Procrastination at Its Best

What should I be doing right now? School work. What am I actually doing? Sitting on my computer, jammin’ to some some country music. I don’t know what brought it on, but I got into a really big country mood today. I blame Youtube. Or Pandora. Just today, I downloaded Some Hearts and Carnival Ride by Carrie and Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves, who actually inspired today’s post.

I heard Kacey on the radio a while back, but recently saw the music video for “Follow Your Arrow.” After watching the video, I was inspired by these screenshots to make a nail look.

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With that, I present to you the nail look of the day!

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I saw Ms. Musgraves  take out the arrow fortune, and thought it was the cutest thing! After the MV, I tried my best to come with an arrow that would be simple enough for me, but still looked cute. I’d say I was marginally successful. For my thumb and index and pinky fingers, I used Wet N Wild’s I Need a Refresh-Mint.

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For my middle finger, I applied one coat of Julep’s Eden. On my pinky is 2/3 (I can’t remember) coats of Essie’s Beyond Cozy. And then for the arrow, I used Reverso from Circus by Andrea’s Choice, which I’m not really a big fan off.

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Unfortunately, there was a little bit of smudging. I’m not sure if I didn’t wait long enough before applying my top coat (but really though, I waited over 30 minutes), if I didn’t have enough product on my brush, or if my top coat (Out the Door) just smudges easily.

What music are you currently really into? What top coat do you like best? Let me know in the comments!

♡ Melissa

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Manicure Monday: Pink October

It’s been a long time comin’, but I’m here now. And I’m ’bout to set your… computer on fire (I’m sorry, I just had to). It’s  been October for some time now, and in honor of that, I came up with a Breast Cancer Awareness manicure! This manicure is quick and easy, and is actually from last last last Monday, so I’m sorry it’s just coming out now.

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My school’s H.O.S.A bracelet! “Big or Small Save Them All”

The Products

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  • Base Coat/Top Coat- L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ Wet N Wild Fast Dry
  • White Polish- Circus by Andrea’s Choice Reverso
  • Light Pink Polish- Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl
  • Dark Pink Polish- Love & Beauty
  • Dotting Tool
  • Nail Polish “Palette”

The Procedure

  1. Apply a base coat and paint all nails, except the accent, dark pink.
  2. Paint the accent nail white.
  3. Wait for the white to dry completely.
  4. Take your palette, a plate or a lid, and add a few dabs of the light pink polish.
  5. Turn your hand towards you, where the cuticle is facing away from you.
  6. Using the dotting tool, dab it into the light pink polish and make an “X” shape on your nail. Once that is done, connect the top of the “X” to create the pink ribbon.
    • If your curve connecting the line looks too thick and closes the “gap” in the ribbon, wait for it to dry some and then apply a small dot of white polish.
  7. Wait for the design to dry completely and then add a top coat.

I’m sorry I don’t have pictures to accompany this tutorial- it’s impossible to do it with a single person, but hopefully my instructions are clear enough if you decide to try it out. If the there are any questions, feel free to comment and I’ll try to help you out!

♡ Melissa

Manicure Monday

So, as you guys know, I’m really bad at Manicure Monday’s. Monday’s are usually pretty busy for me, and I don’t have enough time to make a post or even do my nails. From now on, I’ll try my hardest to post every week, but the likelihood of that is very small.

Fortunately, I do have a nail look for this week! The items I used were:

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A makeup sponge, a dotting tool (the thicker end), and a Bath and Body works candle lid.

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My dotting tools came in a set like this from Amazon.

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Essie Where’s My Chauffer and Circus by Andrea’s Choice Reverso

If you don’t have dotting tools, you can always use the top of a pin or a pencil eraser. Also, instead of using a candle lid, you can obviously just use paper or a plate or whatever. I just like using the lid because you can clean off the polish and use it again.

Here’s the final product:

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My right hand.

I saw the tutorial for this nail art here. I really do love this look. It’s cute and very simple. In the video, the lady tells you to dab off the excess paint, but that’s just optional; I didn’t do that. Also, I don’t remember if she mentioned it, but I would wait a little for the base to dry before you start sponging on the other color. In total, this look probably took 10 minutes; I did it while watching tv, so you don’t need to concentrate too much. Honestly, the longest part was just painting the base coat. I hate working with white polish! Especially with this white. This the first time I used a polish by Andrea’s Choice, and I felt that because the brush is pretty thin, covering the whole nail took some time. It might just be because the polish was white though; they are generally harder to work with/more streaky.

I hope you enjoyed this nail look and that you have a great Monday!

~ Melissa