Sally Hansen 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2016 Nail Art

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Sally Hansen Fashion Week

Sally Hansen is proud to be the exclusive nail partner for 3.1 Phillip Lim and to create nail looks for the Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week. “For Fall 2016, I was looking at a lot of Japanese influences so it was important to me that the nails were precise and simple. We went with graphic combinations of neutral and metallic creating a beautiful optical illusion effect,” explained Phillip Lim.

Phillip Lim Nail Art


“3.1 Phillip Lim’s new collection was inspired by Japanese craftsmanship, elegant lacquered wood, samurai sword embellishment, and even lipstick packaging. The location is intimate, secretive and lit by red light, evoking an underground performance or fight club. I thought immediately about a tradition I had once heard from the Heian period in Japan when ninjas would paint the symbol of their clan on their thumb. I wanted the nail look to feel symbolic and to have a striking contrast, hence the use of metallic with the beige shade, but to also work with the palette of the collection – a traditional autumnal array of olive green, mustard and burgundy. We did a circular optical illusion in Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Party on half of the girls and an oval shape in Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Camelflage and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Party on the other half. The oval shape was inspired by the hardware on the bags and belts.” – Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador

Phillip Lim Sally Hansen Nails

Commander in Chic (which happens to be my favorite nail polish color ever!!), Gilty Party, & Camelflage are part of Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection that infuses trend-setting shades with an expert-quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip-resistant strength joins gel-quality shine. Runway-ready color meets nourishing benefits. Plus, with a built-in base and top coat, it’s all you need to achieve a professional manicure at home.

Sally Hansen Nail Art


Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole is a nail artist working in New York and LA. Trained as a painter, Madeline discovered the world of on-set manicuring, immediately recognizing that it was a culmination of all of her talent, interests and expertise. Her unique ability to craft innovative nail designs, impeccable execution, and emphasis on skin care has made her one of the most sought after names in the beauty industry. As part of her collaboration with Sally Hansen, Madeline helps set the artistic direction for a new generation of modern nail looks and collections globally with her fashion-forward vision.

To recreate this nail art yourself you can pick up the colors Commander in Chic, Gilty Party, & Camelflage on Amazon.

Nail Art Supplies

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Mad for Metallics Nail Art Tutorial – Julep

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Mad for Metallics Tutorial

Are you looking for a new way to give your holiday manis a little more impact? Try this easy tutorial using polish from Julep’s new Mad For Metallics Welcome Box. All it takes is three quick steps:

1. Apply your base coat and let dry completely.

2. Use a striping brush to polish a thin line at the bottom of the color area and let dry.  (Amazon prices always change but right you you can get a striping brush set for $1.55 shipped here!)

3. Fill in the rest of nail with color. Apply your top coat and you are done!  Voila!

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Get Jennifer Aniston’s Look – Oscar’s 2015

Jennifer Aniston Oscars 2015

Jennifer Aniston is the epitome of classy and chic.  I love, along with many other women, love, love, love her style.  Her look last night at the Oscar’s was no exception!  Stunning!

Palladio’s Silk FX Palette in Debutante ($12, has the perfect eye shadow shades to replicate her makeup at home.  Use the top, champagne shade over the lid of the eye, into the inner corner, and on the inner third of the lower lash line.  Apply the second, ivory matte shade onto the brow bone to define and lift.  Use the third, matte taupe shade as a liner on the lower lash line as well as in the crease of the eyelid. Smudge the darkest shade into the upper lash line to accentuate your liner. Finish off the look with a swipe of Dermelect ‘ME’ Nail Lacquer in Moon Kissed ($14, Celebrity manicurist Elle recommends using the Dermelect Memento Manicure Extender Top Coat ($16, to achieve the perfect, long-lasting gel shine on your polish.

Now if I could only afford those shoes!

Nail Art Supplies Cheap

Nail Art Supplies

If you’re looking for affordable nail or nail care products look no farther than Amazon.  I’ve rounded up a list of nail tools, polishes, and nail art accessories all for under $3 each, including shipping!  As always with Amazon, prices fluctuate regularly so double check the prices before checking out.

These are a few that are juuuuust over $3.

If you want to learn more about the manicure in the picture above you can check that out here.  It’s an adorable Valentine nail art!

Nail Wraps Review – Sally Hansen, Jamberry + More

I’ve procrastinated writing this post for far too long because I spent weeks writing it in my head EVERY day.  I wanted this post to be perfectly detailed and totally unbiased.  I took detailed pictures every day.  Seriously.  I spent far too much time thinking, analyzing and worrying about this post….that I never wrote it.  As the old proverb goes, “Perfect is the enemy of good.”  Without further ado, here is my not perfect but hopefully helpful post.

Nail Wrap Comparison

As I said in my first post here, I’ll be judging them based on the following aspects:

  • – Style/design
  • – Ease of application
  • – Shape of wraps
  • – Cost
  • – East of removal
  • – Chemical components
  • – Durability

– Style/Design

I chose the designs that I personally liked so yes, I liked them all but allow me to go into a little more detail.

  • – Sally Hansen (white) – I love the script but due to the shaping of the wrap, which we’ll get to in a minute, I had to turn the wrap (and script) upside down.  I still like it though!
  • – Jamberry (gold) – I like this wrap because I can wear it on my bare nails or over top of another wrap or polish.  While I like the diversity of it, the stripes made it easy to tell if it wasn’t EXACTLY straight (and unfortunately it wasn’t).
  • – OPI (rattlesnake) – I adored this one!  The complexity of the colors and shimmer make it look much fancier in person than the picture captures.  When running your finger over the wrap you could even feel the snakeskin texture.
  • – Kiss (black) – I wasn’t a huge fan of this one to begin with, it’s a touch gaudy for my style but I did like it.  The 3D gemstones have a metallic look to them.
  • – Essie (grey) – This is another one that looks better in person.  The grey is a flat color while the pink behind it is fabulously shimmery.  This wrap is also textured.

Based on style/design my favorites are OPI & Essie.

Nail Wrap Brands

– Ease of Application

  • – Sally Hansen (white) – Came with orange stick and nail file.  Just peeled off and pressed on.  Easy peasy!!  After applying the nail wrap I used the enclosed nail file to remove the excess and it came off right away.  Very simple.  These wraps were very thin and were easy to stretch to get a good fit.
  • – Jamberry (gold) –  This package only came with the wraps themselves.  If you’ve ever tried Jamberry wraps before you know that it’s kind of a complicated system.  I’ll skip the details here and let you google those on your own but I’ll say that this wrap took the longest to apply.  I’ve used Jamberry wraps several times before this application so you’ll have to trust me, I did apply them correctly and took my time to make sure they were done right.  This was by far the hardest to apply but not so difficult that I wouldn’t do it again.  They were also the thickest wraps of the ones I reviewed.
  • – OPI (rattlesnake) –  Came with a small nail file.  This went on just like the Sally Hansen ones and were super thin and stretchy too.  Easy as could be.
  • – Kiss (black) –  Came with a nail file.  These wraps were slightly thicker than the Sally Hansen and OPI ones but not as thick as the Jamberry wraps.  The gemstones made it difficult to press the nail wrap down so it took more time than a few others but not as long as Jamberry.
  • – Essie (grey) – Came with a plastic orange stick and nail file.  These went on the same as the Sally Hansen and OPI wraps.  Very thin, stretchy, and quick and to apply.

Shape of Wraps

My nails naturally have a square-ish shape so my reviews are based on my personal experience.  If you have different shaped nails, I’m sure you’ll like different wraps.

  • – Sally Hansen (white) –  As I mentioned previously, I had to turn this wrap upside down to get a good fit and while I didn’t like that for this particular design I do love the fact that one side of the wrap was rounder and the other was more square.
  • – Jamberry (gold) –  Jamberry is the wrap that I had to cut the most.  They’re wraps are very round on all edges and that’s something I wish they would change.  However, they also had more wraps so I had more size options to search through to find ones that really fit from side to side.
  • – OPI (rattlesnake) –  This fit my nail the best!  It was like it was custom made for my nails.
  • – Kiss (black) – These also had one side that was square and one that was round.
  • – Essie (grey) –  These only had square sides but that worked in my favor.


I bought all of these from so I’ll add my Amazon affiliate links here and a link to my friend’s Jamberry site.

  • – Sally Hansen (white) – $7.13 w/ free shipping on Amazon.  Contains 16 strips.
  • – Jamberry (gold) – $15.00 on Jamberry.  Contains 18 strips.
  • – OPI (rattlesnake) – $12.99 on sale for $5.99 w/free shipping on Amazon.  Contains 16 strips.
  • – Kiss (black) – TWO pack for $15.00 + $2.95 shipping on Amazon.  Contains 28 strips per pack.
  • – Essie (grey) – $3.80 w/ free shipping on Amazon.  Contains 18 strips.

Ease of Removal

All of the nail wraps were easy to remove.

Chemical Component

I’ll be honest, I haven’t had time to go through and find out what all the chemicals mean in understandable terms.

For instance this is what is in the Sally Hansen wraps:Nail-Wraps-Compared

Nitrocellulose, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Butyl Acetate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyvinyl Butyral, Acrylates Copolymer, Benzoaphenone-3, Phosphoric Acid, Tin Oxide, [may contain +/-: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77163), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C Red No 6 Barium Lake (CI 15850), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850), D&C Black No. 2 (CI 77266), FD&C Yellow No. 5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090), D&C Red No. 34 Calcium Lake (CI 15880), D&C Orange No. 5 (CI 45370), D&C Yellow No. 11 (CI 47000), D&C Red No. 22 (CI 45380), D&C Red No. 28 (CI 45410), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Violet No. 2 (CI 60725)].

I do know however that Jamberry wraps are free of formaldehyde, toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and DBP.


This is what everyone has been waiting for.  Drum roll please….

These pictures are taken 15 DAYS AFTER APPLICATION!  That’s pretty remarkable in my opinion.

– Essie – It lasted well.  Being my thumb nail it got a lot of use and endured well.  When it began to show wear it slowly wore away at the end of the nail a bit.  Around day 9 it started chipping at the end of the nail and the rest of the nail remained in tact.

– Sally Hansen – It held out for the long haul too.  It slowly wore away at the edges and around day 13 I noticed some cracking in the polish.  I guess my nail bent at some point and instead of giving the wrap just cracked.  It was hardly noticeable at all and that was almost two full weeks of wear.  Day 15 the top of the nail started showing chipping too.

– Jamberry – It lasted well but began “lifting” after three days.  Some have suggested that a base coat would have helped it initially adhere better or a gel top coat would help it last longer but I didn’t use either of these.  The slight lifting remained slight until day 9 when the left side started to lift as well.  Day 12 the right side was lifting but it held in place and still looked nice.  You couldn’t tell that the wrap wasn’t fully secure just by looking at it so I lifted the wrap with my other finger to show you that it wasn’t connected all around.  You may notice in the picture below that the nail wrap rotated on my nail a bit.

– OPI – This wrap did the best I would say!  It barely wore away at the edges even after 15 days.

– Kiss – The gemstones stayed on well until day 10 when two came off.  It started chipping ever so slightly on day 9.  It started lifting on day 12 and by day 15 it was barely hanging on and many of the gems had fallen off.  However, I have to point out that Kiss wraps only promised to stay 10 days and they did that!

I played, I painted, and I washed and washed my hands.  I wasn’t easy on these nail wraps by any means and I am impressed with them all.  Each of them hold up better than regular nail polish and I’ll likely use them all again.

*Extra Notes*

  • – All of the wraps besides the Jamberry ones say that they are only good for one application because the rest of the wraps will dry out (they’re polish strips) BUT I stored them in a baggie right away and I’ve been able to use them again without any problem.
  • – All of the nail wraps have a nail polish scent except for Jamberry.  If you hate the scent of nail polish you’ll want to go with Jamberry wraps.
  • – Can you believe how fast my nails grew?  With that much growth in 15 days I’ll never need a nail wrap to last longer than a week!

Nail Wraps Day 15

What do you think?  Did you predict right?  PLEASE tell me if I didn’t answer a question that you had!  I want to be as helpful as possible.


Nail Wraps Compared – Sally Hansen, Jamberry + More

Nail Wrap Comparison
I’ve been thinking about doing this post for a while and I’m excited to finally be doing it!!  I’m currently reviewing five different nail wrap (stickers, decals, shields, or whatever name you call them).

I’m only on day two and they look the same as they did on day one, pictured above.  I’m going to be wearing these for a full week and I’ll report back to you with the results.  I’ll be judging them based on the following aspects:

  • – Style/design
  • – Ease of application
  • – Durability
  • – Ease of removal
  • – Chemical components
  • – Shape of wraps
  • – Cost

Do I have a dog in the fight or am I pulling for a specific brand?  No, not really.  When I post my full review I’ll have affiliate links to all of the wraps so you can buy them if you’d like {except for Jamberry and that will link to my friend’s site where I make no profit at all}.  You’ll be getting my full, honest, 100% authentic opinion, just like always but sometimes I feel that it’s important to point that out.

I’m anxious to see how they’ll hold up!  Are you?  Which design is your favorite?


UPDATE: You can now go and see our Nail Wrap Review!

Chevron Nail Art With Jamberry #ManiMonday

Chevron Nails
Happy Tuesday!  I hope your weekend was as enjoyable as mine was.  I had this post planned to be a #ManiMonday post but yesterday but my day didn’t quite go as planned.  I tried to put my son to sleep unswaddled for the first time and he was having none of it.  That threw him off his schedule and I said goodbye to  my “Mommy time.”  Such is life!

Being in the summer sun has me craving pretty toes and fingernails!  Do you get that way too?

This manicure features Dazzle Dry’s polish and Jamberry’s nail wraps.  I think they make a great summer combo.  This is one of my favorite manicures I’ve had in a long time!

Outside of the Dazzle Dry’s five minute dry time and the trimming of the Jamberry wraps it was a pretty fast and painless process.

Have you picked up any of the Jamberry summer colors yet?  What do you think of this manicure, is it a technique you would try at home?  If you recreate this look, tag me on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest. I’d love to see your take on it!

Disclosure: Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site (or my friend’s Jamberry business that I make no profit from).

Pamper Your Piggies: Mommy & Me Manis

This little piggy went to… the nail salon?  My little piggies haven’t danced in the door of a nail salon since my technician buffed away too much skin and left me with a painful raw spot.  He covered it with a liquid band aid but it hurt to walk on it for weeks.  While I miss the massage chair, pretty polish designs, and overall pampering I’m not a glutton for punishment.  There is no way I’m going to tote my toddler to the salon for the same reasons.  Not to mention the cost for a polish that will chip off her nails in a matter of days!

Daddy painting daughter's nails

BUT my daughter loves to have her nails painted.  I mean loves it!  She’ll point them out to the cashier at the grocery store.  A stranger at the mall.  Anyone who will listen!  If you follow me on Instagram you may have saw the picture I posted last night of her daddy “painting” her nails.  He was using a clear, glittery, oily type of pretend polish.  He’s not brave enough to try with the real stuff and I don’t blame him!    

Piggy Paint Colors

Even when we use real, safe, kid-friendly polishes they still manage to chip ever so sightly within a few days.  My semi-OCD daughter will have none of that so we end up painting her nails over and over and over before we finally remove it completely and leave her with bare nails for a few weeks.  Which makes me sad because she enjoys painted nails so much and she likes to “look like Mommy.”

Mommy and Me Jamberry Nails

I may have found the perfect solution for her nail obsession. Mommy & Me nail wraps by Jamberry!  Now, I haven’t tried this myself yet but I’ve ordered them and I can’t wait to!  The picture above is of a friend’s daughter trying them out for the first time.  Cute, right?  My friend just started selling these wraps and because they look so great on her that I had to buy some for myself.

Gingham Nails

Check out the ones I ordered called Gingham and Berries.  Can you picture these on tiny toes running through the grass this summer?  So stinking cute!

I’ll update you with pictures of my daughter’s new fancy mani-pedi soon and quite a few nail wrap combinations of my own too.  I couldn’t help but buy a bunch, they look so fun!  If you want to have a little Mother/Daughter time for Mother’s Day this looks like a great, affordable way to do so.  Plus, I hear that they’ll last for weeks on little one’s toes and a few weeks on fingers.  You can’t beat that!

Here’s my friend’s website {that I’m not making any commission on what-so-ever!}: Jamberry Nails.

Happy early Mother’s Day!!

How to Get a Perfect Manicure

Steps to a Perfect Manicure

Ever since I tried my hand at nail art two years ago I’ve received numerous comments and emails asking me questions about basic nail polish techniques.  How do you avoid getting it on your fingers? Do you need a top coat?  How do you care for your cuticles?  They are basically asking, “How do you get a perfect manicure?”

The biggest tip I can give anyone is to practice but I also want to share with you the steps I go through for the perfect manicure.  I hope you’ll find this helpful and not too overwhelming!  Remember, you don’t have to change everything at once.  Just pick a few new tricks to add to your routine.

Clean Under Nails

Step 1:  Wash your nails thoroughly with soap and water to remove any dirt/oil/etc.  You could also opt to soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub over your nails to help your polish adhere better and last longer.  I usually skip the alcohol but it does work!

Make sure all remnants of your old polish is removed.  A nail brush {or a tooth brush} soaked in your favorite nail polish remover is a great way to scrub off stubborn polish.

Don’t forget to clean under your nails too!  You could use a nail tool to clean under there in addition to using a nail brush.  I don’t know about you but I’m always a bit paranoid about the dirt and germs under there!

Pushing Back Cuticles!

Step 2: Push back your cuticles.  You can grab a cheap cuticle pusher at a number of locations.  When cuticles are pushed back they leave an even surface for you to paint.

Trimming Nails

Step 3:  Trim your fingernails to your desired length.  Don’t worry about shaping them here, just focus on the length.

How to get even nails

A great way to make sure your manicure ends up nice is to make sure your nails are all roughly the same length when you begin.  If they’re not, clip them again or you can spend extra time filing.

Glass Nail Files - I love them!

Step 4:  File your nails to your desired shape.  Mine are naturally square, while others are naturally round, but I try to file mine somewhere in between.  If you use an old emery board file only in one direction.  However, if you use a glass file you can freely file in both directions.  I’m a huge fan of glass nail files because they are gentle on your nails, more hygienic than emery boards, they’re easily sterilized, they never dull, and they file quicker than emery boards.

Buffing Nails

Step 5: Buff your nails. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a good buffing block.  The ones at Target that are around a dollar work lovely.

Nail Buffing Block - Removes ridges and adds shine!

Think of a buffing block like sandpaper.  You don’t want to use it too often or your nails will become very thin but using it once in a while will give your nails a healthy, smooth, and youthful appearance.  The buffing block I use is a foam block that has four different colored sides labeled File, Buff, Smooth, & Shine.

Side one: File – This would replace a nail file so I skip this side.

Side two: Buff – Rub this coarse side back and forth over your entire nail to help buff away ridges and peeling.  Don’t be excessive on this step or you could damage your nails.

Side three: Smooth – This side uses a finer “sandpaper” to help smooth down any small imperfections the buffing left behind.

Side four: Shine – This final step will leave a beautiful shine to your nails.  They’ll look gorgeous with or without polish!  {If I leave my nails bare I’ll often redo this step every few days to maintain my nails’ shine.}

How to Remove Hangnails!!

Step 6: Remove hangnails.  Use cuticle trimmers to quickly and painlessly remove any hangnails you may have.  This will not only leave your nails looking much nicer but also save you from the discomfort and frustration that hangnails bring.

Step 7: Apply a base coat to your nails to help your polish last longer.  My current favorite is OPI’s Nail Envy but Sally Hansen’s Strong as Nails is a close second.

How to paint fingernails!

Step 8: Paint your nails.  This is the fun part and is also the step that most people skip ahead to.  It’s not always necessary but don’t your nails look so much nicer at this point when you take the time to do a little prep work?  I think so.

When I paint my nails I start by painting one stroke down the center of my nail and then one on each side.  This is what works for me and is how I’ve painted my nails since I was in grade school but that doesn’t mean it will work for you.  Practice a variety of applications and soon you’ll find a technique that works for you and leaves your nail polish smooth and even.

If you have an opaque shade of polish you may need to apply a second coat.

Step 9: Add a top coat for a lasting, chip-resistant finish, and if you use the top coat I do it will leave you with a high gloss shine.  I can’t say enough good things about Julep’s Polymer Top Coat.  I LOVE this stuff.  I’ve told Julep that if they ever stop selling it they have to tell me in advance so I can buy a lifetime supply from them.  Yes, it’s that good!  Allow your polish to dry for 2-3 minutes then apply Julep’s Polymer Top Coat and let set for 3-5 minutes in indoor lighting {Nothing fancy, just a regular fluorescent bulb}.  Then your nails will be completely dry and smudge-proof.

Dip a paintbrush in acetone to remove stray polish - genius!

Step 10:  Clean up.  This is a trick I learned while going through an artsy stage in high school.  Cleaning up the left over nail polish around my nail drove me nuts because nothing seemed to work.  As careful as I tried to be there was always just a teensy bit of polish where I didn’t want it.  Then one day the answer dawned on me!  I dipped one of my smallest art brushes in nail polish remover then rubbed it on the skin around my nail.  It worked wonders and I felt like a genius.

I think I’m the only one in the beauty world who doesn’t like a gap between my polish and my cuticle.  I want it right up to the edge without crossing over.  However, if you’re in the vast majority who like this new gap trend you could take a tiny brush and swirl it around the inside of your cuticle to give you that look.

You can pick up a brush at your local craft store for a few bucks and it will last you years and years.  I’m still using that brush I first experimented with in high school and I don’t want to think about how many years ago that’s been!

Silver Heart - Valentine's Day Nails!

There you have it, folks!  Those are the ten steps I take when I want to achieve a perfect manicure.  What steps do you take when you attempt a perfect DIY manicure?

Disney Mickey and Minnie Nail Art

Mickey and Minnie Nail Art

Minnie Mouse is one of my favorite Disney characters!  She’s adorable for little girls and grown up girls too!  I love her sweet face, her relationship with the mouse who started it all, Mickey, and her love of polka dots.  What’s not to like?

If you follow me on Pinterest {and I hope you all do!} you’ve been bombarded with my Minnie Mouse pins lately.  I’m sorry about that!  You see, my little girl is about to turn two and I’m searching for every idea possible to make her Minnie Mouse party a success.  {Check out my DIY Minnie Mouse Halloween costume I made her.}  While browsing and browsing I found quite a few cute Minnie Mouse nail designs {which I pinned on my Pretty Nails board}.  Some were simple and some were far above my skill level.  I chose to do a design that was right in the middle.  It stretched me out of my comfort zone and I’m very pleased with the results.  If you think these are awful, please keep your comments to yourself.  Don’t bust my bubble!

My favorite Mickey and Minnie images are from the 70’s and 80’s.  Do you remember the ones?  Minnie wore a blue dress, yellow shoes, and a hat with a flower in it?  I tried to make my characters look like the ones from back then except that Minnie has a bow instead of a hat.

Have you ever done your own Mickey and Minnie Mouse Nail Art?  If so, I would love to see it!

Products Used:

Here is a list of the products that I used for my Mickey and Minnie Mouse Design:

  • – Julep Polish in a beautiful shade that isn’t available yet….that I got to name!!!  I can finally cross that item off of my bucket list.  This color will be making it’s debut soon.  Don’t you want to buy it?  I think it’s absolutely beautiful!  My poor photography skills make it look a little darker in the picture than it actually is but don’t you love the rose gold flecks in it?  Even if I didn’t have the privilege of picking the color and naming it myself it would still be my favorite polish.
  • White Nail Art Paint (Milani)
  • Dotting Tool
  • Black Polish (Sally Hansen)
  • Base and Top Coat (Julep Base Coat, Julep Polymer Top Coat)

I’m sorry that this isn’t a tutorial post but I don’t think I could do it again if I tried!  I set aside a block of time, figured out what I wanted my design to be, and carefully applied each stroke.  Sometimes I used my dotting tool or my fingernail to remove a little paint if I went a little too far.  After I was happy with my design I sealed it off with a top coat.

Even though this isn’t a tutorial, I would be happy to do my best to try and answer any questions you might have so please feel free to leave them in the comments below.  Plus, feel free to leave a comment here telling Julep what you think of their new polish color!