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French-Mint Mani

I know that it’s fall and I should be breaking out my darker nail colors…but I don’t want to! Well, at least not every single day. My nails are very short right now, and one way to make your nails looks a bit longer is to give yourself a french manicure.

But people are switching things up nowadays. Traditional white tips are out…I’ve seen a multitude of french manicures with colored tips on various blogs/magazines. For example, tuxedo french manicures (black base with white tips/white base with black tips/glossy black base with matte black tips) seem to be really popular at the moment. But I thought I would try a more subtle look because some of those tuxedo manicures are a little over the top.

In these swatches I decided to use Essie’s Mint Candy Apple nail polish, which has been sitting on my desk for months now:

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This is a cool way to add a bright color to your nails without going overboard. It’s fun but still looks conservative. What do you guys think? Would you give this a try?

I hope you all have a blessed week! xx

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DIY French Manicure

Although I love being able to paint my nails any color, sometimes I feel like I need a break.  Usually when I am not in the mood for bright nails I opt for some sort of pink nude shade . However, this time I opted for a french manicure.

First, I thought about going to the nail salon and getting it done, but you all know how I hate nail salons so I decided that I could probably do it myself. In CVS I had recently seen the Sally Hansen Salon Effect nail strips, which come in a variety of french manicure colors. But those things were like $12 or $13, and I had no idea whether or not it was going to turn out cute so back to the drawing board I went.

On one of my many midnight treks to Walmart (I am a vampire so I prefer to go to Walmart off the late night when most people are asleep) I found some french manicure guides for $1.87. I freakin’ love Walmart! So I went home and tried my hand at a DIY french manicure. Here are the results:

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I think it turned out pretty good. The guides were pretty easy to use, but you have to make sure that they are aligned perfectly on the tip and pressed completely down on the nail. You also have to make sure that the nail polish is completely dry before peeling the guide off because you will have to do it completely over if the tip smears in any way. I had to do my entire right hand twice, but the second time was a charm.

Once I got the perfect french manicured tips down, I applied my Nailtek base coat. Once that was completely dry, I applied the Northern Lights top coat, which I am in love with. This top coat has tiny little sprinkles of glitter in it (look closely at the picture above) and it adds the perfect amount of shimmer to your nails without going overboard. Too bad I couldn’t capture it in the pictures. Finally, to speed up the drying process, I applied my favorite Out the Door top coat.

Products used:

  • Zoya’s Purtity
  • Nailene Perfect Tips: French Polish Guides
  • Northern Lights Top Coat
  • Nailtek Foundation II
  • Out The Door Top Coat

Have you ever done your own french manicure? If so, do you have any secret tips you’d like to share?

I hope you all enjoyed this post…Talk to you soon. xx, Kel

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