Not Another Nail Blog

Nov 21

This is somewhat of a different post than normal, instead of showing you the fresh manicure I’m showing a beat up gross looking one.
I was contacted from Beyond Polish to review some of their new CND Vinylux polishes and I was a little skeptical about CND’s claim to weekly polish wear with this lacquer but I decided to give it a try.
This is Scarlet Letter with an accent nail of Emotions by OPI from the new Mariah Carey Christmas collection.
Now, for a review- this stuff is amazeballs. Seriously I don’t even know what differs in the formula compared to normal polish but this is two full weeks of wear, and let me tell you, I’m not easy on my nails. I work retail so I’m constantly opening thick cardboard boxes, stocking, and slamming them on register keys.
The polish dries so quick, then you add their top coat to it and just like that you’re ready to go. The top coat rivals Seche Vite in both thickness and quick dry, but didn’t peel off in sheets.
I highly recommend both CND Vinylux and Beyond Polish, and right now they have a 10% code for everything in the store, just use epkb4 at checkout!
Have you used Vinylux? What do you think about it?

This is somewhat of a different post than normal, instead of showing you the fresh manicure I’m showing a beat up gross looking one.

I was contacted from Beyond Polish to review some of their new CND Vinylux polishes and I was a little skeptical about CND’s claim to weekly polish wear with this lacquer but I decided to give it a try.

This is Scarlet Letter with an accent nail of Emotions by OPI from the new Mariah Carey Christmas collection.

Now, for a review- this stuff is amazeballs. Seriously I don’t even know what differs in the formula compared to normal polish but this is two full weeks of wear, and let me tell you, I’m not easy on my nails. I work retail so I’m constantly opening thick cardboard boxes, stocking, and slamming them on register keys.

The polish dries so quick, then you add their top coat to it and just like that you’re ready to go. The top coat rivals Seche Vite in both thickness and quick dry, but didn’t peel off in sheets.

I highly recommend both CND Vinylux and Beyond Polish, and right now they have a 10% code for everything in the store, just use epkb4 at checkout!

Have you used Vinylux? What do you think about it?

Oct 10

I was browsing my local Rite Aid when I found these awesome looking nail tattoos from Fing’rs.
Maps of New York City?? I had to have them. These are tough to work with, but not impossible. I had originally thought they would be much like water decals, but they are more like temporary tattoos that you used as a kid- which means you have to work quick and not jerk or you’ll rip them. 
They are semi-transparent (though they have an odd yellowish tint to them, so it will make your background color a little grungy), which is really cool, so I laid down a  coat of OPI’s French Quarter for your Thoughts. Once they were on I stamped my thumb with my new MoYou plate.
What do you think? Have you picked up this kit?

I was browsing my local Rite Aid when I found these awesome looking nail tattoos from Fing’rs.

Maps of New York City?? I had to have them. 

These are tough to work with, but not impossible. I had originally thought they would be much like water decals, but they are more like temporary tattoos that you used as a kid- which means you have to work quick and not jerk or you’ll rip them. 

They are semi-transparent (though they have an odd yellowish tint to them, so it will make your background color a little grungy), which is really cool, so I laid down a  coat of OPI’s French Quarter for your Thoughts. Once they were on I stamped my thumb with my new MoYou plate.

What do you think? Have you picked up this kit?

Sep 17

I’ve done some nerdy nails in the past, and one of my most popular manicures was my Batman nails so I figured I would do a counterpart with these Joker nails.
I started out with two coats of OPI Funky Donkey, sponged on China Glaze Graffiti Glitter and a small bit of Orly Monster Mash.
Then I used some temporary tattoos I picked up at Meijer for the ring finger accent and then I added “ha ha” with a striping brush.
Here is a close up:

What do you think?

I’ve done some nerdy nails in the past, and one of my most popular manicures was my Batman nails so I figured I would do a counterpart with these Joker nails.

I started out with two coats of OPI Funky Donkey, sponged on China Glaze Graffiti Glitter and a small bit of Orly Monster Mash.

Then I used some temporary tattoos I picked up at Meijer for the ring finger accent and then I added “ha ha” with a striping brush.

Here is a close up:

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What do you think?

Sep 10

Listeners, I like Welcome to Night Vale. 

A lot. 
So much, that I had to commemorate it with some nail art. I started out with Sparitual Heliotrope, tipped it with OPI Black Onyx and then went to work.

And best of all? I used China Glaze Goulish Glow and made it all glow in the dark!! (I wish I could have gotten a better pic of it!)

What do you think? Do you listen to Nigh Vale?

Listeners, I like Welcome to Night Vale.

A lot.

So much, that I had to commemorate it with some nail art. I started out with Sparitual Heliotrope, tipped it with OPI Black Onyx and then went to work.

And best of all? I used China Glaze Goulish Glow and made it all glow in the dark!! (I wish I could have gotten a better pic of it!)

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What do you think? Do you listen to Nigh Vale?

Sep 08

This is a cross post from my new blog Nail Art Anonymous!
It’s a place for us to upload our Nail Fails and have a good laugh, instead of being picked at and made fun of from some of the meaner anonymous blogs. 
I saw a bag of cheapo tattoos in the sale bin at Walmart for $0.56 (I know, right??!) so I figured I could try and finagle them into nail art…
In theory it would work just like normal nail tattoos, but in action they are far stickier than the ones you would use on your nails, and I’m sure if I kept practicing I could get them to work, but the minute you lay them down they are stuck. Any type of movement (like curling the tattoo around your nail) will cause it to crack and break and it’s impossible to lift it off the paper and lay it down that way.
Ah well, I tried, right? ^_^

This is a cross post from my new blog Nail Art Anonymous!

It’s a place for us to upload our Nail Fails and have a good laugh, instead of being picked at and made fun of from some of the meaner anonymous blogs. 

I saw a bag of cheapo tattoos in the sale bin at Walmart for $0.56 (I know, right??!) so I figured I could try and finagle them into nail art…

In theory it would work just like normal nail tattoos, but in action they are far stickier than the ones you would use on your nails, and I’m sure if I kept practicing I could get them to work, but the minute you lay them down they are stuck. Any type of movement (like curling the tattoo around your nail) will cause it to crack and break and it’s impossible to lift it off the paper and lay it down that way.

Ah well, I tried, right? ^_^

Sep 07

Anonymous said: Love the skinny dipping in lake michigan! How many coats does it require, and is it pretty sheer? It's so hard to find a good opaque nude!

Hi there!! So sorry for the late reply, SDiLM was fantastic; two thick coats would suffice though I usually go for three thinner ones. 

Aug 31

Oh my word, I had so much fun making this manicure!!
I haven’t done a splatter mani in so long (in fact, I think it has been about two years!), I really need to do more of these, they are quick, fun and incredibly easy. 
I used China Glaze Hanging in the Balance for this, as the base, and with a coffee stir I blew on Sally Hansen Grass Slipper, CIRCUS by Andrea’s Choice in Somersault, and Nicole by OPI Tink’s in the Pink.
Then I realized it had a totally 80’s vibe so I stamped a rad checker board on it!
What do you think, have you tried this manicure before?

Oh my word, I had so much fun making this manicure!!


I haven’t done a splatter mani in so long (in fact, I think it has been about two years!), I really need to do more of these, they are quick, fun and incredibly easy.

I used China Glaze Hanging in the Balance for this, as the base, and with a coffee stir I blew on Sally Hansen Grass Slipper, CIRCUS by Andrea’s Choice in Somersault, and Nicole by OPI Tink’s in the Pink.

Then I realized it had a totally 80’s vibe so I stamped a rad checker board on it!

What do you think, have you tried this manicure before?

Aug 05

I recently moved from Michigan to Maryland and had a bit of melancholy hit me so to pick myself back up I decided to give myself a new manicure.
Picking through my collection is a bit of work, and sometimes I get stumped as to what I should wear. Then I had a bit of an ah-ha! moment when I remembered I had a bottle of OPI’s Skinny Dipping in Lake Michigan! Not only is the color/shimmer SO beautiful but the name never fails to make me giggle. For those who don’t know, Lake Michigan is frigid for most of the year- okay, not frigid, but it only gets up to around 70 degrees- and I would advise against skinny dipping in it!
This is one of the few nude polishes that I actually love, and wear on the regular. It is a nude, but still has that neat looking shimmer to spruce things up. 
If you can find this grab it up and hoard it!

I recently moved from Michigan to Maryland and had a bit of melancholy hit me so to pick myself back up I decided to give myself a new manicure.

Picking through my collection is a bit of work, and sometimes I get stumped as to what I should wear. Then I had a bit of an ah-ha! moment when I remembered I had a bottle of OPI’s Skinny Dipping in Lake Michigan! Not only is the color/shimmer SO beautiful but the name never fails to make me giggle. For those who don’t know, Lake Michigan is frigid for most of the year- okay, not frigid, but it only gets up to around 70 degrees- and I would advise against skinny dipping in it!

This is one of the few nude polishes that I actually love, and wear on the regular. It is a nude, but still has that neat looking shimmer to spruce things up.

If you can find this grab it up and hoard it!

Aug 04

Nail polish jewelery is all the rage right now! What’s better than wearing your favorite nail polish on your digits? Wearing it everywhere!
I got these two lovely pieces from the wonderful Amanda who runs Fashion Footing, and I am so pleased with them.
The ring is silver with a purple base and a coating of flakies over it, and it looks like magic on my finger. Every time I wear it out I have someone stop me to talk about how pretty it is.
Check out the macro:

The earrings are just as pretty, but instead of flakies there are silver hexes in there.

And in a rare blog owner sighting, it’s me (or, my profile at least)!

If you’d like to own your very own one-of-a-kind piece from Amanda you can get them here, follow her on twitter here, and like her on Facebook here.
Best of all, use code NANB10 to get 10% off! 

Disclosure- Products were provided to me by the manufacturer for my opinion and honest review. See here for more information.

Nail polish jewelery is all the rage right now! What’s better than wearing your favorite nail polish on your digits? Wearing it everywhere!

I got these two lovely pieces from the wonderful Amanda who runs Fashion Footing, and I am so pleased with them.

The ring is silver with a purple base and a coating of flakies over it, and it looks like magic on my finger. Every time I wear it out I have someone stop me to talk about how pretty it is.

Check out the macro:

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The earrings are just as pretty, but instead of flakies there are silver hexes in there.

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And in a rare blog owner sighting, it’s me (or, my profile at least)!

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If you’d like to own your very own one-of-a-kind piece from Amanda you can get them here, follow her on twitter here, and like her on Facebook here.

Best of all, use code NANB10 to get 10% off!

Disclosure- Products were provided to me by the manufacturer for my opinion and honest review. See here for more information.

Jul 19

I love David Bowie.
No, I mean like I LOVE David Bowie.
So I’m sure that you all can just imagine how stoked I was that I found out Scofflaw had a polish called David Bowie’s Bulge.
Oh my God, are you kidding me?! Of course I had to have it.
I laughed so hard when I saw the name. My husband still shakes his head at me when I wear it because I giggle every time I look at my nails.
I knew I wanted something to spruce up this mani, and I remembered that I still had my amazing nail decals from Cha Cha Covers. Let me tell you, I hoard these things. They are quality decals, photo realistic details and just an all around great product (I first used them here so I knew they were going to be good).
The decals are on an opaque white background, which is why there is a slight line around him, but that could be easily fixed if I had cut it out better.
Here are macro shots of this beauty:

And of the Aladdin Sane decal:

What do you think?

I love David Bowie.

No, I mean like I LOVE David Bowie.

So I’m sure that you all can just imagine how stoked I was that I found out Scofflaw had a polish called David Bowie’s Bulge.

Oh my God, are you kidding me?! Of course I had to have it.

I laughed so hard when I saw the name. My husband still shakes his head at me when I wear it because I giggle every time I look at my nails.

I knew I wanted something to spruce up this mani, and I remembered that I still had my amazing nail decals from Cha Cha Covers. Let me tell you, I hoard these things. They are quality decals, photo realistic details and just an all around great product (I first used them here so I knew they were going to be good).

The decals are on an opaque white background, which is why there is a slight line around him, but that could be easily fixed if I had cut it out better.

Here are macro shots of this beauty:


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And of the Aladdin Sane decal:

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What do you think?