Friday, July 25, 2014

Fashion Friday | DIY Girly Manicure

 Happy Friday!

I told you guys we would be covering a plethora of topics on Fridays, so today we're chatting about nails! After a couple of semi-traumatic experiences at the nail salon (I was young, give me a break), I have gotten pretty comfortable at doing my nails at home. I reserve trips to the nail salon for the most special of occasions. I think the last time I got my nails done was for my wedding... Three years ago! And you guys know I'm pretty frugal, so why pay someone to do something I can do at home? I'm definitely not saying it looks professional or anything, but it'll do!

 Step 1: Cuticle Softener & Remover
The first time using this at home, I remember being terrified my cuticles were going to melt off. Thankfully, that didn't happen. I typically apply this right after I shower, so the cuticles are already soft. The softener helps to push them into place, which really helps the overall appearance with the finished manicure.

Step 2: Cuticle Oil
I apply this with a Q-tip to my cuticles after pushing them into place. The softener can be a tad drying, so the oil just adds the moisture and keeps my nails looking healthy.

Step 3: Filing
While the oil is drying, I use this time to file my nails and maintain their shape. I just clean up their natural shape, but you can use this time to shape them however you like - round, square, whatever your heart desires! You can also buff and shine your nails, but I only do that occasionally. I'm usually too lazy for that, if I'm being honest!

Step 4: Paint
The fun part! Choose whatever color(s) makes you happy. I like to throw in an accent nail here and there to spice things up!

Step 5: Don't forget the topcoat!
I've mentioned this in my favorites before, but I love the Out The Door topcoat. It gives a great shine, prolongs the wear of my polish, and it dries within minutes! It's perfect for me because I'm notorious for moving on to other tasks with wet nails. I like to watch YouTube videos while waiting for them to dry!

When I don't know which colors to choose or am feeling uninspired, this is my go to combination. Golden Rule is one of my favorite accent polishes because it goes great with everything. Sometimes I apply it over a color for a light wash of glitter and other times I apply it on its own (a couple coats) for a metallic accent nail (pictured). It's fool proof! And I always get compliments while wearing this polish. It's a favorite, for sure!

I wore this OPI shade for my wedding, so it's a rather nostalgic shade for me. Let's be honest, the color is great, but I probably chose it just for the name. It's the perfect mix of nude and pink and it's such a classic color that you just can't go wrong with it!

 If you don't often paint your nails, I encourage you to give it a try! It's such a fun, girly way to express yourself, and I always feel a little more put together when my nails are done.

Do you have any favorites I should add to my nail polish collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great weekend!
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