Throwback Thursday: St. Patrick’s Day 2016

For the holiday, let’s take a look at some festive nails I did last year!

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My mom loves having sheer sparkly nails, so I did two coats of ASP “Shimmer Top Coat” as a base. I then removed the tacky layer and added some shamrock stickers, and a couple kitties she really liked. These stickers are nice and thin so you couldn’t even really tell they were there under the topcoat.

I went a little bit more bold with my nails:

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Used the same stickers over LeChat Mood Changing “Limelight”. I am obsessed with these gel polishes because they change color depending on how hot or cold your fingers are. This color turns a dark green, and I love the subtle gold shimmer.

Gel Polish Used:

LeChat “Limelight”
ASP “Shimmer Top Coat”

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Heart’s Desire

Another throwback to July, here’s another one of LeChat’s Mood Changing gel polish line. I definitely need to get more colors of these!

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Perfect Cute, Short Nails

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Nailpolis you’ll remember these nails from a few months ago. They’re done using LeChat Mood Changing gel polish, which I’ve posted about before. I love using these mood changing polishes, I swear they’re endlessly amusing.

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This mani is done on my friend Katie, who already had beautiful, clean cuticles I barely had to do anything to. Only two coats of this polish gives great coverage, and it applies thinly without running.

Lechat “Dream Chaser”

Another one of the the LeChat Mood Changing gel polishes- this one is “Dream Chaser”. I never had any problems with the other colors that I’ve tried from this brand, but this color was really thick and hard to keep from running. It also turned out really thick looking like I had done three or more coats when I one did two.

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I also don’t pass up pretty much any opportunity to do an accent of Color Club Halo Hues “Harp On It” which is that gorgeous holographic silver on my ring finger.

Gel Polishes Used:

Color Club “Harp On It”
LeChat “Dream Chaser”

LeChat Mood Changing “Lost Lagoon”

I’ve been doing a lot of manicures using LeChat Mood Changing gel polish lately, but that’s because it’s so friggin’ cool! The color change is dramatically noticeable in all the colors I own, and you can just watch your nail change right before your eyes.

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When this polish is warm, it’s a pretty, soft seafoam green color. For this look I topped it with one coat of Finger Paints “Geodesic Dome We Rome” which is the little iridescent  blue glitters you see. And I can’t say no to some bling, so diamond accent nail it is.

Fun fact- these are the nails I was wearing when Kyle proposed! I knew it was coming, so I had to keep them looking good for a few weeks, I couldn’t have bad looking nails for ring pictures 😉

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When “Lost Lagoon” is cold, it turns this beautiful turquoisey-blue.

Gel Polishes Used:

LeChat “Lost Lagoon”
Finger Paints “Geodesic Dome We Rome”

Bringing “Mani Monday” back!

Hello everyone!

I know I’ve been really absent lately, but I’m going to try to get back on track with blogging, and I need to catch up on posting all the nails I’ve been doing the last couple months! I’ve been loving doing no chip manicures, especially now that I know how to do proper cuticle care to make them look extra sharp. I’m going to use Mondays to catch up on all the nails that I have done up until now, and then I’ll try to make weekly school posts on what I’ve learned and the nails that I’ve done there.

School has been amazing so far. All of my 4 teachers are super knowledgeable and are very detailed in their lessons, and I have really been enjoying how hands on it is. We go through things super fast so I’m learning a lot already. We’ve already done all the basic manicure techniques, no chips, applying acrylic extensions using both tips and nail forms, and hard gel extensions (which are totally the hardest for me so far…).

So, to get caught up, here is a no chip manicure I did on Rhonda, using LeChat Mood Changing “Smokey Haute”-

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I added a little bling with a pink flower, couple diamonds and silver caviar beads for an accent. This polish changes from a brownish mocha color to a light nude that you can see on the thumb!

Gel Polish Used:

LeChat “Smokey Haute”

Valentine’s Day Nails

I’m sorry I haven’t had much time to blog lately! I’ve just been super busy with work and family stuff and haven’t even had time to be doing my nails, much less writing about them!

I did get to go out to a super fancy Italian restaurant for Valentine’s day though, which was a much welcome break from the craziness February has been. My boyfriend Kyle and I went on a double date with his brother Richie and his girlfriend Taylor to Vivere in the Italian Village downtown. It was super classy and everything was delicious.

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Bathroom selfies are necessary when you get this dressed up…

Since I haven’t done anything neat with my nails lately, I felt like I needed to step it up for this dinner. One of my favorite nail artists I follow on Instagram is @getbuffednails, who inspired the swirly heart nail with one of her sets.

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I used Lechat mood changing gel polish “Heart’s Desire”, which in this picture you can see the different shades on my pointer finger. The dark red is the color of the polish when your hands are cold, and the bright red is when your hands are warm.

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Cold Lechat “Heart’s Desire”

I used Color Club Halo Hues “Harp On It” for the base of the bling nail for extra sparkle, as well as the base for the negative space heart on my ring finger. I outlined the heart in ASP “Selfish” with a very thin coat so some of the holographic-ness still shows through.

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Warm Lechat “Heart’s Desire”

We also went to the Chicago Auto Show afterwords, and I was super tempted to pretend I was one of the models showing off the cars. Can I please have that little red car? Haha.

 

Gel Polishes Used:

ASP “Selfish”
ASP “Black Beauty”
Lechat “Heart’s Desire”
Color Club “Harp On It”