Cupcake nails

My favorite excerpt from all the books I’ve ever read:
‘I mean, what is an un-birthday present?’

‘A present given when it isn’t your birthday, of course.’

‘… there are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents —’

‘Certainly,’ said Alice.

‘And only one for birthday presents, you know. There’s glory for you!’

‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory”,’ Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t — till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”‘

‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument”,’ Alice objected.

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’ ”

– Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

Now why include this quote?


My birthday is in two weeks (on February 25th) and I’ve been brainstorming.. erm.. nailstorming birthday ideas for a few days now. I settled on these cupcakes to experiment with, but they won’t make the cut for the official birthday manicure. So, since I did them before my real birthday and they’re still festive, they’re my unbirthday nails!

Too much blabbering? Okay, tutorial:


I started with two coats of Essie Sugar Daddy.


Using the brush from the bottle, I swiped each color across the nail, covering a little more than half. Colors from left to right are:
(All Essie)
Boom boom room
Bikini so teeny
First timer
Play date


Silly me forgot to take a picture of this step by itself. I used acrylic paint in a slightly darker shade of each color and added vertical stripes with a striper from the Winstonia Store.


With a dotting tool (from Ebay) I added dots in white nail polish until it looked like icing.


Then, working one nail at a time, I applied a coat of Glisten & Glow HK girl top coat, and as it was drying I used a dotting tool to pick up and place caviar beads in corresponding colors, and a clear rhinestone on the top.

I bought the caviar beads from Ebay in a pack of 12 assorted colors, and the rhinestones are from a variety wheel purchased at Harmons.

*** If you’re ever inspired by or recreate one of my designs, tag me (@nailstorming) and hashtag #nailstormed on instagram so I can see and possibly feature your version at the end of each month! ***


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