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*taps mic* This thing on?

Hi!!!!

Did y’all miss me? I sure missed y’all!

More info on my radio silence to come Friday, but first: can we talk about my nails?

I feel like it’s been a million years since I’ve really had time to paint them up all pretty. Since I had some time on my last day of mini-vacation, I figured I’d treat myself to a nice manicure.

And…it’s in a neutral color. AΒ pinkΒ neutral color!

I know, right? Who AM I!

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Now, of course there had to be some sparkle, because…well, this is me we’re talking about here. But it’s suprisingly subtle.

And I absolutely ADORE it.

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Such a fresh, spring manicure!

The pink (pictured) is Julep’s Abby, and the silver is Essie’s Apres-Chic. I used some chevron stickers to help make the design and topped it all off with some tiny pearls. I love this manicure. It’s fancy without being too much and it hides nicks well (because working freight is hard on a manicure, honey.)

See y’all Friday for an awesome announcement!

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Nail Adventures: Chillin’

I feel like it’s been forever since I had the time to do a Nail Adventure! My nails have been pretty wretched lately, actually. Part of it was me doing some cleaning at work and dropping a sign.

Instead of letting the sign fall on the floor, I caught it.

Which broke three nails to the meat. It wasn’t pretty. I had to bandage up for a couple of days.

Now, they’re starting to grow back nicely, but for safety’s sake I’ve been keeping them short, and to let them breathe, I’ve kept them largely unpolished.

Yesterday, since I decided to do my usual writing outside instead of in my house, I decided to do a quick manicure. It’s in a pale shade (!!!!) because it gives the illusion of longer nails and it hides nicks pretty well (this would be why you see so many celebs with pale, neutral nails). So, what did I do?

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So, the pale coral is OPI’s Chillin Like A Villain and the glitter is Julep’s Paris.

You knew there had to be glitter somewhere, right? Because this is me we’re talking about. πŸ™‚

I’d had the OPI color in my box for a while and never used it because pale and neutral, which we all know I tend to be allergic to. But I got a tan while I was out doing the AIDS walk last week (it went awesome and I was OMG TIRED but I did it!), and I noticed how lovely the color looked against my skin. So I went for it.

And yes, I can admit I like it. The simple sparkle (which is over bare nails) just gives it enough oomph for me to not feel like it’s boring. Very classic glam.

I would caution that this color is also pretty sheer. Had I more time I would have done a third coat to get it as opaque as I prefer (that’s two coats above.

All in all, a success! Β πŸ™‚

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Nail Adventures: Sunshine and Blue Sky

Spring is finally upon us! I’m looking forward to longer days, beautiful weather, and wearing all of the loud, happy colors.

What were we greeted with in NYC?

Snow. Because of course we were.

Sigh.

Well. I refuse to pay this abysmal weather any mind, and instead focus on the fact that vacation is almost here! In celebration of upcoming warm weather and blue skies, I decided to replicate that on my nails. Originally I’d planned on doing something soft, with pretty pastels and pearls, but with this gloomy cold hanging around, I wanted something that reminded me of a bright, sunny day.

Y’all know what that means: bright colors and sparkles ahead!

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The lemony yellow is Julep’s Dawn and the Carolina blue is Orly’s Frenzy. I added some different sized rhinestones and pearls to give some sparkle, and done! Every time I look down at my hands while I work I get an instant happy. It’s ok, weather. You don’t have to be great. My nails will pick up the slack until you’re ready to comply. πŸ™‚

New Spring makeup look coming Friday!

 

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Manicure Tuesday: White Hot Gold

I know, I promised fashion week coverage. Sorry! I’m still sorting through all 400 pics, so have a manicure look instead.

For the most part, last week’s manis consisted of all of the nail decals I could find. As much moving, snapping pictures, changing, and running out the door I was doing, regular polish just wasn’t as feasible as I’d hoped.

This week, however, I am back to the day job and my usual grind. Why not break out the regular polish?

Or at least, regular for me. πŸ™‚

Now, most of the time my fingers and toes do not match in color or design. Last week, when my nails weren’t bare, they had simple one or two toned looks (reverse mani stickers and such). My toes, however, were decked out with rhinestones in flower shapes and polka dots.

For last Saturday’s fashion show, I decided to change to a pale cream shade and add some gold glitter. I couldn’t decide what to wear, and I’d knocked the rhinestones off of one toe, so I figured it would be a good neutral bet.

I love it so much, I wanted it on my hands too. Here it is:

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These are colors you’ve seen me do before. I have no idea what the name of the cream color is there (it’s by Julep, but the sticker fell off!) and the gold glitter is OPI’s I Reached My Gold. My outfits were elaborate enough last week that I am actually looking forward to being a bit understated this week.

At least for now. πŸ™‚

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Quick Hit: Weekend Manicure

Hey folks!

I showed you a bit of the manicure I had on this weekend in yesterdays post (the pics with the rings), so I figured I’d give you the closeup:

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I did the Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Sweet Marble Floret, and the ring fingers are done in Julep’s Fina. I do love me some Sally Hansen nail stickers, because it gives you a polished (ha! I crack myself up πŸ˜€ ) look very quickly. I was tired and ready to go to bed, basically, and this was quick. πŸ™‚

I have some outfit posts coming for the rest of the week. Happy Wednesday!

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Nail Adventures: Julep Mystery Box

Because I don’t seem to have enough nail polish in my collection (insert massive sigh), I decided to add on even more with the February Julep Mystery Box.

You were able to pick between three boxes this month. One focused for manicures, one for pedicures, and one for facials (I think? I don’t quite remember). You could get one or all three!

Y’all think I bought all three, don’t y’all?

I didn’t. I can exercise some restraint! πŸ˜€

I actually went for Aphrodite, which was the box for pedicures. Here in the frozen north, it isn’t anywhere near time for flip flops or sandals or anything but fuzzy socks and boots, but I really want to do my toes and treat myself.

Enough talk. On to the pictures!

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So, what you see there is a combo of the box, Cupid’s Add on, and Rosa, the February Birthstone Polish. Close up swatches:

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Mint Condition Pedi Creme. New item for me, so I can’t wait to try. I also got the DoubleStep friction stick (repeat from past boxes but I love it so much I don’t care!) and a new foot file. I was actually going to get myself a new one, so, score!

Polishes:

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From left to right: Claudette (orange-red creme), Aphrodite (pink with silver shimmer), and Karen (pale shimmery orange)

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From left to right: Stefani (silver creme with gold glitter), Kennedy (yellow-beige creme), and Angela (teal metallic creme).

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And finally, the February birthstone polish. February’s birthstone is amethyst, and this is an amethyst glitter named Rosa.

Karen is a duplicate from one of my first boxes I got, but it’s so pretty I know my bestie will love it. Rosa I picked up because it’s named for Rosa Parks, who was born in February. Honestly, I was a bit underwhelmed with the color selection this month (it’s a bit more neutral than I prefer), but Aphrodite is really pretty and Rosa is pretty high coverage glitter. Love! Can’t wait to take it for a test drive!

In all? Seven new polishes, plus a foot creme and file. My feet will be sandal ready, even if the weather isn’t!

But seriously, can we give it a rest with the snow? It’s enough now. πŸ™‚

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Nail Adventures: February Julep Box Quick Hit

Almost forgot to show off the Julep box for February!

Partly because my apartment suffered a mini flood (snow, you can leave now. Please and thank you.)

Anyway.

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This month we got three colors and a liquid eye shadow.

From left: Cameron (purple textured glitter), Rooney (deep taupe/brown creme), and Love (gold shimmer with red glitter). Love was a bonus color included in all boxes this month. I got the fig shimmer eye sheen. It doesn’t crease! Although my eyelids eat everything, it wears well.

Stay tuned for a look featuring Cameron and Rooney!

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