Monday, June 2, 2014

Proof of Concept(tion)

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Holy cow. Today I celebrate the 12th anniversary of my 21st birthday. In other words...I'm now 33. Woah. Were you like me all those years ago as a dorky girl in my early teens looking up to those 30-year-olds you knew, thinking how impossibly cool (and old) they were? Yeah, now I'm beginning my 4th year of BEING one. Lucky for me, I don't feel my age...unless you count the tendonitis in both of my elbows from serving, and the fact that when I move (anything), I make a cacophony of creaks and cracks.

Anyway, to celebrate this blessed? day... I decided to do a non-conventional design on my nails...I really went back allll the way to the beginning...you know, somewhere in Aug/Sept 1980. :-D

Please excuse my thumb wound, Homer the Land Shark got me while we were playing...


moonicure monday, proof of concept(ion), nail art

moonicure monday, proof of concept(ion), nail art

moonicure monday, proof of concept(ion), nail art




Sunday, May 4, 2014

Chew on This

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If you've been a member of the internet-browsing public today (which you obviously are, since you're reading this), you've probably seen in your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and every other feed that today is May 4, otherwise known as Star Wars Day, so May the Fourth Be With You! Though I have never (yes, you read that correctly, NEVER) watched a single Star Wars movie, despite being nearly 33 years of age, and having had several attempts on tricking me out of my Star Wars virginity, I felt the need to do Star Wars nails today. I decided to do a nail art interpretation of Chewbacca, complete with 'fur', which I had to 'make' myself by trimming brown pipe cleaners. Can you believe that no one had flocking when I looked at a couple different craft stores today? The people at Joann's had no idea what I was even talking about when I asked about it! *sigh* Kids these days.

Anyway. Things I learned from this manicure:

Never blow excess fuzz off your nail over the paper plate full of pipe cleaner trimmings.
Never cough over paper plate full of pipe cleaner trimmings.
Never rub your eye with pipe cleaner trimming nails.
Do not breathe at all during this manicure, fuzz fill end up inside your nose and tickle.

chewbacca, star wars, nail art, chewy, fuzzy, flocking

chewbacca, star wars, nail art, chewy, fuzzy, flocking

chewbacca, star wars, nail art, chewy, fuzzy, flocking

I used:

Brown: Nubar Milk Chocolate Creme
Silver: Morgan Taylor Could Have Foiled Me

Basecoat: Morgan Taylor Stick With it


What do you think, Chewy enough?  Did you do a Star Wars manicure? Tell me in the comments below!

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. See the legal page disclosure for more information.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fit for a Goddess?

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Today I have yet another of the designs that I posted on Instagram (Follow me at: thedailynail) for the 31 Day Challenge a few months ago. The theme of the day was 'Blue'. For the theme, I went back to my days in India and chose to do Kali, one of the Hindu goddesses. Kali is described as black, but is portrayed in art as blue, so I thought it'd be a fun take on the theme of the day! She is also portrayed with her tongue out, small fangs, and a necklace of severed human heads.

Fit for a Goddess? Nail art, kali, india

Fit for a Goddess? Nail art, kali, india

Fit for a Goddess? Nail art, kali, india



I used:

Pink: Seche Happy, As Is
Blue: Essie Butler Please
Gold: China Glaze 2030
Sparkly Gold: China Glaze Mingle With Kringle
Black: American Apparel Hassid
White: Chrome Girl Between the Sheets

Basecoat: Morgan Taylor Stick With It basecoat
Topcoat: Seche Vite topcoat

What do you think, did I satisfy the 'Blue' theme for the day? Tell me in the comments below!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Isn't Real…

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Two words— Theo. James. Not the only reason to go see Divergent, but definitely the most aesthetically pleasing one. :-D Yum. I'm not ashamed, I totally went and saw this the first night it was in theaters, and even painted my friend Nikki's nails in the theater with the Divergent nail polish set from Sephora. The movie isn't one of award-winning cinema, but it's fairly decent for what it is. Decent enough that I went to see it a second time, though that was probably due more to the extremely handsome male lead than the plot line. I did this nail art for the second viewing of the movie, it's the bird tattoo that Tris gets on her collarbone.

This Isn't Real nail art, divergent, birds, Tris

This Isn't Real nail art, divergent, birds, Tris


I used:

Nude: Deborah Lippmann Naked
Black: American Apparel Hassid

Basecoat: Formula X basecoat
Topcoat: Seche Vite topcoat

Have you seen the Divergent movie? What did you think? And let's talk Theo James (aka Four)...I'd love to read your thoughts in the comments below! :D


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Point Taken!

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It's spring. Seriously, in Michigan today I am able to go outside WITHOUT A COAT! How exciting, right?! I have to say, I'm super stoked about slightly warmer days and well, the lack of snow. I can't wait to be able to play outside with Homer and take his energetic little white butt for walks.

Today, to celebrate a day above freezing, I decided to do some quick nail art using some nail polishes from the Morgan Taylor nail polish line. It's very simple, but it makes me think of pools and bright sunshiny days!

To achieve this look, I simply painted my nail with Morgan Taylor Water Baby and then used tape to mask off where I didn't want the turquoise to go, then painted with Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool. Remove the tape, add topcoat and done! :-D




I used:

Light Blue: Morgan Taylor Water Baby
Turquoise: Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool

Basecoat: Morgan Taylor Stick With It basecoat
Topcoat: Morgan Taylor Need for Speed topcoat

What do you think? Does this nail art feel like Spring? What are you painting for spring? Tell me in the comments below!

Morgan Taylor nail polishes, as always, are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate and can be purchased at loxabeauty.com for $8.50. 

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. See the legal page disclosure for more information.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Daily Nail is MOVING! (again)

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I'm seriously so excited to tell you the REAL reason I moved back to Michigan instead of moving back to Las Vegas when I came back from India. I needed to acclimate myself to a cooler climate because I was selected to be part of a group of 'normal' people to participate in an experiment in Antarctica to study how super chilled climates effect the average person so scientists and researchers can better prepare for global climate change. Exciting right?

Not to worry though, I did get permission from the head of the study to continue writing on my blog and posting pictures. However, there is one little catch...




I hope you all are ok with this method of showing my nail art!!!  On the bright side, I no longer have to concern myself with cuticle care. BONUS! :D

I'll post better pix later tonight- I couldn't get the darn colors to come out right, and I ran out of time before work!

Here is a picture of the nails by themselves. A little rough on the edges, I'm not used to painting falsies!



I used:

Grey: Nubar Fashion is Forward
Aqua: Nubar Dreamy Moss
Violet: Nubar New Mood
Pink: Nubar Spring in Her Step
Pink-toned purple: Nubar City Self
Bright pastel coral: Nubar Succulent
Bright pastel orange: Nubar Wildflower Blooming

Topcoat: Nubar Diamont Top Coat

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. See the legal page disclosure for more information.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Zoya Cashmere Swatches & Review

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Don't you hate it when you're on your computer, looking through files, and you discover that you never posted those swatches that you did literally MONTHS ago? Awesome, right? I feel like a big ol' dummy. I looked at the date, and these photos were taken in August. Yeah, that month at the end of summer that was, hmmm, let's count...over 7 months ago. Really. The sad part? I LOVED this collection, so I'm not sure how I could have missed posting it!!

Anyway, better late than never right?


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