The first few years after having the first three kids, I went into cocoon mode - I stayed insulated. But with Omar, we have been non-stop socialites and it feels good. Since my blogger sister and business partner Ruby is in town only for a few months, we're trying to make the most of it and plan fun stuff. Last Friday night we planned a girls night in at The Makery
. A friend of a friend came and taught us about nail care and color blocking. We ate pizza and indulged in chocolate. Our laughs were loud and you could not ignore the busy buzz of exciting stories. The aura was beautiful and alive. More nights like this are absolutely necessary for my sanity. I think I'm going to make it a priority in my busy life to hang out with the girls for a few hours at least once a month!
At our little girls night in party, I learned some interesting things that I never knew before because 1) I was a tomboy 2) I'm a mom of boys and maybe I'm turning into one!
-Apply a clear coat first, this will fill in ridges and keep nails from yellowing
-Apply a clear coat after, this will seal the polish and make your manicure last longer
-To remove glitter polish, soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover and leave on your nail for a few minutes
-If your nails are yellowing, use a toothbrush with whitening toothpaste and brush your nails
-Color blocking your nails is applying 2 or more colors in geometric shapes
-Use paper tape, washi tape, painter's tape to color block
-Buy cheap paint brushes and use it to create designs on nails
-Push your cuticles back
-Use cuticle oil on your nails! If you have none, use extra virgin olive oil!
Our fun little setup!
I love yellows, blues and pinks!
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Brisk Blue is AMAZING. My new favorite color.
Sally Hansen's product line is huge - I had to go to two different Walgreens to find the nail art pens. But you can buy them online and even find out if your local store carries a specific product! You can check out my shopping trip to Walgreens on my Google+ album
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I made this board of color blocking inspiration - the formula I like is: one bright, one bold and one neutral. Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Murakami were both inspirational - both have collaborated with Louis Vuitton. Their color choices are amazing. Nail blogs Chalkboard Nails
and Gnarly Gnails
were also inspiration. If you haven't been to their blogs, go!
We had pizza but snuck in these goodies before, during and after!
Looks easy enough but really, my biggest issue is time. Be patient and don't take off the tape before your polish is dry!
So so many laughs!
Sandra admiring her nails! Love the yellow and blue combo!
Francisca loves her checkerboard color block nails!
I was a little inspired by Sally Hansen Color Curves
We are cool!
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Labels: Color Blocking, I Heart Nail Art, IHeartMyNailArt, Sally Hansen, Walgreens