Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's in NYC

I hope that everyone has recovered enough from
Christmas, that you are now ready for
New Year's!

Though I won't be making my way to the city this year to 
watch the ball drop, I still wanted to capture the essence of
being a New Yorker with this really fun mani.

For full tutorial on this look, please visit my YouTube channel

May everyone have a wonderful and most importantly, 
a very safe holiday!!


Friday, December 24, 2010


Just taking a moment away from cooking and lots of wrapping,
to wish all of you a very magical day.
Whether you celebrate 
Christmas, Kwanza, Hannukah
I'd like to wish you a VERY happy, healthy, 
and safe holiday with you and your loved ones.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Glitter Candy Stripe

Here is my final Holiday design, 
and my choice to wear for Christmas

It's a pretty simple look, but gorgeous just the same, 
and I HAVE to have some form of glitter on my nails
for Christmas, or the holiday just doesn't feel right!

So anyways, here it is, just a simple candy cane stripe, 
with LOADS of glitter!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I am!


PRO Nail Systems Base Coat
Sinful Colors in - Snow Me White
L.A.Colors Art Deco in - Green Glitter
Ornaments 2-way Nail Art Pen in - Red Glitter
NK polish in - Mystical
Silver Striping Tape
Sally's Beauty Secrets Top Coat
For full tutorial on this look,
please visit my YouTube channel

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Broadway Nails Holiday Giveaway WINNER!!

Thank you everyone for entering in my Broadway Nails holiday giveaway!

It's time to announce the lucky winner of all these goodies,
courtesy of Broadway Nails!!

And the winner is!!
The lovely Miss JQ 


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Here's another holiday look for you!
Actually, the great thing about this design is it can be worn all winter long, not just for the holiday!

PRO Nail Systems Base Coat
Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in - Silver Lining
Milani Polish in - Blue For My Baby
Zoya in - Tallulah
China Glaze in - Frost Bite
NK polish in - Mystical
Hurricane - Blue Glitter
Snowflake FIMO Slices
Rhinestones in - Clear,Light & Dark Blue
Small Pearls
Sally's Beauty Secret Top Coat
To see how I achieved this look, please visit my YouTube channel,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


This is just a reminder, 
there is one week left to enter my Broaday Nails holiday giveaway!!

Don't miss out, enter today!

Broadway Nails Holiday Giveaway

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Here is another holiday look,

Just a simple poinsettia on a bright Gold background!


PRO Nail Systems Base Coat
May 6iX varnish in - 1137 (Gold)
Derma Creative Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in - Fire Red
Crafters Edition Acrylic Paint in - Real Green
Martha Stewart Bullion Beads in - Florentine Gold
Ornaments 2- Way Nail Brush & Art Pen in - Black
Crown Royal Soft Grip SG 250 - Art Brush
Sally's Beauty Secrets Top Coat

For full tutorial on this look,
please visit my YouTube channel

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Vintage Ornaments

I've got a big soft spot for vintage ornaments.
The classic designs, painted glass, muted colors, and the memories attached to them, really make adore these gems.
My grandmother, being 93, has some incredibly gorgeous ornaments from the 1940's 

This design is inspired by one particular set that has always 
captured my attention ever since I was a child. 
I'd sit in front of her tree and admire the lights bouncing 
off these beautiful works of art.

Alas, my grandmother in her older years has since stopped 
with her holiday decorations, so I don't have a photo of them, 
but I know they are packed away safely, and 
one day perhaps I'll convince her to give them to me.
Until then, I tried to capture the look in this design.


PRO Nail Systems Base Coat
Icing Polish in - Manic Monday
ULTA Polish in  - Jaded
China Glaze in - Fairy Dust
Hurricane Nail Art Striper in - Gold
Holographic Silver Star Sequins
1mm Red Round Rhinestones
Sally's Beauty Secrets Top Coat

To see how I achieved this look, please stop by my 
YouTube channel

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Broadway Nails Holiday Giveaway***CLOSED***

I'm sure you've passed by a Broadway Nail display in the store 
on many occasions and thought, 
I wonder if those are any good?

Well, I am an expert in this area, 
as I have been using them for years and 
I am a true fan of their nails and I can tell you, 
they are VERY good indeed!
The infamous "press-on" nail has come a long way baby!
Broadway Nails is always improving their products and coming out with new and fun designs.
So this is what you get in a typical case of Broadway nails:
24 pre-designed nails or varying sizes for the perfect fit
a tube of nail glue
an orange stick
and for certain sets, a small nail file
These sets run anywhere from 
$4 - $7 depending on your area and sales

The instructions are simple, and printed on the back of every box

Prep your nails first, taking a cotton ball dipped in acetone polish remover to get rid of any dirt and excess oils.

Next, using the provided orange stick, push back cuticles

Select the correct size nails for each finger

Apply a drop of provided nail glue to the
nail bed and to the back of the false nail

Starting at the cuticle, slide nail into place, 
pressing and holding down for 5 seconds to 
eliminate bubbles and to ensure a good bond

Continue with the remainder of the nails, and you are done!

This literally takes less than 10 minutes!

I really adore the Fast French sets the best, 
when you are in a pinch, and want nice looking nails, 
but just don't have the time to get them done or do them yourself,
these are the best way to go.

Here's just a quick look at me applying the Fast French nails

Opening the box, and preparing my station

Selecting the correct nails for each finger.

Some designs, including the French manicure 
had numbered tabs, that not only help you identify 
which number you need for each nail, but also allow
for easy grip when applying.

Adding each nails following the instructions.

Snapping off the tabs and using the provided 
nail file for any rough edges.

All Done!

They call it the 10 minute manicure, but it was even less than that!

Usually, I'd never rave and encourage any of my readers 
to try a product, but I really believe in Broadway Nails!

I always have them in the house, 
when ever I don't have the time to do one of my own designs,
I grab for a box of these.

Quality - Price - Speed

Really is there any more to ask for?

Because I love Broadway Nails so much, 
I've asked if they would allow me to spread the word, 
and they have been gracious enough to offer 
one of you to try a whole array of products in this amazing
Broadway Nails Gift Set

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This gift set includes:

                                                2 Fast French Nail Kits 
4 Real Life Nail Kits 
2 Fashion Diva Mismatched Nail Kits
4 Fashion Diva Nail Kits 
2 Color Changing Nails Kits
2 Fast French Divine Nail Kits 
One Nail Polish Remover Kit
3 Nail Stickers Sets  

So here are the rules:



1) You must be a follower

2) You must make a comment on this post
and let me know if you have or have not tried 
Broadway Nails before.

3) Only 1 entry per person please

4) Please provide your name & e-mail, so that I may notify you 

This giveaway will run from today, 
Wednesday, December 8th
Monday, December 19th

The winner will be chosen using
and will be announced on Wednesday December 22nd

Good Luck
& Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Here's another holiday mani that I just finished, 
little Frosty is so super fun and cute!


PRO Nail Systems Base Coat
May 6ix polish in - Blanco
Sinful Colors in - Black on Black
So Easy Stripe Rite in - Bright Green
L.A.Colors Art Deco in - Black, White, & Green Glitter
Ornaments 2-way nail art pen in - Black
Apple Barrel Acrylic paint in - Valentine Pink
Delta Creative Ceramcoat in - Pumpkin
Dotting Tool 
1mm Red Round Rhinestones
Sally's Beauty Secrets Top Coat
To see how I achieved this look, please visit my 
YouTube channel

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Weekend Mani

I've been as busy little bee these last few days, 
working on giveaways and holiday shopping, 
all while braving he cold and the crowds, 
I decided to spruce up my nails to keep me in the festive mood.

It reminds me of Christmas wrapping paper

Love & Beauty Nail Polish in Jade
Konad plate # M59
1mm red rhinestones for some added bling
Simple & gives me something to look at 
while I'm standing in 30 minutes lines! LOL

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Leopard

YAY!! The holidays are finally here!! 
It's such a magical time of year, I love it!!
This is the 1st of several holiday mani's that I've got planned, 
hope you enjoy!!

Christmas leopard, this is SO simple and easy, but so festive I love it!

PRO Nail Systems Base Coat
Sinful Colors in - Tokyo Pearl
Sinful Colors in - HD Nails
L.A.Colors Art Deco in - Red Glitter
Dotting Tool
Sally's Beauty Secrets Top Coat

For full tutorial on this look, please visit my YouTube channel

And while your there, check out my 24 days of Christmas daily giveaway!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Don't forget that today is the final day to take advantage of the
20% off coupon for my shop,

Just use the code


at the checkout to receive your 20% Off your purchase!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Shop Update-Adressing The Concerns

Many of you have contacted me regarding a recent post from a fellow blogger regarding my new shop, Painted Lady Fingers.

As many of you know, I have been hard working on, 
and have recently announced my latest en-devour, 
my new shop, Painted Lady Fingers,
which carries an array of my hand painted nail designs and nail supplies. 
I chose this name for no other reason than I thought it unique 
and wanted to stand out from other Etsy shops 
carrying similar merchandise as myself. 
Unbeknownst to me, there is a blog, which many of you follow, 
by this same name. 
I love the nail blog community, and everyone in it, 
but one thing to say, is that we are many! 
Though I know and enjoy SO many of you, 
there are still SO many of you I've yet to discover 
and contrary to the belief of some, Diana's blog is one of 
many I've yet to come across.

I would NEVER do something so malicious and so utterly disrespectful
as to take someone else's name, regardless of what purpose I chose to use it for.
I take the blame myself, as I checked with Etsy to make sure there were no shops by this name, or remotely close to this name, but I did fail to do a larger search outside of the Etsy community.

While I am bothered and deeply upset for being accused 
of something that I did NOT do, 
namely THEFT, 
not to mention it was in complete poor taste for a
without ever contacting me. 
I will still be polite and respectful during this situation.

While Diana has no rights to the name
Painted Lady Fingers
and I have every legal right to use it, 
I've decided out of respect, 
that I will indeed change the name.
I am currently speaking with Etsy to work on getting 
the name changed as soon as possible, or if all else fails, 
I will simply close the shop, and re-start another. 

I want to thank all of you for your concerns and for being so supportive, both to her and to myself.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Sparkle

This is such a simple design, but it's so pretty!
Here is my thanksgiving mani.


PRO Nail Systems Base Coat
Sally Hansen's Insta-Dry in - Beige Blast
Essie in - Variety
Assorted Autumn Rhinestones from Michael's
Nail Glue (to adhere stones)
INM Looks Wet Top Coat
As always, if you'd like to see how I achieved this look,
please visit my YouTube channel

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday 
and don't eat too much turkey!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Robin's Egg

Inspired by the beautiful Robin and her little speckled eggs, I came up with this design.

I ADORE this color combination!


PRO Nail Systems Base Coat
KleanColor in - Pastel Teal
Hurricane Nail Art Striper in - Gold
Color Club's Art Club in - Mochalotta
Dotting Tool
Sally's Beauty Secrets Top Coat

For full tutorial on this look, 
please visit my YouTube channel

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Harry Potter Inspired Series - Gryffindor

The final look in the Harry Potter series, just in time for tomorrow's release....or if you are brave enough to head for the midnight showing


 PRO Nail Systems Base Coat
Milani Polish in - Good Morning Sunshine
Sinful Colors in - GoGo Girl
L.A.Colors Art Deco in White
"Franken" in School Bus
Klean Color in - Dark Brown
Dotting Tool 
Fine Art Brush
Sally's Beauty Secrets Top Coat

Well known Gryffindor's

Ron Weasley

Hermione Granger

Harry Potter

To see the full tutorial on this look, as well as the others in this series
visit my Youtube channel

Enjoy the movie everyone! I'll be going to see it tomorrow night!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Big Haul

This is a fairly large haul that has accumulated over the last few weeks.

Starting from the left: 
Color Club in Almond Nude, Sinful Colors in Dancing Nails, Color Club in Ruby Slippers, Sonia Kasuk in Taunting Teal, Color Club in Freshly Picked, and China Glaze in Party Hearty

Starting from left:
INM High Gloss Top Coat in Looks Wet, Color Club in Covered In Diamonds, NYX in Gold Holo Glitter, NYX in Silver Holo Glitter, NYX in Black Holo Glitter, Essie in Variety, Scherer Chameleon Polish in Blue Sky, Wet n Wild Holiday polish in Prancer.

Starting from left:
Ornaments 2-way Nail Art Brush & Pen in Red Glitter, Ornaments 2-way Nail Art Brush & Pen in White, Ornaments 2-way Nail Art Brush & Pen in Black, Color Club's Art Club in Silver Glitter, Color Club's Art Club in - Marine Dream, Color Club's art Club in - Turquies

 Here is the makeup portion of the haul

These swatches were applied with a base of Urban Decay Primer Potion

E.L.F. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder

When compared to NARS Duo Orgasm/Laguna

Revlon Super Lustrious Lip Gloss in Peach Petal

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils

Check out my haul video where I go into more depth about all these goodies