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!

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Gold Dipped Digits

A little afternoon pick-me-up never hurts, especially if your mani matches your mug.

Missoni for Target tea cup inspired nails.

Missoni for Target tea cup complimenting my nails.

I thought winter wasn’t a time for bright white (as I look about as pasty as a malnourished Cinderella and the colorless hue could possibly add to the dull of my skin) but I felt inspired after seeing Kitt Noir’s accent nail on Instagam and decided to put my own spin on the look.

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OPI nail polish in Glow Up Already and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On.

After one swipe of base, I applied two coats of White On and once semi-dry, I tipped my talons with a thick strip of Glow Up Already (this has to be my all-time favorite name of a nail polish thanks to many ex-boyfriends). Topping the entire mani off with a stroke of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (the best you’ll ever use) on each nail, I was happily satisfied with the look.

Even more delighted with how the mani complimented my cup.

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Oh it’s close to happy hour…

My cup that’s filled with all kinds of fun on a Monday afternoon…

It's five o'clock somewhere.

It’s five o’clock somewhere.

Skinny Pirate, anyone?

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Hallowmani

While trying to turn my mini manse into a haunted house during October, I also like to show my spooky spirit by coordinating my nails to the holiday (yes, very grown up I know).

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Candylicious coordinating.

For this terrifying twist on a simple mani, I started by applying base coat. Followed by two coats of black sparkle in Orly’s GOTH, one coat of glitter orange in Orly’s R.I.P. (better hurry, only 5 left in stock on Amazon) and one coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat (seriously the best you will ever use – I SWEAR).

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A little sparkle and shine for Halloween talons.

Now I even match my witchin’ koozie (I know, I know. I’m cray about Halloween).

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A bitchin’ brew with a matching mani.

What more could this witchy, bitchy gal ask for?

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Stadi-Mani-um

What do you do when you have an all access stadium pass for a Kenny Chesney concert? You paint your nails, of course.

All access mani

All access mani.

I inadvertently trashed my nails while getting all of the tour bus goodies for our weekend company trip to see Mr. Chesney.

The nail chipper

A perfect mani’s worst nightmare. Loading and unloading and reloading a shopping cart.

I couldn’t be caught dead with no nail polish, so as I was sauntering about the stadium I found a spot and threw some paint on my fingers.

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I’m the blob in the middle of the bleachers, performing a pre-concert mani.

Because I was in a hurry (I didn’t want to miss out on any of the fun) and this was only a temporary mani, I applied one coat of Seche Vite base coat, then tipped the ends in pink.

This six-minute paint job did the trick in covering my naked nails, making me appear all access ready.

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Thank God I always have extra polish with me – I’m sure my bare nails would have had a direct effect on Kenny’s performance.

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Pink Lady

For some reason, this mani makes me think of the Pink Ladies in one of my fave movies, Grease. A little girlie with the hot pink polish, topped with a stripe of black “I’m a bad ass” on the tips.

The black makes this mani a little rough around the edges.

The black makes this mani a little rough around the edges…just like Danny Zuko!

To Rizzo‘fy your nails, start with a base coat followed by two coats of pink. Let the polish set for about five minutes, paint the black strip accompanied by a top coat.

Now all reactions to statements said to me this week will be “tell me about it, Stud.” I mean with a mani like this, why not?

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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.

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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!

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Mani-Tale

Once upon a time (a few short weeks ago), this damsel became distressed over a Mani Monstrosity.

In order to maintain my perfect polish job, I watched paint dry (literally) on my hardwood floor, so as not to ruin my freshly painted nails.

Smart, no. But damn my nails looked good!

Pretty nails…polished floor.

It pained me to stare at the inadvertent paint job every night, as the incident occurred right smack in the middle of my castle. The glistening silver polish (damn you glitter!) taunting me as I tried to gently scrape the dried mess off with a nail file, toothbrush and then a Brillo pad (take it from me, save the Brillo for dishes!) with the outcome remaining the same. A big, chrome pile of polish.

A very handsome Knight in Shining Armour promised Goo Gone Spray Gel  to be the solution to my woes.  Being a self-sufficient modern Princess (and growing tired of waiting on the Knight to help), I anxiously applied the miracle remover (fingers crossed, as I do hope to get my security deposit back one day) to my indiscretion.

Spray, let sit for a few minutes and your stain will simply wipe off (according to instructions). Bull.

After scrubbing my brains out like Cinderella for 30 minutes, (damn you,  Knight!) the polish still appeared to be freshly painted.

Cursing my need for polished nails (and in dire need of a wishing well), I racked my blonde brain for an answer by searching under the kitchen sink (my cleaning product graveyard) and came across a bald Fairy Godfather with a magic eraser (in lieu of a wand).

An unopened container of ‘erasers’ presented to me by Queen Mom (who always knows best!) when I moved into my castle over 2 years ago.

It took one Magic Eraser sponge 10 minutes to wipe my polished fairy tale cares away.

A royal mess magically disappears.

Two hours, two products and two times the elbow grease, resuscitated my floor like Snow White awakening to Prince Charming’s kiss.

Thanks to my Fairy Baldfather, my floor and I will live happily ever after.

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