NOTD: Pixie Dust!

I’ve really been loving those holo flakies, I’ve been using them a lot. This is probably my current favorite application… and it reminds me of pixie dust!

bluepurplepixiedust | by themani-ac

My base here is Zoya Blu, I also sponged on some Zoya Abby and Purity. While it was still tacky, I sprinkled on the holo flakies with a fan brush then pressed them in with my finger. Once that was set, I topped it off with Essie Good to Go.

And that’s it! Such an easy way to jazz up a mani.


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.

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: Something Blue!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! I wasn’t feeling like a red, white and blue mani so I just stuck with white and blue.


Here, we have a few different things going on. On my pointer and pinky I actually have a subtle vertical gradient with Zoya Lillian and China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle. It’d very subtle, but you can see it better on the pinky than the pointer. For my middle finger I have two coats of China Glaze At Vase Value, then I added the triangle studs, which I love. For my ring finger I have two coats of Zoya Purity then added some silver leaf. I topped everything off with Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat.

I did both hands differently, so on my other hand I did the gradient on my thumb and middle, the white on my pointer and pinky and the studs on my ring finger.

I’m really feeling blues right now, I’ve always just gravitated to it. I really like how it came out, I wish the gradient was a little more prominent though. What do you think?

NOTD: Rose Gold Leopard!

I was initially inspired by some awesome floral nails on Instagram, I tried it, failed so hard and came up with this instead!


The base is actually a gradient. It’s Orly Pure Porcelain and Zoya Purity. I did the nude to white gradient for the florals… after that failed, I decided to redo it because I really liked it.

I figured rose gold would look nice with nude and white, so I finally used some of my rose gold Swarovski studs that I got a while back on Daily Charme. I’ve been meaning to use them, but hadn’t found the right mani for them.

Then I decided to ride the rose gold train and use ILNP Juliette to do just a touch of leopard print. Topped everything off with Essie Good To Go.

I gotta say… I love how this came out. As much as I wanted to attempt the florals, flowers aren’t really my thing. This is much more my speed. 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: Glitter Dipped!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2016, honestly I didn’t even realize it until I typed it haha. Anyway! On to my new year’s eve mani!


My base is two coats of Zoya Chantal. My glitter is Sephora Formula X Hubba Hubble. For the gradient, I used the brush from Hubba Hubble just to disperse glitter, then I used a sponge to pack it on the tips. Then I topped it with two coats of Essie Good To Go.

I was going to add gold, but once I did the gradient I didn’t think I needed it. I love how this came out! What do you think?

Also, I want to wish everyone an awesome 2016!

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?

NOTD: Gradient and Palm Trees!

I was inspired by a picture I saw on Instagram, along with so many other summer manis, and I just love little palm trees.

gradientpalmtreesMy base is two coats of Zoya Purity, then I used MAC Mischievous Mint, Purity and China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy for the gradient. I did it like I usually do, with a regular makeup sponge. When that was dry I used Zoya Raven and free-handed the palm trees. Topped everything off with a coat of Essie Good To Go.

I love this one! This is probably one of my favorite manis at the moment. I’ve been wanting to get back into more hand painting so I was really happy with how the palm trees came out. What do you guys think?

Oh and what do you think of the lighting? Started using my new light box, and I think it’s much better.

NOTD: Gradient Tribal!

I’ve been waiting to use my KB Shimmer tribal nail vinyls for the longest time! Seriously like a year… I decided it was time.

gradienttribalMy base is two coats of Zoya Purity, then I sponged China Glaze At Vase Value, Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac and Zoya Arizona. Once that was set I added the vinyls, they were a little harder to place than I anticipated lol. And of course, I can’t stop there so I added some studs! I topped everything off with two coats of Essie Good To Go. The second time was to help stick the edges of the vinyls down after they lifted a little. But if you like smooth nails, I do suggest a second coat.

Everyone’s been telling me they remind them of Arizona haha I love them! Sometimes I forget how much I love gradients. What do you guys think?