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: Mermaid-Esque

In the summer I want mermaid nails all the time. I try not to, because that would be super boring, but I couldn’t help myself. Here are some mermaid-esque nails.


My base is two coats of China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, then I added Zoya Gilty, applied it like a gradient and added extra gold leaf to a few places too fill in any empty spots. Then I went ahead and added a seashell to my middle finger and thumb, for that mermaid touch. I topped everything off with Sally hansen Big Shiny Top Coat, which I don’t normally use, but I really should. It’s amazing! Dries quickly and adds a nice glossy finish.

So, I’m super loving these at the moment. I’ve been wanting to do a purple mermaid mani, so that might be next. What do you think?

NOTD: Gold Flake Outline!

Feel like I haven’t blogged in forever! So here’s a NOTD!


The base is one of my favorites, Zoya Lake. This is two coats. Then I used a dotting tool and Zoya Gilty for the outline. I picked out the flakes and hand placed them. A little tedious, but I think it was worth it. Topped everything off with a thick coat of Essie Good To Go.

I really like how it came out. Kind of reminds me of Cinderella or Jasmine. What do you think?

NOTD: Gold Flaked Sunset Gradient!

I’m in Florida! For the occasion, I decided on a sunset gradient.


I couldn’t leave it at that though, had to add gold leaf!

The polishes I used are China Glaze I Sea the Point, Color Club Disco Dress, Essie Snap Happy , China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Sally Hansen Lightening.

I did the gradient over a base of Zoya Purity. Then I just used a makeup sponge for the gradient.

When everything was set, I added a coat of clear polish, then the gold leaf and topped it off with Essie Good to Go.

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: Nude and Gold Flake Gradient!

Now that school has started and I know that fall is on the way, I’m ready for all the fall nail polishes! I wasn’t totally ready to jump into jewel tones so I decided on something more subtle for this transition-y time.

nudegoldflakegradientMy base is two coats of Zoya Charlott (from the Mystery Trio), then I used Zoya Gilty to start the gradient and over that I hand placed some gold leaf. Topped it off with NYC Matte Me Crazy.

I think it’s a perfect transition from summer into fall and love that the nude goes matte but the gold stays shiny! What do you guys think?