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: 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: Gold and Silver Leaf!

I was in another rut, which is so sad because I have beautiful new polishes I was to play with! After two failed manis, this one came to me.


My base is two coats of Zoya Willa, when that was dry I applied a coat of clear polish and  added the pieces of gold and silver leaf. Once that was set, I patted it down lightly to make sure everything was laying flat and then and applied Essie Good to Go on top.

I like how it looks like the leaf is floating! And after a rut and two fails, I’m really happy with this. What do you think?

NOTD: Black and Gold

I’m not sure what inspired this one, I think it just came to me after watching various gel nail videos on Youtube lol.

blackandgoldMy base on all nails is two coats of Zoya Willa with Essie Good to Go as top coat. Then I added the gold leaf, either scattered or on my tips. I apply it by applying clear polish, then laying the gold leaf over it. Then I pat it down, so nothing sticks up, let it set and seal with Essie Good to Go. If the leaf still felt bumpy, I just added another coat of Good to Go.

I love how this came out! What do you think?

NOTD: Gilded Leopard!

I haven’t done a leopard mani in a while, so I thought it was time.

gildedleopardMy base is two coats of Zoya Purity, then I used some gold foils for the spots and outlined them with Milani Black Magic. Topped everything off with Essie Good to Go.

I had a vision in my head, and I’m super happy that this met my expectations! I love how this came out! What do you guys think?

NOTD: A Little Bit Of Everything!

What happens when you can’t decide on one thing? This…

neonpastelskittlesThere’s a lot going on here lol. My pointer is two coats of Zoya Purity topped with Orly Glowstick. My middle finger is two coats of MAC Mischievous Mint topped with a Mischievous Mint and Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac saran wrap marble, and that is topped with a Milani Black Magic dry brush and then I added an outline of Zoya Ziv. That one was very complicated lol. My ring finger is two coats of Lacey Lilac with a gold foil gradient. And finally, my pinky is two coats of Mischievous Mint with a single stud! Everything is topped with Essie Good To Go.

I really liked these! It surprised me a little bit haha I love how the saran warp marble topped with dry brush kind of looks like a stone, and of course, everything is better with a little neon. What do you guys think?

NOTD: Silver Flecked Blue Gradient!

Phew, that title is kind of a mouthful!


So, for the gradient I used China Glaze At Vase Value, Orly Frisky and China Glaze I Sea The Point. My base was one coat of At Vase Value, then I used a makeup sponge for the gradient. Once that was dry, I was debating about adding some glitter, but then decided to use silver leaf. I attach the leaf by dotting some clear polish or top coat all over the nail then randomly adding little pieces of the silver leaf. Once that was set, I put on a nice coat of Essie Good To Go!

I really like how this came out! I’ve rekindled my love for gradients, and I like the specs of silver with the blues. My mom loved this one, which surprised me because the only polishes she ever wears are light pinks/nudes for spring and summer and dark reds for fall and winter lol. What do you guys think?

NOTD: Mermaid Inspired!

Happy first day of May! Cannot believe how slow then fast April went by. Anyway…I got these little shell studs from Amazon a while ago and I’ve been dying to use them! I was trying to wait until summer because… sea shells, but now that the weather is warming up I couldn’t help myself!

mermaid2 mermaidGah! So my pointer and pinky have two coats of Zoya Remy. On my pointer I added Sinful Colors Nail Junkie to the top half of the nail and Essie As Gold As It Gets to the bottom half (like a gradient). On my pinky, I added Nail Junkie all over the nail.

My middle and ring fingers have two coats of China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle. On my middle finger I added As Gold As It gets to the top half of the nail, kind of like a gradient, then I added the shell, gold leaf that I got from Amazon and the rhinestones to both nails.

I topped everything off with Essie Good to Go.

I love this! I dyed the ends of my hair purple, so I’ve been feeling mermaid-y and these nails are like icing on the cake. I’m going to be sad when it’s time to remove them.

What do you guys think?

NOTD: Bunny Phone Ruffian!

So travesty… my computer charger broke and I’m waiting for my new one to ship, so I’m stuck on a.. GASP… PC for a while. And stuck using an online photo editor for now, so excuse that lol


Another ruffian! As my base I have one coat of Nails Inc South Kensington, and over that I have two coats of Girly Bits I Hit My Bunny Phone.

I had almost forgotten how much I love Bunny Phone and was itching to use it. That’s how this ruffian was born. Simple, quick, easy.

What do you guys think?

NOTD: Glitter and Gold Ruffian!

Wasn’t feeling the foil polish by itself and I’ve been dying to use one of my new Butter Londons.


I used my previous mani of two coats of Nails Inc. Chelsea Bridge Road as the base, then I applied Butter London Scallywag. It took two coats and some dabbing to get it opaque. Not sure if Scallywag is a textured polish or just a really chunky glitter, but it takes at least two coats of top coat to get it smooth. If you don’t mind texture, you can leave it as is.

I loveee this color combination! I almost rethought it and used something other than Scallywag but I’m glad I didn’t. This has also brought out my love of ruffians so you may be seeing a bunch more of them in the future.. just a warning lol

What do you guys think? Liking the ruffian?