#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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Forget Your Basic French With Glitter Tips

I’ve been adding glitter to the tips of my nails for an extra dose of sparkle for some time now. However, I recently discovered a new way to upgrade the look.

The Inspiration: Cosmo’s Glitter Nail Tutorial

Cosmo’s how-to featured nude nails with piles of glitter. While I felt the tutorial was a bit specific to using certain types of glitter, my main takeaway was how to layer different glitter polishes.

My Way:

White #mani with gold & #glitter tips 💅 #nailart

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Instead of leaving my nails nude, I chose an off-white polish that I’d normally reserve for when I’m a bit tanner. However, adding glitter to the white gave it a more springtime feel.

Get the look:

1. After applying your base coat (always apply base coat!), paint a white coat of polish on your nail. I used Nicole by OPI’s sweet surrender. Let it dry.

2. Use a gold polish to paint a stroke across the tip of your nail. It should be about the width of the brush itself. Don’t worry about it being straight, the glitter (step 3!) will cover up a messy line. I used Sephora by OPI’s worth my weight.

3. For this step, you’ll need a clear based polish with loose glitter inside, like Essie’s jazzy jubilant. You need to get as much of the glitter on your brush as possible and paint it over the gold line you made.

4. Paint a topcoat on and prepare for compliments!

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Mani Moment: InstaMani

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Today, I finally tried out a nail trend I usually stay away from, nail stickers! I received the chevron glitter stickers as a free sample while I was in Las Vegas (no brand name on the packaging!) and saved them for a day when I didn’t have time to draw my own design. The sample only came with one sticker, but I cut it in half to make it fit on both of my “statement nails.” Luckily, both sides were rounded. I paired the chevron print with a deep magenta color, perfect for transitioning to fall.

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