Mani Monday: OPI’s Black Cherry Chutney

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Happy Mani Monday everyone!

I thought I would share with you my latest nail color because it’s so pretty! I got this OPI color on clearance and I love it! It’s called Black Cherry Chutney. There is a subtle red sparkle to this deep purple and when the sunlight hits it this color makes my heart leap. This is a great color for fall!

If you can get your mitts on a bottle of this gorgeous lacquer pick it up and add it to your collection. You will be so happy you did!

Make it a great week, friends!!
The Blushing Baker

Spooky Halloween Nails

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One (of the many) things I love about October is Halloween. It’s fun and spooky and, if I’m being honest, the candy is pretty awesome. I love decorating my home for fall, too. A few days agoΒ I put out all of my pumpkins and jack o lanterns, candles and votive holders. I’ll take pictures this week and post them so that you can see. It’s super cute and so inspiring! When our home is dark and lit with candles and the jack-o-lantern’s glow, it’s so magical! The other night the wind was even howling. The perfect and most inspiring environment for spooky Halloween nail art!

nails, nail polish, nail art, Halloween, spookyI decided to go with a nighttime sky scene. To create it I layered a few of the new colors from the China Glaze Fall 2015 collection, The Great Outdoors, which is amazing. The gradient is made up of Change Your Altitude (soft grey) and Sleeping Under The Stars (inky blue) on a latex cosmetic sponge. I used Color Club Black Striper brush (available through Cult Cosmetics nail art kits) to create the eerie, dark branches.

Next, to create the full moon nails, I laid down two IMG_2457[1]beautifully spooky, coats of Starry Night by Sinful Colors (this shade is part of their Dressed to Kill collection out for Halloween this year). It’s blacker than night with small pieces of glitter that pop through and gleam so bright. It’s a great polish and for only $1.99 you need to pick this one up. The moon was created using Essie’s Steel-ing The Scene and a large dotting tool. I added the clouds by using a sponge eye shadow applicator and El Porto polish (white) by Cult Cosmetics.Β I topped it all off with Seche Vite fast drying top coat.

I really like how these spooky these nails come out! The gradient could have been cleaner, but I still think they look good πŸ˜‰ It’s a fun start to the Halloween season and I can’t wait to try more spooky designs to share with you!

Until next time…
The Blushing Baker

Sparkly-Strong Nails!

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I recently rediscovered OPI’s Nail Envy. It has saved my nails! For the longest time my nails were peeling and breaking and I was miserable. I love painting my nails and I couldn’t. I just wouldn’t last. My nails would peel away and the polish would obviously go with it. I tried vitamins, strengtheners of all brands, nail masks – everything! And none of it was working. And then I decided I would try Nail Envy again. It’s pricey – but here’s the thing: it works! It took some time (about three weeks of treatment) but I finally started to see results. Most of my nails stopped peeling after the first full week and they were growing really fast!

Nail Envy, OPI, Nail Strengthener, Nails, before and afterThe final result was posted on my Instagram feed a week or so ago, but I am posting it again. Look at these beauties! Amazing before and after, if I do say so myself!

My new manicure routine is as follows:

1) OPI BondAid
2) OPI Nail Envy
3) Gelish Base Coat by American Classic Treatments
4) Two-coats Polish (whichever color/brand is tickling my fancy at the moment)
5) Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
6) OPI Drip Dry
7) Pacifica’s Indian Coconut Nectar Body Cream (I’ve been using this all summer! It smells ahhhhmazing!!)

For the sparkly mani pictured above, I chose Cult Cosmetic in Runyon for a sage-green base (it’s a lovely summer-to-fall transition color) and then topped it off with Carnival by Essie for some pretty glitter. I love how sparkly it is!! It would be a good clear coat glitter topper for galaxy nails. I’m working on those for a coming post as well. Stay tuned!!

Until Next Time…
The Blushing Baker

Nails of the Day: Dry-Brushed Neons

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Oh goodness. It’s been a month since my last post!! How shameful of me. We’ll never fear, I’ve got some #NOTD for you…Dry-Brushed Neon nailsies!!

I used Orly’s Pool Part as my base neon color. This orangey hue is so much fun. I keep coming back to it every summer! Then to give the manicure a pop of texture I just dry brushed on El Porto by Cult Cosmetics. I also use American Classic Nail Treatments for base coats – Growth Spurt and Gelish is my favorite combo. The top coat I use is Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

You should definitely give this method a try. It’s so easy!! And I’ve gotten so many compliments on this mani already!

Until next time…

The Blushing Baker πŸ˜‰

Dots!

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It’s #manimonday and once again I’m bringing the dots!! This week it’s a play on neutrals and brights with Essie polishes in Neo Whimsical and Stones N’ Roses. All you need for this look is a dotting tool or a toothpick and some polishes.

I’m also trying out some great new products from American Classics nail treatments: Growth Spurt and Nail Quench. I always use Gelous base coat and wanted to try their other products. I’ll keep you posted on the treatments… πŸ™‚

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Enjoy your evening everyone!!

Until next time…

The Blushing Baker πŸ™‚

Mani Monday: Peaches and Cream

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Check out my fresh #manimonday!! I’m calling this one Peaches and Cream (Yum!) I love these Cult Cosmetics polishes. They are so glorious! I created this look using Avalon (creamy-peachy-orange) and El Porto (white). All you need to recreate this is a dotting tool and some polish. It’s so simple to create a doticure.

(Please pardon my cuticles! The weather here in the Chicago area has been so unpredictable and my poor cuticle are falling apart. I’m trying a new cream…details to come, so stay tuned!)

If you haven’t yet, goΒ check out Cult Cosmetics polishes. They are so amazing! And no, they don’t pay me to say that.

Happy Mani Monday, friends!!

Until next time…

The Blushing Baker πŸ˜‰

Feeling Blue

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We had spring here in Chicago last week and now we’re back to winter. That’s just how it goes here in the Midwest!! So I figure this mani hits both seasons and helps me to make a seamless transition.

I used my Cult Cosmetics haul to create this look. Catalina is the most beautiful blue (1 coat!) and Melrose Place tops off the tips in a perfect chrome-like silver. Loving this look AND these polishes!

Keep on thinking spring, my friends…it will be here soon!

Until next time…

The Blushing Baker πŸ™‚

Cult Cosmetics Haul

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Check out this amazing haul from Cult Cosmetics!! I took advantage of their BOGO deal on nail art kits and I am so excited to try out each and every shade! From left to right Laguna, Stay Gold, El Porto, Avalon, Melrose Place and Catalina. There are also some chevron stickers and some amazing brushes to do some nail art with!

I am looking forward to swatching all of the shades for you!

Until Next Time,

The Blushing Baker πŸ˜‰

Lady Bird in Paris

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It may be obvious that I am not throwing my mani in the air in Paris. This photo is from a calendar a few years ago and I tore it out and put it up in cubicle as inspiration. Inspiration that I will in fact that be going there someday. It will happen!

In the meantime I will look at this photo and dream that of that day. Also, I will likely be wearing my fave Butter London shade, Lady Bird. This bright orangey-red is the perfect spring/summer red and pretty much looks amazing on any skin tone. If you haven’t tried Butter London before you really should. They are a 5 Free company and the polishes are consistent and beautiful.

Enjoy this spring weather, mes amours!!

Jusqua’Γ  la prochaine fois,

The Blushing Baker πŸ˜‰

Lavender Haze

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I cannot say enough about this gorgeous creme polish from Cult Cosmetics. The Roxy is a beautiful, pale lavender polish that you only need one coat to create the perfect kicked up neutral mani.

If you aren’t familiar with Cult, you should become aquatinted. Their polishes are 5 FREE and vegan friendly! Check them out at http://www.cultcosmetics.com. You will not be sorry!

Until next time,

The Blushing Baker πŸ˜‰