DIY Manicure Part 2: Miracle Cuticle Fix!

supplies finalThis is my super awesome 3-step miracle cure for dry cuticles!  Get ready to moisturize, bitches! Woohoo! Really though, this is super awesome and super easy. You can do this after completing my DIY Manicure Part 1, or just whenever you’re having an extra dry spell. Enjoy!

STEP ONE: Use your cuticle nippers (or any other sharp object) to cut open 3 or 4 of the vitamin E gel caps and squeeze the oils into a small dish or a paper plate.

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STEP TWO: Use your cotton swabs to coat each nail and cuticle area with the oils. When you finish one hand, slip on a plastic glove to do the other.

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STEP THREE: Now just chillax for about 30-40 minutes and let the oils do their thing. The gloves keep the oil from getting on stuff so you’re not helpless while you wait for your skin to absorb the oils.

  • TIP: Since I hate getting bleach & chemicals on my hands, I do this before I clean the bathroom. By the time I’m done the oils have worked their mojo and I haven’t wasted an extra pair of gloves.

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You’re welcome.

DIY Nail Art: Spike Tips

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So I’m currently obsessing on the 90’s/grunge revival trend. The gold chains and spiked jewelry I’m currently addicted to were the inspiration for these nails. I like that its more abstract and not so literal. Plus, gold and black are pretty neutral so this design goes with everything.

Plus they make me feel like a badass.

What you’ll need:

  • Gold Polish
  • Quick Drying Black Polish
  • Orly Sec n’Dry Clear Coat- this one is specific because this product is AMAZING. The only quick dry polish I’ve ever tried that actually works AND is shiny. Seriously, I love it. **Dear Orly, if you want to throw some money my way for my glowing endorsement I totally won’t object. XOXO
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Scotch Tape or Masking Tape

STEP ONE: Apply 2 coats of gold polish followed by 1 coat or Orly Sec n’Dry and let dry completely.

TIP: I usually paint the gold, rock it solo for a day and then move on to step 2. Especially if I bother to do a full manicure before the gold because that takes so much time.

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STEP TWO: Use the marker to make a small dot in the center of each nail. The dot will help your “spike tips” be more evenly sized & placed.

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STEP THREE: Use the tape to form a triangle on the tip of your nail with the dot as your apex. Make sure the edges of the tape triangle are firmly pressed down.

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STEP FOUR: Fill in the triangle with your black polish.

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STEP FIVE: Peel off tape & repeat for each nail.

TIP: When painting the spikes do one nail at a time and peel off the tape while the black polish is still wet. You don’t want the black to dry or the edges might peel off with the tape.

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FINISHING MOVE: When all your spikes are done, wait until the black dries to the touch and then finish with coat of Orly Sec n’ Dry.  You want to wait until the black is dry to the touch otherwise it will bleed into the gold when the clear is applied.

Now get out there and cause a commotion you badass bitch!