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My On-the-Go Nail Kit

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One of the things that love to do in my downtime or when I’m bored at work, is pull out my on-the-go nail kit. What is that? Oh, it’s just a little cosmetic bag full of essential items I need to maintain my nails when I don’t have the time to stop by the nail salon, which tends to be more times than I would like.

However,there is something so instantly calming about filing, buffing, and polishing my own nails. I recently cut down my natural nails from long and oval to short and square, because spring and summer is the season for bright and colorful polishes, which tend to look better on shorter nail. However, I am slowly going them back. Therefore, I always make sure that I’m in reach of my bag of nail tricks otherwise known as my on-the-go nail kit.

Check out the complete list of the nail maintenance items that I keep in my nail kit bag.

ON-THE-GO NAIL KIT ESSENTIALS:

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  • Nail File – I’m always buying nail files left and right. My personal favorite are the 4-1 files that are designed to file, shape, buff, and shine. However, I keep a simple 2-sided file in nail kit bag, because I usually only have to smooth any rough or uneven edges.
  • Cuticle Remover – Dry cuticles are the worst. So, I try to apply cuticle oil to my nails and cuticles throughout the day. However, for those times when my cuticles are out of control; I apply this cuticle remover, let it sit for 15 seconds, gently push my cuticles back with cuticle pusher (not pictured, because I need to replace it), and wash my hands with warm, soapy water to remove the excess. Pretty simple and quick to do.
  • Nail Polish Remover Wipes – Portable nail polish wipes are ingenious gems. So far, the best one I’ve used are these Cutex one, because they aren’t super saturated and don’t drip remover everywhere. Plus, one wipe is strong enough to remover polish off of all 10 of my nails and that was with red polish. Super impressed.
  • Nail Clippers – keep nail cuticles and clippers, but I learned to leave cuticles to the professionals and applying cuticle oil to my nails have really helped me no longer need them. However, a mini pair of nail clippers not only help me when I break a nail and decide to even up the rest of the gang, but also great at snipping away those horrific (and sometimes painful) hang nails.
  • Nude Polish – As you might already be aware, I stan for nude nail polishes and always keep one in my personal nail kit. There’s always a bottle of Wet n Wild’s Private Viewing in my bag. It’s simple, glossy, and dries fast. What more can I look for when doing my nails on the go? Nothing.

Do you keep certain nail products in your purse? If so, what are your must-have nail essentials in you bag? Share below!

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Nude Nails

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In the past, I had a strong addiction to nail polishes. I wanted (and almost had) every shade possible. No matter the brand, color, or texture; I needed it. I had so many nail polishes that it eventually became a burden to store my nail polish.

Over the course of a couple of years, I’ve not only downsized my collection, but also my preference of colors. I no longer gravitate to toward bright neon (maybe for a summer pedi) and glitter (accent nail friendly), but instead stick to mostly classic and neutral shades of pinks and reds. However, the shade of polish that I wear the most is nude polish for a clean and classic look of nude nails.

For me, having a nude nail polish is a must for various reasons. Finger nails with nude polish gives the illusion of longer and slender fingers, doesn’t look that noticeable when chipped, and goes with everything and every season. It’s pretty much a no brainer.

Currently, I’m wearing Sally Hansen’s ‘Camelflage’ (I love polish names!), which is the perfect light khaki brown for my late winter skin that’s not too pale or my naturally tanned complexion. However, when summertime arrives and drops off my full coverage tan, I know I’m going to have to go up a couple of notches on the color spectrum. Luckily, more makeup and nail polish brands are coming out with collections that feature natural neutral shades. So, everyone has a chance to be nude in some way or another. *insert seductive wink*

Finding The Right Nude Polish For Your Skin Tone:

Fair/Pale Skin: Sheer pinks and milky mauves. AVOID stark whites and pinks, because they will look too harsh and washed out.

Olive/Tan Skin: Sandy beiges vey soft taupes. AVOID polishes with yellow undertones, because they will washout against your complexion and look shallow.

Deep/Dark Skin: Dark browns, coffee colors, and pinky beige colors. AVOID polishes with grey under tones, because they will make your hands look dull and “ashy”. Who wants that?

 

Here some safe color choices that are complimentary to multiple skin tones.

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Deborah Lippman Bare BeigeEssie All Eyes On NudeZoya Nude Perfectorbutter LONDON ‘Tea Wit The Queen’

I hope you are no a little more informed and determined on finding your perfect nude polish for nude nails.

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3 Must-Have Items In My Purse for Cold Weather

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Every season, your daily needs that reside in your bag changes. In the spring and summer, you always try to carry sunscreen, a bright lip products, and a sweet floral scent. In the winter, you become all about moisture.

Like most people, in the winter I try to keep as many hydrating items, as possible. For me, I have 2 areas that get ridiculously dry as soon as cold weather hits and that’s my  lips and hands/cuticles.

Lipsticks and glosses, while making your lips look pretty and shiny, can also speed out the drying of your lips in conjunction with the cold air. So, a really heavy and penetrating lip balm is necessary for me and I have been finding that in Vaseline’s Lip Therapy in cocoa butter. However, I recently stumbled upon their new rose lip balm one and I love it! It’s just as moisturizing as the original and cocoa butter options, but it has a soft rosy scent and hint of pink helps add a flush of natural pink to your cold and pale lips.

Bad cuticles and dry hands are one of my pet peeves to see on people and when I see them on myself, I instantly reach for one of multiple bottles of Sally Hansen Vitamin E cuticle oils and my Nivea Creme tin from the bottom of my purse. These 2 little hydrating gems are amazing on their own, but when combined? Oh, my hands are pretty much miraculous. Clean, soft, and moisturized hands…is the only thing that I like.

Stay Stylish!

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HALLOWEEN: Bloody Nails Artwork

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With Halloween right around the corner, most people are just now deciding what costume to wear for costume parties and/or trick-or-treating with the kiddos. However, there are some of us who don’t have a reason to dress up, but would still like to participate in some way, small or large, in Halloween.

One of the ways I like participate in Halloween is with my nails. Usually, I use a bright orange and/or black, but that has become very boring over the years. Enter, nail art! One nail art design that has peaked my interest in the past couple of years is ‘bloody nails’. I’ve always wanted to try it, but never got around to trying it out. However, I’m ready this year.

Here are some polishes that will help you attain this look and design.

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essie ‘Limited Addiction’Ginger + Liz ‘Poole It Together’OPI ‘Alpine Snow’Ulta ‘Baby Doll’Seche Vite Top Coat

The look of “bloody nails” might be a little too gore for some, but there are couple ways you can try this trend that can be more cool than creepy. If you are interested in trying this or some other nail art designs for Halloween, you should check out my Pinterest board for Halloween nail art ideas.

Stay Stylish!

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Weekend Beauty Buys: 2 regrets and a decent one

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I had another weekend in the house thanks to a weekend full of events throughout the city; particularly, around my neighborhood.  Unfortunately, despite the very pleasant weather, I was not in the mood to deal with any the crowds and traffic that comes with such events. However, things eventually died down, which gave me enough time to go wander around some stores. Therefore, here is the latest addition of WEEKEND BEAUTY BUYS!

The first item I picked up was one that I’ve been eying and itching to buy and try and that’s Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel. Every time I would go to Target, I would put it my cart before ultimately putting it back before checkout. I decided that I needed go ahead and do a buy and try. Since buying it, I’ve already used it. I think I’m going to write a review about this. So, look out for that.

The next thing I picked up Maybelline’s Pumped Up Colossal Mascara. All the mascara I had was dried up and needed to land in the nearest garbage can. So, I decided to pick up this up while investigating the makeup aisle at Walgreens. Sidenote: I wish I had naturally thick and long lashes and I needed to do was swipe a couple of clear mascara. Eh..what can you do.

Finally, ELF Eyebrow Kit caught my attention and I decided to buy it. As of this moment, I’m not sold on it, but I think I need to play around with it more. Fingers crossed, because I’ve heard fairly good things about this kit.

Stay Stylish!

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