Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I actually managed to take better pictures of my Christmas nails this year, and I'm actually posting them ON Christmas and not 5 months after the fact like last year! Keep reading to find out about this sparkly awesome design!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ILNP Flakies - The Magical "Electric Carnival"

Hey, everyone!

We interrupt your normally scheduled holiday manicures to bring you another flakies review! Keep reading to find out more about this beautiful polish!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Les Nail Smiths, December 2014: Kaleidoscope/Leadlighting Nails!

Hey, everyone!

I know, that's quite a title! And yes, I AM posting three days in a row, but oh well. This month Michelle of Le Laquer Hookup and I decided on doing leadlighting style nails, but then we both ended up using MoYou London Kaleidoscope collection stamping plates, so I guess this month's theme is... BOTH! Keep reading to learn more!

Friday, December 19, 2014

HPB Presents Holiday Cheer by The Nail Smith!

Hey, everyone!

It's time for the December Link-Up for Hobby Polish Bloggers, a group dedicated to nail art and nail polish bloggers! This group is so fantastic, I have learned so much already after being a member for only a few months, and the other ladies are amazingly nice! Keep reading to find out more about my design, and to see what everyone else created for this winter/holiday theme!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ILNP Flakies - The Gorgeous "Gaia"

Hey, everyone!

Last week I finally received my much-anticipated order from I Love Nail Polish (ILNP). I had ordered two of their limited edition multichrome flakies during the preorder before Thanksgiving, and today's post will be looking at one of those polishes! Keep reading to learn more!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rainy Rainy Rain

Hey, everyone! Northern California has been getting quite a bit of rain lately (YAY!), so I felt compelled to do these rainy day nails. Keep reading to find out how I did it!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday Time!

Hey, everyone!

Today's post is my first (and maybe only, we'll see) Throwback Thursday nail art! Also heads up if you don't like toes - if that's the case, this post may not be for you! Keep reading to learn more.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Elegant Nails for Gramma!

Hey, everyone!

So last week I spent a few nights with my maternal grandma just to hang out because we don't do it very often. We had fun doing nails, peel off facials, and just relaxing! Keep reading to find out more!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Last Fall Mani of the Year...?

Hey, everyone!

Yes, the weather is changing enough that I think this might be my last Fall-type manicure of the year. Keep reading to find out why!

Friday, November 28, 2014

New Tab: Polish Lingo Dictionary!

Hey, everyone!

Just a quick post to tell you all that I've added another tab to the blog - a Polish Lingo Dictionary! You can either click here to go check it out, or just click the tab at the top of the page. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Funky Fresh Tribal for Thanksgiving

Hey, everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm really excited that it's Thanksgiving because that means that the Holiday season is in full swing! And today I have a fun tribal mani to share with you, so keep reading!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pretty Blue Gradient

Hey, everyone!

For today's post I have a gradient that I really liked wearing, so much that I'm still wearing it as I write this post! Keep reading for more details!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

HPB Presents: Fall Faves!

Hey, everyone!

It's time for another Hobby Polish Bloggers (HPB) link-up! This month's theme was Fall favorites, any kind we wanted. Keep reading to find out what kind of things I picked for my Fall favorites!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lacy Nails for Gramma!

Hey, everyone!

I decided to pamper my Gramma last night by doing her nails, since she's been pretty busy lately and needed to relax. Keep reading to see more!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Falling for Fall

Hey, everyone!

Thankfully it seems like the colder weather is finally here to stay for the season in Northern California! So I really felt like doing some ultimate fall nails to celebrate. Keep on reading to find out how I got this beautiful design!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Swatch Post: Polished by KPT "Dichromate"

Hey, everyone!

Today I'll be sharing some swatches with you of the very first indie polish I ever owned! Keep reading to find out more!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nailed It Tag!

Hey, everyone!

There's a tag going around the nail community right now and I've been tagged by Michelle of Le Lacquer Hookup! Go check out her answers to the tag's questions, and then keep reading to see my take on it!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Born Pretty Store Haul & Review

Hey, everyone!

This is a post I've been meaning to do for a while, but life's been a bit busy. So here's a look at my recent order from Born Pretty Store! This is a reeeeally long post, so keep reading to find out what I thought of these products.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Les Nail Smiths, November 2014: Cute Animals!

Hey, everyone!

It's time for another installment of Les Nail Smiths with Michelle of Le Lacquer Hookup! This month's theme was chosen by me, and I chose cute animals. Keep reading to find out why I chose this theme!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!!

Trick or treat, everyone!

It's finally Halloween!!! Can you tell I'm excited?! I know this is a little late in the day, but I really wanted to post these ON Halloween this year, to make up for being soooo late last year. This is going to be my obligatory "Halloween costume post," so keep reading!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ghoulish Halloween Water Spotting

Hey, everyone!

I have one last Halloween design to share with you before I post about my actual Halloween costume and nails! Keep reading to learn more!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Hey, everyone!

I'm taking a quick break from Halloween nail art designs to bring you this little project of mine. These nails were inspired by the movement #HeForShe. To learn more, keep reading!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

HPB October Halloween Mani Link-Up

Hey, everyone!

Today I am very excited to be part of my very first monthly link-up with Hobby Polish Bloggers! What is a link-up, you ask? Well, at the end of this post, you'll be able to see the nail art of all the other wonderful participants who have done their own versions of this month's theme, which is HALLOWEEN!!! Keep reading for more details!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blue n Purple Sparkle

Hey, everyone!

This is a mani that I had on when I visited my boyfriend a few weeks ago (hence the, once again, not-so-great photo quality - sorry!). Keep reading to learn more about it!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Rough Halloween Mani

Hey, everyone!

See what I did there with the title? Eh? I'm funny, right...? Okay, it's corny, I know, but I couldn't resist calling this textured design "rough!" Keep reading to find out more about this mani!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Holo Hallow's Eve

Hey, everyone!

Yes, that's right, it's FINALLY October - even if the weather doesn't seem to agree! And for me, October means it's acceptable to start getting excited for Halloween!!! Keep reading to learn more about this mani!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Les Nail Smiths, October 2014: SCIENCE!

Hey, everyone!

Are you ready for this month's installment of Les Nail Smiths? I know I am! This month's theme, chosen by Michelle, was SCIENCE! Gee, can you tell I'm excited?! Keep reading for more details!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Welcoming Fall with Multichrome Dry Brushing

Hey, everyone!

This week brought us the official beginning of fall (even if it may not feel like it quite yet)! Keep reading below for more info on this quick and easy mani!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Glitter by TwinkledT Glitter Placement and Review (Black Diamond)


Hey, everyone!

Today's post is a review of some awesome glitter that I purchased from TwinkledT over on Etsy. She's got more glitters than you could imagine in every color of the rainbow, and I just couldn't resist picking up a few! Keep reading to find out what I thought!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Classic Spots and Stripes

Hey, everyone!

First of all, sorry for the photo quality in this post! I was staying the weekend at my grandparents' house forgot to document this mani until I already left home and therefore didn't have my lightbox or normal camera... woops! Luckily, I took these pics not 10 minutes before I broke one of my nails pretty bad. Lame!

Anyway, it's always nice to do some simple and ever-classic spots and strips every now and then. Keep reading to learn more!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Drippy Faux Floam

Hey, everyone!

Today I have a design that I've been wanting to try for a while but just now got around to it. Keep reading to learn more about this drippy mess!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Textured and Lacey

Hey, everyone!

Yeah, I know, I really need to work on my post titles... it's just so hard to come up with something clever AND relevant! Anyway, I did some more playing around with a new stamping plate, so check it out below!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Holy Moly, Look at That Holo!

Hey, everyone!

It seems that every time I use one of my holographic polishes, I fall in love with holo all over again! And this mani was no exception. Keep reading to check it out!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Les Nail Smiths, September 2014: India Inspired!

Hey, everyone!

It's that time again, the first Saturday of the month! Which means it's time for another Twin Mani post by Les Nail Smiths! This month's theme was inspired by the beautiful culture of India! Keep reading to learn more!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Belated Birthday Nails

Hey, everyone!

I know, I kinda went missing for a week or so. I'm sorry! But it was because my birthday was on August 25th and I've been having too much fun! Check out my nails that I wore for the occasion and read more below!

Honestly, I didn't intend for these to be the nails I wore on my 22nd birthday, but I got so busy in the days leading up to it that I kinda had no choice. At least they were pretty! This lilac color is such a nice palate cleanser every now and then, especially with a little Fairy Dust and holo hex glitter placement!

My birthday was so much fun, by the way. On the Saturday before, my dad's side of the family and I went to dinner at Sierra Nevada Brewery (same as last year lol) and it was delish! Then on Sunday, my mom and grandma and I spent the day in SF driving around and eating good food truck food. It was soooo fun! Then my mom dropped me off in Berkeley so I could spend the week with my boyfriend and also celebrate with my birthday twin from school. We went and saw the Fathom Events screening of the season premiere of Doctor Who and WOW, was it good!!! All in all, that's my excuse for being away. And I don't really feel another year older, if you're wondering. Just another number at this point!

Materials Used
Urban Ourfitters Crowded 
Sally Hansen Celeb City
China Glaze Fairy Dust
Holo silver hex glitter from BPS

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Like me on Facebook!

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Don't forget to "Like" The Nail Smith on Facebook for updates of blog posts and other fun stuff! Check it out here! Thanks!


Hey, everyone!

The nails I have for you today are the ones I wore to a production of Brigadoon with my mom and brothers a couple weeks ago. Keep reading to learn more!

Monday, August 18, 2014

All Hail the Glow Cloud

Hello, listeners... er, I mean... Hey, everyone!

I've been listening to a LOT of Welcome to Night Vale lately, and I wanted to do some nails that were reflective of this genius podcast. Keep reading to learn more!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bangarang! In Memory of Robin Williams

Hey, everyone!

As you all know, the world lost an incredible man this last week. Robin Williams permeated the childhoods of countless people, and I wanted to pay tribute to the joy he brought so many individuals. Keep reading to learn more.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Science Stamping and FRECKLES!

Hey, everyone!

Sorry I've been a little erratic with my posting lately! I'm kinda in a weird transition period between freshly-graduated-from-college and trying-to-find-a-job-and-be-independent... but I'm trying to make a point of posting AT LEAST once a week. So there's that.

Today's post is the result of what happens when A) I get a new polish, B) I finally figure out how to properly prep and use my squishy stamper head, and C) the weather is gloomy and I need a pop of color in my life. Keep reading to learn more about this look!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Stamping and Polish Me Silly's DYNAMITE!!!

Hey, everyone!

I am SO excited to share with you a mani using one of the brand new Polish Me Silly MEGA MULTICHROMES!!! (Imagine that last part said in a big epic echo-y voice) Keep reading to learn more!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Les Nail Smiths, August 2014: Birthstone!

Hey, everyone!

I have for you today another twin mani that I did with Michelle of Le Lacquer Hookup. This is the first of our once-a-month posts, which we have dubbed "Les Nail Smiths" (like a nice hybrid of our blogs' names)! The theme is "Birthstone" since both of us have our birthday in the month of August. Keep reading to learn more!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Get Connected with The Nail Smith!

Hey, everyone!

If you look to the right of this post, you'll notice that I've added some new social media icons, which include Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr. This brings me to another piece of news - I now have a Facebook page and Pinterest board for The Nail Smith! So click the buttons and come "like" and "follow" me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dove Mint Chocolate Dry Marble

Hey, everyone!

I don't know about you guys, but whenever I need a sweet chocolate-y treat these days I turn to Dove Mint & Dark Chocolate squares. They're delicious and creamy and mmm... irresistible! So this mani was inspired by them and their pretty swirls. Keep reading to learn more!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I Believe in Theta Chi

Hey, everyone!

These pictures somehow got buried on my phone earlier this spring and I just came across them, woops! So I'm sorry for the photo quality, kinda a step backwards, I know. But anyway, keep reading to learn more about this design!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Twin Swatch with Michelle of Le Lacquer Hookup and an ANNOUNCEMENT!

Hey, everyone!

Today I am very pleased to share with you a Twin Swatch Post (I guess that's what you'd call it?) with Michelle from Le Lacquer Hookup! We realized we each had a polish or two from the Wet n' Wild Fast Dry line that came out a few years ago (don't let the 'New' sticker on the lid fool you!) and decided that this would be fun. Keep reading to learn more!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

4th of July Mani

Hey, everyone!

Sorry, I've been slacking a bit lately... but, it's better late than never to post my nail art for July 4th! Keep reading to learn more!

Friday, June 27, 2014

First Ever Mani Swap with Michelle of Le Lacquer Hookup!

Hey, everyone!

Today I am very excited to announce that I have participated in my very first mani swap with Michelle of Le Lacquer Hookup! I've never done one of these before so I'm a little nervous but it was fun nonetheless! Keep reading to learn more!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ohhhh I'm a Lumberjack and I'm Okay...

... I sleep all night and I work all day!

Hey, everyone!

The weather was so nice in my area the other day and I was feeling so cozy and I thought to myself "I wish I had some flannel to cuddle up in." One thing led to another and I ended up giving myself lumberjack themed nails! Keep reading to learn more!

Mushi-Shi nails and A COOL NEW METHOD (to me)

Hey, everyone!

This mani was inspired by one of my all-time favorite animes, Mushi-shi. It is so incredibly mellow and I love it to pieces. If you don't like anime because you think it's all violence, give this one a shot because it's one-of-a-kind. In addition to this pretty design, I also tried a new method for sponging and I LOVE IT! Keep reading to learn more! This post is long and picture heavy, so enjoy!