Easy Easter Nails – 3 options

I meant to post last year several looks for easy Easter nails but never got around to it. But Easter comes around each year so you could also look at it as well planned for this year. 🙂

Start with a couple of good matte / cream pastel shades: 

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Your choice of colors can really affect whether these look Easter-y or not so I’ve put together a few options from different nail polish brands. Shown above left to right (what I used): Essie Turquoise & Caicos, Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth, Sinful Colors Orange Cream, Sinful Colors Unicorn, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Wet N’ Wild 210C Tropicalia


Possible Pastel Color Sets:

Sinful Colors pastels set “Sugar Rush” display:
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  • Mint Apple (pastel green, not shown)
  • Unicorn (pastel yellow)
  • Orange Cream (pastel orange)
  • Sweet Tooth (pastel purple)
  • Sugar Rush (light turquoise)
  • Cotton Candy (pastel pink)
  • Sweet Nothing (pastel blue)
  • Candy Coated (another pastel purple with a hint more blue)
  • Sugar & Spice (another pastel pink but darker than Cotton Candy)

Essie pastels set:

essie-temporary-photo(I’ll try and go back and take a few more photos of possible Essie colors soon)

  • Lapiz of luxury (periwinkle / blue purple)
  • Neo Whimsical (lilac / pinky purple)
  • Turquoise & Caicos (pastel turquoise)
  • Tart Deco (pastel orange with a hint of pink)
  • Check-up (though there are tons of pinks that are possible)

Wet N’ Wild pastels set:

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  • 201C Wet Cement
  • 218A I Need a Refresh-Mint
  • 213C On a Trip
  • 208B Through the Grapevine
  • 209C Candy-licious
  • 210C Tropicalia
  • 211B Club Havana

Additional polishes:

  • Base Coat
  • Any pure white nail polish (optional – used Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”)
  • Essie’s “matte about you” top coat (optional)
  • Your favorite glossy top coat (if no matte coat used)

Keep in mind that if you have trouble combining colors, want a simpler look OR simply want to spend less money on polishes, choose one pastel color and white for your pattern accent.


Option #1 – Your easiest option – Multi-color pastels (Least skill needed):

Just paint each nail a different pastel color. Base coat, multiple colors of nail polish, top coat, done. And if you have it available, I like matte like Essie’s “Matte About You” for the top coat. 🙂

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Option #2 – Polka Dots (your second easiest option):

Additional tools needed: Something to make dots with. This can be any of the following:

  • a hairpin – you’ll need to straighten it some
  • toothpick – you may have to draw with this if the end is smaller than the dot you want
  • straight pin (sewing) – inserted in a pencil eraser for better control and so you don’t poke yourself

easy-easter-nails-dotting-tool

If you’re expecting perfection you either need a steady hand or maybe try out a stamping tool instead like Konad.


Option #3 – Zig Zag / Chevron (a little bit harder but still easy):

Additional tools needed: 

  1. Scotch tape
  2. Zig Zag scissors / Pinking Shears (easily found at most craft or sewing stores)
  3. Regular scissors (small is better in my opinion)
  4. Glossy top coat required

Chevron-Stripes-nail-polish-easy-easter-nails

I have in fact tried the method shown by Birchbox here. When I tried directly on my own nails though, I must not have pressed down on the tape enough because I had nail polish leak under it in places. The only place I had good success with this method the few times I tried it was not on my own hand (on plastic nail trays.)

But I found an even simpler method – we’re going to create our own chevron nail striping tape which is easier to get right as well as creating crisper edges. We want easy Easter nails right?

Chevron Striping Tape Steps:

  1. Paint your scotch tape with several coats of nail polish. Paint a little more tape than you think you will need. Paint and let dry, paint and let dry. Be sure to really let this dry before you move on to the next step. (For informational purposes – mine sat overnight on the tape dispenser because I thought I was going to do my nails yesterday but didn’t.)
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  2. Cut your tape with the zig zag scissors. This may take a couple of tries to get lined up the way you want so don’t worry if the first piece isn’t what you want on your nails. I used the mug in the photos to hold my tape parts temporarily.
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  3. Apply the chevron strips to your nails. Use as many or as few as you want (also depending on your nail size.) I didn’t use tweezers but they may help place the tape if you’re having trouble.
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  4. Trim the excess tape using your small regular scissors. Shown are sewing thread scissors. Cuticle scissors are also small.
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  5. Add a clear top coat or two to seal the tape in place and you’re done!

And there you have it, 3 options for easy Easter Nails!

Update: The chevron tape lasted about 3-4 days before the thinner chevrons started coming off. I’m not sure if it might last longer with an extra top coat or without the matte polish underneath.

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Sinful Colors Thimbleberry vs Essie Boat House vs Zoya Elodie – Matches, mismatches, dups & swatches

I love Essie “Boat House” which is a lovely coral color that isn’t too harsh. But it’s an older Essie color (and no longer available) and it’s one of the worst nail polishes I own in terms of chipping. I think this may be the case with older Essie colors. And it seems like there was some sort of formula change at some point because I’ve only had problems with some clearance Essie polishes I purchased over the summer.

So I’ve been on the lookout for other colors I could replace it with. I already owned Sinful Colors “Thimbleberry” but it’s a little bit darker than the Essie and not quite close enough (though fairly close.)

So when the Zoya three free promo happened, I went through my spoons and double checked colors online and picked out Zoya’s “Elodie” to try and replace “Boat House” with. Swatched it looks like the perfect dup which makes me happy. I have yet to try it out to see about chipping but I’ve not had any problems with that on Zoya polishes (matte polishes on the other hand simply don’t last as long but that’s a different story.)

Check out the video if you want to see how these look, different angles, and lighting:

 

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Review & swatch: Essie House Boat

I absolutely LOVE this color for summer. The one problem however is that it chips quickly.

I’ve tried several different base coats and several different top coats. 2 layers of nail polish, 3 layers. Every time is seems to last maybe 3 days tops before starting to look really bad.

Most of the other Essie polishes I’ve tried last about 5 days and even then they don’t deteriorate so quickly. So if anyone knows of another color that looks the same but last longer I would love to know!

Correction: It’s “Boat House” and I’ve found a nail polish to replace it with I think!

Birchbox Glamour Magazine July 2012 unboxing

 

  • Color Club nail polish in Blue-Ming – looks like Essie Turquoise & Caicos in the bottle but they are different enough on that I’m glad I have both. The Color Club is a little brighter and a little more in your face whereas the Essie is a little more demure.
  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black (not waterproof)
  • Harvey Prince fragrance in Eau Flirt (you know the drill by now, synthetic fragrance is not my thing)
  • Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum – this is ok. There are better but this is acceptable: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/company/Supergoop%21/
    Here’s the 2012 Sunscreen Guide: http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/
  • Tea FortĂ© Minteas Reboot in Cocoa Mate – these are organic and have yerba mate as an ingredient. I thought I had these in some other flavors but it turned out that what I had were actually SenCha mints in different flavors. These taste VERY similar.
  • Neon Earbuds – cute but lacking in bass… tried them after the video and they’re a little too tin-y. I’ve actually bought $10 earbuds before that sound better than these. I was kinda excited to get these but they ended up in the trash they were bad enough.

Link to Glamour’s “getting pretty” playlist: http://www.glamour.com/spotify

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