Today I am wearing a mani that is very fun for this time of year. It’s inspired by one I did last spring, but using brighter colors. I used Essie Where’s My Chauffeur, OPI Keeping Suzi At Bay, and OPI MY Boyfriend Scales Walls. The chevrons were done with @teismom Nail Vinyls, but the outlining was freehand (clearly!).
To replicate the accent nails, do one layer of turquoise and then a layer of white (leaving 1-2mm gap of turquoise around the cuticle and sides of your nail). After that has dried, place chevron vinyls over the nail and fill in any white areas with a dark blue. Peel off the vinyls quickly. Now all you need to do is add a thin line of turquoise to the tip of your nail and cover with a good top coat that won’t streak.
Warning: This post isn’t about nails.
I started wearing my Lock n Long Hair Extensions on June 9th. It is now August 8th, so basically I’ve had them in for 2 months. Before I ordered them, I found it really hard to decide if I should get them or not. I am in no way a professional, so I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to install them or take care of them. Most of the reviews online were by professionals, or people who have had extensions before and knew a bit about what they were doing. Therefore, I’ve decided to give you my very unprofessional and unexperienced opinion on these extensions.
I have pretty dark hair but I would never call it black. I knew it was darker than the darkest brown, but I didn’t think I would be the Black Beauty. I sent off an email to them including some photos of my hair, and within minutes I had a response saying that I should buy the Black Beauty and if it didn’t work, I could exchange it for a different color. I bought the Black Beauty and it matches SO WELL. People have a hard time believing that it’s not all my natural hair.
The package arrived within the time expected and it was overall just a good experience with the company.
The website and many bloggers claim that you are able to install them and tighten them yourself in 15-20 minutes. The extensions come with pliers and some beads and a link to a video to watch. When I actually got all of these things in my hands, I basically had a “no way” moment and called over one of my girl friends to help me out.
We watched the video 3 times and then got to work placing the extensions on my head. Once we both thought a section was in the correct place, my friend would pull the hair through and clamp the bead (which she said was actually very easy). There are 4 sections of hair in the package I bought, and it took us close to 45 minutes to get them all in. Once they were in we cut them the same way she shows on the video with some very sharp scissors to blend with my original hair.
That night I had a really hard time putting my hair into a bun to sleep in, and sleeping was actually really painful. My head felt like it was twice the weight as normal and I had a bunch of little plastic bits poking into my head. I was not okay, but I dealt with it. Turns out, we had just installed them too tight (I said we watched the movie, we didn’t necessarily follow directions).
I had them in for about 3 weeks before I needed the extensions to be tightened. It was a weekend and we were at a festival when I noticed. There was a bit of growth all over, but one of the beads had let go and one of my back pieces was basically dangling and I had to keep it up with a bobby pin for the day. It wasn’t noticeable to anyone except me apparently.
The next day I enlisted my wonderful boyfriend to help me fix the situation (I tried unclamping one bead and I couldn’t do it within a few minutes so I gave up). He used the pliers that came with the set to fix the one part that had come loose. It took him quite a while because the bead just would not pop open. He refused to do anymore until we went out and bought new pliers. We ended up getting these from Sallys because he liked the little circle area that is used to open the beads easier.
Since then I have to get him to tighten/move some beads at least once a week. We figure the first time the beads were clamped too tight so that is why they stayed in place so long. Now the beads are loose enough that brushing my hair will sometimes make the extensions come out of place, but the beads are now a lot easier to open and fixing it takes less than 5 minutes.
It’s terrible. Maybe you already know how to wash extensions because you have had them before. I still have no idea how to properly do this. After the first week I had build up on my hair by where the beads are to hold in the extensions. It was really gross, but no matter how much I thought I rinsed my hair, it would just never be completely rinsed and the shampoo would dry up. I don’t have a solution for this, but I do know that having someone help you wash your hair once a week is a lot better. They can see where it is rinsed and where it isn’t, and they are able to really get in there. If anyone has ideas to help me, please message me (:
Before bed I will brush out my hair, put in a leave in conditioner, and tie it up in a high pony tail or a bun. As long as there are no knots in my hair before bed, it seems to be fine in the morning. If my hair gets wet, I make sure to brush it out before it gets wet (if possible) and after. Im sure this is the same for any long hair, but before this I could barely get my hair into a pony tail so I didn’t really have to worry about knots.
I am also really careful about which settings I use on my heat appliances. For blow drying my hair i use the medium heat after coating my hair with a heat protector and make sure that everything is completely dry before using my curling iron. I then will apply more heat protectant and curl my hair on a medium heat, making sure not to leave it too long near the roots (I don’t want to melt the beads) or the tips (ew dry ends).
Overall, I kinda love these. I know they seem like a lot of work, and they are, but I would never be able to grow this hair naturally. My one big problem with these is that the connecting plastic part (connects the bead to the extension) is white and my hair is apparently black. If the wind blows my hair, or if I don’t tease my crown enough, you can see the white plastic sticking out (the boyfriend calls it “seeing my enhancements”). I really love that I don’t have to go to a salon for the install or the upkeep. And the price point is amazing for such nice quality hair. If you are considering trying these, I think you NEED to try them.
The last guest post during my vacation! I’m not happy to be flying home tomorrow, but I am happy that all of these ladies took time to help me out!
Casey is one of the nicest ladies I’ve met through Instagram and I’ve gained probably half of my followers because of her. She does awesome nails, so check her out!
“Hello everyone! I’m Casey from www.caseylanelovespolish.com, I’m so excited to be guest posting for Alicia today!
For this post I decided to try something new, and I’m really glad that I did! There have been a lot of posts around the web about these types of manicures, but mine was inspired by Gianna on Instagram. (@nailstorming) I started off trying to do triangles like she did, but it derailed pretty quickly from there. I’m still really happy with how they turned out!
For this manicure I used black acrylic paint for the lines, Pipe Dream Polish Happy Hour, High Roller, VIP Pass, and On The List, and HK Girl topcoat by Glisten and Glow. I love using these neons for nail art. They don’t require a white base, so I could paint this right over my topcoat! The polishes are so pigmented they even covered the black paint when I needed it to.
What do you all think of this type of nail art? I loved doing it, and I’m going to try it again so I will hopefully get better at it!
Thank you all for reading! And thank you again Alicia for the guest spot!!! I hope you’re enjoying your time off!!!
**Pipe Dream Polish sent some of the polishes in this post to me in exchange for an honest review.**”
Guest post by @ohmissnails! Shelly is such a sweetheart and her nail journey has been incredible to watch! Check her out (: "Hello Alicia's lovely followers! Alicia asked me to do a guest post for her while she was on vacation (my first guest post ever I should add) and of course I accepted! At first I was thinking I'd do a vacation themed mani since she is on vacation and all... but then I remembered a mani I did long, long ago. 27 weeks ago to be exact. A mani that was inspired by the amazing Alicia herself! So, I decided to recreate that ruffian mani for you all to enjoy (I've had a lot of practice since then so its a WHOLE hell of a lot better than the original haha!) Polishes used - "Stevie", "Carter", and "Malia" by Zoya. I love an all purple mani - purple is my favorite color if you couldn't tell lol! Anyway, enough rambling. I hope you are having an amazing vacation Alicia and thanks again for asking me to guest post for you! I really appreciate it!"
Yay! More cell service, so time to post another guest post (: This mani is by the wonderful @nailsbywis, an amazing nail artist who happens to live in the same city as me! "Well, here it is my mani... I was inspired by Margee of @Nailuminium and her watermelon nails :) ... They were pretty easy to do and I love the look ❤️ ... First I painted them black, did the triangles in white, painted 3/4 in red, then I added the green part. Finally I added the black seeds... Seche vite on top and voilá!
I did them just on time... I had a major break on my middle finger (cinderella hand) and I just cut them all off. i'm so sad! But I know it will grow again hehe
Thanks for asking me Alicia!"
Another guest post! This time by @lowcountrylacquer! Any other nail polish and beer loving girls must follow her!!
"I'm so excited to be guest blogging for Alicia! When she initially asked me to do a guest post for her, I had NO clue what I was going to do. I've been loving neons and gradients this summer, so I decided to do a neon gradient with a little twist.
To create this look, I first painted a base using Essie Blanc. Then I applied topcoat and let dry for a good bit. Once dry, I applied half-moon nail vinyls (sold at www.nailvinyls.com, IG @teismom) and sponged on a gradient using Essie I'm Addicted and Sittin Pretty. I did 4 coats of the sponged on gradient. Then I used a dotting tool and white acrylic paint to create the dots.
I really love how this turned out! Super funky! Thank you Alicia for asking me to guest post on your blog. It was such an honor!"
My first guest post is by the lovely @la_manisera
“Hello, Alicia’s readers! This is my very first guest post! (It’s my first blog post ever, actually, since I am blogless – you can find me on Instagram, though.) My nails today have no brand loyalty: the yellow is Canary Islands from the Julie G Summer 2014 Cruise Collection. The lighter gray is China Glaze Pelican Gray; the dark gray is Essie Sew Psyched, and the white is Essie Blanc. There’s even a bit of OPI My Vampire is Buff in there. I used a detailer from Winstonia Store to dab on the petals first, then fill in the spaces between them with other colors. I do have a thing for yellow nails this summer!”
Sitting on my deck admiring these Essie Neons. The dark blue is Chills & Thrills and looks purple in some lighting. The lighter blue is I’m Addicted. I did a coat of white, then two coats of I’m Addicted. Taped off the bottom using @teismom nail vinyls, then one coat of Chills & Thrills. I hear not everyone in the polish community is in love with the Essie neon collection this year, but I think they are great. Very bright colors, but not too highlighter like some other collections I’ve seen. Great for summer!
NOTD: chevron skittle mani featuring Essie Hide and Go Chic, Essie Beyond Cozy, OPI I Eat Mainley Lobster, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Tried using @teismom nail vinyls for the chevrons, but I wasn’t used to them, took too long to remove them, and messed up the clean lines. Womp womp. Oh well, gotta keep practicing!
I was walking by David’s Tea and was inspired by their summer collection colors. I don’t really have a good, bright green, so I left it out. Colors used are: OPI I Eat Mainley Lobster, OPI Koala Bear-y, and China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin.