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Valentine’s Dotticure

Hey all! It’s February, so Valentine’s Day manicures are officially in. I’m not very good at nail art (my hands shake!) but I gave a simple dotticure a try and I really like the outcome.

I started with a base of Sally Hansen Petal Pusher, from their Insta-Dri line. It’s a very soft petal pink. I have the most success with the Insta-Dri polishes when I just layer on one very thick coat, but this one isn’t opaque enough to do that with—it’s a little difficult to apply as a result, because it will start thickening up and drying mid-coat. A thicker second coat gets everything nice and even and fully opaque!

I dropped in some dots in no particular pattern, starting with OPI Cinnamon Sweet (this is a great red to dot with because it’s so opaque), Revlon Temptress, and Color Club French Tip. It’s simple but very cute, and I like it a lot! This is a great nail art design to use for any holiday, honestly.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley

Jolly Holly

Hello, all! I tried freehand painting and it wasn’t a total disaster! Let’s get into it. I feel like this post is going to be… a little wordier than I’d like it to be, haha.

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Bottle shot! (Color Club French Tip, OPI Ski Slope Sweetie, OPI Cinnamon Sweet, Revlon Posh, OPI You Are So Outta Lime)

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I tried my hand at holly and I quite like it! To start, I applied one (!!) shiny red coat of OPI Cinnamon Sweet. On my middle and ring fingers, I applied a base of Color Club French Tip (which those of you who follow Simply Nailogical already know is the best one-coat white!), and topped it with one coat of OPI Ski Slope Sweetie.

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The gold studs were ordered off the website Wish. I laid those down on top of the polish and then applied topcoat overtop of them to seal them in, rather than gluing them on top of everything because there’s no way I’d be able to pull that off without making a mess. Then, on my white nails, I used a long striping brush to paint in the holly leaves in Revlon Posh, and added dimension by going over it with OPI You Are So Outta Lime. Then a dotting tool using Cinnamon Sweet again completed the berries!

I’ve swatched Ski Slope Sweetie before, and actually did a better job of catching the gold shimmer that time (although… don’t look too closely at my flooded cuticles in those pics—yuck!).

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I like that it made the white look a little less stark. It’s prettier in the light, and it sort of ties the manicure together, with the gold shimmer complimenting the gold studs.

Show me your holiday manis, guys!

-Aley ❤

The Return: A Whole Lotta Essie

Aaauuaugh I hate not being able to blog!! I’ve been so busy lately that my poor blog’s been neglected. 😦 But I should have a little more time now that there won’t be any major holidays for a few more weeks… (I had a lot going on for Halloween, haha.)

I have a couple of nail art designs from, like… months ago? It’s been a while haha.

Eeeeeww please don’t mind that one random cat hair. It was stuck to the sponge I used for my gradient, I think, and I didn’t notice it on the nail. :/

This first mani uses all Essie, except for the white base. On my pointer, pinky and thumb I used Essie Saltwater Happy, which is pretty periwinkle blue with an adorable name to boot! This was two coats, and the formula was impeccable—I made a note of that because I know Essie is known for having… not great formulas for light colors like this one.

I didn’t have actual chevron nail vinyls, only stickers meant for french tip designs. Vinyls would have been easier to use, I’d wager, but I managed. Then I sponged on a gradient with Essie Find Me An Oasis at the top and Essie Bikini So Teeny at the bottom. These are both pretty sheer so I wouldn’t recommend them for sponging, it was poor planning on my part. 😛

Then I have this gal here, which was my first attempt at doing the saran wrap technique—painting a base, then blobbing on a few different colors and pressing down on it with a piece of saran wrap so it all blends and swirls together. I used Hard Candy Prep Squad, a pale lavender, as my base. Then I blobbed Prep Squad on top along with Find Me An Oasis (again!) and Essie Cascade Cool, a light, slightly lavender-toned dusty pink.

Did you know that white polishes meant for french tips are actually great for stamping? It’s because they’re thick and are meant to be opaque with one swipe. I can’t imagine having done this design with any other white. I used Color Club French Tip (per the fabulous Simply Nailogical’s suggestion) and I love it! It’s not perfect, but I’ll improve with some practice. The stamping plate is BM-XL16 from Bundle Monster.

That’s all I’ve got for today! I promise to be more active around here in the coming weeks~

Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤