to pick them up with.  I sealed the entire look with a clear top coat and was ready to go!  Here’s a couple other shots for you.

Winter Nail Art

Color Club Holographic

Neon Nail Studs

Neon Nail Art

Harp On It

Winter Nail Art

Clearly I was a little photo happy here.  Oh well.  🙂  I hope you liked it!  Thanks for reading!

Let it Glow

Glow in the Dark Polish

This was a Halloween look, and I thought since I was so behind on posting I should just forget it, but I really liked it…so here it is almost a month later.  Let me say that the pictures do not do this polish justice at all.  It glowed REALLY brightly.

I used Claw Polish, I’m Here for the Boos!  (I think this may be the same company as Wet ‘n’ Wild.)  Claw Polish

In the light, it looked like a fairly neutral polish.  I did not mind wearing it, and I plan on using it outside of Halloween because I enjoyed it so much.

Halloween Nails

For the spider accents, I had some little gold guys that I put on there, and sealed it all up with a top coat.

Nail Art Spiders

A few comments…this was the first time I had used any of these little metal decals.  The spider legs didn’t want to stay down, so by the end of the week I had ripped most of them off.  I would form these to my nails ahead of time, next time.  Also, when I painted my nails with the glow polish, I used quite a few coats.  This gave it that neutral polish look in the light.  When I began with only one or two coats it was almost clear.  I am wondering how brightly it would glow with a couple coats, because I could layer that over anything, and no one would know until the lights went down.

I had a lot of fun with this!  Anyone else use glow in the dark polish?  Ideas?

IMG_1912 Glow in the Dark Claw Polish IMG_1914

Thanks for reading!

C is for Cookie Monster Nails

After about a month away, I am back and ready to blog.  School started back up, and I needed to be focused on a new batch of kiddos.  Now, I am ready to share some of the nail designs I have worn for the last couple weeks.

Cookie Monster Nails I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away for the base.  It looked this good after one coat!  Then, for the cookies I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Quick Sand, and the chocolate chips I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Branch Out.

Sally Hansen Cookie Monster    To paint the cookies and chocolate chips, I used a dotting tool.  For the Cookie Monster nail, I put blue flocking powder on to make him furry.  I just used a Sharpie to draw in the mouth.  Finally, I used google eyes so they would really move around like Cookie Monster’s.

I had my concerns going into this design.  I wondered if the flocking powder would look gross after a day of washing hands, doing dishes, showering, lotion…you get the drift, but it didn’t.  It would stay wet for a couple minutes and then dry out, and you’d never know the difference.  I also was worried that the Sharpie would bleed, but that didn’t happen, and the eyes did not fall off.  I wore these for six days before I removed them.

As a teacher, these were a hit.  But honestly, I got tons of compliments on them from strangers when I was out and about.  One, I don’t think they look too shabby.  Two, who doesn’t love Cookie Monster?

This design was surprisingly simple, and makes me wonder about other uses for google eyes (Halloween monster nails?) and the flocking powder.  Have you used these things much for anything?  Let me know!

Once again, I am excited to be back!  


Mash Plates 26-50

Nail stamping is a great way to get intricate designs on your fingers when you aren’t so artistically inclined yourself.  If I had to free hand a design on all of my fingers…..let’s just say……no.

Konad is the brand that seems to rule the school.  The prices on the Konad plates were enough to send this girl on the hunt for something else.  (Though I will admit to ordering a Konad stamper through Amazon.  The stamper I currently have is a little blah.)

First,  I went to Ulta and bought a little baby stamping kit by Essence.  This is the current stamper and scraper that I have, and I originally only had the one plate.  I was not impressed with this, but I was not discouraged.  I do not use the scraper.  I go with the plastic card method.  And, as previously mentioned,  I am waiting on a better stamper to come from Amazon.

So, in my Amazon blitz, I placed orders for Mash and Pueen plates.  Both of these brands have lots of good reviews floating around, and I liked the images.  The price was excellent as well.  I have tons of new plates for less than $30.

I wanted to break down the Mash plates for anyone considering purchasing them.  The picture on Amazon wasn’t great.  (After trying to snap some of my own, I understand why.)  I really would recommend them, and I hope that you find this helpful.


IMG_1684IMG_1686 Each plate comes individually packaged in a thin, plastic bag.  When you open it, you need to pull off the clear plastic film that is protecting the images.  (Believe it or not, some people don’t know to do this.)  IMG_1685  Each plate has a protective paper backing on it, and the edges seem to be filed.  (No mini razors.)

I had no trouble with images being damaged, plates, bending, getting cut, or any of the other hassles I had read about online.

So far, so good.

Let’s keep going.


MASH PLATES 26 – 28          Small Images and Tips


Top 26, Left 27, Right 28


MASH PLATES 29 – 31          Small Images


Top 29, Left 30, Right 31


MASH PLATES 32 – 34          Small Images


Top 32, Left 33, Right 34


MASH PLATES 35 – 37          Small Images


Top 35, Left 36, Right 37


MASH PLATES 38 – 40          Full Nail and Small Images


Top 38, Left 39, Right 40


MASH PLATES 41 – 43          Full Nail and Small Images


Top 41, Left 42, Right 43


MASH PLATES 44 – 46          Full Nail and Small Images


Top 44, Left 45, Right 46


MASH PLATES 47 – 48          Full Nail and Small Images


Left 47, Right 48


MASH PLATES 49 – 50          Full Nail and Small Images


Left 49, Right 50


So, there are the plates that came.  I wanted to see how well they worked.  I did a few sample stamps using my Essence stamper, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out polish, a plastic card scraper, and then stamped it on a post it note.  Maybe not the ideal situation, but good enough.  Here’s a quick sampling.

IMG_1689IMG_1690 Despite all that was not perfect with how I ran my trial run, I was pleased with the product.  The images have lots of detail, and it shows up in the stamp.  I like that there wasn’t a problem using other polish, because I am not going to spend tons of money on special polishes.

My final verdict on these is that they were a great purchase.  The money spent was worth it, and I will have lots of fun mani/pedis from this set.

What do you think?  Any questions or comments?  Let me know.  I’d love to hear from you!

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