#MonthlyMani: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

About 3 years ago, I went on my first nail art journey. It was cloud nails (see below!). Have you tried cloud nails? I feel like I say this every month, but this is the easiest and looks so fancy! I broke out a couple greens and a purple for a little tribute to one of the most fun holidays there is:

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Here are the steps:

1. Paint a base coat any color you choose, just like normal. I chose purple!

2. Using the angle of the brush, make three lines in your second color, making each one a little longer than the first one. I stick with three, but if you have giant hands maybe try four? šŸ™‚

Here’s what that looks like:

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Now after that dries, pick a third shade. Basically just trace the same lines you made with the 2nd shade, but leave a little of the 2nd shade showing. Trust me, it doesn’t have to be perfect to look impressive. Mine certainly aren’t, and I received a few nice compliments on them already!

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Now let’s go see how the other ladies wore St. Patrick’s Day on their nails:

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Piniel from Pins-Place

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Erika from Erikaā€™s Style Diary

Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty

Ashley from Style on High

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Monthly Mani: Winter Wonderland!

Hi Pretty Kitties!

Our monthly mani theme isĀ Winter Wonderland! Since we don’t currently have any snow on the ground, I decided to put some on my nails. Confession: taking pics of mattified glitter nails is hard! I feel like you don’t really get the sense that I used a matte top coat, which I love. I have to thank Piniel over at Pin’s Place for thatĀ purchasing inspiration. Anyway, the matte white looks super milky and pretty!

I decidedĀ to add a little snowman accent nail for fun as well, which was surprisingly easy (I used the old bobby pin trick again for the eyes and nose!) Although not easy enough to do it on my right hand…

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For more fun holiday nail inspiration, please check out the other bloggers’ Winter Wonderland nails too!

Kristi fromĀ Delightfully Kristi
Piniel fromĀ Pins-Place
Miche fromĀ Buttons and Birdcages
Jacki and Lesli fromĀ Sistas from Cali
Natalie fromĀ Being Mrs. Olson

Happy Nail Art-ing,

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Winter Nail Colors + Tips

Well pretty kitties, turns out winter is here already (3 inches of snow yesterday! that exclamation mark is 40% excitement mixed with 60% hatred) so we are trying to see the upside to this madness: winter fingernail polish! What colors do you like to bust out against the bright white snow? Here are our top picks!

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1. Glittery nails are essential for any holiday party this season.
Celestials :: Formula X via Sephora

2. This pop of color can really brighten up theĀ wintertime blues!
Rapid Red :: Sally Hansen via Ulta

3. This color is so versatile it will go with everything!
Joanne :: Julep

4. A warm color like this is perfect for day to day.
School of Hard Rocks :: Essie

5. For a dramatic dark color (but not too goth-y black) go for this stunner.
Ilsa :: Julep

6. Add some fun to a gray polish with this beauty.
PixieDust in London :: Zoya

Speaking of winter, it’s time to get those nails ready for the harsh temps! Here’s an easy way to get your nails ready for winter with a quick at-home mani.

1. Start your mani by trimming up those claws (meow!) with clippers and shape them with an emery board. Start with the coarser side and end with the finer side: you’ll end up with nice, smooth edges that way. We at HPK are fans of short, round nails, but follow your heart!

2. Stop ignoring those cuticles! Get a cuticle softener and soak your digits for about 30 seconds in the stuff. Then push those puppies back using a cuticle pusher or soft nail wood stick.

3. Using a buffer, buff out those hang nails or snip them off. Be careful though cuz they can hurt if you trim too close! Now it’s time to wash your hands with soap and water.

4. Time for the fun fun part: polish those nails! Get your new favorite winter polish from above or find your own. Friendly reminder: base and top coats are a necessity!

5. Use a cuticle serum on your nails to keep them healthy. Also, just keep your hands nice and moisturized because winter is infamous for drying them out! We like to keep lotion in our purses so it’s always at the ready.

Happy Snowy Sunday!

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#MonthlyMani: Autumnal Hues

This month for our #MonthlyMani series the group picked Autumnal Hues. As I mentioned in our last post, autumn has kicked up it’s chill here in Iowa so this theme really grabbed me. If I could paint little bowls of soup and giant cups of lattes on my nails, that would have been ideal since it’s how I’ve been celebrating so far. Alas, I don’t work at WAH Nails so I chose to go the fall fashion trend route of nude nails!

Have you jumped on the nude nail bandwagon yet? I’m here to convince you to get on! Once you find that perfect nude that isn’t too transparent (what’s the point?) or too pink (just wear light pink!) then you’ve found your perfect match. It took me a long time, to be honest. Usually I would go to Target thinking, “I will buy a nude nail polish,” only to leave Target thinking, “Oooh I can’t wait to see this weird baby blue texturized polish in action! Wait, what color was I going to buy?” But the other day I successfully found one that looked great (CoverGirl Forever Fawn), and so far so good! And since just painting my nails nude for a monthly manicure post seemed frightfully boring, I decided to have some fun with another 2014 nail fall fashion color: dark red!

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The little red dot pattern turned out a lot nicer than I thought it would, I must say! Here are a few tips if you want to try a similar look:

1. Use a dotting tool. If you don’t have one of those, do what I do and use one end of a stray bobby pin.

2. Start by putting some nail polish on the bobby pin and putting your first dot right in the center of your nail, however far down you want to go. Then just add two dots on either side of the initial dot, creating a little arch. I liked it when the first dot was slightly larger due to more polish being on the pin.

3. Have fun with your accent nails! I did the arch three times on each accent nail to shake things up a bit. You could also flip flop the colors, so paint the accent nail dark red with nude dots. I thought of that too late or I would have done it myself!

Nail polishes used: CoverGirl Forever Fawn | Sephora by OPI Forever Wild | Essie Good to Go Topcoat

 

Now go see how the other pretty kitties in our group got creative with the theme!

Kristi from Alligator Toe
Piniel from Pins-Place
Justine from The Two Cent Chick
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Erika from Erika’s Style Diary
Angie from hashtagRANDOM
Tracy-Ann from Mint Statement
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P.S. Let me know if you want to take the #MonthlyMani challenge with us next month! We post the 3rd Wednesday of the month and it’s open to anyone that likes to polish their nails. You can also use the hashtag on Instagram to play along this month!

DIY: Make Your Own Glitter Nail Polish

Another super simple, two-step DIY for you today! Do you own too many bottles of clear polish because you lose them, buy another, then promptly find the missing bottle two days later? Then keep repeating this process for months? I know I do. Do you also have leftover glitter lying around from an old, albeit glittery, crafts project? Well, dear kitties, time to put these two and two together to create your own glitter nail polish!

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Seriously. Just make a funnel out of some paper and put the glitter in your nail polish bottle. Voila!

Some words of wisdom:

  • Use a bottle of clear polish that is halfway to 3/4 way full.
  • Don’t try and put a bunch of glitter in at once or you will create a glitter traffic jam. If you ignore this rule, use a tooth pick to try and jam out the glitter into the tube.
  • The outcome is not going to be lush glittery nails. The outcome is more of a subtle (yet super awesome and fun) glitter party.
  • Once your polish is on your pretty nails, try hard not to peel it off the minute it dries because this can be very addicting.
  • For the next use, you’ll really need to shake it well or just hold it upside down for a minute or two to get the glitter mixed in. It likes to settle on the sides.

Have fun!!

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