Polished Picks: Mod-ern Gal

There is not a better way to relax than to get a manicure or pedicure. I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with nail polish. I recently went through all of my polishes, and entered them into a Google Docs spreadsheet. I realized there are a lot of them that I haven’t worn in a long time. I decided to challenge myself to wear each and everyone of them. I’m also documenting my opinion of them on the spreadsheet. I thought it might be kind of fun to share that with you too.

This week I’m sharing pictures of OPI’s Mod-ern Gal. Well, at least I’m pretty sure that is the name. I’m missing part of the sticker, so I did a comparison on OPI’s website. This is the closest match I could find. It is a bright orange, that screams summer. As with most OPI lacquers I liked how easy it was to put on. Two coats and done for a bold, opaque shot of orange.Again, these are cell phone pics. I think I only have one or two more weeks worth before I make it to my pics with my regular camera.Do you/would you wear bright orange polish?

Polished Picks: Secret Admirer

There is not a better way to relax than to get a manicure or pedicure. I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with nail polish. I recently went through all of my polishes, and entered them into a Google Docs spreadsheet. I realized there are a lot of them that I haven’t worn in a long time. I decided to challenge myself to wear each and everyone of them*. I’m also documenting my opinion of them on the spreadsheet. I thought it might be kind of fun to share that with you too.

This week I’m sharing pictures of Sinful Colors- Secret Admirer. Sinful Colors is a cheap polish you can pick up at Walgreens. However, it is really good quality product for the price.

This color has a silver glitter in it too. Sadly, you can’t see that in this picture. I really liked that it wasn’t just another vampy, black polish. The glitter made it fun. It was opaque with only two coats, and lasted almost an entire week without any additional coats of color or topcoat. Sorry these pictures aren’t the best I have a few weeks worth on my phone before I decided I wanted to do this on the blog too. I promise they will get better.

*I was inspired to do this by All Lacquered Up*

How To: Beach Hair

I planned on writing up a post for this weeks Friend Friday. However, I can’t answer any of the questions very well. I won’t be enjoying any summer vacathttps://noguiltfashion.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpions this year. Instead I thought I would share my “Beach Hair” with you. I recently got a 3-barrel iron for something else to do with my hair while it is growing out. Last week, when we were talking about hair care I shared that I use Moroccan Oil as a heat protector for the occasional times I do use hot tools. I also, love how Moroccan Oil  makes my hair feel even when I don’t style it.

You can start one of two ways.

Option 1: Start with clean damp hair. Apply a small amount of Moroccan Oil and comb through.

Finger dry hair with a blow dryer on low. If you have a diffuser that is even better.

Option 2: The same as option 1 apply a small amount of oil. It is OK to use the oil on dry hair. It is very lite and doesn’t leave your hair with a greasy feel.

Pretty sexy huh?

Step 2: Section off your hair, and take two inches pieces and begin using the iron from the top of each section. Work your way down each section.

Step 3: After finishing all of the sections I use a dusting powder to the roots at the crown of my head. Be careful, because, a little goes a long way. Also, if you use too much it will whiten your roots. After rubbing it in I lift and tease the hair at the crown.

Step 4: Finish with your favorite hairspray!

Voila! Beach Hair!

How To: RED Manicure

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This week for Andie’s Wearing Red for Women event I’m changing it up a bit. I have been sporting a red manicure for most of the month. I thought I would do a little how to, so you can see my favorite red nail polish.
 Start out with clean nails. 
I buff and file my nails after removing my old polish. I use a hand lotion than run a Q-tip with nail polish remover over my nails to remove the excess oils from my nails.
Apply Base Coat
I use Bonder a rubberized base coat from Orly. It really helps the color adhere, and I found I have fewer chips when using it.
Apply Color
 I choose Monsooner or Later by OPI to support Women’s Heart Health Awareness month. I like OPI colors, they seem to last fairly well. They are a little pricey, but I’ve lucked out by picking up a few colors here and there on clearance. I’ll post another time with my favorite cheaper polishes.
Apply Top Coat
 I like to top off my manicures with two coats of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry clear coat. I’ve never found a top coat that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. They don’t seem to ever deliver on their promises of a perfect two week manicure. However, I stick with the Insta-Dry top coat for two reasons. I love the wide applicator, and the dry time is pretty short. That last part is the main reason. I don’t have time to sit around and wait for my polish to dry.  If I use two thin coats of this and re-apply every other day my manicure usually makes it about a week.
My last trick is that I actually suck at painting my nails. Usually I paint them at night, and use cuticle oil in the morning to help rub off the extra color. My nails look great, and nobody is any smarter.
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