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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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? 🙂 ) 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. 🙂 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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