Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wedding Nails

In keeping with the theme of posting pictures from months ago, I'm FINALLY posting pictures from Kristen's wedding.

Since my camera is janky beyond belief, I couldn't get a good picture of my nails to save my life. I wore an Ulta berry color with matte on top. It was very fall-ish. This picture shows how crayon-like my nails looked. I loved them!

Debbie wore gradient glitter gel nails. I can't remember if this is the OPI axxium gel or what. Doing posts on topics from months ago when you're pretty tired is a bad idea times 2, but work with me here.

Marjory's nails are such a pretty teal(?). I'd like to guess that they're American Apparel Malibu Green, but I'm not sure. Sidenote: I think the application of AA polish is a mess! The colors are kinda watery :-/

Silver Bells and Whatnot

Pardon my Christmas reference, but it just popped into my head. This manicure is actually from the late summer/early fall. See?? I told you I had lots of stuff saved up for when I had time to blog again- this is one of those things.

An-y-ways. Things I'll miss if I leave NYC: Duane Reade. I bought this polish from Duane Reade and I LOVE it. Their line of polish is called Prevail, and this color is Name in Lights. Just looking at the pictures makes me want to reapply it. It's a true metallic, and it reminds of me silver leaf. Plus the application was so smooth and delicious.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Alana's Nails One

One of the best students in the universe is also the 4-and-1 mani queen. I don't think I've ever all 10 of her nails painted the same color. When we first met, she told me she knew we would get along because of my turquoise nails. Anyway... Alana has been kind enough to send me LOTS of pictures of her nails, and I decided to feature the different manicures at different times.

I decided to start with this one because when I opened the picture on my computer, I literally gasped! KNOW I'm a sucker for animal print...

Thanks, Alana!

I'm Baaaack!

I'm back. For real. I have so many pictures and post ideas it's not even funny. Since it's late and I'm exhausted, I'm going to start with the biggest news first. I finally- no, FINALLY- got a manicure to last a week. The past few manis have been going long and strong. I'm currently typing with a mani from last THURSDAY. The secret for me is getting my nails cut really short. I go to a new nail salon (buh-bye, Tanya), and they don't try to guilt me when I tell them to cut my nails down. The result is a long-lasting, pretty mani.

I was reuniting with a special someone last weekend, so I decided to wear the nail polish I wore on our first date- Ulta's Eye-Popping Poppy. I wanted to do something different, a first-date remix if you will, so I had the manicurist put a sparkly clear coat on my ring finger. The polishes are both red-orange, but I don't think it's showing up as well with my janky camera. These pictures were taken on day 8 of the manicure. Yes, the pointer finger on the right hand is chipped, but overall, it held up well.

I have lots of other stuff to post about (student nails, an orly plastics review, wedding nails), so keep checking back!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hot Child in the City

I don't know why I felt the need to give my post that title!

I bought white nail polish ages ago, and I had a few ideas for what to do with it. I wanted to wait until the summer because white with bright stuff on top just screams SUMMER to me. Then, I bought this cell phone case, and I instantly knew that I wanted something like that on my nails.

the cell phone case inspiration

There's a lot of dragging around my cuticles, but you can't really tell in real life. I was able to overlook that because the design is so cute.

The rhinestones were free! I didn't want rhinestones, just dots, but they gave me some for free.

This has been such a fun summer, and my pedicure is equally fun. That being said, I have to turn my computer over to the people at Geek Squad (issues with my motherboard). They'll have it for about 3 weeks, plus I'll be in Pittsburgh enjoying the last days of my summer break. I'll see you in September!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Non-Matching Nails

My pedicures last WAY longer than my manis, so I don't feel the need to update them as frequently. Also, I can't ever get the polish to look as nice on my toes as it does when I get a pedi. For this reason, I pick a pedi color that can go with a lot of other colors in my collection. When I say "go with", I mean it in the Stacy London/Clinton Kelly/What Not to Wear sense. Whole outfits don't need to be matchy-matchy, they just need to look nice together. It's the same thing with manis and pedis.

Two weeks ago, I polished my toenails a bright orange (Essie Bright Tights- I think... the sticker is gone) and my nails matched. After a few days, I removed the Essie from my nails and replaced it with Color Club Explosive. Both are pretty bright, but Explosive is more yellow-y. Still, I think they look great together.

I apologize for the picture of my feet. They really aren't that bad in person.

Last week, I got a mani and pedi with some random neon pink from the nail salon. The manicure eventually chipped, and that's when I got the bright idea to do the gumdrop mani from the previous post. The pedi color was a true neon hot pink, but it's not translating that well in the pics. The Orly color is more red-orange pink than true pink, but still. I liked them together.

I noticed my friend Di had light purple toenails and dark purple nails the other night. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gumdrop Nails

With this mani I decided to bust out the glitter. I don't know why- I guess I've been in a glittery mood. I was playing around with different colors and glitters on my nails before I made my final decision. Here's what it looked like.

Now, of course they look super raggedy, but that's because I didn't do a full-on mani yet.

The pink is Orly Passion Fruit.

I got it a long time ago on sale at Sally's for $2.99. The glitter is Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter (really creative name, right?)
In the bottle, it looks like a pink polish with silver, blue and multi glitter. If you look at the picture of it alone on my nail, you'll see it's sheer.

I did two coats of Orly and one coat of glitter on the left and two coats on the right. I decided to up the glitter factor AFTER I added matte to the left hand. That's why it only has one coat of glitter. Here's the finished product:

The shine around my nails is oil. I was a little messy with the application and my cuticles were dry so I put some vitamin E on them. I used matte polish, so they're not shiny. I tried desperately to get a nice picture with the matte finish, but it seemed like I kept getting one or the other. Here's a semi-decent picture of the matteness of it all.

This pic was taken before I cleaned up around my nails. I'll care a little bit more next time and clean them up before I take the pics!

Sidenote: I said this before, but I really need a new camera.

This mani is not built to last. Matte polishes last an average of a few days (at most) on anybody, so when this chips (and it already has) I won't feel so bad about myself. This is a fun mani and it might even be a bit much for a lot of people. The matte calms it down and it gives you an excuse to repolish your nails after two or three days!