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

OOTD: Gettin My Nails Did

Since my mom gets off of work early today, we’re going to get our nails done. Normally, I get both a mani and pedi, but I decided just to get my toes done since I hate doing them myself. I also have this “condition” that my mom has. I’m not sure what it’s called, a hangnail?, but on the sides of my big toe nail there is I guess extra skin or something. I’m not really sure. I just know that my mom has to go in every three weeks to get it removed. I have the same thing, but it’s not nearly as bad. For my mom, there is so much excess whatever that it hurts. Occasionally, the sides of my toe hurt when I press on them, but it’s manageable. I just hope that when I get older, I won’t have the same problem to the extent at which she has it. But enough of that, on to the look!

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I’m not sure if you can tell, but I cleaned my mirror for you guys! ;)

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What I’m Wearing:

  • Tank- Men’s Small Wife Beater from WalMart
  • Cropped Sweater- Derek Heart from Marshalls
  • Shorts- Abercrombie & Fitch from A&F Factory Brand Store
  • Shoes- Flip Flops from Old Navy

So once again, nothing super stylish, but I kinda like sharing these with you guys! Tell me how you feel? Love it? Hate it? Want me to stop because I’m not fashionable in any way? Let me know!

Actually, before you leave, I would love if you would take the time to answer my poll!

 

Thanks for voting!

~Melissa

Flower by Drew Barrymore

I went to Walmart for the first time in ages today and look what I saw. I figured that this would be there because itsjudytime already posted a picture on Instagram, but I wasn’t 100% sure it would be at this particular location because the one near my house sucks.

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I was really interested in taking a look at all these products. Unfortunately, there weren’t any prices on any of the items! On top of that, some genius decided to rip off all the self service price scanners, but leave the “Can’t find a price? Scanner Here >” signs. This same person apparently decided that the whole Walmart was only allowed to have one price scanner, near the fitting rooms, that required an attendent.

Anyways, enough of my ranting on how awful Walmart is. The products from this line are surprisingly expensive. Originally, I picked up a few products to check the prices and ended up putting all but one back.

The first product I wanted to try was the face primer. Along with this primer, they also have tinted moisturizers and BB Creams, which I also wanted to try. The primer ended up being around $13.

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1 oz/ 28g

I also really wanted to get these nail polishes! The lavender is so pretty, but the blue didn’t come out correctly on camera. These were roughly $5 for .4 FL OZ/ 12 mL. I honestly don’t think that that’s too pricey, but I really need to stop buying nail polish, so I let it go.

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I Lavendare You and Good Bud-Dy

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This is what the blue is really supposed to look like; it’s more of a turquoise.

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Some other colors they had.

Another part of the line are their cream eyeshadows. I feel like with this product, Flower was trying to combine two well established products. You can’t help but realize the similarities with this product and L’Oreal’s Infallible 24 Hr Eyeshadow and Maybelline’s 24 Hr Color Tatoo. I wasn’t particularly interested in these, but they are $8.

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As you can see, the packing looks a lot like the Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadows from L’Oreal.

Last but not least- lip products. I have so many that I didn’t bother looking at these for too long. This line has lipsticks, lip glosses, lip liners and lip butters, which are all $7. There are also  lip tints, which are $8 though I didn’t see them at my Walmart. Another item that I don’t remember seeing are the Petite Fleurs Pocket Triplets. Apparently, they are “stackable sets of three bullets for product”, kinda like those erasers that when one gets used up, you just pull it out and insert it in the bottom and a brand new one comes up.
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They also have three different mascaras, which I didn’t get pictures of- except one, the one I bought! I got this one because it is something I’ve never come across before. Now this mascara was little pricey, about $8, but it I think it will totally be worth it. Check this bad boy out!

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Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara

This mascara is a three in one! It literally has three different wands in one tube! Just typing about it is making me excited! The first wand is for volumizing, the second curling, and the third lengthening. So according to the packaging, you just twist a knob on the tube and it changes the wands. AHH! I CAN’T GET OVER HOW COOL THAT IS! Naturally, I plan on doing a more in-depth review once I test out the product!

In general, I think these products are on the pricier side (at least for me, a high schooler with no job). I think it’s a combination of being created by a celebrity, being a new line, and having beautiful packaging. Just looking at the pictures, you can tell that much of the cost is due to the packaging. Especially if you saw the loose powders! Omg, those things were massive. I obviously can’t comment on the quality of the products because I haven’t used any, but hopefully I’ll be able to try more than just the mascara!

Have you tried any items from this line? Which ones did you enjoy?

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Melissa