Happy Birthday!!!

 

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It’s my birthday!!!  Smile  Yayyyyy!!!

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So I did my celebratory nails… complete with confetti and a few tiny streamers on accent nails.

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I used a no-chip gel polish this time!  La Palm Gel II’s –  “Out of My Way” as the base color…

…and my wonderfully beloved polka dots in acrylic paint.  ( I heart dots!! forever).

I have planned a “do NOTHING” day.  Two hour massage from my favorite massage therapist, a triple venti soy caramel macchiato from Starbucks, a cupcake from Sprinkles…. and then kicking up my feet for a pedicure…. then seriously kicking up my feet to just chill.

SmileHappy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me!!! Smile

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kate spade – new york

My iPhone needs its own “case closet”.  Like a shoe rack. Or a wardrobe.

I didn’t realize the extent of my foolishness until I received my new case in the mail… that I forgot I had ordered… because I already had 6 cases that I wasn’t using.    And yes, I have had my new iPhone for approximately 3 (count them: one, two, three..) weeks. 

But I NEEDED this case!!!

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Okay, okay.  I know “need” is relative. 
This gave me the perfect motivation to try out this “border nails” nail trend in the process.

I started with China Glaze – “White On White”
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I didn’t have a perfect color match to the case’s pink trim. So, I made my own. *shrugs* 
I blended an even ratio (1:1) of Sinful Colors – “Boom Boom” & “24/7” and used a size “0” nail art brush to outline my nail.

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I knew it was a completely successful manicure when the cashier at Whole Foods commented that she loved how my nails matched my phone!  Nail art wins again :-).

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Sinful Colors–Feeling Great

& Essie “We Can Do It Pink”

I started here:

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just couldn’t make a decision…. Hannah chose the stripes…. Nikki chose the polka dots.
After a trial…. Nikki’s choice looked better on… and then, I do still have that affection for polka dots. LOL.

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I feel like I’m in a strawberry patch. Smile

Polka Dots always win

Shamefully, this has become a sort of “go-to” design when my brain cells go blank.

Drawing a blank is the worst for any artist, I’m sure.

So sitting there with random-sized dotting tools rolling across the desk in front of me, and my latent desire to just use acrylic paint ALL OF THE TIME…..

of course, dots came.  I let them happen whatever way they happened this time.  Had no clue what my nails were going to look like.

China Glaze “Concrete Catwalk” w/ acrylic paint dots
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My sister would say my nails look like they have leprosy or something… and for several moments I thought “Why did you basically hide that beautiful charcoal gray polish?”  But the Dotter in my spirit won out… and I love these dots even more than the dots that have come before.

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Outlined Polka Dots

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Having short fingernails is like a complete playground for beautiful loud polish and extreme nail art.

I found this design on a Nails Mag Blog and could not resist trying it out.

Sinful Colors “Feeling Great” was the perfect base for the yellow-trimmed black dots of acrylic paint.

The most difficult part of this nail art design is making sure you don’t paint the base color (Feeling Great) “outside the lines” of your cuticle! 

The dots are child’s play.

I’m still having so much fun…..

I bought some new art brushes and some metallic paint today.  All I need now is some willing participants to let me play on their nail beds…… and, some free time. Smile

 

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Polka Dot “Stripes”

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….. I either needed more soothing….

…or maybe I really am just addicted. Winking smile

Now that my nails are short- I mean, short, short- they are so much FUN! So much fun to change – frequently.  Playing around with my new acrylic paint and dotting tool, I came up with:

FUN! 

Playful without being overly distracting.  Designed but not over-cluttered. 
And E-A-S-Y as pie. 

My tools: 

OPI “Black Onyx” in all its sleek beauty
Dotting art tool
white, pink & orange acrylic paint
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I love this little design.  Makes me smile every time I look down at my hands.  I’m definitely doing more polka dots! soon!

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Try it, and send me your results.  I would love to see what you come up with!