Chelsea Crockett

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Hacks for the Perfect DIY Manicure

Most people say there’s only one way to get the perfect manicure… going to an actual salon and paying the expensive price for your nails. FALSE! I’ve seen DIY manicures…

Most people say there’s only one way to get the perfect manicure… going to an actual salon and paying the expensive price for your nails. FALSE! I’ve seen DIY manicures go totally wrong, and I understand it can be frustrating! So… here are a few hacks that help you save money and perfect a salon manicure at home :).

  • First comes first, how do you make your polish last longer? Even if your nails are already squeaky clean, go over them with some nail polish remover. This gets rid of any bacteria or dead skin that could prevent your polish from sticking for longer than a few days.Chelsea Crockett - DIY Dotting Tool
  • As far as decorating your nails goes, finding the perfect tool to make your designs isn’t always easy. All you need are some pencils (old or new!) and a few pins. Stick the pointy side far into the eraser and use the rounded side as a dotting tool!
  • There are a couple quick and easy ways to set your polish and hurry up the drying process. Pam’s cooking oil, believe it or not, is perfect for preventing smudges! After spraying them with that, dip your nails in ice cold water. This speeds up the polish’s hardening process tremendously.
  • Lastly, the way you apply your polish in coats is very important. It’s much better to apply small, thin coats instead of one thick coat. One thick coat will allow the top layer to dry much faster than the under layers and be more vulnerable to smudges!

Good luck insiders :)! – Chelsea

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DIY Gel Manicure

Going to get your nails done is always a great time! Getting a gel manicure is wonderful, because it lasts for about 2 weeks. You get to sit back, relax,…

Going to get your nails done is always a great time! Getting a gel manicure is wonderful, because it lasts for about 2 weeks. You get to sit back, relax, and have someone else do all the work…it’s fun until the bill comes. The problem is that it’s SO expensive! They’re great to get every once in a while, but affording to keep them up can be costly. I recently discovered a way to give yourself a gel manicure at home with a few simple (and cheap) products! Take a look!Chelsea Crockett- Gelous Advanced Nail Gel

What you’ll need:

  • Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat: the must-have!
  • ANY nail polish
  • ANY top clear coat

This requires 6 coats, but I promise it’s worth it! Also, let nails fully dry between each coat of polish. Keep each application thin and don’t apply too much polish at one time. Apply each polish in this order:

  1. Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat
  2. Nail Polish Color
  3. Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat
  4. Nail Polish Color
  5. Top Coat
  6. Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat

Voilà, you’re all done! Make sure you give your nails plenty of time to dry before doing anything. You’ve just created your own perfect set of gel nails!

-Chelsea

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Valentine’s Day Manicure Tips!

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away!  It’s time to start thinking about who you want to spend your day with, what you’re going to wear, aaaaand what fabulous…

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away!  It’s time to start thinking about who you want to spend your day with, what you’re going to wear, aaaaand what fabulous manicure you’re going to show off!  Besides makeup, I love doing my nails.  Sometimes, a simple French manicure is the way to go. Other times, I paint all of my nails to represent the fun of a holiday!  Whatever I am feeling, I always follow these important tips.Chelsea Crockett - Valentine's Nails

When filing your nails, always file in one direction.  Try not to file too far down the sides of your nails or make them too short. Hard files can cause damage to nails and create splits. Always protect your nails with a clear polish before applying colored polish.  After following those guidelines, create and enjoy your masterpieces!

Many chain stores sell Valentine stickers that you can use to create some show stopping nail art.  You can also use bows, hearts, glitter, pink, red, and white polishes to create your dramatic look.   A design like on the right is simple, festive, yet different. The ombré design may look hard, but one YouTube tutorial later and you’ll master it! There are hundreds of online tutorials to teach you how to do almost any design. Before painting your nails, just google image Valentine nail designs and your styles will be endless!

XOXO, Chelsea

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Nail Cheats for the Perfect Manicure

Going to get your nails done isn’t cheap. Especially for something that you can simply do at home without emptying your wallet! Maybe your painting skills aren’t the best, but…

Going to get your nails done isn’t cheap. Especially for something that you can simply do at home without emptying your wallet! Maybe your painting skills aren’t the best, but there are a few things you can do to help improve your home-manicure results for a salon finish!

To start off, make sure your nails are clean of any old nail polish, dirt, etc. Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and wipe your nails to ensure they’re 100% clean. After that, push your cuticles down as far as you can so your polish will stay on longer. It doesn’t matter what you use to do this. Simply using your other nails to push down the cuticles works just fine!

Now comes the fun part. Pick out whatever polishes you want to use on your nails. You can either paint them yourself or, if you’re not the best nail artist, have your mom or friend do them for you!

Chelsea Crockett - DIY ManicureA manicure wouldn’t be complete without a fun design or pattern. One of my favorites is the design on the left. You can choose any three colors and go to town! Whatever the lightest polish of the three is, paint your entire nail that color. Then wait until your nails completely dry (I suggest putting them in front of a fan to speed up the process if you’re in a time crunch). After your polish is entirely dry, place a piece of scotch tape crooked on your nail, whatever way you want the diagonal to go. Then paint a couple coats of the darker color on top of the lighter polish that isn’t covered by the type.  Then repeat the process with the darkest color.  Finish it off with a topcoat and you’re set!

Now you can be a pro manicurist right in your home :)! Enjoy!

XO – Chels

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Angled French Manicure

There is a new kind of French manicure that I am crazy about. It is a little more edgy and modern than your regular French manicure, with a little extra…

There is a new kind of French manicure that I am crazy about. It is a little more edgy and modern than your regular French manicure, with a little extra oomf. Here is how to create the new angled French manicure.

  1. Paint your nails with your base color. I chose a shiny nude shade.angled french manicure
  2. With a thin nail brush, paint a “V” shape towards the tip of your nail. You can get special detailing nail polish with thin brushes almost anywhere! I get it super cheap at the dollar store.
  3. Fill in the “V” with your regular black nail polish.
  4. With a gold Sharpie, outline the edge of your “V”. Finish off the look with a coat of clear polish to seal the design.

I love this new modern French manicure because it is fresh and unique. If you want to make a statement at prom or anywhere else, rock this new angled French manicure!

XOXO, Chels

 

ps. I got this idea and picture from the blog “Nailed It” !

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DIY Gel Manicure

Have you heard of the new trend called “gel” manicures? They are pretty expensive manicures where the top coat of the manicure seals the nail polish for a few weeks…

Have you heard of the new trend called “gel” manicures? They are pretty expensive manicures where the top coat of the manicure seals the nail polish for a few weeks or more. It is super handy because the polish doesn’t chip or come off for a long time, so you don’t have to worry about re-applying your polish once it starts to chip. Here is a super cheap (only 5$!!) way to give yourself a gel manicure!

What you will need:

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–          Gelous Advanced Gel Coat (you MUST have this!)

–          Any nail polish you want-

–          Any top coat you want

Make sure to follow the instructions on the back of the “Gelous” bottle, because they will tell you the exact technique on how to achieve this manicure! If you are having trouble getting the technique down, YouTube has tons of videos that will show you how to give yourself this manicure. Some of my friends did this before the Homecoming dance to save money and give themselves a manicure that would last, and it worked! I was super impressed with how they turned out. If you are a nail polish lover like I am, then this is perfect for you! You can find these products at your local drug store, such as Walgreens. So next time you are tempted to pay 30$ for a gel manicure at the salon, save your money and give yourself one for FIVE DOLLARS!!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Best Kept Beauty Secrets

Hey Insiders, Today I am going to fill you in on some of the best kept secrets in the world of beauty. You might be surprised at what you find!…

Hey Insiders,

Today I am going to fill you in on some of the best kept secrets in the world of beauty. You might be surprised at what you find!

1. Do you have dry brittle hair? Here’s a great trick.  Use mayo as a hair mask! It may smell kind of disgusting while you are applying it, but it gives you’re a hair a quick picker upper. The oils and fats in mayo give your hair moisture and a shiny sheen. There is also egg in mayo, which works to strengthen your luscious locks.

2. Don’t pick at a chipped nail. If you cant stand having cracks in your nail polish and cannot get to a salon, check this tip out. Grab something small and sharp (items like toothpicks, or the tip of a pin works) and swipe a tiny bit of nail glue into the crack, let it dry, and then paint over it with a base coat and polish.

3. Get shiny hair in seconds. Douse your hair in ice water. The cold of the water seals your cuticles. This makes your hair look smoother, silkier, and shinier. The one warning I will give you is not to dip your scalp in the water if you are prone to brain freezes. If you can handle cold water, working it into your scalp is actually very beneficial to hair growth. The cold stimulates your hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

4. Use Pam help solidify your manicure. By spraying Pam cooking spray on your freshly painted nails, it is preventing them from smudging or getting divots. Oil helps them dry faster!

 5. Got super oily hair and need a quick fix? Snatch up a packet of plain dry oatmeal. It absorbs oil just as well as powder and dry shampoo, and it’s easy to brush out. It is also super cheap and you can find it around your house!

Are you surprised at what you have found? I know I was.

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