Hey my loves!

I have a secret to tell you, I have a love hate relationship with my nails. When I say I have a love hate relationship I mean that I love how my nails look when they are freshly polished, but I hate polishing them. I have the shakiest hands that you could ever imagine (thank God for nail strips). I have tons of nail polish and thanks to Sally Hansen my collection just grew even larger. Every Sunday I said I would paint my nails for the week. That lasted for about a month and my motivation quickly started to fade.

So I was excited to see the Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art Contest. Now in no way shape or form am I some fancy nail artist. I can barely draw a straight line or even polka dots (smh), but I thought it would be fun to partake in the challenge.

So for the month of March the theme is “Inspired by the Runway.” I went on a massive Google search and found something that was simple enough for me to do and add my own little twist!

I chose the Modern Racing Stripes spotted on the hands of the lovely models for Monika Chiang during New York Fashion Week Spring 2013.

Check out my creation below!

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What I Used
1. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Cinna-Snap 340
2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Silver Sweep 230 down the “center” of my nail on my middle finger
3. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips in Check Please! 235
4. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

Sally Hansen Cinna-Snap 340, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat, Sally Hansen Salon Effects Check, Please! 235, Sally Hansen Silver Sweep 230

Cinna-Snap 340,  Insta-Dri Top Coat, Salon Effects Check, Please! 235, Silver Sweep 230

I didn’t want to get too fancy and put a silver strip on each nail so I opted for the Check, Please! nail strips as a symbol for the end of the race when someone waves the checkered flag. For an amateur, I think I did pretty well!

You can get in on the nail art fun too! Here are the contest details for the I <3 Nail Art Contest

Contest Details

• From February-May there will be monthly contests with monthly winners
• The contest is open to ALL consumers
• To enter upload a photo to Facebook, or take a picture with Instagram or tweet a picture with designated hashtag #iheartnailart
Entries
• Contest ends each month on the last day of the month
• Winner announced one week after contest closes
Prizing
• All monthly winners will come to NYC in July/Aug for a final round of putting together a look
• Judges will determine the winner each month and at the end
• Grand prize is $2K and winner will be the brand ambassador for a year for Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art Contest. To Enter Go To Facebook.com/SallyHansen or Use The Hashtag #iheartnailart on Twitter or Instagram to Share your Looks.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen.

With Christmas only a few days away, we have probably wrapped most, if not all, of our gifts. If you haven’t you might want to get going with the wrapping so that all of the cutting and taping won’t interfere with your holiday inspired manicures. I usually just do a simple manicure in a bold color like candy apple red, or something with lots of glitter, but this year I want to take it up a notch and truly get in the holiday spirit.

Here are some great ideas for holiday inspired manicures.

Yes, some of these designs are EXTREME. I am not going to have a huge santa hanging off of my ring finger. That is definitely not going to happen, but the idea is cute lol. I probably won’t get a design on each nail, but I will jazz it up a bit. Stay tuned to see the outcome of my holiday inspired mani. In the meantime check out a few more designs in the gallery.