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13 Steps to Picture Perfect Nails

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Durring my girly project, I was surprised at the realization I didn’t know how to paint my nails.

I had borrowed a friend’s nail kit, picked a color and went to town. It ended up looking streaky, messy and lumpy. Nail Fail. I will admit that I was doing it in low light while watching The Shining, so I wasn’t exactly focused.

I had thought that doing my nails was a one step process, add polish, nope. After a couple hours of denial, I asked Google and called friends and patched together this 13 step process to nails you can be proud of.

13 Steps To Picture Perfect Nails

  1. Remove Old Polish
    Start by taking off any old polish with nail polish remover and a cotton ball. I tried using toilet paper and it just fell apart, not recommended.
  2. Trim Your Nails
    Cut and file your nails. Don’t cut past the white of your nail. When filing, file gently in one long stroke from one side to the center of the nail. Nails can weaken if you file too low into the corners and sides. Try and get your nails to about the same length and shape.
  3. Soak Your Fingers – Optional
    Rest your hands in a bowl of warm water for five minutes. Add two tablespoons of a bath salt or some liquid soap to soften the nails. Don’t make the water too hot or it will dry out your hands and nails.
  4. Soften Cuticles
    Apply cuticle oil or cuticle lotion on dry hands. It you don’t have cuticle oil, and who does, you can always use olive oil.
  5. Push Back Your Cuticles
    Use a cuticle or Popsicle stick to press cuticles back so they don’t get in the way of the polish.
  6. Scrub & Moisturize Your Hands
    Exfoliate hands with a body scrub or homemade mixture of olive oil and kosher salt or raw sugar. Scrub for a couple minutes, then wash thoroughly. Dry hands and apply a rich moisturizer.
  7. Pick a Polish
    Lighter colours are easier to maintain than darker ones, since chips will be less noticeable.
  8. Warm the Polish
    Roll the bottle between your hands to warm the nail polish for about 25-30 seconds. Open it, and scrape some of the excess nail polish off on the side of the bottle. Don’t shake it. Rolling the bottle keeps bubbles out of the polish and keeps your nails smooth.
  9. Base Coat
    Apply one coat of clear nail polish (base polish works best!). Allow it to fully dry to the touch before proceeding. It’s okay if some of the color gets on your skin. Nobody will be able to tell since there’s no color.
  10. Paint On the Right Way
    Paint one stripe of color in the middle of your thumb or pinky nail. Then, paint a stripe on the left, continuing to the right. This subtly focuses the color in the middle of the nail. Remember to keep your hand steady. Don’t worry if it looks too thin — it’s supposed to. Re-dip your brush into the bottle before starting the nail so the color is evenly distributed throughout your nails. Let it dry completely before adding you last coat. You may have to wait 10-20 minutes, so you may want to turn on your television or some music.
  11. Second Coat – Optional
    Add another coat of color if desired, depending on the shade of color you want. Bear in mind that if you want a color very similar to the bottle you should paint two coats, but if you want a lighter shade then skip to the next step. Let this dry. Remember the top coat is the one everyone will see, and the one that you’ll feel. Keep that coat smooth!
  12. Clear Coat – Optional
    Paint a last coat of clear polish to keep the color lasting for at least one more week! This seals and protects the color.
  13. Let Your Nails Dry
    Wait for your nails to dry completely before doing anything else. You can watch TV while you wait. Try not to wave your arms or shake your wrists frantically in an attempt to dry your nails. This can tone down the shine in your nails. Enjoy your freshly done nails!


I co-host on The Good Atheist: talking about the fall of men & the rise of women, eventually

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When exploring my girly project I came across some interesting information about men and women and what people are calling the fall of men & the rise of women.

Click here to listen.

Here is a Fun Party Game (play drunk or with children, but not both)

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Here’s a game that’s great for both kids and adults. I introduced the game at a Christmas party with co-workers a few years ago. My boss later asked me to email her the instructions to the game and I realized there is no write up for the game online. I figure this was my chance to add this great little game to the vast information stream of the Internet. Enjoy.

Henry & Sally – Game Instructions

  1. Take two objects, they can be anything, the sillier the better. At a dinner party silverware or a wristwatch work well. Name one object Henry and the other Sally.
  2. Now here’s where it gets fun. When the game begins you will pass each object in a different direction in the circle. Before each person passes the object to the next person they must introduce it to the receiver in the following way; “This is Henry (or Sally depending on which object it is)”.
  3. The person receiving it must ask “Who?”, to which the first person repeats the name of the object, i.e., “Henry”. The receiver will now accept the object and follow the same steps in passing it to the next person.

Object of the Game: To get both objects back to their starting places without messing up.

Now this seems simple, however when the two objects pass at some point it will confuse the player. Some people get mixed up hearing the other object being introduced at the other end of the table. The silly mess ups make this game a great ice breaker.

If you want to make the game more fun, you can stipulate that every time someone messes up, the group must start over and switch the names of the objects. Have fun!

The Joy of 30 day Challenges

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in 30 Day Challenges, Blogs & Vlogs 2 Comments

Turning 24 was different. It was the first birthday I began to feel remotely grown up. This new sense of looming adulthood was alarming and made me call into question my efforts to become the woman I wanted to become.

After a 11 months travel binge, returning home for my birthday was a great opportunity to reflect on what I wanted out of my next trip around the sun. I made a list, my go-to solution, of important things I wanted to work on then spent the next few weeks working on all my resolutions, on and off, in an attempt to cram in personal development in the same characteristic way I used to study for finals. Vowing to eat better, get more sleep and answer all email within 48 hours then abandoning the me resolutions to watch 10 episodes of Monk on Netflix and eat an entire bag of potato chips.

Overwhelmed by my own overcompensation, I needed a better solution.

One late night, whille ignoring my resolution to sleep better, I decided to watch some TED talks. A video by Matt Cutts about creating 30 day challenges struck me. I decided to make my own list of fun 30 day challenges that would help me work with more focus and hopefully more success.

I am naturally an obsessive person so this appealed me me.

Bellow is a table created to make it easy to follow my challenges, new articles will be added for each area. I hope you will watch the video embedded at the end of the article and consider starting a 30 day challenge yourself.

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This is the “try something for 30 days” TED Talk referenced above. Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, where he fights link-spam and helps webmasters understand how search works. Read more at

If you want to follow along with my challenges, bookmark this page as the table will be updated with any new post. Let me know if you’re doing any challenges yourself I’d love to read about your experience. Please email me at

Resources for this article:
Ready For A challenge Via
Matt Cutts’s Inspiring Ted Talk
How Long to Form a Habit? Via PsyBlog

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