15-minute Semiformal Nails

Saturday, December 19, 2015


It's crazy, I haven't posted since October :( Life has been filled with schoolwork, and I've been super busy with a new school and a lot of new friends. 

For a while, I wasn't really feeling nail art, either -- it just seemed so much less important than going to grab food with friends or getting a head start on my American Studies essay. But I've come to miss it, so here I am with a super quick design.

The story behind these is kinda funny. I ordered a dress for our school's winter semiformal dance, but it didn't come in time (SMH @ Tobi) so I ended up running around trying to find another dress to wear. I ended up borrowing one from a dear friend, but at that point I had like thirty minutes to get ready and I still had to do my nails. Most nail art is super time-intensive, but I managed to do this design in about 15 minutes.

Polishes Used:
Nails Inc Kings Road (or something, I forget) | Wet n Wild Black Créme 

It's super simple, just a black background and some gold dry brushing! Quick, but elegant.

And for your viewing pleasure here's a silly candid of me and my date :))

I promise I will try to post more often -- I hope you guys are doing well! I'll probably be creeping on your blogs shortly to catch up with the nail art world.

Thanks for reading!!
Lucy xx

Cactus Nail Art

Sunday, October 25, 2015


I feel like I just published a post, time is going so fast. I'm trying to get back into the habit of doing nail art most weekends though! 

This weekend I did a simple little cactus design.

Polishes used: Deborah Lippmann Tiptoe Through the Tulips, Deborah Lippmann Laughin' to the Bank, and white acrylic paint 

I feel really bad about not posting more and I'm gonna try to post more regularly for the rest of this school year at least!

Thanks for reading!! 
Lucy xx

Hot Plants Nail Art

Friday, August 7, 2015


It's August, but where I live it's still SO hot! Of course, I was inspired to do some hot nail art.

I used the dry-brush technique to do the background, then used a small detailing brush to paint the plants.

I love painting long nails, but I hate the feeling of having long nails :( Do any of you guys feel the same way??

Thanks for reading!!
Lucy xx

Lizard Nail Art & Tutorial

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I had a lot of free time today so of course I decided to do my nails! I don't remember how I came up with the idea of doing lizards, but my first reaction was that it would be insanely hard. I decided to give it a try anyways and it actually wasn't hard at all! 

Polishes Used:
Deborah Lippmann Fake It Til You Make It | Essie Blanc | Julep Fiore | acrylic paints

I also made a tutorial!


I hope your summers are amazing! I've been sleeping in until noon every day and lazing around the house, hahaha.

Thanks for reading!
Lucy xx

Review: Gold Studs from the Born Pretty Store

Saturday, July 25, 2015


It's been ages since I last posted! I've been at Governor's School for the past five and a half weeks, and I wasn't about to tote all my nail art supplies across several cities and up three flights of stairs. But I'm back now and even though I'm not sure I'll be able to maintain a regular posting schedule, I'll take what I can get :)

A representative from the Born Pretty Store recently (or, not so recently -- oops) contacted me and asked me to review a product for them, and I chose the gold triangle studs!

Polishes Used:
Essie Blanc | Wet n Wild Black Créme

I decided to do a sort of tribal print design thing with them. I used a thin brush to paint the lines and placed the studs with a pair of curved tweezers. Before top coat, it looked great!
Unfortunately, the top coat bubbled and the gold color of the studs smeared when I added my cheap 99-cent NY Colors clear coat. I'm not sure if this is an issue with the studs, or with my clear coat.

Overall, I liked the studs. The only reservation I have is that the gold color smeared. They were exactly what I expected, and for $1.27 for an entire pot of studs it's very cost-effective!

I hope I'll be able to post more regularly, and even if I can't I'll definitely check out y'all's blogs!

Thanks for reading!
Lucy xx

P.S. You can use the code CYNW10 to get 10% off regular priced items at the Born Pretty Store!

Stripes & One Stroke Flowers Nail Art

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Life has been a whirlwind recently. Between AP exams, soccer, finals review, drivers' ed, and flute, it's been almost impossible for me to do my nails and compose blog posts. On top of that, I misplaced my camera cable and so I couldn't get photos from my camera to my laptop! I'm here now though, with some pretty simple nail art :)

Polishes Used:
Essie Blanc | OPI My Vampire is Buff | acrylic paints

Stripes and flowers are always a classic combination. And the one stroke technique is a lot of fun. If you've never tried it, you're missing out!!

In other news, I recently found out that I was accepted into a top-flight boarding school for science and math. It's an amazing opportunity and I've decided to attend next year, but that means I'll be living in a dorm and I'm not sure what that's going to mean in terms of nail art. I will definitely try to keep the blog running, but it might not be possible -- we'll see!

If any of you guys live in dorms, are you able to do nail art? I feel like I would annoy people with the smells of acetone and nail polish and stuff.

Thanks for reading!!
Lucy xx

Lemon Grid Nail Art & Tutorial

Monday, March 30, 2015


It's about time for fresh stuff on the blog! Today I have some fun lemon grid nail art and a even a video tutorial to go with it!

Polishes Used
Essie Blanc | acrylic paints

And the tutorial!! (my first video tutorial ever!!) If you guys wanna like and subscribe, that would be cool!

Hope you guys like this fun design, thank you for reading!!
Lucy xx

Creamy Dreamy Floral Recreation

Sunday, March 1, 2015


I've been feeling kind of uninspired recently, but checking on my favorite nail art blogs always helps! Lacqueerisa always does gorgeous designs, I really loved her "creamy dreamy floral" manicure from a few months back so I decided to recreate it.

Polishes Used
JINsoon Poppy Blue || acrylic paints

What are your favorite sources of nail art inspiration?

Thanks for reading!! 
Lucy xx 

Negative Space Nails

Friday, February 20, 2015


I've been super busy recently. I've literally had a competition, conference, or audition every single weekend since January 1st! 
And since weekends are when I usually do nail art, I haven't been able to put much on my nails recently. To compound that, I broke a nail really badly at a debate tournament at Emory University and it looked really weird...

Until this week!! The entire eastern U.S. is kinda having a huge winter storm right now, and so we've had an entire week off from school. I've just been going on Tumblr and doing nail art all day!

So Nailicious is this awesome site (with gorgeous photography!) that makes great tutorials for all skill levels. Their negative space tutorial has been on my to-try list forever.

Polishes Used
Essie Blanc || Wet n Wild Black Creme
I love the negative space look, it's so clean and elegant (maybe that's why it's been so big on the runway recently).

And ok this is a lil tangential, but can we just talk about white nail polish?! It's so often used and yet it's so!!difficult!!!to find a good white polish. I've tried pretty much every white polish under $5 (because I am cheap af) but they either require like 600 coats for opacity or they get gloopy after a few uses. 
I finally just gave up and got my friend to buy me Essie 'Blanc' for my birthday, but that's $8.50 she'll never get back..somebody hurry up and make a $2 decent white polish already!!!

What's your go-to white polish?

Thanks for reading!
Lucy xx

How to Winterize Your Nails [with Julep] & My Top 10 Winter Polishes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Today I have an updated nail care post combined with my favorite winter polishes!

The winter months are always tough on my nails. The colder weather is so drying; combine that with the stress we nail bloggers put our nails through by dousing them with acetone several times a week, and you have a recipe for nail-catastrophe :( 
Here's how I keep my nails healthy!

1 // Moisturize

Frequent application of lotion and cuticle cream is essential! It keeps your skin nice and soft, and keeps your cuticles from cracking and peeling (and, heaven forbid, developing hangnails!).

My two personal favorites for moisturizing are:
(1) Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream 
It's a little thick and greasy, but it works great, and smells so good! Also, a tin lasts forever -- I've had mine for over a year.
and (2) Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream
My mom actually got this as a free sample when she bought cosmetics from Clinique, and I love it! It's really hydrating and it doesn't make your hands super greasy. 
I also like that it's unscented; I always feel self-conscious applying scented lotion in public because everyone seems to be able to smell it!

2 // Pre-Painting

I don't have a super elaborate ritual before I paint my nails, but there are a few things I always do for aesthetic and health reasons!

First, I file my nails. If you use an emery board to do this, STOP!! Go invest in a glass file!! Glass files make your nails so much less likely to split. Also, they literally last forever so in the long run they're definitely cheaper!

Then I push back my cuticles. I always use Sally Hansen's Instant Cuticle Remover and an orangewood stick. 

Third, I moisturize my nails and cuticles with the Burt's Bees cuticle cream, and let that sink in for a few minutes before cleansing my nails with a Q-tip and some pure acetone.

Lastly, I paint a coat of OPI Nail Envy. I swear by this stuff -- before I started using it, my nails were always chipping! It makes your nails less brittle and thus less prone to breakage. It's costly, but so worth it!

And here's a helpful little graphic from Julep with recommendations for winterizing your nails :)

3 // Polishing

Now for the fun part -- actually polishing!! Here are some of my favorite winter shades. (I think nail polish bottles are beautiful, I had a lot of fun taking these photos!)


L to R: Essie Blanc, Zoya Jacqueline, Julep Fiore, Essie Sand Tropez

Neutrals match everything! They're so elegant and understated, but add so much class to your appearance :) White nails in particular look great with anything, at any time.


L to R: Nails Inc Baker Street, China Glaze First Mate

Blues, while not as work-appropriate as neutrals, are usually great winter shades. I usually go for blue-toned true blues more than greenish blues during the winter; the colder colors seem more appropriate.
Try a cobalt blue for a bright pop of color, or a darker navy for a more subdued look!


L to R: Zoya Maria Luisa, Nails Inc Chelsea Bridge Road & Kings Road, NYC Top of the Gold

Gold glitters and foil polishes are perfect for festive occasions during colder weather -- not too over-the-top but not too drab!

Okay, that's 10 polishes, but top coats don't count, right??


You can never go wrong with matte topcoat, especially during the winter! The velvety-matte finish matches so perfectly with the grey skies and frosty ground. My favorite matte topcoat is JINsoon's Matte Maker, but the one from Revlon works really well too and is a whole lot cheaper!

Here's a fun graphic of trending winter colors from Julep -- be sure to check out their nail polish color page!

Hope that wasn't too long, and you got some helpful tips on winter nail care from me + Julep!

Thanks for reading!
Lucy xx

Recreation: Gradient & Splatter

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I really admire the nail artist Lady Crappo (Instagram | blog). She has perfectly shaped nails and does the most amazing unique designs! 
Recently, she did these gorgeous matte gradient and gold splatter nails, and I knew right away I had to recreate them :)

Polishes Used
Deborah Lippmann Don't Stop Believin', Flowers in Her Hair, Maniac, & She Drives Me Crazy // JINsoon French Lilac // Nails Inc Chelsea Bridge Road // NYC Hamptons Peach // Urban Outfitters unnamed gray // Wet n Wild Black Creme

These were really simple to do, and I actually did them with my non-dominant hand. I just sponged on the gradient and then used a straw to create the gold splatter! I wasn't in love with how the splatter looked at first but it's grown on me over the past couple days.

If you're not following Lady Crappo already, be sure to check her nails out

Thanks for reading!
Lucy xx