I’m loving all the rich Fall colors in the new Butter London x Allure collection! I’m not yet ready for Fall, but I’m okay with winding down this hot, hot Summer. So, let’s do a mani of a typical Spring flower – the cherry blossom!
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I love the look of textured nail polish. However, many textured polishes tend to scrape off easily making the effort of applying them practically useless. The Feather polishes from Pretty Woman are another story entirely. You can achieve a textured look that is still smooth to the touch minimizing the chance of it scratching off.
Right now I’m calling Pretty Woman’s Feather nail polish in Kingfisher my fun polish. It’s like tiny pieces of red, yellow and blue confetti having a party on your nails. Read more
Continuing to prove that nail art doesn’t need to be difficult, I asked Nidia from Lit From Within to recreate a nail look with a tutorial. For this nail art how to, Nidia took inspiration from A Nail Addict Named Sonia @badgirlnails.
First, paint your nails with a fun glitter. Go as blingy as you like, but if it’s textured, you’ll probably want to put down a thick topcoat before moving on with this look.
When you’re using striping tape, you need to wait for your base layer to be *completely* dry. You can’t fake this step. Use a fast drying topcoat if you want to hurry the process a little, but putting tape on wet polish means that the polish will stick to the tape. The key is patience! Read more
I love nail art that looks really intricate, yet is effortlessly simply in application. I asked fellow beauty blogger and fellow Pennsylvanian, A Little Polish
to create a tutorial just for A Girl’s Gotta Spa!
If you’re looking for some simple abstract floral nail art, here’s a tutorial to get this floral look in three easy steps, using only a couple colored polishes, a striping brush and dotting tool!
It doesn’t necessarily need to be the 4th of July to show your patriotic side. Show off your stars and stripes with these easy nail art how to’s from editorial manicurist, Jin Soon Choi.
Look 1 Stars and Stripes
Honestly, the easy button was made for people like me. There are just some things I have no patience for, and nail art is one of them. I wish I could tell you that as a beauty blogger I am super creative and uber crafty and create endless nail looks to swoon over, but the truth is, my nails go bare most of the time.
It’s a tragedy really. For some reason, ever since I wore shellac back in 2011, my nails have never grown to any substantial length. But that’s not my only excuse. I simply lack the skill required to paint cool scenes on my tiny nails. Then Pinterest to my rescue! I came across an amazingly easy nail art tutorial, and I was pretty excited to be able to recreate it with some modifications.
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The beach. Water, sand and sunlight have always been my inspiration. I grew up in Rhode Island and spent most of my time at the beach. Now I live in the Poconos, but instead of the ocean, I have the lake here as my refuge. It seems that surf and sand were never meant to be a long distance relationship for me. It’s the sparkle of the sunlight, the shimmering water, the texture of the sand and the bright, cheery colors that you see at the beach that were the inspiration behind my #IHeartMyNailArt Sally Hansen + Walgreens party for me. Read more
More times than not, I fail at nail art. Thank goodness for Pinterest and finding plenty of DIY nail art tutorials. Without much time (or patience) to intricate details, I discovered a super easy way to give myself a French manicure of sorts. I love the colored nail tip trend and since I’m loving the new Essie hot pink color, Off the Shoulder, that I received in a Klout Perk, I decided to go with that. Read more
After a (major) failed attempt at nail art the other day, I ventured back out to my local CVS to look for more imPRESS Nails to wear. While in the beauty aisle, I came across Kiss’ new Nail Dress jeweled nail strips. Besides being bedazzled with some bling, the package contained enough strips for both a manicure AND pedicure. I was sold! The strips I chose are called Princess, although they look more like a Tigress (in my opinion.)
To apply these nails strips here’s the supplies you’ll need:
Cotton pad and nail polish remover
A heavy duty nail file (the one that comes with it, just won’t do!)
Small nail clippers
Small sewing scissors
Someone to give you a massage
The kit comes with 28 strips and a nail file that is a file on one side and a buffer on the other. To use strips on your fingers, apply the rounded side close to your cuticle. When applying to toes, use the square side nearest the cuticle. I found that the strips didn’t really vary much in size. Almost every strip was a little too big for my nails and toes. I decided to start with my toes first, and began by only using the file that came with the kit. By toe #2, I realized it wasn’t cutting it (literally.) Read more