Birthday Nails Part 2!

So, my birthday kind of extended into a birthweek… that obviously required a nail change!

nudeandgold | by themani-ac
I decided to keep to the foil/leaf theme. I have two coats of Zoya Rue, then I used my gold leaf and did a more distressed look. I topped it off with Essie Good To Go.
Easy peasy and it looks super cool! What do you think?

NOTD: Birthday Nails!

It’s my birthday! So, I decided to stop being lazy and actually do a NOTD!

ZoyaAbby | by themani-ac

Let me preface by saying that I haven’t done anything with my nails in forever. I’ve been in a bit of a rut, plus I’ve been loving Zoya Blu lately. I decided to finally try one of the new Zoyas that I got… this is Abby.

So, here I have two coats of Abby, once that was dry, I used my silver leaf and created this gradient. I topped everything off with Essie Good To Go.

In terms of Abby, itself, this was the first time I used it, and I’m liking it more than I thought I would. That sounds silly, because… I bought it… why wouldn’t I like it?! But, I’ve been leaning towards blues and just didn’t think this warmer purple would suit me, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It is a thinner formula, but covers nicely and dries super fast. It’s also very shiny without a top coat. So pretty, I love it.

Born Pretty Store Blue Chrome Powder Review!

So, I bought this set of Born Pretty Store powders back in December/January. I had tried them over white and lighter colors, but I finally got to try one over black!

bornprettstorebluechameleonpowder | by themani-ac

I decided to try he blue first. As my base I have Zoya Willa, which is just black. Then I used my Aora base and tops coats along with the powder. It is like the other chrome powders, so you do need to use it with gel.

When you first apply it over the gel base it isn’t very shiny, but it comes alive when you add the top coat.

I was actually very impressed with the quality of the powder itself, it is very finely milled so you get nice, even coverage. You don’t see any large particles or anything like that.

The color is beautiful, it’s similar to a Zoya Neve, which I love.

Overall, I’m very impressed! I love this color and I’m excited to use the others!

NOTD: Springtime Silver!

Two NOTDs in the same week?! What is happening?!

springtimesilver | by themani-ac


My base is one coat of Zoya Purity, then I sponged on more Purity, Zoya Megan and China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle. The sponging created a soft, almost gradient effect for my background. After that was set, I topped it with Seche Vite and let it dry. Once dry, I applied thin coats of Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat to random parts of my nail (one nail at a time) and then added the silver leaf. I just used my finger to apply it and rub it in to create that distressed-ish effect.

I was very in the mood for it to be spring already, and this was very fitting for that. I love the color combo of that minty blue/green and metallic silver. What do you think?

NOTD: Blue and Gold!

Another NOTD?! What is happening?! Getting back in the groove…

blueandgold | by themani-ac

My base is two coats of Zoya Mallory, it’s a creamy royal blue. I hadn’t used this polish yet, but it caught my eye when I was looking through my stash for some inspiration. I was debating about what to do, then I decided to keep it simple and to add some some gold striping tape. I love doing combinations of single and double lines, it reminds me of the midi rings that I love so much! I topped it off with Seche Vite.

I really like this royal blue and gold combo,simple but interesting enough so I don’t want to redo my nails the next day lol what do you think?


NOTD: Rose Gold Half Moons!

Ah yissss, love me some rose gold!

My base is two coats of Zoya Purity, and then I freehanded some half moons with ILNP Juliette. Topped everything off with Essie Good To Go. Juliette is such a gorgeous holo rose gold glitter, I try to use it every change I get.

Very simple, but I love it! What do you think?


NOTD: Bronze Ruffian!

Man, it’s been a while! I’ve been slacking, I’ve also been really uninspired, but I was feeling fall-ish so I had to do something!


So, my base is two coats of Zoya Lake. Over top, I have two coats of Essie Leggy Legend. Super simple, but it gets that fall feeling across. Leggy Legend is the perfect fall bronze!

What are your favorite colors to wear in the fall?


NOTD: Rose Gold Half Moon French!

Ever since I used the chrome powder to do rose gold nails, I’ve been wanting to do something rose gold on myself.


For this, I have a base of two coats of Zoya Kennedy. Then I added the half moons and french free hand with ILNP Juliette, which is a rose gold glitter with holo sparkle. Look at it! So pretty. After that was set, I topped it with two coats of Seche Vite to get it super smooth.

I looooooove how this came out. What do you think?

NOTD: Purple Mermaid!

Well, I was in Disney World last week! Yep, that’s the second time this year lol so I decided to keep with the mermaid theme of my last Disney mani, but change it up a bit. So I went with purple and gold.


My base is two coats of Zoya Megan. When that was dry, I used mermaid nail vinyls and sponged on Zoya Serenity, Color Club Disco Dress and more Megan. Then I applied Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow on some scales. I used a dotting tool for that. I added a shell as an accent and then topped it off with Essie Good to Go!

I loved them! Even got a compliment at the airport lol. What do you think?

NOTD: Turquoise and Seashells!

I was finally feeling like it was time for a summery mani, about time too since it was the end of August (September by the time this is posted)!


The base on my pointer and pinky is two coats of Zoya Purity, on my middle, ring and thumb it’s two coats of China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle and topped it with Essie Good to Go. Once that was dry, I took some Zoya Willa (black), thinned it out with some nail polish thinner and added it in drops. Then I took some acetone and dropped some on to the black to create that veining. When that was dry, I used Zoya Ziv as the outline. For my white nails, I just added some gold seashells. Then I topped everything off with Essie Good to Go.

I loved how the turquoise look came out using the acetone technique! It’s super easy and you don’t have to worry about water marbling. What do you think?