Nails

Dollar Tree Electric Nail File Review (11/18/2019)

Hey beauties! I am back with ANOTHER amazing Dollar Tree find. I always find great things at the Dollar Tree for some reason. I actually really love going there for a ton of stuff because there is a lot you can save money on like cards, gift bags, tissue paper, table cloths, party decorations, party favors, coloring books and more!

This time I went to the Dollar Tree I found an electric nail file and although that doesn’t sound super intriguing, it actually is! If you go to the salon, they use electric nail files to take off gel and acrylic polish and finishes! I found a smaller (obviously cheaper) version at the Dollar Tree.

This little electric nail file does a great job with taking off excess cuticle, filing down your nail and taking of thin layers of polish! It runs by a small battery! If you are looking for a quick way to just file your nails and buff them out this is for you. If you are looking for something heavy duty to take off thick layers of acrylic/gel polish I suggest investing in a better quality one from a SALLY’s Beauty Supply Store or even Amazon!

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-Stay Chic,

Dollar Tree Nail Caps Review (11/14/2019)

Hey beauties! I am so excited for today’s post because it is ALL about these Dollar Tree Nail Caps and you know ya girl loves the Dollar Tree. I have done so many cool Dollar Tree finds in the past and these have to be my #1 favorite find thus far.

Anyone else suck at getting their nails re-done? I know I am awful at it because I always put it to the back of my mind until it’s REALLY bad and my nails are seriously out-grown. Well, because of this I usually try to do the whole soaked cotton ball and tinfoil trick.

If anyone has tried to do this alone knows how much of a pain it is to maneuver the tinfoil with tinfoil fingers. It rips, it is not on tight enough, the cotton ball moves, you’re barely able to rip off more foil for the next finger. It. Is. A. Huge. Mess.

Well, I found these nail caps at the Dollar Tree and I am obsessed because it takes away the mess and the nail caps are reusable. It even does just as good of a job as the tinfoil does! I totally recommend buying two packs of these because it comes with 5 nail caps per pack!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment below what your thoughts are on these!

-Stay Chic,

Airport Outfit And Nails (10/12/2019)

Hi my fashionable beauties! I am en route to Disney World right now and I was really feeling the outfit I chose to wear to the airport. I usually try to dress pretty cute for the plane ride because I am the type of person that I am always on the go and in a rush. Since we’d be going straight to the parks I figured I should dress the part right?

If you follow me on Instagram (@stephanierussell11) then you would know that I posted my outfit on there and I was getting so many compliments and messages even about my nails! I am AGAIN always in a rush so the day we were leaving I got my hair done, packed, shopped for my outfits and Ryan’s outfits, packed for Ryan and got my nails done!

For my outfit I wore some super cute oversized ripped jeans, a vintage Mickey Mouse crop top, some converse sneakers and a Michael Kors fanny pack. I loved this outfit and I even loved my multicolored nails! I got the crop top from Target on clearance which was such a steal, and I was able to snag this Michael Kors fanny pack for $14 at Marshalls which was amazing! I especially love the chain detail on the fanny pack.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment below your favorite part about this outfit!

-Stay Chic,

Dollar Tree Nail Caps Review (8/16/2019)

The actual name of this post really doesn’t make sense if you have no idea what I am referring to but I will explain everything in just one moment. First, I wanted to talk about the Dollar Tree because recently I have been noticing the Dollar Tree’s quality for items they have in-stock are definitely going up. Plus, they have a ton more options now for products.

So, back to the nail caps. I am a terrible girly girl when it comes to my nails. I used to keep up with always having my nails done and looking cute but I just can’t anymore. There is so much that goes into to the upkeep of nails that I just can’t commit to that. I even suck at getting my nails done, and getting them properly taken off. Usually, I just let them looked chipped and gross until I conjure up the time to take care of them. I don’t know what it is but as I get older I feel there is less time in the day to do what I need to get done.

As I was looking through the isles of the Dollar Tree I saw these items called nail caps in the nail section. I am so bad at getting my gel nail polish taken off that all the time I have to do it myself with tin foil and cotton balls. If you’ve ever used tin foil to wrap a wet cotton ball to your own finger (especially when 9 fingers have tin foil balls on them and you have one more finger to go), you understand the struggle.

Well, I found a holy grail product that will keep you from having to use the tin foil on your nails again and eliminate the struggle. Just head to your local Dollar Tree and pick up the nail caps. You can use these to soak your polish off without struggling for 10 minutes with tinfoil. It’s super simple, rip a cotton ball in half, dip it in some acetone, pop it on your nail and put on the nail cap.

I truly love this product because it is effective, it gets the job done and it makes your life 100% easier. I recommend buying these! It comes with a pack of 5 but you can always buy two packs so you can do 10 at once. I hope you enjoyed this review and please make sure to subscribe to emails for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what you think of this product.

 

-Stay Chic,

New Gel Manicure (1/28/2019)

Hey beauties! I just got my nails done and I am actually so obsessed with them I had to share. So, I was going to take my graduation pictures for college (which I am still in denial about) and I realized I was going to be holding my grad cap in the photo. I sadly realized this while in class and when I looked down my nails were atrocious. I had to go and get them done immediately.

This time I was forced to go to a place I’ve only been to a handful of times before (which were also last minute appointments). After telling the nail tech that my natural nail keeps splitting from the years of gel manicures and acrylics, the nail tech made a suggestion. She had told me that gel nail polish wouldn’t help my nails but the new powder gel polish will make my nails stronger. I decided to test it out and so far my nails don’t seem as brittle and I actually love the color of the powder polish as well.

I definitely recommend trying the powder gel manicure because my nails did feel stronger even after taking the polish off. I got a very pretty deep mauve color which pairs well with so many outfits and looks really good with gold rings. I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on the powder gel manicure.

-Stay Chic,

5 Secrets to the Perfect Cuticles (11/3/2018)

Hey beauties! I am here with some amazing intel on how to get and maintain the perfect cuticles. This is important information especially considering that the cold weather is coming around. Once it gets cold out it is very important to make sure that you keep your skin and especially your lips, feet, hands and cuticles hydrated! These things can get chapped very easily so make sure to take care of yourself!

So what are these 5 secrets to the perfect cuticles?

1) Use a cuticle balm or cuticle oil

This is an important step because for some, hand lotion just won’t cut it when you need to hydrate those cuticles. Make sure to go the extra length and grab a cuticle balm or oil to moisturize them to make sure they stay healthy!

2) Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

It is so important to moisturize your hands during these cold months. If you are constantly moisturizing this will help keep your cuticles in okay shape. Make sure you are using a hand lotion that hydrates well and has shea butter or vitamins in it. Cheap moisturizers don’t help much but if you get the right one then you’re set!

3) Stop pulling and picking at the cuticles or hanging skin around your nails

This is something you must remember to never do. If you peel, pull or pick at this skin you are leaving yourself open to infection. Try to just cut away at these with the cuticle nipper until it resolves itself. If it isn’t resolved and it ends up turning into a cut make sure to treat it with antiseptic, peroxide and a bandaid to prevent infection.

4) Sleep with Vaseline on your hands with gloves covering them.

This is a trick I learned from my mother and grandmother. It’s the best trick to have very soft hands and healthier hydrated cuticles. All you need is the petroleum jelly to be spread in a thick layer on the hands and cuticles then make sure to throw some gloves on. You’ll be able to wake up and feel the difference!

5) Keep on top of grooming your cuticles

A huge problem is that the cuticle has excess skin that needs to be removed. The cuticle itself shouldn’t be removed because this prevents infection but you can push the excess cuticle back a little. Use the cuticle nipper to make the nail bed more clean by clipping off the excess cuticle that was pushed back. Be careful when doing this.

Follow these steps and you should be golden! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content! Comment down below how you keep your cuticles healthy!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Fall Favorite Nail Colors OPI (10/2/2018)

Hey beauties! I recently had gone to Bed Bath And Beyond and I was on a mission to find some cute nail polish for fall as well as a new top coat. When I browsed the nail isle I saw a good size basket full of OPI nail polish on clearance. Usually, OPI runs around at about $9 per bottle. The two OPI nail polishes I got were only $4 and change. I got two for the price of one.

The first shade I chose for this fall was this pink shade that has a tinge of orange to it. The shade name is I’ll Have a Gin & Tonic. I just thought this shade looked like the orangey color of the changing leaves.

The second nail polish I got is this slight army green color. The shade name is This Isn’t Greenland. I thought this was a perfect fall shade and it looks even better in a neutral color pair of open toed shoes.

I loved both of these polishes and I think they are more than perfect for the fall time. I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and comment down below if you’ve gotten any good bargains from Bed Bath And Beyond.

– Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Best Spring Nail Colors (5/22/2018)

Spring has sprung and I am excited to jump into what my favorite nail colors for this spring are! I went with a ton of colors seen in the SP ’18 fashion week and seen in recent street style looks! So which nail colors made the cut?

– Hot Pink: I picked this because hot pink was seen a lot during the SP ’18 fashion week

– Lavender: I also chose this because lavender was seen in many runway designs for the SP ’18 collections!

– Gray: I chose gray because I have been seeing a lot of gray plaid designs that look almost like suit fabric in street fashion lately! I took inspiration from this fad and made it into a spring nail color!

– Dark Green: Dark green has been coined by Vogue to be one of the most popular colors of this Spring and Summer so I decided to take inspiration from this!

– Aqua Blue: For this shade I didn’t necessarily see many trends with this color but I thought I would bring a summer vibe color into spring!

– Periwinkle: Periwinkle was seen a lot on the runway this SP ’18 season and decided to incorporate it into my top spring nail color picks! It also happens to be my favorite shade of blue.

These are the colors I chose for the best spring nail colors! I hope you love these picks just as much as I do and I also hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Salon Gel Nails At Home (4/19/2018)

If you have ever wondered if there is a way to get salon gel nails at the comfort of your own home, I’ve got good news for you! There is a way to do it and for a low cost too. All you have to do is run to your local Target or Walmart.

Once you g t to your local Target or Walmart snag one of these SensatioNail polish to gel transformers. These are only $25 and change which is definitely affordable for gel nails. With this you can either purchase their nail polish colors or transform any regular nail polish to a gel manicure!

It’s also easy to do instructions:

1) Prepare your nails for application of gel polish.

• Remove all polish from nails

• Wash and dry hands

• Push back cuticles with the slanted edge of the manicure stick

• Use the silver side of the double sided nail buffer to shape nails.

2) Buff nails with pink side of the double sided nail buffer.

• Buff until natural shine from nail is removed

• Remove any dust from filing and buffing

3) Squirt some of the gel cleanser onto a lint-free wipe and wipe off each nail

• Do not soak the lint-free wipe, simply dampening the wipe is enough

• Let nails dry for around ten seconds after application

4) Apply one coat of gel primer to each nail

• Use sparingly

• Let dry after application

5) Apply a thin layer of the gel base & top coat to the dry nails

• Avoid the skin alongside the nails and cuticles

• Cap the top of the nail by running the nail polish brush along the nail tip

6) Place nails under the LED lamp for 30 seconds

• Place hand under plugged in LED lamp and the sensor should automatically turn on the light

• The light will automatically shut off after 30 seconds

7) Shake the color gel polish or regular nail polish and apply a thin layer to the nails

• Avoid the skin alongside the nail and the cuticles

• Cap the top of the nail by running the nail polish brush along the nail tip

8) Place nails under LED lamp for 60 seconds

• Place your hands under the lamp and it will automatically turn on. Once it turns off you will have to put your hand under the lamp for another 30 seconds

9) Apply a second coat of color gel polish or regular nail polish

• Avoid the skin alongside the nail and the cuticles

• Cap the top of the nail by running the nail polish brush along the nail tip

10) Place nails under LED lamp for 60 seconds

• Place your hands under the lamp and it will automatically turn on. Once it turns off you will have to put your hand under the lamp for another 30 seconds

11) Apply a thin layer of gel transformer to nails

• Avoid the skin alongside the nail and the cuticles

• Cap the top of the nail by running the nail polish brush along the nail tip

12) Place under LED lamp for 30 seconds

• Place hand under plugged in LED lamp and the sensor should automatically turn on the light

• The light will automatically shut off after 30 seconds

13) Squirt the gel cleanser onto a lint-free wipe and wipe each nail

• Wipe until each nail is smooth to the touch and there is no sticky residue

• If necessary repeat step twice

REMOVAL: Picking off the shellac manicure or removing it incorrectly can cause damage to your natural nail; however following the proper removal technique will ensure your nails remain unharmed.

This manicure can be removed in three easy steps:

1.) Use the gray side of the Double Sided Nail Buffer to buff the shine off of the polish on your nails

2.) Soak nails in pure acetone for at least 15 minutes

• The longer you soak the nails the easier the polish will come off (don’t do this for more than 30 minutes)

3.) Scrape the dissolved polish off of the nails using the manicure stick

4.) Repeat each step however many times is necessary to fully remove the polish from your nails

I followed these steps and my nails look amazing and are definitely salon grade nails! I was super happy with how this product works and recommend trying it out!

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

I Got My Nails Done (3/21/2018)

It has been such a long time since I got my nails done. I stopped getting my nails done for a long while because I decided I wanted to give my nails some time to breathe. I have had acrylic tips on for over 3 months and have intermittently gotten acrylics put on and off for over 4 years now.

My nails became so brittle and paper thin, I thought enough was enough and I needed to take a break. That’s what I did! My nails have gotten stronger, but they will never be the same. They split and crack very easily so after a few months of taking a break, I decided to get gel manicures. I couldn’t handle having nails that would continuously crack on me.

After deciding to get a gel manicure I wanted to do something different for the color as well. I usually do nudes, pinks and reds but I wanted to change it up and do something that gave a wow- factor.

So I went with my favorite color blue, a sky blue! I love this color because blue skies make me so happy. I also picked to have gold for my ring finger because I thought it would super cute! The manicure costed only $25!

I hope you enjoyed this post and comment below what you think about this manicure!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell