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New nail polish | Cinna-snap

It’s, uh, been awhile since I’ve done a nail polish post. The last one was in fall 2015 (!) — sorry about that oversight!

It’s actually been months since I painted my fingernails. But I rectified that recently by trying out a new polish, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Cinna-Snap.

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

I didn’t do anything fancy with the manicure, like adding chevron stripes, as seen here, or dipped in sparkly polish, as seen here. Just straight on with the single “Cinna-Snap” color. I think it dried a little darker on my nails than it looked in the bottle — I liked the final color, a warm red somewhere inbetween red and burgundy.

I waited about five minutes, then did a second coat of the nail polish, waited another five minutes, and then topped it off with my go-to quick-dry top coat, Seche Vite.

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

UPDATE:

Being a quick-dry nail polish, I wasn’t sure how long this polish would really last. Even with two coats of the nail polish plus the top coat, the nail polish only lasted a week. But it did look really good for that week. Then, almost like clockwork, after that week, it started chipping around the edges. And chipping is always more noticeable with a darker nail polish.

Below is what my manicure looked like yesterday, a week and a half since I first put on the nail polish. (This is also what it looked like right before I took it off.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sally Hansen manicure, Cinna-snap polish, after a week and a half

Final verdict? I liked the color and the quick drying time, which is what I primarily needed the polish for for when I bought it. I just need to be aware that this polish lasts only a week and not to expect it to last longer than that. (I normally prefer a manicure to last two weeks, which is probably why I usually prefer metallic nail polishes, which I’ve found to have longer staying power.)

Did you enjoy another nail polish post? What is your favorite nail polish color or brand? Please leave a comment and share. 🙂


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The sparkly girl

Today’s blog post title comes from my husband. I wore this ensemble to a house concert of live music and poetry, and there were breaks for mingling and socializing. My husband pointed me out to others as “the sparkly girl,” since I was wearing a sequined tank top. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

I went for a “casual yet dressy” vibe because there was no dress code circulated prior to the house concert event. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a carpeted or a hardwood floor, or if it was going to be held outside or inside. Therefore, I didn’t want to wear high heels, so I knew I would be wearing flats instead. I wore my sequined tank top because it was comfortable but also dressy because of the sequins. I finished it off with basic black ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage book cover purse + bracelets

I added a bit more quirk with my vintage book cover clutch and a bit more sparkle with my Greg Michaels crystal earrings, which I chose to echo the circular shape of the sequins. The chrome layer of my chevron self-manicure also echoed the metallic shine of the sequins.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevrons + sequins

I had fun with my makeup! I rarely wear a lot of makeup, but I decided to make more of an effort that night. I went with purple tones on my eyes, blending lighter and darker shadows on my lids, and lining with a dark purple liquid eyeliner. I also layered two lip stains, starting with a dark purple shade and then topping with a pinky burgundy stain.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl makeup

Finally, I added a little sparkle to my hair, as well, clipping one side of my bob back with a sparkly bobby pin. I then slightly curled my longer bangs with a large-barreled curling iron, in order to get a bit of a swoop to the side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob with sparkly bobby pin

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

The evening was fantastic — good music, good poetry, good conversation — and I’m glad I felt comfortable so I could just focus on the evening’s entertainment. I really liked how this “sparkly girl” outfit turned out — what about you?

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Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

Fall term started last week! I have actually worn this outfit twice recently, including on the first day back to school. And it marks a second time that I’ve worn these burgundy pants (which I dyed myself) and animal print scarf as part of my “back to school” outfit. Two years ago, I paired the ankle pants and scarf with my safari jacket and bronze heels.

Librarian for Life + Style | Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

Details:

  • Cable knit cardigan, Brooks Brothers, thrifted {similar in long-sleeve}
  • Burgundy ankle pants:  Macy’s, dyed by me in 2013 {very similar}
  • Leopard print cap-toe flats, Macy’s {very similar}
  • Animal print scarf, fashion-swapped {similar}
  • Brown leather tote bag, JCPenney’s, old {similar}
  • Wood watch, c/o JORD {exact, Ely style in black}

Librarian for Life + Style | Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

Of course I have been choosing outfits that complement my chevron manicure. The deep burgundy of my dyed ankle pants coordinates nicely with the burgundy stripe in the manicure. The dark wood of my JORD watch coordinates with my brown leather tote bag. And my animal print scarf echoes my animal print flats. In my style world, color-coordination = love. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron nails closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

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Chevron manicure for fall

Fall term began this week, so you can expect a lot more work outfits coming up. But during my last bit of free time before fall term, I decided to try a new manicure. I was inspired by the recent “Your Style” issue of InStyle, which showcased a chevron manicure. I looked at the picture and thought, “I could do that!”

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure inspiration

And here’s the final result of my own chevron manicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure

I chose chrome as the first layer:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure, first layer

Next came a deep burgundy:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure, second layer

And finally, I brushed on a copper color to finish the freehand chevron stripes:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure, third layer

Before the final clear top coat, I had to clean up the edges. No lie, this manicure took a bit of time, especially with all the drying time inbetween layers. It was also pretty messy and the chevron stripes are definitely not uniform, as I chose to freehand them instead of using circle snugs (as seen here). If I do a chevron manicure again, I will use the darkest color last, so as to prevent bleed-through around the edges.

But overall, I do like the end result!

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure

I also gave myself a pedicure, using the deep burgundy color on my toes. I LOVE how the manicure and pedicure play off each other!

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure + pedicure

And last but not least, here are the polishes I used for this ready-for-fall chevron manicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure polishes

Details, from left to right: Essie, “No Place Like Chrome” {exact}  //  Elle, “Curtain Call” {sold out online, similar shade here}  //  Essie, “Penny Talk” {exact}  //  Seche Vite dry fast top coat {exact}

So do y’all like the end result? Would you try a chevron manicure for fall?

Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

Three years ago, I posted an easy 4th of July manicure, and it has proved a perennially popular post. I decided to update it for this year’s Independence Day holiday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

Here’s my original manicure from July 2012. The main idea was to paint my nails with silver, with one ring fingernail painted red and the other red fingernail painted blue. All three polishes are metallic, so there was a bit of shimmer to perk everything up! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Easy 4th of July manicure

I updated the manicure this year by substituting the silvery polish with a clear sparkle polish. The ring fingers I kept red and blue. And yes, I painted my left ring finger red and my right ring finger blue on purpose, so that when I look at my hands, it reads “red, white, and blue.”

I loved how the sparkle polish (Wet n Wild Wild Shine in “Hallucinate“) actually has multi-colored metallic bits in it. When it catches the light, it’s like an explosion of color — it reminds me of fireworks! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure

I first applied the clear sparkle polish, two coats apiece. I then did two coats of the red on my left ring finger, and then two coats of the blue on my right ring finger. What pulled everything together was applying a thin coat of the sparkle polish on top of the red and blue nails. I finished everything off with the Seche Vite quick-dry topcoat.

The main thing is to let each coat dry. This is always a given, but it’s especially important with metallic polishes, as they tend to get very gloopy and uneven because of the extra texture mixed into the polish.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure

Here are the polishes I used for updating my easy 4th of July manicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure polishes

Details:  Wet n Wild Wild Shine in “Hallucinate” {exact} //  Revlon in “Frankly Scarlet” {no longer sold but this Orly “Crimson” shade is very similar}  //  Finger Paints in “Artistic Azure” {can’t find online but this Orly “Royal” shade is very similar}  //  Seche Vite dry fast topcoat {exact}

You could do a similar manicure by switching out the colors for your ring fingers — or go with just one bright color for the ring fingers, instead of two different colors.

What do you think of this updated take on my easy 4th of July manicure? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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