Hell on Nails

Oh the power of super glue.

Since I basically moved the entire summer, my nails have seen better days.

Nails at the end of day one...

Moving. Hell on nails.

I tried to keep polish on, as it seems to make my nails stronger BUT I somehow managed to bend a nail back last week, and now I have a tear right in the middle. So I will basically have to grow it out until I can cut the nail down. It has been snagging on my clothes, my hair gets caught in the little slit in the shower and I’ve been afraid that the nail would catch on something and my entire polished masterpiece would rip off (I shudder at the thought).

During Sunday night nail night, I had a very non-blonde brain moment (although if this trick hadn’t worked, I might be trying to type with two fingers glued together today). I wondered if Super Glue would hold the nail tear together, so any and everything would quit getting caught in the tiny sliver.

To the rescue...

Nail tear army of four.

I put one small drop of Super Glue on the tear and let it dry (be very careful you do not get the glue on your skin).  I followed with my normal nail routine. Seche Vite base coat, followed by two coats of polish (in this case Black Out by Sally Hansen, $2.49.  Don’t let the price fool you. This will stay on my nails for a full week).  No manicure of mine is complete without Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat (seriously, the best ever).

Thumb

Where’s the tear?

Can’t tell which nail is broken, can you?  It’s my thumb – there is about a 3mm slit on the right hand side, that starts halfway down the nail. Ugh.

But you know what? Until I can cut my nail down, I’m committed to my new manicure addition.

To the rescue....

To the rescue….

I just wonder if I will ever be able to get the Super Glue off my nail…

One must suffer to be beautiful, right?

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!

Fairy God-Mani

You know I take being a (fairy) Godmother very seriously. And it took great consideration to decide how to paint my nails for my niece and nephew’s baptism this past weekend.

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Matching a mani to a god-daughter’s outfit.

I decided to go with a bright pink base (for little diva B) accompanied by gray tips (for the all boy B).

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Perfect accessory for camo pants and a baby belly, don’t you think?

After applying a base, I painted two coats of Orly’s Oh Cabana Boy and let dry for about three minutes. Then I used one swipe of Orly’s fabulously sparkly Rock Solid on the tips, followed by Seche Vite top coat for completion.

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Mani-Twins

Little diva B was so engaged with my mani, she couldn’t let go of my finger (well, actually she got grabby with my bling bling diamond pinky ring – who can blame her?!).

Wouldn't let go probably not because she loved the mani but fell in love with my bling blibg pinky ring

A lover of all things sparkly already! Following in Godmother CBXB’s footsteps…look out.

It’s never too early to learn that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?

She’s learning from a pro.

CBXB

CBXB!

Mani-cation

When going on vacation, a manicure must be all gussied up, agree?  For my recent trip to Key West, I went with silver, neon pink and a tad of black.

Gaudy? Yes. Fabulous? Always.

A Captain Colada with matching flashy nails. Sigh.

A Captain Colada with matching flashy nails. Sigh.

To achieve this look use two coats of China Glaze’s Platinum Silver, followed by one thick coat of Pixi nail color in Summer Pink on the tips and a thin strip of Milani Nail Art Laquer in Black Sketch. Finish with one coat of Seche Vite top coat (the best ever in my book) for a complete vacay mani.

Beach action

Beached Nails.

Of course being back at work for a full week of work already has me wondering…

Of course being back for a full week of work has me already wondering...

Does this contain a mimosa or Bailey’s and coffee…?

I know you feel so badly for me.

Cheers!

CBXB

CBXB!

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?

CBXB

CBXB!

Matchy Mani

Ever try to coordinate your mani to whatever it is you’re doing with your hands?

Me either. But as I was trying to find something to wrap my nails around while showcasing this week’s mani-festation, I got all matchy-matchy with my beverages and fruit.

Beverage

Accessorizing with Diet Coke.

I used two coats of OPI’s Dear Santa and tipped my nails off in Chanel’s Black Satin (which was the last and final time I’ll be able to get any polish out of the luxurious bottle. Sniff. Sniff).

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So long Chanel!

An apple a day keeps your mani at bay. Right?

An apple a day keeps your mani at bay. Right?

Annoying? Yes. Fabulous? Always.

CBXB

CBXB!

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.

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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