Manicure Monday: DIY Sugar Nails

Hey guys! First off, I just wanted to say that I hope that everyone is having a safe and fun summer!

Anyways, I know that it’s been forever since I’ve done a MM, but lately I’ve been uninspired and lazy. Luckily, I saw this video by RealAsianBeauty on Youtube. Prior to this video, she posted one with salt, which basically gives the same effect, but I like the sugar one more. If you follow me on instagram, you saw these nails earlier today, but unfortunately, I had some malware problems,that have been resolved, that were preventing me from updating my blog.

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The Products:

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  • Polishes: Julep Abbie, Covergirl Lav-Endure, Covergirl Peaches and Cream, Wet n Wild Mint, Essie Cute As A Button, NYC Top Coat (also my base coat), and NYC Matte Me Crazy Top Coat

*My matte top coat, Matte Me Crazy was purchased at my local Wal-Mart for $1.99

  • Sugar
  • A small container/bowl

The Procedure:

  1. Paint all your nails with a base coat.
  2. Paint each finger with 1-2 coats of each colored polish. I personally did two coats each, but it’s not necessary. It might be better if you only applied one coat because it’ll prevent the polish from getting thick like mine did.
  3. Next, paint your first finger with a generous amount of top coat. You want a pretty decent coat because this is going to be your “glue”.
  4. After applying the top coat, immediately press your nail flat into the sugar. In the video, Kristina says that you can either pour the sugar on or dip your finger in it. I tried both and found that pressing it into the sugar is easier because you get even coverage. Also, try not to go too crazy. I tried to make sure that I covered all of my nail, even the sides, which added extra sugar, and contributed to them being kinda thick.
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 on all your fingers.
  6. Once you have sugar coated all your fingers, apply a coat of matte top coat. I didn’t think one coat sealed in the sugar enough, so I added another.

The Outcome:

These nails are surprisingly easy to do. There isn’t too much fuss or mess. Obviously, you can’t expect them to last that long, sugar is landing on my keyboard as I type. I give them two days max. Unfortunately, the sugar will probably come off on your sheets when you sleep and I find that my fingers sometimes get sticky if my hands are wet because despite the top coat, the sugar will still dissolve. All in all, I think these nails are really cute and definitely worth a try if you want to try something different.

So, that’s it for this week’s Manicure Monday! I hope you guys enjoyed and I hopefully I’ll have another one up next week!

Do you have any easy DIY nail art tricks? Share them below!

~Melissa

Manicure Monday

Obviously, it’s not Monday, but I created this look earlier this week. I know I said I probably wouldn’t have time to do my nails, but I actually did them on Tuesday. I was going to create a post about them but my brother took my camera hostage. Also, this look isn’t one of my finest. I love the colors and the style, but I’m not very good at it :/ With that being said I decided that I was okay with posting a less an mediocre look, I’m no pro. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this earlier, but if not, here you go!

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For this look, I was inspired by a Sally Hansen ad and a picture I saw on Instagram. When I read that Mila Kunis wore the color Tangerine Crush, I decided to check it out. Once I saw Peaches and Cream by Cover Girl, I knew that I wanted to created this two toned look. I used two coats of Peaches and Cream because one isn’t nearly opaque enough. Next, I applied a top coat. After letting it dry, I used Tangerine Crush for the tips. As you can tell, my French tips aren’t really my thing. I kept trying to fix them, but they ended up getting worse. The polish got really thick and there are even air bubbles in the polish from applying so many coats.

Even though my nails didn’t turn out the best, here were some things that made them slightly better:

  • Working in good lighting- At first I worked in dim light and I thought my nails looked pretty good, until I realized none of my tips were even. Good lighting makes it easier to see your mistakes.
  • Resting my hand on my knee instead of the table- When I placed my hand on my knee, it was a little easier to control the brush and you get the tip more even.
  • Instead of painting the tip up and down, paint from left to right- As long as make sure to wipe off excess polish, this ends up working the best because moving from left to right gives you a more natural looking/even tip because you’re following the curve of your nail.

I really like the idea for this Manicure Monday even if the finished product isn’t all that great. I love this modern twist on a classic style. I also decided to use these two colors because they look great together and they’re very spring-y.

What’s your favorite spring nail look? Do you have any tips on creating the perfect French Manicure? If you do, let me know in the comments below!

~Melissa

P.S. I’m not sure if I’ll have a Manicure Monday for this upcoming Monday because I have homework to do, and I’ll be going the rodeo tomorrow to see Demi. Hopefully, I’ll be able to squeeze in a manicure!

Mini Nail Polish Haul

Hey guys, today is going to be a busy Monday, so I probably won’t be able to upload a Manicure Monday. I might not even have time for one this week, since I’m taking the SAT on Wednesday, and I have an AP Stats test on Friday.

Since I most likely won’t be able to have a MM this week, I decided to do a short post on the nail polish I got yesterday.

I got one from Target and 4 from HEB.

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The L’Oreal one is from Target, and the rest are from HEB.

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With flash so you can see the colors a little better.

Quick Swatches:

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The colors I got were:

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L’Oreal 400 Tangerine Crush

This was $4.99 at Target, but they’re slightly cheaper at HEB. I think they were $4.17.

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The new Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brillant Nail Gloss in 125 Peaches and Cream

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The same kind in 145 Lav-Endure.

Because these polishes are new, they are $4.94 at all stores, but you can find buy 2, get $3 off coupons in magazines. I got mine in the new Allure, but I know they also have them in People’s.

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Revlon Nail Enamel in 260 Girly

I got this one for $1.17! It was originally priced at $3.67, but at HEB, they had a $2.50 off coupon for items over (I think) $3.50.

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Orly Nail Lacquer in 40710 Pixie Dust

They only drugstore that I know of that sells Orly is HEB. Not only do they have a a decent selection of colors, they also always have the older ones on sale. This color was $1.99. Because of the “pixie” theme, there was even a little fairy charm that came with it. HEB also had other colors on sale, mainly pinks and reds.

So that’s the quick nail update for this week! Hopefully, I’ll be able to post again in a couple of days, but if not, I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

~Melissa