Hello again team iPhone!

I had the Samsung Note 4 for years, but it was time to move on. For many reasons, I decided to go back to having an iPhone again. I’m pretty glad I did, and one of the main reasons is that camera is so, SO much better than the Note’s was!

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Can you tell how much nicer this photo is from the ones in my last post? The old photos look so much more yellow, and this one also looks crisper. Super happy about this. Here I’ve got another no chip french manicure, using OPI “Alpine Snow” but switching it up for the pink and using “Bubblebath” instead of “Passion”. There’s only a tiny difference between the two, but “Bubblebath” is much more pink where as “Passion” is more of a peachy toned pink. Both are very transparent. The smile line is completely hand painted, and I didn’t even use any brushes to clean them up.

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Unfortunately, I don’t remember what the names of these gel polishes were, but they were both from Essie. How gorgeous is this color combo though??

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Now OPI’s “Are We There Yet?” is a borderline nude color, which if I haven’t confessed before I kind of loathe nude nails, but this color is peachy enough that I like it. It also has the most subtle goldish shimmer to it which takes it from kind of boring to classy.

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 4.30.50 PM┬áSeeing as I follow a billion nail artists on Instagram I’ve noticed this mirror effect chrome powder trend going around. How could I pass this up?! I almost immediately ordered some to try out. I talked about it at school and all my teachers were just as excited to see how it worked so I brought it in for a demonstration once it arrived. Like it was meant to be, one of my teachers was already wearing a plain white no chip so she was my hand model.

I wasn’t sure if it would work since the mani was a couple days old, so I applied one thin layer of clear top coat, cured, and wiped the tacky layer off. Using the eyeshadow brush that came with the chrome powders I buffed the silver onto the nail. I tried to blow off the excess, but beware this stuff is kinda messy! Lots of hand washing involved after but totally worth it. Applied one more layer of clear top coat to seal the chrome in and finished off like any other gel polish mani. Make sure you use a top coat you don’t mind messing up, as it will leave some tiny little silver flakes in the topcoat that will transfer to every other color you use this topcoat on.

But I mean, mirror silver nails. How cool is that? I’ll have a dedicated chrome top coat to have mega-shiny nails!

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You guessed it- more no chip clients

Another day, another no-chip!

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I absolutely LOVE this tealish blue beauty by CND called “Hotsky to Tschotsky”. I was wearing it on my nails when I did these, the client was deciding between this and another similar color but seeing it on my nails already convinced her which color she wanted. How cool is that giant eyeball ring too??

OPI "Alpine Snow"

OPI “Alpine Snow”

After I was done with my first client, one of my classmates wanted to change her nails. She filed off her previous polish so her acrylics wouldn’t be damaged, then I did a quick no-chip for her. She wanted all white since it was the weekend before the fourth of July (yes, I’m kinda behind on blogging about school! Sorry!).

Exciting news!

So much has happened lately, I know I haven’t posted in forever. March was such a busy month! The most exciting thing to happen though- Kyle proposed! I kind of knew it was coming, we had picked out the ring together and I knew he had it; so when he texted me while I was at work asking if I wanted to go out later that evening I was already excited with anticipation. Since I knew what the ring looked like I made him keep everything about how he was going to do it a secret.

 

I got home from work and put myself together and we were off. In the car, he told me he had wanted to take me to Los Burritos Tapatios where we had our second date for dinner, but unfortunately they don’t exist anymore. So we went to Casa Margarita instead to keep with the Mexican food theme! After dinner we got in the car and headed to another mystery destination. I only figured it out once we got pretty close! It was The Ashbary Coffee House, where we met face to face for the first time over 7 years ago (we met online for those that don’t know). I ordered a mocha milkshake and he got some coffee and we sat by the window chatting about memories from so many years ago. Eventually he pulled the cute little heart shaped blue box out, and asked if I would marry him. He knew the answer was yes!

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We couldn’t have found a more perfect antique ring!

We took a quick photo outside the coffee house, and went home to relax. It was a lovely night and very “us”. Easily the happiest night of my life so far, I waited for that moment for so long! I’m so excited to be planning our wedding.

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My coworker recently got married! She actually asked me to do her nails, and that ended up being more like her nails and 9 other bridesmaids/family members! Certainly the most nails I’ve done back to back, about 7 hours of work! She’s such a sweetheart though, how could I say no?

The beautiful bride Mariana and myself

The beautiful bride Mariana and myself

I didn’t take the time to get pictures of all their nails since all but one of the ladies just wanted plain french tips, but I did my nails to match the dress I wore and also to get a great picture to show off my ring!

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I finally got to use these cute little 3D roses I had gotten in a bulk nail charm order, they’re kinda squishy which is cool. I surrounded them with rhinestones and silver caviar beads on the ring finger. Since the dress has roses on it I hand painted antique roses on the other fingers, and broke up the plain blue a little bit with some polka dots. Antique roses are super easy to paint but look so great!

The blue is a gel polish, but the roses are painted with regular nail polish. I used a gel top coat for maximum shine! I also put on acrylic extensions since my real nails are kind of a wreck right now… :/

Gel Polish Used:

ASP “Blue Crush”

Nail Polish Used:

Sinful Colors “Soul Mate”
Victoria’s Secret Pink “Now or Never”
Kleancolor “Green Grass”
Sally Hansen “In Record Lime”
Sinful Colors “White on White”

Throwback Thursday: Pink Heart Stamping

Still working on trying to perfect stamping, it’s harder than you would think to get everything perfect! I think I’m going to try getting one of those mats that you stamp onto then pick the design up from. These nails sure are perfect for valentines day though!

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Sally Beauty “Bling Tree”

Usually, polishes have the most wonderfully lame pun names, but Sally Beauty Supply really outdid themselves here… “Bling Tree”. Just because it has a gem covered tree on the top. Such a lovely polish should have a better name!

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It’s pretty packed with tiny red and green glitter, and different sized white glitters which remind me of snow. And with such a cute bottle, I couldn’t pass it up at the counter.

Funky Fingers “Fra-Gee-Lay” Swatch

Almost done with christmas posts, I swear! This is one of my favorite holiday polishes however, and needed to be swatched! Behold: Funky Fingers “Fra-Gee-Lay” (must be Italian haha)

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This polish is packed with little red, white and green glitters in a clear base. Keeping with all my other swatches, I only used two coats in this picture, though a third coat gives you pretty complete coverage with no plain nail showing in between! That’s the kind of polish I like! It is a little thick so you have to position your glitter pieces a little bit to get even coverage, but it isn’t too bad.

 

Candy cane nails for Mom

My parents always go down to visit my mom’s side in Georgia over christmas week, so we got together the weekend before. My parents got me a couple new gel polish colors and a gel kit from Finger Paints, as well as a heated foot massage bath which I have been loving! My mom had specified she wanted her nails to be fancy for while she was in GA, so I broke out the new polishes right away to give her some seasonal nails. She liked the candy cane charms I had bought, so that’s the theme we went with.

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I only used one coat of ASP “Selfish” since she likes a more sheer look. The white stripes are hand painted using Finger Paints “Stay True to the Art”. She was super impressed that the candy canes stayed on so well, she thought they would fall off!