I was in the mood for a bright manicure, so I painted my nails with these fun yellow and orange polishes. The colors make me think of orange sherbet or mango sorbet!
Tell me: What color did you paint your nails recently?
For the longest time I wasn’t much of a beauty girl, but I feel like I’m slowly starting to come around. I still consider myself generally clueless when it comes to makeup, but there are two areas of the beauty world that I have a particular interest in- nails and lips. You guys already know about my nail polish addiction, so I won’t ramble on again about that, but I’ve only been into lip products for the past couple of years. I remember the first time I wore lipstick outside of my house I was terrified! I seriously thought that everyone was staring at me and I felt quite self-conscious. I’m a lot better at that now and I love how a red lip can really punch up a simple outfit. I’m still pretty wimpy about it when it comes to wearing it to work though- I feel like it will draw too much attention? Who knows, I might make a mini-challenge for myself to wear lipstick to work for a week!
Anyway, all this is to say that there are a few products that have caught my eye recently. I discovered that I’m really into beauty videos on youtube at the moment and I watched a lot of them this past weekend. First up, we have the Julep Freedom Top Coat. Recently, my Seche Vite (which I loved) got really thick and goopy- not cute. I heard that this happens with Seche Vite, but it’s still annoying because I have more than half of the bottle left. Luckily, I had this Julep top coat on hand and decided it was the perfect opportunity to try it. It’s supposed to be a gel top coat and last a couple of weeks as gels usually do. I can’t tell you how long it lasts yet because I change my nail polish so often, but as far as shininess and smoothing out the underlying polish, this top coat works really well. It also dries really fast, which I’m quite pleased about. I think this might be my new go-to top coat!
Many of the beauty blogs I read have been buzzing about the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils. After reading and watching reviews about them and hearing how many people raved about them, I had to add them to my wishlist. Well, it turns out I couldn’t wait to try NARS lip pencils- after a bit of research, I purchased the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl. I’ve been looking for a new matte red that doesn’t dry out my lips or crumble after a couple hours of wear and I hope this one will do the trick!
Another lip product I want to try is a lipstick from the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids line. I love how pigmented the colors are. I feel like some bright colors can easily look garish against my skin, but I’ve seen swatches of these and I think they just might work for my skin tone! I’ve been searching for a pink lipstick for a while and based on the picture online, I think I might love this one. However, I won’t truly know how it looks until I can find it in a store and try it for myself.
Tell me: Are there any beauty products you’ve been loving lately? Also, let me know if you have any beauty blog recommendations!
Left to Right: Essie Grow Faster Base Coat // Julep Susie// Nails Inc. Haymarket // NYC Tudor City Teal
Julep Emilie // Forever 21 Green (old, but this color is similar) // Seche Vite Top Coat // Sephora by OPI Quick Dry Spray (I LOVE this product!)
I’ve been meaning to try this style of ombré manicure for a while and last Sunday I gave it a go. I finally accumulated enough different shades of green for this to work (side note: you guys, I have so many polishes in the mint green family- that’s how obsessed I am with that color!) There’s no technique involved here- I just painted each nail with a different shade of green. I feel like this is perfect for spring because it reminds me of green things growing!
Using a gold metallic sharpie as a nail art tool is pure genius if you ask me! After seeing this manicure on Pinterest, I knew I had to try this trick out for myself. I used the sharpie two different ways- to draw hearts in the look on the left and to add gold tips for the look on the right. The consistency of the sharpie is so close to my gold nail polish- you can’t really tell that I drew the details on later!
If you’re going to use the sharpie, it’s best to wait until your nails are fully and completely dry, otherwise the tip will dig into your polish. Once your nails are dry, draw on any design you want with the sharpie. Then wait for the sharpie to dry, add a top coat (try not to let the brush touch your design) and you’re all done! To see the first manicure in motion, take a look at the little video I made and if you’re looking for more manicure inspiration, you should check out my pinterest board!
Tell me: What have you been wearing on your nails lately?