Category Archives: Nail art

Movember nails (with Zoya Harley and Jinx)

Movember nails (with Zoya Harley and Jinx)

First, I want to thank all of you for your suggestions in my blogiversary giveaway post!

Some of you asked me for tutorials/nail art ideas.  Although I’m no nail art expert (and I’m even worse at tutorials!), I thought I would share for you something really simple that I did recently for Movember.  (Hey, if my husband can grow out all of his facial hair in November, I can at least paint my nails with a mustache, right?)

This is based on a tutorial by cutepolish, who makes just about the BEST video tutorials out there!

First, I painted my nails in a neutral color – in this case, Zoya Harley, which is a light/medium grey polish with a hint of shimmer.  Then I decided to use Zoya Jinx for the mustache because – well, aren’t reddish brown mustaches cute?  I love both of these polishes – they apply like a dream, they dry well, and they’re just generally friendly to work with.  NOTE: I had to use two coats of Harley because it’s a bit sheer, but the end effect is lovely.  (I generally use at least two coats for most polishes anyway.)

I used a dotting tool to make a few big dots to mark the center of the mustache, then smaller dots for the outer points of the mustache.


Then, I used the dotting tool to carefully connect the dots, making the middle of the mustache thick and the ends of the mustache pointy.


I finished with Seche Vite.

Hope you like the design, and I hope you check out the rest of cutepolish‘s tutorials.  They’re really great!

Happy Movember!



Lawn gnome nail art


Hellooooo!  I finally did a bit of nail art the other day.  Inspired by these cookies I saw on Pinterest, I decided to paint a little lawn gnome on my thumb.  Here ’tis:

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

I’m not all about my lawn (thankfully, my dad cuts my lawn because he’s into that stuff and he’s super generous).   However, I’m all about cute & tacky, so thumbs up to Mr. Gnome!

For the base color behind the design (and the color on the rest of my nails), I used E.L.F. Nude, which I actually like as a “Band Aid But Better” color on me.  I’m always after a perfect nude color, so I’ll be revisiting that one!  It applies fairly smoothly, although it required three coats.

Mr. Gnome was made out of China Glaze Salsa (my favorite red!), Fingerpaints Paper Mache (my favorite white!), Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle (my favorite grey!), Wet n Wild Black Creme (my favorite…oh, you get the picture!), and Sally Hansen Grass Slipper, with an outline of a Stripe-Rite black striper.  I used some nail tape to get the triangular design, and I had to be really careful with the striper to maintain the lines.  I did OK, but I think I may try black acrylic next time.

Also, this is the first time I tried Out the Door as a topcoat for nail art, and…bad bad bad!  It started to streak all the colors together.  I had to actually repaint some of the nude background.  I only used Out the Door because I ran out of Seche – it’s OK for regular polish, but it’s not gonna happen again with nail art!!  LOL!!

Hope you like it!