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Happy 4th of July and welcome back to our 4th day of 4th of July nails!

For our final nail art post I decided to go with something simple yet fun, I like to call it Party in the USA. There is no need for any fancy artistic technique for this design, simply have fun with it. The picture of the final product is self explanatory, but just in case you want to know what strategy I used, read below.

What you will need:

  1. Red nail polish (Sally Hansen)
  2. Royal blue nail polish w/blue glitter undertone (Sinful Colors at CVS)
  3. Glitter polish with red, blue and silver sparkles (Off Brand)
  4. Angled paint brush + nail polish remover
  5. Miley CyrusParty in the USA playing in the background 😉



I have this horrible habit of applying too many colors and too many layers at the same time and then simply ruining my polish.  Since I knew I would be using three different colors this time around, I decided to take it one color at a time.

1. Painted my thumb, middle and pinky fingers with the red polish and let the 1st and 2nd coat completely dry before moving on to the next color. Once these were completely dry I took my angled brush, dipped it in nail polish remover and cleaned around the edges. I chose to go with the red first, because it has been my experience that red polish is the messiest…especially when it comes to cleaning around the edges.

2. I went ahead and did one coat of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

3. I then applied two coats of the blue polish on my index finger. While that dried I applied two more coats of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

4. When the blue was completely dry I cleaned around the edges, applied top coat and wallahhh!

Like I said, the design is pretty simple, but I love it and I will definitely be rocking it at the 4th of July block party.

4th nails





Halloween is tomorrow and even though I’m too old to trick-or-treat I’m definitely not too old to still have a little fun. In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to take a stab (no pun intended) at painting my nails “bloody red”.  Below are simple instructions on how to do it.

Step 1: Using a deep red nail polish draw a couple of (uneven) red lines and then place a dot or two of polish close to your cuticle line in order to create a dripping effect.

Step 2: Using the same red color, paint the tips of your polish. As you apply polish to the tips, ensure that the polish is blending with the drips.

Step 3: Apply topcoat and wualah!

Have a Happy Happy Halloween!!!


Keeping with the theme of last weeks post and Halloween a few weeks away, here is another nail tutorial.

This one is a simple and easy to do, all you need are an orange and a black sparkly polish.

As you can see, this one is way easy, simple and perfect for any halloween party or gathering.

Once again, let me know if you decide to re-create the look.

Thank you for visiting, CAT

I recently purchased several nail polish from Sally’s Beauty Store that were on clearance. Here is one of my favorites – Foie Gras by China Glaze from their Hunger Games collection.

Foie Gras is a milky, dark chocolate, brown which is a fantastic color for fall and I am sure I will be wearing it quite often.

What colors do you like for the fall?


Keeping with the on-going theme, here is another tutorial inspired by fireworks and the holiday (U.S. Independence Day – 4th of July).







Products used:

  • Sally Hansen – Blue me Away!
  •  L.A. Color Art Deco – Red Glitter
  • L.A. Color Art Deco – White
  • Pure Ice – Oh baby!
  • Wet n wild – I’m Seeing Double

Once again, check back tomorrow for a new tutorial.

Thank you,


Fourth of July (U.S. Independence Day) is upon one of my favorite holidays, why? The fireworks!! As a child Sparkler’s were so much fun! So, here is the first in the set of nail tutorials inspired by fireworks and the holiday.





Products used:

  • Essie – Set in Stone
  • Sally Hansen (Blue me Away), Love & Beauty (Indigo), and  L.A. Color Art Deco (White) – combined to make a midrange blue
  • L.A. Color Art Deco – White
  • Pure Ice – Crimson

Check back tomorrow for a different tutorial.


Here’s a sneak preview at a set of 4th of July inspired nail tutorials, to be posted every day until Independence Day. They are all pretty easy and quick to do, so get your red, white and blue polishes ready… Silver sparkly nail polish is a plus.


I don’t know about you, but I have very thin and brittle nails. As much as I would try to let them grow and treat them well, nothing seemed to help. The only solution to my problem was to keep polish on them, but we know that’s not always a good solution.

As you may remember, I have one obsession… YouTube beauty videos, that’s right, beauty videos on YouTube. Call me a nerd! Anyway, one of the gals that I follow LovelyShopGirl (Amanda) posted a video on how she got her nails to grow and be stronger (her channel is down at the moment therefore I cannot link it).

Here’s how to create your own DIY Nail strengthener and Growth Potion.

The ingredients are simple, here’s what you will need:

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - my favorite base nail coat

1 bottle of clear nail polish

1 clove of garlic – finely chopped

Finely chopped garlic

Finely chopped garlic

You guessed it, add the finely chopped garlic to the bottle of clear polish and let it “ferment” for at least a week.

Fermented DIY Garlic Polish

Fermented DIY Garlic Polish

Once the week is up, apply two coats to your bare clean nails as a base, everyday for a week. The way Amanda explained it, was that she would add a coat everyday for a week (or two) then take it off and start all over, again.

I didn’t feel like having shiny clear nails for up to two weeks, so I would apply the “garlic” clear polish to my “naked” nails, let it dry, then add whatever nail polish I was going to use. Two or three days later I would take that polish off and do it all over again with a different color polish… on and off for about two months. I am happy to report that my nails have indeed grown and are much stronger than they use to be.

My nails

My nails

To this day, I continue to use the “garlic” polish as a base every time I do my nails.

Hope to give this simple DIY nail strengthener and growth potion a try.


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