instead of the same five questions otherwise known as FBFF, this week we are doing a visual link-up. and i am so excited because it is a manicure link-up! it’s been a while since i’ve used my stamp kit and i haven’t had a chance to use my new zoya polish (it’s called dove) either so it came at a perfect time! it is a nice light grey color although it kinda photographed like the same color in this mani. oh well! but speaking of manicures…i have a question for you all. do you use a nail strengthener??? i use “feed me” by essie as my base but it doesn’t seem to be keeping my nails from being brittle. i’ve also used nailtiques which i really like but i’m just curious what you all use. can i start saying y’all even though i don’t have an accent? you won’t mind will you? =)

don’t forget to stop by thrifty & shameless to check out everyone else’s manicures!!! you can also see more of mine here.

15 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Amy
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    Ive recently started using ‘Nail Magic’ as a base coat, and I think the splitting/brittleness has gotten better! Got it at Sally’s.

  2. Marie-Eve
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 2:39 am

    Oh ! That’s pretty and perfect (or pretty perfect you choose !). Love it !

  3. Dress Me Polly
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 5:25 am

    Wow! That is a lovely look. I really like the results people are getting with these nail art stamper things. I wish I could buy one, but have a feeling the craze has not yet hit Vientiane, Lao PDR. Maybe in a few years….

  4. brett
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 5:26 am

    loving that color nail polish
    you are the second person so far that has used the nail stamp
    where the heck have i been that i didn’t know about this awesome technique??
    thanks for sharing

  5. Charee
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    Love this!! The color is so soft and sublte. I love any grey colors… you’ll be able to see that from my Mani. LOL I use Qtica from Ulta as a nail hardener and it is heaven. It’s a little expensive ($20) for a nail polish bottle, but oh so worth it!!!

  6. Kimberlee
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    I need a nail stamper stat! That’s a gorgeous Zoya color… I may have to snag it šŸ˜‰

  7. mae
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    I LOVE your nails! Grey is one of my favorite polish colors and it looks fantastic on you. Your blog is super cute too, I’m so glad I found you. I look forward to following you!

  8. My Dressy Ways
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    I love Zoya Dove. Did you get any more polishes during this last promo? I picked up Shay (which I loved from last month’s Birchbox), Cassi and Yara – the green from the Mirrors collection. So excited to get them in!

    I used to use Nailtiques to grow my nails too and thought it worked great! Not using anything now, but need to!

  9. Penny Pincher Fashion
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Love this mani – it’s so intricate & pretty! Btw, I use either OPI Nail Envy as my base coat or the Nailtiques Formula II. But, what also helps is taking fish oil 3x a day and getting plenty of iron in your diet! šŸ™‚

  10. Bridget
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    So pretty! I love this mani. =]

  11. Cortney
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    I used a nail stamping kit too! I love how subtle your nails are, they’re absolutely stunning.

    (And I’ll admit–I don’t use a base coat.)

  12. Courtney
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    I used to use Nailtiques and liked it, but it has been a while now since I have tried it.
    I love your mani! The design is awesome. Do you just get those at a beauty supply? Or are they harder to find?

  13. Miss Rockwell
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Always looovvveee your nails!!! I need to find a stamp and when I do I will come straight to you for tutorials! I mean seriously, they look like they were professionally done!

  14. Nnenna
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    It looks amazing- I love it! =) Where did you buy your nail stamping kit?

  15. Autumn
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    I must have just rolled out of a cave b/c I have never seen these nail stamps! OMG the gray with the white is STUNNING!!