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Mani Monday: Anti Valentine’s Day Nails

I hate Valentine’s Day. I’ve been in a long-term relationship for about 12 years, and married for almost four and a half of those. You would think because of that, Valentine’s Day would be one of my favorite days of the year, right? Not at all. I think it’s residual bitterness I have from being the only single friend throughout high school, when having a Valentine was a status symbol. I thought I’d switch up the Valentine’s Day nails this year to reflect that side of me a bit more:

Here are a few more anti-Valentine’s Day manis for those looking to take a different approach, as well!

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Holiday Gift Guide For the Nail Polish Junkie

As you probably know, I’m obsessed with DIY nail art. I’m sure many of you are, as well, or know someone who is. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be rolling out various gift guides focusing on different obsessions so  you can brighten that special someone’s holiday season that much more. Today, we’re all about NAILS!

NAIL TAPE

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One of the basics and must-haves for DIY nail art! You can use this tape as part of a design or use it to create negative space nail art. Best of all, you can get it from Amazon for $2.00! A great stocking stuffer!

NAIL DECALS

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Nail decals are a great way to fake nail art. Instead of working meticulously to draw on designs, just slap on sticker when your nails dry, and apply a top coat. My two favorite brands are NAILTHINS and Cover It In Vinyl – both available on Etsy.

NAIL STAMPS

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Another great way to fake nail art! This time you can feel like you’re  back in Kindergarten doing arts and crafts with stamps. These kits come with stencils and a stamper so that you can choose from any color of your choice from your personal collection. This kit from Amazon for $35.00.

GEL KIT

Every good nail art aficionado knows that there’s nothing like a good gel mani to keep your nail art in tact for longer than five days. Sephora has a few to choose from, including the Ciaté London Geltox Starter Kit, Deborah Lippmann gel lab pro, and butter LONDON Patent-Gel Top & Tails

SECHE VITE

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If gel isn’t your thing, then the Seche Vite top coat is the next best option. It hardens, shines and quick-dries your nails. Ricky’s sells the bottles for $10 each, but Amazon offers better deals like this one.

RHINESTONES

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Another must-have in a DIY nail art junkies arsenal – rhinestones! This type of DIY nail art takes a bit more patience and isn’t for everybody, but any obsessed nail art gal is certain to give it a whirl!  They’re also pretty cheap, so it’s definitely worth it.

SPRAY PAINT NAIL POLISH

The newest nail item to hit the market is nail polish spray paint. Buzzfeed did an article on this a few weeks ago, and my friends all reached out to me immediately telling me I have to try it. I can’t wait to try it when it’s available in the Spring!  In the meantime, print up a cute coupon for that nail art junkie in your life that one of the first bottles on the market will be theirs!

 

 

 

Mani Monday: Negative Space Nail Art

My latest nail art obsession is negative space! I haven’t experimented much with it myself, but the technicians at the nail salons I have been frequently have!

Besides looking incredibly chic, negative space nail art, if used correctly, could last a long time since it blends in with your natural nail bed.

A coworker of mine recently alerted me to a nail salon that specializes in nail art that offers weekly $40 gel nail art specials – Vanity Projects. Clearly, I booked an appointment immediately.

When I went on to the site to book the appointment, it was simple an turn-key, but there’s a catch to the $40 special – it’s an extra $10 to remove the gel of your previous manicure! Bummer, but I still went for it because it’s still a pretty good price for a gel nail art manicure in New York City.

The girl doing my nails had gems on her nails, and I promptly took notice and began asking questions. “Do they stay on?” “How do they stay on so long?!” “Do they get stuck in your hair?” When I finished my interrogation I was in. I told her one nail, gold, and in the negative space. Everything else was up to her.

I’d say she nailed* it, don’t you agree?

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*I love puns

Mani Monday: Neon Orange Triangles

As much as I hate to admit it, summer’s almost over, so I want to get in my favorite summer nail colors while I can, and neon orange is my all-time fave! Here’s how I incorporated it into some fun nail art:

Products:

  • Essie Blanc
  • Fresh Paint Guava
  • Scotch Tape
  • Thin Nail Tape


Not sure if anyone has heard of Fresh Paint, but it’s one of those awesome cheap nail polishes, that I got at Five Below, the best dollar store on the planet. It’s awesome because the polish goes on well and lasts as long as polishes like Essie and OPI.

First, I used Essie Blanc and waited for it to dry before doing anything else:


Next the scotch tape and thin nail tape come into play:


 Then, I applied the Guava on top to create the designs:


I’m not gonna lie, I thought I over did the Guava. I was nervous it might have seeped through. To my surprise it didn’t as I peeled it off. Tiny victories! Also, there is a special art to peeling off the tape. You have to wait until it’s not too wet that the polish gloops up with it, or too dry that it gets stuck.

I also like to keep a magazine close by to put all of my scraps on. It turns into quite the mess:


Here’s the finished mani:

Nail Tutorial | Gold Stripe French Manicure

If you’ve been following me recently, you’ll know that I’ve been experimenting with minimalist manicures, especially since I got a ton of thin nail tape. This past weekend, I decided to keep it somewhat simple with a modified French manicure and a gold stripe. Check it out, and let me know your thoughts!

Supplies:

  • OPI Samoan Sand
  • Essie Blanc
  • Color Me Monthly Panther
  • Gold Thin Nail Tape

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First I applied the Samoan Sand:


I used the Seche Vite top coat right away, then waited for it to dry, so I can move onto the next step of scotch taping my nails so that I can create a clean line: 
I didn’t want a traditional-looking French manicure, so I aimed to tape my nails halfway.  Next, I alternated between the Blanc and Panther:


I waited for it to dry ever so slightly then peeled off the tape. From there I placed the gold tape inbetween the colors to perfect the minimalist look.  And, here’s the finished product:

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Nail Tutorial: Matte Stripes

OK, I’ve been eyeballing the minimalist look for a while on Pinterest, and I finally rounded up all of the tools to make it happen:

  • OPI Samoan Sand
  • Black Nail Polish
  • OPI Matte Top Coat
  • Black and Gold thin nail tape



First, I painted every other nail in black and Samoan Sand:

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The only black nail polish I have is the Brucci brand that can be found in any drugstore, and I refuse to buy a new one because I’ve never had an issue with it. I know these usually dry up and harden quickly, but so far so good! Check in with me again tomorrow, though, because I’m pretty sure I just jinxed it.

Anyway, next I got to cutting! I did a different design on each nail. The nail tape sticks really well, and is super easy to use!

 Of course I trimmed and filed down the extra tape before putting on my top matte coat. Full disclosure: I put the matte top coat over the strips and it looked awful. I don’t recommend it. I then retaped my nails over the matte top coat, and it was much, much better! Check out both hands: