Green to Grey Gradient || Nail Art


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Gradient nail art designs sit in the middle of the arthritis friendly scale. These easy nail art techniques require a sponge and the light dabbing motion that could affect the wrist. Otherwise, gradient nail designs are very simple to do. If you are not in a flare and are feeling particularly strong…this is another technique to add to your arsenal!

I adore gradients especially because they take two unlikely colors and blend them together beautifully.

I recently went through my polish collection and found some favorite Barry M polishes hidden in my stash and I had to use them. (FYI USA readers — Barry M is a UK drugstore brand that is amazing…unfortunately it is extremely difficult to get stateside.)

The gradient I made was looking slightly bare so I added some fun Pueen water decals on top. And yes, water decals are the most arthritis friendly nail art technique ever.

Want to make your own gradient? Scroll all the way down to the end for a tutorial by Nail Career Education. The woman rambles a bit but she gives some good tips to achieving this fun nail art look.



Grey to Green Nail Art with Barry M and Pueen Cosmetics

Grey to Green Gradient Nail Art with Barry M and Pueen CosmeticsGradient: Barry M Key Lime (green), Chai (grey)

Water Decals: Pueen Cosmetics set of water decals

Items are linked below!

chai          key lime          pueen water decals

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#AtoZChallenge – M is for Marmalade


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Here is the next installment of the Furry Friends tag! Today, I answer the questions for Marmalade who is my oldest and first pet! She holds a special place in my heart and I in hers. After all, she does think she’s my mother!



IMG_4040What is your pet’s name?

Marmalade. Her “birth” name was Samantha. She is sooo not a Samantha!


What kind of pet is she and what breed?

She is a feline tabby. A tabby is basically the mutt of the feline world.


SleepingHow long have you had your pet friend?

Almost 15 years.


How did you get your pet friend?

We adopted Marmalade one week after my mother passed away in August 2002. She was one year old. She was a “hospital cat” at the clinic I work at. Her owner could not take Marmalade to her new apartment and asked the vet to find her a new home. The first time we met she just rolled over onto her back and showed us her belly. We knew she was ours.

She must have picked up on something because she immediately took on the role of “mom”. She protected and took care of me.

She is a very maternal and loving cat!

MarmaladeandMEHow old is your pet?

She will be 16 in July.


What are some quirky things about your pet?

She loves the color red.

She looks and acts like a 5-7 year old. Nobody believes she is actually 16 because she has boundless energy and is still as limber as a kitten.

She is the alpha of the house and she knows it. She controls everyone, gets first dibs at the litter box and gets the most attention. This being said, she is surprisingly benign to Sunsilk. Marmalade lets her eat first and does not crowd her.

As she has gotten older, though, Marmalade has become more jealous. She needs more attention and sometimes does not let Sunsilk near me! I guess this is a consequence of aging.


Marmalade Face

What does your relationship to your pet mean to you?

She takes care of and protects me (in her own way). She sticks to me like glue whenever I am sick. She will wait until I fall asleep to eat, drink and use the litter box and she will beat up anyone who comes near me. I can’t ask for a better protector than her!

She is the best first cat I could have asked for. She is patient and loving and lets me get away with a whole lot like pinching her ears and pulling her whiskers.

Without her, I would not have gotten through half the “downs” in my life.

IMG_3895What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?

Honestly, just being together. Whenever she is with me I feel safe.



Parmpi, Parmpi-Marmpi, Gorg (short for gorgeous), Bestest Friend in the Whole Wide World (magic words for her to stop grumbling…seriously!)


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Stars Shining So Bright || Born Pretty Store Nail Art & Review


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Nail vinyls or pattern guides are extremely useful if you have arthritis. With quick easy placement and a little dab dab dab of polish you get minute patterns that are definitely not possible during flares. The guides make intricate details into simple nail art designs without the work or precision. These create the perfect arthritis friendly nail art.

Of course, go figure, my experience with vinyls is rather limited for a couple of reasons. First, the designs are usually too big for my nails and second, I prefer unrestrained designs over patterns.

However, when I saw these small vinyls on Born Pretty Store I hard to try them because these really had to be small enough and I just love stars. Scroll through for my thoughts on this product.

This looks also serves for one of the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge – Yellow with a bright bold color. Nothing says bold like black on yellow. Right? Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s looks. There are some really great ones this week!

Interested? Check out cutepolish’s tutorial at the very end of the post.


Born Pretty Store Stars - Nail Vinyl/Guide ReviewThese vinyls are ultra-sticky. Generally, pattern guides are only slightly tacky so they don’t uproot the polish underneath so to make sure this didn’t happen I let my polish dry for at least two hours. That’s a little long, in my opinion. However, that being said, the stickers stick so well that polish does not seep underneath and I get a very crisp line after pulling them off. The smudges you see are solely my human-error.

Another plus, is these actually fit my nails! I don’t just get one full star and maybe a couple of points here and there. I get enough that I see the repeating pattern. Win.

I’ll definitely use these guides again. I get extra use out of one pack because I cut one sticker in half and use it on two nails! Yes, my nails are that short.


Born Pretty Store Stars - Nail Vinyl/Guide ReviewBorn Pretty Store has really upped their game over the last couple of years. I’ve been reviewing their products for two years and have noticed a definite difference in the quality of their products. Even with that, their prices remain low. I am pretty sure they have some of the lowest prices!

Go check out their huge nail art selection here and if you choose to place an order don’t forget to use my 10% off discount code because, why not save a little money.*


Born Pretty Store Stars - Nail Vinyl/Guide Review with Zoya OpalBase: American Apparel Neon Yellow (discontinued), Zoya Opal (discontinued)

Details: SinfulColors Secret Admirer, Born Pretty Store Star Pattern Vinyls


SinfulColors in Secret Admirer  Born Pretty Store Star Pattern Nail Vinyl Guides






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Born Pretty Store 10% off code

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All About the Fire || Nail Art


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The most arthritis friendly nail art design is the one I don’t even paint on my nails, right?

There is a relatively new technique called “drip marbling” which is very similar to acrylic paint marbling.

I create a design on a flat plastic surface. Once it dries, I cut it into smaller pieces and apply them to my nails as decals. It a very simple nail art technique but yields a beautiful result. I showcase water decals and no-water marbles on my blog all the time so I bit the time bullet and tried out this new to me style.


Interested in how to do this? Scroll to the bottom for a wonderful tutorial by my favorite nail art YouTuber, Colette!



Fire Drip MarbleThis is exactly what I was going for: an irregular marble without any muddiness. It kind of reminds me of lava…


Fire Drip Marble side viewI  love the end result but these decals are thick which is to be expected when using so much polish.


Fire Drip Marble 3Base: Wet n Wild Black Creme, China Glaze Fairy Dust

Marble: SinfulColors Gogo Girl (true red), Feel the Vibe (orange), Chick Chick (yellow) – discontinued*, OPI Nail Lacquer Guys & Galaxies


China Glaze Fairy Dust     Wet n Wild Black Creme     OPI Guys and Galaxies     SinfulColors Gogo Girl     SinfulColors Feel the Vibe     sinfulcolors chick chick

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Sugar, Spice and Sweets || Nail Art


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I’ve had these water decals in my stash for ages but every time I sat down for a Instagram community challenge I just couldn’t find use for them. Lately, I’ve taken a step back from challenges and just paint my nails as an idea hits me!

I hope you enjoy this extremely simple, arthritis-friendly look. Water decals are seriously a pain sufferer’s best friend. All you do is dip them in water, position them on the nail, top coat it and done. And now that water decals are all the rage in the nail art world you can get them in almost any design or character. Not exaggerating. They are the perfect nail art hack.


sweets3.jpgHow neon are those pink dots? This Color Club polish does not look particularly neon in the bottle but it pops in the sun! (Well, it was part of the Pop-tastic collection so I can’t be surprised!)


sweets2I get so hungry just looking at these nails!


sweets1Base: Zoya Charlotte (discontinued), SpaRitual Bismuth (discontinued)

Decals: Born Pretty Store Cake Pattern Water Decals – 011

Details: Color Club Poptastic (discontinued)


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World’s Easiest DIY – Lip Scrub || Video


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Isn’t it funny how an activity started to beat the recession ten years ago turned into a global phenomenon? Now DIY is a point of pride because it showcases the maker’s prowess and ability. Because of this, it is not necessarily always cost-friendly.

I like to DIY beauty products. It lets me change what I don’t like about commercial products. Lush’s lip scrub is one. I really like the product actually, especially, the Mint Juleps one. It tastes exactly like mint chocolate! It is a very effective scrub, but too rough and granular for me. It has a handful of moisturizing ingredients but not enough to make it effective in that way.

Below I filmed my personal lip scrub recipe. It is literally the easiest DIY ever. Just pour and mix and voila!




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Purple to Pink Gradient || Nail Art


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I haven’t done a gradient in a very long time and I just felt like doing one! Pink and purple together are always a great and forgiving option. I mean that I can spend half as much time sponging the gradient when the colors complement each other! This is a great thing when I am feeling stiff from the RA.

Enjoy! I added double stamping because well…why not? Do you like the index finger or the others better? I can’t decide!


gradient2I actually forgot I had these China Glaze polishes in my stash since they were all the way in the back. After clean-up, though, I kind of remember why I don’t use them that often.


gradient3Though, these colors blended so well I am kind of mesmerized! I did use a transition color between the bright pink and dark purple and that really elevated this gradient to the next level.


gradient1Base: SinfulColors Snow Me White (to make the colors on top pop)

Gradient: China Glaze Purple Panic (pink), Caribbean Temptation (transition), Zoya Haven

Stamping: Pueen Cosmetics stamping plate PUEEN83, Konad Nail Art Stamping Polish – White, Color Club Nail Lacquer On the Rocks (silver)


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