Nude

Hello beautiful people!

I know in journalism you are not suppose to show favoritism, but this is a blog and I do what I want. In that case I am going to be bias and say OPI is my favorite nail polish. There are a few reasons OPI is at the top of my list; it is a quality product that goes on smooth and stays on long, the colors have fun names and the polish is one of the most accessible being that it is in almost every store.

In my first blog post I go a little bit more in depth behind the differences between OPI and other nail polish brands.

When the company launched their first 30 shades in 1989. The color naming meetings were top secret like they still are today.

The OPI brand won every nails readers’ choice award…yes every one since the birth of the award in 2004.

According to Erika Kotite of Nails Magazine, there are 160 active OPI shades on the market; colors are retired every year to make room for new shades.

But let us get back on track, nude.

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OPI carries over 20 nude colors (if anyone knows the exact number comment below). With Bubble Bath (pictured below) probably being the most popular nude of choice.

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The plus side to nudes and natural colors is they really don’t get old. Furthermore, there are many nail art styles that you can pair the nude colors with.

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Above is a nude nail design by Bellacures in Los Angeles.

In high school my favorite nude color Sweet Heart by OPI. The color is similar to Bubble Bath, but a touch more pink. Over the years I could not find the color anywhere…but I finally found it!!! I recently went to Sally’s beauty shop in Los Angeles, California and there in all of its glory was an entire row of Sweet Heart polishes.

Finally, to stretch the definition of nude colors I would consider Mod About You by OPI a nude. Do you agree? Or am I stretching it too much?

Mod About You is a baby pink that has a chalky finish. If you have not tried this color I highly recommend it!

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Above Tatiana and I are supporting some nude shades…paired well with any outfit nudes are the way to go!

What is your favorite nude shade? Are you on the Bubble Bath train? How about favorite polish brand?

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Nails that last!

The day after Christmas I got my nails polished bio seaweed gel, looking for something festive for New Years eve. My nails lasted 25 days! IMG_0414

Not a single nail chipped or broke! My nails could have lasted longer, I just have nail A.D.D and can’t deal with my nails being that grown out. I was so impressed! I always rave about bio seaweed gel, but I am telling you guys that it is the real deal! I believe that every nail salon should invest in this product because customers love the way it looks and the quality of the product.

Happy new year!

It’s 2014! Just like every year I am going to make sure this year is better than the last! Today is the first day of spring semester and I couldn’t be more excited! I am finally getting into my Telecommunication classes. That means I am finally going to be speaking on camera. I also am sideline reporting the girls basketball games for our school sports radio. It is so exciting to finally get some experience, which is also making me excited for the real world.

For Christmas I was home in the FLA and obviously had to visit Boutique nails. My mother, sister, and I all got holiday nails. We all got what Boutique nails is famous for, bio seaweed gel. Lyndsie, my sister, had the best ones I think. Just look at that snow flake! The nail tech did that by hand! IMG_0766

IMG_0764My hand is pictured left and my sisters hand is pictured right. Can you see why I was so jealous of my sisters nails?

For some reason my nails grow extremely fast and I think it’s because I am so active. The nails pictured below were my nails a week and a half later, the day after Christmas. During that time I was working out, hitting softballs with my dad, playing indoor, and beach volleyball. Those puppies held on strong!

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I went back to Boutique the day after Christmas and paid 35 dollars for a new set of bio seaweed gel New Years nails.

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If you have not noticed by now I LOVE glitter. I am currently typing with my nails the way they are pictured above. My nails have grown out a lot since I had them done, but I am going to see how long they last. With volleyball starting back up I am interested to see if they will last a month like normal.

Nail blogs to Check out

I was on Pinterest recently and found this awesome pin about the top 15 nail blogs to follow.

No, mine blog was not on the list, but I did find some awesome websites to check out! I figured I would post about them so that,

1) You guys have the pleasure of also viewing them

2) So I always know where to find some great ideas and styles to try out!

So here are the blogs!

1) Boom Nails

2) Hey, Nice Nails

3) Polish and Pearls

Happy Painting! 🙂

Great Gatsby inspired nails tutorial.

I have not yet seen the Great Gatsby, but it is on my list of things to do when it finally comes out on red box. This movie is known for the beautiful gowns and fabulous jewelry..so why not make some gorgeous nails to go along!

What you will need for this tutorial: A sparkle nail polish, for this I used OPIs Dazzled, Essie’s minted apple, a top coat of your choice, striping tape and scissors to cut the striping tape. IMG_9774

For this look I started with two coats of OPIs Dazzled. After letting that dry I took striping tape (doesn’t matter what color) and made the designs that I wanted. IMG_9775

Be sure that the striping tape is laying flat along your nail. Then, paint two coats of Essie’s minted apple. Let the Essie polish sit for 30 seconds and peal off the stripping tape slowly. If you let the polish dry all the way it will be difficult to remove the tape. IMG_9776

Once you remove the tape you should get something like this! IMG_9761

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This look is so easy to accomplish, I did it on a sleeper bus on the way to Virginia Tech!

Happy painting! 🙂

Pre-season Confessional

Readers! I am very sorry I have not been able to post much in the last month. Volleyball season has started back up. Meaning…I have no life. I’m kidding, I do have a life just not enough time to do my nails. 😦

If you would go to the Lipscomb Volleyball Facebook page and hit like, that would be awesome! We are trying to reach 5,000 likes before our first game August 30th against University of Georgia.

If you were wondering what I have done in the past month let me give you a quick rundown.

My nails were grown out and need to be done. I was bored with the colors so I painted cats on them!

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I went home on July 19th to celebrate my 19th birthday, which was July 17th. 🙂 Of course, when I went home I got Bio Seaweed gel on my nails. IMG_9352

When I got back to Nashville my friend Christian wanted me to paint his nails. I thought he was joking.

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Let me tell you…he was not joking!

On tax free weekend I got lucky and bought a pair of Nike running shoes for twenty dollars at the Nike outlet!

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I was looking for cute hairstyles for work and came across this…IMG_9494

Don’t worry I didn’t go out in public!

I got a fill and chose to do my accent nail on my index finger for something different. Turns out I ended up really liking the look.IMG_9576

I can’t remember the names of both colors, but the pink polish is Essie and the sparkle is OPI.

Then, pre-sesaon activities started! Every year we go on a team retreat. This year the seniors chose to go to Deer Run. It was amazing!  We zipped lined into a lake and climbed up a 33 foot tree to jump off and ring a bell.

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Next, we ran around downtown Nashville taking pictures of ourselves holding up LUV with our hands trying to win a scavenger hunt. Don’t let me forget to tell you the best part, my team won! GO TEAM CAMO!

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Then, pre-season practice finally started! If you don’t know what pre-season is, it’s a lot of volleyball practice put into two weeks. After two days we kept track of how many hours we had been in the gym. The total was 18 hours. Like I said before volleyball is my life and I love it!

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You could imagine that my nails probably needed to be done after all those practices. Well you were right! I sponged my nails gradient pink and orange. Then, I took a black stripe rite polish and painted a bunch of different designs on each of my nails.

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Let’s not forget how bad my feet need a pedicure!

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Finally, this past weekend I got to go out with the team! Dressing up and feeling pretty felt amazing! Do you ever have one of those days where you just feel like looking nice?

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Have you ever twerked?

I was doing the normal morning routine –like forcing myself to get out of bed — when my sister sent me a text with the nails she planned on getting. I loved the design she sent me and noticed that she found the picture of the nails on Instagram. The user name was @we_twerk_them_nails. My nails were not looking to hot, so I wanted to grab some ideas. That is when I saw what I wanted to do to my nails! The colors just look outstanding together. I had to give it a try.IMG_8846

To start this look off, I grabbed four colors that would look similar to the ones in the picture. I used L’Oreal Tangerine Crush, Opi’s Suzi Says Feng Shui, Pro Gel’s Electric Pink and Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. Let us not forget about the black stripe rite brush! You can use whatever colors you would like, these are just the ones I owned that would work together.

Let’s start with the base colors. On the thumb and pinky fingers paint Electric Pink. Continue onto the middle finger with Tangerine Crush. After, draw two parallel black lines using the black stripe rite brush on the index and ring fingers. You should get a little something like this. IMG_8849

Don’t worry about the black lines being perfect because, you will paint over them.

Add another coat of polish to the thumb, middle and pinky fingers.

Now, onto the ring and index fingers. For this design I would suggest doing them one at a time. Taking the black stripe rite brush draw two diagonal lines, which will makes the design look like four to five small triangles. There is an example pictured below.

IMG_8851 Next add Suzi Says Feng Shui to the top and bottom of the nail. Then, add Electric Pink and Mint Candy Apple. Like I said don’t worry about the black lines. Once that all dries, add another coat to both blues and the pink. Let all that dry.IMG_8852

Take the stripe rite brush and go back over the lines that were previously made. I would take this part very slow and steady to prevent any messy lines.

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Finally, I used gold and pink Caviar beads to complete the look. To add the beads I just used a dotting tool that had been dipped in a top coat polish. This helps the beads stick to the nail.

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So far your nails should look a something like this!

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Time to move on to the Electric Pink nails. Using a dotting tool place a dot of Suzi Says Feng Shui near the nail bed to complete the look for the thumb and pinky fingers.

For the middle finger use a dotting tool and alternate Suzi Says Feng Shui and Electric pick creating a cross shape. After those dry, using the same process as the ring and index fingers, take a dotting tool and place gold caviar beds which will outline the cross shape that you just made with the alternating dots. Finish with a top coat and that’s all there is to it! IMG_8857

Happy Painting! 🙂

Shine bright like a diamond.

This past week was amazing! I got to see my family, friends, a lot of baseball/softball and of course I got my nails done!

My sister sent me a picture from Pinertrest telling me to get my nails done like the picture. The lady who did my nails nailed it! 😉 I did bio seaweed gel like I always do when I go home. It never fails, I love my nails!IMG_8619

You can get this look with regular nail polish as well. Use OPIs Mod About You, which is similar to the light pink color on the thumb, index and pinky fingers. For the ring finger, use OPIs Mariah Carey Pink Yet Lavender. Finally for the middle finger apply OPIs Fab-YOU-lous. Completing the diamond shapes on the middle finger with a white stripe-rite brush.

I got to spend a lot of time with my grandma at home, which was a blessing. My grandma was recently diagnosed with cancer and living in Nashville I never see her. When I was with my grandma we went through old pictures. Looking through the old pictures was priceless. I got to see all my mom’s hairstyles. IMG_8753

My favorite is the bottom left picture, where she has pigtails and a plaid shirt on! Priceless!

I also found out why I am such a cool  kid now!

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It was a jam packed week, but worth every minute. I went to my father’s last high school softball banquet. This was his last season as East Lake’s head softball coach. This coming fall he will be the pitching coach for Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. They are very blessed to have my father! I am being a little biased, but my dad is awesome!

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I also got to watch my dads travel team play. They won every game — just saying.

In the seven days that I was home I went to four baseball games and four softball games. I guess I just can’t stay away when the weather is 80 and sunny. Could you?IMG_8716

When I was not at a game, I went to the beach or the pool. Which was everyday. I live close to Clearwater beach, making it easy to sit back, relax and soak up the sun.IMG_8687

The best part about my family and the person who keeps me from going crazy, is my sister Lyndsie. IMG_8676

I think we look a lot a like. That’s just me though. My sister is the best! She acts like she will kill you if you mess with the family, but she wont kill you. She will just hit you hard. 😉

Lyndsie wants to get another puppy to keep her company. She knows that I love animals of all kinds, so she invited me to the puppy store. My mom was not happy about this. She figured I would be the one coming home with a dog and not my sister. When my sister walked into the puppy store and first saw the puppies she was worse than me! I wanted to pet all the puppies but, she actually wanted to take all of them home! Who wouldn’t though? Look at these little puppy faces!IMG_8765IMG_8763(“It’s so fluffy!!!!!!!”)

They were adorable! If you are thinking of adopting a dog or cat from a shelter please do! They all would love to be saved and have a cozy home.

Overall my trip was outstanding. It always is when I go home and see the people that I love.

Give your loved ones hugs and kisses. Live your life like it’s everyones last day.

Summer LUV’EM had me a blast!

School is finally out and I have already done so many fun things! On May 2nd-4th I had the pleasure of experiencing the Kentucky Oaks Day and Kentucky Derby. My friend Megan on the volleyball team let me stay in her Kentucky home to really experience the Derby. She was funny and warned me that her house was not the typical Kentucky home. Being from Florida I have no idea what the typical Kentucky home is but, her place was awesome! She lived 4o minutes from the main road. It was great learning about the history and traditions of Oaks and Derby from her and all her friends.IMG_7870

For Oaks day I wore a light pink dress from Urban Outfitters. I also wore the dress for my high school graduation. I love this dress because it has a open back but, it still looks classy. For Oaks day I learned that it is tradition to wear pink in support of fighting breast cancer.IMG_7929

For my make-up I used my typical everyday Mac pallet. My lipstick was my favorite part of my make-up though. I wore a Nars lipstick called Schiap.

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We got lucky and met on of the horse owners. He got megan and I tickets to go up to the grand stands. This was awesome view for a first time experience.

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Oh yea I forgot to mention that we were only sitting two rows over from Johnny Damon!

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For Derby day I wore a white dress with a neon belt from Express. I love this dress so much but, mother nature didn’t. It was raining almost the whole time durning Derby. It didn’t matter to Megan and I though we were still going to have fun and hunt for Lauren Conrad! IMG_7943

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Of course I had to have a hat for Derby! I got my hat for a great price at a small boutique in Nashville called Monkee’s.

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After I got done with Kentucky fun, I went to Mexico. Well kind of. It was Cinco De Mayo! On the 5th of May, as you probably guessed, I went to a Mexican restraint with a bunch of friends for our friend Carly’s 21st birthday!

I wore a red peplum top from Express, with a pair of Express jeans. For shoes, I wore black wedges that I got at Blush, a small boutique in Nashville. Of course our beads added a little extra to the look. 🙂

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Lastly, on the 8th of May through the 19th of May I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on a mission trip with the Lipscomb Volleyball team. I had such a great time! We helped paint a school and got close to a local church. There were many friends made and many new things to see. To read more about the trip visit Lipscomb Volleyball’s page.

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Edgy nails

Well exams are coming to an end and seniors graduate soon. Through all this studying I still had to paint and post some nails. I wanted to do something different, something edgy with my nails. I had a little bit of inspiration from these two pictures.Nails-With-Golden-Designs-19 Nails-With-Golden-Designs-33I found these and many other nails with golden designs on Fashion Diva Design.

What I took from these two looks was this…IMG_7828

I felt like Rihanna wearing these nails. In other words a B.A…if you know what I mean.

To get this look I painted a base coat then, painted Sinful color’s Black on Black on all of my nails, except for the index fingers and pinky fingers. On the pinky fingers I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. After letting that dry I painted OPIs Spark De Triomphe.

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After the two coats of Black on Black dry, have your rhinestones kit, dotting tool, piece of paper and clear nail polish ready to use.

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Place the rhinestones on the nail however you wish. I placed the rhinestones in rows starting from the nail bed and ending at the nail tip.

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On the index finger that was left unpainted, take stripping tape –I used silver– and line the nail just below the tip then, connect another strip of stripping tape making the triangle shape. Repeat this step on both sides.

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Finish the look with a top coat. Yes you should paint over the rhinestones as well.

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