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JW has been on me about growing out my nails. Since they’re longer now, I’ve been keeping them painted. I generally end up picking at the polish when I’m bored and end up having to redo them every few days. The other day, he sent me this picture that he found online:

I thought that looked easy enough so I figured I’d give it a try. I went to the store today to pick up the stuff I’d need. I got some reinforcement labels:

I meant to get a clear top coat but they were $7.00 and I realized that I could get TWO new colors of polish for less than that.


My nail polish problem isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, guys. I have some clear nail hardener that I figured would do the trick.

So first put on a coat or two of the color that you want your “moons.” I had to do two coats because the pink I got went on very translucent. If I was wearing this color alone, I would have to use at least three coats. Now wait for it to be good and dry. Not dry where you go to bed and wake up with imprints from your sheets in all of your nails. Really dry. Then cut some of your label things in half and stick them on the bottom edge of all of your nails:

Make sure they go on at about the same angles and the same amount of each nail gets covered. Then press the edges on the sides of your nails down with a finger nail so the new color doesn’t seep under the stickers. And then go ahead and paint on your other color. This blue that I chose only took one coat because it covered really well. I let the polish get tacky-dry and had JW peel the stickers off. I was worried that if I let it dry all the way that it would peel some blue off (and some of the pink along with it). I don’t know if it would actually do that. Probably not. Let that get decently dry and the put on your top coat/whatever clear polish you happen to have. Obviously, you’ll want this to dry too. Then, if you’re like me, you’ll need to clean up the edges with q-tips and nail polish remover (because I have a hard time staying in the lines).

Here’s the finished product:


I love it! It’s not perfect (when doing my own nails it never is) but it was my first time and to be quite honest, I was expecting to have to take it off right after I did it. I’ll keep this on! And I think I’ll get better the more I do it. I also think that I can do a lot of cool stuff with this technique. I’m not quite ready to try most of the nails I see on Pinterest (read: I’ll never do that crap). And maybe someday I’ll buy a proper top coat. All in all though, I’m pretty pleased with this!

I have deemed this the best nail color on earth. You know, until I buy a new one.


You guys. I can’t stop buying nail polishes. I’ve purchased all of these within the last few weeks:

Hi Bella!

I suppose it could be worse but considering these are the first ones I’ve bought in literally years, I could probably show a little restraint too. Actually, scratch that. Yesterday when I bought that lovey bright blue, I stopped myself from buying a darker sapphire blue as well. And today I did not buy the awesome bright orange-red bottle of it that I was gazing at in Kroger. So I have shown a little restraint. Just not that much. Hey, at least I usually only buy polishes that are $3.00 or less, right? That’s my justification and I’m sticking to it.

I got two new items of cosmetics this weekend and I fear I may be turning into a junkie. I buy drug store makeup simply because I’m cheap and on a budget. Believe me, if I had a ton of money that wasn’t spoken for, I’d drop a boatload of cash on MAC makeup. But I don’t. So here’s what I got this weekend.

Maybelline Color Show nail polish in Tenacious Teal. I got it on sale at Kroger for $2.99. I’m in love with it.

Please, pay no attention to my apparent inability to stay in the lines. You should see my right hand.

Maybelline New York Eye Show gel eyeliner in blackest black. I got it on sale at Kroger for $7.99. This stuff is water proof and comes in a nifty little pot with a brush to apply it with. The brush is super skinny one way and wide the other. It goes on just as easy as the pencil I have. And this doesn’t migrate all over my entire eyelid. The pencil definitely did. It comes right off with a little oil too.

This is after a solid eight hours of wear. And probably 50 inadvertent eye rubs.

I can already tell that this is going to be one of my must-haves right along with Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara. I love that stuff.

Anyway, I can hardly walk past the makeup aisle anymore without taking a look at what’s available and on sale. I have two red lipsticks but I am constantly on the prowl for more. I don’t wear a whole lot of eye shadow but I’m still a sucker for champagne colored ones. I don’t wear foundation.

So what are your beauty must-haves? Anything you would recommend?