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: Mix and Match!

I haven’t done a NOTD in a lonnnnng while, but I’ve been having a lot of fun with chrome powders!

So, there is a lot going on here. On my pointer I have a base of two coats of Zoya Eastyn, then I used Sparkle & Co gel top coat and new rose gold chrome powder! On my middle and ring fingers, I have a base of two coats of Zoya Megan. I topped off my middle finger with Sparkle & Co gel top coat and then added the Born Pretty Store blue, purple and gold opalescent powders (you can see the blue/purple shift in the photo). On my ring finger I used some silver leaf topped with Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat. My pinky is two coats of Zoya Willa, accented with a rose gold stud an topped with Essie Good To Go,

I also had to show you my thumb! My base is two coats of Zoya Megan, then I used Zoya Alicia to create the drips, topped with Essie Good To Go.

Overall, I really like it! What do you think?

I’ve been using gel and chrome powders a lot lately, so I’m trying to transition back into more regular polishes and nail art. I have some things in mind and will try to get back into the NOTD groove.


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: Negative Space and Silver Flakes!

I went to a wedding yesterday! I wore black and silver, so I did a mani to match.


I freehanded the negative space, and filled everything else in with Zoya Willa, two coats. Then I used a clear polish and silver leaf on the Vs, and topped with Essie Good To Go. Since the leaf tends to get all over the nail, once the top coat was dry, I covered any leaf that strayed from the V and did another coat of G2G.

Very simple, not super summery or wedding-y, but I like it . I was planning on doing white, but I had an unfortunate thumb break at the gym and didn’t want to emphasize the shortness.

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: 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?