How To Get Instagram Worthy Nails At Home!

If you’re like me, you might spend a least an hour a day on Instagram. I feel serious FOMO when I don’t check it at least a couple of times throughout the day. It’s a real problem, but that’s a whole other conversation for a different day.

My favorite Instagram content is from bloggers and vloggers whose content truly speaks to me but a good majority is mindless, aesthetically pleasing pics of food and beauty related inspo. Hair tutorials, makeup tips, nail inspiration and so on.

When I first saw an insta with stiletto nails, I was in awe of how beautiful they were. I admired their beauty and thought they wouldn’t be attainable. They’re ultra feminine and cute but let’s be real, they’re not practical for everyday life. Trying to type on your keyboard or buttons your jeans would be almost impossible.

The stiletto nails I’m going to show you how to do today are more understated and much more practical for everyday life.

Being on a budget (which is very often for me), everything I do in my life has to be affordable and I’ve had to go the DIY route more times than none. I can’t just go around willy-nilly, wasting money on things I could do for myself. So, just like my battles, I pick and choose what to splurge on and what to save on and my nails fall under the save category.

After much trial and error, I’ve found a way to do my nails on the cheap while making them still appear to be nail salon quality. I’m sharing this with you in the hopes that I can save you a little bit of extra money while keeping everything Instagram worthy.

If you follow my instructions exactly, you will end up with great looking nails where I promise you, you will end up getting compliments left and right. I’m not even being boastful or narcissistic. I really have gotten tons of compliments on my nails and people are surprised when I tell them I do them myself.

Before we get started, just a little information to keep in mind…..

You should know that I’ve had no formal training or expertise in the beauty field and the techniques I’m going to show you are self-taught and completely beginner level, so don’t be intimidated. It will cost you just under $10 bucks and with the products I’m going to be highlighting here, you will be able to replicate the look again for even less than that.

Yes, it is possible!

Before We Start, You Will Need…..

Make sure you have all of the following items as they will be crucial to achieving the right outcome:

  • Nail file of some sort ( or emory board if you will)
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail glue – any brand of your choosing, but I like the KISS Maximum Speed Glue
  • Set of different size nail tips-  the best and cheapest ones can be found here.
  • Nail polish of your choosing.

How To Get Instagram Worthy Nails At Home!

Having everything close by when you’re ready to start will make things so much easier for you.

Step 1.

Whatever route you choose to go with in regards to nail tips, before you can even begin cutting and shaping them, you’ll need to size your fake nails to fit your real ones.

Start with the index finger on one hand.

Find the correct size for that finger and then place the nail tips in order on the surface you’re working on as you go along sizing them one at a time (Placing them in order makes it easier for you to know which nail tip goes on which finger).

How To Get Instagram Worthy Nails At Home!

Please excuse the way my nails look! That’s what constant wear and tear on them will get you. 😛

Once you’re done sizing each nail and have them neatly placed on your workspace, it’s now time to work on the technique for getting those stiletto nails!

Step 2.

Starting with the index finger again, pick up the nail tip that you sized for that finger (we are now getting ready to clip parts of them).

With the nails clippers in hand, place the clippers at an angle on the outer corner of the nail tip (as seen in the image below).

Once you feel you’ve angled it correctly, go ahead and clip that little edge from the nail tip (don’t worry if the edges look a little rough, we’ll fix that later).

How To Get Instagram Worthy Nails At Home!

Repeat what you just did on the right to the left side now ( as shown in the picture below).

You will know that you’ve done it correctly if it comes out in a v shape.

How To Get Instagram Worthy Nails At Home

After you’re done with the nail tip that’s going on your index finger, finish doing the other nail tips for the other fingers, but make sure not to move them out of place because we’re not done yet!

Step 3.

Once we’ve finished cutting the edges off of all the nail tips for each finger, the next thing you will need is your nail file.

It’s important to smooth out the rough edges on all the nail tips before applying or else they will look very amateurish.

After you’ve finished buffing out all the rough edges for each nail tip, then we’re almost done!

How To Get Instagram Worthy Nails At Home!

Now that we’re finished with filing all the nail tips, the next step is to glue them on!

Last Step!

When gluing on your nails, I’ve found that the most efficient way to glue them on is to pour a little drop in the middle of the nail.

It seriously helps the glue to last longer and prevents the glue from caking up on the bottom of the nail!

After you place your glue on one nail, with an even hand you want to slowly align the nail tip with your natural nail and the press down firmly for about 30 seconds. If you use the KISS glue, it will dry very quickly!

How To Get Instagram Worthy Nails At Home

Once you’re done gluing on both hands, you’re pretty much through!  It may take a couple of tries to get it just right, but as soon as you do, you’ll find it so easy that you won’t even have to think about it!

You can have a look at the picture below to see how it’s supposed to look!

How To Get Instagram Worthy Nails At Home!

As far as painting your nails, it’s really up to you what color you decided to paint them, but I used Klean Colors pastel purple polish and I finished the look with a coat of wet n’ wild’s wildshine matte top coat.

Wet N’ Wild has really stepped up the nail game. I’m obsessed with their matte top coat because I feel it makes certain polishes really stand out! My second favorite from their range is the megalast polish in the color ballet pink. It’s a beautiful subtle pink color. I’m not even being sponsored to say this, these are all things I went and bought!

Here’s the final look nail polish and all.

How To Get Instagram Worthy Nails At Home!

 

I hope you found this tutorial somewhat easy! This is my first time doing a sort of how to post and I’m planning on doing many more. If you try out this look, please come back and let me know how it turned out in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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How To Have A Good Day By Caroline Webb

 

If you’re a frequent reader of my blog then you know of my obsession with cookbooks. I’ve probably done a million reviews here on my blog. I haven’t been doing them much lately because I found out that even though I love reading them and trying out the recipes,  I don’t so much like reviewing them, so that’s why I stopped.

When I was looking for a new book to review, this one stood out to me, mainly because of the title. I like to think of myself as a positive person but I would be lying if I didn’t say sometimes, subconsciously, I get a little pessimistic. I think that’s true for almost all of us to a certain extent.

I had some pre-conceived notions about this book, because I thought that it sounded a little too simplistic, but you never judge a book by it’s cover as the saying goes, so I gave it a shot. Very glad I did too!

How To Have A Good Day By Caroline Webb

How many times have you woken up, started to get ready for the day and said to yourself, “I hope I have a good day today?” I think it’s safe to say that most of us have intentions for making everyday “good”, but sometimes no matter how hard we try to have a good day, everything seems to go wrong and the very thing you’re trying to prevent from happening has happened.

What if I told you that not only do you have a chance to make your days better and accomplish your goals, but you can also make yourself more able to handle life’s everyday problems?

That’s kind of what you get when you read How To Have A Good Day by Caroline Webb.

First a little background information about the author….

Caroline Webb is a management consultant and executive coach who has spent fifteen years at McKinsey and her own firm, Sevenshift, showing clients how to use behavioral science to boost their professional effectiveness.

In the beginning of the book, caroline gives an example of how not to approach situations within the workplace and an actual problem she faced working at a former company where her and another co-worker had differing views on how the day went and ultimately she learns that it wasn’t so much that things were working out better for her co-worker, but rather it was the way he approached things and set intentions that made their views differ whereas she went into the situation rushed, stressed out, and setting about the wrong intentions.

While this book is perfect for transforming your work life, it can also be applied to other aspects of your life as well. The tools presented to you in this book lay the groundwork for you achieving more success in each task you are faced with throughout your day.

Take for example the three important scientific themes that cut across the boundaries of disciplines and recur throughout the book.

The two – system brain: as caroline puts it,” The brain’s activity is split across two complementary systems – one deliberate and controlled, the other automatic and instinctive. ” These two systems will be prominent in helping control your brain systems as you navigate the building blocks in this book. 

The discover-defend axis: as caroline puts it, ” Subconsciously, we’re constantly on the lookout for threats to defend against and rewards to discover.” That’s basically what your discover-defend axis is, the discover part being that you receive rewards and are therefore happier and the defend part being that your in that flight or fight response. 

The mind- body loop: as caroline puts it, ” The state of our bodies and that of our minds are far more deeply entwined than we generally realize.” Hence why whenever we feel unease in our minds, our body responds with the same kind of unease. 

Those three themes are big and constant throughout this book as they serve as foundations to understanding the different techniques you will need to utilize in order to make yourself more in control of your mind.

I could go on further into the many types exercises you will learn in this book and more in depth as to the way our brain works according to caroline, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. If you’re interested in taking control of your mind and being able to have a “good day” , then I highly suggest getting this book. At the very least, you will be very enlightened by what caroline has to say about how our brains work.

 

Tell me below: What do you do to have a good day?

 

*** This is a sponsored post. I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinion expressed are my own and true.***

Spring Break Trip To Charleston, South Carolina

In about December of last year, I had a talk with my mom about us both wanting to go away somewhere for a while just to get a break from the mundane, day to day grind. It had been almost 6 years since I had been on a vacation at all, so as you can probably imagine, I was dying to go away some where.

We had a couple destinations in mind, but ultimately decided on Charleston because it fit well with all the things we were looking for in our next destination. It’s a place we’d never been to and offered plenty of activities as well as beautiful views.

The day we left, I was so excited and being that we had a 7 hour drive, I felt like we we’re never going to get there. Is it just me or does it always seem to take forever for you get to where you want to be when your going on vacation?

We arrived at our hotel at around 3 pm and got checked in and freshened up before we decided to go out to eat.

**Side Note: I completely failed on the blogger front because my intentions were to take a bunch of amazing photos, but I ended up with very few. I wish I could say I had a good reason, but I don’t. I guess I was having such a good time that all plans fell to the wayside.**

Spring Break Trip To Charleston, South Carolina

We stayed at the King Charles Inn, which is on meeting st. about a block away from king street which as most locals know, is a major shopping area.

It’s a beautiful hotel with great service. Need a good restaurant recommendation? They’ve got you. They can even book a tour for you if you want to know a little history about the town (which it is full of).  We booked a ghost tour because we thought it might be fun to be scared, and while it didn’t turn out to be what we expected (it was more a history of ghosts than actual scary type tour) it was still interesting and we met a few people from different parts of the country while on the tour.

After we finished “freshening” up from our long drive we left the hotel to go to dinner. We found a great restaurant close to our hotel called Hyman’s.

Spring Break Trip To Charleston, South Carolina

Lol, that’s my aunt and mom’s heads in the picture. 

Hyman’s is a well known seafood restaurant in Charleston where it’s visitors include a number of famous singers and actors as displayed on the walls. The service was really good but the food was UHMAZING! Seriously, it was the best seafood I’ve ever had and I’ve been to a lot of seafood restaurants in my time.

Spring Break Trip To Charleston, South Carolina

 

After we ate there, we headed back to the hotel and got some much needed rest. There’s nothing better than lying down in bed after a long drive.

The next morning we got up and did a little shopping and walked around town looking at all the different beautiful old houses. One thing I can definitely say about Charleston is that you get plenty of exercise through walking. It’s almost impossible to find parking and if you do, it usually costs an arm and a leg.

I didn’t mind much though because the cool breeze paired with the beautiful scenery and palm trees was very relaxing to me. I’ve always said that I would love to live by water because it calms me so much.

Spring Break Trip To Charleston, South Carolina

Spring Break Trip To Charleston, South Carolina

Walking around and seeing a lot of the town made me really  appreciate all the history and beautiful old buildings of Charleston, and while I also live in the south, none of our towns have quite the same historical elegance that Charleston has.

Another thing I really love about Charleston is the almost nonexistent access to free parking and I’m not being sarcastic in the slightest. Why would I possibly love this you might ask?

Well, for starters, yes driving is nice for when you have to drive long distances, but how many times can you say you walked around a town or city (excluding major cities of course)? Not only is it so beautiful and calming but it is the best workout you could ask for. Seriously, my legs hurt the next day from all the walking we did.

I said to my mom and aunt that I would love having a nice little apartment there in the middle of town with a cute little bike I could ride around everywhere and that would be a dream life for me.

Spring Break Trip To Charleston, South Carolina

That night, we decided to go on a Ghosts Of The South Tour, because I’m fascinated by the idea of ghosts and I though it would be scary and fun.

I think by far the scariest thing on our tour was our meeting place. When we were told to me up with our tour guide in a dimly lit part of town and in front of a random building, needless to say we were a little worried for our safety. Our fears were soon relinquished when we saw the other group of people meeting there as well and we got to talking with them.

This tour was more of a facts and history tour than a scary  one, regardless, we still enjoyed ourselves. One of my favorite spots we visited on the tour was Poogan’s Porch. The story goes that sometimes at night, staff and guests alike have seen the ghost of Zoe St. Amand, a woman whose mental state was deteriorating towards the end of her death and some think she stays behind at Poogan’s because it’s the last place she remembered living after she died.

The actual restaurant was named after a stray dog that kept showing up at the restaurant and would never leave so the restaurant owners decided to name the restaurant after him.

Spring Break Trip To Charleston, South Carolina

Last thing I wanted to mention about this trip was a cute little shop close to our hotel called Peace Pie. They were recommended to us by the staff at our hotel and what a great recommendation it was! This fairly new shop in Charleston sells all types of amazing ice cream sandwiches. Just look at the menu above and you can see all the delicious offerings they have! A huge bonus was the guy who served us was very friendly and seemed to really enjoy his job! It’s so refreshing to see someone that’s genuinely a happy person!

 

I would be lying if I didn’t say the one of the reasons why I went to Charleston was because a lot of the scenes from the notebook were filmed there. However, the main locations I wanted to take pictures of were not easily accessible to me so I didn’t get the chance to take those pictures. For one, Boone plantation (the place noah and ally stayed when ally had dementia) charges $20 a person to enter and I didn’t want to pay $20 just to take some pictures.

Secondly, I tried finding the American theater where noah and ally had their first date, but I had trouble finding it, mainly because there was another theater that looked very similar but had a different name and the other reason was because my gps refused to help me navigate king street while walking. It was still a very great trip non the less!

I enjoyed Charleston so much that I would seriously consider moving there. If you ever get the chance to visit, then you definitely should!

Thanks again for reading! Let me know below your favorite travel destination!

 

 

Klean Colors Pastel Collection Nail Polish Review

With spring literally a few weeks away, I thought now would be as good a time as any to talk about all things pastel. When I think of spring, I think Easter, beautiful flowers in bloom and bright colors everywhere.  Also, pastel certainly comes to mind as the embodiment of spring.

I’m a huge fan of anything pastel and this new collection of nail polish from Klean Colors did not disappoint.

Klean Colors Pastel Collection Nail Polish Review

This is my first time learning about Klean Colors, which I wouldn’t have found out about had I not searched nail polishes on Amazon. That’s where I found this collection.

The brightness, beauty and vibrancy of these colors is what attracted me to them. Not to mention the price was very reasonable for what you get.

Klean Colors Pastel Collection Nail Polish Review

The pack comes with six total pastel colors and each color is true to it’s given name. While I like cutesy names beauty companies give to their product, the naming of these six polishes makes it easier to remember so that if someone asks what color you’re wearing, you can without a doubt say pastel blue.

Klean Colors Pastel Collection Nail Polish Review

My favorite of the six has to be the pastel orange. The reason being, I feel like orange compliments my skin really well.

The texture of these polishes are great because they allow for a faster drying time and it only takes two coats to get a full (sheer free) color.

Klean Colors Pastel Collection Nail Polish Review

To give you a good picture of what the polish looks like on, here’s a pic of them on my nails and as shown in the pic to the right of my nails, I provided you with swatches so you could see the true color payoff.

I really enjoyed these polishes and would definitely buy them again given that they are such as good buy for the value.

What do you think of these polishes? Is their a nail polish brand that you know of that not a lot of other people do? Be sure to leave a comment below!

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