5 Easy Tips to Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

10 Nov


Taking the time out of your busy day to paint your nails is not always easy. I love having freshly polished nails, however I sometimes have to force myself to sit down, take the time, and just paint them. Because it takes such an effort for me to actually give myself a manicure, when I do I really, REALLY want it to last. There is nothing more aggravating than spending thirty minutes on your nails just to have them dull and chipped the next day. So not cool.

The bottom line is: we all want our manicures to last longer. Preferably until we just get tired of the color. Here are some simple tips that will help you get closer to achieving that goal.

1) Start with a good basecoat. Yes, it is an extra step so it adds a little bit of time and work to your manicure, but it is so worth it in the end. It often will double or even triple the life of your manicure. Before applying the basecoat, it is essential that your nails are super clean and dry. This assures that your basecoat and polish will adhere properly; if there is any oil, dirt, or resudue polish will not adhere to your nail. The basecoat that I recommend is Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat. Read more about it here.

2) Steer clear of hot water and hand sanitizer. I’m totally not telling you to skip showers in order to preserve your nail polish. Everyone would rather you have chipped polish than stink! Instead when you are doing chores or something else that involve your hands being submerged in hot water for a long period of time (i.e. washing dishes, hot tubs, long baths, etc) try and keep your hands above water as much as possible. A quick fix for the dish washing problem is to simply wear gloves (or have your husband do them! Ha!).

3) Update your topcoat. I’m assuming here that you are using a topcoat in the first place – which you should be. A quality top coat is essential to preventing chips and keeping your manicure shiny. However, though you may be using a topcoat, you might not be updating it. What I mean is, after about two days of wear, your topcoat will typically begin to wear off and your nails will be more susceptible to chips and will lose shine. To prevent this, just slap another quick top coat over your nails every few days and, if you do have any chips, another thin coat of polish will quickly take care of that. You will be amazed at how great this keeps your manicure looking.

4) Speaking of topcoat, don’t forget to apply it under the tips of your nails. The very tips of my nail is where my worst chipping always occurs. But, after I began extending the application of my topcoat over the tip and under my nail, my polish has all but stopped chipping. My favorite topcoat is Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat and you can find out more about this product, including where to buy it, here.

5) Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. Wearing rubber gloves when doing housework can really prolong your manicure, however applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to your nails and cuticles will not only moisturize but also provide protection for your polish. Applying a quick absorbing moisturizer frequently and liberally to your hands will keep your cuticles and nails healthy and, in turn, make for an altogether better manicure.

If you follow these tips, you might really be surprised at how well your manicure will wear. I have had my polish last for more than 10 days! Though many would disagree, I really do not think it matters much what actual brand of polish you use. I have oftentimes had just as much success with a $5 bottle as a $25 bottle. In the long run, it is more about proper application and maintenance, not labels.

I hope you enjoy!



OOTD: Army Jacket

22 Oct

I just had to share with you the beautiful sunrise that I experienced a few days ago! I love mornings!

I am so obsessed with this army jacket right now! It is a little oversized which makes it so comfy and the color goes with everything! I was somewhat skeptical at first, but it really is the perfect fall jacket. For this outfit, I just paired it with a tshirt (from Old Navy), a simple black skirt (from Maurices), booties (from Target), and a fun camo scarf (also from Maurices)!


Ike said “show the camera some love!” Lol



Now, I have to post just a few more Kyleigh pictures. I just can’t help myself.



OOTD: comfy cozy

17 Oct

Sometimes I have those days where all I want to do is stay in my pjs. All. Day. Long. Even though I love clothes and putting together new outfits is one of my favorite things to do, there are still times where I just want to be comfy and cozy. Luckily, I have a wonderful job that allows me to wear great fashion, express my own style, and permits cute, comfy outfits like this one!

A simple oversized sweat shirt, leopard scarf, leggings, and knee high boots kept me both comfortable and stylish for a day at work.



Leggings, sweatshirt, leggings, scarf from Maurices. Boots are Madden Girl by Steve Madden also from Maurices.

And Kyleigh because she is so darn cute! 🙂


OOTD: rule breaker

7 Oct

So I’ve already done my post about the “no-white-after-Labor-Day” rule and, in an effort to practice what I preach, here is me rocking my white skinnies in October! I’m such a rebel! (haha!) I wore this outfit to work and then to a friend’s birthday dinner (happy birthday Travis!). I think the white pants work great in this fall outfit!


Pants, top, and scarf from Maurices. Gold bracelet from Old Navy. Booties from Target.




I just couldn’t resist sharing these pics of my cuties Keiko and Tikka. 🙂 precious huh?


OOTD: stripes to the max(i)

5 Oct

I know I’ve been absent lately from the blogging world *sigh*. I’ve just been so busy and working on some other fun, fashion-y projects. From now on, though, I’m going to try and blog a little more often. Pinky promise!

Today’s post is all about an outfit I wore to work this afternoon. I love this maxi skirt! The fact that it’s long but short at the same time is fun with just a touch of sexy. Sorry the pictures aren’t the best quality. The lighting inside my house is pretty crappy at night!


Skirt and studded smoking slippers from Maurices. T-shirt, necklace, and bracelet from Old Navy.


Kyleigh is always jumping into the pictures! Today it was with bunches of kisses!


Review: Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat

11 Sep


I rarely get the opportunity to get my nails done professionally however I love the look and the lasting results that a salon manicure delivers. No matter how good the top coat is, when I paint my nails at home, I inevitably have chips after just a day or two. No one wants to spend an hour on awesome nail art to have it chipping away the next day! In the hopes of ridding myself of those pesky chips, I picked up Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat at Sally Beauty Supply for $7.00. This is the most amazing nail product I have ever used.

I applied a thin coat to my dry nails then, without waiting for it to fully dry, painted on my nail color. Next, I waited for the color to dry then repeated the process with another coat of bonder and polish. Finally, I topped it off with my favorite Revlon top coat.

Currently I am on day four of my manicure and I don’t have a single chip, smear, smudge, or blemish. It literally looks like I just painted them. I have not been easy on my polish either. They have been through scrubbing the shower, washing dishes, and even bathing the dog. I have had just as good luck if not better with this Orly Bonder than I have had with past salon manicures. The only con to this basecoat is that it did seem to make drying time take a little longer, but I would sacrifice a little extra dry time any day to prolong the life of my manicure. All in all, this is an amazing product that is more than worth the money.



DIY: Burlap and Muslin Wreath

29 Aug

Today was my day off. Since I have been working so much lately, I vowed to make it an actual day off with only minimal housework and lots of relaxation. Of course, I just couldn’t resist another project and here is what I came up with!

What you will need:
hot glue gun
stick wreath (You can get these for super cheap! Mine was only $3.00!)

I began by cutting a piece of burlap into a long strip, wrapping it around the wreath, and gluing it into place with my hot glue gun.

Next, I made my little muslin flowers. I really love these guys and think they would be super cute on pillows and tons of other projects. To make the flowers, cut a piece of muslin into a long strip. The length and width of the strip are up to you. Obviously the longer and wider the strip, the bigger your flower will be. Then tie a knot in one end of the strip.

Then you want to begin wrapping the remaining length of the strip around the knot gluing it with your glue gun every wrap to secure. I like to twist as I wrap every now and then just to make the flower bulkier and more interesting.

Continue wrapping until you have reached the end of your strip of muslin.


When you reach the end, simply tuck it on the back of he flower and glue down with your glue gun. I made five of these for my wreath.


After finishing my flowers, I began cutting the burlap into strips.

In order to get that ruched, scrunchy look I wanted, I took one end of the strip, picked out one of the little frayed strings and began pulling.


Once it has scrunched up about half way down the strip, I switched and repeated the process on the other end of the strip.



I did this to five strips for my wreath but you could always do more or less. After this was complete, I arranged them into circles on the wreath itself and secured them with my glue gun.

To make the “leaves” for my flowers, I took the raffia and tied several pieces together to form a bow.

After the bow was tied, I cut the looped portion of the bow to make the frayed ends.


Using my glue gun, I then fastened these under the burlap on the wreath.

Finally, I added my little muslin flowers and yay! All done!


I am so happy with how it turned out! I think it would be just precious on a front door or on a wall inside! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Hope you enjoy!

p.s. I must admit, I did have some good help! 🙂