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#ManiMonday – Gradient Striped Nail Art with Essie Summer 2014

Essie Summer 2014 - Gradient Stripes for #ManiMonday

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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was as enjoyable as mine. The boyfriend was away which called for a girls night at my house, some retail therapy and a Sunday Funday/Father’s Day in the pool at my parents’ house. It’s a rough life, I tell ya!

Being out in the summer sun has me craving brights which led me to the new Essie Summer 2014 collection. As I was swatching Urban Jungle, I thought of what a great base color it is for nail art and so my #ManiMonday was born.
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Patriotic Nails – 9 Memorial Day Nail Art Ideas

By on May 23, 2014
in JINsoon, Lancome, Nail Art with 6 Comments

Memorial Day Nail Art Ideas

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Memorial Day Weekend is the official kick-off to summer in the US and it looks like we’re going to have beautiful weather here in the CLE. Apparently, my street will be in our city’s parade so you know I need a manicure for the event.

If you enjoy a themed mani as much as I do, then you’ll love these Nine Patriotic Nail Art Ideas to get you in the spirit to honor the service men and women who gave their lives to ensure our freedom. Let’s get our Red, White & Blue on!
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PinspiratioNAIL – Maybelline Bleached Neons Interlocking Dots Nail Art Tutorial

Maybelline Bleached Neons Summer 2014

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Normally, when I see a neon nail polish collection, I cringe a bit inside. While bright and fun, neons are notorious problem children. They are plagued by opacity issues, streaks and the need for a white base coat. In other words… TOO.MUCH.WORK!

Thankfully, we’re seeing some non-traditional neons this season, like Essie’s version and now the Maybelline Color Show Bleached Neons, which are a not-so-in-your-face take on the day-glow brights we typically associate with the genre. I decided to tackle one of my first PinspiratioNAIL pins, a look I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, with these punchy new shades.
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Tonal Teal Nail Art with Sally Hansen Summer 2014 Triple Shine Tahiti Sunset Collection

Sally Hansen Summer 2014 Triple Shine

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After three days of a fever, chills and a pounding headache that made opening my eyes feel like torture, I’m happy to be functioning enough to share some fun, tonal nail art with you. I spotted the Sally Hansen Summer 2014 Triple Shine “Tahiti Sunset” collection display at my local Bed, Bath & Beyond and couldn’t leave without Seasational and Archipela-Glow. They look fab on their own but are even better together.
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Multi-Color French with Essie Neons 2014 for #ManiMonday

Essie Summer 2014 Neons Nail Art

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I received the new Essie Neons the other day and couldn’t wait to play with them. So, as you may have seen on my Instagram over the weekend, I did a quick freehand, multi-colored French manicure with five of the six new shades and I’m still wearing it for #ManiMonday.

Of course, if you want a more consistent look you can use French tip nail guides or even Band-Aids but when it’s the freakin’ weekend, I ain’t got time for that! If you want to see how I freehand a French, check out my Roll Your Way To A French Tip video tutorial.

The base colors (l-r): Essie Sittin’ Pretty, Essie Chills  & Thrills, Essie I’m Addicted, Essie Vices Versa, Essie Too Taboo

A full review is coming soon but, in the meantime, you can purchase the Essie Neons 2014 at Essie.com and Beauty.com. Essie nail polish retails for $8.50/ea for a .5oz bottle.

What are you wearing for this #ManiMonday? Have you seen the Essie Neons yet?

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