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Nail Art: DIY Gravel Manicure

DIY Gravel ManicureIt’s been ages since I’ve done a DIY! Mostly that’s because nail polish trends have really gone towards creme finish polishes. Nude nails in particular have been really popular and on trend.

It seems every time summer rolls around textured manicures make their way back into the conversation. This summer’s textured manicures are really earthy and natural.

Luckily this is a really easy and inexpensive look to recreate at home. All you need is a brownish gray nail polish (I used OPI You Don’t Know Jacques) and Chunky Embossing Powder in a similar color (I got aged silver). Make sure to the embossing powder is labeled chunky to get the most realistic looking gravel nails. I picked mine up at Michaels but similar products can be found on Amazon.

To achieve the gravel nails look all you  have to do is apply one coat of your base color and let that dry. Next apply a thick coat of your base color one nail at a time and dip your finger into the Chunky Embossing Powder jar (much like you’re digging in gravel). Lift your finger out of the jar and while still holding your hand over the jar press the chunks into your nail polish base and brush away the excess (a fan brush from a nail art set works really well for this).

Now, obviously this is a short term manicure. It’ll last for a night out (be careful not to rip your clothes though!) but the “gravel” pieces won’t hold for much longer than that. Certainly don’t try to wash your hair or really do much of anything with your hands while rocking (see what I did there) this look.

Make sure to check out my gravel manicure under the jump and let me know what you think about the gravel nails trend!


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Spring 2015 Must Have Polishes

Spring 2015 Must Have Polishes Our national nightmare is over! Spring has finally arrived. And I could not be happier. The weather here in Charlotte this week has been just beautiful; I’ve definitely caught a case of spring fever. My favorite thing about a new season is new nail polish. My favorite Spring collection (so far…) is the essie Flowerista […] Continue reading →

Valentine’s Day Manicure 2015

Valentine's Day Manicure COVER Happy Valentine’s Day! I know not everyone likes Valentine’s Day but I, for one, am a fan of a holiday that celebrates love. And chocolate. Even though chocolate isn’t the point but any holiday is better with chocolate. Anyway. While this manicure is red and pink I still think the fact that the base is […] Continue reading →

Alli’s Top 10 Polishes of 2014

Alli's Top 10 of 2014 It’s that time again for my absolute favorite post of the year. I love looking back at all the fantastic polishes released during the year. This year’s list is interesting. Last year not a single OPI polish made my top 10 list; this year OPI has 2 polishes on the list. Goes to show a […] Continue reading →

2014 Round Up and Top Posts

2014 Top Posts While today may be the first day of 2015 lets take a minute to look back at 2014 and all the awesome polishes and things that happened over the past year. 2014 marks the first year my nails appeared in a magazine. My nails graced the pages of both All You and First for Women […] Continue reading →

New Year’s Eve 2014 Manicure

New Year's Eve Manicure 2015 Cover It’s the last day of 2014! I can’t believe it. But that means one of my favorite holidays is here; New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day. This year I’m going to a Beatles New Year’s Eve event. I’m quite looking forward to it. But first, lets talk about my NYE manicure. Last year I […] Continue reading →

Christmas Manicure 2014

Christmas Manicure 2014 Merry Christmas! I hope everyone who celebrates is having a lovely day with food, family and of course, presents. I wanted to quickly share my Christmas day manicure. I kept it simple this year turning to the ever trusty China Glaze Emerald Sparkle. That polish always seems to come out this time of year! Previously, […] Continue reading →

Winter 2015 Must Have Polishes

Winter 2015 Must Have Polishes Oh my goodness y’all, it’s the first day of winter. This is bad news because that means it’s going to start getting cold. And there might even be snow (I do NOT like snow). But the winter solstice is always good news because today is the shortest day of the year and I, for one, […] Continue reading →

Iron Bowl 2014 Manicure

Beat Bama nails It’s hard for me to believe the 2013 Iron Bowl was a year ago. I was in Jordan-Hare Stadium when Chris Davis ran it back 109 yards and the ground literally moved. But what I really remember about that play is my brother looking at me when Chris was at about the Bama 40 yard line and […] Continue reading →

1960’s Nails

1960's Nails I find nail polish trends to be fascinating. I did a post on 1920’s nails when The Great Gatsby film came out and enjoyed reading about what was considered in at the time and why. My foray into 1960’s nails didn’t come due to a film but because of Halloween. This year I went as […] Continue reading →