Wednesday, September 30, 2015

31DC2015 Update

Hey guys!

I know I haven't posted for a while, so I just wanted to explain what's been happening and apologize for going (kinda) missing.  I've been swamped with school and homework that I've barely managed to squeeze in the time for this challenge.  I think it's quite clear that I'm not going to make it by the end of September, but I'm definitely going to continue with the prompts.  I've accomplished so much over the course of this challenge, it would really be a shame to give up now.  There's no doubt that I'm going to give this another shot next year, but for now I think I'm going to stick to posting about twice a week or so. Thank you for being patient with me, and I'm sure my schedule will even out soon :)

Friday, September 11, 2015

31DC2015 Day 10: Cotton Candy Swirl

As you all know, today's prompt was gradient nails. Rather than doing a traditional gradient however, I decided to go for a more spongy, fluffy look with my design. The idea was to recreate the illusion of cotton candy, and I think it turned out pretty well. I added a thin verticle

31DC2015 Day 09: Rainbows and Glitter

Rainbows are known for being beams of hope and light through the darkness of rain. I think this manicure captures the colorful, happy feeling that a rainbow brings. There's nothing like glitter to make your life a little brighter, and I made sure to sprinkle in bits of gold to represent the tiny miracles that you receive every single day.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

31DC2015 Day 08: Flash Tattoos

I think flash tattoos are one of the coolest things in the world, and I recently ordered a giant package of them from amazon.  Since today's prompt is metallic nails, I decided to experiment a little bit and see if flash tattoos worked over nail polish. I'm satisfied with how it turned out, and I'll probably be trying another design like this sometime soon.

Monday, September 7, 2015

31DC2015 Day 07: Black and White Polka Dots

The other day, I happened to be scrolling through pinterest when I came across a super cute cuticle art mani. I was inspired, and decided to create my own cuticle art look.  Since today's prompt is black and white nails, I chose a basic polka dot manicure, and made it my own by adding a few dots on my cuticles.  Cuticle art is definitely my new favorite trend, since it makes any manicure so much more unique.

31DC2015 Day 06: Violet Petals and Watercolor

Today's manicure was inspired by "Violet Petals and Watercolor". Violets are probably one of my favorite flowers, due to their dreamy, faded ombre look.  I decided to recreate the watercolor-like effect for today's Purple Prompt.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

31DC2015 Day 05: Nautical Blue

I mixed several designs together to create this manicure, and after taking a long look at the finished product, I realized that something about it looked nautical. Probably the stripes. I don't know. But in the end, this is one of my favorite personal designs to this point. There's nothing I love more than glitter, and the gold flakes on the ring finger add a unique sort of sparkle to the manicure.

31DC2015 Day 04: Green Geometric Nails

I'm so glad the Green Nails Prompt is finally here! I've been waiting for a chance to do another negative space manicure, since I haven't done one in a while. This manicure took a surprising amount of time considering it was just a green, sparkly triangle, but I'm more than satisfied with how it came out.  I love how geometric this design is, and how fun the glitter makes it look!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

31DC2015 Day 03: Lemon Ice Cream

I feel like yellow is such an underrated color in the nail polish world.  Not only is a pastel yellow gorgeous on its own, but there's no limit to the designs you can create with neon yellow polish. Since today's prompt is yellow nails, I found my sweetest yellow polish, and decided to create a unique design with it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

31DC2015 Day 02: Funky French Tips

One of my favorite manicures ever is the french tip. It's so easy to do, and even easier to customize. Today's prompt was orange nails, so I decided to add a twist to the traditional french tip and make it a deep shade of orange. To keep the elegance of a regular french tip, however, I added a stripe of silver nail tape directly below the layer of orange, and ta-da! A super easy, super cute way to personalize your standard french manicure!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

31DC2015 Day 01: Ruby Red Gemstones

It's finally the beginning of the #31DC2015! I've been counting down the days until this challenge officially began, and I'm so excited it's finally here! As you all know, the first prompt is red nails, so I decided to start off the month with a simple ruby gemstone manicure.

Friday, August 21, 2015

31 Day Challenge 2015

I've seen the 31DC2015 floating around recently, and figured that I'll finally give it a try this year! I'm super excited to try this challenge. I'll post each design on this blog, as well as on My Pinterest. Join me if you're interested in challenging yourself and creating some amazing nail art!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

White And Gold Accent Nails

Nothing says "autumn" like gold nails, so I decided to try a more sophisticated look for fall with nail tape a gold accent nail. This professional look is anything but boring, and is perfect to wear for almost any occasion!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I'm Back!

Wow... it's been almost two months since I've posted anything on this blog.
First of all, I'd like to apologize for going MIA for the last couple of weeks - I've been out for most of the summer and haven't gotten many opportunities to paint my nails.  For the next few days, I'll be posting mainly nail care tips while I get my stuff back in order.  After that, I'll try to post at least 5 fall designs before the school year officially begins.  I thought it may also be helpful to mention the fact the The Manicure Muse has begun to slowly gain more and more publicity, and if you enjoy reading my posts, be sure to subscribe, or even just share this blog with a friend.  Any efforts to help this blog will be greatly appreciated. :)


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review: Sally Hansen Nail Hardener

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I use it: Every other day
I can't say this is my favorite nail strengthener, but it does a magnificent job as a bottom coat.  Ever since I've started using this product underneath my manicures, my nails have stopped yellowing from the polish. It can be worn by itself to prevent mild peeling, but requires a fresh coat every other day. I would give this product a higher review as a bottom coat than a hardener, but it's a good product if you just want to add some everyday strength to your nails to keep them from chipping. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Splatter Paint Nails


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream

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I use it: On-The-Go
This is probably my favorite cuticle cream.  It goes on super smooth, and smells amazing. I probably have about 5 tins of this stuff, and keep it with me everywhere I go.  It's such a convenient size and the tin is super light-weight, so it's great to keep in your coat pocket just in case your cuticles feel particularly dry during the day. It's quite oily, however, and the surface can harden slightly over time, but if you dip a Q-Tip in water and mix it a little, it softens up very quickly.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cher Lloyd Sticks And Stones Nail Art

Recently, I haven't been able to get Cher Lloyd's songs out of my head, I love her unique style as much as her music, and after browsing through several of her album covers, I found that her nail art is not exception to this rule.  I finally decided to recreate her manicure from the Sticks and Stones album with a slightly different shade of blue.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fix A Broken Nail With A Teabag

Breaking a polished nail can be crazy annoying to say the least.  If you find yourself in this kind of situation - don't panic! Luckily, there's a really quick (and really easy) solution. Just grab a tea bag, some nail tools and get ready to bring your pretty manicure back to life in just a few simple steps.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Negative Space Nails

It's no secret that negative space nail art is taking over the runways for spring. When I first stumbled across these designs, I immediately fell in love with the less-is-more look, and knew that I had to give it a try. Ta-da! This is how my first take at negative space nail art turned out. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Welcome To The Manicure Muse!

Hey guys!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my new blog!  Even with a practically empty site like this one, I truly appreciate all the visitors I can get. As a severe nail art addict, I've built this blog as a way to share my nail designs with fellow nail art enthusiasts. I would actually like to get this site up and running some time within the next month, hopefully sooner than later, so be sure to subscribe, sit tight and wait for my first posts!