Meow Mani

The last time I dressed up for Halloween I think was probably 5-6 years ago. I dressed up for work and that was about it. I don’t know why. I think dressing up is fun, I just don’t do it. The last time I went trick-or-treating was when I was like… 12. Haha, yes I went trick-or-treating when I was in 7th grade. Now that my daughter is 3, can walk, and say, “trick or treat,” I think it’s about time to take her out to collect candy from random people all while wearing a cute costume. When my parents came home from their trip to Germany earlier in the year, they came home with this uber cute dirndl which was a gift from my aunt and uncle to my daughter:

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Very well made, straight from Germany, and not one of those cheap, low quality, costume kinds. And it’s just about ready to not fit my daughter. So, she’s wearing this as one of her Halloween costumes this year and I figured since I’m taking her out, why not have a little fun myself? Maybe. I’m thinking of going the cheap, barely dressed up but it still counts as dressing up route… with cat ears, black and animal print, and face makeup hahaha.

And, hey, might as well do my nails to match, right?

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Sinful Colors in Black on Black, Sinful Colors in Nirvana, JLB in Gold Dust, and Nina gold holographic topcoat.

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It’s been a while since I’ve done any kind of design so I figured I’d give it a try. I’ve created this skittlette which is a term by Marta at ChitChatNails that describes this type of mani. (She is queen of the skittlette so be sure to check out her blog!) I did two nails with plain black, one black and brown animal print design, and one glittery nail. I also did it late at night while watching the Lakers game so, yes, it is half assed. No shame.

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It’ll go perfect with my cat “costume” if I do decide to dress up and if not then at least my nails look cute.

Soooo with that, whatever your plans may be for tomorrow, hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

Fourth of July Mani

I have never really done a holiday themed manicure. I attempted to do one yesterday with the cliche red, white, and blue for 4th of July but the colors just looked awkward on me so I had to think of something else to do. Mind you this all happened at 9pm last night. I needed something quick and clean up would be easy. Earlier in the day I took a trip to Target and browsed the cosmetics (naturally) looking for a rainbow colored glitter after I wrote that wish list post yesterday. I found two that I liked– one from Milani and another from Nicole by OPI from the Selena Gomez collection. The winner between the two was the Milani glitter called Gems and it won by $4.00. What can I say, I’m cheap thrifty.I figured I could layer a few different glitter polishes that I already have with it if I wanted to get a similar effect. Plus, I have two other glitters coming in that I ordered from Feli’s nail polish sale.

So Milani Gems it was. I thought about doing a glitter gradient but it would have taken too long. I thought of doing a single glitter accent nail and painting the rest a solid color but then I’d have to wait for everything to dry and my experience is that glitter dries faster. Full glitter mani it is!

I call this “The Grand Finale.” At the end of a fireworks show, they shoot up the last of the fireworks in an amazing display of cluttered, colorful, shininess into the air. And you get this (minus all the smoke):

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This is one thin layer of Sally Hansen Big Money from the Gem Crush collection, two coats of Milani Gems, and one thin coat of a teal glitter from Forever 21. I fell asleep before I could add on a topcoat.

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I may either add another layer of Gems to build the glitter up more or just take it all off and use it for a glitter gradient like Marta did here. Ugh, see how GORGEOUS piCture pOlish’s Blogger is?! I will get my hands on that nail polish. But in the meantime, here is a macro shot of my nail for fun:

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Anyway, to all my readers that will be celebrating our Independence Day tomorrow, I hope you all have a fun time but also be safe and enjoy!