Manicure Monday: Gel DYI


About two weeks ago I visited one of my best friends for the weekend and we got up to the normal things girls do- shopping, watching sappy love movies, and painting our nails.

Now we all know how much I love painting my nails, so when I learned that she had a do-it-yourself gel manicure kit, I was so excited to try it!


My first thoughts regarding doing my own gel nails were basically, “oh sh*t,” and “lets see how bad I can mess this up.” But lo and behold, this Red Carpet Nails system is so easy to follow! The kit┬ácomes with a nail cleaner, prep polish, base coat, strengthener, top coat, a red polish color and a remover. It also comes with the UV light and usb plug-in.


It took around 45 the first time I tried the whole process with my bestie at her house, then I was so obsessed with her kit I went back and bought my own! The second time I tried it out it took around 30 minutes and was still super easy. Within the box their is an easy to follow directional paper that tells you times, amount of coats, and everything else youd need to know. The UV light is super easy to use, and is incredibly quick at setting the nails/polish as well.


It’s easy to add fun decorations to your nails using this kit too- glitter, gems, various colors. Another amazing aspect about DIY gel nails are their lasting power. My first manicure using this kit lasted two weeks without chips- TWO WEEKS! This is perfect if you have a job where your using your hands a lot; washing dishes, opening boxes, all that good stuff can sometimes destroy a nice manicure. But I have finally found a semi-cure with this gel kit.


And another benefit as you can see in my picture above is that when you get color or polish onto your skin it peels right off- allowing for a clean polished look!

And that’s it! My first forray into gel manicures! See you next time,



Manicure Monday: Pink & Bling

Hey all!

It has been a day since my last manicure monday post. To be honest, my nails have been bare and breathing lately- a suggestion I’d give to all my fellow nail polish addicts. But, alas, I couldnt last forever and needed a nice polish for the start of September.



I was fancying something a bit brighter, so I went with Essie’s Style Hunter. I used Sally Hansens Mega Shine Top Coat as both a base and top coat as well- I’m hoping this will help the manicure last a bit longer and keep its shine. After applying two coats of the Style Hunter polish, I placed these teardrop shaped diamonds on the base of each nail for a little extra bling for the start of fall! I purchased these gems in a pack with tons of different shapes from Amazon- I would highly recommend them!


Has anyone seen the new polish colors for the fall? I’m so excited for all the metallics and jewel tones- I can’t wait to make another trip to Ulta and pick up some new colors! Does anyone have any good suggestions for new fall colors? I’d love to hear!


Manicure Monday: Cool Blue

Hey hey loves!

Since spring is finally here I’ve been sporting brighter colored nails and have been loving it! Normally, I tend to stick in my safe zone, wearing mostly reds or pinks- but I’ve recently found this stunning cool blue color that I adore.


This color is Essie’s Bikini So Teeny, and is the perfect spring/summer blue! It’s not too pastel, but not too neon either. I also really love the consistency of this polish- I’ve noticed that Essie brushes are typically thinner than the OPI ones, and therefore are sometimes easier for precision painting.


I love wearing this polish with stacked rings to draw attention to the hand! It’s also a great color to wear with those spring dresses we can finally start pulling out of our closets! Yay!!

I hope you are all enjoying my manicure Monday posts! Let me know if there is anything you’d like me to try, or colors you’d like to see!


Manicure Monday #4

Hello loves!

I apologize for my two-week absence! It has been a crazy couple of weeks! But I do have an exciting announcement… month, in May, I will be doing Makeup MAYhem! Basically, that means that all month-long I will be posting makeup and beauty related blog posts. Some will be tutorials, others hauls, and more! I am very excited and have been putting together lots of ideas for you all!

Anyways, on to the point of this post! As it is a Monday, and I have been slacking in my blogging duties, I thought I would get back on track by posting my nails this week for Manicure Monday!


I wanted to do something light for spring, but I didn’t want it to be too simple. I went with OPI Alpine Snow for the base white color (2 coats), and then decided to do two accent nails with polka dots in Essie’s Penny Talk. I ended up really loving the white and rose gold color combo- it reminds me of Kate Spade! I think this would be a fun design for spring because it’s not too crazy, and is bright and fun!


Comment below with your fave spring nail ideas!


Manicure Monday #3

Hello lovelies!

Ready for the shortest post of all time?! Alllllright!

I painted my nails this week and LOVED the color, so I thought I’d share it with you all. I’ve also been taking way better care of my nails lately by using hand scrubs, manicure tools, and lotions so I’m really happy with the shape and look of my nails!


The color is OPI’s “Tickle my France-y” and in my opinion is the most gorgeous nude color ever. It almost has a purple sheen to it too which gives it a little something extra I think.

What are your favorite nude nail polish colors? Would you be interested to see a nail care routine? Let me know!



Manicure Monday #1

Hello lovely readers!

Sometimes I just feel like a little pamper afternoon.. painting my nails, relaxing, and usually watching some HGTV:) So I thought I might as well share my some of my favorite nail colors and designs with my fellow beauty lovers!

Jan Nails

Above are my nails this week! I used an OPI base/top coat combo, and the OPI You Don’t Know Jacques! polish (2 coats). This is one of my absolute favorite fall/winter colors. Why am I still wearing fall colors? Well I just don’t feel like wearing spring-y pastels yet, maybe when the sun finally decides to come out, but until then I’m sticking to the darks. I love this color because it’s so versatile, it matches with any jewelry color or outfit!

I also decided to attempt to organize my nail polishes…

Polish Collection

:/ sheesh….I need to re-think a way to organize these…Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this little post and it gives you a little inspiration to paint your own nails!

What are your favorite at-home manicure tricks? Nail colors?

Until next time,