Oh, hello friends. Why don’t we sit down for a moment and tell a story about how the internet is amazing? Please, pull up a chair. Pour yourself a glass of wine (or drink it straight out of the bottle, like I may or may not be doing at this very moment).
I haven’t been so good at focusing this blog lately. Much like my life itself, A Little Bit Ginger has only a vague relationship with the concept of direction. So while yesterday I posted some tongue-in-cheek humor, the day before that I showed you how to create a classy ombre fade on your digits (which, I must say, has held up quite nicely so far).
Anywho, because of said post I connected with the ladies of Two Laquered Girls and Megan’s recent rave review of Julep Maven club. $20/month for, oh, $40 worth of nail swag? And a quiz to determine which package is for you?
You guys, on a scaled of ashamed I’m somewhere between that time in elementary school when I couldn’t hold it any longer and that time in middle school where I tried to bump a volleyball and my front-clasping bra came undone. Phew, here it goes: I stumbled upon The Beauty Department, which I almost immediately fell in love with prior to realizing it was founded by Lauren Conrad. I mean, damn it, LC, every time I want to hate you I find something with your fingerprints on it that is too fun to deny. I refuse to read your books
a ghostwriter probably wrote, that’s just a step too far.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to figure out this whole ombre nail thing because when done right they look chic and stylish while retaining a certain youth that I’d like to hold on to for dear life. I mean, come on, even HSN is selling ombre polish sets.
Since the great Fire of 2K11, I’m still building up a nail polish collection that would let me do the one color per nail method of ombre, so instead I used a makeup sponge along with Zoya Miley, Essie Chinchilly, Zoya Petra, and OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. Maybe by the end of the summer I’ll have enough polishes to use try this out with brighter shades. (Side note: does your college neighborhood have a nail polish named after it? I didn’t think so.)
Fair warning, if you decide to try this method out, your digits are about to get dirty. I don’t suggest doing this if you only have half an hour before your date picks you up. (Is that how dating is supposed to work? I don’t remember.)
I am admittedly obsessed with looking at other people’s nails on the internet. Have you ever searched Pinterest for nail art? YouTube? Homegirls are talented. I, however, am not. Once in a while I’m able to draw a heart or basket weave pattern, but with a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen ($7.99) it really isn’t very difficult.
Of course there’s a thin line between cute and trashy, but nails with tasteful half moons and just-this-side-of-hood-rat swirls tend to catch my eye. Since I’m a book nerd and all, I thought I’d try the über popular and seemingly easy newspaper nail. If you aren’t familiar, it’s supposed to look something like this:
I refuse to spend money on manicures anymore. I can do just as decent a job in the comfort of my own home for something that will chip within days if not minutes as, like the rest of my generation, I spend my days typing. (The downside to doing your own nails, of course, is not getting the arm or neck massage that is included while you sit under the drying lamps.)
Benefits of doing an at-home nail job (I came thisclose to making an inappropriate joke completely on accident but caught myself - phew) include:
- Whatever television program you desire as background noise. The cheaper nail salon on Lincoln and Montana (for those Chicago-area readers who care to know its locale) is usually playing a terrible DVD at a ridiculous volume. I can only see the camel riding scene of Sex and the City 2 rewound so many times before it gets annoying.
- Not spending energy worrying if and what the technicians are saying about you. The upside for me is the occasional word I catch when the ladies are speaking Chinese. Unfortunately the only words I catch generally refer to pronouns so I don’t actually know what’s going on, but I feel proud of myself nonetheless.
- Keeping the cash for yourself.
Now, I know you might be shocked to learn that a blogger with a day job in education lives on a budget, but it’s true. Part of how I live my classy Oh girl, your nails look fresh lifestyle is following Zoya on Twitter and cashing in on their freebies and discounts.