My Monday Mani

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Essie Viva Antigua

Okay let me start by saying that green nail polish isn’t something that I usually wear, but I thought it was a fun color so I went for it! I like that it has a shimmery look to it so it doesn’t seem so harsh, and like every Essie nail polish it applies evenly and easily! So this isn’t a shade I would probably wear on my fingers on a regular basis I thought it was a fun “pop” of color that I’ve never tried so I decide to go for it! (I will say that I think I like it better on my toes vs my fingers.)

On a positive note, my daughters both absolutely LOVED it so I know this shade will not go to waste:)

Have a great day!

Mani Monday!

For the past few months I have been trying very hard to take better care of my nails.  I told myself that when they were in better condition I would reward myself with a monthly subscription to Julep Maven.  (If you aren’t familiar with Julep Maven it is a monthly nail polish subscription which lets you customized the items you receive or you can let them choose colors for you after you take a quiz to give them a better idea of what you like).  I’ve been doing really well at not picking on my cuticles and keeping my nail strong so I placed my order and my first box came a few weeks ago.  I couldn’t wait to open the box and the first thing I noticed was the presentation…I love the presentation…so adorable!

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The theme in this box was matte metallic. I’ve never worn a matte finish on my nails so I couldn’t wait to use the reddish rust shade called Cheyenne.

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I wasn’t to crazy about the matte finish so I used a top coat (OPI Nail Envy) on top for a shinier finish. I was however really happy with how well this color applied.  I’m excited to try the other items in my box and I’m looking forward to what I get next month!

Let me know if you are a Julep Maven, I’d like to hear what products you like so I can give them a try!  Have a great Monday.

 

Mani Monday

Happy Monday!  Today I’m wearing OPI Incognito in Sausalito.

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In the bottle this looks like a deep navy and is described as an almost-black blue creme. The black undertones in the color make it look like a blackish blue and I don’t think it show up on nails as navy as it does in the bottle. I put 2 coats on and followed it up with OPI Nail Envy as my top coat. I LOVE dark colors, but I find no matter what top coat I use my tips always look chipped shortly after I apply it so I have a feeling I’ll be doing touch-ups in the near future!

Have a great afternoon.

Mani Monday!

I have a container full of nail polish, some on the pricey side and some pretty inexpensive.  I’ve always been a firm believer in the “you get what you paid for” line, but I think it doesn’t apply when talking about makeup and nail polish.  I think drugstore brands are really starting to give higher end brands a “run for their money”.  Case in point…

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I LOVE this nail polish! It was under $2.00 and wears incredible well (actually better than some of the pricey brands I have)!

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I think this color is perfect for spring/summer! Does is dry in 60 seconds like its name?  No, but it dries quicker then just about any of the other brands I have and anything that helps me save a little time in my nail routine make me very happy!  My only gripe is that they only have around 10 shades in this collection so here’s to hoping they add more soon.

Have a great Monday:)

Mani Monday!

Happy Monday to you all.  I hope you had a great weekend and your Monday is off to a good start!  I went with a classic red nail for my mani this week.  It seems like forever since I’ve done a color like this so it was a nice change for me.  When I went into my nail polish container I think I seriously pulled out 6 reds that look almost identical (oops!).  Anyway, back to my nails…I’m wearing 2 coats of Essie “Forever Young” with Julep “Freedom Polymer Top Coat” on top.

Essie "Forever Young"

Essie “Forever Young”

There is something I really love about wearing a simple classic red nail polish and every time I put it on I feel really pulled together and classic looking! I’m ready for my week (my red fingers are crossed that I can stay chip free at least until Thursday)!

Have a great Monday.

Mani of the day!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done a “mani” post, but my poor nail STILL are not  the best shape! I’ve not been giving them any TLC lately and boy is it showing. I was at Target yesterday and saw this pretty color from Essie (jiggie hi, jiggie low) and had to have it!

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Yes, I know my cuticles look horrid, but I’m going to really try to be better about keeping polish on them so I can hopefully start to strengthen them and then I can get back to my “Mani Monday” posts.
Here is where I need your help…if you have any suggestions for nail strengthener and/or cuticle care items that have worked for you I would really appreciate your suggestions!!
Have a great Wednesday.

Ulta Nail Polish “Wish List”

Good Morning! Instead of doing a “Mani Monday” post today I decided to do a nail polish “wish list.”..mainly because I have paid no attention to my nails lately and because of that 2 of my nails broke over the weekend AND my cuticles need some major TLC! Looking at Ulta’s website is my motivation to pay my poor nails some attention so I can reward them with one (or maybe all) of the items on my “wish list”!

 

OPI "Ten On Trend" Nail Polish Set

OPI “Ten On Trend” Nail Polish Set

Isn’t this set for OPI adorable?! It comes with 10 (on Ulta website for $27.50 US) mini nail polish colors in the shades:

Haven’t The Foggiest
Alpine Snow
Tickle My France-y
Princesses Rule!
Toucan Do It If You Try
Cajun Shrimp
Big Apple Red
Malaga Wine
Lincoln Park After Dark

I like the mini size polishes because I don’t think I have ever finish a full size nail polish in my life!

 

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Butter London “Steampunk Ball” Nail Polish Set

I haven’t ever tried Butter London brand, but I have read good things about their nail polishes and the colors in this set look really pretty. This set is also mini’s. It is a set of 6 (on Ulta website for $39.00 US) and comes in the shades:

Full Steam Ahead
Pinkies Up
Brass Goggles
Baroness
Barkers
Bric-A-Brac

OPI "Little Northies" Nail Polish Set

OPI “Little Northies” Nail Polish Set

The last set on my “wish list” is from OPI. it is called “Little Northies” and these are minis also. It is a set of 4 (on Ulta website for $13.95 US) and comes in the shades:
My Dogsled Is A Hybrid
Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm?
My Voice Is A Little Norse
How Great Is Your Dane?

What do you think of my picks? If you have any of these sets or they are on your “wish list” too I’d love to hear about it! I hope you all have a great Monday.