Friday, April 29, 2016

Oops! I Let The Cat Outta The Bag


Hi friends!
Last month I sortta let the cat out of the bag.  I posted about Morgan Taylor's new summer collection called A Very Nauti-cal Girl. Here's my post  http://www.paintsandpolish.com/2016/03/sneak-peak-morgan-taylor-very-nauti-cal.html
Weeeell, I was a little overanxious about the collection and I put it out there a bit early. Morgan Taylor took notice! My sneaky sneak peak got their attention and they mentioned me on their Facebook page.  See what they said on April 11th (You'll have to scrooool down a ways. https://www.facebook.com/MorganTaylorLacquer/


Morgan Taylor, thanks for the shout out!


I decided to do a sneaky manicure, featuring the sneakiest animal of all...the cat.  Meow!
Till next time, Ciao bellas!



Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day 2016




Hi Friends,
Today's manicure is in celebration of our beautiful planet.  Let's be kind to Mother Earth, we need her.

Ciao for now.





A Tribute To The Prince



Like millions of people around the world,  my heart is heavy with regret of losing a great icon.  Prince Rogers Nelson was in a musical genius class of his own, not to be compared to any other entertainer.  You may think I'm going overboard here,  but for me,  there will never be another like him.  Upon hearing of his death, I knew I had to honor him with a purple Princely manicure.  So, I dried my tears and got to work.  You guys know I have the artistic ability of a piece of paper,  but I pulled together every drop of skill and channeled the hidden artist in me for this manicure.  Funny, I can't write my own name legibly,  but I didn't do so bad with his symbol.

This polish was renamed in his honor.  Electric Rain, formerly known as Electric Nights dedicated to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Happy Tuesday - Floral Garden Escape



Good morning ladies,
Do you ever have those days when you see life through rose colored glasses, and all is right with the world? Today is one of those days for me. It's bright and sunny outside, the temperature is all but perfect (not too hot, not too cold), my kids are in school (whew), and I'm contentedly sitting on the platform waiting for my train.  I have my whole day before me and minimum obligations. Work, home, cook, study with my kiddie, and then a little me time. Honestly, today, I won't be painting my nails. I'll call and talk to family members who live far away (Hi Daddy!), and catch up on a little TV.  I watched Minority Report recently (the TV program, not the movie) and it seemed like a winner, so it might make my limited list of programs to watch.  Maybe it will inspire me to create interesting nail art.  I hope so.

Today's manicure happens to coincide with my mood. Happy.

Ciao for now!




Monday, April 18, 2016

Harlequinesque



Hi there friends,
Yesterday was a circus, today's manicure is very Harlequinesque. At least, Harlequin is the design I think of.  Rows of black and red diamonds over a glittery red base.  Still reminiscent of clowns.  Is there a theme developing here?
Ciao for now.










Saturday, April 16, 2016

Life's A Circus - Colors For The Big Top



Hello ladies,
As women, we strive to learn and perfect the art of multitasking. Not because we necessarily want to, but because we have to. We juggle our obligations to school, work, kids, parents, friends, spouses, and if we're lucky, ourselves. We are often like jugglers in a circus ring, with balls and bowling pins in one hand and fragile plates spinning on a stick in the other.  Our lives are colorful and full of surprises. And when time permits, entertaining and totally worth the chaos in the rings. Yes, we jump through a lot of hoops and fight to tame the beasts in our homes (and in our own heads). But, truth be told, when we finally get the monkeys off our backs, we sometimes miss the weight and look forward to the next round of shoving dear little clowns in mini vans and trapezing off to the next event. We may drop the ball on occasion because we aren't perfect, but as ringmasters, we're able to pull it all together again because the show must go on.

Today's manicure was inspired by the circus I'm living in. Lately, life has been like a circus, and I'm still adding more obligations to it like spinning plates. But I choose to stay balanced on that tightrope and spin those plates, and juggle batons of fire. Does that make me the clown?  Don't answer that, I'm speaking metaphorically of course.
Ciao bellas!







Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Are Vinyls Reuseable?



Hi Ladies,
I'm enjoying my new vinyls so I used them again for this manicure.  Negative space is pretty popular now, and I don't think I've done it before. I think it turned out nicely and I'll probably do it again. I've asked the question if vinyls can be reused and after a bit of quick research I found that basically they cannot. But, recently I encountered some that were advertised as reusable. I'm not sure how credible this claim is, but I'm very tempted to buy them just to see if the claim is true.  I really think they mean that it's "possible" to reuse them "if" it's been removed "gently'' and "if" it's in good enough condition to use again. I'm no expert, but in this case couldn't most companies claim that their vinyls are reusable?

If you have answers, please clue me in. Are vinyls reueable? If so, then which ones and what technique do you have to use?  If I buy some, and test their reuseability (is that a word?) you'll be the first to know how it turns out. Until then,
Ciao for now.



Pink and Purple Gradient Stamping


Hi friends,
I have a super quick pic for you today.  I'm running behind on some non-polish related things so I haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to my nails. Right now I'm wearing a blue polish. That's it, just blue.  No sparkles, no glitter, no rhinestones or stamping.  No gradient or water marble (I don't do those anyway). So it will be another "What's wrong with your nails? Are you ok?" sort of day.  I'm having a bad nail day, alright!

I hope to have more for you tomorrow.
Ciao for now.







Monday, April 11, 2016

Rhinestones Anyone?


Hi Ladies,
This is what happens when I get into the rhinestone bin.  A little overboard? Perhaps. But it was fun, and that's what matters.
Ciao for now!




Friday, April 8, 2016

Vinyl Stripes



Hi ladies!
What colors are you into right now? For me it's blue and purple.  Today's manicure is a combination of the two. I wanted to do stripes so that I could try out some vinyls I ordered. Love them! They were only stripes, nothing fancy, so I used them both vertically and horizontally.

The purple/fuchsia is a raspberry jelly, and the blue is a metallic true blue.

I really like the vinyls.  I think I'll order more. But for now, I'll use my stripes.

Till my next stripy manicure,
Ciao Bellas!



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Found my camera!!! ...oh, and A Cutesy Manicure


Hi friends,
I found my camera!  well my son did. <Thanks sweetie.>  I'm so relieved.  I had been using my cell phone camera, which I'm not very thrilled with.  It's simply not a Samsung. I don't have anything against LG, Windows, or that fruit one, um...blueberry?  No, it's blackberry. Right.  And I have nothing against  iphones, they're great. My son has Apple everything (Hubby was a certified appleholic.)  It's just that I'm a Samsung Girl who unfortunately got suckered into getting an LG, and who yearns desperately for another Samsung. Note 6! please.

Back to the subject, I (rather my son), found my camera and I'm happy again.
Now, on to the manicure.



I was in quite a happy mood (from being reunited with my Canon)  and I wanted to do something I ordinarily would't do. Polka dots. After two coats of red, I decided, , "what the heck" I pulled out a dotting tool and got to work. Last, I found a cutesy bow and stamped it on.

Now, me and Canon are gong to celebrate.
Ciao Bellas!

Monday, April 4, 2016


Hi Ladies,
I'm so glad to be back with you. I was down and out with the flu, and once I recovered, I had a heap of work,, and housework, and.... well everythng to catch up with.  Whew!  It's really good to be back and well.  Since I've been away, I haven't done a manicure for you.  Even now my phalanges are bare (Ohhh heaven forbid!).  My coworkers will know just how sick I've been for me to show up with no over-the-top design, worse yet, no polish at all. That's just not me. Anyway, I'm back now with an old manicure I had to dig up from a few years ago.

If time permits, 'll have a new manicure for you tomorrow.  Until then,
Ciao for now!