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Easy Nautical Inspired Manicure

Sally Hansen Madame X, butter LONDON Royal Navy & butter LONDON Lucy in the Sky bottlesEvery summer my obsession with all things nautical comes roaring back. This summer has been no different. And it hasn’t helped that I picked up a navy and white stripped dress from GAP that I can’t seem to stop wearing!

Anyway. Every Thursday during the summer there is an after work event in uptown called Alive After Five. I was planning on attending and therefore had to have my nails and dress match (I don’t think normal people worry about this as much as I do). I wanted to play up the nautical theme as I was planning on wearing red shoes.

Instead of just doing a straight red manicure with Sally Hansen Madame X I decided to add an accent nail. For the accent nail I used butter LONDON Royal Navy and added a glitter gradient with butter LONDON Lucy in the Sky. I love the way this manicure turned out. Plus, it was easy to do and stuck to my nautical(esque) theme.

Unfortunately, the event I was going to attend ended up being rained out. But that’s ok, my friends and I did a little uptown bar hopping and there was even a selfie station involved.

There are, as always, swatches under the jump!


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Summer 2014 Must Have Polishes

Summer 2014 Must Have Polishes While the unofficial start of summer is Memorial Day weekend the official start of summer is today. That means it’s officially neons season. And that makes me extremely happy! But no worries, there are some awesome colors to try out even if you’re not into neons. Below the jump you’ll find the top 5 trending […] Continue reading →

Happy Birthday, Alli!

Candy Lacquer - Candies and Sprinkles - Alli It’s just after midnight on the east coast and that means…. we have just under 24 hours to celebrate a very important day: Alli’s Birthday! So… surprise! Happy Birthday, Alli! Lucky for all involved, I have the PERFECT birthday glitter, thanks to a swap with the lovely Amanda aka The Nail Polish Enthusiast: Candy Lacquer’s […] Continue reading →

Memorial Day Manicure 2014

Memorial Day Manicure I hope everyone had (or is having….) a great Memorial Day! My family, as always, had a small cookout. But otherwise it’s been a rather relaxing day. I wanted to do a quick post so I could share my Memorial Day manicure. For most of the weekend I was wearing the manicure I posted on […] Continue reading →

DIY Glitter Off Base Coat

DIY Glitter Off Base Coat cover OPI has been busy lately! Recently they’ve released at least 3 collections (!) and a base coat specifically for glitter polishes. When I saw the promos for the OPI Glitter Off Peel-able Base Coat I was skeptical. For years I’ve been using a DIY peel off base coat for swatching glitter polishes. The down side […] Continue reading →

Spring 2014 Must Have Polishes

Spring 2014 Must Have Polishes I am so ready for spring! Winter is just dragging on this year. Even in the South. But I’m ready for fresh produce and warm sunshine. A girl can dream, right? Here in Charlotte we’ve had a few days here and there that were gorgeous and warm. I embraced those days and started trying out […] Continue reading →

The Daily Varnish + All You Magazine

All You Magazine Y’all! I’m so excited about this! Several months ago All You magazine contacted me regarding a technique I’ve used in past manicures to create an ombre effect using an eyeshadow sponge tip applicator. They asked me to create a manicure for the magazine. That manicure can be found in the March 2014 issue which is on […] Continue reading →