Still polishing… plainly

I haven’t done much nail art….. in the past TWO AND A HALF YEARS…. whew…. that’s a long time.

But I am still doing my nails.

I was going to a salon for a while…. Completely ruined my poor little nail beds. Unfortunately. But due to the whole coronavirus shutdown… I’ve had the opportunity to reunite with my nail time.

And I do believe my nail beds appreciate it. lol

I am using dip powder pretty much all the time, so today is no different.

NuGenesis Dip Powder in color “I Rule” (Color NU-151) is a wonderfully neutral taupe-toned near transparent color that basically blurs out nail imperfections.

Maybe soon I will make time and room for creating some nail designs as well.


It was time.

I was becoming super unproductive…unable to easily type; accidentally scratching the first layer of my epidermis off; …and it was taking a LOT of polish to cover my nails.  lol

So, my nails had to go.  Besides that, my nails had a few cracks and weaknesses – which is always a sign for the need of a fresh start.  Spring feels like it’s actually arrived now too, so it was not just time, it was a GOOD time.

The weather in all its sunny glory made picking a color super simple.

“Thistle Do Nicely” – China Glaze GelΓ‘ze

This is one of my faves.  It looks like a pool party color.  Definitely a Summer color…. even though it’s only April…. and it’s supposed to rain tomorrow.  LOL.  I’ll need this cheery color for then.


different. but the same. 


ibd Just Gel  – “Flowerful”  & Whipped Cream”

i like it. enough 😊.

I couldn’t remove those ragged China Glaze nail strips fast enough. I should have known it was a mistake when it took so much effort to apply them. 

They “LOOKED” ok, but felt horrible. 

and they gotta be both good looking and good feeling to work. 


The Jungle

“Jane Loves Tarzan” Nail Polish Strips by China Glaze

I did a neutral colored no-chip beneath the nail polish strips….. because that’s how I roll….. lol.

Applying these real polish strips was TEDIOUS!!! They are thicker than other polish strips that I have used so definitely not as pliable. I could have probably hand-painted this design in less time. πŸ˜–

While the thinner real polish strips tear more easily which could lead to mistakes in applying…. these China Glaze suckers are so thick, they were way more difficult to “finish” on the nail. More difficult to file off at the free edge. And prone to lifting. 

And because they are thicker they probably wear longer on the nail. And because it was so much work putting them on and with the possibility of them wearing longer, if they look decent after the first seven days, I’m skipping the manicure next week and wearing these for 2 weeks!!!! *fingers crossed*

I love the design too. Looks like giraffe skin on my nails. lol

Very neutral, but a splash of fun. 

Rose Gold Chrome


It took me at least 6 months to get this to work. 

And after purchasing different product, I realized why. lol
Initially I purchased some little bottle of cheap $2 chrome powder from Amazon. And the first time I used it, I wasn’t entirely unsuccessful. 

But it definitely was not THIS beautiful finish of sparkly reflective perfectly “rosed” gold mirror that happened when I paid $20 for this tiny ass circular dish of silver-hued dust that sticks to everything nearby. 


I can’t even begin to explain the affinity I have for this look. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

It was beauty in motion. I couldn’t resist talking completely with my hands. 

I used a bright pink no-chip color as my base. (China Glaze GelΓ‘ze in Shocking Pink)
And then I applied the mirror effect powder. Topcoated. Then gaped lovingly at my fingernails.  πŸ˜Š


I have definitely fallen in love with plaid. 

At least on my nails. It’s a lot of work and effort and steady hands for a good handpainted design……

…..but I found a shortcut. lol

Coconut Nail Art Polish Strips by Incoco. 

Easy, breezy…… and REMOVABLE WITH POLISH REMOVER!!!!!!!!

The fact that it is actual polish is a plus in my book because all those fake nail design STICKERS are trash. They are cute and have great designs, but they ABSOLUTELY do not stay on my nails. 

I’m sure that is a result of user error and hardship. I am really rough on my nails, sadly. Regardless, them stupid sticker suckers NEVER last. Not even a day. 

So these “actual nail polish” strips are gold to me. 

and they are cute!!! lol

To create the same long lasting designs as my hand-painted creations, I used a white no-chip polish, then top coat. Then I applied the polish strips (per the directions on the box. – basically peel and stick. haha). Applied another coat of top coat…cured…. and voilΓ !! Cute plaid nails for me. 
And yes, I know…. i have neglected my blog for ages. 

It be’s like that sometimes. But for now…..I’m baaaaaaaaaaaack. πŸ˜‰

Primary Colors

First off….. Nails gone. Lol


I love when my nails get to start over. I’m always the most productive then. 

I like when they grow out as well…. But one of my nails felt like it was about to break, and I wasn’t about to sit and babysit any nails…. Plus I kept accidentally scratching myself. So I cut them off. 

Then finally repolished. 

ibd Just Gel – “Lucky Red”


I created a decal for my ring finger design with a stamp design and added color. Primary colors. Applied over a base of a white no-chip polish. 

Fun stuff…. Will definitely do this again. 😁😁😁


Nail Sticker FAIL #epic

I’m obviously just really bad at nail stickers. 

I found the CUTEST nail stickers ever in this loud cheetah print. LOVED them. I’ve been saving them for when my nails finally decided to cooperate and act reasonable. 

And because I wanted them to last I anticipated using no-chip polish to seal them in so they would have some staying power. 


These stickers were curling and peeling from my nails before I barely finished applying the top coat. 

Still wanted the design… So I re-grouped… And did it myself. 😁😁

VIDEO tutorial:

I changed the colors around and all. First, because I don’t have any bright ass neon yellow no-chip polish. Lol

ibd Just Gel – “Inky Pinky”


craftsmart acrylic paint in “Orange”

OPI – “Nein!Nein!Nein! Ok Fine!”


I think it was a decent replication. 


Welcome 2015

Happy New Year!!


For New Year’s Eve, I felt like my nails wanted β€œGo Big Or Go Home”…. and that meant shine bright like a diamond!!Β  I needed glitz and glitter.

So I pulled out silver iridescent loose glitter in two sizes.

It turned out better than I even imagined. And I loved them.


They were the best party accessory ever.