Amor de Lacquer: Ruffian nails for the win!

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Okay, I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been pretty lazy on the nail polish design tip. This happens to me every few months. Sometimes I’ll be head over heels in love with konading and doing freehand designs and out of nowhere, I’ll just stop. Lately, I’ve been in love with doing ruffian nails.

Don’t give me that side eye. You’ve heard of ruffian nails, haven’t you?

I first heard about ruffian nails from Michelle over at All Lacquered Up. And while I loved the looks that she featured, I didn’t feel compelled to try it on my nails. I don’t know what happened but this past weekend, I’ve cranked out two ruffian nail looks.

The concept is easier than I thought it would be. But that was AFTER I stopped being such a perfectionist about it. For this look I took China Glaze’s Cheers To You and brought it all the way down to my cuticles. And yep, I polished the entire nail. Then I applied 2 coats of OPI’s Ogre-The-Top Blue on top.

Yesterday, I took China Glaze’s Jingle Bells and put China Glaze’s Sugar Plums right on top.

If I was a Florida State fan, I’d be rockin’ this at their Homecoming game. Ruffian has certainly been a step up from my normal and boring nail polish designs…

Now I’m obsessed with rockin’ the ruff. Have you tried it yet? I’ll be cranking out a Christmas ruffian nail designs too. The options are endless! Yes, don’t judge me. I am SO ready for the holidays.

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

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  • So pretty! I want to attempt this now!

  • Tamara

    I like the ruffian look, I really like the second combo. I’d rock it in a minute, but I think my nail beds are too short.

  • I am digging the plum!

  • Joanne_

    Well, well, well……since I am a Florida State fan I WILL be rocking this nail design and wearing it to the game!! LOL it looks great!!

  • Lisa Pierre

    Love the look!!

  • Bailey

    Cute! I really like the Jingle Bells & Sugar Plum. It reminds me of a reverse French manicure. I’ll have to try it sometime.


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