Beached Nails

While sitting high atop my plastic beach chair, I looked like I was trying to be the queen of this freshly built sandcastle.

Dig this mote.

Diggin’ this entryway.

Especially as I kept admiring my recently painted nails with new polish from the jolly man in the red suit.

Doesn't the ocean make everything look better?

Doesn’t the ocean make everything look better?

My manicure started out with the typical two colors in French mani style…

This is how first ended up

Booooring. So last year.

Not being satisfied, I decided to try my new black Milani nail art (which was new to me but old to everyone else, as it had a clearance sticker on the package).

Three times a charm.

Much more Miami ready mani.

One coat of base, followed by two coats of China Glaze’s Purple Panic Neon (this is a very cool matte color all on its own), and one thick silver coat of OPI’s DS Radiance for the tips. Once dry, I went back and ran a thin strip of black between the pink and silver with Milani’s Black Sketch and finished with one coat of Seche Vite top coat (best ever).

Triple threat.

Triple threat.

My mani dreams were rudely interrupted when some of the kids on the beach asked if I could help complete this sandcastle.

all play

Beautiful sand art meant for me to admire from afar.

I simply held my polished nails up and said, “Jewels, not tools.”

They got the point.

CBXB

The Fabulously French-ish Mani

A little fuchsia on a French mani never hurt!

A thrifty girl’s guide to having fab looking nails is learning how to do them herself. I watched my mom paint her nails every Sunday night when I was a kid, therefore, I have my “Sunday Night Nail Night.” I didn’t get a salon manicure until I was 22 (and don’t get me wrong, love them!) but I don’t have the extra dough to keep them in a budget rotation.

Colors shown on nails above are …

Chanel in Cry Baby and China Glaze in Purple Panic (Neon).

I always use a base coat, two coats of color polish and then one brush of top coat. To do the French-ish mani above, I do everything the same, except after I’ve put on two coats of the color polish, I paint a strip at the end of each nail and voila, a poor gal’s French mani. If you don’t have a steady hand, you can get sticker strips to put on the tips of your nails – just be sure to wait until your polish has dried before sticking them on your nails.

Good luck!