White & Gold Summery Mani

HAPPY HUMP DAY!!! I’m super excited today because guess what?! I’m getting to post another YouTube tutorial video!!! Of course, I’ll go over the basics here in this post, but I’ll also have the tutorial video in the post as well so you can watch the whole thing!

Summer is coming…which means it’s time to start prepping with some summer nail art. Summer art is probably my favorite, tbh. It’s lots of bright colors, studs, rhinestones, aztec designs, and of course lots of glitter. Today’s mani is an elegant but modern design featuring gold polish and studs over a simple, clean white base.

White & Gold Summer Mani 2017

You know how you come up with an idea for a design in your head and then it doesn’t turn out right? Yeah, I was expecting that to happen here….and OH MY GOSH I was so excited when it came out EXACTLY how I wanted it to! XD I loved this mani so much I even wore it for a full week before it peeled off one night after a bubble bath (yes, there was some ugly crying involved, and cursing at the bath).

Without further ado, let’s check out how to create this beautiful mani!

Products Used:

  • Instant Artificials Base Coat
  • White on – Sally Hansen
  • Game of Chromes – Sally Hansen
  • Milani Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Orly Sec N’ Dry Top Coat
  • Gold Nail Studs
  • Nail Decals from Live Love Polish

How To:

  1. Apply Instant Artificials Base Coat to natural nails, let dry
  2. Apply 2 coats of White On to pink, middle, index and thumb nails
  3. Apply 2 coats of Game of Chromes to ring nail
  4. Apply Orly top coat to middle nail, let dry, then apply the nail decal.
  5. Go over decal with a generous coat of Game of Chromes & carefully peel off decal immediately afterwards. Let dry.
  6. To pinky, index and thumb nails – work on each one at a time – apply Orly top coat & quickly but carefully apply the gold nail stud to the base of the nail (near the cuticle). Allow first top coat to dry, then follow up with Milani top coat in 1 – 2 coats (or until you feel like the stud is secure & protected well enough).
  7. Finish off and protect your awesome Summer mani with a final coat of Orly Sec N’ Dry Top coat & enjoy!

And there we are. I would like to point out that I used two different quick drying top coats – and here’s why: the Milani top coat is quite a bit thicker than the Orly one, therefore making it ideal to go over 3D additions like studs or rhinestones, as it offers more protection faster. This simply means you don’t have to add quite so many coats in order to achieve full protection.

Another point I’d like to make is that while you could wear this design for a week (or more if you’re REALLY careful) you’d more than likely lose a stud or chip your tips during the week unless you take the time to apply a thin quick drying top coat once a day at the end or beginning of each day. I use the Orly Sec N’ Dry top coat for this, simply because it dries super super fast and it leaves a gorgeous almost wet-looking shine to my nails.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and the video. If you liked the video please hop on over to YouTube and hit like (and subscribe if you’d like!).

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All You Need…

Ok. Let’s get one thing straight.

MONDAYS ARE EFFING HARD

People will tell you that “you don’t hate Mondays, you just hate your job”. And you know what, for some people, this may be true. In fact, for the majority of the population it probably is. That’s the difference between a job and a career. But that’s a different post entirely.

But even if you love your job, or you have a full on career, or if you’re a stay at home parent, heck even a highschool student, Mondays suck. Getting up earlier than you’d like, dealing with people you don’t necessarily enjoy dealing with (it’s called customer service, and even if you’re working at your dream job it’s something you’re gonna have to put up with) and having more or less the same schedule every day. It gets kind of boring sometimes.

If I’ve learned anything during my life, I’ve come to know one thing. It’s that…

pixie dust & coffee 2017

 Yes. That’s right ladies and gents! All you need to get through your Monday (or any other day for that matter – who knows, you may be reading this on a Friday from hell) is just a little bit of faith, trust, & pixie dust….with a giant side of coffee of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I decided that I loved this design and quote so much that I even resized it for a phone wallpaper!

::pixie dust & coffee phone wallpaper::

What’s your way of getting through a tough day? Do you have a secret weapon that you use to battle a bad case of the Mondays? Let me know in the comments below! โค

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Orange Butterfly Stamping

Being a beauty blogger can be tough. There’s always some crazy new trend going viral, new methods and designs to try, and new products to test. Lately I’ve been obsessed with nail stamping. It just seems soooo easy and fast! What better way to mass-produce delicate nail art than with stamping?

So I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give it a go. I purchased a few different stamping plates and a couple of stamping polishes (though you don’t need a polish specifically for stamping, but I wanted to get some to test if it made a difference) and thought that since it’s that time of the year that’s kind of Spring but feeling more like Summer – in Florida anyways – that I’d go for a butterfly look.

I used the MoYou-London-Pro 03 Plate, which features the butterfly design I used and several scale-y/feathery/animal print designs. And then I used MoYou-London’s Stamping Polish in Black Knight (again, because I wanted to be able to see how well it worked against a normal black polish in the future).

Orange Butterfly Nails 2017

I didn’t film the process simply because it was soooo time consuming and WAY more difficult than I anticipated. All of those Instagram/YouTube videos make it look so much easier than it actually is. XD

By the time I got them to the point where I was able to get about 85% of the design to transfer I had given up on trying to get a perfect transer. It was probably about 2:00 AM and I just used a striping brush and black nail polish to connect the couple of lines that needed filled – that’s why some of the lines (like on my middle finger) are a little on the thick side.

It’s definitely something that takes some trial and error, and absolutely 100% something you have to figure out for yourself after a couple of videos that go over the basics. Oh, and it’s ALLLLL about timing. I’ll try to film a little tutorial after I get the hang of it so it maybe helps anyone trying out this trend for themselves. But for the most part, I was happy that I got the designs to look even this good. XD

It’s funny, in the nail art world you often get to a place where you think you’re great at it all and then the next new trend comes up and upon attempting said trends all you hear in your head is Ygritte from Game of Thrones mocking you, saying “You know nothing, beauty blogger”.

Anyways, here’s what I used for this design:

  • Sunrise Affair by Femme Fatale
  • Black Knight Stamping Polish by MoYou-London
  • MoYou-London Pro Plate 03
  • Orly Sec N’ Dry Quick Dry Top Coat

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Nothing Comes From Not Trying

Happy Monday! I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day, and that ya’ll’s weekend was awesome! This QOTW stems directly from how I’ve been feeling lately – which is to say, I’ve been feeling like doing absolutely nothing.

2017 nothing comes from not trying

I’ve been so caught up in moving and work that I’ve neglected my blog, my plans for my business, and even my own well-being.

That being said, I also haven’t exactly tried. I haven’t attempted to sit down and make a blog post. I haven’t really allowed myself time to do anything with my business. And most importantly, I haven’t let myself sit back and truly relax and take care of myself. It’s been forever since I did my nails just for me, or even played any video games. I’ve been focusing so much on getting my life together yet at the same time I’ve been letting everything fall apart.

So here’s to trying. Here’s to making an effort. To giving it a shot. I need to try harder – I need to DO. Because, of course, as we all know, it’s do or do not. There is no try.

Luckily, I have this entire week off, so I’m hoping that it will not only allow me to give myself time to play and really enjoy myself, but to get a good life/blog/business planning balance going.

What have you been neglecting in your life?

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Mini Life Update

Good morning loves! It’s finally the end of the week…and it’s been a very long few weeks for me here.

So I wanted to just pop in, say hi, and let you guys know what’s been up. Because at the end of the day, I really do enjoy blogging, and I love being able to share my experiences with you guys.

At the beginning of this month, Zach and I moved into our new house. It’s a cute little cottage style house, with 3 small bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It’s small, but has an overall coziness to it. It even has a large backyard for the pups to run and play in, and for future bonfire get togethers in the cooler months. It’ll be the first house that we’ve rented that just has our names on the lease.

Geeks who’ve moved before know what a struggle it is, and how energy-depleting it can be to move. As a result, my life has basically consisted of moving belongings, unpacking said belongings, and work. It’s caused a lot of stress…..and stress eating. And the fact that we live closer than ever to a Taco Bell didn’t help my case.

So now that it’s towards the end of the month we have mostly everything settled in. And now, I’ve realized that I went from being 150/155 pounds to a whopping 160 pounds. Which in reality isn’t bad. I don’t look nor am I actually overweight. Just a little rounder and softer in some areas. Honestly it wouldn’t be such an issue except for the fact that only 2 months ago I caved and bought new bras and was able to find jeans that fit properly. Needless to say, I am at the point where almost all of my clothes are just a tad too snug for my liking.

This is where the change starts. Right now. With my blog, my business that I’m struggling to start, my health, fitness….my life. For too long have I allowed my stress and emotions control me and my life choices.

I’ve already started the process by doing some research on healthier eating strategies, and I’ve been using my resources to track my goals. So far I’ve been showing small improvements with keeping to a fairly healthy eating plan (with of course one or two treats here and there, in moderation). My main goal is to not only get to a better and healthier weight by the end of the year, but to truly start eating better and working out and taking care of my body and mind.

I won’t be posting too much of the fitness/diet stuff here, just because I feel like it generally doesn’t fit with what I’ve got going on here. So I’m planning on sharing most of my journey through Instagram, with the hashtag #kmsweightlosschallenge. Obviously it’s not all about weightloss, but it’s what inspired me to make a true change in my lifestyle. I’ll be making small updates in my monthly updates here, just to be able to go into a little bit more detail when I feel it’s needed.

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