Second grade has been really rough on Peyton and I. We are having a tough time adjusting and getting in the groove this year. So, I have made a deal with Miss Peyton. For every week that she brings home good reports from her teachers, I will do her nails on Sunday night. And the weeks that she does not get glowing reports, we don’t do her nails. This week – good reports = Halloween Nails!
There were a few reasons I chose to go this route with Peyton. First off, she’s becoming the fashionista! I would love to share her fashion sense with all of you but she also has a hard time getting up in the morning so typically we are so rushed we barely make it to school let alone have time to snap a picture of her all dolled up. But, we are working on it! Hopefully, we’ll have pictures soon to share daily and then a weekly recap of her style with links to where you can find the same outfits for your daughters! For right now, we have her nails.
Peyton wanted to do a fun Halloween themed manicure so that is what we did! I had a few Halloween themed nail stickers, found a somewhat orange nail polish, top coat and I did a base coat as well. Please don’t forget the base coat. Not only will it help your manicures last longer but it all helps to protect your nails from discoloration from the polish and more.
Since we were doing an orangish red color I wanted to make sure we had a base coat on. But first, we must clean her nails! I took two bowls, lukewarm water, and a little dish soap and mixed it together. Then placed Peyton’s little hands in the bowl. I let her soak for about 5 minutes as I prepped the rest of what we needed. If you have nail polish on, take it off before you soak.
After we were done soaking her nails, I dried off Peyton’s hands and looked at her nails. We did a little filing to shape her nails and then we were ready to go.
If you are performing a manicure on a little one, it’s a good idea to have a tv show or movie on that they will watch. This can be a time consuming and tedious project which is hard for little ones to sit through. Peyton’s nearly 8 years old and she struggled with sitting still but having a show on helps keep her distracted and she forgets she has to sit at the table and wait for her nails to dry.
Next, I took the base coat and applied a nice layer to each of her nails and let that dry for about 3-5 minutes.
Then, take your polish and apply 2-3 coats of polish, letting it dry for a few minutes between coats until you have total coverage.
Before you apply the holiday stickers let your polish dry. If you don’t you’ll be sorry, you’ll leave fingerprints and get little marks and may even remove the polish completely.
After you’ve applied the stickers be sure to apply a top coat. This will help seal your sticker and protect your polish. Remember, you are doing a manicure on a little one. It will not look perfect. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Trust me, they won’t notice the little smudges. And trust me, they will put lots of little smudges in them! Just have fun with it.
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