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Fabulous Friday 5

30 Aug

Good morning friends! It’s Friday and soooo much stuff has happened this week across the web. I had difficulty narrowing it down, but here you go:

  1. This week’s mish mash challenge was music and there were so many great manis, it was difficult to pick just one to feature but I fell in love with A Girl and Her Chicken Named Betty’s Lenka-inspired mani. I love the attention to detail and the different effects on each nail!
  2. Vegan Claws did a review of this beautiful, super textured polish from Jordana (with a perfect gradient to boot!)
  3. It’s Thug Kitchen‘s 1 year anniversary, and he’s putting together one pimp ass (and entertaining) contest with some sweet prizes (note: Thug Kitchen is apparently not actually vegan, but his recipes are!)
  4. SAY WHATT I’m totes geeky out over this Infamous-inspired nail art from Nailasaurus (whose skills I am most jealous of):
  5. Set in Lacquer has a Zoya giveaway going on!


So it’s labor day weekend here in the US and, courtesy of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act (history, HOLLA), I have a long weekend. Since my mom is making me work tonight (I’m a graphic designer and she owns a copy shop haha) instead of going to visit my friends in Philly (boo) I’m going camping with my bestie up here in VT! (yay!) Which means I’m not gonna have much time for polishing not to mention I’ll probably ruin all my polish anyway, so I didn’t spend too much time on this week’s weekend mani.

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It’s just a super quick (but imo super cute!) dottiture. And the photo doesn’t really do it justice because the orange dots are actually neon haha. Maybe when I get to work, I’ll do a little photo editing, but I’m home still (yeahhh Friday morning) so it will have to wait. Anyway the colors I use for this were:

Base Color/Purple Dots: Purple from my Color Club collection (no name, sorry)
Accent Nail Base Color/White Dots: OPI Alpine Snow
Orange dots: LA Colors Breezy


Six is for Syria: Ugh, sorry, this is the worst bonus ever. Because everything pretty much sucks in Syria right now. Not only has this conflict been raging for over 2 years, but it’s only getting worse every day. And it’s looking less and less like it’s going to let up :/ Anddd this week the Syrian Government decided to start using chemical weapons. Against their own people.

UGH why does this world suck SO MUCH

I’m not going to depress you with pictures of parents uncontrollably sobbing over their dying children (though there is plenty of that — and the pictures are the saddest you will ever see) but here are some links to help get you caught up on what’s going on over there and why:

NY Times: Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims

Buzzfeed: 9 Reasons That Syria Is (Still) a Hot Mess

Okay, I’m sorry to have busted out the wicked depression on that one. But we can’t pretend it’s not happening because that doesn’t make it go away, no matter how hard we try.

Anywayyyy… I hope everyone has a super happy and (un)productive weekend! Enjoy your Monday off if you have it 🙂


Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Music (Ke$ha-inspired Border Nails)

28 Aug

Okay, so Ke$ha came to Vermont this past weekend and obv, I had to go. (You’re wondering why I love Ke$ha? Oh bb, there are so many reasons). And it was the most amazing, transcendent, life-affirming concert experience of my life. Ke$ha in hot pants? Check. Ke$ha in a sparkly, rainbow leotard? Check. Gay rights activism at a pop show? Check. Sexual objectification of hot, ab-defined men? Check PLUS.  Fire? Glitter? Confetti?? CHECK CHECK AND CHECKMATE. Did I literally dance my ass off? Yes. Would I got again? In a heartbeat. I think I’m in love. Ke$ha says she’s not getting married until any 2 people in the United States regardless of sexuality or gender identification can get married. I’VE BEEN SAYING THE SAME THING FOR YEARS. It’s destiny. Meet Ke$ha, my unofficial finance.

Anywayyyy… this week’s Mish Mash challenge could not have been more ideal! Going to see Ke$ha, I obv had to do Ke$ha-inspired nails for this challenge. (If you haven’t checked out her fabulous nail art, GO GOOGLE RIGHT NOW)

She has so many fantastic nail designs, but unlike Ke$ha, I don’t have a dedicated make up team to put mine together. It’s just little old, 11-hour work days, 6 days a week work days me over here, and —

So I picked one of her simpler designs, border mani. Check out how classy and pretty it is:

God, she’s just so perf, I can’t even — UNNFF

Anyway, here’s my version:


And here’s now to do it!


  • Base polish (that’s the beige above)
  • Black Sharpie marker (you’re all like say what Sharpies on my nails?? but just trust me)
  • Hairspray (now you’re really wondering what’s up haha)
  • Rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs
  • Top and base coats (I use Seche Vite for my top ALWAYS and Smoother Operator for my base)
  • Something sparkly for your accent nail

Step 1: Prime your nails with some base coat. This is not optional.

Step 2: Paint 2-3 coats of your base color. The more polish between your permanent marker border and your nail, the better, IMO.

Step 3: After your base color is super, super dry, take your Sharpie marker and outline your nail. Don’t worry about getting some on your skin (we’ll take care of that in a sec, promise). Depending what you’re doing for an accent nail, you might want to leave the outline off that nail.

Step 4: After your nails are bordered, carefully, gently spray a super thin coat of hairspray over your nails. Let that dry for awhile (this prevents the marker from smearing) before moving onto the next step.

Step 5: After your hairspray is dry, you can use your top coat.

Step 6: Accent nail: So Ke$ha put some bling on hers. I didn’t have that, but I did have some gold polish and the silver hexagon glitter polish from Color Club seen above.

Step 7: Clean up your cuticles (which no doubt are covered in Sharpie) with the rubbing alcohol.

That’s all it took! It was a pretty quick mani, actually, and I really liked it. Loads of compliments at the concert.

The polishes I used were:

  • Base color: OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons (from their Germany collection)
  • Accent nail base color: Wet N Wild The Gold and the Beautiful
  • Glitter bling accent color: Silver hexagon glitter polish from Color Club (had no name on it, sorry!)

Make sure to check out what the other amazing girls did for this challenge!