How To: Remove Glitter Nail Polish

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Happy New Year!!! Every girl knows that New Year’s Eve is synonymous with glitter…lots of glitter. Every year I paint some sparkles on my nails thinking it’s the best idea ever (!!!) until I’m faced with taking the glitter nail polish off. Glitter polish is notoriously impossible to remove, but through many a hungover January 1 I have managed to find a way to take it all off with minimal effort.

What you need:
Nail Polish Remover with Acetone
Cotton Balls
Tin foil cut into ~2″ rectangles

Step 1: Tear off pieces of cotton balls into thin, manageable pieces. Saturate one of the pieces in nail polish remover and place on top of the nail.

Step 2: Take a piece of the tin foil and wrap it around your nail with the soaked cotton. Try to completely encase the cotton so none of the liquid seeps out. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on as many nails as you need.

Step 3: Leave the foil on for about 10 minutes. This is essentially the same removal process that a soak off gel would use, only you won’t have to scrape off the excess and damage your nails!

Step 4: Pull off the foil and cotton from your nails. There may be some residual glitter but the majority of it should come right off with the cotton. If you need to, you can quickly go over all of your nails with a fresh cotton ball and some more acetone to get all of the excess off.

Just like your fresh clean nails, I hope all of you kick off 2017 as a clean slate. This year is going to be your year, and I wish you all the happiness and motivation you deserve to kick ass in 2017! Happy New Year!

Halloween Nails

This month, I had a Halloween revelation.

In the spirit of being festive, I brought a jack-o-lantern of candy into my office and filled that sucker with 4 bags of chocolate and gummies. Those 4 bags of candy cost $25! Who knew mini Milky Way bars were so expensive?! Lesson learned friends, wait until Nov 1 to buy 50% of bags of chocolate.

I tend to get really festive around the “holiday time” which I deem to be from Mid October-Jan 1. I wanted to create a REALLY easy and simple Halloween nail look that I could slap on quickly and still rep Halloween. So here you go:

What I used:

Orly Bonder Base Coat
Essie Licorice
Essie Blanc
OPI Happy Anniversary
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat
Thin nail brush/Toothpick

Apply Base. Let Dry. Apply 2 coats of black polish. Let Dry.

Using a thin nail brush (or even a toothpick), dip into the white polish and drag 3 long lines from the bottom corner of your ring finger outward. Grab some more white polish and draw horizontal lines connecting the 3 lines you just created. Voila, spiderweb.

Using the same nail brush or toothpick, draw 2 white dot “eyes” onto your other ring finger. Then, wipe off your brush/toothpick and pick up a little black to create the pupil of the eyes. Super easy “ghoul” eyes.

If you’re feeling a little extra, go ahead and top some nails with glitter. Finish it all up with a top coat. (Make sure the designs are completely dry first!)

And there you go! Whether you’re going hard this weekend or just planning on handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, these nails will get you noticed.

…now seriously don’t forget to pick up candy on Tuesday.

Gold Brushed Fall Nails

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In an effort to fully embrace every #basic fall impulse that comes to mind, I created this nail look on Sunday while hungover on my couch. I wanted to create something that was easy for shaky-handed fools like myself to create, but looks like you could have stepped out of a Paintbox (ain’t nobody got $$ for that). This one’s a winner, I promise.

What I Used:
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Essie Berry Naughty
Essie Good as Gold
Seche Vite Top Coat
Mini Fan Brush (super cheap on Amazon or craft stores)

Apply base. Let Dry. Apply 2 coats of Berry Naughty. Let Dry.

Apply a few drops of Good as Gold onto a paper plate/magazine/non-porous surface of choice. Take the mini fan brush and tap just the tips of the brush into the polish. Starting at the outer side of the nail (so left side on left hand, right side on right hand. Or whatever side you want, you do you) drag the brush lightly across the nail to the midpoint. Repeat on all nails.

Let nails completely dry before applying top coat. THIS PART IS CRUCIAL. If you apply your top coat before the gold is dry, you’ll ruin the design and it will look muddy mixing in with the burgundy color.

Now go enjoy your nails while drinking a PSL wearing UGGs while apple picking with some foliage in the background.