Super Bowl 50 Nail Art

Super Bowl 50 Nail Art Guide

Super Bowl 50 Nail ArtI don’t know if y’all have heard but the Super Bowl is coming.

The Carolina Panthers and I happen to share a hometown. Charlotte is buzzing with Super Bowl hype. Right down to my local grocery store meat counter.

While I’m not a big NFL fan I do hope the Panthers win. It’d be great for Charlotte. And, of course, the Panthers are led by fellow Auburn alum Cam Newton.

Over the years I have done my fair share of football related nail art. Below are some ideas for Sunday including a manicure for both the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos! There are some additional ideas and links to past Super Bowl posts at the end of the post as well.

Keep Pounding and War Eagle.


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Carolina Panthers Manicure

Nail Art: Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers ManicureThe city of Charlotte has lost its collective mind.

Charlotte isn’t exactly what I would call a good sports town. But the Carolina Panthers are in the NFC Championship and the buzz around town is amazing. The bars are packed every Sunday and there are Panthers flags on houses and cars. Even though I’d hardly call myself a Panthers fan it has been fun. And Cam Newton and I did graduate from the same college so it’s nice to see Auburn getting some love.

The boy and I are going to our usual bar to catch today’s game so I figured I’d best have an appropriate manicure.

This was a super simple manicure to do. I started with a black base (I used Sally Hansen Blacky-O) and topped it with OrlyFX Spazmatic. Then I added some whiskers to just the ring finger with OPI Centennial Celebration.

I like the glitter in this manicure. It’s something a little different.

Under the jump you will find another swatch. And I’ve done several other Panthers manicures in the past. I will link to those under the jump as well.


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New Year's Manicure

New Year’s Eve Manicure 2015

New Year's ManicureHappy New Year’s Eve!

This year I’m having a rather low key New Year’s. Tonight (or rather, this afternoon…) the boy and I are heading to our normal bar to watch the first of the College Football Playoff games. We plan to come back home for the second game and ring in the New Year with a nice bottle of champagne and a meat and cheese plate.

Anyhow. I’ve been rocking this manicure for a few days this week. Because I can (plus, it matches my headband).

So, first things first. I am totally obsessed with essie Starry Starry Night (from the essie Retro Revival collection). I will do a full review after the New Year (I have the mini set) but it’s one of the few polishes that lives up to the hype. And the hype is insane.

I’ve essentially been living in Starry Starry Night so I used that as my base. Then with essie Private Weekend and the smallest dotting tool I own I wrote out 20-16.

Simple mani but straight to the point. And really quite easy!

There’s another swatch under the jump.

Where ever and however you are ringing in the new year I hope you have a fantastic time!


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Festive Fringe Nail Art

Nail Art: Festive Fringe

Festive Fringe Nail ArtEvery now and then we can all use a little nailspiration, am I right?

I was in a bit of a rut when I was browsing Pinterest and essie posted this lovely manicure they called ‘festive fringe’. I’m always looking for new ways to use glitter top coats and since I had both of the polishes featured in the nail art I figured I give it a go!

This is a super easy nail art look. I started with two coats of essie Bell-Bottom Blues. I let that dry then added a thick coat of essie Frilling Me Softly on half the nail pulled in glitter towards the center of the nail. I topped it all of with a thick coat of essie No Chips Ahead.

I have to say I like this way more than I thought I would. It would be a really fun last minute New Year’s Eve manicure!

There are a couple more swatches under the jump including a photo in the sun and a MACRO shot.


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The Daily Varnish - Lazy Girl's Guide to Christmas Nails

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Christmas Nails

The Daily Varnish - Lazy Girl's Guide to Christmas NailsTwo days, ladies! Odds are you already have your perfect Christmas polish picked out. But if you don’t, have no fear! Katie’s Lazy Girls Guide to Christmas Nails is here!

You guys already know that I only do ultra simple nail art that would only sometimes even be called nail art by other people. For me, nail art is when I add anything extra. A nail vinyl, some glitter, polka dots, etc. So whether you’re looking to dress up your current mani, or come up with a fool-proof easy look for the holidays, you’re in the right spot.

I loved Alli’s Lazy Girl’s Guide to Halloween, so maybe it’ll become a thing around here.  Oh! Make sure to check out Alli’s Must Have post for Winter 2016!


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Neutral Color Blocking Nail Art

Nail Art: Neutral Color Blocking

Neutral Color Blocking Nail ArtThis manicure is one of my favorites. I just love it!

While I’m all about the red and glittery nails this time of year I wanted to come up with something that was neutral yet still a tad bit flashy.

To achieve this I went with neutral colors (nude and silver) but an eye catching finish.

For this manicure I started out with a base of essie Topless & Barefoot. Then, using essie Apres Chic, I covered the top 75% off my nail leaving a straight, blunt line as a transition. I free handed this but you could of course also use tape if you wanted an even more exact straight line.

By keeping the colors neutral, the metallic finish of Apres Chic added just the right amount of glam to this look. Plus, this was a super easy manicure to do!

Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump.


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Guest Post - Amanda

Guest Post: Essie Mix & Match Nail Art with Amanda

Guest Post - AmandaHey guys!

I’m so stoked to be doing a post for Katie and Alli! I didn’t do anything terribly insane but some simple nail art.

Here’s a fun fact about me: when I do posts, I like to use the same brand for all of the polishes that I use. I’m not sure why I do this but it’s become some sort of an obsession, lol. So I found 5 Essie’s that I wanted to use to recreate this manicure from Bad Girl Nails.

I started with Essie Pret-A-Surfer on my pinky and pointer finger, which amazingly covered in one coat. Then I painted 3 coats of Ballet Slippers on my middle finger, and then 2 coats of Coat Couture on my ring finger. After those dried, I dotted Blanc on the index and pinky fingers. THEN I free hand/crookedly drew some lines on the middle finger with Mint Candy Apple and filled in the stripes. Finally…. the flowers with Blanc on the ring finger. Annnnnnd topcoat.

Phew. Catch all that? Let’s look at the final product…

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Mix & Match Polka Dot Nail Art

Nail Art: Mix & Match Polka Dot Manicure

Mix & Match Polka Dot Nail ArtA few nights ago I was flipping through an Avon catalog and ran across a little nailspiration. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a polka dot manicure and who doesn’t love mixing navy and white? And I mean…I love polka dots!

Of course, I wanted to put my own twist on things. I decided to use a shimmery dark blue for my base color instead of a plain navy. I used 2 coats of essie Bell-Bottom Blues. Then I let that dry slightly before adding white polka dots with essie Private Weekend.

I used the smallest dotting tool from my dotting tool set and made the polka dot pattern a bit different on each nail. This added variety plus it takes away the pressure of making every nail look the same. And for me, that’s by far the hardest part of nail art.

Polka dots just make me happy and this manicure is no exception. I’m definitely going to be rocking this manicure until it chips. And probably taking photos of my nails in my car. Because that’s normal.

There are a couple additional swatches under the jump!


PS: If you don’t have dotting tools you can easily make one. Check out my DIY Dotting Tool post. However, dotting tools are inexpensive. The ones I use can be found here on Amazon. They are $1.50 and ship free!

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Spooky Eyes Nail Art

Trick or Treat: Spooky Eyes Nail Art

Spooky Eyes Nail ArtI spent way too much time thinking about what to call this manicure. Every time I looked at my nails all I could think was “what are you looking at?“. I was just going to go with that but Katie suggested Spooky Eyes Nail Art which is clearly better.

Anyhow. This is really easy to do and perfect for Halloween. Eyeballs in the shadows and all.

I started with a base of NYC New York Color Black Lace Creme. It’s a basic, opaque black creme. Using opaque polishes for this manicure is key.

Now generally I would have gone with a white polish for the whites of the eyes. But I wanted it to look slightly off white since the idea is eyeballs int he dark. I used Cover Girl Silver Lining. This polish was perfect because it was opaque AND it has a little bit of sheen.

Using a large dotting took I put two dots on each nail fairly close to each other. Then, using a smaller dotting tool and NYC New York Color Black Lace Creme, I added the black part of the eyes.

They key to this manicure is making sure the eyes are looking all different ways. I also made some cross-eyed.

This is a fun and easy manicure for Halloween. I definitely recommend giving it a go!

There are some additional swatches under the jump.


PS: For a review of the dotting tools I used for this manicure click here!

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Ombre Nail Art The Daily Varnish

Nail Art: Mint and Nude Ombre

Ombre Nail Art The Daily VarnishI’m bringing ombre back with this manicure.

For awhile ombre nails were all the rage. Well, really, ombre EVERYTHING was all the rage. But, as trends do, ombre fell out of fashion.

But…..I was contemplating what to do with my nails the other day and I thought Nails Inc Bamboo White and OPI Gelato On My Mind would look lovely together. I decided to bring out my nail art designated makeup sponge and sponge Gelato On My Mind over Bamboo White and I gotta say….I love this manicure.

I like how the ombre is subtle yet 2 completely different colors instead of the traditional fade of a single color. It keeps this manicure from being dated.

Certainly I won’t be single handily bringing back the ombre trend but I will definitely try to add an ombre manicure to my normal nail art rotation.

There are swatches under the jump!


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