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DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with Julep

0.julepnightskypedi_introphoto Hello friends! Here’s an ombre nail art idea for you today to try out the next time you’re painting your nails.

julepnightskypedi5I was wanting to update my pedi with something reminiscent of warm, starry night skies – which are so much more gorgeous in Summer. While everyone else is doing pastels or neons this season, I went dark and spangled, just like late July evenings with the sky dotted with fireflies and stars.julepnightskypedi1After prepping my feet according to this DIY Pedicure Guide (and using my favorite Spongeables Ped-Scrub Foot Buffer to scrub away any rough patches), I painted a clear base coat, and then:

  • Painted one coat of a dark cobalt blue that had a small amount of micro glitter in it, and let dry. (The polish I used I bought like 10+ years ago, so if you’re looking for something similar now, this one is a close match.)
  • Then I painted half of my nails close to the cuticle with the blue
  • While the polish was still wet, I painted the ends with Estelle (black multi-glitter), mixing the polish where it met the blue. I let dry.
  • Finally I applied another coat of Estelle at the tips to darken into black. One topcoat to smooth the surface and it was all done!

julepnightskypedi2julepnightskypedi3I love the dark and mysterious look to this pedi, and how it sparkles in the sunlight (and against my favorite silver sandals).julepnightskypedi6

What other colors do you think it would be fun to mix into an ombre mani? diyombresherbetmani_done2(I tried sorbet blue and lavender in this DIY Ombre Sherbet Nail Art last year!)

julepnightskypedi4Happy Summer DIY pedis!

xo
Carly

DIY Metallic-Tipped Nail Art: How to Extend the Life Of Any Manicure 2

diymetallicnailtips1 When nail polish starts chipping there are only a few options for you: take it all off, swipe another coat of same-colored polish on to try to hide it, or try a contrasting color layered over top. I’m very much a contrasting-color sort-of-person since I love incorporating different textures and colors into my mani.

glittertips2One of the easiest ways to fix a slightly chipped mani is by adding a French manicure tip: I love the luxe look of a gold glitter tip! {Click for photos of my version above)

diymetallicnailtips5Another great way is with a shiny metallic tip: so chic and polished. I love cool silver too – and this can even be accomplished with a silver metallic Sharpie you may have on hand!diymetallicnailtips2 diymetallicnailtips3 My mani is just a coat of clear – and then silver Sharpie at the ends – and a topcoat. You could also do any color you want, and pair with a gold, rose gold, or other metallic-hued pen for ultra glamour!

diymetallicnailtips4How do you extend the life of your mani?

xo
Carly

DIY Easy Ombre Sherbet Nail Art

0.diyombresherbetmani_introphotoAs a child I was always drawn to the rainbow sherbet at the ice cream shop in my little town…and loved to watch all the colors melt together in my tiny paper cup into a rainbow lava flow of epic proportions (read: icky orangey-brown). I’ve always had a thing for ombre colors (and sherbet, LOL), but they’re really hard to re-create on one’s nails without an airbrush. diyombresherbetmani_setsWhile in Tokyo I recently bought a couple extra sets of Beauty Wild’s nail polish trios that I first discovered during last year’s Japan trip. This year Beauty Wild now has a “Gelato” version that includes a neutral base + color, with a glitter polish to create a pretty ombre transition (and labeled A, B, and C for ease of use). diyombresherbetmani_setEven if you don’t have access to Beauty Wild products, you can easily re-create the ombre mani at home with 3 coordinating nail polish colors in your stash. Here’s how:

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November Obsession: Revlon Moon Candy Nail Art

Even with Halloween over (and the subsequent letdown I always feel come the month of November), I still am hankering for something decorative and over-the-top, even in a small way. 

Revlon’s Nail Polish Duos in their Moon Candy Collection (launched a few months ago, I know I’m late to the bandwagon) supply that perfect blend of decorative nail art with ease-of-use.  (I have some loose holographic flakies to add to nail art designs in my nail art kit…but having a vial of tinted sparkly chips attached to a perfectly-coordinating basecoat color is a such a time-saver.  I just love the blues of Orbit and Galactic – and the gold flakes in the Universe shade is so reminiscent of the beautiful falling Autimnal leaves.

The perfect, chic, and affordable way to do some easy nail art – and bling out your tips for the holidays!

They’ve sold out at my local Fred Meyer and Target, but you can still buy a few colors on Amazon.com (about $12.99 for a duo), or search at your local Walgreens, Target, or other beauty supply store.

Check Out Revlon’s Moon Candy Line on Amazon Here!

P.S.: You can also see a review + swatch photos on nails here.

xoxox
Carly

Finally! A Realistic Hologram/Holographic Nail Polish Manicure!

I’ve been on the search for a true-to-form holographic nail polish like a reincarnation straight out of the 80’s… just like those shiny Rainbow Brite stickers or a heavy-duty Trapper Keeper and its accompanying folders.  (Are any other children of the 80’s with me on this??!)

But most nail polishes straight out of the bottle fail to perform and look disappointingly monochrome, with none of the oodles of rainbow shimmer that holograms have.

However, I’ve just discovered Nfu Oh!, from a post from awhile ago by Stylorectic.

This is Nfu Oh Victorian Polish Number 061, ordered off the Fabulous Street website.  (Yes, the website look is a bit of a deterrent and I for a moment worried that I was forking over my money to something extremely shady and perhaps even related to some sort of adult-video-rental-business…however, everything was on the level and I received an emailed order confirmation, shipping confirmation, and my ordered items at my door in just over a week.)  As per Stylorectic’s recommendations, I also ordered the Aqua Base, a base coat that’s apparently necessary for the adhesion of these special holographic polishes.  And boy did it make a difference in wear!  These polishes are not exactly cheap at $12.50 a bottle (so a $25 investment if you want to get started with holographic polishes), but this color is just so amazing, I almost don’t have the words. Almost;-)

The Number 061 looks like thick granulated silver coming out of the bottle…nothing to get excited about yet, and goes on pretty much the same.  However, even with one coat as it dried the rainbows began to form, and once completely dry the perfect shimmer of purple, green, yellow, and orange appeared.  It’s gorgeous.

In bright sun.

Indoors, no strong direct light.

I would recommend 2 coats here, and even though I put on a topcoat for extended wear I found the topcoat dulled the holographic effect slightly (not so many obvious rainbow ribbons; they became thinner and subtler-colored).  However without the topcoat it chips super-quick, so you might have to constantly redo this mani to keep it perfect.

But oh, my is it breathtaking!

xoxox
Carly

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Elegantly Understated Half-Moon Manicure: Greige Neutrals

Recently I’ve been playing around with the half-moon manicure.  Though I’ve tried it free-hand (with an uber-steady hand) before with middling results, I found that using those sticker color dots from the office supply store work just perfectly for this purpose.  (I’m sure they’re useful for other things besides fancy nail art manicures…but I haven’t used them for anything else yet!;)

It’s easiest to lay down a double coat of your base color (what will end up as your half-moon color).  Then, once the base color is bone dry (this is really important; it has to be totally dry and non-tacky!) lay the top half of a circle sticker over your nail at the half-moon area.  Stick it down well, paying attention to the sides of the sticker.  Then finish up with 1-2 coats of the main nail color.  I peeled the stickers off while the top color was still wet; it left little ridges in the manicure so I might try this again but wait until the top color is dry before peeling off to see if the results fare better.  In any case, seal with a clear topcoat and you have an elegant but understated chic manicure that looks pretty unique too!

Colors used: Essie Nail Color in Mamba for the half-moon and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Wet Cement for the main color.

 

What colors do you think would look good together?

Happy polishing!

xoxox
Carly

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A Fortuitous Sephora Manicure: Summer Colors

from thumb: Nails inc. Fishnet Magnetic Polish in Spitalfields, nails inc. Fishnet Magnetic Polish in Piccadilly, Nails Inc. Neon Nail Polish in Westbourne Grove, Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Gamma, Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Nomad

I was trying on a variety of nail polishes at Sephora today…and it just so happened that I liked the look of all the colors together that I decided to slap on a topcoat and call it a keeper.  Summer mint, 2 shades of orange sorbet, burnished gold, and green glittery snakeskin somehow went together wonderfully.And they just so happened to perfectly match my new 80%20 Molly wedge sandals in seaweed…a recent Gilt purchase (also available here).  I just can’t take them off – and Portland’s recent spate of 96+degree weather has demanded them!

xoxox
Carly

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