Farewell to The Beautiful Geek

If you’re reading this, it means that I have officially stopped posting to The Beautiful Geek. As of now, the domain name is no longer mine and the web address is soon to be thebeautygeek.wordpress.com again, if it isn’t already by the time you’re viewing this message.

This farewell isn’t all sad though, because I’m also here to announce that I am continuing my blogging adventures on my new site, Live Love Sunshine. I can now also be found under a variation of some kind of Live Love Sunshine (livelovesunshine, live.love.sunshine, etc.) on social media. If you’re following me on Pinterest or Instagram, don’t worry – nothing is going away there, just more posts, more fun, all under a new name (think “Same great product, brand new packaging!”). I have also created a new Facebook Page for my new blog, which you can also follow here.

In my first post is a full explanation of why I made the decision to leave The Beautiful Geek behind.

Please feel free to hop on over and hit the follow button in the sidebar for me! I will be continuing to post about life, beauty, geeky stuff and more.

until we meet again, this is Katie of The Beautiful Geek, signing off. ❤


Bloody Nails

You guys know I couldn’t let all of October slip away from me without doing some Halloween nail art right? Last year I put together 4 Cute & Easy Halloween Nail Art Looks, and included in that list was also a set of bloody nails that I free-handed.

Today, however, I am redoing those bloody nails in a darker and even easier way! Welcome to the world of nail decals. Where free-handing is rarely required and sticker lovers are happy and peel porn is a daily pleasure. I used some dripping nail decals from Whats Up Nails (I’ll link them below) to create this easy Halloween design.

Bloody Nails

Products Used

  1. LBD by Live Love Polish
  2. Boss Lady by Formula X
  3. Dripping Stencils from Whats Up Nails
  4. Orly Sec N Dry Quick Dry Top Coat

dripping stencils

This was really super duper easy, I laid down 2 coats of LBD (which honestly, I didn’t reallly need because GUYS THIS IS A 1 COATER BLACK POLISH AND I LOVE IT) but it’s out of habit and I feel kinda naked without doing 2 coats. ANYWAYS.

After doing 2 layers of LBD, I applied a coat of my Orly Sec N Dry top coat to protect it from the nail decals. Once the top coat is dry and the decals are applied I carefully put down a generous coat of Boss Lady (you can use any red, either a bright red or an oxblood red – I didn’t link to where you can buy Boss Lady for yourself simply because it appears as though Sephora may be discontinuing Formula X polishes???) one nail at a time & carefully peeling off the nail decal after each application of Boss Lady. This way there is never a chance for the polish to dry enough for the decals to stick and peel off your hard work. We wouldn’t want that now would we.

After your red polish of choice has dried down completely, top off with another layer or two of your glossy top coat and voila! Bloody, dripping nails are complete. I hope you liked this quick little nail design, I had fun creating it and I’ll have fun wearing it too!

Have a great day!



Polish For A Cure Swatches & First Impressions

I know, I know. I’m a little tiny bit late to the show on these beauties, but my schedule absolutely has NOT allowed any time for swatching. So here, today, right now, I am sharing with you my thoughts and first impressions on Live Love Polish’s Polish For A Cure Collection for October (aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month!). For a limited time (in fact, I think they JUST did a final restock today *gasp*) Live Love Polish is selling these polishes on their site, and $1 from every polish bought is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! How awesome is that??

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*and cue disclaimer…I bought all of these myself, this is NOT a sponsored post! all thoughts and opinions are 100% real and my own 🙂 *

Now time for the swatching! I was even able to record the swatches today! Yipeeee!


Hope is a super pretty light pink with subtle scattered holographic shimmer.

Her application is really nice! 100% opaque in 2 coats, which is what I like and need in my nail polish.

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Above: Hope under daylight bulbs. The holo shimmer is definitely more pronounced in the bottle, but the shimmer is definitely still there on the nails!

Below: Hope under natural light. Even without direct lighting, she’s still a really cute baby pink! ❤

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Overall? Great formula, easy and smooth application. Decent dry time. Hope is great for Spring or early Summer.

Fight Like A Girl

Fight Like A Girl is what Live Love Polish is describing as a “medium pink”, which for this collection definitely holds true. Fight Like A Girl isn’t as bright as Warrior, but has more holo than Hope does for sho!

Yay for another 2 coater! This one reminds me a lot of ‘Menchie The Cat‘ from Starrily.

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Above: under daylight bulbs. Holy cow look at that holo shift! I can’t wait to wear this one soon!

Below: natural light. Not as glowy, but even with just the natural lighting you can clearly see the rainbows! *insert heart eyes here*

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My thoughts are ranging from “OMG GIMME MORE” to “ooooooooooooooo this is prettyyyyyy” #zombieface

Fight Like A Girl has me absolutely mesmerized. (and is also appropriate for ALL YEAR)


Lastly, but not leastly, my favorite of the bunch…. Warrior. She’s a gorgeous super holo fuchsia (or raspberry as the site says) polish. *drools*

Opaque in 2 coats – what were you expecting this one to fail? lol. How about “Exceeds Expectations”. I had a super real moment when applying Warrior where my eyes almost fell straight out of my head because the goo-goo eyes were MASSIVE. Why is holo so mesmerizing and relaxing at the same time?

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Above: daylight bulbs! do I really need to say anything? nah….I’ll let the pic speak for itself (even though absolutely none of these do any of the polishes any justice).

Below: natural light – somehow Warrior’s holo is more subdued under natural light (indirect, mind you, I’m sure under direct sun you go blind) than Fight Like A Girl. Nonetheless, uber pretty and I’m in L.O.V.E.

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Warrior….well again, is my favorite. You can definitely count on seeing this in the future. I would recommend wearing this for any time of the year, especially if you’re feeling “extra”.  🙂

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Final Thoughts

Considering Live Love Polish JUST started making their own polishes (after hosting a shop that sells other indie brands) I’m blown away by the quality of all three of these gorgeous polishes. The colors are amazing and so is the cause.

These babies go for $16 USD a piece, or $39 for the set of 3. Again, these are limited edition so I don’t know how much longer they’ll be available. I’d imagine that they will probably discontinue them by the end of October. Maybe they’ll bring them back next year?

Overall, if you love pink, holographic anything and you love supporting a good cause, these are definitely worth the buy.

What do you guys think? What kind of nail art would you want to see these in? Have you tried them? Let me know your thoughts down below!!!


Fall Leaves Mani

Hello my loves! I’m trying really hard to get back to posting more often, as well as creating more content for my YouTube channel! Today I’m brining you this really adorable Fall manicure.

I recently got this super pretty (and 100% FALL) polish, Foxy, by Picture Polish and all I could think about was how to use it in a manicure. I just needed this on my nails ASAP. So. I made this cute simply manicure using some pretty leaf nail decals that I bought from What’s Up Nails.

AAAAAAAANNNNDDD I MADE A VIDEO!!! Yay! It’s live on YouTube! Check it out below!

I’m going to be trying to up my editing and video-taking skills, and hopefully I’ll be able to save up for a decent camera soon.

Products Used:

  • Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat
  • Foxy by Picture Polish
  • Monumental by Formula X
  • Fall Leaves nail decals by What’s Up Nails
  • Orly Sec’ N Dry Top Coat

I hope you guys enjoyed the video! Please feel free to give it a like & subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want more!


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Holo & Black Nail Art

Helllooooo lovelies! It’s been so long since I’ve been this happy with a nail art design…in fact, behind the scenes I have been applying and taking off one design after the next all this past week because I just wasn’t happy with them. *sigh* #nailbloggerlife

Anyhow, today I am bringing you this sparkly and Fall-ready mani!

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Gah! ❤ I still can’t get over this new holo top coat that I have.


  • Unt Peel Off Base Coat
  • Black Tie by Confetti
  • Holo On Top by Picture Polish
  • Whose Line Is It Anyways linear nail decals from Live Love Polish
  • Small silver rhinestones
  • Nail Glue
  • Orly Sec N’ Dry Top Coat


  1. Paint on Unt peel off base coat, let dry
  2. On pinky, index and thumb nails, apply 2 coats of Black Tie, let dry & then apply top coat.
  3. On ring & middle nails, apply 2-3 coats of Holo On Top, let dry & apply top coat.
  4. Once all nails are dry, carefully apply linear decal to ring finger nail & apply a generous coat of Black Tie, quickly & carefully removing decal immediately afterwards. *for an in-video look of how I apply this decal, take a look at the summer mani I did a little while ago*
  5. On pink, index and thumb nails, apply a small dot of nail glue near the cuticle & carefully place a single rhinestone on each nail. (it’s best to do this one nail at a time to keep the glue from drying too fast!)
  6. Once everything has dried completely, carefully add 1-2 more layers of glossy top coat to seal it all in!

I did this design on Monday and so far they’re still holding up really well! You can of course, use other colors or glittery polishes for the accent nails, but I felt the holo polish was a good contrast to the black. You can also use a thin layer of top coat on the nails with rhinestones to attach them as opposed to using nail glue, but since I used a peel off base coat on all of my nails I’m not worried about the glue making the rhinestones too difficult to remove. 😀




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