Hi Hi. I think I’ve changed my nail polish about 4 times in the last 5 days. I’m having a nail art identity crisis. Last night, I settled on an easy polka dot mani. This pattern is kind of my go-to because it’s relatively easy to execute with some practice but it still looks like you put a lot of effort in. Not to mention, I love the combo of nude and neon colors. (warning: cell phone photos ahead…)
- Finger Paints Blank Canvas Cream (nude base)
- Finger Paints Watermelon Watercolor (any bright neon pink will do!)
- Dotting tool (a toothpick would work, too)
After two coats of your desired base color, dot on your neon polish using a dotting tool or tooth pick. Most of the time, I start with dots at the base of my nail, then move up row by row. I start with two dots at the base of my nail, then the row above will have three dots placed on the in-between spaces of the previous row. I finished it off with a top coat of Orly Nail Defense.
You can check out some of the polka dot mani’s I’ve shared previously: here, here and here. :)
This week, I wanted to use some spring-y pastel colors on my nails, and after several attempts (and fails) and different designs, I figured I should keep it kind of simple! I first painted on a white base coat and then dotted on each of the three bright colors I chose, and a bit more of the base color, then swirled them together using a dotting tool.
- Essie Marshmallow as a base color
- 3 spring/pastel polishes (China Glaze Passion for Petals, China Glaze For Audrey and China Glaze Tart-y for the Party)
- Dotting tool (you could also use a toothpick)
After two coats of Essie Marshmallow dried on my nail, I placed a few dots of each color on the nail, topped off with another drop of the Marshmallow to help with the ‘mixing.’
Then, using a dotting tool or toothpick, swirl all the colors together. If you end up with an excessive amount of polish on your nail (see above), remove a bit with the end of the tool while you’re swirling. Then, you should end up with something like this:
**Make sure you allow the polish ample time to dry before applying a topcoat. Because of the dotting and swirling you end up with a lot of polish on your nail, and it will need some time to dry – give it about an hour or so before a top coat.
Happy Hump Day!
I finally broke down and created a twitter account!
I have only the slightest idea about how to use twitter, and a lot of times tweets and retweets look like a foreign language to me (does that mean I’m old?) but I’m learning!
Find me on twitter @mixedmethodblog. Tweet at me! You can also click on the twitter button at the upper right of my blog page to link directly to my twitter page.
Do you have a twitter account? Let me know what your twitter name is! I’m in search of more people to follow…So far I’m following a lot of random celebrities…
More ways to connect:
Even as the winter weather has disappeared and we are experiencing some 70 degree days here in the Northeast, my lips still get a bit dry and chapped. Thankfully, I found that it’s pretty easy to make your own lip scrub at home, to help slough off any dead or dry skin and reveal softer smoother lips underneath. Hallelujah! I used a mixture of brown sugar (to exfoliate) and coconut oil and vitamin E oil (to moisturize and provide some antioxidants and extra lip protection!)
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (substitute olive oil if you don’t have vitamin E oil)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until the coconut oil softens and all ingredients are well blended. Store your scrub in a small jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Should last a few weeks.
I basically played with the proportions until I got a consistency that I liked. So, play around and see what you like best! I only had a tiny jar to fill, but if you want to make more, just increase the amounts of each ingredient. You could also include some essential oils or other vitamins.
Take a dab of the scrub on your finger and rub it on your lips in a circular motion to exfoliate. Scrub, scrub, scrub. Then, remove any excess with a damp cloth (…or you could just lick it off…). Then, apply a moisturizing lip balm or some Vaseline to your lips to lock in moisture. Then, enjoy your softer, smoother lips!
These were fun. I love animal print on my nails. I’m sick this week and my brain is not working correctly so I can’t think of much more to write about this mani…
After a clear base coat, I painted two coats of Essie Sand Tropez along the top half of my nails, as you see above. Then, I used the brush of the Jafra Mocha Cream polish to dab on small circle-ish dots in a random pattern.
Before adding a topcoat, I used the Black Milani polish to outline the brown spots. Make sure you don’t outline the dots the whole way around. In order for the spots to resemble leopard print, you should only outline two or three ‘sides’ or each dot, and don’t let the lines connect all of the time. I also added small black dots here and there.
Once dry, add a top coat and you’re done! meow.
This past Sunday, I once again participated in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies event. I’ve spent the last few months fundraising for the event and you can read more about my team and why we walk if you read last year’s post.
The event started in downtown Worcester, at City Hall. The balloon arches were my favorite.
Radar came along for the walk, too. He actually behaved himself the whole time.
Little Man putting his flag in the Garden of Hope for preemies.
A lively bunch. The walk hadn’t even started yet. But they were totally faking so it’s ok.
It took us about an hour to finish the 3 mile walk. We were lucky to have such a beautiful day, too.
And this is Little Man’s way of saying “Thanks for supporting the March for Babies!” :)
I will continue collecting donations for the charity until June 1st, so please visit my site if you’d like to know more and/or if you’d like to donate to our team. And again THANK YOU to those of you who have already donated! We raised over $2,400 dollars this year to support the medicines and technologies sponsored by the March of Dimes, and to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Last week I took some time off of work just to get some things done and get some R & R. I also told myself that I’d take some time to work on my blog and post/work on a lot of new content. But then, the bombings in Boston happened and I spent a whole lot of my vacation watching the news or listening to NPR, and couldn’t bring myself to post anything to the blog just because I didn’t want to ignore what was going on so close to home by just going on business-as-usual with blog posts.
That said, I did take a nice long walk with Radar last week and we made it up to the cow farm and I got to take some nice photos of the cows (is it weird that I’d been dying to take photos of cows?). Pretty sure it’s the last time I’ll bring Radar to visit the cows though, because he really couldn’t control himself once he caught sight of them. Holding a cray cray dog on a leash while trying to take a photograph that is in-focus is really difficult.
We walked about 4 miles total. He looks so tired you’d think he wouldn’t have the energy to FLIP OUT upon seeing the cows. Full of surprises, this dog.
Had to walk into the next town, which maybe makes it seem like the walk was way longer than it was, but the next town isn’t so far away.
The most curious cow and/or the cow most annoyed by the dog’s behavior.
I just think they’re pretty cool lookin’ cows.
Then, the clouds rolled in and we had to head home. Nothing like the threat of rain and the choice of a white tank top to quicken your pace! All in all a nice long walk and a great photo op!