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We’re mixing it up this 4th of July! Instead of the typical red, white + blue nail art wanted to do something a little more chic and wearable. Right now we’re pretty obsessed with white nails because they just look so clean and classic. The only thing that could make a white nail better would be adding a little GOLD! Today we’re doing our own take on the 4th of July mani to share with you gorgeous gals before the upcoming holiday. First let’s talk about how to make a star…

Remember the tutorial on how to make a heart? This is similar. We’re using the mechanical pencil method from this tutorial because you can get finer lines when making a star than you can when using a toothpick or dotting tool. So first you want to make a little puddle (a drop really) of paint as seen above, then scoop a little polish up on the pencil. (more…)


photos/post: Kristin Ess

We couldn’t be more excited for The Great Gatsby movie!! Between the diamonds, the fashion, the hair, the makeup, the music and the men, we’re pretty over the moon about this. Considering this is one of the greatest eras of all time for glamour, we HAD to do a mani inspired by! This nail art reflects the swag (not as in #swag or swagger, but as in a¬†curtain-shaped drape, curved between two points) that was often used when designing decor, fashion, art + jewelry. Here’s how it’s done. (more…)


photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

We love a good egg hunt to celebrate Spring! We love it even more when they’re filled with nail polish and nail stickers. Here’s our favorite way to incorporate trend + tradition.

  1. Get hollow plastic eggs and put a polish inside (try to get a larger size so you can fit everything in). Saw these at Target in the seasonal sale aisle and nearly passed out.
  2. I always save extra nail art stickers. If you have individuals + extras laying around, throw one in to coordinate with the polish color. Just one or two are great for an accent nail.
  3. Close it up and hide ‘em.

The nail colors above are: (left to right) Flora, Royal Blush, Wednesday and Wasabi. And the nail art stickers are from a Japanese beauty supply store. If you have one near you, you should definitely go! They’re stocked with the best nail stickers all the time!! xo


photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

In a world where everything feels so new, I always like to take a step back, reach into my pocket of childhood memories and see if there’s something to bring back to the table. Who didn’t LOVE needlepoint as a kid? It’s classic folk art! In memory of an era when most things were handmade, I thought it could be fun to do needlepoint nails and I’m pretty obsessed with the way they turned out. If you have the patience and time, it’s a super cute mani…

Here’s the pattern I made. You can follow the same one or make up your own. Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Once you lay down a lot of little x’s, it tends to come together. To see the polish colors I used, click the links I’ve added in the steps below.

  1. Start with a base color. I chose black so that the colors would pop. White would also be a great fit for spring!
  2. Follow the pattern I illustrated above. Start with GOLD x’s.
  3. Next one WHITE x to help the center “pop” .
  4. LIGHT PINK for the inner petals.
  5. DARK PINK for the outer petals.
  6. DARK GREEN for the darker leaves.
  7. Next, you’ll carry the dark green petals over to the middle finger.
  8. Add some additional LIGHT/BRIGHT GREEN x’s for the lighter leaves.
  9. Same colors will be used on the pinky.
  10. Add a quick drying topcoat once your x’s have dried!