Valentine's Nail Art

Since February is the month of LOVE I thought you might enjoy a simple Valentine's inspired nail art look which you can easily recreate with whatever is your favorite romance inducing polishes and a dotting tool. I chose one of my very favorite hot pink shades by Deborah Lippmann - We Are Young, OPI Alpine Snow and a Nail Art Pink Pen I picked up from Urban Outfitters.  I started with Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Base Coat and finished with the matching Top Coat.

One tip to note: Wait as long as you possibly can to apply the topcoat.  These dots and designs took ages to dry and even after about 20 minutes one finger smeared as I was liberally applying the top coat so I gave the rest of my tips another 15 minutes to dry before I completed the last step.


Valentine's Nail Art 2015 copy

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Simple Nail Art Tutorial with Dotting Tool

Not all nail art has to be difficult and when you are just beginning you can create a variety of beautiful designs using a dotting tool.  This technique will also help you be more ambidextrous and confident using your less dominant hand. Final Nail Art

For this nail are you will need:

  • 3 sizes of dotting tools
  • French Manicure Guide Tape
  • Base & Top Coat
  • Favorite color of the moment
  • Aluminum foil to drop your polish to make your dots
  • Tweezers to apply & remove the guide tape
  • Nail polish corrector pen, brush or stick (I am using a stick this time)
  • Paper towel to clean your dotting tool in between steps

In this tutorial I am also trying out a new system as well.  I used the 2 Second Clean from Deborah Lippmann along with the Gel Lab Base & Top Coat.  Stay tuned for a review next week on how it lasted/wore.

After applying your desired base coat and letting it completely dry, use your tweezers to place the French Manicure Guide Tape.

Step 2 Nail Art

Next take the your color polish and paint two coats on the tips.  You must remove the guide tape rather quickly so I suggest doing this step completely on one hand before moving onto the other.

Step 3 Nail Art

Then you will take the largest ball of the dotting tool and start randomly stamping dots along the line of the polish.

Step 2.5 Close Up

You will continue to dot each row selecting a smaller dot each time.

Step 4 Nail Art

Lastly finish with a generous layer of your favorite top coat and put a tiny drop of a cuticle oil to complete your manicure.



Negative Space Heart Nail Art

nail art I rarely do nail art tutorials because it's just a hobby I enjoy and I am by no means a nail technician but when I post my photos on Instagram people always request the 'how to' so here's my latest creation followed by a step-by-step guide on how to recreate it!

You will need:

  • Painters Tape
  • Heart hole punch
  • Dotting Tool
  • Tweezers
  • Base Coat & Top Coat
  • Color of your choice (I used Sittin' Pretty by Essie)
  • 2 accent colors of your choice (I used white & silver)

nail art1

Start with your base coat.  Cut out the hearts that you will place on the accent nails of your choice.  Doing this after painting the base coat gives adequate time to dry before applying the heart cut outs.


Nail art3

Apply the hearts to all nails you wish to be accented.  Quickly paint two coats over the taped hearts.  By the time you finish the last nail (I did 4 total between both hands), it will be time to carefully remove the heart on the first nail painted.  Use the tweezer and carefully remove the tape.

Nail art4

Don't worry if you make a little mistake, you can usually correct it later with the dots or immediately with your dotting tool.

While that dries paint all of your other nails.

nail art5

Take your dotting tool into your first color and outline the heart.  I left spaces in between each white dot so I could go back with silver in between.

On all other nails I used the dotting tool to put one silver dot center in the base of each nail to bring the look together.

Take it from me and allow the silver adequate time to dry before applying a generous layer of your quick dry top coat.

nail art finished

That's it!  You should have a lovely design to enjoy for at least 7 days.

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How To Beautifully Store Your Nail Polishes

image So as you can see my nail polish collection has gotten a little out of hand and my excuse is that by NOT having proper storage to house all my little darlings, I end up purchasing the same or similar colors all the time. My mission was to find a pretty way to store them so I could access them easily and see what shades I had too much or not enough of (if I'm honest, even the shades I don't like I have too many). Plus I had this huge blank space in my new bathroom that was just perfect for my vision.


After hours searching on I finally came across the vendor I wanted to order from however I didn't see any unit capable of holding 200+ polishes. I reached out to Dan & Cara at Fox Claws about possibly custom making a system for me. To my surprise I was replied to almost immediately with a hopeful answer. Long story short Dan built a mock up for me to approve and once I gave the ok, the work began! It's been a month since I placed my order and when the shelves arrived today I knew what tonight's project was going to be.

Each was carefully wrapped with painted screws included so all I needed was a pencil, level and a screw driver. image

image image I measured 17cm in between but if you hang something like this I would suggest 14cm instead. All the shelves took me less than 5 min to hang but nearly an hour to organize. image Fox Claws promised the shelves would hold 200 polishes and I nearly panicked when I counted a total of 266. Luckily they all fit but there is not one space for a new shade unless I get rid of a few to make room - weep.

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out and I would highly recommend Fox Claws because of their fantastic customer service and impeccable craftsmanship. There isn't another vendor on Etsy offering this quality at a reasonable price and let's be real... In the long run spending $100 to store my polishes efficiently will likely prevent me from future overspending on shades that I don't need! I consider it a act of frugalness on my part frankly.