Goal for spring: Nail the pretty-in-pink mani.

Get the look:

1) Paint entire nail with COVERGIRL Outlast Nail Gloss in DaisyBloom #30.

2) Add some polka dots using COVERGIRL Outlast Nail Gloss in Totally Tulip #35.

3) Draw your petals with COVERGIRL Outlast Nail Gloss in Petal Power #40.

4) Add the flower’s center with a touch of COVERGIRL Outlast Nail Gloss in Mint Mojito #285.

How’s that for flower power?

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Picture Book Characters Come to Life on the Hands of @yumikitagishi

For more photos and videos of Yumi’s artwork and nail paintings, follow @yumikitagishi on Instagram.

“I started drawing on my nails when I found out that manicurists use acrylic paint, which is what I use for my artwork,” says Tokyo illustrator Yumi Kitagishi (@yumikitagishi). Inspired by children’s picture books she discovered when she took a course on nursing in high school, Yumi now makes a living drawing colorful and playful characters — mostly of people, cats and birds. “Like picture books, I aim to portray the subtle gestures and expressions of the characters to create illustrations that tell stories.”

Yumi’s nail paintings began as something she did just for fun aside from her work, but as more people started noticing them through her photos and videos, her nail art has evolved to the point where she conducts live demonstrations at public events. “There really isn’t much to it, but I always try to look for new themes,” she says. According to Yumi, the challenging part about nail painting is drawing with her less dominant hand, explaining that it’s more about practice rather than technique. From animals in bow-ties and suspenders to Hawaiian themed motifs, Yumi brings whimsical characters to life on her hands. “It’s hard to choose my favorite, but I would have to go with ‘the cat eating breakfast’ — this is a character that was first drawn on my nails and later ended up in my artwork,” she says. “The character seemed to develop on its own, and I find that interesting.”

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If you’re ready to up your astronomy nail art game, you need to check out The Planets series from Nichole at prettygirlscience

I think she mixed up Uranus with Neptune (because this image is labeled wrong), but all is forgiven with such exquisite details like the marbling for Jupiter, iridescence for Venus, and texture & glitter for Mercury! Nichole includes nicely scientific descriptions of each planets and links to further resources - a blogger after our own hearts!

–Emily

via Elizabeth’s post to our facebook page about Maia’s pinterest board!

Save it for a Rainy Day:
A Silver-Lining Activity List

Springtime showers make for many wonderful things, from blossoming buds to uplifting… >

Save it for a Rainy Day:
A Silver-Lining Activity List

Springtime showers make for many wonderful things, from blossoming buds to uplifting rainbows to the dewy-sweet smell of wet earth (that would be petrichor, vocab buffs). But they don’t always go hand-in-hand with our ideal weekend plans. For those dampened days, we’ve gathered our go-to indoor activities, guaranteed to keep dreariness at bay. Try one, two—or all six!—for some sunless fun. After all, when it rains, it pours.

What is the pitter-patter of droplets for, if not a bit of self-reflection? Set the mood, ponder away and put your thoughts to paper with a fancy flourish.


Two things we always have on hand: a solid cocktail recipe and the requisite ingredients to make a batch. Stir or shake your way straight from misty afternoon to Dark ‘n Stormy evening.


Does your indoor camp-out come with company? Make any rainy day a spa day with nail polish that’s vegan and PETA-approved—with a dash of kid-friendly sparkle.


One of life’s greatest pleasures is perhaps best enjoyed during a drizzle. Find yourself some solid reading material, a cozy nook and off you go to literary wonderland!


While it may not be the best time to skip off to the park, you can still get your fill of greenery starting a terrarium or hanging planter. Grab a kit and put your green thumbs to work!


From puzzles to pinochle there’s nothing quite like a good game night. Break out one of our favorites and get ready to declare sweet, sweet victory.



Cocktail Mix


Undertone Wine Glass


Striped Marble Serveware


Feather Pen


Anglophile Journal


Tisane Votive


Darling Magazine Issue 11


This is the World


Chasers of the Light


Endangered Animals Puzzle


Floral Playing Cards


ella + mila Polish Set


Barr Co Hand Cream


Glass Garden Terrarium


Teak Wood Hanging Planter


Crystal Cut Hanging Planter More ideas for indoor days, right this way.