Top 5 Summer Polish Picks

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I am a weather chaser and a season pusher. As soon as Fall is over I am counting down to Summer. There is nothing I love more than sand in my toes, sun on my face, and the sound of waves lapping the shoreline. And a good tan. Obviously. As a blond haired, blue eyed human, I am pretty much as pasty as they come, so that tan part I definitely need a bit of help with! I find nail polish is a great (and cheap!) aid in looking like you’ve got that summer glow without the sun damage your mama warned you about. Below are my favourite 5 Essie nail polish picks for the summer season. In addition to looking great with any ensemble, each colour plays with the pigments of your skin tone to give you that straight off the beach look we all crave this time of year.

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2. Cute as a Button2014-07-12 14.05.05

3. Mint Candy Apple
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4. Bachelorette Bash
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Skip the Salon: Nail Art With Bobby Pins

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A good manicure is hard to come by in this city. Not a manicure – those you can find anywhere – but a good, affordable, CLEAN, and pleasant experience is surprisingly tricky to find. Once you find your place you never stray. The thing is, nail technicians recommend getting a manicure every two weeks; once a week if you have the time and money. This helps to keep your nails long, strong, and looking great. However, If you are like me and you chip your nails as soon as you walk out of the salon, learning to do your own nails is probably a good call.

Doing your own nails (and doing them well!) can be a bit of a trick and, like everything, with practice you will master a no-mess-manicure. You want any sort of funky design? You can forget about it – that’s why there are professionals, right?! Wrong! I recently had a friend show me an amazing trick: use a bobby pin for easy art.

2014-07-16 14.15.28What you’ll need:

– 2 (or 3, or 4, or 5…) different nail polish colours
– Bobby Pin(s)
– Cuticle oil – every good manicure ends with this!

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Coat your nails in your favourite colour. Make sure your nails are super DRY before you start your art – you don’t want dented polish!

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Using the brush on your polish, dip the tip of your bobby pin, coating it with excessive amounts of lacquer.

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Polka Dots: Dip the pin and dot your dots – literally nothing could be easier than this!

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Chevrons: Dip the tip of the bobby pin and make 3 dots in a triangle. Connect the dots with straight lines. Make your chevron thick or do a double chevron with thinner lines.

Try other shapes like hearts or flowers with your pins and other polish colours. The great part about doing this on dry nails is that, if it’s truly terrible, you can wipe the wet polish off the top and start again!