I read an article a few months ago which stated that 2010 was the biggest resurgence in the at-home manicure, with nail polish sales soaring higher than they've ever been. This was attributed to the change in the economy, stating that many people were cutting back on recurring unnecessary expenses. Like manicures.
I have not had a professional manicure or pedicure since I got married in June of last year.
That doesn't mean my feet are funky or anything--I use a pumice stone regularly, trim and file my nails, and use hand/foot cream whenever I can. Favorite for my hands and elbows? Deep Steep's Rosemary Mint Body Butter or Pacifica's Body Butter in Tuscan Blood Orange or Island Vanilla (we carry Pacifica at the store). For my feet: Arbonne's Pampermint. I could eat that stuff.
I take care of my skin and nails, and I've absolutely fallen in love with nail polish.
And not the kind of nail polish you collected as a tween/teen. This stuff is lush. Vibrant. And not $2 a bottle. Not to sound like a snob, but if it's not at least $7 a bottle, I don't want it. And I've spent as much as $14.
And you know what?
It's worth it.
The colors, the creams, the sheer ease of spreadability and chip-resistant quality.
The cheetah look, believe it or not, is very easy. My original pin for Julep's cheetah tutorial is here. You may be more familiar, however, with this one from "the beauty department" blog.
It's even easier than both of these blogs state, I've found. I did buy a dotting tool, but now wished I have been brilliant like Chalkboard Nails.
What I did do right (or better, according to me, because it was easier...but it wasn't cheaper) was buy a black nail art pen from Cina (at Sally's). It was a heck of a lot easier to create my border lines, but you're limited to the lines being slightly chunkier and having only the color you purchased for 8 bucks.
But still. It was way easier.
- Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat by butter LONDON
- Glenn by Julep
- Sand Tropez by Essie
- Nail Art Pen in black by Cina
- Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat by butter LONDON
And then I got a little impatient putting my topcoat on. My ring-finger nail is smeared.
But you didn't even notice, right?
Pinterest Verdict: This is so easy. I'm not even kidding. And it looks awesome. There's no excuse not to try this out. And if cheetah's not your style, look at all the other little pretty nail projects I've pinned on my Nail Art board.