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Swatch of the Week: Butter London’s Union Black Jack

Every time I wear this polish, I swear I feel like a total badass. Butter London’s “Union Black Jack” is truly patent leather in a bottle!

After the initial few swipes of polish, I had a qualm about the formula’s opacity. Two coats later, I ended up with a deep ebony shade that I fell in love with. If you’re looking for a rich and dark black nail polish, this is it.

Wearing a completely black manicure, though very edgy, felt a little out of my personality. So naturally, I brought out the glitter.  After adding some sequins to the accent, I was totally rocking a gothic-mermaid look and loved it.

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What do you think of the Butter London beauty? Let me know in the comments below!

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Pink Nails for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s time to go pink.

October is breast cancer awareness month and what easier way to show your support than with some nail art? Even Beyoncé is joining the cause.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Carter took to Instagram to raise awareness for breast cancer and show her philanthropic side by painting her nails pink. Queen B is supporting Nails Inc and its effort to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Care campaign, UK’s largest breast cancer charity, by using the brand’s signature “Pinkie Pink” polish.

In commemoration with the cause, I executed my own pink nails.

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A soft pink gradient with a glittery pink ribbon accent for breast cancer awareness month. Instagram: @nailartbysig

Check out a video I made on Vine showing how I created the look. You may notice my failed attempt to bust out Vine magic. It’s a working progress.

Will you go pink for breast cancer awareness month? Let me know by tagging @nailartbysig on Instagram!

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NYFW Inspired Manicure Tutorial: Halo Nails

New York Fashion Week was nail art heaven!

From textured nails to sleek designed nail art and the occasional three-dimensional pieces on fingertips, manicures held their own on the runway.

A halo nail design showcased by Ruffian, particularly caught my interest and I recreated it.

Find out how to get the cat walk look.

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The platinum halo stands out behind a matte finish.

What you will need: Base coat, silver polish, top coat, black polish and matte top coat.

1. Prep the nail with a base coat. Apply two coats of silver polish on all the nails. Once dry, apply top coat.

2. Use black polish to paint an upside down U and fill it in to form the platinum halo on the top. Apply a matte coat on the black polish when it is dry.

Check out this six-second tutorial to see how this fabulous manicure went from runway to everyday.

What do you think of the halo manicure? If you try the design, let me know by tagging me on Instagram @nailartbysig! 

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Breaking Bad Inspired Nails

Breaking Bad inspires me.

My obsession with the epic AMC series and commitment to express my love and appreciation for the cast and crew, has taken my nail art skills to another level.

Please enjoy my series of Breaking Bad inspired nail art:

-To my other favorite, W.W., It’s an honor watching you. Fondly, S.N.

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-Goodbye Los Pollos Hermanos, hello Vamonos Pest!

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-Ain’t it beautiful crystal blue persuasion? 

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-From parking tickets to mass murder. Better call, Saul! Because he cares. 

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-Remember his name. 

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-The first lab, the Crystal Ship. 

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-All hail the king.

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-The end is here.

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I also attempted to make some progression videos to show how I got to the final design. Take a look.

What do you think about my Breaking Bad inspired manicures?

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Nail Art How To: Glitter Manicure

If you’re in the mood to get crafty, I’ve got the perfect project for you.

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Sprinkle on the pixie dust to add some texture and glamour to your digits.

Textured manicures are trending this Fall season. But if you still haven’t been convinced of the look, try out this design to get a similar effect using typical arts and craft glitter.

What you will need: Loose glitter dust, red polish, clear polish, base and top coat, some q-tips and nail polish remover.

1. Prep the nail with the base coat. Apply two coats of red polish to the entire nail.

2. Once dry, dab on some clear polish to the top of the nail bed without getting too close to the nail matrix. Sprinkle on the glitter dust while the clear polish is still wet. Shake off any excess glitter and clean up around the nail using a q-tip dipped in polish remover.

3. Let the design completely dry and finish off with a top coat.

Check out this video and find out how glitter really does make everything better.

Let me know if you try this look by tagging #nailartbysig in your photo. Good luck! 

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Nail Art Hack: The Dotting Tool

No dotting tool? No problem!

Turns out you don’t really need a nail art pen to add contrast and designs to your manicure.

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Easily add design to your manicure using items around the house.

Here’s a nail art hack: You can replace a dotting pen with toothpick or a bobby pin.

What you’ll need: Base coat, pink polish, green polish, light green polish, top coat, a piece of foil, a q-tip, a toothpick or bobby pin.

1. Prep the nail with a base coat. Apply two coats of pink polish on the entire nail.

2. Take a light green polish and put a blot of lacquer on a piece of foil. Dab some of the polish on the end of a q-tip and apply dots to the nails.

3. Put another blot of green polish to the foil and use the ball point end of a bobby pin, or a toothpick with the end broken off, to apply dots over the light green polish dots.

4. Let the design completely dry and finish off with a top coat.

Check out this six-second tutorial and find out for yourself how easy this manicure can be executed.

Let me know if you try this design! What colors did you go with?

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Galaxy Nails Tutorial

Do you want to rock a manicure that is out of this world? Get ready for take off!

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Blend your favorite polishes for a beautiful atmosphere at the tip of your finger.

Here’s how to bring out your inner space cadet with a galaxy nails manicure that will take to the moon in just three steps.

1. Prep the nail with a base coat. Apply two coats of black polish to the entire nail.

2. Once dry, take a makeup sponge and dab one blot of a pink polish. Repeat step with your choice of polishes for your ideal Milky Way mani.

3. Use a dotting tool and white polish to apply a couple of stars (dots) on the nail.

3. Layer on a thin coat of glitter polish. Let the design completely dry and finish off with a top coat.

Check out this six-second video tutorial and find out what colors I blended to create my galaxy nails manicure.

Blast off!

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