Nail File Friday’s: Negative Space Black French Manicure

I don’ know if I’m late to the party but either way, I’m officially hooked on the ease of this nail art and the many different ways you can take this. Because as they say, the possibilities are endless. I just recently found out about the ‘negative space’ nail art craze. I have to say, I’m on board, completely! With all my little ones, the still on going back to school preparations and home life, this ‘negative space’ nail art is just what a busy mom needs in her life!

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Essie Nail Polish Used: Essie Under The Twilight (dark purple) I had originally wanted to also use Anchor Down (gray-blue tone) but then opted not to, hence the pictures.

Nail Tools UsedNail Brush and Avery Reinforcement Labels or you can also try these French Manicure Stickers – Mix Styles such beautiful styles for a ‘French’ style manicure, works as an easy guide for a non-professional nail gal like myself.

What is this ‘negative space’ nail trend you ask? The idea is basically to have your natural nail incorporated in your nail art, to have your uncolored nail showing through – amazing right?! I mean unpainted nails, on trend?! Yes, finally, hassle free nail art! As you can see here, I did it by doing a basic french manicure and having it look not so basic.

Steps for general nail polish with nail art:

Step One:  1 Coat of ‘Seche’ Base Coat

Step Two:  This is really self explanatory but one thing that really helps me when doing a french manicure is using the reinforcement labels, simply cut them in half and place them on top of the nail, making sure you are gently pressing on the corners so they are well placed on the nail, apply the nail polish and remove the labels while the polish is still wet, clean up the sides of the nail by simply dipping the nail brush in acetone. I applied a full coat of nail polish on the thumbs. Tip: While you have the label on your nail, apply one coat of the nail polish, remove the sticker and carefully go back and apply a second coat of the nail polish.

…. Allow the nail art to completely dry ….

Step Three:  Allow nail art to completely dry before applying top coat to avoid smudging

Step Four:  1 Coat of ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – Cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying that can happen from the nail acetone, it helps keep your cuticles moisturized

Have a great Friday!


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Nail File Friday’s: Pink Shades + Gold Tape

I’ve been really loving bright colors lately – don’t get me wrong, I still love my darker shades. This week I’ve been wearing two tones of pink nail polish shades and also used some nail striping tape in gold.

Nail Polish Used: Essie Polish in S’il Vous Play (glitter gold) however, the next best thing is this glitter gold color in Luxeffects, Mod Square (pink) and Bachelorette Bash (fuchsia pink)

Nail Tools Used: Nail Striping Tape in GoldNail Brush for cleaning the sides of the nail and Cuticle Nipper to cut ends of the striping tape


To begin, after you have applied the Seche Clear Base Coat, apply two coats of the gold glitter polish. I painted the ring finger in Mod Square and the rest in Bachelorette Bash – for some reason the photo looks more like red, but it’s not, it’s a fuchsia pink – so pretty. Once the nail polish has dried, I placed nail striping tape in gold on the pinky finger – it’s subtle but makes such a difference, gently press down and cut with the cuticle nipper. Allow that to dry completely and then apply a top coat to all, I like Out The Door Top Clear Coat. To know the basic nail tools I own for the perfect at-home manicure, you can find it here!

Hope you have a great Friday!


Nail File Friday’s: Reverse French Manicure

So this week I tried something new, it’s the ‘Reverse French Manicure’ in a nude shade and light pink glitter polish – so easy and so nice! This is the perfect nude and the glitter gives it that something extra – hope you give this a try!

Nail Polish Used: Essie: Go Go Geisha (nude) and S’il Vous Play (pink with glitter) I wasn’t able to find that exact color but A Cut Above (pink with glitter) is the next best thing!

Nail Tools Used: Avery Reinforcement Labels and the Nail Brush for cleaning the sides of the nail

As always, apply your Seche Clear Base Coat and apply two coats of Go Go Geisha, allow the color to completely dry before applying the Reinforcement Label. Once it’s dry, place the Label as near or as far away from your cuticle as you’d like – the further away from the cuticle, the more of the second color that will show, press the label down lightly on your nail and apply A Cut Above or the second color, remove the label while the nail polish is still wet. Allow that to dry completely before applying your Out The Door Top Clear Coat – if you don’t give the polish enough time to dry before applying the top coat, the second polish will smear. And that was it, now you’ve got a beautiful reverse french manicure!

If you haven’t seen my post on the basic nail tools to own for the perfect at-home manicure, you can find it here!

Have a great Friday!