Monday, December 30, 2013

Doctor Who- 11th Doctor Holiday Nails- Bow Ties!

On the evening of Christmas day, much of my family gathered around the television to watch the Christmas special of Doctor Who.  We did this last year as well and it seems that it might be a new tradition for us!
Once again I painted my nails to go with the Doctor Who episode!  Since it is the holidays and we were going to be watching Matt Smith's last episode, I painted red and green bow ties and a fez on my nails.  Bow ties are cool and a fezzes are too!

We like Matt Smith so we were all eager to watch the episode but also not so eager since we think he's awesome and didn't want to say good-bye.  For Christmas, I received a stuffed animal version of Matt Smith as the Doctor so he watched the episode with us.

I'm sad to say that the episode was far from our favorite and we were a bit disappointed.  We still had a great time watching it together though and I'm curious to see Peter Capaldi's episodes in the future. Matt Smith was great so he has big shoes (or a big fez) to fill! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tutorial- Christmas Tree Nail Art with Hidden Mickeys

Happy Holidays from Pixie Dust Nails!  I love painting Christmas trees onto my nails because it's pretty easy to do.  Here's a tutorial in case you want to do some Christmas nail art too!

What you'll need:
- Nail polish to paint the background of your nail art (I used white)
- Various colors of nail polish for your Christmas Tree
- Tape (I used Scotch tape)
- Bobby pin or dotting tool
- Toothpicks

Step 1.  Pick a color you want the background of your nail art to be.  I picked white so that my trees would stand out on it.  Paint your nails in that color.

Step 2.  After the polish is completely dry, get two pieces of masking tape and place them onto your nail so that it creates a stencil of your triangle for your Christmas tree.  Then paint the inside with the color you want your tree to be- I used lime green!  The tape will prevent excess paint from getting onto the rest of your nail.  Do this on as many nails as you want.  I painted trees onto my ring finger and my thumb.

Step 3.  After you paint in the shapes for the trees, let the paint dry and carefully remove the tape.

Step 4.  Now you have the shapes for your trees!  It's time for the fun part - decorating them! You can use a dotting tool or the end of a bobby pin to paint on dots for your ornaments.  You can use whatever colors you like.  Using a toothpick, I painted on ears to some of my ornaments to make hidden Mickeys.   I used another toothpick to paint a star on the top.

Step 5. For the nails you don't paint trees on, you can use your dotting tool or bobby pin to paint on garland.  In the end, you have some festive nails!

And that's how you can do some Christmas nail art for the holidays!  I hope everyone has a merry and magical time with family and loved ones!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Once Upon A Time- Evil Queen/Regina Inspired Nail Art

Surprise!  It's another Once Upon A Time inspired mani!  This one is inspired by one of my favorite characters on the show- the Evil Queen/Regina!   I used this photo of her from (Entertainment Weekly) as my main source of inspiration.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Doctor Who Nail Art - The Day of the Doctor

It's the Day of the Doctor and my nails are all dressed up for the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who!

The 'Day of the Doctor' episode is going to have two of the Doctors - the 10th and 11th -so I made sure to include them!  I added in other things from the series as well!

My thumbnail has the TARDIS.  My index finger represents the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) with his famous bow tie and suspenders!  My middle finger has the face of a scary CyberMan.  My ring fingernail represents my favorite of the doctors- the 10th Doctor (David Tennant).  On there I painted his suit, tie, and coat.  Finally on my pinky, I painted the dangerous Dalek! 

We have the apartment decorated and snacks ready to go!  It's time for some Doctor Who! Fantastic!  Allons-y! and... Geronimo!

Check out more Doctor Who fun in my posts from earlier this week:

Thursday, November 21, 2013


As promised in my Doctor Who: TARDIS and Galaxy Nails post, here is how I made my TARDIS dress! 

It took a bit of trial and error but in the end this is what I used:
  • Affordable blue dress (I found mine at Ross)
  • Blue and White Felt (can use fabric too but I found that the felt worked better for me)
  • Black Ribbon
  • Wite-Out or white fabric marker
  • White Cardstock
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Safety Pins

How To:
1.  First, I looked over my dress and I did some brainstorming as to what I wanted it to look like.  The most recognizable features of the TARDIS in my opinion are the windows, the St. John Ambulance logo, and the notice so I planned to add those to the dress.

2.  I cut out some scratch paper into the shapes of those TARDIS features (2 rectangles for the windows, a circle for the logo, and a large rectangle for the notice) and then I figured out where everything would be placed.  This helped because it gave me an idea on what size everything needed to be and what I wanted for the overall look.  After this, I started working on creating the windows.

3.  For the windows, I cut out two rectangles out of the blue felt/fabric and then cut out 12 smaller white rectangles out of the cardstock and glued them onto the blue ones.  I placed 6 of the white rectangles onto each blue one (2 rows of 3 on each).

4.  For the St. John Ambulance logo and the notice, I found images of them online and printed them onto cardstock.  Afterwards, I glued the cardstock onto white felt.  (This was to make it so they were more stiff and wouldn't tear as easily when they were on the dress.)

5.  I cut a piece of black ribbon and then wrote "Police Public Call Box" on it using white-out (you can also use a white fabric marker).  To be honest, this took me a couple tries to get it to look the way I wanted it.

6.  After giving the glue and Wite-Out 24 hours to completely dry, I placed everything on the dress and then started safety pinning it on.  It took a little patience but in the end I got everything on there!  If you have sewing skills, you could also sew everything onto the dress but I do like that with the safety pins I can remove all the pieces when I wash the dress and then I can just pin everything back on afterwards!

At the last minute, I decided that the TARDIS dress wasn't complete without the light on top so I used a plastic headband and white and blue sparkly pom poms to create one.  I used a hot glue gun to glue them onto the headband and then I was done!  Sometime I might make a more elaborate light headpiece but it works for now!

So that's how I made my TARDIS outfit!  I recommend buying some extra materials to allow yourself to play with ideas on how you want to design your dress!  I'm looking forward to wearing my dress again this weekend!  Just a couple more days until the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Doctor Who- TARDIS and Galaxy Nails

This past Halloween like last year, I painted my nails to go with my costume!  Here's my nail art which gives you a hint on what my costume was!

This year my sisters and I all wore Doctor Who inspired costumes.  Each of my sisters dressed like Doctors 9, 10, and 11, so I decided to be the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space)- the police box that the Doctor travels in.  I've seen several different ideas on Pinterest on how to make your own TARDIS dresses so after finding an affordable blue dress, I worked on creating my own!
I'm not the craftiest and I can't really sew but I was able to put something together using safety pins.  Since the Doctor Who 50th anniversary is coming up, I'll do a special post with details on how I made my dress later this week!  For now here's a pic of me in it!

I thought that a space/galaxy nail design would work well with my dress.  It's actually really easy if you use this tutorial:  Galaxy Nail Tutorial by Beautylish.  I used it once before when I painted my sister's nails and I really liked how it looked so I was happy to give it another try.  On my thumbnail using the nail polish brush and a toothpick I was able to add the TARDIS flying through space.

I may be painting this design on my nails again for the upcoming anniversary episode this week!  I'm really looking forward to watching it!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Breaking Bad Nail Art

Tonight is the Breaking Bad finale!  In honor of the show, I painted my nails to match!

I went on Pinterest and found lots of ideas!  There is some amazing work on there!  I used a lot of those ideas as inspiration.  I must admit this design was hard!  It took me two tries to paint Heisenberg on my thumb and I'm not the best at painting letters but I think in the end it came out okay!

In addition to Breaking Bad nail art, we also made some Breaking Bad inspired margaritas!  I'm sipping on one right now as I wait for the finale to start!

We used Blue Curacao to make the margarita blue and added a bit of blue food dye to some salt to rim the glass in order to make it look a bit like Walter White's blue meth on the show.   The margarita is yummy!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I'm off to watch the finale!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pop Century Tie-Dye Nail Art for the Disneyland 10k

Recently my husband and I completed the Disneyland 10k!  We both wore our Pop Century shirts for the run so I painted my nails to match!  Here's what I came up with:

Pop Century is a resort at Disney World where different sections of the hotel are themed to different decades from the 50s to the 90s. We stayed there on our honeymoon last year and enjoyed walking around looking at the fun and colorful decor.

On my thumb I painted the word "Pop" using red and yellow like it is on the resort's sign.  For the rest of the nails I decided to do something different.  When I think of Pop Century, I remember the tie-dye cheesecake we enjoyed while staying there so I decided to try to do a tie-dye design. 

I looked around on Pinterest for ideas on how to do the tie-dye.  I found a tutorial on the blog "The Crafty Ninja" and used that as a guide.  I painted my nails with white polish first.  Once it dried, I painted stripes of a few different colors onto the nail and then while it was still wet I dragged a toothpick through all the colors.  It wasn't exactly the effect I wanted but I was still happy with it especially since I was a bit pressed for time. It was messy and I got paint everywhere so I had to do a lot of clean up once my nails were done but I think the result was still pretty good!

It was fun to have cheerful and colorful nails at the 10k.  Plus I think they went with my outfit well!  I even found a headband at the runDisney Expo that matched my nails!  I bought it and wore it at the 10k.

Here are me and my husband during the 10k!

Team Pop Century!

We did it!

I was so happy we completed the Disneyland 10k!  It was a great experience!  Here's one last photo- my nail art with my shiny new medal!

Want to read more about my 10k experience?  Check out my recap on my blog So Disney!:
So Disney! - Disneyland 10k Recap

Friday, August 2, 2013

Hidden Mickey and Dots Mani

I was looking through photos yesterday and stumbled across this mani that I did several months ago!  I didn't get the best photos which is why I never posted it but I figured I'd go ahead and share them anyway!

These were rather simple to do- just pick a color you like for the base and then two bright colors to do the dots at the tips of your nails.  You can use a dotting tool or a even a bobby pin to do the dots.   For the center dot on my ring fingernail and thumbnail, I added two more dots (ears) to make hidden Mickeys.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Just Keep Swimming- a Mint Mani for Talia

I have a different type of post to share with you today… Today we remember Talia Joy Castellano.

This past Tuesday, Talia Joy lost her 6 year battle with cancer.   She was only 13 and she still managed to inspire so many people with her amazing spirit and courage.  She was a talented make-up artist with make-up tutorials on youtube who often sported some beautiful nail art.   A lot of people remember her from her appearance on Ellen where she was made an honorary Cover Girl.  When Ellen DeGeneres asked her how she stays positive, she replied that "a little fishy told her to just keep swimming…" 

The last photo Talia posted on her Instagram account was of her, her friend's, and her mother's hands in their mint manicures.  On Wednesday, Nicole from asked other nail bloggers to all wear mint manis today in honor of Talia.  I thought it was such a nice idea that even though I didn't own any mint nail polish, I went out and bought some and put something together last night.

For my nails I used my new bottle of LVX polish "Mynt".   On my ring finger I painted the shape of Dory from Finding Nemo and then added some white dots to represent bubbles.

So in honor of Talia Joy, here is my first mint mani. 

Just keep swimming.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bastille Day- France Nail Art

This past Sunday was Bastille Day.  It's like France's fourth of July!  We like to celebrate it because my husband is a small part French and because we love all things France.  We almost forgot about it this year because we had been traveling the weekend before but my brother-in-law reminded us just in time for us to put something together.  We even found a little French boutique to visit for some supplies!
I of course had to do some France inspired nail art for the occasion!  Last year I painted my nails to look like France's flag.  This year I wanted to do something different but with the same colors.  Here is what I came up with:

I am so happy with how these turned out!  I knew I wanted some stripes in there so on my index finger and pinkie I used a L'oreal blue polish called "Jet Set to Paris" (perfect name!).  Then I painted on the white stripes.

On the middle finger I used a Maybelline red polish called "Speedy Hot Tamale" and then I painted on white hearts using a dotting tool.  On my ring finger I tried to paint the shape of the Eiffel Tower.  I used a thin brush and a tooth pick to paint it on there.

Finally on my thumb I painted some roses!  I've always wanted to paint roses like this on my nails but could never figure out how to get the design right.  I found this tutorial on a blog called "Follow That Way".  Here is the link to it:  Follow That Way:  Rose Nail Art Tutorial.  The tutorial helped a lot and I was finally able to accomplish these roses using a small dotting tool!  I skipped the leaves because I wanted to stick to mostly just the red, white, and blue colors and the shape of the rose seemed fine on it's own.  Here are my roses with my Disney French children's book that I found at the French boutique!  I think Belle would be a fan of the roses, don't you? ;)

We had a very nice Bastille day and my nails really fit in with everything!  I found some great ideas on Pinterest that I was able to use for decor!  Here are some photos from our day!

The little French boutique we visited the day before!

French snacks and champagne!

Found templates for this bunting on Pinterest.  It came from the blog Creature Comforts

Hubby made Croque Monsieur- YUM!

It was a great day!  I had a lot of fun coming up with a new manicure for it.  What do you think of my France nail art?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pink with Silver Chevron Stripes

It's time to share a new mani!  I had less time to work on my nails the evening I did these so I decided to do something simple and then do something more challenging over the weekend.   I ended up liking the result so much that I ended up keeping it on for much longer!  Here it is:

I used a pretty pink polish for all my nails.  I was going to leave it at that but I like having a bit more so I tried to add some chevron stripes on the ring finger with silver polish.  I loved it!  I really like how chevron stripes look and will probably try to use that again in other manis!  Unfortunately I didn't get many photos of this one that weren't too dark.

I thought I'd share the next picture too though since you can see my manicure in it.  My mother-in-law is very talented at knitting and she found some yarn that had my name "Nerissa".  Spelled exactly the same and everything!  I don't see my name around very often.  It's in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and is the name of the awesome villain in Enchanted (spelled slightly different- Queen Narissa) but other than that it's not very common.
So as you can guess I was pretty excited when I received my scarf made of "Nerissa" yarn and it was my favorite color too!  She even included the tag the yarn came with since it had my name on it!  Here it is!

I hope you enjoyed today's post!  What do you think of this mani?  Do you like the stripes? 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Selena Gomez Collection- "Selena" Polish and Flower Nail Art

I have one more Selena Gomez collection polish to share with you!  This one is a light pink polish called "Selena".  For this one I tried to add a bit of nail art.

I painted a flower on my ring fingernail.  I decided to add some glittery polish on top of the other nails but for some reason the polish I used smelled so bad to me that as soon as I was done I snapped a couple pictures and then wiped it all off.  I'm not sure if there was something wrong with the glittery polish.  It was e.l.f. brand and I had gotten it recently at Target but the polish smell seemed so much stronger than I was used to!

I think it still looked okay which is why I'm sharing it but I didn't do much clean up since I removed it right away.  Here's one more picture of the pink mani I wore for a half hour. 

I do really like the "Selena" polish though and have already used it again a couple times.  It's a pretty pink!  What do you think? 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Selena Gomez Collection- Love Song

I have another manicure to share with you using Selena Gomez polishes!  This one uses the polish I wanted most- Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez "Love Song."

I really wanted this polish mostly because of the name.  Selena Gomez's "Love You Like A Love Song" is a special song to me- it reminds me of my youngest sister, some of my friends, and it was played at my wedding reception.  "Love Song" is a pretty purple polish and I really love it!  I really liked the glittery Selena Gomez Nicole by OPI Stars at Night polish I had used before so I added some of  that to the tips of my nails.
I got these Selena Gomez Collection polishes at a good time.  I had to dress more like a grown up that week and my nails had to match!  I think it all went together well!


Here's another close up:

One last picture- this was from when I visited Fantasy Faire at Disneyland.  I'm drinking a Boysen Apple Freeze in a souvenir stein.  You can see my nails in the picture!

What do you think of this polish?  Purple is such a fun color!  I think I will be able to do a lot with this polish!
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