Nail File Friday’s: Neon Yellow + Gray Nail Art

I’ve been in search for the perfect neon yellow color, you know that really bright yellow, possibly glow in the dark, possibly border line in-your-face yellow, yes, that one! At a recent trip for new nail polish, I came across this beauty from Orly, so vibrant and with the clear top coat, it just makes it even more amazing! With nail art, the idea is not to do anything overly complicated because as a mom, I know, as beautiful as nail art is, I don’t have time for anything overly intricate. And when picking nail polish colors, get out of your comfort zone, try something new and try new shades – you won’t regret it!

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Nail Polish Used: Orly Road Trippin (neon yellow) and Essie Chinchilly (gray)

Nail Tools UsedNail Brush and the French Manicure Stickers – Mix Styles I used the thick straight lined sticker for the pinkie finger. They’ll work as an easy guide for nail art or you can use scotch tape.

Steps For Nail Art:

Step One:  1 Coat of ‘Seche’ Base Coat

Step Two: I painted all the fingers, excluding the ring finger, in gray. Allow the nail polish to completely dry – these stickers are really sticky so you need to be sure the nail polish is completely dry before you apply the sticker to begin the nail art. To achieve the angled nail art on the thumb, you can use the nail labels or scotch tape to help you achieve a straight line – remove it while the polish is still wet, clean up the sides of the nail by simply dipping the nail brush in acetone, after each nail. For the pinkie finger – allow the gray to dry completely, and then with a nail sticker, place it in the middle, pressing gently on the sides of the nail and using the neon yellow, paint over the entire nail, including the label, you can do two coats, depending the amount of yellow coverage you want – remove the label while the yellow polish is still wet.

…. Allow the nail art to completely dry to avoid smudging ….

Step Three:  1 Coat of ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – Cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying that can happen from the nail acetone, it helps keep your cuticles moisturized.

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Nail File Friday’s: Light Blue + Gray Layered Nail Art

If you saw last weeks nail look you’ll see that this is a similar nail art, only this one is layered. I wanted to keep the same idea while incorporating something different but still keeping it all easy to achieve. The idea of these ‘Nail File Friday’s’ series is to do just that, give you easy and quick ideas that you can recreate yourself at home. As a busy mom, that’s what I’m always looking for!

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Essie Nail Polish Used: Essie Find Me An Oasis (light blue), Chinchilly (gray) and Beyond Cozy (glitter) but this is the next best thing Social-Lights (shimmer)

Nail Tools UsedNail Brush and Dotter, you can use Avery Reinforcement Labels or even tape, also try these French Manicure Stickers – Mix Styles they’ll work as an easy guide for nail art.

Steps For Nail Art:

Step One:  1 Coat of ‘Seche’ Base Coat

Step Two: I painted the ring fingers with glitter. I did the angled nail art by first applying a coat of the light blue nail polish – you can use labels or tape to help you achieve a straight line, remove it while the polish is still wet, clean up the sides of the nail by simply dipping the nail brush in acetone, after each nail. Allow the polish to dry and then apply a coat of the gray nail polish – at an angle as well, leave a tiny bit of the light blue showing to achieve the layered nail polish look.

Tip For Layered Polish: I’ve found that doing the lighter color in the bottom will allow for a better look – light blue on the bottom and gray on top.

…. Allow the nail art to completely dry to avoid smudging ….

Step Three:  1 Coat of ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – Cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying that can happen from the nail acetone, it helps keep your cuticles moisturized.

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Nail File Friday’s: Negative Space Nail Art Red Orange + Gold

I told you last week about the negative space nail art craze and that I was on board – still am, here’s another negative nail art design I did this week. Why I’m loving the negative space nail art, for one the ideas are endless, the color combinations are never ending, there is no one way and no rules to follow!

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Essie Nail Polish Used: Essie Good As Gold (gold) I used Fifth Avenue however it isn’t available, Ole Caliente is the next best thing (red-orange with pink undertone)

Nail Tools UsedNail Brush and Dotter, you can use Avery Reinforcement Labels or you can also try these French Manicure Stickers – Mix Styles that work as an easy guide for nail art and aluminum foil to place a few drops of the color that will be used for nail art.

 

Steps For Nail Art:

Step One:  1 Coat of ‘Seche’ Base Coat

Step Two: I did the angled nail art without using any labels as a guide, but if you use the labels, remove the labels while the polish is still wet, clean up the sides of the nail by simply dipping the nail brush in acetone. After the polish was dry, I applied three dots of gold on each nail. I did enjoy this look with and without the gold dots, both are so fun. Tip: Clean the dotter tool and wipe clean with acetone after each nail.

…. Allow the nail art to completely dry to avoid smudging ….

Step Three:  1 Coat of ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – Cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying that can happen from the nail acetone, it helps keep your cuticles moisturized

Have a great Friday!

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Nail File Friday’s: Negative Space Black French Manicure

I don’ know if I’m late to the party but either way, I’m officially hooked on the ease of this nail art and the many different ways you can take this. Because as they say, the possibilities are endless. I just recently found out about the ‘negative space’ nail art craze. I have to say, I’m on board, completely! With all my little ones, the still on going back to school preparations and home life, this ‘negative space’ nail art is just what a busy mom needs in her life!

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Essie Nail Polish Used: Essie Under The Twilight (dark purple) I had originally wanted to also use Anchor Down (gray-blue tone) but then opted not to, hence the pictures.

Nail Tools UsedNail Brush and Avery Reinforcement Labels or you can also try these French Manicure Stickers – Mix Styles such beautiful styles for a ‘French’ style manicure, works as an easy guide for a non-professional nail gal like myself.

What is this ‘negative space’ nail trend you ask? The idea is basically to have your natural nail incorporated in your nail art, to have your uncolored nail showing through – amazing right?! I mean unpainted nails, on trend?! Yes, finally, hassle free nail art! As you can see here, I did it by doing a basic french manicure and having it look not so basic.

Steps for general nail polish with nail art:

Step One:  1 Coat of ‘Seche’ Base Coat

Step Two:  This is really self explanatory but one thing that really helps me when doing a french manicure is using the reinforcement labels, simply cut them in half and place them on top of the nail, making sure you are gently pressing on the corners so they are well placed on the nail, apply the nail polish and remove the labels while the polish is still wet, clean up the sides of the nail by simply dipping the nail brush in acetone. I applied a full coat of nail polish on the thumbs. Tip: While you have the label on your nail, apply one coat of the nail polish, remove the sticker and carefully go back and apply a second coat of the nail polish.

…. Allow the nail art to completely dry ….

Step Three:  Allow nail art to completely dry before applying top coat to avoid smudging

Step Four:  1 Coat of ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – Cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying that can happen from the nail acetone, it helps keep your cuticles moisturized

Have a great Friday!

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Nail File Friday’s: Simple Nail Art for Girls + Rainbow of Grays

This week I’m going to also share with you what my oldest daughter is wearing, because you know, she loves nail art too! It’s easier than it looks and your girl will love it – try it on yourself too, it’s so easy! Also, prep your nails properly to ensure they don’t get yellow from polishing them, you can see which base coat and top coat polishes I use here and here for the tools I own for at home manicures. Let’s begin …

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My daughter wanted pink polka dots, so in order to make the dots stand out, I placed a white nail polish underneath.

Essie Nail Polish Used: Blanc (white) and Mod Square (pink)

Nail Tools Used: Nail Brush + Dotting Tool, piece of aluminum foul to pour a small amount of the polish you will be using for the ‘dots’

It’s really so simple, first use your base coat to protect your nail, let it dry and here I applied Blanc, I allowed it to dry completely, then I got a small piece of aluminum foil and poured a small amount of Mod Square – if it becomes sticky, pour some more next to it, and with my dotting tool, I dipped it, first started in the center of the nail, creating three dots, and then on the sides creating a ‘zig zag’ with the pink polish, this made it easier to keep all the nails cohesive. Tip: You can clean your dotting tool in between polishes with acetone and wiping it with a napkin. Allow the dots to dry completely before applying your top coat – otherwise your pink dots will smear. And you’re done!

So, I wanted to try the reinforcement labels again and here are the colors that I did this week.

Essie Nail Polish Used: Good As Gold (gold) and Licorice (black)

Nail Tools Used: Avery Reinforcement Labels

After prepping your nail with the base coat and allowing it to dry, I put Good As Gold polish on all my nails, allowing this to dry I then placed a reinforcement label on each nail. You can see this post on how to properly place labels on your nail, once you have the labels nicely secured – don’t forget the sides, paint the top part of the nail with the Licorice nail polish, while still wet, remove the label and allow the nails to dry completely before applying your top coat.

Lastly, I wanted a ‘rainbow’ of gray nail shades for this look.

Essie Nail Polish Used: Any glitter shade, Blanc (white), Petal Pushers (gray tone) and Anchor Down (darker bluish-grayish tone)

Nail Tools Used: Cosmetic Foam Wedge – if you find yourself having more clear polish than glitter on your nails, take a look at this

As always apply your base coat, here I used the glitter polish for on the pinky – don’t judge the current state of this foam wedge! Eek … OK, let’s move on. If you see yourself having to apply your glitter polish too many times to count and still don’t have enough glitter – do this, apply one edge of the foam wedge, this will ‘soak’ up the clear polish and leave you with just the glitter, dab the foam on your nail, reapply and repeat the steps until your entire nail is covered with glitter – shouldn’t take too many applications. You’ll have on your nail exactly what you see in the bottle! That’s it, it’s that easy to apply glitter, who knew?! Moving on, on the ring finger I applied Blanc, on the middle finger Petal Pusher and on the pointer and thumb the Anchor Down shade. After the nails have dried, apply a top coat to give your polish a great shine!

Have a wonderful and blessed 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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