Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know I’m getting older because I now associate this holiday with eating instead of drinking. Yup, a free corned beef dinner at mom and dads sounds better than a crowded bar. I live in a college town and it’s spring break right now so most of the students are gone. If I went out, I would probably feel at home since the places would be filled with my fellow ‘townies’ instead of young’ens. But, it’s likely I’ll eat a nice family dinner, do my 30 day ab challenge exercises and call it a night. OMG, I have to say… my ab challenge is getting so hard! Here’s what I have to do. I’m up to 75 situps, 100 crunches, 42 lower ab/leg raises and 65 seconds of plank today. Phew! I have to break it up into two workouts per day now… cuz 75 situps at once is a killer! Enough whining! Let’s look at my st patrick’s day nails…
I’m wearing AVON Don’t be Jaded as my base color. Yes, I wore it yesterday too for my other st paddys design. I’ve noticed a weird pattern that I follow- if I get a new cream polish I like to wear it a few times right away. It kinda makes me feel bad if I get a lovely new polish, only try it once, then put it on a shelf and forget about it. I like to cherish my new bottles and use them a lot so they know they are loved. If inanimate objects have feelings I like to think that my polish bottles are happy and feel appreciated. 🙂 Weird? Yes, but that’s why you like me!
I also sponged some army green Ulta nail polish on my tips too, but you probably can’t tell since the colors blend well together. Then I added a coat of a Pretty Woman glitter topper. I’ve never tried Pretty Woman brand before. I picked it up at Rite Aid recently and I think the name of this one is GREEN. Very original huh? 🙂 I like that there’s a variety of glitter sizes in there… glitters like that tend to spread well for me. I only needed one coat and I got some nice even glitter coverage with it.
I also decorated my ring fingers as accent nails. Maybe you recognize my clovers ? They are some of the diy decals that I hand-painted over the weekend in this post. I stuck my clover decals on and then slathered some Seche Vite topcoat over top. Like always, I love the the nice smooth finish and quick-dry shine that I get from my bff Seche!
Do your nail polishes have feelings too? Or is it only mine?
This is my St.Patty’s design for the N.A.I.L. Linkup! I loved brainstorming about which green polishes to incorporate into this design to make it look Irish. I freakin love green nail polish. Here’s what I’m wearing: The dark green is Zoya Ivanka. I’ve only worn it once before so I was happy to try it out again. What a gorgeous foil green!
The light green is a new AVON quick dry polish that I ordered from my avon lady called Don’t Be Jaded. It was in the outlet catalog for $1.99! Like seriously! My mom picked up a bottle too and she texted me a cute nail pic this AM (it was her jade green nails with a sudoku game as her backgrdrop) LOL. Her text said that she painted her nails with Don’t be Jaded on thursday. Today is sunday and it’s still holding up. Yes, this is why we love AVON. And green is my mom’s fave nail polish color too so we be happy!
Do you like my giant gold glitters on my thumb and pinky? They kinda remind me of gold coins at the end of the rainbow. It’s OPI’s When Monkeys Fly! which I dabbed on and also had to pick and place some of the glitters too. I also did a rainbow dotted nail using a dotting tool and a bunch of random polishes. Then I placed some gold studs on my Zoya fingers, added some seche vite, and now I have a fun mix mani for St. Patrick’s Day! It was relatively quick and easy.
I’d love to see your St Patrick’s mani too. Here are the inlinkz so you can enter a N.A.I.L. pic for March-
St Patrick’s Day
It’s March, lassies! That means we’ve got another month of fun themes for the Nail Art ideas Linkup! As the old Irish proverb says, “A handful of skill is worth a bagful of gold“* Don’t be shy, we know you have handfuls of nail art skills! So show us what you’ve got this month for St Paddy’s Day! Here are the N.A.I.L. themes:
*you will not get a bagful of gold if you participate in N.A.I.L.
STAMPING (week 1)- Get out your nail stamping plates and share your one-of-a-kind design! If you don’t have a nail stamping kit then you can stamp something else on your nails. We are flexible.
AQUA (week 2)- Aquamarine is the birthstone for March babies. But really this is an excuse to dig out some of our aqua nail polishes. Honestly, aqua is gorgeous, right?
ST PATRICKS DAY (week 3)- Shamrocks, rainbows, pots of gold, green, green, and more green! We’re sure you can come up with some fun nails for this holiday!
SPRING FLOWERS (week 4)- For many of us it’s inching towards Spring. And who doesn’t love flowers? This theme will get you in the mood for some sunshiney weather.
Here are the rules for Nail Art Ideas Linkup (we like to call it N.A.I.L.)……
- Do one of the weekly themes, or do them all- it’s up to you!
- The dates for each week are only suggestions- you can post your nails whenever you want in March.
- The nail art ideas/themes are open to interpretation. You can create whatever kind of design you want! Stamps, stickers, acrylics- they’re all game!
- We encourage all nail enthusiasts to join in whether you have a blog, FB, IG, Tumblr, etc.
- Feel free to post our graphic on your site to share the word and use hashtag #NAILLINKUP on your social media.
- Lastly but most importantly, don’t forget to enter the URL to your nails via the inlinkz below! They’ll be open all month.
St Patrick’s Day –
Spring Flowers –
NAIL ART IDEAS LINKUP is hosted by Brijit, Craftynail and Eeeek. We are all nice ladies (or at least we’d like to think so LOL) so feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all! You can also read more info about our monthly N.A.I.L. Linkup on our blog links below. We look forward to seeing your nails this March!
Brijit from Brijits Digits
Jacqui from Craftynail
Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!
I finally attempted my first water marble! I’ve watched so many youtube videos on water marbling that I thought I might ace the technique on my first try. Well, that was a good theory. I did have some issues… mostly because of water temperature I think. I used filtered water as everyone suggests, but my water may have been too cold because the polish didn’t spread out over the surface well. Also, I found that not all polishes behave the same way in water. I had to eliminate my white wet n wild polish because it was being a huge P.I.T.A. ! After 4 or 5 tries with different temps and polishes- this is what I came up with. Not too bad for a first timer I suppose. I love all the Irish colors! Oh, and if anyone has any marbling tips- please leave me a comment!
Hope everyone has a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day! I will be cooking a turkey. It’s not traditional at all, but I felt the need to cook this weekend and that’s what I had in the freezer ! My boyfriend is busy painting so I will occupy myself in the kitchen. No St. Patty’s pub crawl for this girl!
Sally Hansen ♣ Golden-I
Sally Hansen ♣ Emerald City
China Glaze ♣ Westside Warrior
AVON ♣ Orange Creamsicle
I can’t believe it’s almost St Patty’s Day! This year is just flying by! I was browsing the web for some cool shamrock nail art and came across a great little tutorial on the Zoya Blogspot blog. I decided to use their technique but I couldn’t do just one four leaf clover – so I did a whole bunch for extra fun.
I used one of my new AVON polishes called Absinthe as my base color. AVON must be a tad obsessed with absinthe because they also carry a Christian Lacroix perfume called Absinthe. I wear the perfume from time to time and it smells really unique- sorta like an intoxicating tree smell, if that makes any sense. Not sure why I love the idea of absinthe so much, probably because of one of my favorite movies- Moulin Rouge. It has a really trippy scene where Ewan McGregor (LOVE) gets all weirded out on the stuff and hallucinates about fairies LOL. Someday I should put some Konad fairy stamps on top of my absinthe polish just for you, Ewan ♥ !
Getting back to my St Patty’s nails…. for my four leaf clovers I used a small bottle from AVON called Nail Art Enamel in Styled Green. This is how they market the product- “Create custom and detailed nail art with specially designed precision brush”. YEAH RIGHT! This product was so disappointing. The brush was absolutely horrible. All the bristles were different lengths and some funky ones stuck straight out to the side. There’s no way I can use this brush to make detailed nail art, so I decided to at least make use of the green AVON polish with a dotting tool. It worked well for the four leaf clovers because it was fairly opaque.
The tutorial I used for my four-leaf clovers can be found at the Zoya blog. Just click Zoya’s image below to check it out!