(Finally) back!

So sorry for being totally awol these past few weeks! With finals at school and getting settled back in at home and with a new job (and to be honest I’m just a huge procrastinator), I just haven’t gotten around to posting! But rest assured, new posts are coming in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Hello, all! Today’s post is about a new introduction into my nail care routine. I’ve personally never been into hand creams, since they tend to be pretty greasy and never seem to work that well for me. I usually just use my trusty Lubriderm body lotion on my hands, but it just wasn’t cutting it anymore so I decided to give hand creams another shot- enter CurĂ©l Hand and Cuticle Therapy, which claims to soften the driest of hands through hand washes in addition to strengthening cuticles and nails. I’ve been using it daily for a week and I have to say I absolutely love it!

First off, I think the packaging is really simple and pretty, which is often the sign of good quality. I usually won’t buy a product if the packaging is unattractive or cheap-looking, and I passed over several other options because of poor packaging before landing on this.

Now onto the actual product! This is an unscented lotion, aside from the typical lotion-y smell, which is great if you have sensitive skin or a sensitive nose. It absorbs crazy quickly, within seconds of rubbing it in. It’s not greasy at all, so you can go about life after using it without feeling like you’re leaving a trail of oil or getting stuff stuck to your hands.

I haven’t been using it long enough to pass judgment on whether or not it strengthens nails (I’m a little skeptical about that one) but I can honestly say that all of the other claims are true. I’ve only been using it for about a week, and I already see a difference in my cuticles! My hands feel super moisturized when I use this, and the moisture really does last for hours, even through a few hand washes.

In short, I highly recommend this product. I got it for around $6 at my local CVS, but you can probably get it a little cheaper at Walmart or Target.

April showers bring May flowers! The base color is Nicole by OPI Am I Making Myself Claire, a beautiful dusty light pinky purple. Totally in love with this color for spring! Topped with my favorite matte top coat by Revlon.

I think I may have a new all-time favorite mani! I knew I wanted to do some nails inspired by the beautiful artwork of Maya Hayuk the moment I saw this print. I’m normally more of a neutral kind of girl but I love how bright and fun these are! Hope you all love these as much as I do!

Colors used: Orly Purple Crush, Orly Mirror Mirror, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Wet n Wild Blazed, Revlon Laser Beam, Revlon Iconic

Simple matte black triangle over sheer pink for this crazy busy week!

Nail art tips and tricks

Over the past year and a half that I’ve been doing nail art, I’ve discovered that certain things have really improved both my nail art and the overall nail-painting experience. I thought it was about time to share some of these tips with my lovely followers! If you’re just starting out with nail art or you feel like you just aren’t improving, these tips and tricks will be especially helpful for you! If you have any questions that this post doesn’t address, feel free to ask me!

Lay out all of your polishes, tools, etc. first. The last thing you want is to be rifling through a cabinet with wet nails.

If you’re attempting a new or difficult design, practice on something other than your nails first so you don’t have to remove and start fresh over and over again when you mess up (it happens to the best of us). I like to use notecards for this. I also use this method to test out different polish combos if I’m not sure what colors I want to use or if they will go well together.

For painting with your non-dominant hand, rest your arm on something stable and let your dominant hand do the work. Try not to move your non-dominant arm or wrist too much and instead adjust your fingers / the hand being painted (which should also be rested on a stable surface) to the position of your non-dominant hand. It sounds weird at first, but keeping your hand stable really helps to prevent the Lorde look. ;)

Skip the stripers- instead, invest in brushes. While they seem appealing at first, they goop up and become unusable really quickly, and you have very little control with the tiny handle and long brush. You have much more control, stability, and precision with long-handled brushes, and you can use them with any polish. I saw a huge improvement in my nail art when I made the switch. You can find a ton of nail art brush sets with a wide variety of thicknesses, lengths, etc. for $5 or less on Amazon, so it’s really a no-brainer.

Use striping tape, not Scotch tape. You probably already have Scotch tape laying around your house, so I know it’s tempting. But Scotch tape tends to bleed, and it has a large potential for ruining your whole mani if your nails are even a little bit too wet. As long as you wait until your nails are dry to the touch and remove it while your second layer of polish is still wet, striping tape is easy to use and is near fool-proof. It also allows for much more intricate designs. You can find packs of striping tape in tons of colors for as little as $1 on Amazon. Amazon is your friend.

Buy that 100% acetone that you think you don’t need. I promise, you need it. It makes cleanup a breeze, and it’s just $2 at Target or Walmart.

Always wrap the tip of your nail with your base coat, polish, and your top coat. It creates a more polished look (pun intended), prevents wearing at the tip, and prevents the shrinkage that occurs with some fast-drying top coats.

Put on clothes you don’t care about messing up. Especially do this if you’re doing something messy like splatter nail art. You never think you’re going to knock over a bottle mid-polish. But one of these days you’re going to go to shake a bottle having forgotten that the cap isn’t screwed on, and you don’t want it to end up all over your favorite shirt. …It happens, okay?

And finally…

Put on pants that are easily…removable. Seriously. Chances are you’ve suddenly had to pee in the middle of a manicure at least once in your life- we’ve all been there. Putting on some comfy sweatpants first really helps to prevent the inevitable polish smudges, especially for longer nail art sessions.

I’m probably missing stuff, but these are the tips I thought of for now! Hope this was helpful and/or amusing, at the very least!

Hey everyone! With spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for some simple nails inspired by the Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid! The darker shade is the aptly named Wild Orchid by Rimmel, and the lighter purple is Essie Full Steam Ahead. I added small pearl accents on the ring finger and thumb for a delicate touch. Hope you all like it!

Negative space stripes! I posted these nails on Instagram a few days ago for chalkboardnails' Lacquer Legion! (Check it out if you haven't heard of it yet!) This month's theme was adoration, and there's nothing I adore more than negative space. Color used: Zoya Payton, a gorgeous cranberry jelly-esque formula with holographic glitters (you can see them a little in this photo, much more visible in real life)

Side note: If you would rather follow me off of tumblr, you can now follow my blog via Bloglovin!

#Tbt to one of my favorite designs to date, and the first one I ever posted on tumblr when I started my blog! Clearly my photography skills have improved, but I’m still pretty happy with these overall!

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