Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tuesday Nailtique: Purple & Gold Manicure

Purple & gold, the colors of royalty and fitting for the Olympics.  I have a great lavender color that I typically wear in the Spring.  Since I’m not into being super flashy this week (:)), I thought a gold accent nail would go great with the purple.

It’s super easy!

You Need:
Base + top coat
Light purple nail polish
Sparkly gold glitter nail polish


  1. Paint base coat.
  2. Paint 2 coats of purple on all nails.
  3. On 2 nails, I recommend your ring fingers, paint the gold glitter polish.
  4. On your thumbs, paint a diagonal gold stripe.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Paint top coat.

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In loving memory of sweet Sandy

Thursday Style Guide: NARS Heat Wave Lipstick

I rarely wear red lipstick.  It’s because I’m not used to seeing myself in it and I feel rather clownish.  A few weekends ago, my friend Courtney let me try her NARS Heat Wave lipstick and I fell in love.  It’s red but more of an orange red, a bright orange red 🙂  It’s one of those shades that looks good on everyone.  So I made my first red lipstick purchase this week and wore it out last night.  I got a few compliments on it so I must not look like Bobo the clown.

NARS lipstick is semi-matte, a little creamy and goes on really easily.  I think Heat Waves looks best on me with my hair in a high messy bun and minimal makeup.  Wear blues or whites to really make the color pop.

Try it for yourself.  Sephora is great for testing makeup.  Purchase online, get 3 free samples and return it to the store if you need to!


Tuesday Nailtique: Herringbone Manicure

You gotta love this herringbone manicure tutorial with step by step instructions from  It is awesome!!

You Need:
Base + top coat
Five complementary nail polish colors
Scotch Tape or Sally Hansen French Manicure Tape


  1. Take a section of nail strips from the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French Manicure kit and cut them in half long ways. You can also do this with tape, but I like using these because they’re pre-cut and fit together perfectly. It would be hard to get this precise with DIY nail stickers, but you can try!
  2. Next, cut those two in half short ways (following the lines of the nail strips). This will give you four sections of nail strips as seen in photo 2.
  3. Paint those four sections of nail strips any color you want! We used THIS, THIS, THIS and THIS for a pretty summer palette.
  4. Now you’ll start laying them down in the traditional herringbone pattern (see image). The best thing about using these particular nail strips is that you can pick them up and lay them back down if you mess up and it won’t pull up the base polish. (Btw, I wish Sally Hansen would sell just the strips by themselves!)
  5. Lay down the next set just above that. You want to overlap a little like I did with the gold in photo 5.
  6. Keep going til you reach the top. Take a clean paintbrush and push the sides down. Go around the entire perimeter of the nail.
  7. Use your cuticle nippers to clean up the excess.
  8. Add a quick drying clear coat. We use THIS one because it dries crazy fast.

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