Some Personal Stuff


Sorry to be slacking again after actually making an effort to ramp back up and blog more regularly in recent weeks. This is unlike times in the past when I just got too busy, stressed or lazy to devote the attention I should to the blog. In the midst of preparing several posts on Labor Day, I lost my mother after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s. This is a fate I would not wish on my worst enemy.

I was hoping to channel the anger/sadness/frustration into a incessant, obsessive nail painting, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. I will continue to share here and there on social media and will get the blog back up and running as soon as possible. I hope to be back up and posting at a regular place, too, as I’ve got tons of untried polishes, stamping plates, vinyls and unprocessed photos.

I am thankful for everyone who visits my blog. I really enjoy sharing my love of polish with you all and I look forward to continuing to do so for a long time to come.


Sunshine Award!!

I’ve been nominated for a Sunshine Award by my fellow blogger The Polish Alcoholic, thank you so much!  Check out her blog at Polish Alcoholic, she’s got some really great nail art inspiration (and some really gorgeous nails, too!)!

Sunshine Award

The award is given and passed on to bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.

It’s so nice to know that not only do a handful of people stop by on occasion, but that someone thought enough of my ramblings to nominate me.  Thanks again, girl!  🙂

The Sunshine Award comes with rules:

  1. Acknowledge the person who gave this award in a blog post. CHECK!
  2. Do the Q&A below. CHECK!
  3. Pass on the award to 10 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs. CHECK!


Who is your favorite philosopher?
I can’t say that I have one.  Uh oh, starting to feel uncultured here.. <giggle>

What is your favorite number?
13, I once read that as an astrological Cancer that was my lucky number

What is your favorite animal?
Cats, definitely, I’ve always been a cat person.

What is your favorite time of day?
Evenings, although I live the life of a morning person.  Not always a good combination LOL 

What are your Facebook and Twitter?
I am not much of a tweeter, but you can check me out or follow me at LeslieLuvsNails, if you’d like. 🙂

What is your favorite holiday?
It’s a toss-up between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  They both have great food and time with friends and family, but the presents……

What is your physical favorite activity?
Hmmm, I am not sure that I’ve found it yet.  I’ll get on that tomorrow…  😉

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Icy water is always delicious, and when in the mood for some sugar I do have the occasional Cherry Coke

What is your passion?
In recent months I would definitely have to say that nail polish and stamping is my most obvious passion!

What is your favorite flower?
I think roses are beautiful, yellow and lavender are my favorite colors to see them

My Nominations for the Sunshine Award:

Liz at Liquid Jelly

Ina at My Nail Polish Online

Laura at She Who Does Nails

Fellow Latina blogger Dahlia at Datyorkloves

Claudia at Holographic Hussy, possibly the most BRILLIANT blog name ever!!

Cheryl at Polish2Times

Amanda at Amandalandish

Cristina at Let Them Have Polish

Kelly at Devilish Designs

Rebecca at Rebecca Likes Nails

Thanks again for the nomination, and to all the bloggers listed here to have served as an inspiration to me and countless others, I am sure. 

Happy blogging everyone!


This look is great, and packs a beautiful punch with only and offset partial-nail second color and some dots! HAVE to try this one!


Another day, another tutorial for Julep week! This time we wanted to use a different colour combination. It’s hard branching out and finding didn’t shades that both look good & are different from the other tutorials we do. Today’s tutorial is very simple & has a geometric vibe.

Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint nails with Julep – Jessica. This is such a beautiful Spring shade, a soft robin’s egg pale blue. The polish only needed two coats for full opacity & dried with a smooth finish, perfect for our base colour.

Step 2: From about half way up one side of the nail create a diagonal line across to the opposite side. We used Julep – Rose, a bright true red shade. If you do not feel comfortable free-handing this step, tape off the area you would like painted for nice straight lines.

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My Pink Wednesday

How lucky that I actually bought pink polish recently!  Not only that, but I wore it and captured the moment for posterity!  The pink polish in question is Daytripper by Deborah Lippmann.  The color is described on the website as a pink melon melange and, since I had to look it up to come with an accurate description, I will stick with that. They had a WONDERFUL sale on these at Nordstrom’s a couple months ago and I had to get a couple.  🙂  The second polish in this manicure is Happy Birthday by Deborah Lippmann, a clear base strewn with multicolored glitter.  The website describes it as ‘party in a bottle’.  I’d have to agree.

I started with two layers of Daytripper, then added a layer of Happy Birthday and another layer of Daytripper.  I am thinking maybe two more layers on top next time?  We’ll see, the polish is a bit sheer, so it could work.  Finally, a butter LONDON’s Hardwear on top.

Deborah Lippmann Jelly Sandwich

Deborah Lippmann’s Pink Jelly Sandwich

I even got fancier and threw on a butter LONDON matte topcoat, the first time I’ve ever used one of these.  For some reason I assumed that, since the polish wasn’t shiny, that it must somehow be rough.  That is absolutely not the case.  The topcoat is as smooth as any shiny one I’ve used, and I actually liked the look of it!

Deborah Lippmann Pink Jelly Sandwich matte

Deborah Lippmann Pink Jelly Sandwich matte

This manicure looked really cool, I will definitely be trying this one again with different colors.  Have any of you tried a ‘sandwich’ manicure and, if so what colors did you use? I would love to see your version.

Thanks for reading and happy hump day!!

Leslie (*^_^*)

These are some wonderful colors – I need to pick up some of these! Black Widow and Autumn Harvest are my favs of the bunch – how about you?
Leslie 🙂

work / play / polish

Today I’m excited to show you Vivid Lacquer’s Halloween Collection! I loooove this collection. I only wish I could have photographed these in the sunlight…but the weather wouldn’t cooperate. I suppose my shadowy indoor lamp adds to the Halloween mystique. I layered each polish over a fairly predictable base coat. I’ll dream up some more exciting combinations in the future. Application was easy with every single polish. All manis are finished with one coat of Seche Vite.

First up is Waning Gibbous. It’s a blue jelly filled with purple, teal and silver (maybe gold) micro and hex glitters. I love jelly sandwiches in a bottle! To give this some depth, I started with one coat of Zoya Song and added one coat of Waning Gibbous with just a touch of dabbing. This is really beautiful.

Next is Autumn Harvest. When I opened my package, this was the first…

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Here’s another great manicure that I will have to try myself. Love the idea of using an eyeshadow applicator to add the gradient. Very clever!! Anyone else going to try this one? 🙂
Thanks for reading!


Julep week continues on PYP, this time we wanted to show you a design using only two shades that’s both easy & impressive looking! For some reason we don’t incorporate purple too much into our tutorials, so we wanted to show some love to the hue.

Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint nails with two coats of Julep – Morgan. This polish is a pretty lilac with a little bit of a pink undertone & applied evenly with just two coats.

Step 2: Using some nail art tape, cut 3 strips per nail. Place all three strips on nail – once base colour has dried. Make sure tape is secured on the nail so no polish leaks in the next step.

Step 3: Using an eyeshadow applicator, dip the sponge tip into Julep – Renee. Renee is a darker purple with high intensity shine and shimmer, a great…

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What a beautiful manicure, huh? I hope to one day be able to do such great nail art!


OPI – “Kiss Me On My Tulips” & “Metallic 4 Life”

I guess I’m feeling at a loss for words these days.  My brain is working too hard, so it’s shutting down on creativity.  I think I need another break so my brain cells can be revived.  🙂

Until then…. here’s another manicure.  *chuckle*


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Saw this manicure today and thought to myself, “Self, this mani is AWESOME!!!! Try this soon!” I will be trying this in the very near future and will post my results, although I am not sure they will be as lovely as these.
Thank you for sharing!!
Leslie 🙂


We recently spotted a wallpaper print in a local restaurant & instantly snapped a shot & thought it would be perfect for a new DIY nail art tutorial. The print was a nice blush pink, a little on the brighter side with a neutral accent, plus a pop of electric yellow – pretty much the perfect design to replicate. We have been searching for a particular Essie shade Knockout Pout for quite some time. Having tried it once in a salon (many moons ago) our hunt continued for years, randomly checking any beauty supply we popped into. Knockout Pout was the Polkaroo of polishes. You can’t even imagine our excitement when we found her on Beauty Stop Online. Jumpy claps all around. When this arrived we knew it was our perfect 1960s wallpaper print base.

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Another giveaway! (by someone else, of course lol)

While cruising the internet today, I stumbled upon this polish giveaway and sharing will get me TWO entries!!! Check it out, who knows you might get some really cool polish in the process!  What a great bunch of items in this contest!! 

happypolish July Giveaway!

  • Spiderman Series Minis! ~ Into The Night, Number One Nemesis, Just Spotted the Lizard!, and Your Web or Mine?
  • China Glaze ~ Luxe and Lush, Optical Illusion, and Crackle Gleam Me Up
  • Sinful Colors ~ Soul Mate, You Just Wait, and Tokyo Pearl
  • Zoya ~ Goldie
  • L’ oreal ~ Club Prive
  • 3 – Nail Star Two Way nail art pen & brushes
  • Jolee’s Jewels ~ Red swarvoski crystals 
  • Cina Nail Creations ~ Over the Rainbow
  • Donalyn Water Nail Decals ~ Two amazing packs of nail water decals! One has hilarious and funny sayings, and the other has some vintage floral designs. 🙂

I’ve had my eye on the Spiderman series for a bit, but haven’t taken the plunge yet.  There are a couple that I have already in the other items, but better to have two than none, I always say!  Plus there is more than enough that I DON’T have that will only enhance my current collection.  Currently, I don’t have any decals or those stones/glitter in my arsenal, and it would be fun to try working with them.

Happy entering!! 


Some recent stuff :-)


Julep’s Ashley with dots in China Glaze Glittering Garland

I love this orange, and I will definitely be rocking this Eagles green come football season!  Go Eagles!!

Nailed It Set by Sephora

Mini set by Sephora

This set from Sephora has the 10 polishes listed.  Sadly, the little bottles don’t have the names on them, so I need to find a way to remember which is which!  LOL  I have used a couple so far, one of which is the blue Mermaid To Order, and really like these polishes.  Can’t wait to try them all! 

Happy hump day!!
Leslie  🙂