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. 🙂

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!  🙂

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Quick Hit: Neutral Nails–An Adjustment

I couldn’t take all of the super pale nails, even with the shimmer. So I made the other nails pink.

Here they are:

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I know, I know. But I made it a whole two days! Pink is Lois by Julep, and grey accent is Mona by Julep. Still neutral, but a bit more uniform. This makes me a little happier.

Uniformity isn’t bad sometimes. 🙂

This is a good look for a fashion interview, by the way. It’s natural enough to not take away from your look, but still gives a hint of personality.

See you tomorrow with a fashion post!

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Nail Adventures: Nude and Neutral Nails

I love color.

I have to wear black to work every day (beauty jobs represent!), so I try to inject color wherever I can.

I either have on super sparkly earrings and loud shadow, or loud lipstick or lip gloss.

But usually, to make sure I actually attract customers (purple shadow can put some folks off), I have loud nails. Blue, purple green, all manner of glitter or rhinestones. Flowers or tuxedo, french or stripes.

But what you don’t see me in? Are neutrals and nudes.

I don’t understand it, personally. If everything else is understated, I need at least one something for a pop to make me happy.

And since I’m doing things that scare me a bit, I decided I would do a nail look featuring nudes or neutrals. This week’s supplies:

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Before y’all say it: yes, that sparkly orange is in fact a neutral. With my skin tone, you get just a hint of shimmer, and you don’t focus much on the color. That’s what makes it neutral. Now, an earthy tone that blends with one’s natural skin color is what makes it a nude; that will vary depending on skin tone. Kennedy (that neutral yellow-beige there) is my nude, as it blends with me. For those interested, that sparkly orange is called Karen. 🙂

Nudes scare me. Neutrals scare me. At least, if I have to stand out in some manner, it needs to be my hands! Don’t take my color away. 😦

So, I had to narrow down the pile of polishes I have but can’t be bothered to use 98% of the time. I decided on these four:

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From left to right: OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie (sheer white with gold shimmer), Julep’s Lois (pink shimmer creme), pale tan creme polish by Julep (the sticker has fallen off and I have no clue of the name!) and Julep’s Mona (slate grey creme). I did opt for some rhinestones because let’s face it: it’s enough as it is I don’t have any real color in this mani besides the pink. If you think I’m pouting, you’re right.

Heh. I just wanted to be dramatic for a bit. All that complaining was totally unwarranted. Here it is:

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So, even with the shimmer, this manicure is pretty understated. I layered No-Name tan with Ski Slope Sweetie to make this shimmery tan/gold thing. I painted Lois on my ring fingers, and a triangle in Mona. And again, because a manicure without a rhinestone or stud makes me very unhappy, I did a small row of clear stones down the center. Kind of like a reverse tuxedo nail. So cute, and the accent nail is a true accent!

Eventually, I want to challenge myself to do a manicure with no shimmer, glitter, or rhinestones.

That made me sad just thinking about it. 😦 But I can do it! One day.

I think.

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Updates! And a Public Service Announcement

Hello my lovelies!

So, I didn’t intend on taking a break from writing while taking a break from the day job, but perhaps I needed to unplug just a little bit. I wanted to give y’all a quick update on the birthday things while I wait for my sunscreen to sink in.

PSA: please make sure if you’re using a chemical sunscreen (ahem, that stuff on the back of the bottle you can’t pronounce too well), that you give yourself 15-30 minutes for it to sink in so that it can do its thing. If it’s a mineral sunscreen (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are the most common) as soon as it’s dry you can head out. Reapply every two hours if you’re sunbathing, swimming, etc. I don’t want you sunburned now that we actually have some sun!

Now that’s out the way: my birthday week’s been awesome! The day of was rained out but I was armed with wine and Netflix, Thursday I slept all day long (GLORIOUS!), and Friday I had dinner with a friend.

No, not THE dinner. It’s coming, though!

Today is gonna be spent buying new makeup brushes and crafting supplies. And I’ll be back in full swing Monday–I got some new subscription boxes and goodies I can’t wait to share with y’all.

And here: have a pic of me with day off makeup on (it’s rare, but it does happen!)

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It’s neutral because I had on blue and purple (and I was going lipstick shopping.)

Enjoy the rest of y’alls weekend, and I will see you Monday! 🙂

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