Mani Monday!

Hey, Everyone! So, as promised, this is gonna be that post all about the new nail kit that I got this weekend for my birthday. It’s Ciarte (the ‘e’ as one of those apostrophe things above it, but I have no idea how to get that on here haha) and that’s one of my favorite brands. It’s kind of on the more expensive side ringing in at $15 a bottle, but it’s really awesome polish. Unfortunately, since it was a gift, I don’t know how much it was or where it was purchased at, but I’m sure it’s something that’s available on their website, so if you’re interested in getting one yourself, be sure to check that out (:

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So this is the complete kit before I took it out and set everything up. I know iPhone cameras can be deceiving, but everything is actually this really gorgeous emerald green color that I completely adore. The packaging was so cute to begin with, it comes in a little box with a flip top so you can see all of the products without taking them out first. Inside you have an emerald polish, caiver beads (those little beads in the polish jar at the left), a jar of glitter, light green feather-ish material, a brush, and a funnel.

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Here is everything set up for ya. I ended up using everything but the light green, feather-ish material. I put it on one nail, but it was extremely difficult to apply and actually looked quite horrible, so I took it off and probably won’t be using that again! And, as you can tell, I have wax paper set out underneath everything, which I 100% suggest because with the glitter and the little beads, things are gonna go everywhere! The brush, which I didn’t end up using, is for evenly distributing the glitter or beads around your nail, but I found you could do that yourself just by pressing down as everything was drying. The funnel, of course, is for putting the little beads back into the jar easily!

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Warning: my nails are a little sloppy because I always wait until the very end to clean up and wipe off polish that got on my skin. So, sorry about that, just ignore it! Anyway, this is that gorgeous emerald color. You do two coats of this (you can do more if you want more color payoff, but two should work just fine) and, while your second coat is still wet, that’s when you start applying the caiver beads and the glitter.

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I did the caiver beads first and I loved them! They’re actually extremely easy to apply. While your nails are still wet, as I mentioned above, you just dump the beads out over your nails, over wax paper of course! It also helps if you do it over a tray or something with edges which will keep the beads from flying all over the room. As you dump the beads on your nails (I just did my two focus fingers), they’ll instantly adhere to the wet polish. Shake of the excess beads and then gently press down to really get them into that polish so they’ll stick longer. After it dries, go over with a clear top coat.

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This is the glitter, my favorite part! I love it because I think it looks like fish scales… I’m not crazy, right? haha All you do is, when the polish is still wet, you dip your nail into the glitter jar and, BOOM, you’ve got gorgeous, fish nails! Dump of the excess, gently press down, and apply your top coat!

Photo: when you don't have a life, you have time to do overly dramatic nail art. greeeeen for days 󾬔

Here’s the finished product, all cleaned up and ready to go! Don’t be intimated by this, it only took me about 30 minutes, maybe less! It was super easy to do and the pay off was great and well worth it! I got tons of compliments and questions about everything. I hope you guys enjoyed this quick, little tutorial and I hope you’re as fascinated by this nail art as I am! haha Thanks for hanging out with me tonight, I’ll talk to ya tomorrow!

XOXO, Megan ❤

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Galaxy Nails!

Hi, Everyone! Happy Friday! I did my nails last night and my initial plan was to do a Mani Monday post for ya’ll when Monday rolled around, but then I quickly realized that there’s no way my nails would last all weekend without getting chipped. haha So, here we are! This is Mani Monday… Friday Edition!

This is the ever-popular galaxy nail! I first saw this on Pinterest (I know, that’s where I get all my ideas. haha), and ever since then, I’ve really wanted to try it out. I didn’t actually expect it to work out as well as it did though. I know, it could have turned out a lot better, but I’m very pleased with the end results!

Before you start this, I just wanna let you know that this is NOT something that you’ll be able to get done in a matter of minutes, so defiantly don’t do this just before you go out. This manicure is fairly simple, though it’s time-consuming, and it’s all about layering your colors. All you need is a black polish, as well as few polishes to layer with, and a cosmetic sponge. For your layering colors, you can pick whatever colors you want! For mine, I choose pink and teal.

Black is gonna be your base color, but whenever you paint your nails with a dark color, always make sure you start with a base coat to prevent stained nails when you take off your polish. After you apply your base coat and your base color (the black polish), then you start your layering! You’ll take your cosmetic sponge, hold it to the top of the nail polish bottle, turn it upside down to get the polish onto the sponge, and then dab that sponge on the nail. By doing that, you’ll get a really sheer, kinda splotchy color, which is what you want! Go over every nail and then repeat with your other layering colors. You really can layer as many colors as you desire, but be super careful with that because if you layer too many, it’ll just look brown. Not cute. haha That’s why I only recommend doing two or three colors. And once you’re done adding your colors, you can even add some glitter like I did… no manicure is complete without glitter. (: 

I really hope you guys try this out soon! I’m seriously lovin’ it and I hope you love it too! Let me know whatcha think!

XOXO, Megan (: