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The Coolest Manicure Ever

by Courtney on October 20, 2011

I must say, there are some pretty fun perks that come with working part time at a salon:

  • Plenty of opportunities to people watch
  • There’s always something to talk about/gossip about
  • Every once in a while, I get to work with my mom
  • All of the girls I work with are great

Out of all the perks, though, I’d probably have to say that my favorite one is taking advantage of the services that are offered! A couple of weeks ago, I was able to get myself a Shellac manicure in one of their new fall colors, Asphalt.

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I got these done a few days before Josh & Erika’s wedding and it they ended up matching perfect. I’ve always loved dark nail polish colors, but it’s especially awesome starting in the fall season.

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While I was getting my nails done a couple weeks ago, I happened to notice some of the fake nails that were in the manicure room that really peaked my interest. Check out some of these awesome designs!

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There’s even a scene from the Nightmare Before Christmas in there! Can you spot it?

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Of course, with Halloween right around the corner, those were the ones that stood out to me most. Any other holiday, I probably wouldn’t have even considered it, but there’s something super fun and carefree about Halloween that made me say, ok, I want one of those!

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So yesterday afternoon, Kelsey got to work on my nails and gave me quite the festive manicure. Can you tell what they are yet?…

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Candy Corns!

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It’s only fitting right? Since I can’t seem to keep my hands out of em and all…

But really, how freakin’ adorable are they? I don’t care if they look like they would belong on a 10-year old because I think they’re super fun and I am going to sport these babies until they chip off…which, for me, will probably only be able three days. But I won’t worry about that part right now. Winking smile

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If you’re a local and are interested in getting yourself your very own Halloween-esque manicure, shoot me an email (sweettoothcourtney[@]gmail[.]com) and I’ll hook you up with some info!

Question for the Afternoon:

What would your ideal manicure look like?

Dark? Light? French? Funky designs?

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat October 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I am definitely a convert to shellac polish, but I don’t know about Jack the Pumpkin King on my nails! :)
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2 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com October 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

LOVE that color! I’ve seen lots of people with polish that same color. So fun. I definitely need to get in for a manicure. I forget what a nice little treat it is to get your nails done. And how much better I feel when I look down at my forever-typing hands and see something pretty on the nails! :)
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3 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

How adorable are your nails – I LOVE them!! I used to train a client that worked at a salon, and during their “down times” they would always do each other’s nails and hair. She always came into the gym with the cutest nails! That is an awesome perk!

I always love the look of a French manicure. It’s just so natural and clean looking. Every so often, I like a more “daring” color that’s darker, but usually I stick to the “au natural” look. :)
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4 Carly October 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

love love love them!!!! And I love the asphalt color too :)

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5 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance October 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Oh my GOSH! I can’t believe how teeny tiny the candy corns are!!!
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6 Sam @ Sam Bock Illustration & Design October 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I love this so much, how adorable!! I definitely want to attempt to recreate! So festive and fun.

I’m really into the new fall Essie line, I think I have them all at this point. Just painted a daaark eggplanty color on my nails and a dark mauve/brownish color on my toes. My nails always echo the seasons, and dark polishes and pretty neutrals like taupe and grey are perfect for the fall and winter!
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7 Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me October 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I’m really digging the gray color you used. I normally don’t paint my nails but have been feeling the itch lately. It’s just annoying because they chip in two days and then it drives me absolutely crazy! Obviously I get way too worked out about the little things, LOL!
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8 Hope October 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Your manicure is so cute! I got a gel manicure for the first time back in June and it was great. It lastest a long time! Lately, I’m really into the dark colors. I love getting a french manicure if I have somewhere special to go :)
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9 kristen@ livinlifeinlouie October 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

does the shellac manicure last longer do you think?

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10 Courtney October 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

It definitely lasts longer! I’d say I usually get a good 2 weeks out of a shellac manicure

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11 Lindsey October 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I like french tipped, plain and boring I know ;) But for my finger nails I think they look weird with color. But I love dark nail polish on other peoples! I am more of a pedicure girl :) And love any bright and fun colors!
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12 Jess@atasteofconfidence October 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

So cute. I love it! Looks so realistic.

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13 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill October 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Woah! How cool! I love dark nail polish as well…my favorite is usually a plum color!
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14 Chelcie of Chelcie's Food Files October 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

ahh I LOVE the manicure..I always wanted to get cool designs on my nails but I literally have the smallest nail beds in the WORLD. and I also have a terrible biting nail habit so that doesn’t help things..
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15 Sarah October 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

oh, i have that habit too! And for the longest time- i cant seem to get rid of it. Sorta makes me a little conscious when i go to get my nails done by some one with perfect nails.

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16 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life October 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm

That is so flippin’ cute! I wonder if my local mani/pedi place would do something like that if I brought in a picture. This would be so cute for Halloween and trick or treating with my little man. Why is your salon so far upstate?!
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17 Mallory @ It's Only Life October 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

that is SO cute, courtney! you have amazing nail beds… mine are teeny tiny (so are my hands) and i swear the manicurists make fun of them every single time! ok, maybe not “make fun” (although i can’t be sure when they are speaking another language to each other) but they always comment on how small they are. it’s a wonder i can play the piano haha.
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18 Brittany October 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Yay I guessed right!! Do I get a prize? haha just kidding:) Too adorable, love it!
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19 Shelly @ Cake is a Food Group October 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I love your candy corns! That takes some guts to sport those – way to go! I have naturally really white fingernail tips, so I am always sporting the french manicure look. It works well.
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20 Sarah October 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

oh, i absolutely love the look of french tips- so clean and natural. Its the perfect touch i think, because it goes with everything. But i do like the look of solid dark colors as well. I cannot STAND crackle polish, ICK! Also i hate it when women wear colors that are not flattering to their skin tone. Though, If we all went around sporting french tips, how boring would that be?

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21 Caitlin C. October 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

The candy corns are SO CUTE!!! I am now dying for a manicure – I think I’ll get one this weekend haha. I have been trying to save $$ but I haven’t had one in about 2 months so maybe it’s justified.
On my toes I like to do really bright pinks, reds, and corals. Glittery ones are OK too! I think glitter is too much for fingernails though. I usually try to go lighter on my hands so when the polish chips, it’s less noticeable and I can space out manis more. Again, frugality!
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22 Holly October 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I love ‘em! Not 10- year old-ish at all!! Super cute :) If I lived closer, I would totally email you about getting them done! I think little ghosts would be cute too.
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23 Annette @ cookie crumbs and carrot sticks October 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I’ve just ordered the magnetic nail polishes – have you seen them?
http://www.nailsinc.com/magnetic
You paint the colour onto your nails (there are 3 to choose from) and there is a magnet in the top lid of the polish bottle which you hold over the wet nail.
It makes a wave pattern in the polish which you can make go in different ways depending on how you hold the magnet. Looks really good.
It was meant to be a Cristmas present for my sister but I think we’ll have to ‘share’ it – i.e. I keep it ;)
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24 Emmarie @ Bananas and Beer October 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

That’s so, so cute. And the best part about it, is how it lasts so long. I’m hooked on that gel polish!
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25 Carissa October 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

cutest. nails. ever. I only have orange and black dots on my toes :( And my husband may have one black and orange toe!! :) heehee!

Very cute candy corns!
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26 Yolie @ Practising Wellness October 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

They’re so cool, I love them! Both actually – the candy corn and the dark colour you had before. There’s something so much fun about getting a manicure – I just feel so pampered and feminine and polished…love it! :-) That and a pedicure, which I get once in a blue moon, and I’m in girly heaven, lol! :-P xyx
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27 Maria@La_Piattini October 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Cute!!! Love them. I never get manicures because I would pick it all off and just feel it would be a waste for me. Pedicures however I loveeee.
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28 Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Those are adorable!!! I think my dream manicure would be in a really neutral color–like the nails in wedding ring ads. I always love how put together it looks.
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29 Sweet and Savvy October 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Oh my goodness… I need those nails! :)
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30 Erica October 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

love that asphalt color! and i love the candy corn designs! so cute and festive! :)
the salon i go to does gelish, which i guess is a variation of shellac. i hope they have something close to that gray color!

i love dark/bright nail colors. i had a very neutral nail for my wedding and i couldn’t wait to get a dark color on my nails again. especially on my toes!
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31 Shayla @ The Good Life October 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Awww love your nails!! Too too cute! :)

I’m a french manicure girl…have been since I was 16!
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32 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

The candy corns are adorable, and I love that greyish color of your first manicure! I’m getting a manicure tomorrow before my 10 year high school reunion (crazy!), and I’m thinking I want a grey shade … but I’ll have to see what options they have when I get there. My outfit is black and white, so I have lots of options haha!
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33 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Sooooooooooooo cute! I love the butterfly wing ones! That is pretty! Your choice is too cute! :)
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34 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine October 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I need to try a Shellac manicure. My nails are constantly chipping.
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35 Liz October 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I rarely go get my nails done but I totally would stop everything to go get candy corns painted on them!! That is so awesome :)

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36 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I saw the asphalt color the other day when I was getting my Shellac manicure! I went with the dark brown this time, but asphalt is next on my list!
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37 Heather October 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I love your nails Courtney! I just did mine in Halloween colors, but now I want something fun like that lol My class would get such a kick out of it! Super cute!

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38 Pamela October 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I love these!! I would totally get the pumpkins. Your manicure looks great! My favorite manicure is bright tropical pink during the summer. I usually stick to cranberry and dark colors in the winter.
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39 Khushboo October 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Ok I have to say- these are SO cute…and this is coming from the girl who hates nail art…anything goes for Halloween :)
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40 Jess @ Jess Go Bananas October 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

I love nude colors! And I work part time at a salon too! :)
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41 Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! October 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Oh my gosh! I love the braest cancer ribbon one from above!
And I love when you get manicures that last a long time! Time to rotate out my brights ummery colors for some darker ones for fall/winter!!
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42 Nicole @ PancakesandPilates October 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I thought it might be candy corn :)

I love anything bright. I love the look of light pink, but it always looks washed out on my fair skin so I go for fuschia, red, organish tones. I also like very dark berries to the point they are almost black.
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43 Claire October 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I love manicures! I just recently bought the Sally Hansen “Hard as nails” acrylic that you use as a base coat. It’s like wraps for nails or something? Anyways, my nails grew so long I actually had to *CUT* them (this is a rarity for me). I like either:
a) bright pinky nails
b) nude, creamy colors (this is my new obsession)
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44 Angie @ Bigbearswife December 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

to cute!

I personally love French Manicures but I love this for Halloween!
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