Splatter Mani: Hellooooo 80s Inspiration!

So I tried a splatter mani for the first time today, and I’m really happy with the results!

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I had to do a tea bag wrap on two of my nails, as they had snagged. If you don’t know how to do one of these, scroll down beneath the pictures of the splatter mani for detailed instructions.

I wrapped two of my nails, my thumb and my ring finger on my left hand, let that dry, and then buffed each of my nails. I have a four sided buffer that is just amazing. Don’t leave home without it! Here’s a link to the one I use. You can get it at Walgreens for about $1.50.

I applied my usual base coat, Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat, and allowed it to dry.

On my left hand, I painted my thumb, index, middle and pinky fingernails with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Black Out. I used this color on my right hand, but only on my ring finger. While waiting for this to dry, I applied Wet n’ Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Lavender Creme. It’s actually a pretty spot-on match for Barbie pink. It’s very bright, and goes on opaque in two coats. It’s very thin, but surprisingly durable. I got it on sale the other day to use with my gradient sunset nails, which I’ve yet to do. Shame on me.

I reapplied the polish to each nail, let dry, and then applied my Double Duty as a top coat. At this point, I thought my nails looked alright, but I decided I wasn’t quite done. I got out my nail polish thinner, OPI Nail Lacquer Thinner, which can be purchased at Ulta for around $9.00. I poured a few drops of the Lavender Creme into a small dish, and then splashed in one tiny drop of the thinner on top of it. Using a separate nail brush, I stirred it together. The thinner you make it, the less opaque it will be on your nails, although it will be much easier to get on.

I then held the brush over each finger and tapped the end of it, making the paint splash down onto my nails. A good thing to do is put Vaseline or tape over the parts of your hands/fingers that you don’t want to have covered in paint. Because I didn’t do this, I spent half a bottle of nail polish remover and about an hour cleaning up my legs, arms and hands. I’m messy. Sue me.

After this, I did the same with the Black Out nail color on the remaining nails.

I then applied another coat of Double Duty and let dry.

Here’s the finished result! What do you think?

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Okay, so to do the tea bag wrap, you need:

– A normal tea bag

– A pair of scissors

– A four sided nail buffer

– A good base coat

Alright, so you remove whatever nail polish is currently on your nail, being careful not to aggravate the break any more than it already is. Take the tea bag, and cut off the top. Remove the guts and possibly make a cup and drink that while you’re working, because yum. Also, waste is bad. Bad, bad waste. Cut a small strip out of the bag, about enough to go halfway down your nail, that will cover the whole surface. Apply your base coat to the nail, and while still wet, position the strip of tea bag across it. Push down, making sure you get any and all bubbles and wrinkles out. It might get a little messy, but that’s okay! Then apply another thin layer of top coat to kind of glue the whole thing down. When the top coat dries, take the fine grain side of your nail buffer and file in one direction all around your nail, so that any excess tea bag comes off.  Apply one more layer of top coat, and let dry completely. Then, following the numbers on your buffer, file all over the surface, so that there is no visible difference between where the tea bag is and where your nail is. Voila! Pain over the top, and your nail is repaired! It will look a little bit different than your natural nails, of course, but it’s nothing a good layer of polish can’t fix. I use this all the time and it saves my life. I work too damn hard for these pretty nails.

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Capitol Couture #3 – District 1: Luxury

Here is my third Capitol Couture look. This is inspired by District 1, manufacturers of luxury items. I did reds and golds everywhere, making it look like precious metals and gemstones. I also added a gold chain. I tried a couple different looks for the chain wrap. I think it was best with my hair down, but liked it either way. Thoughts?

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Capitol Couture: Attempt #2

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Here is my second attempt at a Capitol Couture style. A bit heavier than yesterday, and I did more with my hair. My awesome mom sent me a box of goodies last year, full of rhinestones and sequins, and I pulled out a few things to add. I like this, but I’m not sure if this is what I want. Well, tomorrow is another day and another try! Tell me what you think! Am I starting to put together a Capitol Citizen look that’s believable?

Autumn Tag!

So Elektra King just tagged me to do one of these. I’ve never been tagged before, so I’m super excited!

This is all about autumn/fall favorites….

1. What’s your favorite autumn lipstick?

I almost always go nude or shimmery pink, all year round. However, Autumn is one of my favorite times to throw on my pinup girl look, and that’s when I do super deep reds. One of my favorites is Rimmel London Kate Moss Collection #107. It’s almost a plum color, but because I’m so ridiculously pale, it goes on as a deep, vampy red.

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2. What’s your favorite autumn trend?

Apple cider! Oh yum, it’s my favorite. I put a big pot on the stove and cook it all day long, and my house smells absolutely wonnnnderful. I love dressing it up with whipped cream and caramel sauce, then stirring it with a big cinnamon stick!

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3. What’s your favorite autumn candle?

I don’t really care about candles as much as I suppose I should. I have a bad habit of dipping my fingers in the wax and making tiny sculptures. So I try not to spend any more money than the bare minimum on them. However, I very much love autumn air fresheners. Does that count? I love any spiced apple scents! One of the best ones of recent years is Febreze Air Effects in Apple Spice & Delight.

4. Do you have any autumn traditions?

I wouldn’t call it traditions, per se. But I do tend to get very nostalgic in the fall. Some of my best (and worst) memories took place in this time of year, so I get lost in my thoughts quite often. It’s when I write the most poetry, play the most music and do the most with my makeup.

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This is me, two autumns ago. I was rocking a short pixie cut and terrible fingernails, but I love the style!

5. What’s your favorite thing about autumn?

This actually answers the question below as well, HOODIES. I could wear hoodies year round. I often do, even though I live in Florida and it barely gets cold here at all. I’m just so damn comfortable in them. And even though it may still get hot sometimes in October and November where I live, I feel totally justified when someone asks me how I’m not hot. I just tell them that my mind is in New York while my body is in Florida. 

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Me, two or three years ago, rocking the hoodie.

6. What’s your favorite item of clothing for autumn?

As above, hoodies. But coming in at a close second would have to be furry boots. Is there anything more adorable and easy than tucking your cigarette jeans into a pair of knee-high fuzzy boots? It looks so chic and stylish, yet it’s one of the most simple looks to achieve. 

7. Favorite autumn nail polish?

I actually am dying to order OPI A Piers to be Tan. It’s a luscious color that just screams cider and spices and falling leaves. I’m itching to try an ombre look with this and a darker brown. I stole this picture from eBay, I don’t know who to properly credit for it, but as I don’t own the color (yet), I can’t take my own shots. 

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8. Favorite autumn beverage?

Spiced cider.

9. Favorite autumn snack?

Ooooh, this is a tough one. I don’t know if you’d call it a snack, but I’ll eat an entire pumpkin pie!

10. Which celebrity inspires you most in autumn?

She actually inspires me all the time, but Penelope Cruz. With those smoldering, deep brown eyes and (typically) nude lip, she paints a perfect picture of put togetherness at all times. 

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Alright, I know I’m supposed to tag others to do this as well….

I’d love to see The Polish Influenza‘s answers!

Also, Nail Polish Galore!

These girls have really fantastic blogs, so check them out if you haven’t already!

Ombre Manicure

So I’ve been cranky all day, and wanted to make myself feel better, so I figured I’d do my nails. Either it would look bad and I’d laugh or it would turn out awesome (lol) and I’d be stoked. My nails never turn out very good, (unless I’m doing wraps) but I still love doing them.

I figured I’d try an ombre manicure. It looks hard as hell, but everyone swears it’s simple. I bought makeup sponges for this last week, but I’ve been feeling intimidated. Also, I’ve tried out a couple different wraps in that time!

So I decided on light blue as a base, with dark blue and black above that. I started with Sally Hansen Double Duty Top/Base Coat. Then I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Breezy Blue. I applied two coats and let dry completely. I learned a rad way to see if your nails are dry is to lightly touch them to each other. They may feel dry with your finger, but if they’re still tacky when touched together, wait! You may already know that, but I’ve always thought it was useful.

I then painted a thin layer of Layla Magneffect in 07 Metallic Sky onto the makeup sponge in a line. I sponged it off once onto a paper towel, and then lightly tapped it about two-thirds of the way down my fingernail. I repeated this on all of my nails and let them dry completely.

Then I took Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Black Out and did the same thing. I painted a thin line onto a clean part of the makeup sponge, and went down about one-third of the way down my nail. I repeated this on all of my fingers and allowed to dry.

I then used my same Sally Hansen Double Duty Top/Base Coat to seal it.

I cleaned off the excess on the sides of my fingers and checked it out:

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Well, I’m kind of stoked. That’s probably the closest I’ve ever come to having my nails look like something I’ve seen someone else do. I think with practice, I’ll get better. It was pretty simple, and I like the way it looks.

Anyways, it did cheer me up. I’m no longer cranky, hooray!

How have your ombre nails turned out? Do you have a preferred sponge type? What’s your favorite color combination? I’d love to hear from you!

Essie Sleek Stick review

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Hey guys!
This is just going to be a short review on Essie Sleek Stick nail appliques because my mind is all over the place today, and I’m hella stressed.

I bought these on Sunday from Walgreens because I wanted to relax, and nail wraps are my current obsession. I’ve tried Sally Hansen Salon Effects and Kiss Nail Dress in the past, let’s see how Essie stacks up!

They come in with a hefty price tag of about $12.99, which is more than the two above mentioned products. The packaging is very minimalist. Just heavy, white paper with Essie stamped in silver on the side. Included is instructions, a nail file, a clear, plastic cuticle pusher and 18 appliques.

The first thing I noticed is that they strongly smell of paint. They are UV treated, so they’re supposed to last longer, and I can’t smell them while they’re on. I’m guessing it’s just when you first open them that you notice it.

These are closer to the Kiss Nail Dress in how they go on. Salon Effects are made with actual nail polish, while Essie Sleek Stick and KND are stickers. They are far more thin than KND, which is both good and bad.

I purchased Love to Love You. If you can’t tell by now, I love black and white manicures! I like how the lettering was different on every sticker, so no repeats!

Being so thin definitely made it easy to file away excess without worrying about removing length from my nail tips. However, it was harder to manuever them onto my nail. Also, these have a tendency to wrinkle easily. They didn’t match my cuticle shape as well as either of the other two I tried. You can see in the pictures where it’s a little wider in areas. The cuticle pusher helped a bit, but I don’t want to reshape my cuticles for something like this.

I got them all on, added Sally Hansen Double Duty Base/Top Coat and let them dry.

Hmmm… While they look beautiful, I can definitely tell they’re not done by hand. Being so thin makes them very comfortable on my fingers, which is a huge plus! I also love that unlike Salon Effects, these won’t dry out because they are appliques. That’ll come in handy because on day three, they’re already beginning to chip in places. *sigh*

My verdict?
These are definitely beautiful while on. I received compliments from the FedEx girl yesterday, and from the cashier at Firehouse Subs.
They’ve stayed on through two showers, one bath and washing dishes.
They don’t look as realistic as the other two wraps I’ve reviewed.
They don’t fit my nails as well as other nail wraps.
They cost a bit more than I want to spend.

So I’d say not worth it. Go with one of the other two I’ve previously reviewed. I was fairly disappointed, as I’ve always heard good things about Essie, but this was pretty much a bust.

Do you have a favorite nail wrap? What’s your experience with Sleek Stick? I love hearing from you!