What’s this, Laura? Why are you doing a post about nail polish? Isn’t this supposed to be a crafty blog?
Well, for starters, painting my nails does feel crafty, just using smaller brushes and tools! Secondly, this blog is filled with crafts, gardening, personal things – kind of a lifestyle blog at times, although that catchall phrase is a bit overused.
And did you know that I actually had a previous site called Laura Looks, way back in 2003? I did, and I almost forgot about it myself! It was going to be a beauty site – probably a blog, though I didn’t ever even think of it that way. I would review and share my favorite products once a month, and I’d ask readers for their opinions on their favorites.
Here’s a screen shot, which you can still see by going to the internet graveyard (at least that’s what I call it!) called the Way Back Machine on Archive.org:
I only did ran the site for two short months. Why? Um… Let’s just say it was because of some rather sudden major life changes and upheaval, and leave it at that. I’ve been thinking about that site over the weekend, and wondering – more musing really – at what such a site would look like now had I kept at it.
So, back to painting my nails! I wanted to try color blocking, a style trend that I first embraced in the ’80s when it was all over apparel. I remember (fondly, because I loved the ’80s) one particular sweater dress that was color blocked in electric blue-green contrasted with jet black. It was awesome, and I thought I was too whenever I wore it. (Oh it does make me cringe just a tiny bit, thinking how much I thought I knew back then, and knowing how little I actually did know. Hah!) But the nail trends then were bright nails, electric colors. Color blocking didn’t extend to fingernails, although I totally wish it had, now that I’ve tried this technique! For nails, color blocking is taking 2 or more colors and combining them separately yet in the same area in a geometric fashion.
I went to my local Walgreens to purchase what I needed. You can see my complete shopping trip in my Google+ album. Here’s what I purchased:
I’m super pleased to tell you that the current version of this hand creme – Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme – is the same thing, the real deal, and I’m happy as a clam. Although clams don’t have hands, do they? Weird turn of phrase.
I first began painting my nails as a young girl, but wasn’t allowed to go to school with crazy colors on my nails. I even sent away – I remember this so clearly – for a Sally Hansen nail polish sample with a coupon that was in one of the fashion magazines of the day, can’t remember if it was Seventeen or Mademoiselle. So I’ve used Sally Hansen products for a long time. Always has been my go-to choice for at-home manicures and pedicures. (Yes, I once went to salons to get my nails done on a regular basis. But that was then, priorities change, and I’m quite content to do my nails at home.)
Have you tried any of the fun nail trends like color blocking? You can get some color combination ideas on the Walgreens website, for techniques such as Block n’ Roll, Around the Block, Block Art, Think Outside the Block, and more.
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and COTY #cbias #SocialFabric. All opinions are most definitely my own!