Sunday, November 24, 2013

french manicure gradient

HELLO all! Earlier today, I had a random strong urge to blog. It's been months and months since I last posted, so I hope that you all haven't forgotten about me. It's been a busy year, probably my busiest yet, but it's indeed been a great one. I've still been painting my nails regularly and posting them on Instagram (@c4rped1em; I'm obsessed), but I just haven't had that extra bit of time to post them on here. In order to get back into the swing of things, I'm going to back-post and post all of the manicures I've done over the past few months. I'll also post some new ones, of course.

I'm excited to check out all of your blogs and see how everyone is doing! As for today's post, I'll be showing you a manicure I did last week that I absolutely loved.

It's called a French manicure gradient, and I got the idea from Sarah at Chalkboard Nails. I've been wanting to try this for a while, but for some reason I thought it would be really difficult. Of course it turned out to be pretty easy! It's just a simple gradient. Take a look:

For this manicure, I used my favorite white, OPI Alpine Snow. The pink is Essie Better Together, another favorite of mine. I debated which pink/nude to use for a good ten minutes, but I ended up choosing this gorgeous Essie and I'm glad I did. 

How can you get this look? Easy! First, paint on two or three coats of your sheer pink or nude. I used three coats. Then, paint on one coat of your fast-dry top coat of choice. For me, it's Poshé, which is GREAT if you haven't tried it. (Think Seche Vite but even better: you can use up pretty much the entire bottle without the lacquer getting thick and goopy! It also makes my polish last substantially longer than most other base coats.) Next, grab a triangular makeup sponge (one of these) and a piece of paper or aluminum foil to act as a surface to put the polish on. Swipe on some white next to your choice of a pink or nude polish, about as thick as your nail or so. Push the makeup sponge on top of the polish, then carefully sponge the polish on to your nail, one by one. How much white you choose to use is up to you, and depends on how long your nails are. I did each nail twice to make the white stand out more. Once the polish dries, swipe on another coat of top coat and clean around your edges if necessary. 

Have you tried this look before? I think it's an awesome take on a classic and always chic look.

If you're looking for some new polish, check out my blog sale

Sunday, January 27, 2013

the first day of the rest of my life.

Well hello there! It's officially almost my first day of student teaching. I'm so nervous, but excited at the same time. After reading over the syllabus for the practicum course I'm about to begin, I've realized I probably won't have much free time this semester. Painting my nails is a relaxation technique so that will probably still happen from time to time, but actually getting regular posts up here probably won't happen, so I'm bracing myself for a mini-hiatus (or, at least much less regular posting).

I'll also be updating the blog sale soon; I have a LOT of polish just sitting around that I need to get rid of. I need the money and I also need the space in my room. ;P

I'll be checking in on here from time to time, because there's no way I could completely go without blogging. I'm just hoping my student teaching practicum goes smoother than I'm expecting.

Here's the last manicure I wore... that is what I'll leave you with!

The pink is Essie I Need A Vacation (yup.) and the purple is Essie Love & Acceptance. I am digging the rhinestones in this pattern. So cute! Simple styles are my fave.. and this is so simple and chic. 

I wish you all a happy Monday and a great week overall. Maybe I'll get a post up this week, maybe I wont! We shall see.

Monday, January 21, 2013

french mani monday

Hello! Ah Monday is almost over... today was actually not so bad of a day. Work flew by and I seemed to have a productive day. I have no complaints overall. For some reason, I struggle to produce blog posts when I'm home... not sure why, but I need to overcome that! I've been doing my nails regularly, I just have no motivation to blog.

Yesterday I needed a palate cleanser, so I went with a French manicure. I loooove French manicures- I really should do them more often. It just annoyed me how fast they chipped. I was doing a lot of work with my hands today, so it's my own doing, but still very annoying. Here they are:


I freehanded the French tips, which I'm pretty darn proud of. I have no artistic ability whatsoever but these could probably fool you into thinking I do. ;D This is OPI Alpine Snow on the tips and a coat of the soft Essie Cloud Nine. I then topped it with a new top coat of mine, Cult Nails Wicked Fast. It really did dry really fast, and I noticed that it seems to be much thinner than my faithful Seche. 

What do you think?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

liquid sands: the impossible

Today I'm going to show you all one of the new OPI Liquid Sand polishes. I picked up The Impossible and one other, and I'm going to show you The Impossible today. I'm not entirely crazy about the finish of these polishes, but being the collector I am, I had to get a few of them for my collection. They stand out because they're so different, but the bumpy finish just makes me feel like my manicure is only half done.

Here is two coats of The Impossible:


The good part about these polishes is that, like other OPI, they dry really fast. This polish has a bunch of glitter stars in it which I had such a hard time getting out- I was only able to get one on my nails! I'd love to try and see what this polish looks like with a top coat, but that sort of ruins the whole "Liquid Sand" aspect of it. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

new year's eve nails

Good evening, everyone! Almost done with my little vacation, but I'm feeling well rested and relaxed. I'm not
 necessarily ready to go back to work tomorrow, but I'm feeling a lot better than I was last week at this time. At the moment, my nails are soaking with some amazing Lemony Flutter cuticle cream by one of my favorite companies, Lush.

 Lush is pretty exclusive here- it's only available at a few places in my state. If you haven't found your perfect cuticle moisturizer yet, you have to try this one. It's $17 for the container, but it's a good size and lasts forever. I got mine over a month ago and have been using it regularly and you can barely tell I've used it. It's not overly greasy and it smells great.

Tonight I'm going to show y'all the manicure I wore for New Year's Eve. New Year's Eve is one of my favorite nights of the year, and I was lucky enough to spend it with my boyfriend. We spent the night at a hole in the wall dive bar, and while I complained a lot of the night, looking back it was okay.

This is two coats of OPI Black Onyx with a glitter gradient (I'm obsessed!) of China Glaze Polarized. The star is a little rhinestone I got from a Secret Santa Swap. It's from a huge set from the brand that makes Cheeky stamping plates. I love these little things, they're so cute! They shockingly stay on for about a week and they look good the whole time, too.

I loved this manicure- I wore it for over a week with minor tip wear.

What do you think? What did you wear for your NYE?