Friday, August 10, 2012

The Manicured Monkey Presents: Kel's DIY Nails!

Name: Kelly 

Blog Name: Kell’s DIY Nails (

Favorite polish brand/color/finish: 
Essie, Escapades is my top polish. It’s the polish that started my addiction. My favorite finish would be a good cream polish. It’s hard to nail down a particular color since I get on different kicks all the time.

Why did you start your blog? 
I started my Facebook Page because I wanted to share my manis yet the majority of my friends and family couldn’t have cared less. I had originally started posting my nail photos on my personal page and got some less than stellar feedback so I decided to make a Fan Page. My page is very simple, I keep it drama free and for about 6 months of the year I work at H&R Block so while I still post a photo at least weekly, I don’t have tons of time to be on it. (Although, I do like comments and questions… I will always get back to anyone who contacts me through my page).

What do you think is your specialty mani?
I don’t think I have a specialty mani just yet, other than a bright and colorful mani. I tend to shy away from dark colors… I’m pale and dark colors don’t work too much in my favor. I’m still working up to stamping and watermarbling. I’m somewhat hesitant because I don’t like busy nails for myself. I do like looking at others’ nail art though… but usually, once I try it on myself it just doesn’t fit me.

Where do you look for inspiration? 
Either an event I’m attending or an awesome mani I spotted on a nail blog. I like my nails to be a fashion statement yet compliment what I am wearing. For example, this summer I am loving neon nails because my summer attire is usually very simple as in shorts, a tee or tank, and flip flops in neutral colors, so, it’s nice to add that pop of color. If I were wearing a neon top I would probably go with a nude or taupe nail color; which, by the way, I love neutral nail colors.

What’s one mani you have yet to attempt? 
I really haven’t done any creative manis or nail art. Still waiting to blossom in that area. J But, I just won some fantastic stamping plates from a particular giveaway (?!?) and I purchased a stamp set today so hopefully I will be on my way to doing some stamping. (I bought the set you recommended by the way)

One nail trend you are not on board with: 
Caviar Nails. Not for me; I don’t see those having much staying power and losing little beads all through the day would kick my OCD into overdrive… LOL But, I do like seeing the ones others try; Just because it’s not my style doesn’t mean others can’t do it.

Do you have a nail care routine?
I do! I am a big believer in healthy nails so I use Barielle’s Nail Strengthening Cream. I also use Barielle’s Base and Top Coats. The Hydrating Ridge Filler Base Coat is my favorite; it helps me avoid buffing the surface of my nail which keeps my nails thicker and stronger. To keep my cuticles conditioned during the day I keep Burt’s Bees’ Lemon Butter Cuticle Balm in my bag.

What you hope readers take away from your blog: 
It’s not just about the polished nail… it’s about what’s underneath. Healthy nails will give you nails that are strong and beautiful. I am also transitioning to a Cruelty-Free lifestyle and I like to post about the products I try. I encourage a compassionate lifestyle because true beauty comes from within.


  1. Hi, just found you through my trapit! Looking forward to seeing all your stuff!


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