5K nails!

Mom and I are running in the Race the Roof 5K tomorrow to benefit Habitat for Humanity – it’s a little annoying to pay people to run, but knowing the money is going to a good cause makes it okay. In anticipation, I decided to paint my nails a festive, sparkly orange – a color I haven’t used in a long time (I bought it to wear to the basketball game Drew and I went to over a year ago to support the Illini). I paired it with a light coat of coppery glitter to ease the brightness of the orange and I think it turned out really pretty!

That’s Sally Hansen’s Crushed and Traffic-Stopper Copper by OPI.

Bachelorette nails, of course!

And what does any self-respecting bachelorette party attendee need? Sparkly nails!

That’s Sally Hansen’s Rockstar Pink – which is one of my favorites! Unfortunately it doesn’t last too long and after just a couple of days peels right off. But I still love it!

Springy nails!

I was up late last night watching the basketball (both the teams I was rooting for lost – MSU and the Cinderella team, FGCU) and figured I’d multi-task by painting my nails a lovely spring color:

I went with Sally Hansen’s Deep Purple and the sparkly Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild by OPI.

Two new nail polishes!

I’ve been sticking with some fairly plain nails lately – I just haven’t had time to do anything fancy since it takes soooo long for the nail polish to dry! First up is (I think) Techno Girl by OPI:

This next one, Meet Me on the Star Ferry by OPI looks very dark in the bottle but comes out a sort of dusty, rosy, purpley color with lots of shine to it:

Valentine’s Day (observed) nails!

Drew and I went out to Radio Maria for dinner last night and I used it as an excuse to get dressed up which, of course, included doing my nails! I decided to go with red nails with a glittery red stripe:

That’s Sally Hansen’s Honeymoon Red and Covent Garden Market by Nails, Inc. As soon as I was finished I realized my mistake – the opposite of a red nail with a glittery red stripe is a glittery red nail with a plain red stripe, not a red nail with a vertical glittery stripe. Silly me! Well, I’ll know for next time, at least.

Good times and new nails!

Last night, Drew and I drove to the next city over to go on a double date with some friends of ours, Rachel and her fiance, Scott. We went for a lovely dinner and then out for a drink afterwards. It was really fun to get to eat some good food (crab-stuffed shrimp FTW!) and have a good chat with good friends.

And because we were going out and dressing up a tiny bit, I had to paint my nails! I decided to use my reinforcement stickers and do a homemade French tip:

It’s so hard to get a photo that shows the polish colors accurately! In person, this is a little brighter red (it’s actually the same red that was on my pinky finger in this post) – it’s Urban Outfitters’ Blood for the base and OPI’s What’s a Tire Jack? for the black French tip.

Pink ombre nails! Sort of!

I loooooove the look of ombre nails. And ombre hair – as soon as mine is grown out, I’m going ombre! I haven’t decided what color, though. Maybe pink to match my current nails!

I got the inspiration from Happy Endings (I looked for a picture, but couldn’t find one – Jane wears blue ombre nails like this in the episode where she helps Penny buy a car), but, still being in a Valentine’s Day mood, I decided to go with pink to red. In the picture, the reds on my ring finger and pinky finger do look different, but in real life, they don’t look as different as I’d hoped – I should have used my Cinnasnap which totally would have done the trick. Also, the more I look at them, I like them, but they’re not quite all in the same family – I’ll have to pick my colors more carefully next time!

From pinky to thumb, I used Blood from Urban Outfitters, Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength in Honeymoon Red, and Techno Girl, Seeing Pink Elephants, and Let’s Plie by OPI.

Woo hoo, hearts!

I was never that into Valentine’s Day before, but suddenly I saw this post on Buzzfeed and now I’m like “Valentine’s Day, here I come!” I’m hoping to have some other crafty posts coming up soon(ish), but for now I have some nails to show off.

I followed the instructions here and it wasn’t too hard – the stickers didn’t want to stick to my nails very well, but once I got the hang of it, the painting went pretty smoothly. The part where I ran into problems was with the drying – I’m so impatient! I was doing well until I put on my gloves to go get pedicures with Rachel and things got a little mushed. I’m looking forward to trying it again with other colors, though!

Nails and new TV!

I had a big meeting at work today, so I thought I would paint my nails for the occasion (you can’t go to an important meeting with chipped nail polish!) – I wanted something subtle and neutral but still sparkly so I went back to an old favorite combination:

I couldn’t get the lighting to show the color accurately – it’s really more of a salmony color than it looks here and it’s a bit lighter and brighter. It’s an Urban Outfitters polish in Cocktail and I think the glitter polish is from Urban Outfitters as well, but there doesn’t seem to be a name on the bottle – it’s a multi-size glitter in a super light pink-but-only-barely base.

And, yes, that’s Courteney Cox on the TV in the background in a new season of Cougar Town, Tuesdays at 9:00 CST on TBS. Yay!

And, sigh, yes, I still have my Christmas tree up. Don’t you judge me!

Sparkly New Year’s nails, take 2!

I ended up changing my nail polish yet again for New Year’s. Drew and I were going to a party at some friends of his’ house and I wanted to make a good impression, so I went and found a lovely sparkly new New Year’s Eve party outfit:

Sparkly dress, sparkly tights, sparkly ankle boots, sparkly ring, sparkly bracelet, sparkly earrings. SPARKLY! So I felt I needed appropriately sparkly nails (also my colorful sparkly nails had gotten quite a bit chipped while I was out trying on various lacy things at the mall). I turned to the final nail polish in the Nails Inc. set that Liz had given me for Christmas, Disco Lane.

It was a lot less flashy than it looked in the bottle (and I accidentally made it a little more textured and matte by washing my hands while the polish was still secretly wet), but I thought that since my outfit was so sparkly a little subtlety might be a nice complement to it. I did layer it over black polish so I can’t speak to its coverage, but I still liked it a lot!

Sparkly New Year’s nails!

I know I’m a little early and I’ll probably have to touch them up before making appearances at New Year’s Eve parties on Monday, but I couldn’t wait to get some glitter on! At first I went with gold as my accent nail:

but I decided I didn’t like that as much as I thought I would so the lovely Drew removed the gold nail polish for me so as not to risk my other freshly painted nails (it’s the closest I can get to him letting me paint his nails – I’ll get him one of these days) and repainted with my beloved OPI Strawberry Margarita since I was seeing a lot of pink in the glitter polish:

The requisite holding-a-bottle-of-nail-polish photo.

Much better. On a non-festive day, I think I’d switch it and wear the glitter polish as the accent nail, but for a special occasion, it’s perfect. The fun glitter polish is Soho Street by Nails Inc. (the second in the set Liz gave me for Christmas) and the pink is Strawberry Margarita by OPI (the gold in the first photo is It Looks Like Reindeer by OPI which I also used here).

Oh, right!

My current nails! I’m playing in the Christmas Eve service at the church where my dad conducts the choir (Did you know that playing the flute was a skill you had to keep up with? ‘Cuz I sure didn’t – yikes, I’m bad!) and decided to paint my nails in a sparkly, festive fashion.

Festive nails!

Liz gave me a set of three sparkly nail polishes from Nails, Inc. which included this really good red glittery polish, Covent Garden Market (that’s only two coats of polish!). The gold is It Looks Like Reindeer by OPI.