Sunday, October 25, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and over the last few years I've noticed more and more nail techs creating nails for the cause.  In my short nail career I've done a few Breast Cancer Awareness sets myself.  Here are a few.

light pink breast cancer awareness nails
From 2014.  This was a clear acrylic set of nails with Gelish overlay in Pink Smoothie.  I dusted pink glitter on the middle finger and hand painted the ribbons.  The iridescent hexagons on the ring fingers were from a craft store and placed in the dispersion layer of the gel.  Topped in clear.

pink breast cancer awareness nails
From 2014.  Clear acrylic nails with Gelish overlay in Shake It Till You Samba.  I dusted a mix of pink glitters in a fade patter and painted the dots and ribbon.  Topped with clear.

boobie breast cancer awareness nails
From 2015.  A few years ago I saw a set of nails with "bobbies" and thought they were the funniest things I'd ever seen.  I knew I needed to do a set of my own one day.  Luckily I had a great client/friend willing to wear a set of 3D boobies!  These were done in full acrylic with hand painted lines and dots.  The boobs were sculpted with pink and topped with a hot pink acrylic to form a dress.  So cute!

boobie nails
Here's another view of the "boobie" nails. The thumbs were done in white acrylic with hand painted roses in gel.  

breast cancer awareness nails with cheetah pring
From 2015.  This was a short set of clear acrylic nails with a Gelish overlay.  I dusted glitter into the dispersion layer of the three fingers and hand painted the cheetah stripes and ribbon on the others.  Loved them!

save the boobie nails
From 2015.  This set was copied from a photo my client brought in.  She saw them on Pinterest and wanted me to copy them.  I changed them up a little and they turned out adorable!!  All acrylic nails with hand painted mummies, spiders, and ghost.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween and Fall 2014 and 2015

I didn't realize that I never posted any of my cute Halloween nails from last year so I decided to group them in with this year.  Halloween nail art is one of my most favorite to create!!  I love the fall colors (and sometimes the glow in the dark ones too), the spooky trees, pumpkins, ghosts, and of course the spiders!
halloween nails candy corn

halloween nail art

halloween spiders
This set was inspired by a set of nails from Pinterest.  They are orange neon and glitter acrylic with hand painted fuzzy spiders.

fall tree nail art
Custom mixed orange glitter fade with hand painted trees.  The encapsulated mylar gave them added effect.

fall nails
Clear acrylic with Gelish overlay.  These fall colors went PERFECT together!  The gold leaf on the middle finger was hand painted.

mummy nails
Clear acrylic with Gelish overlay.  The mummies were hand painted using Gelish.

bloody nails
A very bloody Halloween.  These were white and red acrylic with a 3D spider and bat.  The red blood is acrylic paint.

fall nails
Classy black and iridescent fade.  This was perfect for fall!

fall nails
Black and iridescent glitter with holo discs.  Very eerie!

nightmare before christmas nails
Inspired by Jack and Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas set of nails.  All acrylic with hand painted designs.

From fall 2014.  Brown and teal fade with gold leafing.  Perfect for fall.

halloween nails
A very Halloweeny set I did last year in 2014.  All acrylic with 3D spiders and candy corns,  The middle finger was inspired by A Nightmare Before Christmas while the pinkies were black with silver striping tape.  What I loved about the index fingers was the shaping.  I cut filed the nail to be in line with the spider web.  Super cool!!

A simple black and orange for Halloween. 

Brown Gelish over natural nails.  The green on the ring finger is from an actual leaf we picked off a tree in the parking lot.

Cute Halloween polka dots with spiders.

Orange and black Gelish with glitter and spiders.

Orange and brown Gelish over clear acrylic

Sugar skulls with crossbones.

The Punisher!!  Han painted over black and red marble.

Cute Halloween kitties inspired by a photo from Robin Moses.  

Inspired by a photo from Pinterest.  Green and Black acrylic with hand painted green spider webs.  The spiders were done using small beads set in place with gel.  

Custom Halloween nails.  The silver is actual tin foil stuck to the dispersion layer of the gel.  

Disney Halloween nanils.  3D Mickey and Minnie and of course Jack Skellington.

Halloween ghosts and jewels.  Inspired by a photo from Pinterest.

 Black and white Gelish over clear acrylic.

White acrylic with Frankenstein and his Bride.  The green is glow in the dark acrylic.

Sugar Skulls

Red and black for Halloween with white spiders.

Orange glitter dusted over Gelish with a chevron accent.

fall nail art
Super amazing fall nails done using Gelish over clear acrylic.

A very fall fade done using glitter over Gelish

thanksgiving minion nails
Thanksgiving Minions

turkey nails
Turkey nails for Thanksgiving.  The turkey is acrylic with a cute googly eye.

Fall Gelish over clear acrylic.

Fall brown and orange glitter.

fall owl nail art
Fall owls done using Gelish.

This set of nails was done using Gelish over the top of clear acrylic.  I hand painted the chevron stripes using different colors of gelish polish.  

fall nails with real leaves
Fall set of glitter acrylic nails with real pieces of grass and leaves.  They are absolutely perfect for fall.

fall swirl nails with snakeskin
This is an original set done by me using different colors of glitter acrylic.  I swirled the acrylic over the nail bed then capped in clear.  The ring finger is a fade of colors with snakeskin impressions.

fall nail art
This is Gelish polish over clear acrylic.  The middle finger is pressed glitter while the other designs were hand painted with Gelish polish.

fall fade nails
Custom mixed glitter acrylic fade.  She loves her nails long which made this fade turn out SPECTACULAR!  They reminded me of a root beer float!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


2015 has been an exciting year!  We celebrated our Second Anniversary of being at our new salon, Mad About Beauty in Grantsville and welcomed several new staff members!  I've been busy adjusting to life as a new mom and learning to balance work life and home life.  Seeing as 2015 is almost over, I decided I should update my blog with some of the "Best Of" nails of the year.

hot pink and lime nails with flowers
This was a cute Spring set of pink and lime green acrylic nails.  I hand painted the flowers for some added fun.

octopus nails
Acrylic nails with a gel polish overlay using Gelish and dusting MAC pigment into the dispersion layer.  I found the cute octopus stamp at Bundle Monster and then covered with topcoat to seal in the design.

hot pink and black nails
Custom hot pink, black, and silver acrylic nails.

baseball nails
I just love a cute set of baseball nails!!  The red is glitter from Young Nails and the stitches were hand painted.

glitter stiletto nails
My client wanted to try a set of stilettos and totally fell in love with these!  Sculpted using various glitters from Young Nails and pieces of mylar and holographic confetti.  They looked like outerspace nails when we were done.

glitter stiletto nails
Another view of her stilettos.  They looked so much cooler in person!

animal print nail art, zebra giraffe and cheetah
My client wanted a set of animal print nails for her sister's baby shower.  These were on top of  her natural nail using Gelish and MAC pigment.  I used a clear gel for the giraffe pattern and dusted pigment for the zebra stripes.  The cheetah was hand painted using craft paint.

aztec nails
Aztec designs were really popular in 2015.  These were Gelish over acrylic.  I hand painted the pinkie and pointer finger while the others were done with stamps.

Custom acrylic set using silver, black, and lime green.  The extra designs were all hand painted.

mermaid nail art
This was a super cute beachy set I did.  The nails are full acrylic and #notpolish.  I hand sculpted the starfish using acrylic and glued on stones for accents.  There's also a fishnet technique on a few of the fingers.

neon stiletto nails
I loved this set of stilettos!!  I used the old neon collection from Young Nails and imprinted the snakeskin over the top with black acrylic.  I also encapsulated gold leaf over the neon.  They reminded me of dragon tails.

Everyone needs a set of Browning nails!  I used Gelish over acrylic and the Browning symbol was done using vinyl decals.

Hot pink and silver fade with lace stamped on the ring finger.  Very classy!

This set was inspired by a photo my client brought me from Pinterest.  I used blue acrylic and a custom blue glitter.  I hand painted the flowers over white acrylic.

I tried a new technique on this set of pink and gold nails.  They were done in acrylic then painted with gel paint.  I pressed foil into the dispersion layer of the gel for the effect.  Very cool!

This was a very classy set of red and lace nails I did for my client. She liked the stiletto look and wanted something simple.  I used a red gel polish and stamped the lace using a stamping plate.  I glued Swarovski crystals using gel.

Fourth of July nails with classic red, white, and blue

Flowers and glitter.  The flowers were hand painted using Gelish.

Inspired by a photo from Pinterest.  Done using Gelish over clear acrylic nails.

Neon stilettos with hand painted zebra and cheetah.

Teal to orange acrylic fade with black polish.  The design was done using alcohol.