Tag Archives: Nail art

Wearing Nail Art to Work

I’ve been debating wearing nail art to work. I don’t have a serious office job, but I still need to be taken seriously at work. I wonder if nail art puts me at a disadvantage sometimes. When I read this article, it gave me hope.

Let me know what you think. Would you consider wearing nail art to work? Do you already? Do you have a creative job where it might be more acceptable, or do you work in a more conventional office setting.

What are your thoughts. I’d love to know.


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One Year Anniversary Blog Post!

It’s been an entire year of blogging! I was amazed when I opened up my blog today, and saw the “Happy Anniversary” bubble from WordPress. Truthfully, I completely forgot. I’m one of those people who doesn’t remember. I always joke that my husband is my extra brain. He remembers birthdays, special occasions, reminds me of obligations I’ve made and have forgotten. If he was a bigger part of my blogging life, he would’ve reminded me that my one year blogging anniversary was coming up. He’s not a regular reader, so he doesn’t know what’s going on here at The Lipstick Gal.

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to read my blog. This past year has been fun. I started this blog as a way to encourage myself to stop leaving the house looking like a Mommy Zombie. In the past year I have acquired not only lots of fun cosmetics, but I’ve finally rediscovered my inner glamour girl. I’ve learned to tight line my eyes, I’ve tried countless types of mascara, I’ve signed up for 3 different fashion and beauty subscription services, and so much more. When I look back at it all, if I hadn’t rediscovered my inner glamour girl, it wasn’t for lack of trying. I feel like I’ve been getting packages in the mail almost every other week from either Sephora, Ulta, Birchbox, Zoya, Ipsy, e-Salon and Little Black Bag. Throw in a little online clothes shopping and there is almost always a box arriving at the house with my name on it. The past year has been good to me. Good-bye Mommy Zombie!

Of all the things I’ve learned this year, the one that I’ve been enjoying the most has definitely been nail art. My polish collection has grown over the past year. I now have over 100 polishes.

Zoya Stripey Love Fest! Raven, Trixie, Ziv, Fei Fei

Zoya Stripey Love Fest! Raven, Trixie, Ziv, Fei Fei

I wore this look last weekend and loved it. It wasn’t hard to do at all, I painted all my nails black with Zoya Raven, then used a striper brush to add the lines with 3 different metallic colors from Zoya. Trixie (silver), Ziv (gold), Fei Fei (metallic silvery blue).

After taking it off  to change my polish, I found a tear in my thumb nail. I was so sad I had to clip them all down to nubbins. Here’s what I did in my free time today as my kids napped.

Franken polish - my own light blue concoction using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear White On, Essie Chinchilly, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

Franken polish – my own light blue concoction using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear White On and a drop or two of China Glaze Man Hunt, Essie Chinchilly, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

Last week I started playing around with making my own nail polish shades. Since Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish isn’t terribly expensive, I picked up several bottles of White On. It’s a favorite white shade of mine. I started adding drops of other colors I had in my stash to make pretty pastel shades for spring. I put them all in empty Seche Vite top coat bottles. I stopped throwing them away months ago when I started thinking about making my own colors. I really like this pretty shade of blue. It seemed just right for a cloudy set of nails.

Although this year has been a year of falling in love with nail polish and nail art, I still have my first love: Lipstick. I’ll show you some new swatches in the next few days. Thanks again for reading!

Please tell me, what has been the best part of your last 12 months? I’d love to know.

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I Heart Nails!

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons and OPI Die Another Day

OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons and OPI Die Another Day

I was tired of the dark polish I had been wearing for the past several weeks. I’ve  been sporting black, dark blue, jeweled purple, and wine tones. I thought something lighter was in order. This OPI shade in “Don’t Pretzel My Buttons” always makes my fingers look so long. I was also hankering to do some nail art. By the time I started painting my nails last night, it was 10:30, so I didn’t do anything elaborate. I pulled out my dotting tool and grabbed “Die Another Day” from OPI’s Skyfall Collection. Making hearts are so easy.

This manicure will only last until the end of the day tomorrow, but lots of friend saw it today and loved it! It reminds me of Valentines day!

What are you wearing on your nails these days?

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Snowy Penguin Nails

My fellow blogger and friend, Shannon at Eyemasq did this really cute penguin nail art post just a few days ago. I loved it so much, I had to try it out.

It took me 3 episodes of Top Chef Seattle, and my husband laughing at me while I was cursing and removing all the polish from my nails only to start again, to realize this is harder than it looks. It’s not that I haven’t tried nail art before, I just haven’t blogged pictures of any attempts. So here are the first pictures of my penguins.

I knew I wasn’t able to do all 10 digits, so I decided to do 2 fingers per hand. Thumb and ring fingers. The rest I painted white and used a sparkly top coat to make it look like glistening snow and ice.

Penguins using Zoya Purity, Raven, and Arizona. Glitter top coat is China Glaze Make a Spectacle.

Penguins using Zoya Purity, Raven, and Arizona. Glitter top coat is China Glaze Make a Spectacle.


Two fingers are all I could manage. I had to use Seche Vite to smooth out all the brush strokes.

I think I spent enough time making these penguins to tickle my fancy. I’ll be trying out more nail art soon. Time to start watching some Youtube videos! If you have any suggestions for me, I’d appreciate it. I don’t want to learn to paint someone’s portrait on my nails, but I do want to learn a bit more about using real nail polish for nail art.

Thanks for taking a look at the penguins, and make sure to check out my friend Shannon’s blog, Eyemasq. She does amazing things with eye shadow and liner!

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Racing Stripes

I’ve been attempting to create a green racing stripe on my nails for months now. This is the first time I’m willing to post any photos. They’re not perfect, but I am getting better.

I’ve been longing to create some perfect nail art. I know it’s not something that just happens,  but many hours are spent in practice. I’ve only been doing my nails regularly for 10 months, so I still have a lot to learn.

I used China Glaze Exotic Encounters from the Safari Collection as the green base. Sally Hansen Quick Color Nail Pen in black for the large stripe, and Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in White for the small stripe. I sealed it all with a coat of Seche Vite.

I’ll try it again, but I hope it turns out even better next time. I free-handed the stripes, maybe next  time I’ll tape them. I haven’t had success with tape manicures yet, but that doesn’t mean that I’ll stop trying.

This manicure reminds me of this car.

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Sparkly Mani

I had a little extra time on my hands today, and decided to put some extra effort into making my hands look pretty. I love blue polish, and I love dark polish. What could be better than a beautiful shade from Zoya called Ibiza. (I also have a special place in my heart for this shade, because I spend a very fun filled week on the island of Ibiza many moons ago.)

I also used Milani Jewel FX in Gems. It’s a multi colored hexagonal glitter that is just fun in a bottle. I’ve been keeping it on my feet until today because it’s a lot of look for me. I decided that I’d try it out and see what it looked like.

I used a small art brush to apply the glitter since the brush from the bottle was too big, but overall, this manicure was super easy. Base coat, dark polish, and small brush to apply glitter. Wait a few minutes and set with Seche Vite.

I’m hoping the crazy striped maxi dress I’m wearing will bring out the colors of the glitter. Let me know what sorts of manicures you’re sporting these days. I’d love to see a picture.

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