Love a fishtail braid but struggle to braid it solo? Try this faux-fishtail braiding method you can do easily by yourself instead! Wear it on Labor Day or the first day of school if you’re supa cool and share your braid pics with me on Instagram @LoBosworth 😉 Twisting the pieces of hair as you braid them creates the illusion of a fishtail.
While it’s still mid-August, the expiration date on the summer of 2013 is quickly approaching, and I wanted to do a little round-up of my summer nailpolish favorites from my #AtHomeMani collection.
I tend to stick to neutral colors and red, with a bit of blue/green thrown in here or there. I love trying new trends, and am forever on the hunt for the best pink ever (not neon, not translucent, leave it in the comments if you have a fave). So, here we go – the best looks of Summer ’13!
If you want these colors for yourself, click the names below:
5. Sally Hansen “Girl Flower” – they dont make it anymore, but here are the rest
Saw my Instagram and want to rock this adorable floral nail art manicure for yourself? It’s incredibly easy to achieve because no nail polish is required to wear this look! Getting floral nails for summer is as easy as taking a quick trip to your nearest drug store.
So many of you asked that I had to share this not-so-secret: my nails aren’t painted at all. Instead, they’re wrapped in Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in “Girl Flower” and they only cost me around $9. A few of the other patterns available look a bit too manufactured for me, but I’ve gotten pretty results using Lustrous, Glitz Blitz, and Misbehaved.
These polish strips are some of the easier ones to apply, especially because it seems like they’ve changed the sizing on the strips to be a bit more uniform since I used them last. The patterns aren’t amazing, but a select few are definitely hot-to-trot. My tips for applying these are below.
1. It’s critical that your nail is completely dry before applying the polish strips. Wipe some acetone or alcohol over your nails with a bit of cotton to do this.
2. Measure the polish strips against your own nails before you start, and line them up in the correct order on a table.
3. Unpeel each strip completely before applying (I disregard the directions here as it’s easier to shape the strip without the top layer of plastic still attached) and delicately fold the strip around your nail, starting at the cuticle.
4. If you need to shape the strip, I’d recommend using cuticle cutters to get the job done quickly and more precisely than the small emory board provided in the package. Same goes for the tips – just cut the ends off where your nail ends and fold the remaining part of the strip over and under the tip of your nail.
5. The wooden board provided in the kit actually does a great job of sealing the strip to your nail. Just be sure to hold it on there pretty hard, and use your fingers for a final seal.
I’d love to see your summer nails – tag me on Instagram @LoBosworth and use my #AtHomeMani hashtag!