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Cute, summery, striped look with Floss Gloss’s Glow Star, Con Limon, Pony, and Bikini Coral! Can’t wait to have the rest of the Floss Gloss colors in my collection :)

Cute, summery, striped look with Floss Gloss’s Glow Star, Con Limon, Pony, and Bikini Coral! Can’t wait to have the rest of the Floss Gloss colors in my collection :)


Wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a tutorial! As requested, this is a tutorial for the “Colors of the Wind” design I made. It looks difficult, but it’s very easy, I promise! I must also note that as the design goes on, you might think, “Wow, this looks so messy and awful.” However, once you put on your glossy top coat, everything gets sealed and smoothed out just fine!

Just know that you may have a bit* of clean-up to do throughout the process and/or by the end of it.

*Results may vary. ;)

You’re going to need four colors: blue, yellow, pink, and white. I would highly recommend the pink and yellow be neon polishes. Not only will they have better color payoff, but they also work better in terms of consistency. Creme polishes tend to have a higher opacity than neon polishes, and for this look, you DON’T want that from the pink and yellow. You want them to be thin and “runny”.

The key tool you’re going to need for this design is a fan brush. I’ve had viewers e-mail me about this particular brush — either A) they had a hard time finding them, or B) they were a bit pricey. I bought mine off of Amazon.com. Two fan brushes came in a set of 15, and I only paid $4.96 (USD) plus shipping fees (which weren’t much). They’re also great quality for their price! If you want the same ones I’m using, CLICK HERE!

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1. Start with a bright blue base. I’m using China Glaze’s Sunday Funday.

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(OPTIONAL) To make sure the fan brush and polish went across the nail a bit more smoothly, I applied one coat of top coat.

2. You’re going to start with painting the white stripes. To achieve this, dip the fan brush in your white polish, but JUST THE MERE TIPS OF THE BRUSH. In combination with using a white polish that’s pretty fluid (I put a little bit of polish thinner in mine), you’ll want to make sure you only use the tips of the brush because it can get really clumped together.

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I found the best way to do this was to do a stroke or two (or three, depending personal preference) from left to right, then from right to left. And if you’re a little heavy handed with the white, that’s fine! This is a design that’s not meant to be perfect. Besides, using a little more white than the other colors is good because it’s what’s going to make those neon colors “pop”.

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3. Using the same technique, you’re now going to do the pink on top of the white. For this, I used Finger Paints’ Warhol Wannabe. Be sure that the pink is hitting not only the white, creating the hot pink, but also the blue, to make a pretty “neon” purple.

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4. Again, in the same fashion, paint the yellow on top. I’m using China Glaze’s Celtic Sun. Be sure that the yellow touches the white (to make the yellow stand out), the pink (to make orange), and the blue (to make green). At the same time, make sure there’s still some blue showing through.

I recommend doing pink before yellow because of color overlap. When you do pink on top of yellow, the orange color that comes out isn’t as great compared to doing it in reverse.

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Do your clean-up job, add your top coat and you’re done!





I’m calling this “Colors of the Wind”. I don’t what it is with me and this neon combo, lately!

I’m calling this “Colors of the Wind”. I don’t what it is with me and this neon combo, lately!



Fan-brush technique, inspired by a pair of heels I saw at Target!

Fan-brush technique, inspired by a pair of heels I saw at Target!



Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge #14: Abstract Cosmic Waves
Today’s theme is waves! At first, I was going to build on the Ocean Twist nails I did back in 2012. But I knew deep down inside, I didn’t want to take the easy way out. Time to think of something new! So I came up with this abstract design that sort of reminded me of cosmic waves. These are the times when I love neon polishes more than I already do!
Colors Used
Savvy - French Cafe
China Glaze - Purple Panic
China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
Nina Ultra Pro - Solar Flare
Nina Ultra Pro - Orange Flame
Sally Hansen - Flash
Sinful Colors - Glass Pink
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Sinful Colors - Black on Black 

Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge #14: Abstract Cosmic Waves

Today’s theme is waves! At first, I was going to build on the Ocean Twist nails I did back in 2012. But I knew deep down inside, I didn’t want to take the easy way out. Time to think of something new! So I came up with this abstract design that sort of reminded me of cosmic waves. These are the times when I love neon polishes more than I already do!

Colors Used

  • Savvy - French Cafe
  • China Glaze - Purple Panic
  • China Glaze - Creative Fantasy
  • Nina Ultra Pro - Solar Flare
  • Nina Ultra Pro - Orange Flame
  • Sally Hansen - Flash
  • Sinful Colors - Glass Pink
  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Sinful Colors - Black on Black 



Nail Challenge #1: Plaid
Our first design of the Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge was plaid, and this is my design!Click here for Kelly’s creation! 
Colors used:
China Glaze - Purple Panic
Finger Paints - Gallery Glam
It’s So Easy Stripe Rite - Ivory Metallic
 Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Nail Challenge #1: Plaid

Our first design of the Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge was plaid, and this is my design!
Click here for Kelly’s creation! 

Colors used:

  • China Glaze - Purple Panic
  • Finger Paints - Gallery Glam
  • It’s So Easy Stripe Rite - Ivory Metallic
  •  Sinful Colors - Snow Me White



First try at nail framing. Daaaaang I need some practice, haha.

First try at nail framing. Daaaaang I need some practice, haha.



Some simple Valentine’s Day designs!

Some simple Valentine’s Day designs!


A while back, I did a design of rainbow foil tips with some black zebra stripes on top. I received a lot of positive feedback, and many people were wondering how I used so many colors and generally how to do it. Here’s a tutorial on how you can have them on your nails!

1. Apply foil to the tips (or about a third) of your nails.

"Cindy, how did you get all those cool colors on there?" "How many foils did you use?!" To answer both of those questions, I only used one foil. I bought it from DollarNailArt.com, and it’s called Tie Dye Surprise.

The colors that show up depend on how you place the foil. In this case, I wanted my nails to be more blue and green.

After applying the foil, seal it with a clear polish.

2. Then, with black, add some stripes. I’m using a “mini striper brush” that I bought from Sally’s. I made the stripes from right to left.

Add your top coat and you’re done!




I was going through my old posts, looking to see if there were any simply tutorials I could do during the 5-day week. Do you recall the “Zebra Stripe Sunset” nails I did back in the summer? I wanted to show a tutorial, so here we go!

1. Start by painting the nail about 2/3 of the way down, then dab some of it away with your finger. I’m using a shimmery yellow, Pure Ice’s Unzip Me!

2. Using pink, paint the other portion of the nail, overlapping some of the yellow. Again, dab some of it off of your finger. This will create a “sunset”-like gradient.

3. Now, add your zebra stripes. Use whatever you’d like to make your stripes; I’m using a mini-striper brush (bought at Sally’s). I’m using Sally Hansen’s Lacey Lilac.

Add your top coat and you’re done!