Category Archives: The Enamelista’s Signature Mani

Two Fall Trends In One


Well folks, it’s 62 degrees and rainy where I am which is a sure sign that I should be packing up the denim booty shorts and assessing my cardigan situation because it is FALL. I tackled 2 spring trends in one manicure earlier this year in this post. Here is my Two Fall Trends In One manicure –snow leopard and polka dots, in my Signature 1/2 and 1/2 manicure style. 😉 Now polka dots, much like the stripes in my spring trend mani, never go out of style. The color combinations may change with the season but polka dots are pretty much here to stay.

This mani was inspired by a Dolce & Gabbana dress that I found on my random internet search for fall fashion inspiration.

The dress retails for $879 but it is currently sold out on in case you were frantically searching for your debit/credit cards…lol

Now the snow leopard print has seen a recent uptick in popularity thanks to the women’s leggings that Lil Wayne rocked at the MTV Video Music Awards this year.

Check out the story on these leggings  here. They’re made by Tripp NYC, an NYC street fashion company, and are sold in boutiques the world over. And guess what? They only retail for $44! Now that, ladies and gents, beats $879 for a fall trend.

For this manicure I used China Glaze White Out and Wet n Wild Fast Dry Ebony Hates Chris. I used toothpicks to draw the snow leopard design and also for the white polka dots. Hope you all enjoy!




Optimus Prime-Inspired Manicure

Transformers is huge right now with the recent release of the 3rd movie installment ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. I still remember the Optimus Prime of old, though…when he looked like this.

I guess the creators of this millennium’s Transformers series thought ol’ Optimus needed an updated paint job because now he looks like this.

Well I love makeovers and I’m a fan of the red-blue flame look. The following picture (a real life rendering of Optimus Prime in his ‘disguise’) gave me inspiration for this manicure.

For this manicure I used the following colors:

Base color: China Glaze Jitterbug (gunmetal)

Red/Orange: Wet n Wild Fast Dry, Wet n Wild Fast Dry Everybody Loves Redmond, Essie Forever Young, China Glaze Phat Santa [I used as the base color the sponged on the other 3 colors one after the other in order to create that fade from orange to dark red]

Blue Flames: Wet n Wild Fast Dry Saved by the Blue

Aaaaaand it’s an Enamelista Signature mani so it looks different dependent upon the angle you view my hands. I hope I did Optimus Prime proud. Transformers was one of my favorite cartoons growing up. 😀

China Glaze Electric Pineapple Signature Manicure


I went out last night for my birthday and did a signature manicure to compliment the gray dress I wore (pictured as the backdrop of these photos). I used China Glaze Electric Pineapple as the base color, then added silver and silver glitter Art Deco Nail Art stripes on one half of each nail. I wore all gray and black so this manicure and my Electric Pineapple toes provided a pop of color. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’re enjoying this lovely Memorial Day weekend!




The Enamelista’s Signature Manicure


So I was headed to a BBQ Sunday evening but I really needed to redo my nails. I didn’t really have time to research and execute a brand new look so I looked at the bracelet I planned to wear and that was all the inspiration I needed. I quickly painted a design that looked different based on the angle using colors that best matched the bracelet. And with that, I think I’ve found my personal “Signature Manicure”. I love creating the illusion of 2 (or 3) different looks in one design based on the angle at which it is viewed!



So for this look, I used Orly Bailamos for the base color (teal), then Essie Shift Power (gold) on one side of my nail. I sponged Orly Luxe (another shade of gold) on the line separating Bailamos and Shift Power then included a stripe of Art Deco Gold Glitter on the golden side just to add a little pizazz. I think turquoise and gold make a good color combo!

P.S. I’ve been thinking of doing a swatch gallery–to paint my nails with every color I own once and taking pictures to document them all. But the thought of doing 80 or so manicures feels like such a daunting task…I’ll have to keep you guys posted. Below is an example from a loooong time ago, way before this blog was even thought about. The color is OPI A Good Man-darin Is Hard To Find.