I’ve been seeing these really cute springtime manicures on Pinterest, where the girls paint their nails in various pastel shades, each nail in a different color. SO CUTE. I’m not here for all pastels (I’m not a baby pink kind of girl), but there are some really really cute new pastel nail polishes out the season that I am loving more than I thought I would! Allow me to share them with you in this week’s Monday manicure!

Spring Pastel Nails

This past weekend I had a speaking engagement in Austin Texas, at the first ever Black Social Media Summit. I needed to have a cute manicure in a hurry because I was going to be out in public shaking hands getting hugs and meeting new people couldn’t go out with my nails raggedy, could I?

Inspired by Pinterest and the new spring manicure trend I decided to play with some of the new colors of been sent by brands, for review. Here’s what I used!


L’Oreal nail polish in Pistachio Cream

L’Oreal nail polish in Royally Yours

NARS Pierre Hardy collection. Can I just get into this for a second? This collection is so awesome. There are SO many incredible nail polish sets and vibrant on trend colors! The Sharks set is as springtime as it gets. Sharks Right is a beautiful lilac that’s distinctive yet feminine. Sharks Left is a butter yellow that I’m really excited to try. But me being me, I went for the purple. Duh. It’s who I am.

After painting my nails like little Easter eggs, I decided to layer on a little sparkle with CND’s Sapphire Sparkle. It adds a subtle iridescence to everything it goes over.

Pastel Nail Polish

So you’ll notice some chips in my manicure, and I want to vent really quickly about it. I’ve been totally spoiled by gel manicures and no chips. The procedure turned me out. And now, when I do my own nails, I get really frustrated by how easily they can get damaged. HOWEVER, I’m really scared of the potential negative side effects of gel manicures from what I’ve been reading online. Yikes.

With minimal chipping, my pretty spring miniature lasted through the weekend. I did get some more significant chips towards the end and I will have to do it over but hey. It is what it is. Maybe I need to use a sturdier top coat. Any recommendations?

What do you think of the colors I chose for my spring manicure, bellas? Would you try any of the colors I chose?


Kesha says:
April 15, 2013, 12:59 pm
I love that you have embraced the multi-colored nail trend. I recently polled my FB friends to see if I was 'too old' to jump on the bandwagon. Most suppotively said go "Go For It"! Your nails look great. Fashion and beauty should be fun!
Erin says:
April 15, 2013, 1:12 pm
Seche Vite topcoat is amazing, however you can apply any topcoat every other day and that will extend the life of your manicure in general. Also, there has been a lot of research on UV lamps for gel manicures. The lamps are UVA-1 which is the "safest part of the UV spectrum" One piece of information that I found particularly helpful when it comes to gel manicures follows: According to a recent study published in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, researchers found that a salon client would need approximately 250 years of weekly manicures that involve the use of UV nail lights to develop the same risk of exposure as just one round of phototherapy sessions used to treat various skin conditions-----based on these results, researchers concluded that nail lamps do not significantly increase the risk of getting skin cancer. Everyone should do their own research and definitely make the best decision for themselves!
Lisa says:
April 15, 2013, 1:24 pm
Orly Rubberized base coat and Seche Vite topcoat work wonders for me. I paint my nails about twice a week because I type ferociously at work but this combo gives me a good 5-7 days with minimal wear at the tip if I don't feel like polishing mid week. I know many who re-apply a top coat every couple of days too.
pets says:
April 15, 2013, 4:42 pm
Right on the money and recently I have put on a softer shade in Gelish - can't remember the name though.
Nikia says:
April 15, 2013, 5:58 pm
I'm no expert in top coats, but in regards to polish, I've found that Zoya lasts the longest (and has zero to minimal chipping) on natural nails.
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Virginia S says:
April 16, 2013, 6:56 pm
Have to start checking out Pinterest more. I have natural nails so the chipping is a real downer, do like the colors though.
TeeBee says:
April 16, 2013, 8:50 pm
The key to a lasting home polishing is BOND AID by OPI! Put this on BEFORE color application and apply 2 coats and a topcoat. My manicure lasts all week. I also recommend DABY as a topcoat to make home nail polishing last. I've had it keep a color on my nails, chip-free for two weeks!
Nadine Davis says:
April 17, 2013, 8:12 am
Wow, love the multi colored nails - it's getting me excited for spring time.....whenever it finally arrives here :)
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