Guest Post from Finger Painted

Happy (or is it Merry?) New Year's Eve everyone! I love New Year's Eve, as it always gives me a good excuse to get dolled up for no real reason other than to party!

For today's guest post, I thought the most appropriate nails were these ultra-blingy nails from Lexi at Finger Painted. I love these so much!



Hey everyone! I'm Lexi from Finger Painted. I was so excited to be one of Katy's guest posters! I wasn't sure what I wanted to do at first but Katy said she'd love something blingy and glitzy for New Years...so out came the rhinestones!


I used China Glaze White on White and painted the black shapes with acrylic paint. I sealed it all in with 2 coats of Poshé and then used some nail glue to stick on all of my studs and stones to make sure they stay put. The little black ones are from a nail wheel from icing. I was shocked they actually had some really cool nail art accessories! The larger silver stones are from Poochiez Nail Art Boutique and I don't remember where the other ones came from. Haha.


These were partially inspired by one of my new phone cases (purchased here). I didn't have the right colors stones to match it exactly so I just went with black and white.



Thats all for my post! If you want to come visit me I'm on Blogger, Tumblr and Instagram!

Thanks again to Katy for having me!

●Lexi●


Oh Lexi that was fabulous! I wish I had time to do my nails like that for New Years!

Guest Post from Refined & Polished

I'm having a lovely vacation everyone, but I can't wait to get back to posting my own nails for you all to enjoy! I've been thinking about it the whole time, and I'm anxious to start putting the designs in my head down into nail form.

In the meantime, here's another fabulous guest poster. Tonight, it's a design from Lakeisha at Refined & Polished. Check it out!



Hey dolls! It is my pleasure to provide a guest post on Nailed It today, as Katy does some of the most amazing nail art. I wanted to combine my two favorite types of nail art for this post, stripes and dots. While reviewing some Mentality holos last week, I thought that Entice and Seduce would make a great combination. I started with two coats of Entice, a brown polish with subtle holo shimmer. Next, I used striping tape to create a design on my index and pinkie fingers. I polished over the tape with Seduce, a gorgeous blue holo. After removing the tape, I added several dots of Seduce for a double accent nail.




I love the way this turned out! The colors go together perfectly and I love the subtle holo effect. I hope that you all have enjoyed this post while Katy vacations. Happy holidays!



Thanks so much for the holographic eye candy, Lakeisha! You can see more of these stunning nails and the art that adorns them over at Refined & Polished, so make sure you stop by.

Guest Post from Globe & Nail

Today's guest post comes to you from a beautiful ballerina with beautiful nail art. Her perfectly shaped nails are indeed real, and so is her talent. Check out Emma from Globe & Nail!


Hi, I'm Emma from Globe & Nail!  I'm so excited to be guest posting for Katy today,  I love her blog and I hope that you all enjoy what I've put together!  I've really been loving Katy's Holographic Holidays posts recently, so inspired by that, I created this manicure!


I started with two coats of NailNation 3000 Eve #403, and then free-handed the snowflakes with white acrylic paint.  Topped with two coats of Seche Vite to smooth it all out. 


I love how each snowflake is a little different, and Eve #403 provides the perfect wintery backdrop with the subtle linear holo and chunkier scattered holo.  The freehand snowflakes are very eye-catching, my friends and family (who keep up with my nail goings-on) all thought that they were stamps, haha!


I'm really happy with how this turned out, the overall look is very seasonally appropriate!  We had a good dump of snow a couple days ago here in BC, but it's all melted now.  I'm really hoping we'll get a white Christmas! 

Thank you so much for having me on your blog Katy; I hope you and your readers enjoy my manicure!  Merry Christmas!  :)



Aw, how sweet Emma! I wish you a (belated) Merry Christmas as well! Spending my vacation in California has been a nice break, but I'm ready for some snow soon in Colorado. Hopefully I can catch snowflakes as beautiful as these some snowy night.

Be sure to check out and gawk at Globe & Nail for some really high-quality nail art and pictures!

Guest Post from heartNAT

You may remember my nail crush post from a bit ago. Half of that post was in honor of Natalie at heartNAT. I'm so excited to have her on Nailed It today to share with you guys!



Hi lacquer lovers! I'm Natalie from heartNAT. When Katy posted on her Instagram asking if anyone was interested in doing a guest post on her blog, I hesitated a bit at first before contacting her. I wasn't sure my nails would live up to her expectations, but I've been challenging myself lately so I decided to go for it! I decided to do some Koi fish nails with one of my unused nail plates. I'm glad I had something special saved up for this special occasion. I started off with a base of Zoya Purity and then I sponged on random spots of Zoya Myrta and OPI Goldeneye. I stamped using A48 (Koi fish) and MASH 39 (scales) in Konad Black. I'm not sure what brand the A48 nail plate is because I got it off of eBay, but isn't it awesome? The first time I saw it used I knew I had to have it!






Hope you all like this Koi fish nail art and thanks to Katy for having me!

<3Nat



Thank you so much Nat for the awesome post. You always have such great stamping! Make sure you all check out heartNAT for more great nail art in the bright colors I tend to love most!

Guest Post from Nail A College Drop Out

Guest week continues with some long and juicy nails, and they belong to Briana at Nail A College Drop Out.



So here we are. You, me, and a blog entry. Seeing that I am not the usual author here; I should—at the very least—introduce myself, right? Right! (Insert cheesy name badge they make you wear at mandatory team meetings.) My name is Briana from Nail A College Drop Out. Now that we’re better acquainted, let’s get down to the reason everyone is here. Nail art.

A few months ago (and by a few I mean back In June) a friend suggested I do watermelon nails. As you can see quite a bit of time passed, but at least it got done. Can you hear the procrastination talking?


For the watermelon rind nails I started with a base of Barry M Mint Green as a base. Next, I random sponged on Barry M Spring Green. Finally, I used a fan brush to apply Wet n Wild Fast Dry SaGreena the Teenage Witch.


For the watermelon flesh I started with a base of Wet n Wild Fast Dry How I Met Your Magenta. Next, two coats of Icing Rave Royalty. Finally, on the thumb and middle finger, I applied some 1.5mm black studs I purchased from BornPrettyStore.com.

Why did I leave the ring finger stud-less? I felt the need to go to sleep. Thus, my ring finger represents a seedless watermelon. See folks! Procrastination isn’t always terrible.


Want more sarcasm and nail art? Visit me over at NailACollegeDropOut.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

Until we meet again.

Tune in. Drop out. Love polish.

P.S. Thanks Katy for letting me fill in for you!


Thank you Briana for the summery nails!

Be sure to check out Nail A College Drop Out for more long-nail-nail-art. I bet it's quite a change for readers to see such long nails! Wait till I return guys, you'll be seeing some little nails for sure. Moving stuff out of storage will do that to a girl.

Guest Post from Popping Nails

Another great guest post today!

Charlie at Popping Nails sent over some fantastic nail art based on one of my favorite childhood series, Sesame Street!


Aren't they wonderful?

You can see more of the Popping Nails nail art by visiting her blog or Tumblr account.

Thanks again Charlie!

Guest Post from Base Coat Top Coat

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your days were all full of love and happiness. Mine certainly was as this fantastic vacation continues.

Filling my vacation void have been some guest bloggers. This next guest post comes to you from Kelly at Base Coat Top Coat. Her Christmas themed nails seemed most appropriate for this Christmas guest post!


 
Hello All! I'm Kelly from Base Coat Top Coat (basecoat-topcoat.tumblr.com) and I'll be guest posting here today at one of my favorite Nail Art hot spots, NAILED IT! I hope you all like this Christmasy design! :)



CHRISTMAS TREE TOPPERS
These winter themed nails were inspired by the bright star atop the tree! They feature multiple color gradients, a cornered french and glitter polka dots!

I Used Love & Beauty - Taupe and Wet n' Wild - Caribbean Frost for the gradients. I then cornered off the tips using Caribbean Frost and highlighted the edge using Taupe, and did the opposite for the V-Gap on the center nail. Using Color Club - Gold Glitter Striper and Sinful Colors - Black on Black, I created the light rays for the star. The polka dots on the polka dot nails were made with Milani - Gold (glitter), which I sometimes prefer to use over loose glitter, because the polish coating the hex glitter will adhere to your nails without having to reapply a top coat to get them to stick. Lastly, I created a gradient using the same Love & Beauty - Taupe and Martha Stewart's gold craft glitter (my favorite glitter). I often will feature two statement nails in my designs - one as the "over the top" statement nail, and the other, a simpler form of the design or color palette to create a little visual rest while highlighting accent colors I may have used on other nails!

I want to thank Katy for letting me guest post on her site! This was my very first one ever and it was a lot of fun! I hope you all enjoyed it too! Have a Happy Holiday!

Kelly



Thank you Kelly for the great nail designs, and Merry Christmas to all!

Guest Post from Nails at 2am

Tonight's guest post, while getting to you a bit late, is awesome, and comes to you from Christine at Nails at 2am. I'm excited to post Christine's beautiful nail art, and more excited to show it to you. I had never seen her blog before, but I'm a loyal follower now! Check it out!



Hey y'all! My name's Christine (I live over at Nails at 2am) and Katy has generously allowed me a guest post on her blog. I started nail art around May of this year, and Katy's blogs were one of the first nail accounts I followed on tumblr, so I'm pretty darn ecstatic to be on here :P

Anyways, back to the nails at hand, this design is one of the first detailed works I did. It's a design I really really liked but thought I wouldn't be able to fluke again (I tried a couple of other times and failed miserably). So for this guest post, I thought I'd give it another go, and see if I could recreate it. Also, I finally got my lightbox in the mail the other day, so this would be an opportunity to see the details of the mani in a higher quality than that of my camera phone.




The mani starts with 2 coats of a white base and a quick outline of the basic pattern in black. Then with the range of orange polishes, (I used L'oreal Chop Chop, L'oreal 187, Ulta3 Tangelo and BC Co. Shade 13 - Ulta3 and BC Co are Australian brands in case you didn't recognize them) like a colouring book, I painted the panels in on the nail. Finally with black acrylic paint, I painted the black outlines and sealed it off with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat. Et voila, neon tribal-esque nails!

T'was a bitter-sweet moment at the end: after at least a couple hours of painting, rubbing it off with acetone, painting, acetone, painting, acetone and finally painting it on right, did my left hand get finished. Photographing them was just as difficult a task! Apologies for all the glare! I couldn't seem to get rid of it *grr!

All in all, I still love how they turned out!

And now, I'd like to thank Katy again for having me here: Thanks Katy and I hope you're having an amazing time on your vacation!!

I'd also love to invite you all to my homepage: Nails at 2am on Blogger and on Tumblr! I'm also on Instagram!


Finally, I'd like to wish everyone Seasons Greetings, all the way from Sydney, Australia!

xx Christine

Thank you Christine, for such awesome nail art!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Stay tuned for more fabulous guest posts by fabulous nail artists like Christine.

Guest Post from ChitChat Nails

The guest post below is coming to you today from the lovely Marta at ChitChat Nails. Though she'll tell you she had stage fright posting on Nailed It, there's no reason for her to. She has inspired me from the start. Her blog was one of my first to follow and think, "Damn...I wish I was that good!"

I present to you...Marta's post!



Hello Lovely Ladies,

My name is Marta and I run a little Canadian nail-art blog called ChitChat Nails.

*does a little happy dance*

I am so excited to be able to do a little guest post here for you! Katy continues to create trendsetting and innovative manicures that are always so crisp and clean. I will admit, that I had a minor case of the shakes and quite a bit of 'stage fright' and may have tried to overcompensate a little, and thus my look is a bit busier than what I am normally used to. 

I had recently placed a hefty order with www.dollarnailart.com and had a few studs and square glitter that I was itching to play with...I thought this would be the perfect occasion to try them out.

To create this look I started with two coats of my all time favourite off-white OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I then applied some square studs onto the accent nail. On the other nails I created a gradient using China Glaze Pelican Grey and essence Movie Star. I then stamped using Gals GA35 and Mash Black. A few square glitter bits in black and silver completed the look. One coat of Seche Vite, and I was done. *phew*





(the photos are posed with a silver bendy bracelet)

I hope you like this look, and I hope this Holiday Season finds you all well!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :D

*hugs*

Marta


Thank you so much Marta!

Readers of Nailed It, go check out ChitChat Nails for more creative nail art. She's got some of the best skittle and accent nails around!

Holographic Holidays: Belle of the Ball Drop

New Year's Eve is one of the nights I always look forward to all year long. Everyone's celebrating, everyone's happy, and it's a good excuse to get dolled up.

Tonight, the last day of Holographic Holidays, I dolled up my nails quite a bit. What an appropriate way to celebrate this shining week...with the most ridiculous mani I've done so far this week.

I give you....New Years Disco Ball!


For this, I used Blue Heaven (Color Club) and black matte hexagonal glequins. It's just too much glitter to deal with, but you better believe I left this one on as long as I could.

It's been a 'holo' of a week, but I'm glad I got to share these manicures with you!

If you haven't already, go check out Lindsey's New Year's Eve festive fingers at Neverland Nail Blog. Thank you for doing this with me Lindsey! It's been a blast!

Holographic Holidays: Sweet Treats


The taste of peppermint isn't nearly as appetizing as the design of it, wouldn't you agree?

Here's a 'spin' on the classic pinwheel design of peppermints, using Halo-graphic (Color Club) and Toni (Zoya).

You can get in on the holographic sweetness too, by adding your design to the InLinkz tool below. (To add the tool to your own blog, go here.)

Be sure to check out the sweet treats brewing at Neverland Nail Blog by the masterful nail-chef Lindsey!

Holographic Holidays: Merry Madness


There are so many grumpy Christmas characters. There's the old standbys like Scrooge and The Grinch.

One of the less remembered but certainly no less memorable characters is The Old Man, from A Christmas Story. The loveable father that tries so hard but fails so often. From the clunky furnace to the flat tire, he just can't seem to catch a Christmas break.

This post has spoilers to that movie, so if you want to see it unspoiled, do not continue reading.

Bad luck and stupid decisions plagues this holiday classic from 1983, and I've gotten a few of those classic moments into nail art, beginning on my thumb with one of the most memorable parts of the film.


One of Ralphie's (the main character) friends, Flick, is double-dog dared to stick his tongue to a flagpole. He swears it won't stick, calling the whole idea stupid. Lo and behold, his tongue gets lodged to the flagpole upon contact, and his entire class watches on as the fire department and practically the entire town shows up to free him. Poor Flick.

The holographic color used for Flick's follies was Harp On It (Color Club). In addition, I used Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It, Jade is the New Black, Get in the Expresso Lane, and Sparrow Me the Drama from OPI, Movie Star from Essence, and Farah from Zoya. The base for each of my nails and all the black details were done with Purity (Zoya) and Black Onyx (OPI), respectively.


Ralphie's family is nothing short of hilarious. Even his strange relatives that never make an onscreen appearance have their moments. One such moment is when his Aunt Clara sends him an adorably terrible pair of bunny pajamas. Pink bunny pajamas, with little bunnies on each feet, staring up at him with their beady eyes. I had to immortalize that awful moment. Poor Ralphie.

The holographic color used for the bunny blunder is Electra Magenta from China Glaze. The other colors include Shelby and Farah (Zoya) and Desert Sun (China Glaze).


Swearing in Ralphie's family is a huge no-no, especially the F word. And no...it's not fudge. Dropping the F-bomb will land you a bar of soap in your mouth. And not Lux, Ralphie's personal favorite, but Lifebuoy, which left no piquant after-dinner flavor. Poor Ralphie. And poor Schwartz.

The holographic color used for the Lifebuoy soap is Halo-graphic (Color Club). The letters are written in Purr-fect Plum (China Glaze).


Now this next nail certainly isn't bad. It may be the only moment during the whole movie The Old Man is happy. After receiving a letter promising him a major award, he fantasizes about what it could be. Perhaps a bowling alley. When a "fra-geel-eh" box arrives and he pries it open, the look on his face is priceless. Perhaps more priceless is his dear wife's reaction when the prize is pulled out. The prize? A sexy lamp in the shape of a woman's leg, complete with black pumps and fishnet tights. The glow of electric sex was too alluring for me not to use for this challenge!

The holographic color used for the leg is Mega Bite (China Glaze). The shade is Solar Power, also from China Glaze.


Wrapping up the hand is the pièce de résistance. The one thing Ralphie dreams about throughout the whole movie. A Red Rider BB Gun. Well technically I'm showing you what happens after he gets it. Too excited to contain himself after finding his last present behind the tree, he dashes outside in his PJs to test the gun, and promptly knocks himself on his ass, losing his glasses in the shock. Blind as a bat, he goes searching for the missing spectacles, and is greeted instead by an unmistakeable crunch. His glasses lay shattered on the ground. Poor Ralphie. (Don't worry, an icicle acts as the scapegoat and he gets off clean.)

The holographic color used for this nail is Harp On It again, and the rims are done with Get in the Expresso Lane (OPI).

I absolutely loved this movie, and almost chose it as my Holiday Tradition post, but it seemed so fitting for the Merry Madness day.

What other kinds of madness give you the holiday willies? See Lindsey's at Neverland Nail Blog, and feel free to add your own using the InLinkz tool below. You can get the code to share it with your readers here.



Holographic Holidays: Holiday Traditions


I suppose this post could also double as the Sweet Treats day post, but this is more of a tradition in my heart.

Everyone has something they always look forward to on Christmas. Whether it's a check from Grandma or a Christmas dinner, the white elephant gift or scones for breakfast, there's always something.

For me, it's got to be the chocolate oranges. Solid, milk chocolate shaped like an orange, that you're supposed to eat by whacking it as hard as you can against your counter, so it splinters into 'slices' of chocolate, like slices of an orange. There's a hint of orange in the chocolate, but by far the best part is the whacking part. The wrapper even says "Whack and Unwrap!"

The wrapper is a shiny orange metallic, and it comes in a distinguishable blue box. The brand is Terry's, though my little thumb didn't allow room for the S. Oops!


The holographic color I chose is Coral Glam (Layla). The orange slices were done using two OPI colors, A-Taupe the Space Needle and Get in the Expresso Lane. The blue on my thumb is Mesmerized (Essie) and I just used Purity (Zoya) for the lettering.

This day's one of my favorites because I love to read about all your favorite holiday traditions. Make sure to read more about Lindsey's holiday tradition over at Neverland Nail Blog!

You can add your own traditions using the InLinkz tool below and embed the code into your own blog using this link.


Holographic Holidays: Christmas Song


 Everybody pauses and stares at me
These two teeth are gone as you can see 
I don't know just who to blame for this catastrophe! 
But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be!

All I want for Christmas 
is my two front teeth, 
my two front teeth, 
see my two front teeth!

Gee, if I could only 
have my two front teeth, 
then I could wish you 
"Merry Christmas."

It seems so long since I could say, 
"Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!" 
Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be, 
if I could only whistle (thhhh, thhhh)

All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth, 
my two front teeth, 
see my two front teeth.

Gee, if I could only 
have my two front teeth, 
then I could wish you 
"Merry Christmas!"

Have you ever heard "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth"? I remember singing that during our elementary school plays. I loved it because I had some interesting dental problems as a kid, with two big ole' front teeth I couldn't wait to lose! Unfortunately, my teeth also made me require braces, so I mixed these two childhood memories together for the Christmas Song day.

The holographic color I chose to use was Harp On It (Color Club).  The base for the 'teeth' is Marshmallow (Essie), and the base for the 'gaps' is Black Onyx (OPI). I also used that for the braces details. The bands on the braces were done with Hey Sailor (China Glaze) and Just In Lime! (Sally Hansen Insta-Dri). 

Don't forget to see Neverland Nail Blog's Lindsey's post for day 1 of the Holographic Holidays challenge, and please feel free to add your own using the InLinkz tool below!




You can also embed the code in your own entry by following this link.

Vacation Delay

I won't be getting my Holograpic Holiday post up until tomorrow. We are traveling and I can't get Internet on my laptop to upload the beautiful pictures.

They are gorgeous though so stay tuned and don't forget to check out Neverland Nail Blog!

Sation Nailstock Collection Swatches & Review (Part 2)

Tonight is part two of the Sation Nailstock collection review and swatches. You'll find part one right here.

The vibes of last time's post were a little darker, a little more bold. Tonight's more mellow, more chill. I kept with some far out nail art though!


Followers on Instagram thought this nail art could've been a mixture of things, including elves hats and an homage to Louis Vuitton. I like to call...Tentacle Trippin'.

Tentacle Trippin' was done with two colors I'm showing here: Strumming My Nails and Front Row Flasher.



Strumming My Nails is now a go-to bottle for nail art. It's perfect opacity almost after one application, but two smooths out any patches. What makes it stand out so much is its grey undertones. It's not pure white, but in fact a smoky white. Colorado and Washington would both approve. ;)



Strumming My Nails
Strumming My Nails




Speaking of green...this is Magic Mani Bus. (Yeah it is.) Oh look at how smooth and beautiful it is. Almost brings a tear to my eye looking at it. I'd take a ride on that smooth bus any day. This is three coats.


Magic Mani Bus
Magic Mani Bus



The most neutral and peace-loving color in this batch of swatches is 3 Free-dom, which I got to using 4 coats. I guess this one prefers to be seen nude. Such a free spirit. Wearing this while putting daisies into barrels of guns seems so appropriate.



3 Free-dom
3 Free-dom



The wild-child award for this batch goes to Front Row Flasher. She's a flasher for her sparkle and in the front row for her good looks. She's the kind of groupie any band would want around, merely for the crowd she attracts. She only needs two coats to work her magic too.



Front Row Flasher
Front Row Flasher
 These vibrants are all available at the Miss Professional Nail online store.

And just like last time...right on readers, right on.

These products were sent to me by Miss Professional Nail. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.