Beauty Tutorial: No-Chip Manicure AT HOME

I am super excited to have Chelsea from {little lessons in a BIG city} guest posting today on how to get a perfect no-chip manicure from the comfort of your couch.  Besides being my book club blogging buddy, Chelsea is also a fellow Iowan where she just moved back to, is the proud owner of her super cute Etsy shop, TwoCoins, and seems to always have life together all while having the perfect manicure.  I can’t wait to get home to try out SensatioNail’s no-chip at home gel manicure (buy here).  Thanks for guest posting Chelsea!

finished producthello {The Thread Affect} friends. I’m chelsea. & I blog over at {little lessons in a BIG city}. I am so excited to be here today. and to show you my newest beauty tool: {SensatioNail’s at home, gel manicure kit}. along with the simple, “anyone can do it” steps!

SONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSCit’s truly amazing. nothing beats going to the nail salon with friends & getting pampered. but this is without a doubt the next best option. [& more cost-effective than going to the salon every two weeks]. it definitely takes a tad longer, but the second you’re done can stuff your fingers in your purse. or do your hair. or whatever your heart desires. because you’re done. you don’t have to wait for them to dry! the no-chip manicures last longer, and if you just so happen to have an accident .. you have the tools at home to fix it! there are many, many DIY no-chip manicure kits available. I picked the SensatioNail kit, because of it’s price & the tools it came with. [I got mine at walgreens]. you won’t regret it.

thank you for letting me take over The Thread Affect today!

if you would like, I’d love for you all to stop over to my corner of the internet. {my blog}. {facebook}. {twitter}. {instagram}.

[happy travels megan!!]



Hair To: Alternative Braid by Twist Me Pretty

20130207-143318.jpgWell hello there gals!  I’m Abby from Twist Me Pretty and I’m here to share with you the super easy and chic hairstyle I call the alternative braid.  If these steps are a little bit confusing, have no fear, you can watch my video tutorial here.

altbraidfullresStep one:
You are going to need some type of curling iron.  It can be a wand or an iron, whatever you use to curl your hair will work.  We don’t care so much about the curls here as we do the texture the curls create.  Once your hair is curled tease the roots just a bit to add some volume.

Step two:
Pull all your hair to one side.  I always pull my hair over to the thickest side because I prefer that look more on me.  Either side however works.

Step three:
Split your hair into two sections and twist both sections of hair towards each other with your fingers.  I like to roll the hair around my pointer fingers.

Step four:
Place the two sections of hair you’ve just rolled into your non dominant hand.

Step five:
Take the pointer finger of your dominant hand and wiggle it through the two sections of rolled hair.

Step six:
Use that pointer finger as the guide to split the hair into two new sections.  Then you’re just going to repeat these steps until you get to the end of your hair.  Split, wiggle and twist!

Step seven:
Now this is the step where the magic happens.  You’re going to tug and loosen those strands of hair with your dominant hand while you’re holding the ends of your braid with your non dominant hand.  This is where you will pull your own creativity into the style.  The shape of your braid is completely up to you depending on how and where you tug on the pieces of your braid.  Just keep in mind, the more you tug on your braid the thicker it will be, but the faster it will fall out.

Step eight:
Tie off your braid with a clear elastic.  I purchased my nice stretchy ones from Sally’s but you can get the nice ones from any beauty store.  I would avoid any elastics you get from the grocery store as they are super hard on your hair.

Step nine:
This step is completely optional.  If you end up pulling out too many pieces and your braid starts looking too loose near the nape of your neck you can grab a small section of hair from the front and a small section of hair from the back, as shown in the picture.

Step ten:
You’re then going to fold those two sections of each other and secure the strands with a bobby pin.  Again, these steps are optional!

I’d love for you to stop by my corner of the internet and say hi!  I’m a stay at home mom with the two cutest babes and I blog all about my life and the things I love.  If you’re interested in more hairstyles check out my style gallery and my hairstyle ebook!

You can also follow me on Pinterest, Facebook and instagram @twistmepretty!

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Fabulous Finds: Glitz and Glamour

With the Oscars this Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to share five fabulous beauty finds that help keep you picture perfect all night long through the red carpet, award show, and after party or in normal person life through dinner, drinks at the bar, and late night dancing.  Go here to get your printable Oscar ballot and vote for your favorite nominees!

{Beauty for Real Illuminating Makeup | $15 | Each product (lip gloss, mascara, and nail polish) has an LED built into the cap so you can reapply wherever, whenever}

{Daliia Ayurvedic Couture Herbal Kohl Liner | $28 | Made from natural ingredients and safe for inner rims of your eyes with a handy mirror built into the top}

{Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks | $5 | Stash these in your purse for easy touch-ups all night long}

{Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel | $8 | Gel-like shine and chip proof polish for up to 11 days}

{Chanel Chance Eau Tendre | $68 | Light, fruity, and delicate with touches of Jasmine}

Making A Statement

When getting ready for a night out, we girls always worry about the obvious:  Hair done.  Makeup flawless.  New dress.  Perfect jewelry.  Killer High Heels (both in looks and in “I might die if I wear these”).  But what about the easiest, cheapest accessory?  Your nails.  Nail polish costs a mere $3-$8, can be used in numerous combinations for years to come, and finishes off any outfit with ease.

I love a dark nail polish since it makes me feel edgy yet in-control, two things I definitely am not.  After seeing the statement nail trend everywhere, I decided to snazzify my usual ho-hum dark nail with a glittery ring finger statement by using Orly Plum Nior for the base coat and OPI Bring on the Bling for the glittery statement nail.

Apply the first coat of Orly Plum Nior in three simple strokes: middle of the nail, right-side, and left-side.

Allow the first coat to dry for two minutes then apply a second coat of Orly Plum Nior. Tip: keep the coats nice and thin, nails will dry quicker and be less likely to smudge.

Wait five minutes and apply the statement nail on your ring finger using OPI Bring on the Bling making the glitter as prominent as you like (I did two to three quick coats).

Apply a top coat to seal the glitter and presto-chang-o you have a statement nail!

Have you ever tried a statement nail?  If so, what colors have you tried? What are your thoughts on the new nail trend?