Monday, March 25, 2013

Mani Monday


 



I used to be the worst nail biter/ripper with the ugliest nail beds and cuticles and hangnails.  For years and years my nails were never long enough to see the white.  My granny, who's always had naturally beautiful and elegant hands, would tell me that I could have such nice hands too but if I kept biting my nails and cracking my knuckles I would never get a ring to fit on there.  Well granny – I proved you wrong!  All I needed was that ring on there in the first place.  The day I got engaged was the last day I bit my nails (cracking my knuckles is a different story).  It’s been a year and a half since that ring has been on my finger and what a difference it has been for my hands.
 
I try to take a lot more pride in my nails now and especially enjoy getting gel manicures.  When they’re done properly (ie: not a speck of polish on your skin otherwise it leads to chips and peels off much easier), gel manicures last for at least 10 days and make my nails so much stronger.  They are double the price of a regular manicure though :(  Regular polish will last me about 5 days without chipping so while gel manicures are more expensive, I definitely get my value from them.  These photos were taken 5 days after my manicure and my nails are still looking shiny and pretty!  Neon is very in for spring right now and I love the super bright pop of colour.  My favourite J. Crew Factory leopard print scarf was sitting beside me so I grabbed that for the pictures.  I think I like neon pink and leopard together... giving me some inspiration for an outfit post...

On the last Monday of every month I will be posting my latest manicure and linking up with the lovely Heather from Glitter and Gloss.  If you have any nail care tips and tricks please let me know in the comments below.  I’m always keeping my eye out for something new!

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