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.
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.
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.
A few beauty products under $5 that include some of my personal favorite drugstore products, including a few cult favs and new classics in the makeup junkie world.
- Rimmel London Stay Matter Powder in Transparent, $3.99 – This is my go-to powder for everyday use. I initially bought it to set my undereye concealer, which it does a wonderful job at doing so, but recently I’ve been using it all over my face and it’s just the bees knee.
- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear, $3.97 – This is the only gel I use to keep my brows in place, bare or filled in with powder. It keeps my brows in place and on point…all day. I’ve been using this clear mascara for my brows for years and haven’t looked back.
- Sinful Colors Nail Polish, $1.99 – If there is a color of nail polish you are looking for, there’s a strong chance that Sinful colors has it ans for less than $2, at that. The color payoff for Sinful Colors is amazing and the selection of colors is vast.
- NYX Lip Pencils $3.49 -These knocked Wet n Wild Pencils off of my favorite drugstore lip pencils. They offer a wide selection of colors, plus it has a high longevity during the day. My personal favorite colors are Blooom which is a nice and deep fuschia and Peekaboo Neutral which is the base for all my nude lip options.
- Covergirl Cheek Blushers $3.99 -My favorite drugstore blush. Nicely pigmented and my favorite shade, Pretty Peach, adds a soft and natural flush to my skin.
I hate when I break a nail, especially if my nails are in a medium to long length. Not only does my nails feel weird when balling my hands, but they look noticeably uneven. Since I’m borderline obsessed with uniform and even nails, I reluctantly break out my nail clippers and file and even up all my nails.
After all my nails are even up, I break out three little bottles for three steps to prepare myself and my nails for the regrowth process.
- After shaping my nails, I apply a layer of Sally Hansen Vitamin E and Cuticle Oil to my nails, cuticles, and skin around my nails. I’ve raved about this product too many times to too many people. This oil is great for moisturizing and soften the cuticle to easy pushing back of the cuticle, if needed. I tend to massage the oil into to each nail and cuticle. You can leave the oil on, but in this process, I wash it off after about 5 minutes.
- Once my hands are washed and completely dry, I apply a thin layer of Sally Hansen Hard As Wraps Hardener. I love this stuff! It gives you the look and feel of gel polish without the hassle of removing it by soaking your nails. Plus, it helps strengthen your nails.
- When it comes to my polish selection during this process, I opt for nude and sheer polishes about the same shade as my nail bed. I choose these type of shades to not draw people to my short nails and the regrowth. Currently, I’m using Essie’s ‘Sugar Daddy’ polish and 2 coats helps enhance the natural shade of my nails.
- Finally, after my polish is dry, I apply one more coat of the Hard As Nails and voila’! I’m usually able to hold and upkeep this with little to no-chipping for 1-2 weeks. Also, 1-2 times a day, I apply massage some of the Vitamin E oil on and around my nails to stimulate healthy nail growth.
This process helps me with strengthening and ultimately growing even, strong, and long nails.
I finally got around to cleaning out and organizing my nail polish and care collection. This is something I’ve been putting off for too long.
Like a lot of people, I’ve hoarded and improperly stored nail polish laying on the side in a bottom drawer of a plastic storage container. Nail polish should be stored straight up, never laying on its side, because it quickens the thickening process speeds up the drying process.
So, I recently got around to sorting and organizing out the mess that I called my nail polish collection and for only $5 thanks to the decorative glass section at The Dollar Store!
First thing I had to do was take out all the polishes and figure out the ones to keep and discard, which was harder than I thought.
I really loved this ‘Lights’ polish by essie and I’ve been to too many stores looking for this polish to replace it, but I can’t find it. So, I’m probably going to have to order it online. Sidenote: Why do I have 4 nail clippers?! Too many.
After I got the drawer emptied and decided what to save and trash, I separated the polishes into 3 categories: Neutral/Everyday, Bright/Fun Colors, and Glitter/Accent Nail Approved.
I put each category in their cylinder vase. I have so many fun/bright colors that a few trickled over into the glitter collection.
I decided to put my cuticle oils, base coats, top coats, clippers and more in this cute glass star-shaped dish. I’m glad I picked the star over the traditional heart-shaped dish. Finally, I put my foot and nail files in the small glass candle holder and voila’….a clearly organized nail care and polish collection.
I’m so glad that I could scratch that off my to-do list.