I’m super excited for this weekend because I’m celebrating my birthday with friends at some local wineries! Should be good. I hope you all had a great week!
Since it’s officially fall (and we are even experiencing it here in Austin too, believe it or not), it’s about time to get into fall mani’s. I feel like I have been so behind on fall nail art, it’s truly saddening. I have so many ideas for Halloween art and only a few days to do it! Keep an eye out for those coming soon!
So, I saw an article the other day about how BLUES are the hottest nail polish colors for fall and I could simply not agree more. Looking through my collection, I found some shades that follow this trend perfectly. As much as I love navy polish, I find myself drooling over royal blues and muted teals. I’ve rounded up my picks for the season here.
I’m so excited to be working with Birchbox every month to bring their boxes to life on my nails! This pattern is inspired by the October Birchbox box. I love the fun fall colors and how well they go with the navy. The boxes are always so cute and will be so great for nail art 🙂 I recently got this deep navy from Smith & Cult to make this design with. The formula is so gorgeous and creamy and it lasts on your nails super well!
Welcome to a new series of mine called Nail Art Cookbook! If you’ve seen my Instagram stories (side note, follow me on Insta, if you don’t already), then you probably know I LOVE to cook and try new recipes. One day, I was chatting with my friend Halle (who also has an amazing nail blog!!!) and I typed “lookbook” but it changed to “cookbook” and voila! this idea was born.
The Nail Art Cookbook is my way of marrying two of my favorite things: recipes and nail art. For the first installment in my series, I wanted to be as basic as possible and try some pumpkin recipes that pair with some fall nail art. What could be better? Nothing, honestly.
Pasta with Savory Pumpkin Sauce
For 2 servings
8 oz. pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti & added some zoodles too)
1/4 onion, sautéed
2 cloves garlic, sautéed
3/4 cup pumpkin purée
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne (to taste)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup cooking water from pasta
1/4 tsp lemon juice
Boil water, add pasta to water and cook as directed. Sauté onions in oil, about 6-8 minutes. Add all ingredients to high powered blender (I have a Vitamix, but I believe any blender would do with some pausing and wiping down the sides!). Mix sauce into pasta, top with basil, parmesan, extra salt and pepper, and enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk
3 cups almond milk (or any type of milk you like)
3 tbsp pumpkin purée
1/2 tsp turmeric
Pinch of black pepper
1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
You can either use 3 cups of almond milk from the store, or make your own. To make your own, soak 1/4 cup of raw almonds in water over night in the fridge (the amount of water does not matter, just cover the almonds). Rinse almonds, add to blender, add 3 cups of cold filtered water and blend for 2 minutes on high. Strain almond milk with a tea towel, old tee shirt or nut milk bag. Return milk to blender, add all ingredients and blend until well combined. Keep refrigerated for up to 4-5 days.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Add 1 shot of espresso to warm pumpkin spice almond milk, top with pumpkin spice, and enjoy!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
I loved this smoothie so much I had it every day that week! It’s not super sweet, which I really enjoy in the mornings for breakfast. Feel free to use more banana if you like it extra sweet, or it should taste sweet if your protein powder is sweetened! This is the powder I have been loving recently. It’s flavorless and you can’t taste it AT ALL in your drinks. I hate the taste of protein powder so I’m super happy I found this one! It’s also not sweet, so the only sweetness is from the fruit that you add.
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop protein powder
1/4 cup pumpkin
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia
1 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
Handful of ice
Directions: place all ingredients in blender and blend until well combined! Enjoy!
Just dropping in for a super quick hello, and to let you know that I was recently interviewed for the Birchbox blog! I talked about how I started a side hustle and about my little nail blog and instagram. I’m so so so excited to be featured on their blog, I love Birchbox and their marketing so much ?
Check out the article HERE! And let me know what you think. I’d love to know if you have any favorite resources for side hustles or business tips too.
I hope you all had a great week! I am so excited for this weekend to recharge and spend some serious time poolside. I’ve got an exciting post for you today… Are you ready?!
As most of you know, I started my nail art Instagram page (do you follow me?!) about a year ago and I recently hit 3,000 followers! I really can’t believe how fast this has all happened and I want to say HI! and thank you to everyone for following along. So I was thinking, what better way to celebrate both of these milestones than to do a giveaway to say thank you! But I want to make this FUN. I really hope you’re as excited about this as I am.
I started doing nail art a year ago because no one was doing it where I lived and I wanted to be involved with all of the trends! I had literally ZERO experience besides painting my nails colors and using the occasional toothpick for some dots. I just practiced and practiced and now, while I’m not perfect, I can confidently attempt most looks I’m interested in! If you’re a fellow nail art lover, but never tried it yourself, what are you waiting for?! It’s like my zen, happy time, and it could be yours too! 🙂
Here’s how it’s gonna work:
I want you to try and recreate ANY nail art look that I’ve done on my Instagram in your own way. You can use whatever colors you want, change up the design, whatever, as long as it’s inspired by KaraNailedIt and you do it yourself! Are you intrigued?!
You can look at designs on my Instagram, Youtube, Blog Posts, and Pinterest for ideas and inspiration! I have designs ranging fromminimal and more simple, to complicated! You can choose what you want to attempt. If you have any questions about HOW I did anything, send me a message on Instagram and I’ll do my best to explain! 🙂
Follow me on Instagram
Recreate ANY of my nail art looks in my style OR yours!
Post the picture of your nail art on your Instagram & tag me in the comments and the picture (your Instagram has to be public for me to see the look!)
I will pick two winners to win 10 bottles of Essie nail polish that I LOVE for nail art and everyday! Essie is my OG fave for nail art and they have every color under the sun 🙂
Giveaway will end on August 28 at 6pm. I will pick winners at RANDOM! So don’t be discouraged if you’re worried your nail art won’t be the “best”! I just want to share the nail art love <3
You can enter as many times as you want
Entries from the United States ONLY!
Like I mentioned, if you have any questions about anything nail related, send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll help you! But for some quick help, here are a few of my nail art must haves!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shadowing a nail technician at a local salon here in Austin to learn some more tips about executing a proper manicure. I have plenty of experience doing manicures on myself, but I knew there was so much more to learn. Pretty much immediately after I got home, I went on Amazon and ordered some new tools so I could replicate this experience at home. Here are the top tips and products I took away from the day!
I’ve heard before that you should never cut live skin off of your “cuticle” area with those tools that look like little v’s, you know what I mean? I’m definitely guilty of this, but now I know that it can both cause you to cut yourself, and it just makes the skin grow back and sometimes it can be thicker! No one wants that. If you have excess skin below your nails, they suggested just using oil every day to soften it and make it look nicer. Don’t cut!
The actual cuticle is the excess skin that grows over your nail bed, and you can definitely gently push that back to make a prettier manicure. This will also help your manicure last longer in general because the nail bed will be cleaner. The nail techs I worked with like using Blue Cross cuticle remover because it’s gentle, effective, and you don’t need to wash your hands after! I really like the texture of this cuticle remover, it’s kind of watery, and it works quickly. This comes in a decent sized bottle and you literally only need one drop per nail, so I’m guessing this will last a while.
After using the cuticle remover, they used a metal cuticle pusher to gently push the skin back. Since the tool is metal, you must work very carefully so you don’t scratch your nail bed. I was a little worried about that part, but I think the metal tool is super effective and helps you work quickly too.
Clean Nail Bed
Before they started painting the nails, they ran a cotton ball with some acetone over it. This is so important because you want to have a completely clean nail bed before applying polish so it will adhere and stick for as long as possible. I also asked about the difference between acetone and non-acetone nail polish remover, and she said that one isn’t better than the other, they’re just different! I had always thought acetone was bad for your nails, but now I use a mix of the two and I love how effective acetone is at cleaning my nail brushes and getting the polish off.
Long Wearing Gel-Like Nail Polish
No surprise here, the nail techs love nail polish that promises to stay on for a longer time! They dry fast, look shiny and beautiful, and make clients happy because they get a great mani. The two kinds they raved about are the Essie Gel Couture line and CND Vinylux line. I got a red mani with the Vinylux polish and it was a gorgeous color and consistency. I’m no stranger to the Essie Gel Couture line. It’s my favorite polish to wear on my toes because it lasts forever and looks shiny and freshly polished even two weeks later! Both polishes have special designated top coats that must be used together to achieve the long wearing effects. The nail tech explained that these polishes have special polymers in them that harden when they’re exposed to natural light, which is how the polish ends up lasting so long! The more you know…
It’s important to add some oil to your manicure after you finish painting because, at this point, you’ve dried out the area using acetone around your nails. These nail techs love using the CND Solarspeed Spray after doing the top coat. This both helps ensure the nails are dry, and has some moisturizing oil in it too! It’s the best of both worlds. This is a little pricey, so a more wallet friendly option would be a regular cuticle oil. They love the Dadi Oil but I personally just use the Sally Hansen oil I got on Amazon. As long as you’re moisturizing, your manicure should stay fresh for a few days longer.
This was such a cool experience to sit with a nail tech and pick her brain to learn so many new facts and tips. Hopefully you guys learned something new or discovered some new products. I’d love to know if you have any other tips too! Leave a comment here or on my Instagram!