Monday, December 9, 2013


I decided to recreate one of the first manis I ever did. This was the mani that first gained a lot of views and reposts all over the internet. It's crazy what a year of practice can do. Here's a before and after:

Products Used:
  • China Glaze's "For Audrey"
  • China Glaze's "Spontaneous"
  • Microbeads from Michael's Craft Store (Brand is Recollections)
  • Studs from

Things I've learned in the last year:
  • Lighting is everything when taking your picture. I place my fingers under my fluorescent white desk lamp. I use the app on my iPhone 4S "Camera +" to take my pictures.
  • Use a pointy q-tip to clean up around the edges. Messy fingers ruin everything
  • Keep your cuticles moisturized! Use cuticle oil every day. Nobody wants to see ratchet cuticles
  • Make sure each layer of your gradient dries a little before you sponge on more color


  1. Amazing!! Such a great job. Keep it up I love your work!

  2. I love before and afters! I could barely paint my nails nicely when I started my blog, now I'm dabbling a little in nail art. Practice is everything! Love your mani, it's beautiful!

    1. It really is. I would never think I'd be able to do some things now let alone paint my right now without looking like a 3 year old did it haha. Thank you so much!

  3. Awesome improvement! Question: where do you get this nail art glue you say you use for your studs and bows? I use reg nail glue but it never holds for more than a day. What do you suggest?

    1. Thank you!! I get Wonder Bond from Sally's Beauty Supply :) It's inexpensive and holds really well. A tip is to put a dot of gluea nd let it dry for 20-30 seconds before you place your studs. Then press down on the stud or 3D gem until it's a little dry. It stays on for days! Here's the link :),default,pd.html?cm_vc=SEARCH

    2. Thank you so much for the tip!! Oh and I voted for you just now for your Christmas nails!