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DIY Manicure #3

Today, I’ll show you my “Natural Sheer Shine” DIY. As a refresher, here are the inspiration images.

Natural Nail - TorieandTristan

Natural Nail - TorieandTristan

Natural Nail - TorieandTristan

But the real inspiration is my coworker. She had the privilege of attending the Golden Globes this year and had the most flawless nails when she returned to the office. I assumed some LA manicurist-to-the-stars was to blame, but imagine my delight when she said she did her nails herself, and did I want to borrow the polish? DID I?! OMG!

She used Deborah Lippmann’s Sarah Smile ($18).

I gathered up my nail tools including my new top coat obsession, CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat ($6.95 here).

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After two coats of Deborah and my top coat, voila!

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Some natural skin-toned polishes clash with my skin tone or end up looking the exact same color as my skin (barf!). I was really happy with how this particular polish looked on my skin tone. Plus, neutral tones aren’t nearly as obvious when they chip :).

I don’t know about you, but when I’ve used a nail polish that is truly sheer, it often ends up looking uneven depending on how many brush strokes each part of the nail had. OVER IT! This nail polish was fairly opaque, but with the shiny top coat, it still gave off the desired natural affect.

Overall, this was an easy one. A warm up, if you will. But if it’s good enough for the Golden Globes, it’s good enough for me!

-t&T

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3 DIY Manicure Trends

Let’s just admit it – shellac is the best nail beauty development to hit the earth since perhaps the chemistry miracle of nail polish itself. The only problem is, as with all beauty routines, there is a recurring cost involved, and it’s more expensive than just a standard manicure ($25-35 in Seattle).

When I got married, I thought I’d help us cut costs by quitting shellac and instead hype myself up about trying new nail trends I’d seen on Pinterest. As I type this, I have shellac on my nails. BUT I’ve only had it twice since I’ve been married (seven months now!) AND it was a birthday present. Nobody’s perfect.

Anyway, I have hyped myself up a few times and tried some new nail trends. Throughout the week, I’ll show you a backlog of manicure trends that I’ve attempted to DIY over the last few months.

Three DIY Manicure Trends - Torie & Tristan

A sneak preview of the trends are:

Natural Sheer Shine

Natural Nail - TorieandTristan

  Natural Nail - TorieandTristan

Natural Nail - TorieandTristan

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Metallic Ombre

Metallic Tip - torieandtristan

Metallic Tip - torieandtristan

Metallic Tip - torieandtristan

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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips

Salon Effects - torieandtristan

Salon Effects - torieandtristan

Salon Effects - torieandtristan

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None of these are pictures of my nails, so stay tuned for the reveals in three upcoming posts. Share in the joy of my successes and weep alongside me at my failures. And in case you’ve missed previous posts in this series, here they are:

DIY Manicure #1

DIY Manicure #2
-t&T

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