Mixed Up Manicure

Confession - I am a licensed nail technician as of 10 years ago (eek) and up until this summer I absolutely despised doing my own manicures. I actually had acrylic (double eek) until a year ago. Never again. So now that I am over being too good to do my own mani’s I’m having a BLAST playing with all of the options. Last week I played with SPARKLES and this week I mix it up.

This week I played with new Essie fall colors from their Brand New Bag collection; gifted to me at Lucky Magazine’s LuckyFabb. The light shade is: Lady Like and the darker shade is: Carry On.

I had fun with mixing the light and dark shades, painting 4 nails a shade and 1 nail with the contrasting shade per hand. One hand being mostly dark and one hand mostly light. What do you think? Would you try this?

PS - One trick I learned as a nail tech was that this OUT THE DOOR top coat is amaze! Not only does it leave you with shiny nails but it really does dry in about a minute. I get mine at the local Sally’s Beauty Supply.

Manicures That Sparkle

A fall manicure might not be as bright as those of summer days past but they can be just as gorgeous and fun. This manicure was inspired by Emily of cupcakes and cashmere, she has an amazing way with creative mani’s.  


I used Toff by butter London c/o Zappos and Glamour Purse by and c/o Essie. Get crafty with fine glitter to add sparkle. Don’t let the stripes and polka dots intimidate you, have fun with them… perfection is overrated. For your sparkle finger: use one coat of clear polish, sprinkle with glitter (remove excess) and use 2 coats of shiny top coat.

Will you get creative with your mani’s this fall? If you try this, tweet me pictures @vafashiongirl I would love to see!