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Introducing…

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When I first started this blog a year ago, I was a writer looking for an outlet to express myself. I was a student who was over-involved in extracurriculars from Her Campus Boston University to Omega Phi Alpha service sorority. And over that year, I tried my best to keep up with this blog, but usually, I found myself uninspired. Truthfully, I don’t think I ever embraced this blog, its design, its name, or its purpose. So now that I’ve graduated, I’m looking to continue what I started but with a new, completely redesigned blog.

So come to A Strike of Style, get to know me, find style inspiration, beauty and mani moments, and career advice as I try to break into the magazine industry.

Hope to see you there!

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#iHeartNailArt and this Metallic Moon Mani

Whenever I’m looking to create a fun nail look, I tend to include metallic or glitter polish into my design. So when the Seventeen Social Club sent me the new Sally Hansen ColorFoil nail polish to try, I couldn’t wait to see how it would compare to my usual metallics.

The Inspiration: Seventeen‘s Tutorial

My Way:

#ManicureMonday layering metallics thanks to @sally_hansen ColorFoil + Triple Shine polish #iHeartNailArt 💅

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Overall, this was a simple nail art design that didn’t require any extra tools! I found the polish to have an (amazing!) intense shine and layering another color over the ColorFoil created a cool textured look. However, it was a bit hard to work with the ColorFoil. Be careful to make your brush strokes thin and even because it streaks easily when you put on too much polish at once.

Get the look:

1. Skip the base coat, this polish is meant to go on alone! Apply your Sterling Silver Color Foil to your nail. Let dry.

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2. Apply your second color to your nail how you usually would, stopping before the end of the nail so there’s a moon of silver still showing. I used the Sally Triple Shine polish in Reef-Raf. It has the perfect moon shaped brush for achieving this design without any nail art tools.

3. Alone, the ColorFoil doesn’t require a top coat, but since I applied pink over it, I used the Sally Hansen Triple Shine Top Coat for an extra metallic finish.

Don’t forget to use #iHeartNailArt when you share your pics on Instagram for the chance to win $500 and a trip to NYC from Sally Hansen! More details here.

note: this tutorial is based off the Seventeen Magazine tutorial linked above.

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The Artsy Way to Graduate

If there’s one thing I was sure of when it came time for my graduation from Boston University, it was that if I was going to do this, it would be in style. So, I prepared for my big day with 2 perfect dresses (yes, for 2 days of graduation), like usual. However, luckily for this accessories addict, graduation dressing is all about the cap. What a first might seem like a beauty horror (CC: not being able to wear your hair however you want) actually turned out in my favor. I might not have gone to art school, but I took this chance to declare my honorary BFA while receiving my BS in journalism. I painted a NYC skyline in my 2 favorite colors with #DreamBig on the side. This design is all about what I plan on doing next–dreaming big in the big city.

Didn't forget to hashtag #DreamBig 🎓🌃🗽

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Ultimately, I think I achieved my goal of standing out because BU photographed my cap for their graduation album! If you’re trying to decide on the perfect graduation cap design, think about what you want it to represent. Graduation is all about celebrating the past and looking towards the future, so it’s the perfect opportunity to really tell your story. Have fun and get creative!

#Graduation day one and done 🎓 #BUCOM2014

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Sally Hansen Makes Nail Art Even Easier

I ♥ Nail ArtConfession: Although I’ve been drawing fun designs on my nails for years, I’ve never used a nail art pen. Instead, I usually end up with a makeshift pencil dipped in polish to complete my looks. So, when I saw Sally Hansen’s new I Heart Nail Art line, I knew I had to try it.

I used the white pen to make flower petals on my nail for a springy vibe. Overall, I found it easy to use as long as you wait for your base coat to fully dry. When I first started my design, it was a little messy, but I was able to wipe off the white without messing up my bottom polish with a wet cotton ball. You also have to make sure to shake the pen well before using it.

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Get the look: I Heart Nail Art Pens
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