Nail Adventures: Disco Snowflakes

It’s December, and NYC hasn’t seen an inch of snowfall yet.

As a matter of fact, I’m typing this in a tank and leggings. Like, it’s warm outside.

I am not complaining.

I do like the snow, and do miss it just a little bit. It’s really pretty when it first falls.

It’s even prettier when I don’t have to walk in it. 😉

Anyway, I figured, in homage to the upcoming non-white Christmas, I’d do my own sparkly version on my nails. Glitter and sequins and rhinestones, oh, my!

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This manicure took me a little longer than usual (about two hours vs my usual 45 minutes), but I am so excited about it, y’all! I’m like a magpie; I am attracted to all things glittery and sparkly. As I type this, I am having a hard time keeping my eyes on the screen and not my hands because each finger catches the light at my desk.

The rundown: the blue is Essie’s Butler Please, the ring fingers are two colors layered: silver is Essie’s Apres-Chic (pictured) with OPI’s In True Stefani Fashion on top. The glitter is by Essence, and I applied each piece one at a time with an orange stick. This would be the longest part, but it was so worth it because I like my chunky glitter to be even. Pointer finger has a rhinestone at the center of the snowflakes, which I used a Sally Hansen nail art pen for. They didn’t come out as perfect as I hoped, but the imperfection is perfect for me.

I’m dreaming of a sparkly Christmas…:D

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Nail Adventures: Pretty Penguins

How long has it been since I’ve done one of these?! I know, right?

I’m back… 😀

Ok, so I was perusing YouTube and came across the cutest nail art tutorial:

Adorable, right? I love the art, but since we’re still in the heat of summer, I wanted to do something like that but with a different color scheme.

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I just had to bring in my favorite shade of blue to make my little penguin nail. Pro tip: if you’re going to do this manicure and you’re going to do the white polish over the color, make sure it’s opaque (you can tell that the polish I used really wasn’t.) If you feel like you need to do at least two coats of your white, do this method. Paint your nails with two coats of white, then use a detailing brush to paint a stripe of color around the perimeter of the nail. Next time, I’ll likely use this method to cut down on the potential marbling that could happen.

This is easy enough that you can duplicate this even with a non dominant hand (all you need is a dotting tool and some patience). I didn’t want it on every nail, so my pointer finger has its signature glitter on top (OPI’s In True Stefani Fashion.) My blue is Essie’s Butler Please, white is Essie’s Private Weekend (it’s got shimmer in it, but it’s very light.)

What’s on your nails this week? Drop some pics in the comments or tweet me @Fashion_Amateur. Can’t wait to see your manicures!

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Rhapsody in Blue

Greetings, my lovelies! So, yesterday I showed you one of my quick manis–the Sally Hansen nail strips in Vine and Dine. But then I thought…how can I make this better? Something out of the box (at least, for me?)

The answer? More nail polish!

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 First, I started out with a coat of Frenzy by Orly on my pointer and ring fingers, and it was pretty.

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But then I thought, more! I want more! Blue is my favorite color, and if I am going to do a predominately blue manicure, I need to go all in. So I added some stripes of Solitaire by OPI, and a few pearls. What I finished with surprised me:

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 This is a look that makes me extremely happy (oh, goodness! So happy!) Now, I’m petrified I’m going to knock off one of the pearls on my pointer finger (retail wreaks havoc on hands), so I figure I should enjoy it while I can. The time it took wasn’t nearly as long as my freehand design, thanks to the strips. It’s definitely something I could do again, maybe with a darker color. Next nail look will definitely be fall inspired, and look for some Comic-Con themed nails in the upcoming weeks (yep, I live up to my pseudonym.)

Next post (should be around Friday), I am exploring fall shoes. I love shoes just as much as I do nails, so be ready!

That’s all from here tonight. Until next time, stay beautiful!

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