Mani Monday: 4th of July Glitter Gradient Mani

Recently, Pure Ice was kind enough to send me some more terrific glitter polishes perfect for 4th of July nail art- Dazzle Me– a silver glitter polish packed with holographic silver glitters, Wide Awake– a beautiful turquoise micro fine glitter polish and Freedom– a red, blue and star glitter filled polish. . .


Some macro swatches just to show you how packed with glitter these polishes are!

dazzle mefreedomwide awake

So for this Mani Monday I did a very easy glitter gradient using these polishes. I got alot of compliments on these nails this weekend- a lot of people even asked me “where did you get those glitter nail wraps?”. I think they look very smooth like nail wraps because of the way these particular glitter polishes transferred over almost like a sticker when I applied them to my triangular makeup sponge end.


finished look another look

To achieve this fun glitter look:

  1. I first prepped my nails with a base coat and then applied one light coat of Dazzle Me.
  2. Next, while the coat of Dazzle Me dried, I took the end of my triangular makeup sponge and applied a line of Dazzle Me, Wide Awake and Freedom. You can adjust the width of the layers based on how long your nails are. Right now my nails are super short so I did very thin layers. . .
  3. Press the sponge gently lining it up to your nail shape and viola the glitter should transfer over just like that! Pretty much all the glitter transfers over almost like a sticker in one fluid press.
  4. Repeat for all your nails. You can keep using the same sponge.
  5. After you complete the first sponging transfer, repeat again for more glittery look. I only did it 2 times but I think 3 times would make a super glitter look!
  6. Top it off to seal all the glitters with a really good top coat and you are done!

You can see my photo step by step tutorial to be featured on BudgetBabe.

I really like these glitter polishes. They dried very quickly and smooth. I always find that Pure Ice polishes are ideal for nail art because they are so affordable allowing you to experiment endless possibilities when coming up with designs and ideas.

Happy 4th of July!

~xoxo B

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Disclaimer: These polishes were sent to me by Pure Ice’s PR representative for my honest opinion.


NOTD: Hello Summer w Floss Gloss

Helllllllllo Summer!! So summer has officially begun with some scorching temperatures over here and I wanted to do a hot summer nail design with some of my Floss Gloss polishes!!


stun and fast lanemani with stun

So I started off with a hot neon gradient using Fast Lane– the neon orange color- and Con Limon over a white base. I then applied Stun on the sides to make a quick geometric effect completed with a Stun accent nail the look is done! The great thing about this gold glitter polish is that the formula is very glitterific and smooth! I only applied 2 coats on my accent nail. . . Look at this macro shot I took- can you just see all the amazing holo gold glitters packed in there?! It’s hard to believe that its only 2 coats but I kid you not!


Here’s another look at my mani in a different light. . .


~xoxo B

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer is cruelty free and formulated without DBPs, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin.  Floss Gloss Ltd is Designed and Made in the USA. $8 per bottle

NOTD: Hard Candy’s “Celebrate the Sequins” Glitter Gradient

So apparently, Mother Nature has decided to let Spring completely skip over us and just let Summer go HAM. Just the other day it was still in the 40s and sooo cold. BAM! It’s now a scorching 88 degrees!

So I wanted to do a refreshing and icy look for my nails today to cool off from the scorching heat. . .
I used Hard Candy’s “Celebrate the Sequins”– a fantastic sparkly & fun glitter polish filled with a mix of silver and holographic glitters- for a basic glitter gradient for my nails today.

I love doing glitter gradients in general because they remind of the nail salons in Japan and South Korea with all the colorful gel glitter gradients! This mani took less than 5 minutes. Its a very quick but pretty look. I always fall back on this type of nail art when crunched for time. So, I sponged on Revlon’s “Silver Dollar” on the tips as a starting base before I applied the “Celebrate the Sequins”– that way you don’t have to glob on so much of the glitter polish to achieve the gradient effect from the silver glitters! How glitter-tastic and fun! I really like “Celebrate the Sequins”– just look at em in my my macro shot! LOVE IT!


Is it “icy” enough? Probably not but it sure is sparkly in the hot sunshine!
~xoxo B

Mani Monday: Memorial Day Glitter Gradient

So it’s officially Memorial Day and I hope everyone is enjoying the long holiday weekend! For my out of country readers, Memorial Day is a US holiday celebrated annually on the last Monday of May. It’s a day to honor and remember those who served in the US forces.

As beautiful American flags proudly wave as they catch the shoreline breeze over here and I am surrounded by red, white and blue, stars and stripes- it is impossible not to feel patriotic as we honor our American heroes!

The folks at Pure Ice were kind enough to send me this great glitter polish called “Freedom” which happens to be perfect for Memorial Day (and also for Fourth of July)! The polish is a great combination of red fine glitter mixed with small red circle glitters with small hexagonal bright blue glitters and larger silver star glitters. I wanted to do a quick and wearable red, white and blue theme for this Mani Monday 🙂


To achieve this look:

  1. Prepare your nails with a good base coat.
  2. Apply any silver nail polish. I used Orly “Shine” 2 coats.
  3. Let it dry completely before dabbing on “Freedom”. There are many ways to apply polish to achieve a gradient effect but for this look all you need to do is just dab and apply it until you build yourself a nice gradient effect.
  4. Pour a tiny bit out and get a star glitter with a orange cuticle stick or toothpick.
  5. Dab a blob of top coat and adhere the star where you want it.
  6. Repeat steps 4& 5 for all your nails- but again entirely up to you depending on how many star accented nails you want.
  7. Top off and seal with your favorite top coat.

My easy step by step pic tutorial will be guest blogged on Budgetbabe later today! Edit: Here is the step by step tutorial HERE 🙂

~xoxo B

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Nautical Fun Memorial Day Nail Art

With Memorial Day weekend coming up- I did a quick nail design to match my new iphone case from J.Crew! There’s tons of sales going on right now and it’s very easy to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day- a time to honor our American heroes.

I’ll be sharing a tutorial later on a very easy gradient glitter (the second nail in photo):

memorial day

Colors used for this design:

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear- Cherry Red

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear- White On

Revlon ColorStay- Indigo Night


Orly- Shine

Pure Ice- Freedom *macro shot of this fantastic patriotic glitter above

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

~xoxo B

NOTD: Pretty & Polished Popples

My little one woke up today not feeling so great with a fever and terrible cough so alas no time for any new nail art- but I wanted to do a quick mani that’s bright and more importantly fast! Perfect time to use this amazing polish  I recently purchased from Pretty & Polished called “Popples” (which I instantly wanted to try out ever since the lovely Crystal from Crystal Crazy Combos showcased some amazing swatches of this particular polish).

SO viola! My nails of the day a simple white polish mani topped with 3 coats of “Popples”.

I took a macro shot of the polish in the bottle just to show you how packed it is with glitters! LOVE IT!

Quick Review: I was instantly drawn to the fun neon multi-shaped glitter at first glance. The polish is so well made-there are tons of these neon glitters in lime, electric blue, hot pink suspended in a milky white base. Love everything about this polish! No glitter curling and just perfect for the Summer! It’s only $9 and definitely worth it in my opinion!





Sally Hansen’s Breezy Blue & Golden NOTD & Review

Yesterday, I found out my 3 yr old son has some sinus pressure and irritation from allergies (eff you pollen!) thankfully nothing too severe but the pediatrician recommended some liquid Zyrtec at night for him. So off I immediately went off to my local CVS to fulfill mommy nurse duties and BAM I was bombarded by advertising stickies ($5 ECBS back with any $10 Sally Hansen purchase) all over my favorite section (nail polish duh). It’s like the nail polish goddesses knew I needed a little pick me up after all that worrying about my son’s allergies earlier in the day. So I ended up grabbing the Sally Hansen Complete Manicure gold glitter polish “Golden Rule” and a lovely baby blue Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Breezy Blue”.

Here is what I came up with for my nails of the day using both colors:                     Image

I used 3 coats of the “Breezy Blue” and 3 coats of the “Golden Rule” on my accent nail as a base for the leopard. I dabbed a few blobs of the Breezy Blue for my leopard spots and then did little outlines with a black nail polish and viola!

Another closer look which I posted on my instagram:



At first glance, the Sally Hansen Complete Manicure gold glitter polish “Golden Rule” really caught my attention. I have SEVERAL glitter polishes and two things I am very picky about is how smooth application is and glitter curling. Since I do nail art frequently, I don’t have the patience for icky formulas or glitter that doesn’t adhere properly. This glitter is very sparkly and fluid in bottle. Application was fantastic! Soooo smooth and absolutely no curling or bumpiness after drying! I might add that doing the leopard spots on the glitter accent nail was a breeze because it had dried so smoothly underneath as a base. This glitter also was perfect for the glitter tips I did over the Breezy Blue. I didn’t use a sponge- I just lightly dabbed it with the nail polish brush the polish came with. Nothing negative to say about this gold glitter!

The “Breezy Blue” is beautiful hue of baby blue. Its very light shade and I had to use a good solid 3 coats to get it to apply fully and without streaking. A lovely color I think that would look good on any skin tone- as I am very fair I can see this looking amazing on darker skin tones. The only negative thing I can say is that this particular color is kinda of streaky. I actually love the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear line and this is the first color that has ever been streaky out of their line. I’m thinking it might just be this color? Any one else have this color?

Overall, a really great deal for drugstore nail polish! I recommend a trip to CVS!

~xoxo B