Pretty Pink Pumpkin Nails

One of our themes for the OCT #NAILlinkup is PUMPKIN and I wanted to do something really pretty.  Just google ‘pink pumpkins’ and you will be blown away by all the pretty! So here’s my go at non-traditional pumpkins.  I did throw some orange in there for good measure, but also some orchid, light pink and bronze!

pretty pink pumpkin nails pretty pumpkin nails pumpkin nailsLater this week I’ll have to show you a swatch of this orchid color I keep wearing.  It’s too pretty!  And surprisingly, orchid seems to go so well with so many other colors!

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Easy Zoya Cassedy Nail Art

This is my kinda nail art- simple, yet striking.  An effortless design like this is perfect for a busy mid-week mani, and is also easy to do on both hands.  What’s not to love about that?  I’m wearing two coats of Zoya Cassedy and some simple nail art using a dark blue AVON Gel Finish nail polish called Inked Up. I applied the blue with two quick swipes of my striper brush, then filled in the empty space with the regular old avon bottle brush. The whole mani took literally 15 minutes from start to finish.

Zoya Cassedy zoya Cassedy simple nailartI got Cassedy a year ago- It’s part of the winter Zenith Collection that Zoya came out with in 2013.  But I never tried it until now.  Reviews said that it had a green tone to it, but my bottle looked silver and since I have several silvers I kinda pushed it to the back of my stash.  But now that I have it on my nail- I totally see what they’re saying about the green quality!  I really like the charcoaly teal shade- it’s kinda sexy.  One thing I noticed about my bottle though… it has a defect or something.  See the circular shape in my pic below?  i thought it was a bubble in my polish, but I shook it up and it was still there.  I think the glass bottle has an imperfection.  I mean, it’s not a big deal. I’m just sayin. ;)

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Favorite Indie for #naillinkup

I feel like I don’t have a lot of indie polishes… so I counted them this morning.  Apparently I have 51 of them.  Which is way more than I thought!  Some of my faves in my stash are my Brijits Digits indies because well, she’s a very good friend of mine, but also because her hand blended polishes are tres sophistiques! Like Rasbie Cosmo which is a sexy raspberry color with blue shimmer running through it.  So for this week’s NAIL LINKUP prompt for October, FAVORITE INDIE, I paired Rasbie Cosmo with some blurple colors to accentuate it’s blue shimmer that I love so much.

brijits digits indie nail art rasbie cosmo rasbie cosmo nail art rasbie cosmo indie nailsI have some nail strips I want to review for the blog, but I can’t resist keeping this nail art on for a few more days! The raspberry and purple color scheme is really doin it for me.

Let’s see what other favorite indies are out there in our Linkup.  If you have a fave indie polish you can add your link to our gallery too!  This prompt does not require nail art, you can just post a swatch if you want.  Here’s the Oct N.A.I.L. info!

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Textured nails for #naillinkup

I shortened my nails a lil bit last night and I just love how they look in black! When my nails are long I just can’t handle black- it looks too stark and vampy, but at this length- I really like them! I was itching to wear black today, especially since it’s perfect for fall and halloweentime (check out my IG nails too). So for this October N.A.I.L. Linkup mani I started with a nice black base color of China Glaze Liquid Leather.  Then I used 4 different textured polishes with 4 different sized dotting tools to make a cool gradiated dotticure.  I changed it up a bit on my pinkie by adding one coat of Shimmer Tracy for some gold glittery goodness.

It is so gorgeous in NY now so I had to include some of the fall foliage in my pic!

textured fall dotticuretextured dot nailsThe four textured polishes I used are-

Orange – Julie G Frosted Gumdrops Tangerine Dream

Gold – AVON Brushed Metals Burnished Copper

Coral  – L.A. Girl Sandblast Glissand

Pink – L.A. Girl Sandblast Sandals

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A Radiant Orchid Halloween!

Nail Polish Canada always has the coolest nail art contests!  So here’s my entry for their Halloween brewhaha.  I went with a radiant orchid theme and I got some crackle, some spiderwebs and a ghost pumpkin goin on here-

halloweenorchid halloween nails by CraftynailI recently bought a new radiant orchid polish since I’m lovin the pantone color of the year! It’s funny, before radiant orchid was announced for 2014, I never even owned an orchid shade!  But now that I have my hands on this color I want to wear crap out of it.  So why not do a radiant orchid halloween mani?  Here’s what I’m wearing-

☽ AVON Nailwear Pro+ in Orchid Splash as my base color

☽ China Glaze Liquid Leather for the black nailart

☽ NYC French White Tip to fill in my pumpkin

☽ Rimmel Green Eyed Monster for the green accents

☽ China Glaze Black Mesh for the crackle effect

To see the other entries in the contest, and to vote on mine (or your other favorite, of course) check it out here>>  Halloween Nail Art Contest at

OK, I lied- I’m having technical difficulties adding my design to the inlinkz… but hopefully it will show up soon!

Neutral Nails for #TheBeautyBuffs

Neutral nail polishes are a must-have in any girl’s collection.  Neutrals are great for everyday wear, and especially for the office.  I like to pull out a beige or sandy color when I have a big work event where I’ll meet and greet with lots of people.  I’d like to think that a perfectly polished neutral manicure makes people think ‘this woman’s got it together!”

I have this gorgeous neutral in my stash that hasn’t been getting nearly enough wear-time, so I thought I’d try it on again.  It is a beauty!  Here’s two coats of Orly Nite Owl….

neutral swatch by Craftynail Orly Nite Owl Swatch orly Nite Owl neutralNite Owl is a light brown with champagne shimmer running through it.  It was part of the ‘Birds of A Feather’ collection that Orly released a few years back.  This may be my favorite neutral because the shimmer lends something special to the finish, don’t you think? What’s your favorite neutral polish?

Let’s see what the other Beauty Buffs are wearing!thebeautybuffs

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