Blogmas Day 1: ~*Festive Nail Tutorial*~

HAPPY BLOGMAS!!!!!

 

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!!

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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.*

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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

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Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Dream Sequins

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in On Pines and Needles (545)

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O.P.I Nail Laquer in Big Apple Red (528211)

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Ultra- Wear Top Coat

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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.

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It’s blurry, I know. My camera threw a fit…

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.

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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.

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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.

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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*

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XXOO

E

 

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