Monday, May 6, 2013

Glitter Tips and Striping Tape

Happy Monday!

I've been itching lately to do a striping tape manicure, but I never seem to have the patience for it. But, today I desperately needed a mani pick me up, so it seemed like the perfect time to use it.

I opted for glitter tips, and one striping tape accent nail.  On every nail except for my ring finger, I sponged on Butter London West End Wonderland over my weekend mani of OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys. WNW is a major topcoat eater, so I followed it with 2 coats of Poshe.
 On my ring finger, I used Julep Zelda, which came in this months Julep Maven box.  Zelda is described as a pink champagne foil, and covered SLC in just one coat.

My cuticles are looking pretty awful, I'll have to tackle them tomorrow when I do my weekly maintenance.  They always seem to get like this whenever I begin to use Nail Envy again, I need to be a little bit more careful and avoid getting it on my cuticles. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

It's been a while...


Its been a long 5 months since I've been gone. I just (thankfully) graduated as an Esthetician from Tricoci Univeristy of Beauty Culture on April 9th.
Beauty school was...different. To be honest, I went in expecting something and that's not what I got. My education was phenominal, I had the most amazing educator. She's an incredible woman, and I was lucky to have her teach my class.
But, It probably should have been a redflag to me when the lovely admissions guy told me he hadn't seen an 100 on the admission exam in a VERY long time. To be completely honest, I couldn't believe what I'd gotten myself into when I met my classmates. Its pretty well known that my strong suit isn't getting along with other females, my 'suck it up and make it work' additude typically doesn't go over very well. I recognize that, so I try to become more sensitive, and understand not everyone can handle my personality. Its also my fault that I went in thinking I wasn't there to make friends, but to get an education, so I must have come off a little intimidating, or not as friendly as I really am.
Towards the third month into my program, I dreaded going to class. I can honestly say I did not enjoy my classmates, they were awful women. I was miserable, I came home multiple days a week crying to my mama, after taking out my frusterations on my poor boyfriend, and wondering why the heck I didn't go to college like my twin.
Now that I'm finally done with school, I'm so glad I went. I had amazing regulars, I met an amazing best friend, and I gained a skill that I can use for the rest of my life. I love making people feel beautiful, I can't describe how amazing it feels to give someone a facial, or to do their makeup and they can't stop looking at their skin.
I'm so proud of myself, I was the first to finish my 750 hours, never got a grade less than a 90, and I managed to keep a pretty face the entire time, I just made everything work. I'm still not sure if the beauty industry is the place I want to spend my life working in, but I'm only 19, I'll enjoy my life, take every adventure I possibly can, learn everything, and figure out all that stuff later.

I've missed blogging something awful. I never realized how much of an outlet this is for me. I miss connecting with other people. This entire post has been a crazy rant and I hope you guys don't kill me for having a sorts negative post as my first one back.

ANYWAYS!! Want to see some pictures, all of these are from my time at school.

That's my amazing friend CJ and I during makeup apps...and I managaed to ruin it by not sitting still. You can kinda see the OPI bottle she has tattooed on her forearm.

One of my bridal makeup applications

OPI My Vampire is Buff. Did I mention one of the perks of being a beauty proffessional is going to CosmoProf to pick out new polish? This is 3 coats, and one coat of seche vite. I've worn this quite a bit lately, I think it may have become a new favorite of mine!

I hope you guys have an amazing week! :P


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quick Skittles

Hey guys! I hope you've all being doing alright. My essentials part of my program is almost done! I have practical testing to get onto the floor starting on the 19th.  Should be easy enough, I'll be doing a balancing facial, pst body wrap, evening makeup and a eyebrow/bikinI wax.

Here's a quick picture of some skittles I wore the other day! I can't find the orginal photo I took, but I do have the one I made into a collage.

I know I haven't been posting lately, but if you wanna see what I'm up too follow me on instagram! My username Is footballandfingernails

Have a great week!

Monday, December 3, 2012

China Glaze-Hey Sailor

I'm an awful blogger! School has been keeping me super busy, but I'm 3 weeks away from graduating out of the essential portion of my program. Hopefully after that I'll be a little less busy with homework, and I'll be able to post more. 
Last week or so, I pulled out Hey Sailor from the Anchors Away Collection.  This is also the polish that started it all.  I remember seeing the press release for it and just knew I needed ALL of them.  At the time, my brother had just joined the US Navy so it meant a lot to me. And mean even more to me now that I've decited to join.
Hey Sailor applies perfectly in 2 coats, and if you can't tell, this polish has been given lots of love.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Its been a while!

I've missed you guys! Life has been crazy lately and I feel so bad that I haven't been posting. Class has been keeping me crazy busy from 9-5 tuesday to saturday.  Luckily, I LOVE it.  I've been learning SO much about skincare. 
It does make me sad that my face, neck, and decollate look amazing, but for the first time in a while my nails and cuticles are looking so awful. :-(
Anyways. Here's my nails. I did a super quick mani with some nail art. I love the way these turned out, and they were a huge hit with the ladies in my esthetics class!
I hope you guys have an amazing sunday!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gold and Red Saran Wrap Marble

Happy Monday! I haven't updated in a while and I've missed you guys!
Tomorrow I start my first day of class at TUBC! I'm a mixture of excited, and nervous as be honest, I've never gone to ANY school by myself before.  I've always been right next to my twin, so this is a completely new experience for me! I'm not sure if I'm more excited that school's starting or that during orientation I found out I get 50% off on all the new OPI collections that are available at my schools product store!

So here's my last manicure before I have to chop my nails down to nubbins to meet dress code. This is what I wore to my cousins fiancees bridal shower on Sunday.  Her wedding colors are black, gold, and red, so I figured I'd might as well go along! 
I used two coats of Sally Hansen Black Out, and Essie Good as Gold marbled with saran wrap except on my ring finger which is OPI An Affair in Red Square.

There is definitely a learning curve to this technique, as you can see on my pinky finger, I not only lifted up the gold, but the black as well revealing some of my nail.  I didn't bother fixing it, you couldn't really tell from far away.

I hope you all have a great week!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Adventure Red-Y and Gold Topcoat

Happy Monday!

I know I haven't undated since my VoxBox post, but as much as this kills me, I'm trying to ween myself away from always having my nails polished.  Starting November 6th, I'm taking classes to become a licensed esthetician! Not a lot of people know this, but before I ever got obsessive about nail polish I hugely into makeup.  Freshmen year of high school, my dream was it become professional makeup artist.  Things changed, I got tired of my makeup collection and moved on into polish. 
I really had no clue that I'd choose to go to school to learn about skincare...and makeup. 
I've never been interested really in skin care, except when my mother and I would go and get facial done, that was about the extent of how much I cared.  But, here I am! I'm so super excited actually! The bad part about going to school is that I can't have my nails painted!  :(
I DO still plan to join the US's REALLY important for me to keep the promise I made to myself to enlist myself in the military.  I guess I'll just have a hustle on the side or something ;)

Anywhoos! Here's what I'm wearing.  2 coats China Glaze Adventure Red-y and 2 coats of SOPI It's Real! 18k topcoat.

I think I'm the only one who's in love with the small gold flakes in this opposed to the flakes in the Zoya or OPI version!