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Beautifully Blue

Julep Luna

After I got done painting my nails with this polish, I was reminded of Elsa from Frozen.  This seems like more of a winter than a summer mani, but who cares?  Pretty is pretty, no matter what season it is.

Julep Nail Art

All I needed for this look were these two things.  I used blue gems out of one of my rhinestone wheels and Julep Luna.

Luna

Julep

I tried to zoom in a little on the polish so you can see how flipping magnificent it is!  It is light blue, with large (I call them ice chip) glitters in them.  The polish has an iridescent shine that is also fabulous.  And surprisingly, for such a light colored polish, two coats really did the trick.

Julep Nail Polish

Rhinestone Nail Art

Easy Nail Art

This look was super simple, and I really liked it.  I loved all of the different colors that the polish would shine and the single accent gem added just enough to have flare, but not over the top.

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New Job!

Black and Gold Nail Polish

So, this summer has been full of ups and downs, and super inconsistent posting.  But, I am proud to announce a shift in my career.  Last Friday I was hired, started on Monday, and I feel it is going to be a really positive move in my life.  Because of the time crunch and the hard work, a simple paint job for my nails was necessary.  I decided to go with the colors of the new school I am at, with some black and gold.

Sally Hansen

These were the only two polishes needed for this simple, shiny mani.  I began with two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Golden-I on all of my nails.  This is the most beautiful gold polish I have ever used!  It goes on easily and is very metallic.  Then, to get the black (and a touch of white) on there, I topped off my nails with Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Clearly Spotted.  This is another fave of mine.  It’s hard to tell in the pic, but the bottle is half empty, and when it is all gone, I will be sad.

Maybelline Color Show

Maybelline Polka Dots Clearly Spotted

Sally Hansen Golden-I

Metallic Mani

The finished product was fast and I liked it.  It was a good way to sport some new school spirit on the job for the first week, too.

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Brightening the Snowy Days

Holo Neon Nails

The weather has been frightful for a while, and with more impending doom this weekend (which is only worth it if I get a snow day on Monday *wink*) I was ready for some bright colors.

Color Club and Studs

For this look I used a Color Club holographic polish and neon studs.

Color Club Harp On It

Color Club Harp On It is a silver, holographic polish.  It is easy to apply evenly.  With two coats, I was completely covered.  And I tried to get in the sunshine to capture the shine.

Neon Nail Studs

The neon studs came from eBay, and there are circle and square studs.  I went with the circles this time around.

Holographic Nails

This turned out to be a very easy mani, and I like it more than I expected to.  Something about the way the holo catches the light is a big part of it, but the simple studs add just enough to keep it bright in the absence of sunlight.

Nail Studs

To attach the studs, all I needed was a spot of clear coat and a dotting tool to pick them up with.  I sealed the entire look with a clear top coat and was ready to go!  Here’s a couple other shots for you.

Winter Nail Art

Color Club Holographic

Neon Nail Studs

Neon Nail Art

Harp On It

Winter Nail Art

Clearly I was a little photo happy here.  Oh well.  🙂  I hope you liked it!  Thanks for reading!

Lazy Beauty

Salon EffectsSo, I made a very real attempt at something cute.  I was using this dark gray, metallic polish.  I had nail stickers chosen, thinking that those would be a quick, cute accent.  I was wrong in so many ways!  The nail stickers ripped, the polish looked streaky, and when I thought it was dry I touched stuff, and realized I was wrong on that too.  UGH!

After removing the epic fail, I had no more patience to try again.  I reached for something I forgot I had stashed away.  (I don’t know if it is considered cheating in the nail polish world, but for me, it was a way to have cute nails without the stress.)  I used Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips.  Now that I have dug them out, I am wondering why I forgot about them!!!!

Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips Salon Effects Nail Polish StripsI chose Winter Funderland, which is a black base that has silver and blue glitter in different sizes.  Inside of the package you get everything you need to put them on.

Salon Effects SuppliesThere is a little wooden stick, nail file with three sides (the back is a white, buffing side) and the strips.  Pictured is one package unopened, and one leftover sticker from when I used them.  Inside of the package you get two sealed sets of nail polish strips.  There are eight strips in a package, but since I have shorter nails, I can use one strip to cover two nails most of the the time.  Also, when you open the sealed package, it stinks like nail polish, and they are very flexible.  When Sally says it is real nail polish, I believe her.  (I have tried Jamberry once, and didn’t like it; obviously stickers, hard to place right, and too many materials needed if the environment isn’t perfect.)

The instructions are freakishly simple.  Just make sure your nails are clean.  I do put on a base coat, but you don’t have to.  And, I did not use a top coat.

Salon Effects InstructionsI also like how the box has the “polish” color on it so you can see what you are getting into.  Now, check out this shine!  This is without any top coat at all!

Salon Effects Winter FunderlandThese wear like cast iron.  Without a top coat, at the end of the week there was just minimal tip wear.  Ladies, no joke…if you have these stashed somewhere, get them back out.  No dry time, no worrying about cleanup or having steady enough hands to place little jewels, just gorgeous in no time, and then walk out the door!!!

I do not think these are glaringly stickers.  I could paint my nails black with glitter.  Now, once you get into some patterns, that may be a different story.  Also, there are so many size choices, and the excess is so easily trimmed, that there aren’t awkward gaps on the sides of my nails, like lots of other stickers leave you with.

Salon Effects Nail PolishSorry for the dark pics, but the shine was so great that it was hard to get a shot to see what the actual polish looked like.

Tell me what you think about these!  Are they cheating?  Are they legit?  Do I care when I look that good in no time?  🙂  Thanks for reading!

All That Glitters is Gold

Golden NailsAs November ends, I was looking through my polish trying to find a nice mani to wear for all the family get-togethers this weekend.  I truly love glitter in all things, but was trying not to be too flashy.

Fall PolishI decided on golden nails.  They can be sparkly and fun, but not over the top.

Xtreme Wear Golden-I

I began with two coats of Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Golden-I.  (I recently saw this in the store and it looked copper…I have had mine for about a year now, and it is truly gold.)  I was happy with it, and then I thought, if this is good, more is better.  🙂

OPI Gaining Mole-Mentum

I topped my nails off with a layer of OPI Gaining Mole-Mentum, which is a flaky glitter polish that has gold, silver, and copper pieces.  It catches the light without being gaudy.

IMG_1960 Glittery Gold Polish

The finished product were cute, metallic nails, that have enough shine to keep me smiling, and are subdued enough to wear to any family member’s house.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed it!

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