If you thought you’d see some orange skin and big hair in this post, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. Despite what you see on some reality television shows, New Jersians have a classic and appropriate sense of style. They even sport their natural skin color!
I recently attended a family wedding in New Jersey and here is how I styled my hair and makeup. You can see the entire outfit here.
Makeup: I used bronze-type hues along with a bronze liner above and below the eye for a slightly dramatic look. For the lips, I combined a pink lipstick along with a brownish-bronzy color to get the right shade.
Hair: I used a curling iron to create soft waves and then added a gold headband for extra detail to match the new earrings.
Tip: When using a curling iron with a clasp, don’t place your hair in the clasp as it will create a weird line towards the end of your hair. Wrap your hair around the iron outside the clasp and hold your hair in place with your hand (wear a glove- otherwise, you will burn yourself!!!).
I also gave myself a quick, DIY gold manicure with the Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips. I had a few left over from the last time I used them (post here) and this look took me ten minutes!
The $10 kit gave me four manicures. I’d say that’s a deal!
What are your styling tips when you’re away from home?
In an effort to try to do my own manicure, I sampled two new Sally Hansen nail products that I’ve been hearing a lot about.
First, I tried the Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen:
I used the shade Sheer Pink and it looked really pretty and professional. The click pen is easier to apply than regular nail polishes and also dries much faster. It lasted a full seven days before the polish started to chip (and usually nail polish chips after 2-3 days for me). This polish also comes off a lot cleaner and easier than regular nail polish in a similar color. You can buy these for about $6 at any drug store.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips:
I chose a more neutral shade called Raise a Glass instead of the many fun patterns to stay in compliance with my conservative work environment. But if you can, try one of the many styles such as Misbehaved, Check It Out or Bling It On. These strips went on pretty easily and needed no dry time, but they did start to chip on day two. You can find these strips starting at $10 at any drug stores.
The Verdict: If you’re going for a funky design or the sparkly nail look at home, definitely try the Nail Polish Strips, but if you’re looking for a long-term solid color manicure, use the Nail Color Pen. Both products are great and cheaper than a salon manicure!
Have you tried these? What do you think? What are your fave at-home nail products?