Nail Adventures: Adorned

So my body still feels like a truck hit it (omg sore!)

After a hot shower and meal, I decided to take my mind off of it by doing my nails.

And then I fell asleep, hence yesterday’s post.

However, last week’s mani was starting to chip and look bad, so I made sure to get to it last night. I found me some good tv and got to work.

I love the idea of the negative space mani, so I decided to try a different shape of stripe. I went with a single chevron, and I took it to a deep, fall appropriate oxblood color.

I don’t normally do super dark, but I’m trying to expand my horizons.

Since the initial look felt too plain, I dressed it up with a bit of glittery polish and studs. The results?

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Yep, managed to get polish everywhere. I’m messy too, y’all. ๐Ÿ˜€ So, the oxblood is Julep’s Aisha, and the glittery bit is Julep’s Love (pictured). I actually wanted to get some pics of me with the mani and my rings, but it just looked too much for me. That’s ok, I have plenty of jewels on my fingertips. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next week is Comic Con. And I’m going all 4 days.

Are you ready for the nail art coming your way?

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Nail Adventures Teaser

So, normally this is when you see my weekly manicure.

Well, I went back to yoga yesterday, and let me just say that my ass is sufficiently kicked.

I’ll finish up the post tonight so you’ll have it tomorrow. In the meantime, have a pic of what I used for my newest look:

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Yep, the rings are important too. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you tomorrow!

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Nail Adventures: Rawr

Looks like animal print will be all the rage for fall!

Cue a million pieces of zebra/leopard/giraffe/etc. printed EVERYTHING for me to wear.

That, for me, is quite scary.

Animal print is one of those things I love to see other people rock but on me…it just makes my brain short circuit. I always feel like it’s too much or that it’s overwhelming.

So, I break it down into something bite sized for me to handle. I have, for example, a flowy vest with leopard print on it, and giraffe printed sandals.

I stick with accessories. And what better to accessorize than my nails?

I found an adorable set of Sally Hansen nail stickers, and they were on sale. Naturally, that meant that I had to have them, because sale!

What? Don’t judge me! ๐Ÿ˜€

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How cute are those? I had to have them. The three longer packs will be a part of my Halloween set of manicures coming next month (get ready!), but the tiny one in the front? I had to jump on that one ASAP. I decided to use the stickers on 8 nails and do a freehand design on the ring fingers.

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The name of print is called Fl-Roar-Al. Cute, right? Just enough animal print to make me comfortable. I did a couple of freehand flowers on the ring fingers, just to keep with the theme. Bonus: the decals have a blend of zebra and leopard. As I can use 1 decal for 2 nails, my right hand has majority leopard and my left hand (pictured) has majority zebra. So cool.

I love how this one came out!

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Nail Adventures: Fall Simplicity

Fall is upon us here in NYC. The temps have dropped, but it’s still nice enough to only need a light sweater.

Oh, fall. This is the time of year I love, rivaled only by the time between winter and spring. You know, that time when it’s not too hot, not too cold?

Perfect.

And so, now is the perfect time to put away some of my brights, and start experimenting with some darker colors. I wanted something neutral (shocker, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ ) with just a touch of color. I wanted something classic, as I feel as though that’s where my style is taking me this season.

Don’t worry. I’ll have a post up on my fall picks soon enough. ๐Ÿ™‚ But first: let me show you my nail selfie:

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I used Julep’s Lois (pale pink) with some loose glitter I had in my arsenal (I think it’s some old body glitter that I never actually used for a makeup look I wanted for Halloween) over Julep’s Mona (dark grey creme). I didn’t even use a striping brush (although you could for even more precision), I just turned the brush on its side and made a quick stripe, then laid a little glitter over the top for a subtle touch of sparkle.

Sometimes, all you need is simple.

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Nail Adventures: Negative Space

I have been seeing it all over the place. Or rather, not seeing it.

Let me explain.

The manicure look du jour is the idea of negative space. A stripe, a triangle, zig zag, whatever tickles your fancy in the middle of the color of your choice. Maybe it’s an invisible French tip, maybe it’s a half moon at the base of the nail. But it’s your nail shining through, and your polish surrounds the design.

Pretty cool, huh?

I feel like every time I try to use my striping guides, I end up ruining my nails because I am too anxious to bother to wait until the base layer completely dries. Therefore, when I want to reveal the colorful striping design underneath another color, I end up with naked nail because the nail guide pulls my polish off of my nails.

I won’t have that problem this time! This look works even for the impatient because the look is in the naked nail beneath. For my first attempt, I went simple and used French manicure nail guides to add a wide sloping line in the center of my nails. Since I had a fashion show to go to yesterday (and another one tonight,) I decided to keep the colors fairly neutral;pink and a bright gold accent nail. Of course I had to do rhinestones as well.ย 

You know I have to have my dose of sparkle. ๐Ÿ™‚

The results?

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I used Julep’s Lois (pale pink creme shimmer) on 8 nails, and Julep’s Sienna (bright gold metallic shimmer) on my ring fingers. I LOVE this manicure! Quick, easy, and gorgeous. For a holiday party, I could totally do this in all metallic and add the rhinestones on all 10 nails.

Sometimes negative space can be a good thing, huh? ๐Ÿ˜€

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Nail Adventures: Semi-Matte

I have done all types of nail art styles: from Lego to flowers to glittery bits. The last frontier for me: matte nails.

I love all things sparkly. I have matte lipsticks; I put gloss over them. I have matte eye shadows; I use them as base for shimmery shadows. Glossy things make me happy, and matte nails, for me, do not make me happy. It feels as though it is unfinished.

Yet, one does not grow without change. My hiatus has taught me that. Even if it is painful, even if it is the last thing one wishes to do, one has to embrace change for what it is–better or worse.

So, I decided to grab myself so matte topcoat and give the look a try. If I don’t like it, well, that’s what nail polish remover is for. ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I am in Texas on vacation, I had the chance to stop by Wal-Mart and see their nail polish selection. I do love a good deal. I picked up a new to me brand called Salon Perfect. I grabbed their matte topcoat and a beautiful bright blue called Bermuda Baby. It took me 3 coats to get it opaque. I also picked up some Maybelline Color Show polish in Nightlife Noise. This is from their Street Art collection, and it’s full of matte confetti that looks like paint splatter when layered over a polish. This one is a mix of black and royal blue confetti.

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The result?

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I opted to keep the ring fingers glossy, and I applied Nightlife Noise over two coats of Essie’s Licorice.

The verdict? It’s ok. I’m not 100% sold on it, but I think if I try it again I may use the matte topcoat over actual glitter and see how that effect strikes me. I am glad I gave it a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nail Adventures: Sweet and Sparkly

Hey loves!

So this blog is an offshoot of The Curvy Fashionista Photo Challenge I told y’all about last week. And today’s subject is Mani Monday!

Y’all know there was no way I’d miss this one, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday, I had a day full of chores and then a fun night of dinner with my fellow blogger Shecoul and friends.

And of course my nails hadn’t been done since the gel nail failย of a week ago.

But what’s my normal go to? Sally Hansen Nail Decals! They’ve never let me down. I added Clio from Julep to give my characteristic sparkle, and came up with this:

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Since I had to climb Mount Laundry yesterday, I needed something quick, and for me, nothing dries quicker than glitter polish. The downside is that it’s a booger to take off, but it’s a trade off I was willing to take. The decals are called Aflorable.

Coming up tomorrow: a premiere! (Barring any unforeseen circumstances, of course.)

See you then!

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