Wednesday, July 4, 2012

So What! Wednesday - Nail Obsession + Zoya polish freebie

Posted By: Leah
Happy 4th of July! Or as we call it in the USA, Independence Day! I wish we could celebrate Independence day on another day of the week, like Thanksgiving is always Thursday, Independence day should always be a Friday. Just sayin'

...But until the US government starts listening to my holiday day/date suggestions and changes the US's birthday, we'll just celebrate July 4th on July 4th.  This year it falls smack in the middle of the week. Lame (only because I'm at work today and everyone else I know is at home). Something that is not lame is So What! Wednesday (nice transition, right?)

For today's So What! I want to share with you guys (gals) an obsession I have. No...not more on Hello Kitty (for the moment). This is another obsession. It's nail art. Every one of my So Whats! are going to be nail related. How about that for some Freedom?! Nail design freedom y'all :)

So What! I cannot wait to try Ciaté caviar nail pearls. What? You haven't heard of these? I saw a photo and was intrigued. Then I heard you can get microbeads at Michaels and it's basically the same thing.

So What! While looking for caviar nails photos I found these done with real sprinkles... omggg!
So What! I also found these adorable nail wraps! I have a feeling they might stay on better than the caviar/microbeads/edible sprinkles! lol
So What! I have fallen into the ombré trap. I love everything ombre and can't wait to try this technique for ombré nails...
So What! I also love glitter nails. I cannot figure out how to master this technique... but it's awesome.
So What! These nails are RAD! and the directions are to just place dots of color in the corner and spread with a toothpick. Somehow this must be more difficult. It is so cool!
So What! These are made from PAPER! omg all the girl did was paint her nails white, then dip them in rubbing alcohol, throw paper squares on top. then the color transfers!? and she did a glitter topcoat!

...ok I'm loving the tutorials!

So What! Here's more nail awesomeness & directions:

So What! ok... I've put it off for long enough, here's a whole bunch of Hello Kitty nails! (and yes... I may have some of these planned for my own life soon!)

So What! I have done sooo many nail art related posts that it's too many to link up to this blog post. Probably they will show up at the bottom in the 'You might also like:' section. Maybe? HERE's one

So What! I'll leave you with some totally adorable nautical nails for Independence day. Red, White + Blue! PS the white comes from french manicure nail strips. You can get them at wal-mart (guaranteed to be open 7/4). Painting stripes can be a challenge, and this is super simple!

So What! I fail at life. I didn't link any of these correctly... they are all from pinterest & google images. I'm a bad, blogger. Forgive me, it's a holiday :)

What are you saying So What! to this Independence day?

PS if you follow me on IG, you saw my own attempt at patriotic nails... oh I need to keep working on my nail technique :)

This was my attempt at the 'fireworks' nails with a toothpick and dots:

And this was my attempt at the nautical with a heart look (clearly I didn't use the french manicure strips)

As a special Independence Day treat... I have a free full size Zoya Polish for you (+ free shipping too!)
1) Go to
2) Search for the color: America
3) Enter in the promo code: freedom2
4) Continue the checkout process and you'll receive the red polish for free and free shipping too!

Several of my west-coast friends who are just now reading the post have reported that they are unable to get the Zoya America polish for free. I'm sorry everybody, it was working great this morning. I would have ordered it for all of you if I had gotten the code before today. 


  1. Omg love those! I'll have to try some one night when I have the patience!

  2. I love that caviar look! So fun. Happy 4th.

  3. i wish i wouldn't pick at my nails.. i love that red,white & blue nails!!im a sucker for stuff like that!! Your nails are pretty!! how did you do the heart on your toes? super adorable!!!

    Happy Wednesday & Happy 4th of July!!

    1. Thank you ! I just opened up a bobby pin and drew on the heart :) I tried using the bobby to draw stripes too, but it didn't work quite as well.

  4. I am loving the ombre nails!! I must try that!

  5. I am obsessed with nails - just wish I could make it look nicer. Thanks for the code I went to try it and it is still charging me full price for the nail polish :(

    1. oh no! you're the 2nd person to say that. I'm so sorry. It might have been a limited time thing :( I say keep trying and maybe if it's a glitch they'll get it fixed.

  6. When I saw you were questioning caviar nails, I was going to suggest the Michale's beads as well! I haven't tried them but I love the look! Actually, I love everything you pinned but it never turns out that way for me. Love your toes, too cute!

  7. Leah, first-time visitor here from Cleveland. Saw a comment you made on Rachel's site and decided to click-through. Have a nice Fourth of July too!

  8. oh! i need to try one of these- SOON!

  9. OMG these are too cute! I would chip them in a matter of hours though and then be PISSED!

  10. These are so cute. I will have to show them to my best friend. Her girlfriend is THE.BEST at handpainting nails. I don't know how she does it but she gives some seriously cool designs.

  11. You need to come to Japan and check out all the awesome nails they have here. AMAZING. Umbre nails are SO in right now, and all the nail art stuff. I'm just not a nail person... you know after years and years of classical violin training. It's near impossible for me to not cut my nails short to the skin every other week. :(

  12. I am addicted to painting my nails now solely thanks to Julep nail products. Have you heard of them? It's a monthly subscription box. You can check them out on my blog here.


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