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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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OPI: My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours

Okay, I know you guys are like, ‘Kel, enough with the nail swatches…Stop trying to make me buy nail polish…’ but I had to show you guys the last swatch I have for OPI’s Euro Centrale Collection.

Let me introduce you to My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours…With the first coat I was kind of feeling like, meh…same issue with all the creams in this collection: streaky, streaky, streaky. But honey, the second coat really made this color look amazing! I was expecting MPIHTY to be a bright red, but it is actually a bright orange-red. GORGE! Orange isn’t really a color that I particularly care for but I am in love once again. Here are the swatches:

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What do you guys think of this color? I will definitely be rocking this one whenever I am in the mood for some brightness!

xx…Kel

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Try This Trend: Half Moon Manicure

I have been wanting to try this trend for quite some time now. I’m sure you’ve seen it a million times, but I had to do my own version of the half moon mani. It was pretty easy, but it definitely takes a considerable about of time, as you have to wait for your base color to dry before you apply the reinforcements to the nail. And yes, I used hole reinforcement stickers (normally used for the purpose of reinforcing rips in holed notebook paper) to get the half moon look at the bottom of my nail.

Check out the swatches below:

For my base color I used Revlon’s Gold Coin, and China Glaze’s Liquid Leather as the main color. I put two coats of Out the Door fast drying Top Coat on my nails as well to add some shine and to smooth the line between the black and the gold.

My right hand didn’t turn out as well as my left hand showed here, but not bad at all for my first time. I think I will be revisiting this mani again and again especially for occasions when I am going out! I am going to try some various color combinations as well…I’ll keep you all posted on my progress!

Have you tried the half moon mani yet? If so, how did you like it? Did you do it yourself?

I’m on serious crunch time right now with my thesis, which I am trying to finish by Monday.  I hope everyone has a blessed weekend and I will talk to you sometime next week! xx

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NCLA Nail Wraps

I finally was able to get my hands on some of the NCLA Nail Wraps. First, let me say that they were really easy to apply, and I think the price is reasonable in regards to the quality of the strips. They give you enough strips for two applications, which I think is nice  ($16 each). If you are fashion forward and love to get creative with your accessories then you will love these.

I also must say that I think I should have chosen a different design because I did not love this one on me. I liked the design itself, but not the green base color. I had seen swatches of these strips and was expecting the green to look a bit brighter (freakin’ flash will trick you every time)…but honestly, besides the design, I couldn’t find anything wrong with these strips…This particular design is called Money Green, from their Melody Ehsani Collection. Check out the photos below:

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Mani Essentials: Nails 101

Nothing compliments a great outfit better than an amazing manicure. Ladies, we have to make sure that we take care of our nails! I am often asked what I use to care for my nails, so I thought I would give you all some tips and tricks that have been useful to me.

Here are what I deem to be Mani Essentials:

Mani Essentials…

10 Step at Home Manicure:

  1. Soak your hands in soapy water for five minutes or apply a cuticle remover to soften your cuticles. I would suggest Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover Gel because it is quick, and easy to use. I use it about once a week.
  2. Push your cuticles back. I normally use a metal tool to do this, but you can use your fingernails instead if you don’t have one.
  3. Exfoliate your hands with a scrub. I would recommend the One Minute Manicure in Classic Mint or any other exfoliant that is specifically for the hands and feet. Massage the exfoliant into your hands, and be sure to include your cuticles. You want to remove as much dead skin as possible. I do not recommend that you cut your cuticles, as their purpose is to protect you from infection.
  4. Moisturize your hands with a cream or cuticle butter. I use Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Butter (pictured above) every day, several times a day. Moisturized cuticles will make your manicure look more polished.
  5. Shape your nails. I use either a crystal or regular nail file when shaping my nails. When filing your nails, remember to file in one direction. Do not file back and forth, which can cause peeling.
  6. Apply a base coat to the nail. Base coats protect your nails from staining and also help your nail color to last longer. I would recommend Orly’s Bonder or CND’s Sticky Base Coat. If you need a nail strengthener, try OPI’s Nail Envy (which I am using at the moment) or Nailtek’s Foundation II.
  7. Apply your nail color. You should apply at least two coats of nail polish. Be sure that you paint the edges of your nails to avoid premature chipping.
  8. Apply a top coat. I recommend Seche Vite’s Fast Drying Top Coat (pictured above), Sally Hansen’s InstaDry, or INM’s Out the Door Fast Drying Top Coat. In addition, OPI, and many other brands, have drying drops that can speed up the drying process.
  9. Clean up your cuticles. Be sure to clean any access nail polish that may have gotten on your cuticles with a corrector pen (pictured above) or precision Q-tips with nail polish remover on them.
  10. Finally, when removing your nail polish, be sure to use a nail polish remover that has some type of moisturizer in it so that you don’t dry out your cuticles. Do not use pure acetone! If you are going to use acetone, at least use the one that has wheat protein and/or vitamin E in it. I use the Beauty Secrets Acetone from Sally’s Beauty Supply (pictured above). I’ve also heard good things about Zoya’s Remove +.

I hope these tips help you to care for your nails at home! If you should have any questions about any of these tips, feel free to post them below. XX

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Blu-Ming

Here is one of my favs at the moment, Color Club’s Blu-Ming from their Blossoming collection for Spring 2012. I didn’t bother to buy the rest of the collection because after you have purchased as much polish as I have, the colors begin to look redundant. However, I think this one is a gem!! I posted a picture of it on my Instagram and it was quite popular so I thought I would blog about it. It was super easy to apply, as the formula was amazing and very easy to work with:

Blu-Ming is so incredibly bright!! It’s like CC took a mint green and turned it up several notches!! It was a little streaky with the first coat, but looks perfectly opaque after you apply a second. I def would recommend that you add this color to your stash!! XOXO…

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Today’s Mani: Zoya and Revlon

As I’ve stated already, I really love Zoya’s nail polishes and Erika is a really amazing color. As you all know, I love my bright colors, but sometimes I do get the urge to tone it down and wear a color thats more subtle and muted, but still pretty. Today’s mani is Zoya’s Erika and Revlon’s Starry Pink on the accent nail. I love Starry Pink as well, but any nail polish with glitters in it are soooo difficult to remove, which is why I only put it on my ring fingers. Check out the pictures below and let me know what you think:

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I used Nailtek’s Foundation II as my base coat, Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat, and Nicole by OPI’s Drying Drops. Clearly, I like for my mani to dry ridiculously fast! Lol…Hope you all enjoyed this post! Talk you soon! XOXO…

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