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Mani Monday: Peek-a-boo [color] I see you!

For this Mani Monday I finally had the opportunity to do the half moon manicure I had been seeing in magazines.  It took me a while to actually get the nerve to try this because I knew it would be a time consuming project- and I didn’t want to spend a ton of time on something I may potentially hate.  I’m not going to lie- I had to try it on my nail color wheel first (which I use to experiment with new colors or combinations) to make sure I could commit to doing it on all my nails. Clearly I commited, so here’s what it took- reinforcement labels (found them at CVS in the office supply aisle), a thicker nude color (Essie Brooch the Subject is a perfect nude), and a contrasting bright color (I went with five colors).

My inspiration and toolsColors used: Essie Playdate, China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Essie Short Shorts, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Essie Brazilliant, and Essie Brooch the Subject

Step One: After applying your base coat (always use a base coat!), paint two coats of the color you’d like as your peek-a-boo color at your cuticle.  This paint job doesn’t have to be perfect since the only part that really matters is at your cuticle.  After the two coats, I clean up the messy edges and also take a little polish away from the side so that it doesn’t show when I paint the nude layer.  Finish this with one coat of Essie Good to Go Top Coat.

Step Two:  Once your nails are totally dry (they do have to be fully dry for this step), apply the reinforcement stickers to your nails.  I found it easier to place when I cut them in half (plus it makes the pack last longer).  I placed the inner curve of the circle at the base of the cuticle for each nail so that the size of the half moon was consistent.  I used a cuticle pusher to press down on the sticker-especially on the sides so that I would have a good, clean curve (this is why your nail must be dry- so that you don’t peel off any of the base polish).  Place the reinforcement circles on all of your nails first.

Step Three:  Once you’ve placed the reinforcement circles on both hands- start painting over the bright color with your nude color.  I like Essie Brooch the Subject because it’s a pretty thick nude- and only takes about 2 coats.  Paint carefully when along the sides and the sticker guide.  Once you finish one hand, wait a minute or two and then carefully and slowly pull the sticker off from going from one side to another.  Repeat on the other hand- peeling carefully as to not mess up your other hand.

Step Four: Once you remove the guides, wait a few minutes and then add another top coat.  On the finished product I like to use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.   And we’re done!  Voila!

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Mani Monday: Flower Power!

Today’s mani was inspired by the one day of spring-like weather we had last week and the spring-like weather Chicago is supposed to have this week! My nails started painted ‘She’s Picture Perfect’ from Essie’s Resort 2012 collection that I picked up at the beauty show.  When I first saw the color I thought it was pretty similar to Lilacism or Nice is Nice, and even Play Date.  However when you compare them side by side- She’s Picture Perfect has almost a periwinkle tint to it, with the surprise of iridescent pink shimmer. The shimmer is very subtle- almost unnoticeable except for when light reflects on the bottle and hardly has any reflection when painted on the nail.

So for this mani, the hardest part was deciding on what colors to add.   I had all these new colors from the beauty show that I was just dying to use but obvi had to narrow it down.  Once I touched up my base mani, I used Konad plate m57 and started placing the flower stamp randomly on each of the accent nails.  I began with the lighter colors first and layered the darker colors on top.  The colors I used (in order) are  China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Essie Sure Shot, Essie Go Overboard, and Essie No More Film.  Sure Shot and No More Film are also from Essie’s Resort 2012 Collection.  I placed a fleck of glitter in the center of each flower using my dotting tool and Essie Set in Stone and topped it all off with a little Seche Vite Dry Fast top Coat.

Here’s a comparison of similar Essie colors-From left to right: Lilacism, Nice is Nice, She’s Picture Perfect, and Play Date

I tried to get a pic of the iridescent pink shimmer in She’s Picture Perfect- which was surprisingly hard to capture.  Here’s the best shot-

And without further ado- the Flower Power Mani!

Is it spring yet?