Simple Mani: The Rainbow Fish

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Here’s a simple mani that’s quick and easy! All you need is a nail dotter (or a bobby pin or something with a round end) cling wrap, and multiple nail polish colors! Check out Juleps awesome variety here.

On the cling wrap place a dab of each color you’re using. Start with a bright color and dot randomly on your nails. Repeat with all your colors, alternating your neutrals with your brights. Be sure to cover the tips of your nails. Then, take a glitter polish and dot over one of your bright colors. Finish with a top coat and voila!

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Sandy Nails

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I’ve recently tried various name-brand liquid sand nail polish and didn’t get the hype. Well, I came across Forever 21’s brand today while at work and thought I’d give their unique shades a try. Definitely a smart buy! The Love & Beauty brand’s “Sand Lacquer” really delivers. It leaves a perfect sand texture on your nails while keeping the glitter and sparkle in tact; and, the gold shade is very flattering on all skin tones! It’s a very pretty manicure that takes less than 5 minutes and costs $3. I suggest you give it a try!

Fist Party

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A fun way to accessorize any outfit as quickly as possible is through statement jewelry; One or two pieces that speak for themselves, as well as the entire outfit. Rings aren’t typically the first accessory we picture when thinking of statement jewelry. However, they can play up any other accessory. A simple gold charm necklace stands
out even more with a chunky bauble ring.

Above are my recent purchases. I stumbled upon this fun crystal piece, which really adds a fun twist to whatever I’m wearing, at Forever 21
for only 6$! Same with the set of dainty gold knuckle rings. Only $5 at Forever 21, these little guys draw attention instantly! And as a bonus, they make your mani look fabulous!

Sprinkles & Splatter: Nail Art at Home

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If you’re a fan of nail art and follow countless nail accounts on Instagram, you’ve seen the crazy cool nail polishes from various Etsy shops. Nail sprinkles are one of the latest nail trends and the quickest way to get a chic manicure in minutes! Its equivalent to nail confetti in a bottle, coming in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

I follow MrsLochness on Instagram and one of her posts featured this nail polish! I’ve been searching for a sprinkley nail polish that’s available anywhere besides Etsy, and when I noticed the bottle said Hard Candy, I knew I could find it at Walmart.

This nail polish, “Black Tie Optional,” is the absolute perfect finishing touch to any basic manicure and it’s totally on trend with its black and white color palette. What’s even better is that it’s a matte confetti so it has a unique paint splatter effect! It’s also not super base heavy like most glitter polishes, so it goes on thin and dries almost instantly. Try it on pastels for the best contrast and watch your mani transform!

Try the Talon

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I’ve been a huge fan of the talon nail trend that we have even seeing for the past couple seasons. However, I’m not really a fan of getting acrylic nails or spending a lot of money for something I may not end up liking. So when I stumbled upon this nail ring set at Claire’s, I knew I had to get them! They allow me to try the talon trend without actually dedicating myself to it. And after seeing my own hands with talon shaped nails, I may decide on getting them done!

Must-Try Manis

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Nail art is so much fun, and there is a lot of designs you can easily do yourself at home. Skip the salon and check out my latest manicures!

Try using metallic Sharpies to make dainty patterns or prints. Just draw directly onto a painted, dry nail and cover with a clear coat! Caviar beads are also a quick fix to fill that nail trend crave. Just mix multiple colors into a bowl and sprinkle on top of a clear coat or nail glue coat. You can buy your own at Joann Fabrics, PacSun, The Dollar Tree, or Claire’s. Confetti nails are one of my personal favorites because there are so many ways to sparkle your nails! Do just the tips, half moons, or the whole nail! Or stay classic with the French manicure. Change them up with metallic finishes or angled tips! It’s a great illusion to make short nails look longer too!

Last Minute Gifting

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If you’re finding yourself low on time this holiday season or even just low on cash, there are still some great gift ideas available! Gift cards are always a last resort, but before you surrender to the ubiquitous plastic present, check out these ideas!

Nail Kit: Nail art has been huge this past year so make your own little kit like I did above! Pick out one or two nail-polishes and then find little add ons; stickers, rhinestones, a can of nailpolish quick-dry spray (3$ at Ulta), a cute nail file, or even magnetic nail polish. I used mini caviar bead bottles and glitter. Lauren Conrad just featured an INGENIUS nail necessity on her blog: metallic Sharpies. They are perfect for details and French tips, and they’re way cheaper than nail art pens. Wal-mart has a 3 pack of silver, gold and bronze for $3.87!

OR: go big and get an at home gel manicure startup kit!

Healthy Living: Great for any workout fein! Fill a small gym bag up with fun items; a neon sports bra, a jump rope, a fitness magazine, a water bottle, Gatorade packets, a protein bar, etc. My cousin just introduced me to THIS amazing water bottle. It has a filter at its base to infuse chunks of fruit or mint leaves into your water! Yum!

OR: go big and get a pair of running shoes or at-home weight set!

Makeup Maniac: Girls love receiving makeup, it’s just one less thing we have to buy every month or two! Pick one large gift idea like a MAC lipstick and fill a small makeup bag (1$ at the Dollar Tree) with little things like false lashes, eyeliner pencils or even sparkley bobby pins, hair ties and hair donut to make it a mini girls survival kit.

OR: go big and get a full beauty kit from Sephora or Macy’s!

Goldfinger

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If you’re bored with your manicure, bling it up with a trendy nail ring! It instantly adds glam to your nails without a trip to the nail salon! This one is from Claire’s and was only $5.50. They can be difficult to keep on if you’re doing something hands on, but they’re great for a night out or shopping trip! If you’re a fashion addict, this is definitely a fun accessory to have in your jewelry box!

The Foolproof Ombré Mani

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I have tried countless times to do the infamous ombré manicure and have failed horribly. Until today. After reading so many tutorials on using a damp makeup sponge, and layering color upon color at once, I figured something wasn’t right: the moisture level!

Here’s what you’ll need: a clear coat, 3 nail polish colors and one makeup sponge.

1) Start with your base cost. After it dries, choose one of three colors and paint both hands. LET IT DRY COMPLETELY!

2) After, choose your second color and paint a small section of one side of your DRY makeup sponge. Dab the sponge halfway down each of your nails. It’s okay if it’s a little messy.

3) Repeat step 2 with your third color, dabbing onto the tip of your nails. Let the colors set.

4) Now step 4 is very important because it will blend your ombré manicure. If you did steps 1-3 correctly, your nails will look like very bright, blunt stripes. Take your makeup sponge and rip it in half, creating a textured edge! Simply repeat steps 2 and 3 but using the bumpy, textured side of the sponge. This should make your mani look like a continuous gradient.

5) Finish it off with a clear top coat, and make sure to leave plenty of dry time!