Guest Post: Just For Me Mani (Plus, An Interview Tip!)

Hi everyone!! My name is Jacqui and I run a U.S. nail art blog called craftynail.com.  I’m very happy to guest post for Polished PR today!  After all, I’ve been reading Jenn’s blog since, well, since we both started blogging!  I love that Jenn throws in little tips on career building.  I moonlight as a nail blogger, but I work as an advisor at a university for my day job.  So education and career planning is in the forefront of my mind as well.  If you read through to the end of my post I will have a bonus job interviewing tip for you!  But let’s see my nails first…

As a blogger, I often find myself doing my nails specifically for a nail art challenge, or to review a new product I received. But what’s different about this manicure is that I did it JUST FOR ME! It’s not often enough that I get to do a manicure just because I feel like it! I used two polishes that have been calling to me saying, “Jacqui, you love me, why don’t you wear me?  You keep thinking about me, but I’m still sitting here on this shelf!” Those two talking polishes are Zoya Zuza (my base color) and Sinful Colors Lush Life (glitter topper).

Being this glitter-tastic didn’t come easy though! You won’t believe how many coats of polish I’m wearing here. I applied one coat of Essence peel-off base coat, two coats of Zoya Zuza to give me a nice teal base color, 5 coats of my Sinful Colors teal glitter, and one coat of Seche Vite topcoat.  That is a total of 9 coats!  I didn’t expect needing that many, but I wanted it to be super glittery and my Lush Life glitter was more sparse than I expected.  Oh well.  No one said being beautiful was easy!

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Now for my job interviewing tip!  I interview students from time to time when my office needs a new student worker or intern.  I have also been on the other side, as an interviewee, since I have had many career changes since I graduated from college.  I’ve landed some jobs that I had no experience in at all.  I’d like to think that a lot of my success hinged on my interviewing skills.  Specifically, my enthusiasm and honesty.  What do I mean by that?  If I’m interviewing for a job and I’m really psyched about it, I make sure to tell the interviewer!  You should come right out and tell them exactly why you think you are perfect for the job and that you’re really excited about the opportunity.  Be honest with them.  If you’re thinking it’s a perfect fit for you, then tell them that!  If they don’t ask you questions that allow you to express this stuff, then make sure to bring it up before you leave the interview.

When I’m saying my goodbyes I like to stand up, shake their hand nice and firm and tell them how excited I am because of x, y and z. Look them straight in the eyes and be honest and enthusiastic.  You want to end the interview with a bang so you stand out from the bunch.  Why would they want to hire someone who just comes in, sits down and answers their questions like a drone when they could hire YOU!

I must admit, I always get so nervous before I interview!  I can’t tell you how to handle that, since I haven’t found a solution for that yet.  LOL!  But none the less, I hope my little interviewing tip is helpful for you.  Thanks to Jenn for having me!  And if you want to see more of my Craftynail style, find me online!  Here’s where I’ll be hanging out– facebookpinteresttwittertumblr, and bloglovin. 

 

 About the Contributor:

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Jacqui lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State, where she works at a university as a financial aid counselor. When the daily grind of student loans comes to an end, she can be found hibernating at home while whipping up some cool craftiness. The main focus of her blog, Craftynail, is on nail care, nail polish and cute nail designs.

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Hello, April.

Happy first day of April! It’s going to be a crazy, busy month for me, but while I’m sharing some guest posts with you, I’ll be building up some nail art inspiration just in time to share with you come May :)

Polished PR recently reached 4,000 fans on Facebook and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’m just amazed– it was only recently that I held my 2K giveaway and I’ve already doubled that milestone, all thanks to the #sharethelove movement. Thank you, for supporting me in this journey. I really could not be where I am today without you! Next milestone: 5,000 fans– I’ll be hosting my next giveaway then!

With that, I will leave you with this whimsical, spring-themed design. I incorporated this year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, adorned with fun and bright daisies. For the base color, I used two coats of Sweet Tooth from Sinful Colors. Using a flat brush and a white polish (I used Snow Me White from Sinful Colors), I painted on five white petals and finished each daisy with a dot of yellow (Unicorn from Sinful Colors) in the center. For the accent nail, I applied a single coat of Tazmanian Devil from Confetti over two coats of Sweet Tooth.

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I hope you have a lovely day, sans any April Fools’ Day jokes ;) Until next time! xo

 

Workplace Wednesday: Extreme Ruffian

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I am so excited to introduce ‘Workplace Wednesdays’ to the blog– dedicated to a day that celebrates working women everywhere and our right to a fabulous manicure. These posts will feature simple do-it-yourself nail designs that both make a statement and are appropriate for the workplace. Today’s feature is the ‘extreme ruffian,’ introduced by the Ruffian team on their Spring 2014 runway.

This manicure features a nude (Khaki from Love & Beauty by Forever 21) paired with a pop of teal (Rise And Shine from Sinful Colors). I began by applying a medium coat of Rise And Shine to each nail and allowed the polish to dry fully. Using Khaki and its provided polish brush, I carefully applied a thin coat of the color to each nail, allowing about 1-2 mm of teal to remain visible around the nail. After applying a second coat of nude polish and allowing it to dry fully, I used a very thin acrylic paint brush to touch-up the curve, dipping it in the teal polish and using careful strokes to perfect the nude curve. I left one nail without the ruffian design to act as the accent nail:

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What kind of design would you like to see next? It can be anything– from a simple swatch of a great nude, black or white to a galaxy nail design!

Updates! Plus, Coral + Gold, Again.

There is so much going on in the world of Polished PR! Over the weekend, I participated in the #ShareTheLove movement on Facebook, sharing other nail bloggers’ Facebook pages with my fans, while other bloggers shared my page with theirs. By Sunday evening, Polished PR reached over 1,200 followers! I am utterly amazed and extremely grateful to be a part of such a supportive community.

I have to admit, though, that I’m a little behind in my blog posts—two manicures behind to be exact :( But I will be updating the blog this week. Then, over the course of the next five weeks, I will feature a series of ten special posts (HINT: They’ll ALL be about the glitter, shimmer and sparkle).

Okay, so first up:

Last week, I was in the mood for some vibrancy, so I reached for the first color that came to mind—coral. Hazard, from Sinful Colors, is my usual go-to coral polish that I’ve featured frequently in my blog. And what better color to pair two coats of coral polish with than gold? I used two coats of Ladylike Luxe from Ciate for the accent nail:

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I’m still not over the rush of adrenaline I got from watching Polished PR grow over the weekend. I have a giveaway coming up very soon, so stay tuned! xo

It’s Finally Time To Celebrate! {Picture-Heavy + Updates}

This is going to be a lengthy post– just a warning! I have three swatches/designs for you, along with some updates that I can finally share now that the semester is finally over :)

So let’s backtrack to November really quickly– I was actually able to do a simple Movember design this year, and I love the way that it turned out! I used Private Viewing from Wet ‘n Wild’s Megalast collection, utilizing a bobby pin and black polish (Manhunter by H&M) to paint mustaches on the accent nails. Very subtle, and very me:

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Last week, I put together a green-themed nail design for the purpose of supporting two projects that I was working on for my last two classes of the public relations track. For my Advanced PR course, my group was assigned to create a public relations campaign for a local, environmentally-friendly charter school. Aligning with that very theme, our PR Design course also tasked us with creating a public relations + design campaign for an also-local company that provides free recycling services to the community. These projects were a great opportunity for us to build on our PR skills and for us to build our portfolios as well.

For the base coat, I used Mojito by Ciate, a yummy, lime-green color. I also chose to incorporate some stamping (using Last Chance by Sinful Colors) that very much reminded me of nature, and the “green-feeling” that we were trying to convey in our projects:

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As far as those projects went, I personally think all the groups did a fantastic job with their presentations in both classes. It’s so awesome to be able to see that my peers are just as ready to enter the professional world like I am :) Thursday marked our last day of classes, and I couldn’t be more excited!

After four years of gaining internship experience to build my resume upon, two months of interviewing for various positions in the communications industries, and two weeks of pondering offers and trying to decide where I want to go post-graduation, I’m so happy to say that I’ve finally accepted an offer, from a seriously badass (ask the bossman for yourself!) creative advertising agency here in Tampa for a social media strategist position. I couldn’t be happier. The position’s responsibilities align with exactly what I’ve been wanting in a full-time career. And the company culture? Don’t even get me started. They encourage creativity in all aspects imaginable and function more as a collaborative family than a tier of professionals ranging from executive to director to associate to entry-level.  I am SO STOKED to be a part of this family and am so extremely grateful for my support system who’ve kept me sane as well as the experiences that have allowed me to grow to my fullest potential.

And finally, we’re coming to an end here. As I didn’t want to do my graduation nails immediately since graduation is still a week away, I opted to go black yesterday, since I realized that I haven’t worn black nail polish by itself in forever. This is two coats of Manhunter by H&M (looove!) topped with a single coat of Revlon Colorstay top coat + a single coat of Seche Vite:

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That’s it for now! My next update will most likely come sometime next week, as graduation is this next weekend and I start my new job immediately after. Until then, xo <3

Quickie Post: LA Colors Unnamed Metallic Blue

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far :) I’m still waiting for this Florida weather to get to fall status– for the past three days we’ve been experiencing rainy days, and today is the first day where it’s at least somewhat sunny. It still doesn’t meet the requirements for fall in Florida, though!

All the rain and clouds from the past couple of days made me want to do a blue mani, which was the perfect opportunity to pull out and swatch that unnamed metallic blue polish from the LA Colors Color Crazy Modern Metallics collection that I found at Ross last week. It wasn’t as shiny or metallic as the green, but still a beautiful color nonetheless. To add some rain-like design to the swatch, I added some Shany geometric stamping in Sinful Colors’ Sweet Nothing:

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Polished PR On Shine And Sheen!

Exciting news, and a great start to the semester ;) I recently wrote a guest post for shine and sheen, which Christina featured on the blog yesterday! She reached out to me last week in regards to exchanging guest posts based on a theme we created for one another. Since this is my first, I thought it was a great idea, and am so excited to share it with you :)

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Be sure to check out her guest post on my blog as well! You can find that here :)

Rich In Red

Yay!– finally, a simple mani that I am totally in love with! Shortly after my craving for a black mani came my craving for something dark red. I was originally just going to paint my nails a simple, solid, dark red color, but I decided to add my favorite red glitter polish at the very end, and I’m so glad I did :)

I used two coats of Sinful Colors’ Rich In Heart– like its name describes, it’s a very deep, rich red that could be mistaken for black if not carefully looked at! Then, I added one coat of Love & Beauty’s Burgundy, my all-time favorite glitter-flake polish in the world. It added the perfect amount of shine and sparkle to the mani– don’t you just love when things work out like that? ;)

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I’m excited because this mani will match my hair (sort of) when I get my red highlights toned tomorrow in between work. Fresh nails + fresh hair is the best <3

Overdue

This post is long overdue. I’m not a big “sick” person, meaning that either I don’t really get sick or that if I do, it normally doesn’t last for more than a couple of days. But I’ve been under the weather since Sunday, and whatever this bug is, it is totally kicking my butt.

For this week’s nails, I wanted to spice up a white manicure– white nails are such a hit this summer but I feel like they’re not such a hit against my skin tone. I figured that if I added a little bit of color, I’d be okay ;)

I decided to do a watercolor effect for the design; I don’t have any visual tutorials but hopefully I can explain it in a way that makes sense!

After painting your nails a solid white color (I used Snow Me White by Sinful Colors), choose the colors that you’d like to use for your watercolor design. I chose three: a blue, a coral and a teal.

Blue: Boat Basin by NYC

Coral: Hazard by Sinful Colors

Teal: Tudor City Teal by NYC

– Select your first color and paint a coat of that color over a small area of your nail. Taking a paint brush, dip the brush into pure acetone and gently dab at the color with the brush. You’ll see that the color will start to swirl, similar to the effect you see when painting with watercolors. Using the same dabbing motion, spread the area of swirled color out however you’d like.

– You’re basically going to repeat the above step with your other chosen colors on the same nail, and repeat once again on your other nails until you’re finished– it’s a pretty easy-peasy design idea!

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I’m going to go get better now, and hopefully I’ll have another fun post for you up by this weekend. Have a fabulous one! xo

Floral-Printed Pumps

I had a lot of fun with yesterday’s nail design :) I was browsing through that May issue of InStyle for another fun-printed page to use for my mani, and stumbled upon this brightly colored page, featuring the trending pumps of floral fashion:

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So I thought to myself, ‘Why not try these babies on…..for free?‘ {Yes, I may have giggled to myself on how cunning the idea was.} I used Wet ‘n Wild’s Sugar Coat and Sinful Colors’ Snow Me White as base colors– over the pink I did a simple gold lace stamp design and over each white nail I chose a printed pump to ‘try on’.

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LOVE, pretty much.

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