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Nail Art DIY: Kisses


Hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday February 14th better known as Valentines Day! Whether you celebrate the “holiday” or not, I’m always sending smiles and hugs your way. Just to update you-stylish-sweets-you; I’m still having laptop, battery, power cord issues but don’t fret. There’s currently a battery on its’ way to me as you read this! According to my shipment tracking numbers, it should be here by Saturday! With that said, I’m sending the rest of my love to the mail and delivery people!

What’s a blogging girl to do without her laptop? Easy…shop! I had a little retail therapy in the form of beauty products (nail polish goodies to be exact.) I made a trip to Target to get oohh I don’t know, maybe three or four things but ended up at the register with a buggy full of stuff. Target gets me EVERY single time you guys!

The Beauty Loot:
Paint & Stencil Kit by Kiss
Price: roughly $6 for each set/kit.

I purchased two kits, Gala: White, Black and Silver Glitter along with the Masquerade: Hot Pink, Blue and Green. Each kit comes with three nail polishes and 30 different sticker stencils. The nail polish has a long and thin brush attached to create the small designs with the stickers. For this weeks mani, I chose to use the Masquerade kit because it has the pink polish, jackpot! Now, this seems easy enough to use, right? Right. Well, it’s easy but it’s also tedious and time consuming.

First, you have to paint your nails and let them dry completely otherwise, once you put the sticky stencil on your nail, the paint won’t last. Then all that hard work of staying inside the lines for two or three coats would be all for naught. Here’s what I did, painted my nails the night before then applied the nail art 24 hours later. That pretty much assured me, the base coat was dry.

Now, the fun part! Picking a stencil from these 30 stickers. Since it’s the week for lovers ie Valentines Day, I went with hearts…can’t go wrong with hearts! Kiss’ directions tell you to wipe the excess polish off the brush and gently sweep the brush across the nail. Yea, umm no. You’ll quickly realize you’re going to need that excess polish in order for the shape of the heart to actually transfer onto your nail. I’m not saying just drop polish on the nail but it’s sort of a trial and error type deal. Once you do two nails, you’ll know exactly how much polish you need for the desired effect.

Once all of that is finished, you’re done! Now, me being the perfectionist that I am, I went back over the hearts with polish to fill them in for a more vibrant look. On a couple nails, I applied more polish than needed to give the bigger hearts a 3D or puff paint effect. Of course, I didn’t use the stencils again because I’m positive it would never fit back in the exact spot.

Here’s the final results! I’m a lefty and you can definitely tell which hand looks best lol! It’s so much harder for me to work with my right hand and paint my left hand but it still came out pretty good!

Overall, the Paint & Stencil Kit is a fun nail art pack that allows anyone to become a nail tech for a day or two. With that said, I’m almost sold. Glad I’ll have these great nail polishes with thin brushes to use with other nail art projects but the chances of me using two whole days for another nail art project are pretty slim. As always, I’m willing to give it another go…stay tuned to see what else comes out of these kits!

Out of This World Mani Monday: Galaxy Nail Art

Welcome to Monday stylish sweets!

I did my nails…woohoo!

After the holiday and “The Ugly Christmas Sweater Mani” it was definitely time for a change.  I never know what exactly my nails will look like once I pull out the polish unless inspiration finds me somehow. That’s just what happened last night!

While online in search of some leggings to wear under a few shirts purchased (on sale) from Old Navy during the holiday break.  I found myself scrolling through hundreds of leggings on Only Leggings. While this was happening, I came across these……

Galaxy leggings have been popular for most of last year and doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere any time soon. I’m semi OK with that.  Semi because, I want a pair so they can’t go out of style until I get a pair and wear them. Deal? Deal. Anywho, these leggings gave me the perfect inspiration for a nail design!  Here it is!
From start to finish: Keep scrolling to see the steps!!
Step 1: Grab and use any color polish you want and some type of spongy applicator.
Step 2: Paint your nails using any color.  I chose black as my base and a fuchsia color for my ring/accent nail.
Step 3:  Use your spongy applicator. Drop polish unto the sponge until saturated.
I used disposable eye make-up applicators (cheap cheap only $2 for a set of 24 from Target)
Seriously, they are a beauty chicks best friend!
Step 4: Dab saturated spongy thingy onto DRY nails.
Step 5: Finish with a clear/iridescent glitter top coat and voila!
There’s a quick and colorful mani that will definitely stand out from the crowd!


The DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Mani

Remember way back when we got sweaters as gifts?  We’re talking about those hideous, ugly sweaters with balls and glitter and quite possibly needed a battery!  The 80’s and 90’s weren’t very nice to some of us if we can remember those days!

Let me refresh your memory just in case you forgot…

Thankfully and not so thankfully we don’t have to endure those days anymore. Well at least not in total horror. That’s because it’s become a trend this time of year to find one of those “ugly sweaters” and throw a kick-ass party!  Invite all of your friends who are silly enough to wear one of these monstrosities and have a ball!

Katy Perry is doing it!

Thinking of these colorful and bobble filled pieces of wearable cotton, I had an idea! It’s starting to become quite the tradition around Curves and Coffee, for me to do a holiday mani. Yes, I sit around for weeks trying to come up with the perfect idea to attempt on my nails.  Seriously.  Soooo without further delay…

“Ugly Christmas Sweater Mani”
The Outcome
I used all polish by Julep!  I wanted the one “Ugly Sweater” nail to stand out so I painted the rest of the nails in gold then used a matte top coat so all you see is the sparkly goodness is Christmas!
Happy Holidays
Stylish Sweets
Rena xo

Not-So-Mani Monday: Julep Maven November

Novembers Julep Maven Bombshell Box Is Here!!!
I’m a little late posting these goodies because it took me forever to make it to my PO Box!  The last two weeks have been hectic, you guys.  Since I was late, I won’t make you wait! Hey, that rhymed!
There’s nothing I enjoy more than a beautifully packaged box of goodies and Julep does just that!
Inside the beauty: Julep Pink Grapefruit Body Frosting (soft, whipped cream that looks like a light pink fluffy cloud) smells divine!
The polish!
(which also came with polish remover pads…1 pad seriously took off polish from ALL 10 nails!)
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There Will Be Blood! Spooky Bloody Halloween DIY Nail Art

Yes! Blood!

Well…pretend blood…on my nails.
Happy Almost Halloween!
It’s Mani Monday!
I spent the weekend trying to figure out what type of Halloween nail art I could come up with that wasn’t too hard.  See, I love DIY’ing my nails but sometimes I get a tad too ambitious and things get a little crazy…I think it’s the polish fumes.
So this idea popped up!  It started with…
“How about I just do black and silver and make a spider and web?”
“Naaah that’s entirely too complicated for a Saturday afternoon.”
 “Hmm, you could do something red, ooh like blood!”
“Oooh! Dripping blood like you just killed something!”
“Yes, that’s it!”
Unhuh…that was my entire thought bubble….hey, when creativity happens, we just go with the flow! 🙂
Now, moving on to the actual mani…step by step with pictures for all to see!
What I used:
Brush (this came in a set of 10 for around $6 at Sally Beauty)
Julep-Trina Turk Edition in Delauney (red)
Julep- Leslie (black sparkle)
Confetti-White Wedding
Confetti- Silver Slippers
Julep Silver Glitter
Julep Quick Dry Nail Drops
a. Start by painting nails with base color (here I used 3 coats white and 2 coats black sparkle for accent nail)
Don’t worry about clean up til you’re all done…things always get messy!
a. On the white nails: place a drop of red polish in a scattered pattern only to mid-nail.
I put a big drop so the end result would give me a 3D effect.
b. Let nails dry just a tad then take nail brush (dipped in red polish) and pull polish from the dot to the tip of the nail.
c. Paint rest of the nail tip with red.
d. Do the exact steps with the accent nail. In my case, black with silver drops.
Seal with a clear top coat…and quick dry drops.
I call these “Blood Splattered”
Think I’m all set to walk into the building with blood on my hands haha!
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Okie dokie trick-or-treaters…what are you dressing up as?

Mani Monday: Drugstore Finds

It’s fall but the weather has been feeling quite “springy” lately here in Michigan.
So instead of going for the dark polish that came my way earlier this month via my Julep Maven…
I decided to lighten things up with a little lilac sparkle!
This was the easiest and quickest mani I’ve possibly ever done…could have something to do with my utter disdain for the upkeep of a dark mani.
The color I chose still has a little “Halloween” to it…
Here’s what you need:
1. Any color polish you want, I chose Wet-n-Wild “Hallucination” & Confetti “Belle of the Ball”
2. Prep nails by buffing (makes the polish go on smooth, a must!)
3. Apply your base color to all nails (Lilac in my case.)
4. Pick any nail you want to be the “accent” nail using the clear glitter (hallucination) or do all 10 for a super sparkle effect!  I applied TWO coats of the sparkle on top of the lilac to catch the light.
5. Let dry, then apply a clear topcoat to seal in all that shine!
You’re left with a mani that looks amazing in any light without doing any hard work!  I should probably call this my lazy mani lol!
Let me know how any of your mani’s turn out!!
xo Rena

Nailed It: DIY Water Marble Mani

As promised……a marble mani!

 A water marble mani…ooh la la!


This mani was done after I shortened my nails (which I do every two months to keep them healthy and strong and that’s why you’ll notice some nail posts with different lengths…)
1. I started with a base coat of white polish (White Wedding)
2. Loved the lavender so much I kept my middle finger solid (Belle of the Ball)
3. Used cuticle oil, ok A LOT of cuticle oil around my nails and fingers so the polish wouldn’t get stuck to my fingers as much.
4. Bowl filled with cold water…added drops of polish into the water then stirred with a cuticle stick (pattern how you want…mine was totally random)
5. Quickly dip your nails in the polish/water mixture
6. Pull out, wipe around nails (should come off fairly easy if you used cuticle oil)
7. Add a clear coat and VOILA! Water marble nails! 


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This may be a shameless post or not really but I signed up to be a Julep Maven at Julep.  I pay $19.99 a month to get nail polish and other mani/pedi goodies in the mail every month!  I got my first package which included two different nail polishes and an exfoliating and moisterizing lotion…which you can read H E R E.

The shameless part…

If I get a certain number of referrals, I get a free month of goodies!! Amazing right?!  I think so.  You can sign up just like I did.  You’ll take a quick quiz to determine what your fashion style is by answering questions about outfits and shoes and things of the like.

My style: I’m a Bombshell!!

The link above that says “Go Go Go and click it” takes you to my referral page to sign up!  I’m not pushing you to do it, I just think it’s a pretty cool thing for us beauty freaks.

So that wasn’t THAT shameless, was it? 😉