So I know I’ve been M.I.A for a whole month, and for that I am sorry. My life for the past month has honestly been bumpy so I took the time needed to focus on my mental and physical health (more on that in a later post), but I’m back and much better now! So as a present I am attempting Blogmas (insert cheering crowd here). I’ve never done anything like this before so I thought it would be great to try as well as a good way for me to get posting on a regular schedule again. So, without further delay, here is my very first Blogmast post!!
Okay, so anyone who is even remotely associated with my being knows I’m absolute trash when it comes to my nails, as in there have been weeks where I changed my nail color ever day. I have an addiction and I’m fine with it *hugs nail polishes.*
My nail fixation actually started my Senior year of College, I was writing a thesis and that, added with several other things, I frequently felt like my life wasn’t my own and I wasn’t in control- enter red nail polish. I began to paint my nails red as a way to control something in my life (in reality I was actually in control of a lot of other things but I was in a place where I couldn’t see that) and one red turned into three turned into ten turned into 20….. you get the idea. Painting my nails has become a ritual that I can do whenever I’m feeling stressed or my anxiety or depression surfaces (yay self-care!), its a little quiet part of my day where I do something for myself. I know this may sound silly to some people, but it helps me so there you have it! SO- for my very first post, I thought it was fitting to do a Holiday nail to start off the season on the right foot.
Products I used:
Sally Hansen Maximum Growth
Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Dream Sequins
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in On Pines and Needles (545)
O.P.I Nail Laquer in Big Apple Red (528211)
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Ultra- Wear Top Coat
Tools: Fine Grain Emery Board from Flowery, Cuticle Pusher, Wooden Detail Stick (tbh I made this title up because I don’t actually know what it means…), Fine Point Paint Brush, and a Beat Up Old Beauty Blender.
Step one: If ya have nail polish on your nails obviously the first step is to remove it, and then wash your hands with a gentle soap. Then I like to soak my nails for ten minutes in warm water in order to soften the cuticle and ready the nail beds.
Step Two: Next I gently push back my cuticle and give them a trim if needed. I also like to massage a little coconut oil into the cuticle and nail bed just to keep them looking fresh and smelling tropical. I also use my nail filer to reshape the nails and smooth out the edges a little.
Step Three: So, as you may or may not know, some nail polishes can stain your nail which is a total bummer and isn’t great for your nail. So before I even crack open a bottle of polish I reach for a base coat. Normally I like to keep brands together, so if I’m using O.P.I I’ll use the opt base coat, and likewise with essie or Sally Hansen. My nails have been a little unhealthy recently (thanks November- your overall health directly affects your nail health, fun fact). So I reached for my Sally Hansen Maximum Growth polish which helps promote healthy nail growth.
Step Four: Now it was time to slap on the first coat of color, I went with On Pines and Needles for my color, it’s honestly one of my faves.
Step Five: Immediately realize that you have to pee and regret not doing it before you started.
Step Six: Apply second coat of polish.
Step Seven: Here’s the fun part, in order to get a really thick and super glitzy glitter nail take a chopped up Beauty Blender (or one of those white foam wedges) and you paint the glitter polish onto the wedge.
I chose Dream Sequins because I love the copper glitter and I think it compliments the green well without screaming THIS IS A GLITTER NAIL. Next you dab it onto the nail and repeat this process until you have the amount of glitter you want. Tip: this should be a quick process otherwise the nail polish will become tacky and the nail may become lumpy when you dab at it with the sponge.
Step Eight: Once I had achieved the coverage I wanted I used the brush that came with Dream Sequins and places a thin coat over the top to smooth it all out.
Step Nine: Wait. This, I think, is the hardest part. I suggest watching a show or listening to music. Drying times will of course be affected by the tyoe of nail polish used as well as how thickly the coats were applied.
Step Ten: I took the fine tip paint brush and dipped it into the Big Apple Red, and without breathing, placed dots at the base of each nail except for the accent nail.
Step Eleven: Wait for the dots to dry. This is going to take FOREVER depending on how large/ thick the dots were.
Step Twelve: Finally I slap on a coat of the Ultra- Wear Top Coat from Sally Hansen and try not to touch anything while it dries and hardens. *sings All I Want For Christmas is You*