new Instagram on June 24, 2015 at 07:13PM

NOTD 6/24 my first “gelly sandwich” not to be confused with the traditional “jelly sandwich” which is a layer of glitter sandwiched between two layers of jelly-like polishes to give the illusion that the glitter is suspended in jelly… THIS “gelly” sandwich is a layer of regular nail polish in between two layers of gel polish base & top coat… the polish you see here is @zoyanailpolish Jacqueline, a creamy whitish beige… to make this sandwich work is to make sure the regular polish is dried completely – not just dried to the touch – otherwise you risk cracking the nail polish when you cure the top coat in your LED or UV lamp (i use an LED lamp)… i didn’t remove my previous mani except to lightly file down the nail growth by the cuticle and the free edge (i’ve been watching WAY too many videos on nail prep for gel & acrylic application so i get the lingo now!)… anyway, i’m having so much fun with nail polish again! #gellysandwich #zoya #zoyajacqueline #prettydaysies #nails #nailpolish #notd #mani #manicure #addictedtonailpolish #nailpolishjunkie #nailpolishaddict #ilovenailpolish #ilovepolish #obsessedwithnailpolish #nailoftheday #instanails #nailsofinstagram #nailswatch #ignails #4fingermani #4fingerswatch #nailpolishswatch #nailsofig #diygelnails #diynails … via Instagram https://instagram.com/p/4VOLvozc_O/

new Instagram on June 23, 2015 at 09:45AM

NOTD 6/23 in honor of #nationalpinkday here’s Poptastic from @colorclubnaillacquer which is a vibrant hot pink! it dries to a matte finish but i added a glossy topcoat… i got this color from TJMaxx so long ago (in a set) and never wore it until now! @bonitajuanita2 showed it in her top 10 pinks video & i had to wear it, too! i actually applied this polish on top of my previous gel mani so it’s going to be extremely easy to take off with non-acetone (since i didn’t use a gel topcoat) and i’ll have my shiny gel mani still underneath! #prettydaysies #nails #nailpolish #notd #mani #manicure #addictedtonailpolish #nailpolishjunkie #nailpolishaddict #ilovenailpolish #ilovepolish #obsessedwithnailpolish #nailoftheday #instanails #nailsofinstagram #nailswatch #ignails #4fingermani #4fingerswatch #nailpolishswatch #nailsofig … via Instagram https://instagram.com/p/4RoZ75zcxB/

new Instagram on June 20, 2015 at 10:13PM

NOTD 6/20 no more acrylics (except on my thumbs)… just gel polish this time on my shorties! this is @kiaraskynails in skin tone, a pretty salmon-y pink cream… i love how fast gel polish dries! just 30 seconds in my LED light and voila! i don’t have to walk around the house blowing on my nails! 😆 i wish i got into gel polishes much sooner… better late than never! #prettydaysies #nails #nailpolish #notd #mani #manicure #addictedtonailpolish #nailpolishjunkie #nailpolishaddict #ilovenailpolish #ilovepolish #obsessedwithnailpolish #nailoftheday #instanails #nailsofinstagram #nailswatch #ignails #4fingermani #4fingerswatch #nailpolishswatch #nailsofig #diygelnails #diynails #diyacrylicnails #diyacrylics … via Instagram https://instagram.com/p/4LPmMsTc1P/

new Instagram on June 19, 2015 at 09:26PM

NOTD 6/19 @sensationailgel in macchiato, which is such a pretty nude, “clean slate” shade! i’m still working on the base of my manis… i’m leaning towards gel manis instead of acrylics because gel polishes are so much easier to work with! (and no need to use stinky monomer) but i need some strength on a few nails (and need to buy builder gel… which i will do after vacation) so i still need to use acrylics for strength and length for the time being… but my goal is to make a nice strong base for my manis where i can easily change out my polish and not have to worry about my natural nails splitting or chipping… i don’t know if that makes any sense, but it makes sense to me! 😜 in other words, i can apply regular polish on top of this mani and take it off with non-acetone and still have a shiny mani underneath while i decide on the next color! #prettydaysies #nails #nailpolish #notd #mani #manicure #addictedtonailpolish #nailpolishjunkie #nailpolishaddict #ilovenailpolish #ilovepolish #obsessedwithnailpolish #nailoftheday #instanails #nailsofinstagram #nailswatch #ignails #4fingermani #4fingerswatch #nailpolishswatch #nailsofig #gelnails #diyacrylicnails #diyacrylics #diynails … via Instagram https://instagram.com/p/4IlhFWzc3X/
also, please don’t laugh at the shape of the nail on my ring finger… i tried to fix the acrylic on top, but it’s still a bit too thick and i should’ve just soaked it off and made myself a new overlay (but i didn’t want to stink up my house again)… so i wanted to salvage it… at least you can see how i’m progressing for someone who is trying to teach themselves! #amateur

new Instagram on June 16, 2015 at 09:11PM


NOTD 6/16 @squarehue tunic (from the 1910s decade collection) a creamy baby pink on top of a new set of acrylics that i gave myself today! i used a gel topcoat underneath the regular polish so i can easily change out the color without messing up my acrylics (and not have to go thru the whole soak off process)… on top of the gel topcoat, i used the #SquareHue basecoat and topcoat that i received as a gift for being a long time subscription holder! it also came with an almond cuticle oil (which i haven’t tried yet since the polish is still drying) but it smells yummy! the baby pink polish is so light & refreshing! #threecoats #3coats #squarehue #subscriptionservice #subscriptionbox #monthlysubscription #thedecadescollection #squarehuedecadescollection #prettydaysies #nails #nailpolish #notd #mani #manicure #addictedtonailpolish #nailpolishjunkie #nailpolishaddict #ilovenailpolish #ilovepolish #obsessedwithnailpolish #nailoftheday #instanails #nailsofinstagram #nailswatch #ignails #4fingermani #4fingerswatch #nailpolishswatch #nailsofig … via Instagram https://instagram.com/p/4A1Ys_zc2a/

currently watching: iZombie season 1

 so last night (Thursday, June 11th) was the season finale of Bones, and OMG i cried! i know they were renewed for an 11th season, but at the time of the filming of this episode, they hadn’t been renewed and had to create something as if they were going to be cancelled… and thus the season finale. thank God, they will be back in the fall, but i think it’ll be their last season. i am going to be so sad when this show ends. it’s been my favorite since episode 1.

today, i started watching iZombie… it’s a new TV series that airs on the CW… i was browsing around iMDb to see what show i could binge watch and i found this one because it was in the mystery and thriller category, i believe. anyway, what drew me in was that it was based in Seattle (but it’s obviously filmed in Toronto or Vancouver). it’s about a young woman who goes to a boat party, gets mauled by a zombie, dies, and then turns into one. her life is turned upside down from being a resident doctor to the medical examiner’s assistant in the morgue. when she eats a part of the dead victim’s brain, she takes on some of their personality and memories of what happened around the time of death. so you know where this is going… her boss tells a budding detective that she’s a psychic and then is recruited to help solve crimes. i’ve never watched Veronica Mars (but it’s on my list to binge-watch) but because of the narration and her voice reminds me of Kristen Bell. interestingly enough, i just watched an interview of Rose McIver (who plays Liv, the main character of iZombie) and she’s from New Zealand… why can they do American accents so well? (Jay Ryan of Beauty & the Beast is also from New Zealand and i started watching season 3 of that, too… it just premiered last night.)