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Welcome to our Halloween Nail Series of 2014. Halloween is about three weeks away and in honor of the oh so creative holiday, Cat and I will be doing a series of Halloween inspired nail posts. I would like to kick-off our series with a little something I like to call Spooky. Spooky was inspired by an eyeball design I am working on perfecting (design coming soon). It was very simple to create and I think it’s pretty cool so here it is.

Step 1: I simply painted all my nails black…waited for them to dry and added one thick coat of white crackle nail polish to all nails except to my index finger.

Step 2: With a bobby pin I dabbled two parallel white dots on my index finger.

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Step 3: Once the white dot was dry I applied a much smaller black dot with the other end of the bobby on to the white dots…

Step 4: Once all coats of polish dried I applied a top coat and wallah.

Like I said the design is super simple but I think it’s pretty neat. Hope you enjoy! To view other designs visit here or here.

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— Cristy

 

Happy 4th of July and welcome back to our 4th day of 4th of July nails!

For our final nail art post I decided to go with something simple yet fun, I like to call it Party in the USA. There is no need for any fancy artistic technique for this design, simply have fun with it. The picture of the final product is self explanatory, but just in case you want to know what strategy I used, read below.

What you will need:

  1. Red nail polish (Sally Hansen)
  2. Royal blue nail polish w/blue glitter undertone (Sinful Colors at CVS)
  3. Glitter polish with red, blue and silver sparkles (Off Brand)
  4. Angled paint brush + nail polish remover
  5. Miley CyrusParty in the USA playing in the background 😉

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Steps:

I have this horrible habit of applying too many colors and too many layers at the same time and then simply ruining my polish.  Since I knew I would be using three different colors this time around, I decided to take it one color at a time.

1. Painted my thumb, middle and pinky fingers with the red polish and let the 1st and 2nd coat completely dry before moving on to the next color. Once these were completely dry I took my angled brush, dipped it in nail polish remover and cleaned around the edges. I chose to go with the red first, because it has been my experience that red polish is the messiest…especially when it comes to cleaning around the edges.

2. I went ahead and did one coat of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

3. I then applied two coats of the blue polish on my index finger. While that dried I applied two more coats of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

4. When the blue was completely dry I cleaned around the edges, applied top coat and wallahhh!

Like I said, the design is pretty simple, but I love it and I will definitely be rocking it at the 4th of July block party.

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– CRISTY

 

 

Halloween is tomorrow and even though I’m too old to trick-or-treat I’m definitely not too old to still have a little fun. In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to take a stab (no pun intended) at painting my nails “bloody red”.  Below are simple instructions on how to do it.

Step 1: Using a deep red nail polish draw a couple of (uneven) red lines and then place a dot or two of polish close to your cuticle line in order to create a dripping effect.

Step 2: Using the same red color, paint the tips of your polish. As you apply polish to the tips, ensure that the polish is blending with the drips.

Step 3: Apply topcoat and wualah!

Have a Happy Happy Halloween!!!

**Cristy**

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
— Charles Caleb Colton

A few days back I saw a featured mani on @Julepmaven (Julep, a monthly nail polish and other beauty products subscription) on Instagram and I loved it so much I had to recreate the look. The original design was created by @libedon (aka The Polished Fox).

The design is pretty simple and easy to recreate, but I specially love the color combination. The polishes I used are: “Natural” by Love & Beauty (Forever 21 nail polish line), and “Man Hunt” by China Glaze.

What do you think, you like?

Also. feel free to follow me on Intagram @Kitty5289.

Thanks for visiting, CAT.

 

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Welcome to Tipsy Tuesday! No, no, not that kind of tipsy. The tipsy I’m referring to is nail tips. You see Cat and I have a bit of an obsession (I like to think of it as passion) for nail polish and anything nails, so we decided to start this weekly segment…Tipsy Tuesday! We are super excited to share with you a tip or two of what drives our nail obsession!

With Fall right around the corner I decided that our first segment will be a Fall nail polish color preview. So here it goes…

Time to put away the summer brights and break out the Fall palette.  I recently went to Walgreens and fell in love with the large selection the Sinful Colors line had to offer for only $1.99!!!! Definitely a steal! Below are a few of the fall colors I purchased.

Kissy – A deep, glittery, turquoise. Perfect for a night on the town. This one is by far my favorite, it reminds me of a mermaid!

Nirvana – A matte grayish chocolate. I plan on using this color on the regular. It’s very simple but elegant.

Slate – I’ve never been a fan of grey polish, but this one just called my name. I am so glad I bought it.

Burgandy – The name says it all. It’s a very deep burgundy and I loooove it! I think this color is classic and can go with anything.

Stay tuned for our next segment next week 😉

**Cristy**

As you may recall, I am a bit frugal with my money, and one thing I totally cut out of my spending “budget” is going to the nail salon.

Yes, I enjoy getting pampered and trust me, I love a nice hand massage, but one thing I can enjoy more and for a longer period of time is my own collection of nail polish. Some may say I have a problem, I on the other hand would say, I like to have options – a lot of options.

Time to focus, an easy at home manicure is pretty simple and takes very few products.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– A small bowl with warm water

– Cuticle remover

– Pick tool(s)

– Nail file

– Cuticle oil

– Hand towel

Step one:Fill half of your bowl with warm water (optional – add a little hand soap or olive oil for moisture) and put your finger tips in it for about 5-10 minutes.

Step two: Dry your finger tips with a towel.

Step three:Add a small amount of cuticle remover to your cuticle and let it sit for a few minutes. Remember, to read and follow the directions on the product.

Step four: After a few minutes have passed, use your pick tool to push back on your cuticle. Be gentle, don’t hurt yourself or damage your nail bed.

Step five: Wash your hands.

Step six: Use your nail file to straighten the edge of your nails and get rid of any unevenness. Also, give them shape – square, oval, or whatever you choose. You can also take this time to cut off any excess or dry/dead skin with a nail clipper (the ones with a slanted edge).

Step seven: Add cuticle oil to your nails, cuticle area and rub it in – give your fingertips a gentle massage to get blood circulating to your nails, so they can grow pretty and healthy. I usually let the oil sit for about 10 minutes then I wash it off.

After you’ve done all of the above then you’re ready to add some color to your naked nails. This is my favorite step.

So, go ahead and give this simple at home manicure a try, and see what you think. Share any tips you may have.

— CAT

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