Summertime Nail Colors

Hello again!

I go through phases where I have to paint my nails a new color every week. I also go through phases where I cannot be bothered to go anything to them.

This summer, thankfully, I am going through the former phase of obsessive compulsive nail painting.

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I have been adoring Essie nail polishes lately. They have such a great consistency; they are pigmented, long-lasting, and the brush is the perfect size.

I am also loving white-based nail colors. The colors in the picture above are all different color families however they all have the same stark white base: which I adore.

From left to right; Fiji, Blossom Dandy, Mint Candy Apply, Lilacism, and Baby’s Breath. Aren’t they gorgeous??!!

I know they look a bit more springtime pastel, however I’ve noticed that white based colors have been quite popular this summer. I see celebrities, you tubers, and friends rocking all shades of the white toned nail polishes. My absolute favorite pictured above is the purple: called Lilacism. This color is absolutely stunning. Not too purple, almost slightly grey, I can see myself wearing this color all year round.
What are your favorite colors to wear during the summer?

-xobrendykins

 

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Manicure Monday: Gel DYI

HI!!

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!

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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 comes 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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

-xobrendykins

Manicure Monday: Fourth of July Edition

Hi readers!

It has been quite some time since I have done a Manicure Monday post, but I was recently in the holiday spirit and thought I would share that with you all!

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I absolutely love these nails and how they turned out! I think they are perfect for the 4th, and give me a little holiday spirit wherever I go!

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The colors I used were OPI’s Color So Hot it Berns and Essie’s Strut Your Stuff. The red is my favorite bright red for summer. I usually wear it on my toes but it’s the perfect 4th of July Color! And can I just talk about how much I love this new blue color from the Essie Summer Collection?! I will probably be sporting it for the rest of the summer….just saying….

Anyways, that’s all for now!

xobrendykins

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.

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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.

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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!

xobrendykins

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…..next 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!

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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!

xobrendykins

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!

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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!

xobrendykins

 

Manicure Monday #2

Hellooooo lovely readers!!

Another monday, another nail painting session whilst watching the olympics! This week I noticed OPI’s new Brazil Collection in stores and couldn’t help myself…..but I only bought one! So far…

 

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I chose a delicious looking orange color aptly named “Where Did Suzi’s Man-Go?” This color is so perfect for spring as its not neon orange, and not too pale either. It’s a delightful shade, and I can’t wait to see what it will look like when I finally get a nice summer tan going!

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I love OPI’s nail polishes because they have such a smooth application. Two coats usually give me the ideal color I was looking for, and with a nice base/top coat the color lasts for about a week or so! Now hopefully since my nails are spring-inspired the weather will get the hint???

Until next time,

-brendy