My Secret Nail Weapon

  
I don’t know about you, but one thing I hate when I’m doing my own nails is waiting for the polish to dry. I’m so impatient. I just want to apply my coats and go. Que fab find…

About a month, I was randomly perusing the beauty aisles at my local Walmart and low and behold I see this hairspray like can that says “Professional Nail Dryer” by Onyxprofessional.  At first, I was kinda skeptical because it looked too good to be true especially since my last attempt to purchase something to dry my nails was a big fail (Essie quick-e), but after reading the directions on the back and looking over some googled reviews, 8 decided to give it a try.

Let me tell you, I was very impressed!! I followed the simple direction of holding the can 6-8 inches away from my nails and gave a quick spray to each nail. Then, I let about 5 minutes pass by and gently touched each of my nails to see if they were dry, and guess what? THEY WERE!!! Wootwoot!! [Confetti thrown in the air] I’ve used this product about 5x in the last month and it never fails. There has been some times I’ve had to do a second round of spray just to be on the safe side, but it hasn’t let me down yet! Oh, wait, did I forget to mention it was only $2.48? Yes, yes it was for a whole 8.5oz. That’s like cheaper than my hairspray bottle!!  

Miami Dreamin’

I took advantage of a sale that Evans was having last week and bought myself a cool shirt!  I liked it because it reminded me of Summer- cool shades & great places to vacation. I was so happy with the way it felt and looked on me too. I was able to pair it up with some white shorts and decided to paint my nails in hues of pink and blue and a dash of pink on my pout!  I also found the perfect bracelet sitting my armswag collection.

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Evans Ivory Miami Sunglasses Vest, Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in NP8 Good Bud-Dy, Avon Speed DryNail Enamel in Strawberry, NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudle & Slim Lip Pencil in Hot PinkForever21– Bracelet, Heart Shaped Sunglasses-Flea Market Find $5

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Weekend Binge

Wow, there is so much I want to share to help you catch up with this weekend! So grab your favorite mug, pour something caffeinated, and get really comfortable because it might take a while to get through this list 🙂

1. Okay, so first off did you hear about the $50 Christian Louboutin nail polish? I really didn’t know how to feel about it at first because I looovee painting my nails and splurging every now and then on something luxurious.  I mean my heart says “how early does Sephora open on August 6th cause I’m so there!” while my head says, “ummm…$50? Really!? on nail polish!?” So I guess I’m standing at a crossroads right now, lol.  How do you feel about it?

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2. While we are on the subject of sweet excess! There is this woman from Texas who built a 3 story closet that would make Carrie Bradshaw turn green with envy!  But take heart, it’s for a good cause!

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3. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the moment has finally arrived for all of us Fifty Shades of Grey lovers-the trailer is finally here, hehehe

4. And if that was not enough for you, let me give you a reason to never cut your hair again.  Here is Parks & Recreation’s Chris Pratt braiding a girls hair. We can all go to bed happy tonight knowing that there’s still men like him that exist in the world 😉

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5. Men trying on makeup for the first time made me smile, laugh, & put on my feminist hat.  Best line of the video is “there is like $6,000 worth of makeup here, and it’s like a cost that I never have to have.”  That’s right and we do it all in the name of feeling beautiful.  Why can’t we simply be like men and just wash our face and go and still be considered beautiful??

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6. Forget the Kim Kardashian phone app, Quizup is my new favorite game that I like to play against the hubby or any person across the world!

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Stalkworthy

Half Moons & French Tips

I’m absolutely in love with this half moon/french tip manicure! The next time I redo my mani, I will be trying this out.  I cross my fingers in hopes I can do it right 🙂

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Quirky Bottle Openers

How adorable is adding this to your bottle opener collection!

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Thinx

These underwear are revolutionary for women! I really want to try them because it’s meant to help you during your “Aunt Flo” days.  They are high-tech and supposed to be stain & leak resistant, anti-microbial, and absorbent, but still stylish.  I think the best part is that it’s a product developed and made by women for women-super empowering!

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Orange You Glad It’s Nails

It began with this ring.

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About a week ago, I found this really fabulous rustic gold & orange elephant ring.  It has kinda an Indian vibe to it and was simply calling my name!

I was so excited with my new purchase that I had to have the right manicure for it.  Looking through all my polishes, I chose an orangey coral from Avon called “Orange You Quick” that I hadn’t used in a while with my American Apparel Metallic “Gold Flash” that I’m uber obsessed with lately.

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Okay, so before I show you my big reveal, I just wanted to share with you some of my self manicure tips!  I feel like a doctor every time I do my mani because of all the tools I whip out.  I should have someone wiping my forehead every time I paint a nail.

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Tools Used

Earth Therapeutics Cuticle Nipper  $5, Revlon Cuticle Trimmer  $3, Tweezerman Matchbox Itty Bitty Files $11, Cotton Swabs, E.L.F Nail Polish Remover Pads $2, Avon Nail Experts Cuticle Scrub  $4, Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter 1.5oz  $17, Julep Essential Cuticle Oil $18, Alcohol Prep Swabs  $2.37

Manicure Prep Steps

1. Take off previous polish- On one of my Target hauls, I bought nail polish remover from E.L.F and believe it or not it’s really good for 2 bucks.  It smells citrusy good too! It usually takes 2 pads to to wipe all of the polish off.

2. Wash hands & apply cuticle scrub. I gently scrub my cuticles and push them down with my nail.

3.  Carefully  & gently remove cuticle.  Using my cuticle nipper and trimmer, I remove excess cuticle.

3. Wash & Dry Hands

4. File my nails

5. Wipe nails with alcohol prep swabs to remove any oils or dirt.

4. Paint Nails. I always apply a base coat before I paint my nails, followed by the polish, and then a top coat.

5.  Manicure Maintenance. After my nails are dry, I put some Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle butter all over my hands.  It makes them feel smooth.  I also put the Julep cuticle oil around the edge of nails to maintain my manicure and it gives your nails a healthy glow.

Big Reveal

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I did one accent nail on each hand by simply putting the Gold Flash Metallic polish as an overlay over the orange.  I just swooped it on after my nails were dry, of course, to give it a vintage rustic feel.

FYI: I tried the Pam Cooking Spray Trick to see if my nails would dry faster, and it created some bubbles on my polish which I didn’t like.  It did dry them quicker but on some nails the polish would smear off a little.  At least for me,  still on the fence about this ‘nail hack’.  I don’t know, maybe I didn’t do it right.  If anybody has any suggestions on how to use the cooking spray correctly to quick-dry your nails, let me know!

Anna Sui Does Minnie

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a gunho Disney freak!

That’s why when I discovered that b-glowing has limited edition Minnie Mouse makeup by Anna Sui, I jumped out of my chair and pinned it, wished listed it, and sent hints to my boo about getting it for me.  Best thing is that they are having a 50% off sale!  Wish me luck! Maybe I will be able to get all three items.

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