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Less Extreme Stiletto Nails

I love short nails but lately I’ve had a desire for long nails to try out some different celebrity-inspired nail lengths, shapes, and designs–particularly the stiletto nail shape. The stiletto nail shape has been a nail trend lately for stars like Lady Gaga, Fergie, Rihanna and Beyonce.

Some nail enthusiasts would say “true” stiletto nails are even more pointy than the above examples. Just google “stiletto nails” and the image results are borderline frightening. It’s hard for me to find anything pointier than the above examples practical for real life considering you’ll have to go to the bathroom, get out wedgies and the like.

Last Friday, I was going to a formal but fun event and I wanted this less-extreme stiletto nail shape for the night. But my natural nails aren’t long and I really didn’t want to get acrylic or gel nail enhancements. After some research and experimenting, I found full nail/nail tip enhancements at Sally Beauty. First I matched up tips that fit the size of my natural nail bed, then I filed them into the less-extreme stiletto nail tip shape and pre-painted them.

I attached them to toothpicks to make them a bit easier to work with while I was painting them. For this look, I used China Glaze Liquid Leather, Up All Night, and Frostbite and Orly Luxe. The day of the event, I applied 2 coats of Top Coat to my natural nails, removed the nails from the toothpicks, put about 2 drops of nail glue on the back of each artificial nail and applied it to my natural nail by pressing down for a few seconds then releasing the pressure. I used 2 coats of top coat first in an effort to protect my natural nails. More about that later…

The end result? Funky, sexy stiletto nails for a night out on the town!

To make them even more funky, and inspired by Zoe Pocock’s Louboutin nails concept, prior to apply them I painted the underside of the nails with Orly Luxe.

So I went to my event, got lots of compliments and actually ended up wearing them until Sunday just because they were so fun! But alas, I had a hard time typing with them so I removed them. As it turned out, the 2 top coats I applied protected my natural nails! I had to do a bit of scraping with my thumb nails and wiping with acetone to get some of the nail glue off completely, but in the end, my natural nails were unaffected.

I will definitely be using this method again if I want temporary funky nails. Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed a weekend of funky nails. 😀

If you liked this look, I’m now taking orders for custom nails! Check out the Custom Nails by The Enamelista page for more information.

Stars and Stripes Forever

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It’s Memorial Day, a day to honor those military service-people who fought and died for us to enjoy freedom as we know it. To the fallen soldiers of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and Reserves, we love you and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. In honor and memory of those brave soldiers and as a part of my 1st Nail Art Challenge/Contest, I completed this American Flag manicure according to Syreeta’s suggestions. The base color on my thumb and index nails is China Glaze Frostbite and they are covered in rhinestones. I used a one coat of OPI Top Coat under the rhinestones then a coat of OPI Top Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to affix them. On my middle, ring, and pinky nails, I used Orly Winter Wonderland for the base color and Art Deco Nail Art Striper in Red Glitter for the red stripes.

Right now, Syreeta has the only submission in my 1st Nail Art Challenge/Contest and she’ll be the only to get Orly Bonder and Essie Quick-e Drying Drops unless someone else makes a suggestion soon. 😀

China Glaze Frostbite, Orly Winter Wonderland, Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer Red Glitter

Flannel PJs

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I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it’s hot.

I wear my flannel nightie in the winter when it’s not.

And sometimes in the springtime, and sometimes in the fall

I jump beneath the covers with nothing on at all!

Glory, glory, hallelujah…glory, glory what’s it to ya?

Balmy breezy blowin’ through ya, with nothing on at all!

~ tune “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Does anyone else remember this totally-inappropriate-for-kids camp song? Well it popped into my head and to honor the end of winter and the approaching balmy spring weather, I decided to do one last winter-themed manicure. I was going for that blue/green/red plaid flannel pattern that reminded me of flannel pajamas but I jazzed it up with a bit of silver.

For this look I used 3 China Glaze colors: Frostbite for the base color (a frosty, shimmery cobalt blue), stripes of Jolly Holly (a deep rich forest green from the 2010 Holiday collection), and stripes of Phat Santa (a rich red creme also from the 2010 Holiday collection). I used Art Deco’s silver shimmer nail art striper for the silver stripes.

So ready for spring’s pastels and brights!