Purple-Hearted Polka Dots

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Oh boy, am I behind on sharing my nail arts on the blog! Long story short (and a dedicated post coming up), I’ve been really really ill for…months. This has to be one of my worst years since my diagnosis and I’m not talking pain or fatigue. Just plain old sick!

Anyways, here is a fun purple dotticure I did during February for Valentine’s Day. The asymmetrical dotticure is always RA-friendly and easy to achieve. Scroll all the way down to see a tutorial on a similar look! But, before you do, don’t forget to…

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Valentine's Day Easy Purple Asymmetrical Freehand Dotticure featuring SinfulColors, OPI, Zoya, Color Club and Pipe Dream Nail PolishesBase: SinfulColors

Dots: Zoya Payton (dark purple), Color Club Warhol (neon pink), Pipe Dream Polish Sonic Transducer (holo), OPI (raspberry pink) OPI by Popular Vote*

 

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Abstract Valentine

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I’m all about the easy nail art and dry brush is one of the simplest techniques possible. You don’t need any extra tools and all you do is scrape the excess polish from the brush, on the side of the bottle and swip it across the nail until you’re happy with the final result.

I’m feeling the purples right now so I grabbed a few and away I went. I hope you like the finished product!

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Easy Abstract Valentine Dry Brush Nails ft. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Insta-Dri, Zoya and Sephora by OPI Nail PolishesEasy Abstract Valentine Dry Brush Nails ft. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Insta-Dri, Zoya and Sephora by OPI Nail PolishesEasy Abstract Valentine Dry Brush Nails ft. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Insta-Dri, Zoya and Sephora by OPI Nail PolishesBase: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Hunger Flames*, Zoya Haven

Details: Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess, OPI OPI by Popular Vote*, Crayola x Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Wild Watermelon*

 

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Satisfied Sunday – 2/10

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This week I am grateful for…

 

nature photography of river near trees…the relatively warm weather!! I walked Mocha twice daily without any major health issues.

 

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Love is the Air!

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It’s February which means love is finally in the air; even if the merchandise has been out since Boxing Day! It’s time for everyone to start sharing their festive Valentine’s Day nail art looks and I don’t plan on being the exception.

In the spirit of keeping things “arthritis-friendly” I’m startin with simple stamped hearts. I used single heart images and put them along one edge of the nail. Random placement makes for less dexterity and less anxiety on perfection! Random is my friend, lol.

I hope you like this easy, simple yet lovely nail art! Let me know in the comments.

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Simple, Easy, Arthritis-Friendly Valentine's Day Nail Art: Stamped Silver Hearts with Color Club, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish and Pueen Cosmetics stamping platesSimple, Easy, Arthritis-Friendly Valentine's Day Nail Art: Stamped Silver Hearts with Color Club, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish and Pueen Cosmetics stamping platesSimple, Easy, Arthritis-Friendly Valentine's Day Nail Art: Stamped Silver Hearts with Color Club, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish and Pueen Cosmetics stamping platesSimple, Easy, Arthritis-Friendly Valentine's Day Nail Art: Stamped Silver Hearts with Color Club, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish and Pueen Cosmetics stamping platesSimple, Easy, Arthritis-Friendly Valentine's Day Nail Art: Stamped Silver Hearts with Color Club, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish and Pueen Cosmetics stamping platesBase: 2x coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Hunger Flames*

Stamping: Color Club On the Rocks, Pueen Cosmetics stamping plate PUEEN43

 

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It’s A New Year!…

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…And time for the obligatory glitter, firework or drinking nails posts! I didn’t do that many just because it I’m not really into the New Year, New…Whatevers.

My Rheumatoid Disease has been flaring up and down since the beginning of December. We’ve had some really harsh temperature fluctations for weeks and my condition is no fan.

Glitter nails are completely festive and totally arthritis-friendly. Win, win, and just for luck, WIN! I hope you like this simple yet snazzy nail art look! LMK in the comments!

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Arthritis-Friendly and Glitter-y New Year Festive Nail Art Look ft. Zoya, OPI and SinfulColorsArthritis-Friendly and Glitter-y New Year Festive Nail Art Look ft. Zoya, OPI and SinfulColorsBase: Zoya Saint

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Current Beauty Favorites || Fall/Winter 2018

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Trader Joe’s Brand Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

Lush Lip Scrub – Mint Julips

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Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid

Marc Jacobs ‘Highliner’ Gel Eye Crayon – Blaquer

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara

Nars Bronzing Powder – Laguna

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Jo Malone Black Cedarwood and Juniper Cologne

 

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A Holographic Stamping Polish? | Born Pretty Store Review

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Everyone in the nail art world loves a good stamping polish. The slightly thick, fully opaque, doesn’t bleed, doesn’t smear stamping polish.

When the stamping trend took off, we just wanted a white that could go over every color and any color that didn’t smear during top coat application. Next, we wanted all the neons and now we want all the holographics.

Born Pretty Store is known for jumping on the nail art trends quickly so when I saw a handful of holographic polishes marketed specifically for stamping, they peaked my interest.

I don’t own a lot of holographic polishes outside of traditional silver so maybe I shouldn’t have gotten yet another grey but I did and I was pretty impressed.

It is possible to stamp with your run of the mill (hah, who are we kidding, holos are never just average!!) rainbow delight polishes but they usually appear pretty sheer, which is never ideal. The Born Pretty Store one was suprisingly opaque even with small thin designs.

That being said, I’m not entirely convinced it is a stamping polish. The consistency is quite thin for one and feels more like a regular all over color. I don’t really care as long as it does what it is supposed to either way!

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Abstract and Holographic Stamping Nail Art ft. Born Pretty Store, Sally Hansen OPI Nail PolishesAbstract and Holographic Stamping Nail Art ft. Born Pretty Store, Sally Hansen OPI Nail PolishesBase: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Petal Pusher*

Brushstrokes: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Short Cir-cute, OPI Freedom of Peach*

Stamping: Born Pretty Store holographic stamping polish – Fantasy Sky ($3.99 here)*, Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP – L070*

 

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