Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

Nail IT Magazine posted an adorable Halloween stamping video (which I have to share because…HALLOWEEN! ❤ ) 

http://nailitmag.com and JessiJayBeauty

http://nailitmag.com and JessiJayBeauty

The video comes by way of blogger JessiJayBeauty, who also has tons more!  She uses the MoYo London Gothic Stamping Plate (of which, there are 13…my favorite number, and oh, how appropriate! ❤ ) 

I’m excited because I actually didn’t know about MoYo prior…and though I have gel nails, you never know when I might want to paint OVER them! The polishes used in the video are also available on MoYo – Black Knight and Ginger Rust.  Sah-naaaazzz-IE! 

MoYo website image

MoYo website image

Nail It Mag

I wasn’t really into the nail art thing until about two years into my Ballroom training – I actually went to nail salon under the duress of my then dance partner who insisted gel nails would make my lines longer.  

Despite my initial resistance, I certainly understood the importance of “elongating” my shapes on the floor – it’s the reason we wore flesh-toned (tan for Ballroom) sandals, and why some skaters wore tan skates, after all.  So the concept was nothing new…but getting my nails done was!

I tried the glue-on ones – DISASTER!  Forget what a pain it was, I’d inevitably (and painfully) lose one over the course of the competition.  NG.  No good.

And, I did the French manicure once or twice… But “my thing” is being different, and beating to my own drum and EVERYONE had French.  They still do.

I love glitter – one of the contrary facets of my tomboyish nature!  So, after trial and error, I tracked down my own UV glitter gel and have been brining it to my lady ever since.  Sadly, I’m moving in two months and will need to go back to square one…and my documented iPhone photos!

Over the last few years I’ve seen the glitter thing become trendy – not too thrilled with that, BUT…it does make it easier to get a hold of the stuff (I have used eBay Honk Kong for years!)  

Nail It Magazine is newer on the scene (the Japanese girls are giggling – they are WAY ahead of our curve!), speaking to the surge of nail decorations…and it’s a ton of fun.  

I didn’t have any blue gowns in Ballroom, but I’d so have done these if I did.  Nail It calls it “Cinderella.”  

Nailitmag.com photo

Nailitmag.com photo

The look isn’t for the shy, clearly  And honestly, I think it’s more fit for Wintertime, than Spring or Summer…but it’s beautiful all the same!  Colors can be played with, of course – a Springtime sky blue, maybe?  Neon even?! – but the idea for the diagonal degrade dots, and mull-sized glitter is gorgeous.

Happy to see that nail art has become so big over here…not so much so I can fit in (I’d rather not!), but more because then I get a few less looks when my glittery claws catch the sun!


NAIL-It Color Change

Well this is a super fun feature!  NAIL-It has ten tutorials specifically for the art of working with color-changing polishes…  

While it isn’t anything entirely new, the nail polish in and of itself is a fun idea. What I love is that NAIL-It is providing some instruction about how to creating unique, color-and-shape-shifting art WITH it. 

And, if you aren’t in love with these, I bet they will at least offer some fun, summer inspiration!

Starrily Sparkle Central

My NAIL-It Magazine newsletter featured a subscriber discount for Starrily, so I wanted to share!

I have this interesting dichotomy going where I want to be a ninja and I want to sparkle at the same time.  Don’t judge!  My Sensei says “oh brother” and Iiiii say, “it’s a blinding flash of glitter and you’re DOWN!”

It could work!


Maybe it’s the figure skater / ballerina / ballroom dancer in me – I’ve been performing my entire Life so I may be kicking and punching but, if I’m under lights, I can’t help but want to glow!