Unexpected Villains

Hello and welcome! My nails this week didn’t turn out how I originally wanted, but they ended up at Disney so I can’t complain.

At first, I wanted to do a mani showcasing the Glisten & Glow Fall collection, because I loved it so much. I bought three of the polishes with the plan to do a perfect little fall mani. But, it didn’t quite work out. So I decided to show a quick snippet of my first attempt, and how it turned in to Disney villains.

What I Used:

  • Base Coat: Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color: Autumn in a Nutshell
  • 2nd Color: OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Top Coat: Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • Maniology mini lotus mat
  • Ribbitsstickits A Villain Has No Face waterslide decals
  • small cup of water
  • Maniology dual sided dotting tool & nail art brush
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • nail polish remover

I started with my usual base coat, of course, thinking this would be an all Glisten & Glow mani.  And then I applied two coats of Glisten & Glow – Autumn in a Nutshell.  You could still see some of my nail line, but that was okay because I had a plan to cover it up.  I dry brushed some purple splotches randomly on to my nails (using G&G – Calming Ones Chakras), and then worked on the leaf vinyls.

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Two coats of Glisten & Glow – Autumn in a Nutshell

I placed the Twinkled t Falling Leaves vinyls on my silicone mat, and filled them with colors.  But I wanted the leaves to look more dynamic, with a mix of yellow & orange in each leaf (using G&G – Hello Gourd-geous, and G&G – Pumpkin Kissed & Harvest Wishes).  Next, I spread top coat over them in order to easily lift them from the mat.  But after seeing it all put together, I realized that I hated it.  And that’s when I decided to restart.

Starting back at square one, I applied one coat of my usual base coat, and two coats of G&G – Autumn in Nutshell.  It actually stayed like that for about a week until I came up with a new idea.  And that’s when we found out my boyfriend’s brother was being transferred for work.  So we planned a last minute going away party/visit down in LA.  Plus it was a great excuse to visit Disneyland at Halloween time.

So I grabbed my villains waterslide decals and tried to quickly apply them.  But the  colors were bleeding and rubbing off.  Looking back, it’s because I forgot to top coat them first.  But I found a work around by applying white polish over the messed up decals, and then putting a second decal over that.  It worked and the colors popped better.

I struggled so much with this mani.  But sometimes things only work when they want to.  The world just didn’t want a super fall design apparently.  In the end they turned out cute though, and it’s a fun chance to channel my inner villain.

Hope everyone enjoyed their week!


The trip was a blast!  It was great to see all the Halloween decorations at Disney, and great seeing everyone get together for the send off.  It’s crazy to see all the nail growth from two weeks.  It’s just an extra week compared to usual, but it seems a bit drastic in comparison.  Luckily, they didn’t chip, and I controlled my anxiety enough not to pick at them.