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Mani Monday: Anti Valentine’s Day Nails

I hate Valentine’s Day. I’ve been in a long-term relationship for about 12 years, and married for almost four and a half of those. You would think because of that, Valentine’s Day would be one of my favorite days of the year, right? Not at all. I think it’s residual bitterness I have from being the only single friend throughout high school, when having a Valentine was a status symbol. I thought I’d switch up the Valentine’s Day nails this year to reflect that side of me a bit more:

Here are a few more anti-Valentine’s Day manis for those looking to take a different approach, as well!



Mani Monday Nail Tutorial: Baseballs

Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but I’m here to remind you that the season is still alive, especially with the summer sport of baseball still in season. To keep your summer spirits high, I want to share a baseball manicure nail tutorial!

Here’s what I used:

  • Nicole by OPI Challenge Red-y
  • Essie Blanc
  • OPI Matte Top Coat
  • Thin Nail Polish Brush

First I painted my nails all white, and used the matte top coat to give my nails more of a “distressed” look to coincide with the baseball look:

Next, I took the thin nail brush and utilized the Challenge Red-y to start creating the lines of the baseball:


The steadiness that you need in your hands in order to pull this off, as you can imagine, is intense. This was not easy by any means, and the reason I used the baseballs as accent nails only. The finished mani was great, and a fun way to show off your MLB spirit at a game: 


Mani Monday: Neon Orange Triangles

As much as I hate to admit it, summer’s almost over, so I want to get in my favorite summer nail colors while I can, and neon orange is my all-time fave! Here’s how I incorporated it into some fun nail art:


  • Essie Blanc
  • Fresh Paint Guava
  • Scotch Tape
  • Thin Nail Tape

Not sure if anyone has heard of Fresh Paint, but it’s one of those awesome cheap nail polishes, that I got at Five Below, the best dollar store on the planet. It’s awesome because the polish goes on well and lasts as long as polishes like Essie and OPI.

First, I used Essie Blanc and waited for it to dry before doing anything else:

Next the scotch tape and thin nail tape come into play:

 Then, I applied the Guava on top to create the designs:

I’m not gonna lie, I thought I over did the Guava. I was nervous it might have seeped through. To my surprise it didn’t as I peeled it off. Tiny victories! Also, there is a special art to peeling off the tape. You have to wait until it’s not too wet that the polish gloops up with it, or too dry that it gets stuck.

I also like to keep a magazine close by to put all of my scraps on. It turns into quite the mess:

Here’s the finished mani:

Product Review: Nail Polish Remover Pads

Not too long ago, I needed a quick fix to remove my vanishing manicure before heading out to a family party. A colleague of mine suggested nail polish remover pads so that I wouldn’t have to buy an entire new bottle and cotton balls, while at work mind you. So I headed over to the local drug store on the hunt, and found them.  Here are my thoughts:

Ten pads are included in the package, and four only $3.99, there was no way I was passing this up!


The individual packs themselves are great to just throw in your bag so that you always have a nail polish remover option just in case, especially if you’re no where near a Sephora and too shy to walk in and start taking off your nail polish in public 😉



The pad itself is a good size, and not completely drenched in nail polish remover, making it a clean process:


Overall, I found the pads to be convenience and effective:


Nail Tutorial | Gold Stripe French Manicure

If you’ve been following me recently, you’ll know that I’ve been experimenting with minimalist manicures, especially since I got a ton of thin nail tape. This past weekend, I decided to keep it somewhat simple with a modified French manicure and a gold stripe. Check it out, and let me know your thoughts!


  • OPI Samoan Sand
  • Essie Blanc
  • Color Me Monthly Panther
  • Gold Thin Nail Tape


First I applied the Samoan Sand:

I used the Seche Vite top coat right away, then waited for it to dry, so I can move onto the next step of scotch taping my nails so that I can create a clean line: 
I didn’t want a traditional-looking French manicure, so I aimed to tape my nails halfway.  Next, I alternated between the Blanc and Panther:

I waited for it to dry ever so slightly then peeled off the tape. From there I placed the gold tape inbetween the colors to perfect the minimalist look.  And, here’s the finished product:


Nail Tutorial: Matte Stripes

OK, I’ve been eyeballing the minimalist look for a while on Pinterest, and I finally rounded up all of the tools to make it happen:

  • OPI Samoan Sand
  • Black Nail Polish
  • OPI Matte Top Coat
  • Black and Gold thin nail tape

First, I painted every other nail in black and Samoan Sand:


The only black nail polish I have is the Brucci brand that can be found in any drugstore, and I refuse to buy a new one because I’ve never had an issue with it. I know these usually dry up and harden quickly, but so far so good! Check in with me again tomorrow, though, because I’m pretty sure I just jinxed it.

Anyway, next I got to cutting! I did a different design on each nail. The nail tape sticks really well, and is super easy to use!

 Of course I trimmed and filed down the extra tape before putting on my top matte coat. Full disclosure: I put the matte top coat over the strips and it looked awful. I don’t recommend it. I then retaped my nails over the matte top coat, and it was much, much better! Check out both hands: