Manicure Monday: French Manicure Pen

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It’s been AGES since I’ve done a French Manicure and for whatever reason I’ve been itching to do one lately. Nail trends change so quickly that it’s hard to believe a style can last so long. Can we talk about how quickly those weird suede textured polishes came and went? Shattered polish didn’t last much longer either. A favorite of brides and teenagers alike, the French Manicure is a classic here to stay.

The Dior French Manicure Pen is essentially nail polish in a pen shaped bottle. It reminds me of high school when some girls would use white out to paint their nails (gross, I know). But Dior pretty much took this concept and turned it luxe. I mean really, would you expect any less from Dior? The polish is thick yet runny, and creamy yet opaque. I carefully painted the tips of each of my nails and allowed to dry for a minute. Then I made any touch ups, especially the edges of my nails to give it a seamless look. Now I will say that it didn’t look perfect on the bottom edge where the white meets my clear nail. To touch up this area I have a little trick: take a synthetic bristle brush (I have one from a nail supply store) and a small bowl filled with acetone and carefully smooth out that line. And voila… You’ve got yourself a fancy French Manicure!

Manicure Monday: Wine to Five

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Hello blogging world, meet my new favorite dark red. This color Wine to Five by CoverGirl is absolutely divine. I’ve been nothing but impressed with these polishes. The formula is a dream. It’s creamy, opaque and so gorgeous. This could easily be a one coater but I did two just to be safe. The color makes my nails look like I just got a gel manicure. And who doesn’t like that?! Every time I use of these CoverGirl polishes I think to myself: I really have to pick up more of these colors!

Manicure Monday: DJ Play That Song

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So this color….

It’s called DJ Play That Song by Essie. Ok, rephrasing that. The name of this nail polish is called DJ Play That Song and it is by the brand Essie. It’s another love/hate. I generally love the way it looks. Like, if I saw these pictures somewhere I’d think wow, that looks like a nice color I NEED to buy it now. I should add, this not an uncommon thought when I saw any bottle of nail polish I don’t already own…and even some that I do own…. Thankfully I haven’t bought any duplicates yet. Knock on wood. But don’t be fooled by the pretty shell this thing was a pain. Streaky and sheer all over. It took me three coats to get this look which is generally a deal breaker for me. I don’t like polishes that take too long to apply. Two coats and a topcoat is my weapon of choice. Overall verdict: Meh. I’ll use it again but not a favorite.

Manicure Monday: Fahrenheit

Better late than never, right? I’ve been a little absent recently because I’ve been hard at work at my new job! Woo hoo! A job! It’s been busier than ever with the holidays coming up. I had my first actual shift yesterday and am happy to report everything went smoothly. I love to a deep burgundy nail color around the holidays… for some reason it just seems appropriate. This color, called Fahrenheit, is a polish from the new Formula X for Sephora line that launched last month. It took me two coats to get this gorgeous gel-like consistency. Its safe to say this color is a new favorite. Enjoy!

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Manicure Monday: Bachelorette Bash

I’ve decided that since I’m such a nail polish-aholic (110-ish and counting…) I’d share some of that with you. I usually paint my nails 2 or 3 times a week so the look is always changing. My colors range from pinks to blues to grays and beyond, I even have a highlighter yellow. Occasionally I’ll take a little more time with my nails and use nail stickers or paint a funky pattern. My nails are my own little mini canvas. If you want to keep up with me and my lacquer, check back every Monday!

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Todays nails are by Essie. This color, Bachelorette Bash, is a dream to apply. Its such an opaque color that I barely needed two coats. I took this last photo during the day which shows the true color a bit better. Enjoy!

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