Nail File Friday’s: Pink Shades + Gold Tape

I’ve been really loving bright colors lately – don’t get me wrong, I still love my darker shades. This week I’ve been wearing two tones of pink nail polish shades and also used some nail striping tape in gold.

Nail Polish Used: Essie Polish in S’il Vous Play (glitter gold) however, the next best thing is this glitter gold color in Luxeffects, Mod Square (pink) and Bachelorette Bash (fuchsia pink)

Nail Tools Used: Nail Striping Tape in GoldNail Brush for cleaning the sides of the nail and Cuticle Nipper to cut ends of the striping tape

 

To begin, after you have applied the Seche Clear Base Coat, apply two coats of the gold glitter polish. I painted the ring finger in Mod Square and the rest in Bachelorette Bash – for some reason the photo looks more like red, but it’s not, it’s a fuchsia pink – so pretty. Once the nail polish has dried, I placed nail striping tape in gold on the pinky finger – it’s subtle but makes such a difference, gently press down and cut with the cuticle nipper. Allow that to dry completely and then apply a top coat to all, I like Out The Door Top Clear Coat. To know the basic nail tools I own for the perfect at-home manicure, you can find it here!

Hope you have a great Friday!

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Nail File Friday’s: Reverse French Manicure

So this week I tried something new, it’s the ‘Reverse French Manicure’ in a nude shade and light pink glitter polish – so easy and so nice! This is the perfect nude and the glitter gives it that something extra – hope you give this a try!

Nail Polish Used: Essie: Go Go Geisha (nude) and S’il Vous Play (pink with glitter) I wasn’t able to find that exact color but A Cut Above (pink with glitter) is the next best thing!

Nail Tools Used: Avery Reinforcement Labels and the Nail Brush for cleaning the sides of the nail

As always, apply your Seche Clear Base Coat and apply two coats of Go Go Geisha, allow the color to completely dry before applying the Reinforcement Label. Once it’s dry, place the Label as near or as far away from your cuticle as you’d like – the further away from the cuticle, the more of the second color that will show, press the label down lightly on your nail and apply A Cut Above or the second color, remove the label while the nail polish is still wet. Allow that to dry completely before applying your Out The Door Top Clear Coat – if you don’t give the polish enough time to dry before applying the top coat, the second polish will smear. And that was it, now you’ve got a beautiful reverse french manicure!

If you haven’t seen my post on the basic nail tools to own for the perfect at-home manicure, you can find it here!

Have a great Friday!

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Nail File Friday’s: Reinforcement Labels For Nail Art + Gold Tape

It’s that time of the week, where I show you what I’ve been up to – or rather my nails! I love trying new things and this week, I picked up some reinforcement stickers to make some nail art. The sky’s the limit, so take risks, be bold and try new things! Now, if you try the labels and you don’t like it, a quick swipe with acetone is all it takes to do something else. If there’s one thing that makes my heart happy is pretty polished nails! So let’s do this….

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Nail Polish Buying Tip: Try going to a ‘mom and pop’ beauty supply store. I’ve noticed their prices on all things beauty or in this case nail shades – including Essie, are better priced than the other ‘well-known’ beauty supply stores like, Sally’s. I found one in my area that sells Essie shades at half the price! :: insert heart eyes here :: Google it, search for it sister, you won’t be disappointed!

As they say, “If you never try, You’ll never know.”

Essie Nail Polish Used: Find Me An Oasis (blue), Marshmallow (white) and Good As Gold (gold)
Nail Tools Used: Avery Reinforcement Labels

I used the Find Me An Oasis for all fingers, excluding the ring finger and thumb which I used the Good As Gold – have I told you how dreamy this color is, it’s the perfect gold! Now allow the nails to dry completely and apply one of the Avery reinforcement labels on each nail, let the inner circle of the label sit right above your cuticle – the bottom portion of your nail will be covered with the sticker, press down on the label and paint the top part of the nail in a different color, here I colored them all on top with Marshmallow – put as many coats to achieve the color you want, here I applied about 3 to get it to a very white look, and peel off the sticker while the polish is still wet.

Essie Nail Polish Used: Fiji (pink), Marshmallow (white) and Good As Gold (gold)
Nail Tools Used: Cuticle Nipper and Nail Striping Tape in Gold or you can try this Multi Colored Striping Tape – both great options!

Here the pinky is in the Good As Gold, the ring finger, pointer finger and the thumb in Figi and the middle finger in Marshmallow . Using the Gold Nail Striping Tape I placed it on the pointer finger slightly to the right in a vertical position, get as close to the cuticle as possible and pull the tape to the front of the nail, then cut with the Cuticle Nipper and on the ring finger I placed the tape horizontally – remember, you can recreate this look or try something new, there have been plenty of times when I start with something in mind and end up with something different. On the ring finger once the polish has dried completely, place the gold tape and press softly, apply the Marshmallow  shade – apply as many coats to achieve the desired darkness in color, this shade is a little light but with about 3 coats I got it to where I liked it, while still wet you can remove the tape and once dried you can re-apply the tape on the meeting line OR you can leave the tape IF there isn’t polish over it – I like placing the tape and then removing it, now once done cut the excess tape with the Cuticle Nipper and you’re all set!

Hope this has inspired your inner nail polish aficionado to recreate these looks or come up with one of your own. And if you’re doing or trying or have discovered some nail art you like, do share please!

It’s Friday, have a great one!

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