Thursday, October 30, 2014

My No Good, Very Bad Hair Day

It was the best of days, it was the worst of days…Have you ever had a bad hair day that you will remember for the rest of your life?  A bad hair day that was so bad that if you think about it you start feeling that sense of panic and dread all over again?  My worst bad hair day was that kind of day.  It was a no good, very bad day; bad hair day. 

Because Everyone Had a Perm in the 80's

The events leading up to the bad hair day go like this ….I was in the fourth grade when the “cool” girls in school started getting their hair permed.  Remember I grew up in the 80’s so permed hair was all the rage – the girls had permed hair with sky high bangs, the boys were doing perms on their mullet hair in the back, the movie stars and the rock stars – everyone was getting permed hair. My dream was to look like one of the beautiful actresses on Knots Landing or Falcon Crest.  I wanted cascading curls and some spiky gelled pieces around my face.  This could only be achieved with a perm.   I wanted permed hair and my mom said no.

Fast forward one year of asking….my mom still said no.  I started sleeping in small braids all over my head to mimic the perm.  Every girl in my class had a perm except me.  I begged and pleaded with my mom telling her everyone had a perm except for me.  I even had to get my tonsils out, surely that was perm worthy?  My mom still said no.

In the sixth grade, I wore her down.  She was so sick of me asking for a perm that she took me to get one.

The day of the perm was here.   I had to wait until after school to go to the beauty shop.  I walked to the door and gave her a wave like a champ.  After all, I was practically a grown up since I was in the sixth grade; I could go to the beauty shop by myself.  The beautician started working her magic.  She carefully rolled my hair onto tiny little rollers.  I wanted to be Morgan Fairchild with long cascading curls.  In two short hours I would get my wish.

After my hair was rolled and the perm solution was applied, I waited under the dryer for the perm to set.  The ladies in the shop started running from sink to sink turning on each faucet.  I didn’t understand the commotion because of the dryer noise and the rotten egg smell of my hair was too putrid to pay attention to much else.   Finally, the beautician came up to me and lifted the dryer.  She said, “Honey, we have a little problem, the town cut off the water supply due to a problem in the line.  We are going across the road to the gas station to rinse your perm.  We have to go right now as you have already processed to long.”

My hair was in 400 little rollers and I was wearing a smock and a shower cap.  I had to cross the road, holding the beautician’s hand to get to the dumpy gas station bathroom.  By this time the traffic was picking up as people were getting off work.  I got some pretty interesting looks crossing that street.

The bathroom in the gas station smelled funny and I didn’t want to put my head in the sink.  The beautician told me my hair could fall out if I didn’t.  I closed my eyes and leaned toward the sink in horror.  It was gross.  Thankfully my hair already smelled like rotten eggs so I think I smelled worse than the sink, it was probably a toss-up though.

Then we crossed the street again, hand in hand, for round two.  The perm solution had to be neutralized with another solution.  This one sat for a while too.  The water still did not come back on.  So back to the gas station we went to rinse the solution. 

Gas station sinks don’t rinse permanent solutions very well – they aren’t made for hair styling.

Again, I closed my eyes and leaned in to the moldy sink.  The neutralizing solution smelled a little better than the perm solution but not that much.  The restroom was nasty.  My big day was ruined.  I wanted to cry but I had to be brave.  If my mom had been there, I would’ve cried.

My hair turned out way too curly.  I don’t know if it was the extra time for the solutions or the lack of proper rinsing but I didn’t look like Morgan Fairchild.  I looked like a show poodle.  My bangs were really, really curly.  They didn’t lie down but stacked upon each other like the perfect head grooming of a Westminster poodle champ.  My hair looked simply wild, like I played with electricity and hair gel and lost big time. 

It took two years for the perm to relax and grow out.

I never looked like the girls from Knots Landing or Falcon Crest.  I don’t think I ever want to get another perm either.  But if I do, I will be certain to bring my own water.  It never hurts to be prepared.


#badhairday
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spreadable Deliciousness - Butter Makes it Better!

Butter makes recipes delicious.  I'm talking about the genuine, from-the-cow, whole dairy ingredient.  Yes, butter is high in saturated fat, so don't eat the entire stick.  The alternative to butter is the trans fat laden and chemical filled margarine.  Margarine and all its cousins are science experiments that someone turned into a food, and they aren't good for you either.  By practicing a bit of moderation, butter can be enjoyed without the dollop of guilt.  I decided to experiment with butter and made three flavored butters.  The time investment is about 20 minutes or so for all three.   The flavors are Blueberry Maple with Lemon Zest, Honey Cinnamon, and Garlic Parsley with Asiago Cheese.   Blueberry Maple and Cinnamon Honey are DELICIOUS on morning pancakes or muffins and Garlic Parsley is a savory spread perfect for baked potatoes and vegetables or a hot piece of fresh bread!  Wow your guests or family with a creative take on the original.

Did Someone Say Delicious?
The ingredients are in the photo below.  I started with blueberries, maple syrup, lemons, honey, ground pepper, cinnamon, garlic cloves, fresh parsley, and asiago cheese.  Oh, and butter - I use Challenge Brand because it is made with cows that are aren't exposed to growth hormone.  


The Ingredients
Using a heaping 1/4 c to 1/3 c blueberries - pour into a bowl and zest lemon on top.  I used about 1/2 of the lemon for zest.  I like lemon but you may use less.


Zest Lemon
Next, Make sure there is little blueberry juice in the bowl.  I drained the juice after the photo above.  Add one tbsp Maple Syrup to the mix.


Add the Maple Syrup
Mix ingredients well.  Crush the berries with the bottom of the spoon.  You could use a food processor, but I wanted chunks of ingredients in the butter.  It's up to you.


Crush Berries and Mix
Next using one stick of softened butter, blend the ingredients together.  A food processor may be a good idea.  Once the ingredients are incorporated as butter, place the butter onto a piece of wax or parchment paper.  


Place Butter on Paper
Roll the paper around the butter into a roll shape.  Twist the ends and place into refrigerator overnight to chill.
Blueberry Maple Butter Roll
The Honey Cinnamon is easy.  Place one stick of softened butter into a Pyrex measuring container.

First step - Butter!
 I love Cinnamon so I add one tbsp of cinnamon.  Use as much or as little as you like. 


Then the Cinnamon
 Next add one heaping tbsp of honey to the mix.


Honey!
Incorporate the ingredients together by mixing them well.  Then repeat the steps above, place the mixture onto parchment or wax paper.


Place mixture onto paper
 Twist the ends and into the refrigerator the butter goes to chill.


Honey Cinnamon Butter

Finally the garlic parsley butter - begin with one stick of butter that is softened..  Place into a small bowl.  Using a fine grater or zester, grate the hard cheese over the butter.  I used 1 tbsp of Asiago Cheese. 


Grate the cheese
Next chop 4-5 cloves of garlic very well and add to butter.  You may use more or less depending on your propensity for garlic.  Chop parsley onto the bowl also.  I used about one handful of fresh parsley.  Then about 1 tsp of ground pepper will finish the recipe.


Ingredients ready to mix
 Stir the ingredients and butter very well.


And stir
 Finally repeat the rolling technique with the parchment paper and butter.


Into the paper the butter goes
Allow the butters to chill in the refrigerator overnight.  I think these would make a great hostess gift or any kind of gift in a decorative jar or container.  You could make a delicious gift basket with fresh butter and a yummy loaf of homemade bread also.  With winter right around the corner, this is a delicious and most welcome treat for your family and friends.  


Simply Delicious



#butterisbetter #butter #dairy #blueberry #honey #cinnamon #garlic #parsley #healthy #yummy #delicious
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Effortless Electorate? Who Should NOT Vote – and 4 Steps to Becoming Someone Who SHOULD

Editors Note: EffortlessGirl.com does not endorse political parties or viewpoints whatsoever. This is not a political blog or forum. The guest author of this article is a personal friend and an exceedingly intelligent woman.  In the spirit of full disclosure, she was a senior staffer for a nationally known, now retired politician and is a nationally known politico herself. I asked Rachel to write this article out of a desire for women to become more aware about policy issues and voting. She graciously agreed to pen this column because we both believe (regardless of your belief system) in an informed and diligent electorate. Many thanks to Rachel Mills.


Well, tis the season again. Voting season. Midterm elections are upon us and you will hear over and over and over how important it is to express your political desires through voting. Voting is a sacred civic ritual that many have fought and even died to participate in, not just our great grandmothers in this country, but women in other countries, too. In Saudi Arabia, women still cannot vote. At the founding of this country, voting was mostly restricted not just to men, but to landowning white men. Don’t take for granted your right to vote.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Everyone now has the right to vote, thankfully, but should everyone vote? I’m going to blow some minds here and say NO, unequivocally, not everyone should actually vote. 

There is a lot at stake in elections. You are giving your mandate to people who make policies and laws that affect us all. The higher the margin a politician wins by, the stronger his or her mandate is. A strong mandate emboldens them to do more and act on their agendas more aggressively.

Sometimes that is actually a really bad thing. How much do you really know about the agenda of the politicians you are voting for? Your vote is your endorsement. So what are you endorsing? Do you know? After the election, it is assumed you knew all about it and are behind everything they want 100%. Listen to the acceptance speeches on the evening of November 4th if you doubt this.  So be careful about the message you are sending when you vote.

Only informed voters should vote. Really.
Vote?
Eenie-meenie-miney-moe is not OK here. A straight-ticket ballot is even worse. It is dishonoring to our great-grandmothers’ legacies to not use our brains when we check our ballots. That’s what the opponents of the suffragettes said we, as women, would do. Don’t prove them right.
Don’t just be a voter. Be an intelligent, informed voter. If you are not making informed choices on your ballot, it is better NOT to vote. Yes, I really mean that. Vote smart or stay home. Voting smart is anything but effortless, unfortunately.
There are 4 steps you MUST take to get this right. If you can’t, for whatever reason, stay home. Don’t vote. There’s no shame in that. Most people do anyway. And truly, that is OK.
Voting is harder than you think. At least, if you do it right. Here are the steps you need to take to be a truly informed, responsible voter:
1. Know yourself
Figure out your political values. Not your family’s values, not your church’s values, not your friends’ values, OMG not your husband’s values – YOURS. Be as private about this as you wish. You don’t have to advertise. But know where you actually fall on the political spectrum and why. I’d start here with the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.
2. Know your ballot
Find out what your ballot will look like. Most states’ Board of Elections sites will let you see your ballot. Here is North Carolina’s. Just enter your name to find out what choices will be put in front of you in the voting booth.
3. Know the job description
You can vote for someone to do the job of US Senator, state senator, US congressman, state representative, district attorney, county commissioner, clerk of court, sheriff, Supreme Court Justice, Associate Justice, Court of Appeals Judge, District Court Judge, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. At least that’s what’s on my ballot. What is the job description of these positions? Google it. Based on your values, what qualities would you like to see in someone doing this job?
4. Know the candidates
This is the hard part, especially on these down ballot races where the quality of information available to you might be heavily filtered and limited. Look at their campaign website, but take it with a grain of salt. Look at other sites talking about them too. See if you can find at least one positive and one negative thing about each candidate. No one’s perfect. No one is the devil either. See if you can come up with some pros and cons to each candidate. Even if someone is running unopposed, you still have a decision: whether or not to give them your mandate. You can always leave a race blank. There is nothing wrong with that.
Four steps. That’s it.
This, of course, gets to be time consuming and frustrating work. Share your thoughts and research on Facebook and other social media. You might save others some headache and maybe even start an important discussion.
You need to research every race you want to vote in if you care about voting intelligently. Just do as much as you can. You may have to prioritize and leave some races blank. An undervote is always better than an ignorant vote.
It is high time we stop the social pressure to vote just for voting’s sake. It is not patriotic if you are inadvertently voting for terrible candidates, just out of ignorance. Our country and our communities are at stake here. Just look what can happen with bad management at the city and county level! Look what a bad judge can do to your kid! Voters in Louisiana have a chance to kick this guy out of the DA’s office, but analysts say they might vote him on through anyway. All so they can wear their “I voted” sticker? Don’t be that voter. Don’t even get me started on the people in charge of Detroit, or how out of touch Congress is. The right thing to do for your community and your country is to vote smart. Speaking of which, this is a great site.
By all means, vote! But make an informed vote, with your mind and with your values. And if you stay home or leave a few races blank, you’ll get no judgment from me!

Rachel Mills enjoyed her days as a high school classmate of Julie and Keely in Avery County, NC.   She is a UNC Chapel Hill Alum and recently spent 5 years in that den of iniquity and ill-repute that is Washington, DC where she served as Congressman Ron Paul's communications director. She resides in Raleigh with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and 8 chickens. She is on Facebook and Twitter, and also occasionally does interesting things over at www.rachelmills.com
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Love Your Body With Bella Organics And Enter Giveaway To Win Free Products!

Alzheimer's Disease is VERY prevalent on my mother's side of the family. It has touched our lives in many ways; none of them positive. I watched two amazing (and very intelligent) grandparents suffer and deteriorate from it and that is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I have known for a long time that aluminum in antiperspirants may lead to Alzheimer's, but have never found a viable option when it comes to my armpits that were clearly designed for a man but ended up on my body instead. I sweat. A LOT. So for years I have been poisoning my body with an ingredient that I know leads to a disease that I am already at risk of having (not to mention aluminum has also been linked to breast cancer, and I don't really want that, either).


You only get one body. Love it.

Enter Bella Organics. B.O. (perfect pun!) reached out to Effortless Girl in hopes that we would review some of their products; namely their organic cream deodorant. I immediately and enthusiastically agreed and started using the products the moment they arrived. My first impression was intense appreciation for the care they showed in packaging the product. They offer “summer shipping” which means an ice pack is shipped with each order in thermal packaging to keep the products from melting. What a special touch! Bella was kind enough to send me two different cream deodorants, body butter, and two lip balms. I LOVE lip products, so the balms were a nice surprise. 

Check out the discount code!
Now...to be completely honest, the thought of a cream deodorant icked me out a little at first....until I tried it and realized it's really no different than applying lotion. I have been alternating days between Iced Lemonade and Lavender Vanilla. According to the literature Bella includes in their packaging, it takes a body about two weeks to completely detox itself from “regular” deodorants and antiperspirants, and I'm just ending week one. So far, so good! The first few days felt like I was perspiring more than normal, but I had to keep reminding myself that this is deodorant, not antiperspirant. When you think about it, sweating is a good thing....it's our body's way of releasing toxins that poison us. Why else would we sweat?? However, after a few days, I'm okay with it. Especially given that I have gone from slathering my skin with toxic, poisonous chemicals to caressing it with all natural, organic ingredients (organic shea butter, organic arrowroot powder, organic sunflower oil, organic virgin coconut oil, aluminum-free baking soda, and different essential oils according to the scent). An added plus is the scent. My biggest problem with many organic products is the overpowering (read: obnoxious) earthy aroma (read: stench). 

Bella Organics' products are different. While a hint of earthiness exists, it is slight and mostly masked by the title scent. I like the scent of both deodorants I'm using and would absolutely buy them. This is kind of surprising, given that I generally dislike any vanilla kind of scent! A 2 oz. tub of deo is $10.25 and will definitely last much longer than a regular tube of antiperspirant / deodorant. If you're on the fence about whether or not to try it, they offer a small sample size for $3.99.  Also, Bella Organics' is offering EffortlessGirl.com readers a special product code (see photo above) to sweeten the purchase price!
Iced Lemonade Organic Deodorant 20z Tub $10.25

The body butter I'm using is Caribbean Coconut. YES, PLEASE!! I LOVE the scent. I'm already looking forward to the coming days when I know applying this lotion after a hot shower is going to pull me out of the dreary Winter doldrums and transport me to a tropical paradise (even if only in my mind). This butter is extremely moisturizing....so much so that I would say if your skin is on the oily side, this isn't for you. My skin tends to be dry, so this product is perfect for me. I can tell it would be great for a massage, even though it's a butter and not an oil (too bad my hubz is allergic to coconut)! $16.95 for a 4 oz tub seemed pricey at first, but after realizing how little you use at a time, it's totally comparable to other lotions and butters. The main ingredient is shea butter; your skin's best friend for many reasons. Shea butter protects skin from UV rays (even important in Winter!), has anti-aging properties, and protects skin against pollution damage among other things. The remaining ingredients are organic coconut oil, organic sunflower seed oil, organic macadamia nut oil, organic arrowroot powder and various oils depending on scent.
Caribbean Coconut Body Butter 4oz Tub $16.95 

Lip balm. Did I say I'm obsessed with lip products? I am. And I'm picky.....so I knew I was going to hate Bella Organics lip balm before I even tried it. WRONG. The ratio of oil to wax is spot on. It glides on smoothly AND has staying power. As I said, Bella Organics was kind enough to send me two different scents / flavors (it's edible, but...ew). I love both the Coconut-Lime and the Tangerine-Vanilla. My hubz promptly lifted the Tangerine-Vanilla from my purse and has been using it daily, but I constantly have the Coconut-Lime on me. At $3.99 a piece, they're super affordable. Again, the main ingredient is shea butter (UV protection!), with organic mango butter, organic coconut oil, organic almond oil, organic beeswax, Stevia extract, and various essential oils for flavoring.
Bella Organics Lip Balm $3.99
Beauty is only skin deep, but what we put on our skin goes much deeper and carries heavy consequences. Organic products mean happy skin and happy health, and Bella Organics knows this! Check out their entire line of skin and body care at www.lovebellaorganics.com. Sign up to follow EffortlessGirl.com by entering your email address (to the right) and you'll automatically be entered to win a basket full of goodies including:  Two deodorants, Iced Lemonade and another one of the winner's choice, 2 lip balms and one 1.7 oz (travel size) foaming hand wash!  Contest begins today and ends Monday, November 3rd so sign up today!


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And the Winner Is....

The winner of our Scents for No Cents - Holiday Edition Giveaway is Effortless Girl follower KamaLeigh!  You are the winner of a Candle and Candle Warmer of your choice from Candle Warmers Etc.  Candle Warmers Etc is an amazing source for candles of all scents and seasons and gorgeous candle warmers for every style and decor to go with the candles.  Candle Warmers offer a safe and decorative alternative to burning a candle with no flame, no soot, no harmful smoke, and less risk for danger in your home.  You must check out this innovative company and order something terrific for your home or as a gift for the holiday season that is just around the corner.  My candles and candle warmers from Candle Warmers Etc. are a soothing and fun addition to my living room.  Congratulations KamaLeigh!

Candle Warmers Etc
 Thanks to Candle Warmers Etc for another great giveaway.  If you are KamaLeigh, please email EffortlessGirl for instructions on claiming your prize.  Stay tuned for the next giveaway which EffortlessGirl will announce today!



#candles @candlewarmersetc #glow #giveaway #decor
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ghoulishly Garnished, Effortless Halloween Party Food

You don't need to be Martha Stewart to create terrifyingly terrific party foods this Halloween. I busted out these super cute (and gross) snacks in no time. You can, too. Just follow these simple instructions!

Eat at your own risk....

Spooky Spiders:
Mini-chocolate donuts, regular sized pretzels, and M&Ms. Break the pretzels apart to make the legs, use M&Ms for eyes, and done! So easy, so fast (we call that “effortless”).



Spooky Spiders
Witches' Hats:
Fudge-striped cookies, orange icing, and Hershey's kisses. Apply icing to the bottom of a kiss, stick it on the solid fudge side of the cookie, and ta-da! Effortless!


Witches' Hats
Eerie Eyeballs:
Babybel cheese rounds, red food coloring, sliced black olives, and a toothpick. Starting from the center and working outward, use the toothpick dipped in food coloring to create “bloody veins” on the cheese round. Place a sliced olive in the center and voila! Eyeballs! All together now...... Effortless!


Eerie Eyeballs
Witches' Brooms:
String cheese, chives, and wooden coffee stirrers or skewers. Cut each stick of string cheese into thirds. Peel or cut the cheese into “bristles” but leave about 1/3 of the piece of cheese intact. Tie a chive around the remaining solid part of the cheese. Cut stirrer or skewer to desired size, stick into solid part of cheese. BAM! Effortless (okay, I'll stop now).


Witches' Brooms
Ghoulish Ghosts:
Bananas (I used baby bananas), chocolate chips, and wooden coffee stirrers or popsicle sticks. Cut each banana in half, insert wooden stirrer or stick into the cut side, and press chocolate chips into the banana for eyes. If you want to kick it up a notch, dip the bananas into white chocolate before adding chocolate chips (see below).

Another way to make ghosts is with strawberries. You'll need strawberries, chocolate chips, white chocolate, wax (I use Gulf wax, available at grocery stores with canning supplies) and a double broiler. If you don't have a double broiler (it's okay, I don't, either), fashion one by boiling water in a saucepan and sitting a metal bowl on top of it. For an 11.5oz bag of white chocolate chips, I sliced a ½ inch strip of wax (this was enough for 20ish strawberries and eight banana ghosts, plus I had a LOT of white chocolate left over). Melt the white chocolate and wax together in a double broiler (or metal bowl). Slice stems off of strawberries. Dip the strawberries one-by-one (tip first) into the melted chocolate and stand them on wax paper to harden. As the chocolate begins to harden, add chocolate chips for eyes.

Ghoulish Ghosts
Frightful Gingers:
Vienna Sausages or hot dogs cut to size, slivered almonds, and red food coloring. Using a knife, make three slices in each “finger” to create a knuckle (if using hot dogs, bake on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes at this point). Cut a square into the top of each “finger" to create a nail bed and insert a slivered almond “fingernail”. Drizzle red food coloring (blood) over your creation and you're done. *As a vegetarian option, use baby carrots instead.
Hat tip to my Alaskan friend Karen for this idea!


Frightful Fingers
Spider Eggs:
Eggs, mustard, mayo, and whole black olives. Make deviled eggs however you prefer (or buy them pre-made). Slice a whole olive in half lengthwise. Use one half to create the spider body on top of the egg. Slice the remaining half to create legs (you'll also need to use another olive in order to make eight legs).

Spider Eggs

Vampire Mouths:
Red apple slices, peanut butter, slivered almonds. Use peanut butter to hold two apple slices in the shape of a mouth. Insert two slivered almonds in the top slice to create vampire teeth. SO EASY. SO FAST (or, you know..... effortless).


Vampire Mouths

Mummy Munchies:
Vienna sausages (or hotdogs cut in half), crescent rolls, and mustard or peppercorns. Unroll crescent rolls and slice into thin strips. Wrap the “bandages” around the sausages/hotdogs, leaving a space for eyes. Bake on a cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 11-14 minutes. Use mustard or peppercorns to create eyes and your mummies are ready to be munched!

Mummy Munchies
And finally, Witches' Brew (punch) to go with all of your scary snacks! All you need in addition to your punch ingredients are water and a rubber glove. Wash and rinse the outside of the rubber glove, then turn it inside-out. Fill with water (or your punch!), tie it closed at the opening, and freeze. After you've made your favorite punch recipe, carefully cut the glove off of the “hand” and drop it into your punchbowl... I mean cauldron. I cheated on this one (what am I going to do with a big batch of punch??) and copied the picture below from allrecipes.com....click here to find a more detailed recipe.

Wiches' Brew


And there you have it. Effortless, adorable Halloween snacks that every ghost and goblin will love!
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Frightful Fingernail Art For Halloween!

One thing you'll learn about me through Effortless Girl is that I am a total nail polish fiend and will take every opportunity to post about fun nail art, so hey... Halloween nails! These are two examples of some simple but super cute nails you can rock next week.

You can totally do this.

First, how about some blood spatter, y'all?
What you will need:
White nail polish
Red nail polish
Clear top coat
Small straw (i.e. Capri-Sun or coffee stirrer)
Scrap paper
Small bristled art brush
Polish remover
*Optional: Vaseline

What you'll need...

Start with a base coat of white polish.

Step 1
Drop several drops of red polish (as needed until you have a little puddle) onto scrap paper. Using the straw, scoop up the polish so some of it rests just inside the straw. Position the straw over your nail, leaving 1/4-1/2 inch of space between the two. Blow quickly and with force through the clean end of the straw, causing the red polish to splatter across your nail. Repeat until you're happy with the result.

Step 2
 Use the art brush dipped in polish remover to clean up any polish splatter that gets on your skin and around your cuticles. If you prefer, smear Vaseline on the skin surrounding your nails before doing the splatter step, then simply wipe it off when your nails are dry.

Step 3
Finally, apply top coat and you're done! Icky, bloody nails!
Hooray blood!

Now let's get cute with some characters!
What you'll need:
White nail polish
Green nail polish
Orange nail polish
Black nail art pen
Dotting tool
Top coat
Tip: If you don't have a dotting tool, use one of the bulbed ends on a bobby pin.

First, paint your base colors; white, orange and green.

Now you're ready for cuteness!
Frankenstein: Draw hair and stitched mouth with black nail art pen. Use dotting tool and white polish to create eyes. Once the white dries, use the pen again to add pupils.

Frankenstein

Mummy: Draw a thin black oval with black nail art pen (this will be the hole for his eyes), then alternate diagonal stripes to create the “bandages”. Make eyes the same way you did for Frankenstein.

Mummy

Spider: Draw a circle with black nail art pen (it doesn't have to be perfect...see mine) and fill it in. Draw four legs on each side and a straight line up to your cuticle. With the smaller end of your dotting tool, make two white eyes.

Spider

Skeleton: Use black nail art pen to draw eyes, two dots for the nose, and a stitched smile.

Skeleton

After all polish is dry, apply clear top coat and you're done!

Happy Halloween!

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