nothing but nails

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With the help of my husband, I finally accomplished my New Year’s resolution (of years 2014, 2015, and 2016): I have officially backed up my photos. It only took three years of a lack of commitment and my phone nearly crashing to make this dream happen. While I was cleaning out of my photos, I found just a few of my manicures I forgot to post over the past year. Oops. Well, better late than never, right?? This post is nothing but nails. Happy weekend!

I’ll be back to regular fashion posts on Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by, readers!

seeing spots nails

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This months’s Marie Claire had a piece about nail art that you can do yourself at home called, “Hands on.” I decided to give the look by Jessica Washick a go.

Here’s the article, and then the colors I had at home to try and replicate the look:

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I thought I was painting something totally different than last week’s look, but it ended up looking similar in the end. At least the nails look a bit more like a spotted animal print than polka dots. Next week, I’m really going to try something completely different!

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Nail colors used:

Orange: Sunny Side Up from Wet and Wild ($1)

Light blue spots: Sail La Vie from Sinful Colors ($1.99)

Mint green spots layered on top of blue: Turquoise and Caicos from Essie ($7.50)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The look was listed for $41 in the magazine article, between the brushes and nail polishes. I completed the look on my own for free, as I already had all of the colors. The initial cost of the polishes when I bought them was $10.50 for all three.  I last used them with these looks:

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I skipped the brush and painted the spots freehand with the brush included with the polish for even more savings.

2) Seeing the Marie Claire article showed me a new way to use what I already had, which is what fashion on a budget is all about. There are so many great nail blogs, Pinterest pins and magazine articles dedicated to painting trendy nails on your own. Check ’em out for your own inspiration! Painting your own nails is an easy way to save money, while still keeping a polished (pun intended) look.

purple pastel polka dot polish!

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Let’s face it: I have become addicted to nail art. Admittedly, I am still working up to more involved nail art. For now, I am sticking with easy-to-paint polka dots. Maybe in the next few weeks, I’ll try something else! I found a skirt recently with purple details, so I took a cue from the skirt for this week’s nails. Check out Monday’s post for more on the skirt!

Other polka dot looks I’ve painted thus far this summer:

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This week’s polka dot look seems a little spring-like to me, but I decided to keep it anyway.

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Colors:

Light purple is St. Lucia Lilac by Essie (free, I had a gift certificate!)

Darker purple is On a Trip by Wet ‘n Wild ($1.99)

 Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It is pretty safe to say this look may not match a lot of what I am going to wear this week, but who knows? Maybe it will! If not, I still like it! Often, when I am pairing things together for the first time, or out shopping, I think “this might be weird-looking…” but I always end up liking it. Fashion is a form of self expression and having fun! An easy way to start trying new things is on your nails. If you do not end up liking your look, just start over! I often hear people say, “I could never wear that,” or “I could never try that.” Why not?! Have fun and give it a try!

2) Polka dots have been the easiest way for me to try nail art because I have been using a toothpick or a wooden skewer to make the dots. The toothpick/skewer makes it especially easy to paint when you are using your non-dominant hand!  There are so many great nail blogs out there for inspiration.  Check out the blogs I follow for inspiration of your own.

Happy Sunday, readers! Thanks for visiting!

under the sea

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It’s Monday, so I’ve done my nails for the week!

Well, technically, I did them on Saturday. However, the look turned into what I dubbed a “nail fail.”

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I was going for an ocean/sea look but it ended up a smeared mess! Though, from further away, they actually looked okay. The close up, however, shows how smeared they got. I used a silver Sharpie for the middle section and I think I didn’t let it dry enough. I really do not know what happened there. Regardless, I decided to just start over. That’s the best part about trying nail trends; If you try something and you don’t like it, just start over!

I wanted to keep with the water theme. I was definitely inspired by water themed photos I took over the course of the past month:

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Voila! Under the sea nails!

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I created a “bubble” effect with two different shades of blue on top of the dark blue background.

Colors:

Base color, Dive bar by Essie ($7.50); Darker turquoise, Ocean teal from Gap ($3 on sale!); Light turquoise, Turquoise and Caicos by Essie ($7.50)

1) Taking risks on nail polish is an easy way to try out trends. Sometimes they look great, sometimes they do not! Just start over if you do not like the look. In retrospect, I should have done the first look on one nail before moving forward with the rest of my nails. I recommend you do the same, and next time I will too!

2) I created the dots on nails with a toothpick dipped in polish. I used the wider end for the bigger bubbles and the pointed end for the inner bubbles. I recommend getting a decent amount of polish on the toothpick to paint the dots. Otherwise, you can end up just chipping the base color instead of adding a layer of polish.

Happy Monday, readers! Thanks for visiting!

pastel french manicure

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Well, it’s Sunday again, which means I am painting my nails for the week. Lately, I have been inspired by some beautiful nail art (see: here and here). I decided to try some nail art of my own: a pastel french manicure! I wanted to try out some neon nail polish this week, but it has gotten cold and sunless here again. Oh well. Thankfully, fall and winter clothes are on the catwalk now for some inspiration. Stay tuned for some cozy looks this week…until summer finally decides to arrive!

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Nail colors pictured:

Tickled Pink by Wet n’ Wild ($1) and Turquoise and Caicos by Essie ($7.50)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I don’t really think nail art is my strong suit, but it was a lot easier than I thought! Check out online tutorials and blogs to read step by step instructions.

2) Many stores save their biggest discounts and sales for the weekends. For example, last time I was in Banana Republic, the salesperson told me that they often have 40-50% off their sale section on the weekends, but rarely during the week. Next time you are at a store that is having a sale, you may want to ask if there are going to be additional markdowns at a different time during the week/weekend.