Friday, May 20, 2016


I may not be an expert hair guru, nor even the most skilled at applying makeup. I love doing it, but let's face it, I can barely trace my liner or coat my lashes in mascara without poking myself in the eyes. I do however have one special talent - I know how to give myself a good at-home manicure. My ex-manicurist mom taught me everything I know, and my endless drawer of nail polish, cotton balls, cuticle sticks, files, and tools can prove it.

Lately, I have been neglecting my plethora of polish and going to a manicurist that I absolutely love. I'm so comfortable around her that I've even told her my life story, unsolicited. I've never had a good experience with gel nails at other salons. I've been cut, sliced, diced and injured more often than I  ever have in my own kitchen! After my last terrible experience, I vowed never to do gel at all. Well for the past month, I've been getting gel manis and am currently in a state of shock.








In all of these pictures, I have gel on my nails. The first was for Vegas so I went a little more out of my comfort zone with glitter. The second and third are right up my alley, as I've come to accept that pinks, nudes, and reds are my go-to colors.

I think the takeaway from my current love is that you have to find the right manicurist. Not everyone will do what you tell them to, and some have more knowledge and experience than others. I plan on doing my own nails again after Hawaii so I don't feel too guilty about neglecting my collection of nail polish. But until then, I'm enjoying this fun little treat.

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend and I'll see you here on Monday!

8 comments:

  1. Your nails look so good! I love gel manicures!

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  2. Your nails look perfect! I swear, anytime I go they never look that good. Maybe I just have to find the right person like you have. That glitter is so fun!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Aww thank you Amy Ann! It's all about finding a good manicurist, otherwise someone could butcher your nails!

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  3. For some reason I didn't realize you had gone to gel polish! That explains why your Vegas/glitter mani lasted so long! (I knew you went to a salon for that but didn't realize it was gel.) I'm with you on coming into my polish comfort zone. It was fun exploring the whole rainbow of colors for the past few years but when I look back at pictures from a few years back, I like my nails (and my clothes, LOL) best with basics.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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    1. Well you know I love doing my own, so that's probably why you thought they were just regular polish. Gel is nice, but I still prefer using my own collection. However, it's been a fun experience for me! I'm sure I'll do it every so often now that I found my girl : ) Your nails always look amazing btw! I went and bought that nude sinful colors polish you love! Can't wait to try it!

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  4. Girl I am the WORST about doing my own nails or taking care of them. No matter what salon I go to or if I do my nails, they chip within a day! What am I doing wrong?
    The Adored Life

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    1. Hmmmm are you using a base coat and a top coat? I really like Essie for both, especially their gel setter top coat that makes your nails so shiny and almost has a gel consistency. That's the only thing I can think of! Also, wearing lighter colors is easier than brights or darks. Doesn't show as much wear! Hope this helps!

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