Happy Mani-tines!

What’s a holiday (and yes, Valentine’s Day is a holiday) without a matching manicure?

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Ring my bell.

Hokey? Duh. Cute? Absolutely.

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Let your fingers spread the love.

After applying a base coat, apply two layers of pink and wait for it to dry completely (or you will not be feeling the love with smudged nails) before swiping one thick layer of red on the tips of your digits. Follow with your choice of top coat (I prefer Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat).

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Essie in Short Shorts and E! Live From the Red Carpet.

Now go get your nail love on!

CBXB

CBXB!

A-mani-ca, the Beautiful

Of course I have to get into the gaudy side of nails by splish splashing my love of America with an accompanying mani for the Fourth of July.

Sparkle AND shine.

Sparkle AND shine.

To achieve this look, I followed a base coat with Orly’s Star Spangled (fitting, yes?).  After allowing the two coats of red to dry a few minutes, I applied Aruba Blue by Essie on the tips of my nails.  With a quick swipe of Silver Plated by Salon Perfect (which I purchased at the Dollar Tree and can’t find a website to link here – probably because of where I bought it…) in between the red and blue and one brush of Seche Vite top coat, my patriotic mani was complete.

Surely Uncle Sam's choice of polish this time of year.

Surely Uncle Sam’s choice of polish this time of year.

Be careful with the backyard fireworks (I’ll be watching someone else light the wicks and run for their life as my nails are jewels, not tools. OK?).

Here’s to a safe and happy Independence Day – accompanied with fabulous mani and Skinny Pirate, of course.

CBXB

CBXB!

Happy Mani-tines!

What’s a holiday without a matching manicure?

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Ring my bell.

Hokey? Yes! Cute? Of course.

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What else would you expect from me?!

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Essie in Short Shorts and E! Live From the Red Carpet.

Now go get your nail love on!

CBXB

CBXB!

Mani Twins

What kind of fabulous aunt would I be if I appeared for the first time in front of my new niece and nephew with a regular manicure? So blah.

In honor of the twins’ arrival, I did a deep blue nail with pink sparkly tips…

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A hit with my little girly (destined with me as an aunt, right?) niece.

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Little B color coordinating with his Nashville aunt.

Light pink glitter polish by nails inc, LONDON in Topping Lane, $9.00. Sephora.  Aruba Blue, $6.00. essie. Target.

Light pink glitter polish by nails inc, LONDON in Topping Lane, $9.00. Sephora. Aruba Blue, $6.00. essie. Target.

Auntie tested, twin approved.

CBXB

CBXB!

Very Merry Mani

One of my blogging besties at work/play/polish inspired my color on color mani and I dressed up my Elvis attire at last weekend’s party with this look.

A little red on red

A little red on red to spread good cheer.

After applying my base coat, I painted two coats of Essie’s E! Live from the Red Carpet.  Once that was dry, I used one thick coat of Orly’s Star Spangled on the tips (with a steady hand. Use polish strips if you need – only when the two base coats are completely dry though!). Topped off with a coat of Seche Vite, my favorite top coat ever.

Making sequins look good.

A standout against silver sequins.

A very merry mani, indeed!

CBXB

10 Speed for Nails

It’s just another Mani Monday (still cheesy but so fun)!

A sweet baby girl is on the way (not mine, as I can hear the collective sighs of relief – my own included) and in honor of her approaching arrival, I decided to paint my nails in the colors used at her baby shower. Pink and purple.

The end result reminds me of my purple 10 speed with pink tires I received on my 9th birthday (but hey, it’s the thought that counts, yes?) that I rode until the wheels fell off.

The 10 speed look for my 10 digits.

Pink essie nail polish in Short Shorts, $7.00. Purple China Glaze polish in Senorita Bonita, $7.00.

A little shout out to the baby, while taking a bike ride down memory lane. My work out for the day is now complete.

Happy Monday!

CBXB!

Birthday Cake Nails

Mani Monday is filled with tasty treats this week!

Feeling very festive and celebratory, as I toast birthday cheers to my mama, I decided to ‘wrap’ my nails up as a bonus gift.

This pink polish has multi-colored glitter included that could be mistaken for confetti frosting. I couldn’t resist, although I will be fighting a sweet tooth all week due to my manicure.

Birthday cake extravaganza for the nails!  Light pink with a whole lot of sparkle, tipped with a royal blue.

Light pink glitter polish by nails inc, LONDON in Topping Lane, $9.00. Sephora. Aruba Blue, $7.00. essie. Target.

If you’re having trouble doing your own nails in a French manicure, start by practicing on your toes. It will teach you to keep your hand steady while applying a straight line to the tip.

Happy Monday!