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manicure madness.

I’ve gotten a few requests in terms of what my favorite nail polish is, how I do my nails and where I buy my supplies. While I was supposed to be studying for me English Literature exam yesterday, I found it much more entertaining to do my nails in “too hot pink to hold ’em” and document the process for you guys. To me, d.i.y. manicures are fun and I feel like they turn out just as good as at the salon, if not better. Not to mention that with the money you would usually spend on one professional manicure you can buy at least 2 new shades of nail polish. My favorite kind of polish is O.P.I., I have found those to stay on the longest. However, everyone’s nails are different and that’s why certain brands work better for some people than for others. I suggest trying a few different brands with colors in similar shades and finding the one that works best for you. All my supplies were bought at planet beauty (nail polish) and local drug stores (nail polish remover, file, …).

STEP 1 – get rid of all old nail polish and clean nails, trim nails with a clipper if necessary

STEP 2 – use a nail file to shape your nails as wanted

STEP 3 – carefully cut any excess cuticles with a special cuticle cutter

STEP 4 – thoroughly wash hands with soap, getting rid of all the dust from filing

STEP 5 – dry of hands, especially nails, completely

STEP 6 – choose a pretty color, the above are my favorites for the summer

STEP 7 – apply the chip skip to all nails

**this step can be left out, I just feel like the manicure lasts longer if I use it

STEP 8 – apply the base coat to all nails, this makes the surface nice and smooth for the actual color

STEP 9 – apply 2 or 3 coats of your favorite color

STEP 9 – use a small brush or Q-tip and some nail polish remover to clean off any polish that went on the skin around your nails

STEP 10 – apply some glitter to one nail, you can find the instructions HERE

**obviously this step can be left out if you don’t want the glitter on your nails :)
STEP 11 – apply a top coat to all nails, adding a glossy shine

For more of my favorite colors and polishes, be sure to join my Facebook page.

  1. Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries says:

    I love to have my nails done, however I hate to let them dry… I always destroy the fresh paint… :D


  2. Nicole says:

    beautiful nail polishes!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

  3. The doll on fashion says:

    Love the glittery nail , I spied that on Cupcakes and cashmere too!

    The doll on fashion

  4. wandelbar says:

    Sieht wirklich hübsch aus, das werd ich auch mal ausprobieren :)

  5. Ivânia Santos (Diamond) says:

    Beautiful colors :D*

  6. Neris says:

    Cute colors! I'm definitelly trying the manicure with glitter :)


    Fashion Fractions

  7. Closet Fashionista says:

    Perfection! Such a great tutorial!! :D :D

  8. Lara - Elain says:

    Mir hat eine Kosmetikerin mal geraten die Nagelhaut nicht abzuschneiden, da sie dann stärker nachwächst! Es gibt ja auch so peelings, die finde ich auch sehr gut :)

  9. RosarotDunkelgrau says:

    so sweet love youre nails :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    oh wie schön! wie heißen denn die OPI Lacke??? lg :)

  11. La Petite Olga says:

    Your glittery nail looks great!!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  12. Anonymous says:

    sieht sehr schön aus! ich hab das mit dem glitzer auf einem nagel auch gleich ausprobiert ;) gefällt mir gut!
    wie heißt denn der lack, der in der mitte steht?

  13. vicky h. says:

    @anonymous: meinst du den in so orange / koralle? der heißt "hot & spicy" :)

    xox Vicky

  14. House of Popuiel says:

    The sparkles on one nail is a brillant idea, have to try that one!

  15. Evil Nelly says:

    such an awesome post! i need to try that glitter nail next time!


  16. Anonymous says:

    ah vielen Dank für die nagellack- farb- antwort :) würdest du auch noch den zweiten von links verraten, dass wars dann auch ;) lg sunny

  17. carrylicious says:

    das mit dem glitter find ich voll die süße idee :))


  18. Laura says:

    Nice step by step walk through! I have been obsessed with keeping my nails painted (in different shades) this summer. And I definitely do it home 90% of the time! My roommate and I usually both do ours on Sunday nights while watching a movie. It's our little thing.