Winter-iffic Manicure DIY

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In case you haven't noticed, I've been in a bit of a holiday spirit spree around here. I'm guessing that's due in part to the glorious fact that I havent been snowbound in months and that it's still warm enough here to go outside without wearing a down jacket. Thank.god. And yes, it's ok to be jealous... California winters are the best winters, especially after a Boston winter.

Anyways, I was selected to do a super fun sponsored post opportunity by the wonderful gals at Clever Girls Collective. Thanks to CGC, and Loreal, I took a little time tonight to pamper myself and try a fun new beauty technique! On twitter, people suggested that I try cat eyes and waterfall braids-- both of which I plan to do...when I'm finally feeling human again so that I can take pretty pictures. For tonight, though, I thought I'd change up my nail polish and try my hand (pun intended) at some nail art.

For inspiration for my winter manicure DIY, I checked out this YouTube channel. Sadly, I'm nowhere near as talented as that gal, especially when trying to paint my right hand--sidenote: why haven't they invented something to help people polish their dominant hand?! Yeah, idk either. Anyways, I thought I'd do something inspired by her bow tutorial but go a weeee bit simpler.

I wanted to feel festive and wintry but not like a Christmas tree, so I used blue and white polishes. All of my polishes are from Essie (my favorite at the moment), and I used: dive bar, mint candy apple, and a teensy bit of oui madame. I also used a chopstick, mostly because I had one lying around and didn't have any toothpicks. Girl scout resourcefulness ftw.

In all, it was a super easy process:

    -I used dive bar and did three coats for a super dark base coat. It has a really pretty shimmer to it. -Then, I made the bows on my thumbs using mint candy apple- basically, I just blobbed on two largish dots and "shaped" the polish with the chopstick. -Next, I went French manicure style on my remaining 8 fingers with the same candy apple. Be careful not to smear your thumbs here. Protip: it's better that you get polish on your finger while creating a pretty line on your nail than having to touch up all of your tips. Protip 2: the square end of a chopstick is great for getting that excess polish off your nails without effing up the mani. -Finally, I used a dollop of the oui madame to create the middle of the bows. Fun, right?

All told, I think it took me maybe 15 minutes. If I had a clear polish, I'd do a top coat... But I guess I'll just have to be extra careful. Here's a couple pictures (pardon the lighting) of the pretty finished product!

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