Valentine's: Monochrome Bubbles

This post is part of my Valentine's Nail Series =) I am challenging myself to post "Valentines-y" manis everyday in February through Valentine's Day!  I'm not necessarily trying to do heart nail art for 14 days, just nails inspired by the colors and feel of the holiday.  Remember how exciting it was when we were kids and had Valentine's Day parties at school and ate cupcakes and candy and enjoyed spending time with our friends?  That's the Valentine's Day feeling I'm inspired by!  Most of the manis I do in the next two weeks could easily be redone with any color scheme, so allow yourself to be inspired too!

Hope you are all having a great weekend so far! =)  Today's manicure is a nice and easy one with BIG impact!  This could be done with absolutely any color, as long as you have a matte top coat, but to keep with the Valentine's theme, I used a gorgeous, bright pink.  After my base coat, I painted on two coats of OPI Strawberry Margarita and followed with a coat of Essie Matte About You.  Matte polishes dry pretty quickly and the effect is really cool!  The benefit of a matte top coat, such as Matte About You by Essie, is that they can be used over an polish in your collection, so you don't need to specifically buy matte polishes!  Once the matte finish was set, I used Strawberry Margarita and my dotting tool to add the design.  No top coat for this one, or it would ruin the matte effect.

Personally, I LOVE how this turned out! It's textural, interesting, and subtle.  I want to try it out with all of my favorite shades!  What color would you try this with first?!

Thanks so much for reading! =) Love you all!


  1. Oh I really like this! I'm going to have to try out my matte topcoat very soon.


  2. OH MY GOD! you have NO Idea how long I were admiring that photo before i dragged myself down to the comments and commented!!! This is just.. WOW!


  3. This looked awesome over my ManGlaze "LesBiHonest" matte berry... look for the last photo.. http://lacquerman.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-camera-sucks.html

  4. (BTW... hello from a fellow Ohioan!)

    1. This looked great over LesBiHonest!! Did you wake up to unexpected snow today too?? =)


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