Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Leopard

 
To finish off my last holiday mani that was all dolled up with Christmas spirit, I wanted something festive... but not too overdone. I opted for a classic red and green leopard.
  1. Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  2. Apply 1 coat of OPI Color So Hot It Berns to each nail except the accent nail
  3. On the accent nail, add 2 coats of China Glaze White Cap
  4. Apply 1 coat of China Glaze Mrs. Claus to each nail except the accent nail
  5. Using a dotting tool and acrylic craft paint, make random dots in red and green on your accent nail
  6. Surround those dots with mini parenthesis in black craft paint
  7. Finish with 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
UM... I'm definitely digging this leopard look. It's holiday-spirited, but unexpected with the colors. I wish I would have done every nail in the awesome leopard nail art!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas


Merry Christmas (almost)! I'm so embarrassed that I've been wearing this for almost a week without sharing it with you!

This look was so simple! Ready for the steps?
  1. Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey top coat
  2. Apply 1 coat of OPI Don't Mess With OPI on all fingers but the accent nail
  3. Apply 2 coats of China Glaze Hologram to the accent nail
  4. Apply 1-2 coats of OPI Rainbow Connection to all nails but the accent nail
  5. Freehand holly with acrylic craft paint and striping and dotting tools
  6. Finish with 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
I hope you all have a holly jolly Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Candy Stripes.


Only 12 days until Christmas! I'm all about those cheery, sparkly Christmas nails right now. These ones were so simple!
  1. Apply CND Stickey base coat to each nail
  2. Polish on 2 coats of China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses to each nail (except the accent nails)
  3. Polish on 2 coats of China Glaze White Cap to your accent nails
  4. Add candy cane stripes and dots with acrylic paint and dotting/striping tools.
  5. Finish with 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, don't you think?

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Present Bows


I'm totally in the Christmas spirit! I can't resist playing with fun new designs and colors to create some holiday-themed nails.

Today's nails are Christmas presents. Do you like them? I used 1 coat of OPI Color So Hot It Berns, 2 coats of OPI Gettin' Miss Piggy With It, and the accent nail was done with China Glaze Hologram.

Of course I did the present nail art with my trusty Sharpies. I'm all about Sharpies these days.

2 small rants about this mani:
  1. I'm not sure how the bloggers I read swatched Gettin' Miss Piggy With It, but the ONLY reason I bought it was because of the awesome small red and large hexagonal silver glitters in it. However, this polish is super difficult to get the large hexagonal glitter out of. I mean, I still like it... but it just isn't as cool as some of the swatches I've seen.
  2. Sharpies are sometimes really difficult to work with. Why? They smear. You have to be so super careful when applying top coat because it will smear it all down your nail. So watch out if you try to use Sharpies for your nail art!
OOH! And my Reina Perfume Giveaway ended yesterday. Are you the winner???
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Snowflake


Oh, this look was so simple! I'm not usually a fan of metallics, but China Glaze Millennium rocked this look. I applied 2 coats of Millennium to my nails, and 2 coats of China Glaze Blue Paradise to my accent nail. And of course... I took it easy and freehanded the snowflake with a metallic Sharpie. Cuz that's how I roll, yo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Reina Perfume Giveaway [[CLOSED]]

Oh my goodness... it's already time for ANOTHER giveaway! Sweeeetttt...

Speaking of sweet, today's giveaway is brought to you by Reina Perfume. It is a floral perfume and lotion set that will have you smelling like the gorgeous, adventurous, super-fun girl/lady/woman that you are!


Did you know that reina is Spanish for "queen?" I'm positive that you'll feel like a queen while wearing this. it is even made with natural ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E to keep your skin feeling its softest.

To win, you have the following options:

Mandatory
Follow No Naked Nails via GFC and tell me what makes YOU feel like a queen!

Optional
Like Reina Perfume on Facebook
Follow No Naked Nails on Twitter
Follow Simply Aunie via GFC
Follow Bye Bye Beehive via GFC
Follow Bye Bye Beehive on Twitter

[[[ GIVEAWAY CLOSED... THANKS FOR ENTERING, NO NAKED NAILERS!]]]

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sharpie Nail Art


For some reason, creating nail art with a Sharpie had never crossed my mind... until I was on vacation last week and didn't have any acrylic craft paint to play with. I had remembered to bring some OPI DS Classic polish and my Looks Wet top coat, but I didn't want to bother with any acrylic paint or tools to create nail art. Instead, I grabbed a Sharpie and doodled a little design on my nail.

I think I LOVE IT. Of course I made sure to go over the design with a final top coat... but it hasn't budged and I pretty much am a huge fan. Love love love.

P.S. I just love reading your comments... but I can't reply back if you don't "show your email" on your Blogger profile. All you need to do is go to your Blogger profile. Click "Edit." Check the box that says "show my email address," and you're good to go!  Then I will be able to respond to your comments. For a more detailed tutorial, check out this link from For the Love of Blogs. Success!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Turkey Nails



Do you remember when you were a little kid and you used to trace your hand to make a turkey? Well, since I am so incredibly creative, I translated that fun pasttime to my nails!

To be quite honest, I HATED them so much that I didn't even bother with cleanup. The brown at the tip of the nail made my nails look as though I had only really tiny nails. It just looked really, really bad so I took it off right away. Though it could have been a good idea... my selected color palette just didn't work for this look.

Here are the steps I followed for my turkey nails, in case you can think of a way to make them look amazing:
  1. Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey top coat.
  2. Begin by polishing on one coat of China Glaze Solar Power to each nail except the thumbs.
  3. Next, in a ruffian pattern, layer on (freehand) OPI Hot & Spicy, OPI Don't Mess With OPI, and OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys.
  4. I added a layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust so the messy lines wouldn't be as obvious.
  5. For the thumbs, I used 3 coats of OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys.
  6. I freehanded the eyes, beak and gobbler (what is that thing, anyway?) with a dotting tool and acrylic paint.
  7. I finished the whole look with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.
So... do you think you can make my nails look better than I did? I'm sorry I didn't worry about the cleanup. They really did come right off because they were just that horrible. Though I have to admit, that turkey was pretty dang cute!

Happy early Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shabby Apple Winner

... and the winner to my N3 and Shabby Apple Giveway is...

KAREN F.

Congratulations Karen! I have emailed you :)

Check back soon for more giveways :) Thanks for playing!

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's A... Bubbly Girl...


I have always thought the color It's A Girl, by OPI, was very pretty. Unfortunately, every time I use it, the dang thing bubbles on me like crazy. Now, this time I'll admit-- I was in a hurry while applying my polish. But still... it's quite annoying!

For this natural (almost) pink glitter look, here are the steps I followed:
  1. Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  2. Apply 3 coats of OPI It's A Girl
  3. Apply 1-2 coats of Wet 'N' Wild Party of Five Glitters on the accent nail
  4. Finish with 1-2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
I'm sure this polish wouldn't have bubbled if I had taken my time and not have had to polish on 3 coats. However, I'm a huge fan of low-maintenance polishes, and It's A Girl just isn't that polish for me. Oh well... that just means I'll have to do my nails again sooner than later... and that's good for you, right?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Simply Aunie.

So, do you want to see something totally not related to nails, but instead all-about-Annelise?

See, this blog is about something specific, nails, and has a clear vision and mission. However, if you want the randomness that is all things me, please head on over to my new blog, Simply Aunie. It's brand spankin' new,  oh-so-awkward, and shows all the simple little pleasures of yours truly.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scarf-Inspired Part 2

If you saw my post yesterday, I hinted that I would be publishing some crazy nails today. Well, if these aren't pretty crazy... then you're just awesome like me because you would rock these anywhere and anytime. They are crazy leopard mania nails!


Though they look rather intricate, they're totally not. When I picked up this scarf from Burlington Coat Factory last week, I knew I wanted to do some nails to match its leopard pattern. Coincidentally, I had the exact colors to match. Here are the steps I followed for this mani:
  1. Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat.
  2. Add 2 coats of butter LONDON All Hail The Queen.
  3. Using your polish brush, place random dots on each nail with China Glaze In Awe of Amber. 
  4. Surround the amber dots with mini parenthesis using a dotting tool and black acrylic paint.
  5. Add random stars (they're supposed to be flowers) using a dotting tool and orange and pink acrylic paint.
  6. Finish with 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat.
So, what do you think? Are they too crazy or just right up your alley? I'm in heaven. They're crazy, fun, and surely do get lots of attention!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Scarf-Inspired Part 1

My beautiful sister was in town this weekend, and when she arrived, we were both wearing the coolest scarves. They were animal print, of course, and I just couldn't resist doing some scarf-inspired nail art.

Her scarf had a gray and turquoise zebra pattern, and she picked the gray color she wanted herself. She chose OPI Lucerne-tainly look marvelous, after she decided that she loved the color when she saw it in this post. I added freehand zebra stripes to her accent nail with turquoise acrylic paint and topped her nails with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.


It ended up being quite lovely and still professional for her job. My look, which will post tomorrow, is not quite as professional. Hehe. Be prepared for craziness tomorrow. 

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for an awesome necklace from Shabby Apple!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Key to My Heart Giveaway [[CLOSED]]

[[UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. CHECK BACK FOR NEW GIVEAWAYS SOON!]]


OOOH I'm excited. It's giveaway time, No Naked Nailers. BOO-YEAH!!

This giveaway is for an amazing necklace, called the Key to My Heart, which retails at $52 and was generously donated by Shabby Apple.

What's Shabby Apple, you say? Well, I'll tell ya. They are a vintage-inspired boutique which offers clothing, accessories, and the cutest arts and crafts. Seriously. There is one piece of art that they have that I'm just dying for. Adorable.

Anyway... so N3 and Shabby Apple have partnered together to offer you this awesome giveaway. Here are the rules and how to enter:
  1. You MUST be a follower of No Naked Nails.
  2. You MUST Like Shabby Apple on Facebook.
  3. You have the option to follow Shabby Apple's Blog.
  4. You have the option to tweet about this giveaway (include @NoNakedNails).
  5. You have the option to follow my other blog, Bye Bye Beehive.
That means you have a chance to score 5 entries! 
  
This giveaway will be open until Friday, November 18th at 11:59 pm MST. Sorry international readers, it is open to U.S. readers only. 

Fill out the form below to be entered! (I will NOT be accepting entries posted in the comments... so fill that form out, OK?) Good luck!

[[The form was here... check back for more giveaways soon!]]

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I Tried to Copycat the Copy Cat

I'm not sure if you've heard of the two blogs I'm going to introduce today... but they're pretty cool. The first is I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous and she's just awesome. She does really fun nail art and always posts great swatches. Recently, she had a guest post from Copy That, Copy Cat. She does incredible nail art, too!

Let me just tell you that BOTH of those girls are so much better at nail art than I am. Like, incredibly better. They are nail artists. They make me green with envy. When I saw their two blogs I seriously considered giving up No Naked Nails. I thought, "Wow. My photography sucks. My nail art sucks. I pretty much suck." But hey... if you're going to suck at something-- at least make it something you love, right?! So N3 is here to stay... though I'm still not quite as cool as those girls.

ANYWAY-- Today I attempted the guest post rose nail art done by Copy That, Copy Cat. I think I failed.


Next time I need to make a bigger space for the roses. As you can see on her post, she had multiple roses. I barely had enough room for one. I really love this look on the Copy Cat, but I just don't like it on me. I will just have to try it again another time, I guess!

The polishes I used were:
  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 2 coats of China Glaze Shower Together
  • 1 coat of OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise
  • Dark purple and white acrylic paint for the roses
  • 1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat
Make sure to check out those blogs... but don't forget about lil ol' me, OK?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Va-Va-Vamp

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I would go ahead and embrace my vampire costume and showcase some vampy nails. They're not traditional Halloween by any means, but boy they sure are fun, witchy, and perfect for any dark-lady costume.


I have never tried a chevron French tip before, nor have I ever attempted a two-color Funky French. Usually I always leave the top half of my nail naked and just paint the tip... but this is really fun!

I did not want to use Scotch tape or any kind of adhesive sticker to create the chevron. That's just too much work for me-- with the extra top coat, measuring the tip just perfectly... blah, blah, blah. I just decided to freehand it.

Since I wasn't smart enough to take step-by-step photos while I did my mani, I recreated the step-by-step instructions the old fashioned way, with pens and paper. Very high-tech. I know.

Here are the steps for my vampy chevron nails:



  1. Apply a real base coat (not drawn above). I used CND Stickey base coat.
  2. Apply your 1 or 2 coats of your base color. I chose OPI Color So Hot It Berns.
  3. Using acrylic paint, freehand a black line from the outer edge of your nail to the middle, making a diagonal line.
  4. Freehand a second diagonal line so it intersects the first.
  5. Still using acrylic paint, fill in the tip of your nail inside the black lines.
  6. Go over the acrylic paint with a sparkly fun polish of a similar hue to your acrylic. I chose China Glaze Lubu Heels.
  7. Using a dotting tool and acrylic paint, dot on 3 small dots along the edge of the chevron tip.
  8. Apply topcoat (I used CND Super Shiney top coat) and VOILA! You're finished!
All I have to say about this mani is Va-Va-Vamp!! RWARRR!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Haute Halloween

I love Halloween colors. Orange, green, purple, black; you just can't go wrong! Today I constructed a mani to show off each one.


For this mani I used:
  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 2 coats each on alternating nails of China Glaze Orange Marmalade, China Glaze Tree Hugger and China Glaze Spontaneous
  • Acrylic paint and a striper brush for the freehand french tip stripes
  • Black acrylic paint, a striper brush, and Stripe Rite silver glitter to freehand the spider web
  • 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
I'm not a fan of super creepy, scary or ugly Halloween nails. I like to keep mine simple and fun! I hope you enjoyed them :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BBB Inspired

I've been doing a lot of blogging lately. Phew... it's kind of overwhelming! And unfortunately, it's not even on this blog!

You've visited my other blog, Bye Bye Beehive, right? I'm having a blast with it so far, and I've officially made it one whole week without teasing or frying my hair. Whoopee! And I just can't seem to get enough of the fun color theme of that blog and my Twitter account. It's gray, yellow and white. I know a lovely girl who used this color combo for her wedding and it was just spectacular. Needless to say, my nails were inspired by my BBB blog this week.


For this look I used:
  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 3 coats of OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous
  • 2 dotting tools and acrylic craft paint for the abstract nail art
  • 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
I was a tad frustrated with Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous because it took 3 full coats before it was opaque. I think it would be magnificent over a black or dark gray, though!

And if you haven't already... go check out my other blog!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Plaid Part Two

I just couldn't get enough of my plaid nails from last week. Boy, were those fun. I wanted s'more!!!


For these gray and plaid pretties, I used:
  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 3 coats of China Glaze Recycle
  • A striper brush and lime green, white, turquoise and emerald green acrylic paint for the plaid stripes
  • 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
To tell you the truth, Recycle gave me a really hard time. It took 3 full coats for it to be opaque. However, I don't mind too much because the coats went on very thin and I had no bubbling afterward. Overall, I'm so totally diggin' the plaid look. I want more, more, MORE... Part Two, Part Three, and maybe Four!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Andy the Amazing

Yoo hoo! Did you notice my new layout and header? The layout is very basic, but simple is usually better, right?

I'm not sure if you remember my All Hail Andy post, but in that post I thank my great and wonderful future brother-in-law for my amazing birthday present which included some fabulous butter LONDON nail polish.

Well, Andy has outdone himself again. He created my wonderful new banner. Fun, right? I especially love the little N3 on the polish brush. So cute.

Andy, you rock. Did I mention that he also reads my blog? He is awesome. I can't wait to welcome you to our family. Thank you again!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Concrete Glam


For this look I used:
  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 2 coats of China Glaze Concrete Catwalk
  • A dotting tool and China Glaze Gamer Glam for the flowers
  • A dotting tool and lavender acrylic paint for the dots
  • 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top cot

Friday, October 7, 2011

Easy Giveaway WINNERS

For each opportunity to win, I took the total number of entries (for instance, on Facebook there were 12) and used Random.org to pick a number.

Congratulations to Twitter winner: #1 @martawarmuz! You won OPI My Private Jet!

Yayyy for Facebook winner: #5 Isabella P.! You won Revlon Perplex! Email me-- details on the post!

And a biiig hooray to my Blog Comment winner: #16, Princess Cupcake! You won OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous and OPI DS Extravagance. I'll be contacting you via email!!

:)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bye Bye Beehive.

I'm posting today to shamelessly plug my new blog-o-venture Bye Bye Beehive.


This blog will document a 365 day project where I, a self-proclaimed Big Hair Queen, will ban all teasing, highlighting, dyeing and blow-dryer frying. My journey kicks off October 11, 2011.

If you're suddenly thinking, "Well, whoop-dee-doo for you... how lame and terribly unfulfilling your life must be," then this blog just might not be something that you would want to save to your Favorites. However, if, by some small chance, you are interested in seeing my kick-butt hair days, my big-time hair fails, or even just want a new site to peruse, then by all means check out my new blog. You can find it at http://www.byebyebeehive.blogspot.com/.

Yes, it's a shallow new challenge for me to undertake. But I'm stoked about it. I hope you'll check it out. :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Easy Giveaway Time! [[CLOSED]]

[[UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! NO NAKED NAILERS - YOU ROCK!!!]]

So... while running this morning at 6am I had an idea. How about a little easy giveaway? BRILLIANT!!!

You have 3 OPTIONS TO WIN!!!

Win a bottle of OPI My Private Jet (coppery version)! All you have to do is visit my Twitter page HERE, and RT my OPI MPJ tweet and you're entered! I'll select a random number from the entries. You have until 12pm Mountain Standard Time on Friday, October 7th. Good luck!!


--OR--

Win a bottle of Revlon Perplex!! Visit my Facebook page No Naked Nails and comment on my Perplex post and you're entered! I'll select a random number from the entries. You have until 12pm Mountain Standard Time on Friday, October 7th. Rock on sistas!!!


--OR--

 ???

Win a SURPRISE POLISH (or two... or three)!! Comment on THIS POST with your favorite type of nail art and email address and you're entered! I'll select a random number from the entries. You have until 12pm Mountain Standard Time on Friday, October 7th.

Please feel free to enter all 3. Only one entry per person please. Maybe next time when I'm running I'll think of even better ideas! Maybe not. Who knows. Good luck and thanks for visiting :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Don't Get Mad, GET PLAID!

Happy Monday No Naked Nailers! Are you suffering from a Case of the Mondays this morning? Don't fret... I've got the answer!

Don't get mad! GET PLAID!!!


You just can't be in a bad mood with a rockin' plaid print on your nails. Well, I can't... that's for sure. For this plaid ensemble, I used:
  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 2 coats of butter LONDON Marrow
  • A striper brush, acrylic craft paint, and Stripe Rite silver glitter for the plaid stripes (And yes, they're freehand... I'm totally a perfectionist, that's why I didn't do this design on EACH nail. It would have taken forever!!)
  • 1 coat of Looks Wet top coat
  • 1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat
I am definitely diggin' butter LONDON Marrow. Wow. They have "butter" in their name for a reason. This stuff goes on so smoothly and it is the richest plum color. The color is a bit off in the photo... but is so beautiful in person. There is also a very subtle shimmer in it, though I couldn't capture it in the photo.

On a side note... which is better... the photo above? Or the photo below? Let me know!! I'm debating doing a switch-up on my photo style.


Now, if you've still got a Case of the Mondays... go paint some plaid nail art on your own nails! You can thank me later :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Roses? For Me? You're Too Kind!

Despite my love for nail art, especially very basic dotted floral nail art, I have never given rose nail art a shot. Today was my day.

I'm not sure that I succeeded... but it's a decent first attempt. Also-- I am trying to figure out which photo presentation of my nails works better. Do you like photo 1 or photo 2? Most of my photos are done with photo 1's style... but I recently received a suggestion that photo 2's style looked better. What do you think?

Photo 1:


Photo 2:


For this look I used:
  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 2 coats of Island Girl Waikiki Sunset polish
  • Acrylic craft paint and a dotting tool for the roses
  • 1 coat of Looks Wet top coat
I'm not usually such a big fan of hexagonal glitter polishes, especially by themselves, but this one is pretty nice. I usually like to layer a color like this over a light blue or black. Hexagonal glitters just usually drive me crazy because I'm obsessed with having polish neat and precise... and you can never really control where the little glitters go... but this one is pretty fun. I actually picked up this polish while I was in Kauai this past June. I'm not sure where to get it on the mainland... but it's super fun and goes on with a nice thin application. Two thumbs up to Island Girl!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Twitter-Tastic



Color me happy... I'm back on Twitter. Find me:

@NoNakedNails

I'll try to be hip this time and post more than once every 5 years :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September Sparkle


I went for something really simple and dainty this week. I love the length of my nails right now, and wanted a polish that wouldn't cover up my little white tips. China Glaze Fairy Dust did the trick!! Now if only if could make me fly...

For this look I used:
  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • Acrylic craft paint and a dotting tool for the flowers
  • 2 coats of China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
UGH- The only thing I don't like about Fairy Dust is how quickly it chips... why does it do that? This mani only lasted 2 days :(

Monday, September 12, 2011

Taste the Rainbow


  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 2 coats of Orly Star of Bombay
  • Dots painted on with acrylic craft paint
  • 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

All Hail Andy

My birthday was 2 weeks ago, and my younger (not by much) sister's birthday was this last weekend. Due to the holiday weekend, I decided to go to Seattle for a celebratory trip. I got to see all my extended family, and did some shopping with my newly-engaged sister and mom. Also-- she bought a wedding dress for her anticipated wedding next August... how exciting!

Anyway, when I arrived in Seattle my sister had a fabulous birthday gift waiting for me. But the surprise was that her fiancè had also gotten me not one-- but three gifts! He picked me out a beautiful pair of hand-cut silver earrings, a cute book, and 2 butter LONDON nail polishes. I don't even own any butter LONDON! What a gem, right? My sister is super lucky... and I can't wait to welcome this future brother into our family. So without any further adieu, Andy... thank you for this nail polish and inspiring this week's look!


  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 2 coats of butter LONDON All Hail The Queen
  • Flower nail art painted with black, purple (you can't see it) and white craft paint and a dotting tool
  • 2 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
P.S. I'm usually not a fan of neutral polishes... but this one just rocks my socks. It's very chic and sophisticated, if you're going for a downplayed look. I love it!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Siiimple


So I'll let you in on a few secrets about these nails today.
  1. I peeled all my nails off so now they're short. Sad.
  2. These were not the nails I had planned. I was waiting to paint a teacher's nails (so I had pretty subdued colors with me) and I had extra time so I threw this together.
There. That's it. This look includes:
  • 2 coats of China Glaze White Cap
  • Flowers and dots made with China Glaze Bahamian Escape, OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries, China Glaze White on White and China Glaze Gamer Glam
  • 2 coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat

Monday, August 29, 2011

Birthday Nails

Happy Late Birthday to me
Happy Late Birthday to me
I like doing nail art
And posting it for you to see!

Yes, it's true. My big quarter-of-a-century mark was this last Saturday, the 27th of August. And I feel as young as ever!  I treated myself to a glitter pedi from my awesome friend Lyndsey, who I post about on here often. We were discussing fun new nail designs for her to do, and I suggested she try a polka dot french tip with a little bow... and immediately I knew I had to go home and try it!

They are my little special Birthday nails. And I must say, in the almost 9 months that I have had this blog, I can't believe I haven't used China Glaze Spontaneous yet. It's my all-time favorite color. Purple. Creme. Fabulous.

Here are my polka dot french tip Birthday nails:


For this look I used:
  • 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  • 2 coats of China Glaze Spontaneous
  • Acetone and a brush to shape the french tip
  • Acrylic craft paint and a dotting tool for the polka dots and bows
  • 1 coats of CND Super Shiney top coat
Happy Late Birthday to me,
Happy Late Birthday to me,
I hope I don't smell like a monkey
And never live in a tree!

... AND MANY MOOOOORRREEE ...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

LoVe Summer


I'm a huge fan of summer. Love love love it. I also love summer-inspired mani's!

1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
2 coats of China Glaze Blue Carribbean on tips, tip shaped with acetone and a paint brush
Pink flower freehanded with a dotting tool and Wet N' Wild Dreamy Poppy
Yellow flower freehanded with a dotting tool and China Glaze Lemon Fizz
1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Muchas Gracias!

Hello there!

It's me-- the weird, bouncy ball collecting author of No Naked Nails!

I just wanted to say a big

THANK YOU

for following No Naked Nails. We reached 400 followers this week and I just want you to know how much I appreciate your support and continuous love!

<3 <3 <3

Friday, August 19, 2011

Femme Funky French


1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
2 coats of China Glaze Pink Voltage
French tip shaped with acetone and a brush
Flower painted on with lavender, lime green and white acrylic craft paint (did NOT turn out how I planned)
1 coat of Orly Love Each Other (for a slight blue/purple glitter shimmer)
1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Daisy May


A simple mani:

1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
1 coat of China Glaze Flying Dragon (Purple X-ing is a bit sheer... to give it a nice deep purple look)
1 coat of Nina Purple X-ing (very sparkly with non-linear holographic glitter)
Daisies painted on with white, teal and yellow craft paint
1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat



<3 <3 <3

Monday, August 8, 2011

I Got INK'D!

While pondering what to paint on my nails this last go-around, I was really lacking inspiration. I couldn't decide on a color, couldn't pink a kind of art to try, and just really had no clue.

I went to my stash and finally decided on OPI Ink. I hadn't used it yet... so why not?! I applied 2 coats over CND Stickey base coat. On the accent nails I used my Stripe Rite acrylic paints and just swiped on some fun starbursts. The colors are magenta, baby pink, blue, green, yellow and silver glitter. I finished with one coat of CND Super Shiney Top Coat.

What do you think of my lack-of-inspiration nails? I think they're slightly fun!! I might have to try them again soon with a different color scheme!


And yes... I not only inked my nails... but I also did recently get a tattoo... (back in June)... it's on my wrist... L<3ve!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I Love Cowboys, Too!

So we all know that Suzi loves cowboys... But since I live in Idaho, there sure are a heck-of-a lot of them around here. And let me tell you... a man with a tight butt in Wranglers, them cowboy boots and a big 'ol Stetson... there just ain't nothin' sexier! Well... almost :)

This week's nails are super simple. I began with a base of CND Stickey base coat, followed by 3 coats of OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys. I was pretty upset that SLC wasn't more opaque and that I had to use 3 coats to get full coverage. I expected it to give just a little more color. However, I do love that it is a true brown and the 3 coats were very thin when applied. I polished 2 coats of OPI Sparkleicious over the brown on the accent fingers. I finished with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat. It's super simple... but a stunna' for sure. And I like that it's a funky chocolate brown in the middle of summer. It's fun to switch things up, right?


Now giddy yourselves up and go cow tipping or ride your tractor ... or something else a cowboy lovin' lady would do!! :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Twas The Afternoon Before The Weekend

Twas the afternoon before the weekend, when all through work
Not a creature was stirring, not even the office jerk.
The mailings were stacked in the outbox with care,
In hopes that the weekend soon would be there.

The workers were pent up awaiting the chime,
That signaled their 5 o'clock closing time.
And my boss in his suit, and me in my dress,
Had just about had it with the work-week stress.

When the clock struck 5 there arose such a clatter,
I needn't look around, I knew what was the matter.
Away through the halls I flew like a flash,
Tore open the door and made quite a dash.

The sun creating a mid-summer's haze
Did nothing to obscure my margarita-minded daze.
When, what to my surprised eyes should appear,
But a text from my nail lady, and an appointment time near.

In a little salon, on the corner and easy to see,
From the window I saw waving, my friend, Lyndsey.
Designer nails her craft, her talent not lame,
And she whistled, and shouted, and called the options by name!

I've got Acrylic! And Gel Axxium! And Rhinestones! They're the craze!
And Polish! And Glitter! And the new China Glaze!
From the brightest of flowers! To the most delicate heart!
I'll do it! I'll paint it! I'll give you nail art!

As butterflies and polka dots swirled through my head,
I knew this decision was one I would dread.
So Lyndsey suggested a design she knew,
And insisted not only on my toes, but my nails, too.

And then with a scraping, I heard from below
The filing and shaping of each little toe.
As I sat in the chair, it was massaging every knot,
Out Lyndsey pulled her little acrylic-filled pot.

It was brimming with powder, sparkling and bright,
The holographic orange glitter I knew would be just right.
The jar of monomer she brought out and sat down,
It smelled uncommonly pleasant, as it wafted around.

The glitter how it twinkled! The color so dandy!
It only seemed appropriate, it was named Cotton Candy!
Lyndsey used her little brush like an artist with paint,
Creating perfect nails so square, tiny and quaint.

Then a little purple flower she held out for me,
On my fingers she placed one, on my toes, three.
They had yellow middles and a texture of foil,
That shined under the sun, like a pretty spill of oil!

Lyndsey was quick and fast, a right awesome nail artist,
And I envied her talent, for those skills I wished!
A wink of her eye and a swish with her brush,
Soon gave me to know she wouldn't dare rush.

She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work,
And shaped all the nails, then turned with a jerk.
And switching on the UV light, my nails she did expose,
And after they cured, out of my chair I rose!

I sprang toward the door, to my friend gave a whistle,
And away I zoomed like the down of a thistle.
But I heard her exclaim, 'ere I left the room,
"Happy NAILS to all, and to all a good-afternoon!"

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

I'm back!! I have so many exciting honeymoon pictures to post... but today is all about the FREEDOM and the U.S. of A!!

To be quite honest, I haven't painted my nails in over a month! EEK!! I'm slacking so badly right now. It's almost time to cancel Christmas it's so bad. Anyway... I'm sick of being a "No Naked Nails" hypocrite... so here are my festive polishings for the week.

I began by painting my nails with CND Stickey base coat, followed by OPI Color So Hot It Berns on all fingers but the accent. I painted Essie Mezmerize on the accent nail.

I chose to do these colors as the base, because the glittery colors I picked to go on top tend to be a bit too dark when they're applied alone... so I wanted to brighten them up a bit. Over top of the OPI, I painted China Glaze Ruby Pumps. On top of Essie I applied China Glaze Dorothy Who? Then I added a couple star decals to the accent nails and painted some white stripes onto my thumbs with white acrylic craft paint. I finished with a coat of CND Super Shiney top coat and OPI RapiDry top coat.


It's rather simple, but it definitely gets the message across. AMERICA, WE LOVE YOU :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The EYE... Of The Leopard

Cue music... "Dun! Dun Dun Dun! Dun Dun Dun! Dun... Dun... Dunnnnnn!"
Risin' up, back on the my blog
Had my weekend, did my gardening
Went the distance, now I'm back to the weekly slog
Just a girl and her will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You change your blogging passion for wedding plans
Don't lose your grip on the lovely readers that last
You must fight just to keep them alive

It's the eye of the LEOPARD, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our busy schedules
And the last known survivor stalks her prey in the night
And she's watchin' us all in the eye ... of the LEOPARD!!!


Yes. I am weird. But very inspired for this week's mani. It's a simple leopard print done with 3 coats of Sally Hansen DVD, dots of Essie Mezmerize and lines painted with a black Migi Nail Art Pen. I went over it with a coat each of CND Super Shiney top coat and OPI RapiDry top coat.

My favorite part about DVD is how it's blue in some lights, but totally a gorgeous magenta outside. I tried to capture it in a photo...


Anyway... have I told you I'm getting married in 18 days? Life is CRAZY right now. In fact... I'm currently rocking -- GASP -- naked nails. Bitten, nasty naked nails. Horrible. Oh well... hopefully I won't be such a slacker in getting my next mani posted. Until next time...

Bloggin' it up, straight to the top
Have the polish, got the nail art
Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop
Just a girl and her will to survive

It's the eye of the leopard, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our busy schedules
And the last known survivor stalks her prey in the night
And she's watchin' us all in the eye ... of the LEOPARD!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Safari Time!

I hate to once again bring up my ugly feet... but I am still so in love with the zebra pattern nail art that Lyndsey painted. So, naturally, I had to attempt it myself.

And I will be the first to admit, Lyndsey is really good. And I wouldn't consider myself too bad at it, but since it was my first time I know I could have used some practice before I actually attempted to put it on my nails. But did I practice? Nope! I just started zebra-striping away and it turned out pretty funky and fun. I could have matched my toes almost exactly with a white glitter... but my white glitters tend to chip easily, so I went with the gold and shimmery China Glaze White Cap instead. Lyndsey, thank you for the inspiration!

These are the steps I followed for these zebra nails:
  1. Apply CND Stickey base coat to each nail.
  2. Polish on 2 coats of China Glaze White Cap (it's OK if there is still some visible nail line... the zebra covers it up)
  3. I put on a coat of Orly Love Each Other (to try to get some good purple, blue and pink shimmer as well) but it didn't show up...
  4. Using a dotting tool and some black acrylic paint (the kind you find at craft stores), squiggle lines across your nail to form a zebra pattern. The lines should be thicker on the outside of the nail and get thinner as they move toward the middle of the nail.
  5. Finish with 1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat and 1 coat of OPI RapiDry top coat.
And that is it! Zebra nails couldn't be easier... though if I was a little better at them it would help. But not bad for a first try, right? (My pinkie looks bomb!)


OK, I'm a nerd. I didn't have a zebra-striped bouncy ball... so I used this sweet snake one. It's kind of a safari-themed photo. And yes, I love snakes. No, I don't own one. But I do speak parseltongue.

The cool thing about zebra nails done like this is 1) the acrylic paint dries super fast and won't smear when you apply top coat, and 2) it's OK if it's messy. In fact, my right hand looks almost better than my left hand. The most difficult part about this zebra design is making sure your stripes are evenly spaced and not too close together on some nails.

I honestly thought I had done an OK job... but then I looked at my toes and realized how much of a pro Lyndsey was.


Bummer, dude. Oh well. There's always next time. I can't wait to have fun with a bright purple/glitter base and some white zebra stripes!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Designer Toes By Lyndsey

I love to do my own nails. We all know this. But do you know that I detest doing my toes? It's not that it's hard... it's more along the lines of:
  1. I have ugly feet
  2. I'm a runner, and when I run my polish chips off really easily
  3. Sheesh, spending 30 minutes hunched over to do nail art on your toes is not only not worth it for me, but it's a pain in my back! Literally!
  4. Did I mention I have ugly, runner's feet?
Therefore, when it comes to toes, you can typically see me making a beeline to the salon for a pedicure. The problem is that no matter who, myself or the salon, does my toes with polish, it chips completely off after 2-3 runs. It's just horrible.

Recently, a super-fun girl who I went to high school with messaged me on Facebook and offered to do my toesies with some fun nail art. You know I wasn't about to turn that offer down! I went and visited her at the salon she works at here in Meridian, Idaho called Bermuda Tan. Conveniently enough, it's right by my house. SCORE. (Lyndsey, this means it will be convenient to stop by after work quite often... woo hoo!!!)

I went in expecting to have the OPI Axxium Gel done... but Lynsdey suggested an acrylic overlay instead. I was all about it. It's acrylic that is laid right over your natural nail. That means no crazy tips or long nails. It sounded perfect, especially since my runner's toes are quite distorted (I even have a black one from my most recent half marathon... gross) and she was able to shape them to look nice and pretty.

After looking at her incredible arrangement of colors (she had so many to-die-for glitters), I went with something a little fun and crazy. We picked out a white glitter acrylic and she did a zebra design on top with black acrylic paint and a dotting tool. Shoot... I thought I could do a decent zebra pattern... but she puts me to shame. She sealed the design with 2 coats of OPI Gel top coat and some UV light and I was set to go! Woo-wee!

This is the best my toes have looked in a long time. And not only that, but this will last a whole month. It is also super shiny... I'm just absolutely in love!!!
 



 OK, ladies. If you're in the Boise area you need to stop by and check Lyndsey out. This is not only cute, but affordable. And it lasts a whole month. You really can't beat it. Oh, and did I mention how nice and awesome she is? You will have a blast while she glamors-up your toes. In case you're interested, her number is (208) 412-3256. I don't think I even want to wait a whole month to go back! I'm definitely already thinking of what to do next :)
  
Lucy the Fuzz wanted in on the photo shoot. She said, "Mama! We match! Black & white!" ... Yes, I'm a dork.
 *I was not paid to write this post. My toes were done as a complimentary service.
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