i feel pretty

This is a break from what I would normally post, but what the heck.  Even though my days are filled with chasing little boys, tending to a mini-farm, and scrubbing toilets, I get up each morning, get dressed, do my hair (if a ponytail counts as doing my hair) and put on a bit of make-up.  I’m not a big make-up wearer, but I like to give my face just a little lift.  It makes me feel like I’m ready for whatever comes my way.  If my house burns down, at least I won’t look totally funky on tv when they interview me.  Shallow?  Perhaps, but there were are. 

About a month ago, I was feeling not so pretty and felt like I needed to up my routine a bit, so I started painting my nails again.  I really liked them for the first day but the chipping drove me crazy.  They would last two days at most and then I would have to paint them again.  I liked them painted and all, but not that much.  I had given up on the whole thing until I found this tutorial on The Sweetest Thing.  Now I do my nails once a week.  Hurray. 

Here’s what it looks like day one —

ImageAnd day 7 — remember, I weed the garden every day, take care of farm animals, wipe bottoms, and all the other fun stuff that goes along with being a mom.  I do however where gloves when I wash dishes.  My hands get super, duper dry.  Anyway, day 7 —Image

The middle finger is really bad because I forgot I was going to take pictures and started scrubbing a nasty pot without gloves on.  Also, had I not been planning this post, I would have done a little touch up throughout the week and they would have been just fine.  Even still, not bad for a whole week.

Here’s what I do —

Start by cleaning off any old nail polish with nail polish remover.  Shape your nails and then use a buffer to shine them up a bit.  Wash your hands to make sure everything is off.

Apply a good base coat.  I like Revlon’s Color Stay Base Coat.  You can find it anywhere.  Let it dry.

Next apply a coat of Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat.  Let it set for a few minutes and add a second coat.  The second coat will take a tad longer to dry, but just five minutes or so.

Apply a coat of your favorite nail color.  Let it dry for five or so minutes and then apply your second coat.  Again let it dry. 

Stay with me, we’re almost done.  Apply a third coat of Gelous — if you’re in a rush, this one is optional, but I’ve had better luck with doing it. 

Finally, apply your top coat.  I really like Out the Door.  It dries super fast, so you’re pretty much done, just don’t go too crazy with your nails.  I did it once right before bed and woke up with a sheet grid on a few of my nails. 

All in all, it takes about 40 minutes or so.  I do it as I’m catching up on non-urgent emails.  Tah-dah.





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