Eyes On Indie

Hi all!

Sorry for my absence, but we bought a new house and moved! Yay!

My nails suffered a bit, so while they recover from moving boxes and Tempurpedic mattresses (don’t. just don’t), here is some exciting news about your favorite local Indie brands!



Katherine of Polished by KPT began arranging this months ago with a local handcrafted, sustainable, DIY boutique called Ecomonster.

I will be there with lots of fun Wicked Polish goodies, and other indies will be there as well! Tickets are limited and are only $5, on sale at the above linked site.

It should be LOTS of fun, and if I swing things the right way, I may bring my pink glitter table. ¬†Who knows ūüôā

xoxo Rylee


Nail Art! (The Lost Designs)

I did a few (haha, understatement!) other designs with my piCture pOlish shades, trying to find something that was me, while attempting the “Best Nail Art You’ve Ever Done” (pressure, much?)

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If you haven’t already, please head over and vote for your favorite mani on the piCture pOlish Pinterest board! I would love to win the prize, a collaboration shade between PP and yours truly!


I began by cutting off tons of striping tape into small strips about one inch long.  I painted by nail nude and allowed it to completely dry.

TLD3Began in the middle of my nail, applying the bottom (top?!) of the tape halfway down my nail bed.

TLD4Then I applied the rest of the strips as shown, trying to get their tops and bottoms lined up just next to each other so I wouldn’t be left with a horizontal line of nude across my nail.

TLD5Some people apply the polish directly to their makeup wedge sponge (cosmetic wedges, I get mine at the drugstore), some people prefer to blend the polish on a surface first and dab the sponge onto it.

TLD6At first, you won’t have full coverage from the sponge, but allow a few seconds of dry time, and sponge again, and again. ¬†Be sure to keep your center line, where the two colors meet, right about in the middle. ¬†I wanted my polish to blend together around the middle of my nail bed, so i blended up and down just a bit.

TLD7Tada! ¬†Lots of polish all over the place ūüôā ¬†Now, the big reveal!

TLD8Pull the tape off, one piece at a time, IMMEDIATELY after you finish sponging your color on…pulling the tape off while the polish is still very wet is key to getting clean lines!

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I used a teeny brush to create the flowers by staggering small ‘C’ shaped curves from the inside of each flower out. ¬†The spiked studs are the same ones I used here yesterday. ¬†I used a dotting tool from eBay for the dots on my thumb. ¬†Obviously, wait a bit before using a thick topcoat so you don’t drag your beautiful nail art around!

‚̧ Rylee

Picture Polish BlogFest 2013: Wicked Spikes and Tutorial!

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First things first: if you haven’t heard of piCture pOlish, click HERE to check them out. ¬†These wondrous Aussie polishes have adorable names, slogans, and are in cute bottles. Go, buy!

Vote by checking out the Pinterest board at http://pinterest.com/picturepolish/picture-polish-launch-board/

And then enter your vote HERE: https://www.picturepolish.com.au/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=10

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I am so pleased to have the honor of participating in this year’s piCture pOlish BlogFest! The theme is “Year of the Blogger.” This 24 hour nail art extravaganza takes place on the interwebs with bloggers all over the world – and best of all, there are prizes to be won!

One award will be chosen, through likes on the Pinterest board linked above, by YOU!!! One award will be chosen through votes by participants, and one will be given out by the two lovely ladies of piCture pOlish, Jules and Megs!

Winners get to collaborate on shades of polish with PP! How cool would that be! I’m drooling just thinking about it!

I was sent three colors by piCture pOlish to play around with, create a manicure, and bring you a step by step tutorial.

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My shades were o’hara – for the Scarlett in all of you! marine – deeper & deeper see the blue sea, and nude – dare to bare flash some flesh. ¬†Oh, what fun I had playing with these! I will probably show you some other nail art using them in the days to come…

1I began by painting my nails with Nude and allowing them to COMPLETELY dry. ¬†I cut triangles out of plain old Scotch tape as shown above…

2…and stuck them on my nail to form wicked spikes! Although I’ve seen something similar done by Nailside, this was my first attempt!

3I painted my tips using O’Hara, making sure the tape was snug before painting all the exposed nail.

4I peeled the tape off RIGHT AWAY (this is the key to getting clean lines, don’t wait for the polish to dry!) and voila!

5After waiting for that polish to dry (you don’t want to peel the polish off with the next layer of tape!), I applied triangles of tape again, this time overlapping the spikes as shown above. ¬†Keeping the lines even is the hardest part of this! ¬†I painted that section with Marine and peeled the tape off right away again.


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Squee! I love the way these turned out. ¬†My accent nail is simply one (YES ONE!) coat of O’Hara with topcoat and three nail art spikes glued on. ¬†The spikes are from Selena of PinkURock.com!

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I used 3 thin, easy coats of Nude to reach full, even coverage on my nails, but both O’Hara and Marine were easy one-coaters!

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I used the same technique on my thumb, but spaced the spikes out to create…teeth? ¬†An EKG reading? ¬†Who knows!

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IG @wickednails

A HUGE thank you to piCture pOlish for selecting me to participate in this contest and receive these lovely colors to try out and create with!  Please let me know if you try this technique, there are so many things you can do with it!  And if you ever want to be able to own a truly WICKED shade of piCture pOlish, I will need your help!  Head over and vote!


‚̧ Rylee

piCture pOlish where to buy: Click HERE for international shipping, or Click HERE for their network of distributors!

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Polish Me To Go: Floral Print

Happy Monday!

Today I have some quick nail art for you using glow polishes from Polish Me To Go – her polish is so much fun to use for nail art, because you can do cute designs and then see them completely differently when they glow.



I used a white creme with Snow Glow over it, and then used various polishes from her collection to make the abstract floral print.



So much fun!

‚̧ Rylee

I Love Peachy Polish: Undie Sunday!

EDITED from original post!!

I love my friend Valesha’s blog Peachy Polish, and decided to borrow (read: steal) her Undie Sunday idea! ¬†Here are some of the polishes I have used under glitters and designs!

First up are a few shades from Ethereal Lacquer. I was a bit unhappy that they were very different colors in person from swatches I have seen, but they are still pretty.

EL Mint Madness

Ethereal Lacquer Mint Madness. Four coats plus topcoat to even it out. These were all on the thick side but applied evenly.

EL I LavenDare You

I LavenDare You.  This color was inconsistent with the swatches I have seen.  Meagan from Ethereal Lacquer told me she had some pigment issues and is working super hard to fix this Рshe is even sending another polish to replace this! What a sweetheart.  Can you say customer service? Yowza!!!!!

EL Chelsea Rose

Chelsea Rose.  Another 4 coater with topcoat.  Pretty pink, but not as bright as I expected.

Essie Bottle Service

Essie Bottle Service.  Love this slightly orange leaning bright pink.  This went on in 3 easy, thin coats, shown with topcoat.

Essie Bouncer It's Me

Essie Bouncer It’s Me is a lovely deep blue. ¬†The formula, however, leaves a LOT to be desired. ¬†It is thin, streaky, and left bald patches. ¬†This is five (yeah. I know.) thin coats plus topcoat, and that is kind of too many for my taste. ¬†The color is lovely, however. ¬†Sorry for the pale skin but I wanted you to get the real color here!

Good times.  More nail art, swatches, and other fun things coming this week!

‚̧ Rylee