Tomorrow I’m leaving for NYC. This is the first time that I’m not working, and I’m taking my kids, so it will be awful tourist stuff the whole time. I’m excited to see the city from the perspective of my two teens. They are pretty savvy and well traveled, but they’ve never been to the Big Apple.

But when I go to New York, I like to wear blue on my nails. I have no idea why, but that’s my ritual, for some reason. So I pulled out all my blues and decided that I wanted to do a nice matte with a gloss on my tips.

I had picked up Nailene’s Perfect Tips, curved stickers that help you get a clean French manicure. I’m not down with traditional French manicures because for some reason I associate it with strippers. I think I’ve been watching too much reality TV, but it’s set in my mind like a rock, and I can’t get past it.

Application was actually pretty easy – the hardest part was making sure the curve of the sticker matched the curve of your nail. I put them all on at once then polished – there isn’t any way I would have been able to put them on when I had wet tips. The only thing was that they left lines on my nails – kind of like indentations. I know my polish was super dry when I did it, so I’m not sure what that’s all about.

Mani Mondays with Nailene and Knockout Nails

The matte blue is by Knockout, and I don’t have a shade for you. The only shade they have up on their website right now is black, so I hope they are still going strong. I have two blues, a red, and a top coat, all matte (or flatte, as they call it). It’s a lovely polish, and I picked it up some time back at The Makeup Show.

For the glossy top coat I used Revlon’s Extra Life No Chip Top Coat, thinking perhaps that might get me an extra day or two so I don’t have to redo them on my trip.

Have you tried this look before?

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