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Nail Time!
Matte v. Shiny.
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat, put two coats of pastel blue. Then, apply one thin coat of a matte topcoat. Then, using dotting tools and tracers, make whatever designs you like using clear polish/topcoat. Obviously do NOT finish with a top coat as that will totally nullify your design. However, still remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Camera
SONY DSC-S650
ISO
250
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/40th
Focal Length
5mm

Nail Time!

Matte v. Shiny.

After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat, put two coats of pastel blue. Then, apply one thin coat of a matte topcoat. Then, using dotting tools and tracers, make whatever designs you like using clear polish/topcoat. Obviously do NOT finish with a top coat as that will totally nullify your design. However, still remember to show me your versions or ask questions on FacebookInstagramCynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!

195/365

I am grateful that I am good with money. I have always been pretty picky about what I am willing to spend my money on. But I am also learning the value in my natural willingness to save. Working at TJMaxx, it would be incredibly easy to spend my entire paycheck. However, I have set reasonable goals for how much I am willing to spend. And I always have a bigger goal in mind.

I really want to go on a lot of service trips and international trips during my college career. My parents are already very generous in how much they give toward my education and so I will have to pay for all of these trips on my own. Thus, I will need to save all year so that I can afford to go. Many of these trips (even for as little as two weeks), cost upwards of $4,000. Obviously, I will apply for as many scholarships as I can, but ultimately, I need to be prepared to give $2,500+ for each and every trip. Which means that the saving has to have started by now. And luckily it has. I have been saving since I was a little kid, always taking so long to decide what to spend my birthday money on that I never actually spent it, in addition to babysitting money from the past two or three years, plus money from my internship, TJMaxx and babysitting from this summer. Although I will spend some money that I have made this summer (I want to get a nice black leather purse), I always have a reasonable budget in mind (ex. I will not pick a purse with a TJMaxx sticker price of over $50 so that with my doubled discount on this particular weekend, I will not spend over $40+tax). 

And while I think that some of this careful considerations and pickiness is just in my nature, understanding the importance of actually apply those qualities is 100% due to my parents. They never deprived us but they also never gave in to our every whim. Even as little kids we learned that sometimes you have to pick one big toy over two little toys and we learned to be good with that. I am picking my trips as my one big toy rather than having a closet full of little toys. 

Nail Time!
Colorful floral.
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat, apply two coats of light blue. Then, use a doting tool to make five dots near each other (in several different colors). Then, use a very small dotting tool to make three little tiny dots inside the center of the five dots. It is really that simple. Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Camera
SONY DSC-S650
ISO
100
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/160th
Focal Length
5mm

Nail Time!

Colorful floral.

After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat, apply two coats of light blue. Then, use a doting tool to make five dots near each other (in several different colors). Then, use a very small dotting tool to make three little tiny dots inside the center of the five dots. It is really that simple. Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on FacebookInstagramCynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!

194/365

I am grateful that I have the foresight and diligence to make plans and stick to them. That goes for anything - from cleaning my room or doing my laundry, to having educational goals to match my career aspirations. I have always been a planner and I have always been able to see all of the steps that I need to achieve in order to reach the goal. I am proud that I have grown to learn many of the skills necessary to meet those milestones and attain those dreams. 

Nail Time!
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat:
1. Apply two coats of gold polish. Let it dry completely.
2. Apply striping tape to the nails in any design you like. Make sure to firmly press down the tape so that your lines are crisp. 
3. Going one or two nails at a time, apply two coats of your second color of polish over the taped nails. 
4. While the polish is still WET, use tweezers to remove the tape. If necessary, clean around the edges of the nail with a small brush dipped in acetone. 
Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Nail Time!
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat:
1. Apply two coats of gold polish. Let it dry completely.
2. Apply striping tape to the nails in any design you like. Make sure to firmly press down the tape so that your lines are crisp. 
3. Going one or two nails at a time, apply two coats of your second color of polish over the taped nails. 
4. While the polish is still WET, use tweezers to remove the tape. If necessary, clean around the edges of the nail with a small brush dipped in acetone. 
Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Nail Time!
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat:
1. Apply two coats of gold polish. Let it dry completely.
2. Apply striping tape to the nails in any design you like. Make sure to firmly press down the tape so that your lines are crisp. 
3. Going one or two nails at a time, apply two coats of your second color of polish over the taped nails. 
4. While the polish is still WET, use tweezers to remove the tape. If necessary, clean around the edges of the nail with a small brush dipped in acetone. 
Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Nail Time!
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat:
1. Apply two coats of gold polish. Let it dry completely.
2. Apply striping tape to the nails in any design you like. Make sure to firmly press down the tape so that your lines are crisp. 
3. Going one or two nails at a time, apply two coats of your second color of polish over the taped nails. 
4. While the polish is still WET, use tweezers to remove the tape. If necessary, clean around the edges of the nail with a small brush dipped in acetone. 
Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Nail Time!
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat:
1. Apply two coats of gold polish. Let it dry completely.
2. Apply striping tape to the nails in any design you like. Make sure to firmly press down the tape so that your lines are crisp. 
3. Going one or two nails at a time, apply two coats of your second color of polish over the taped nails. 
4. While the polish is still WET, use tweezers to remove the tape. If necessary, clean around the edges of the nail with a small brush dipped in acetone. 
Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Nail Time!
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat:
1. Apply two coats of gold polish. Let it dry completely.
2. Apply striping tape to the nails in any design you like. Make sure to firmly press down the tape so that your lines are crisp. 
3. Going one or two nails at a time, apply two coats of your second color of polish over the taped nails. 
4. While the polish is still WET, use tweezers to remove the tape. If necessary, clean around the edges of the nail with a small brush dipped in acetone. 
Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Nail Time!
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat:
1. Apply two coats of gold polish. Let it dry completely.
2. Apply striping tape to the nails in any design you like. Make sure to firmly press down the tape so that your lines are crisp. 
3. Going one or two nails at a time, apply two coats of your second color of polish over the taped nails. 
4. While the polish is still WET, use tweezers to remove the tape. If necessary, clean around the edges of the nail with a small brush dipped in acetone. 
Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info

Nail Time!

After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat:

1. Apply two coats of gold polish. Let it dry completely.

2. Apply striping tape to the nails in any design you like. Make sure to firmly press down the tape so that your lines are crisp. 

3. Going one or two nails at a time, apply two coats of your second color of polish over the taped nails. 

4. While the polish is still WET, use tweezers to remove the tape. If necessary, clean around the edges of the nail with a small brush dipped in acetone. 

Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on FacebookInstagramCynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!

193/365

I am grateful that I stand with Israel. There are so many things happening to my people. But the difference between Israel and Hamas is that, as a Jew and Israeli, when I cry myself to sleep at night, I am praying that every child on both sides of that heated wall get to sleep safely and dream happily and grow up to lead peaceful, happy, helpful lives that are not scarred by what happened to them as youth. I pray that the elderly in Israel and in Gaza are both helped to shelter as rockets rain. I pray that parents don’t leave their children parent-less for this never ending fight. I pray that everyone ends up safe and happy.

Whereas Hamas prays that all Jews and the entire state of Israel will be demolished. And they pray that Israeli children don’t live long enough to dream. And they rely on the elderly not making it to shelter in the measly 15 seconds they are given. And they hope that children are left parent-less. And they even pray that their own people die so that they can glorify them as martyrs while also accepting un-deserved pity from the sorry excuse for media and news that our society has come to accept.

In the past few weeks, since the three Jewish boys were kidnapped and then found to be killed (which, lets remember, IS what started this whole mess), I have felt so many emotions. And a lot of them were sadness and pity. But lately, I feel anger. Such hot, passionate anger. I am disgusted that Hamas and their leaders could do such despicable things. And I am appalled that no country or entity (*cough cough* the UN) has done one flipping tiny thing about it. Left to their own devises, Hamas will keep pushing and pushing until they run out of resources and that will force Israel to defend and defend until it’s people are safe, for the moment. 

What we need is not a bunch of people do a crappy job of tattle tale-ing. What we need is a bunch of people actually taking action to get something done to save our people (and their’s) and to save the land that we rightfully deserve.

Frankly, I expect to get hate mail and I want everyone to know that I will absolute defend my country, my beliefs, my religion, and my statements until the end of time. And unlike Hamas, I will do it with actual, quotable, traceable facts.

*No media is unbiased and neither is mine.*  

Nail Time!
Easy ombre nails!
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat, apply one thin coat of white. Then, put a stripe of yellow, pink-orange, and orange-red on the square side of a makeup sponge. Then, sponge that onto the DRY (or nearly dry) white coat. Make sure to add more polish to the sponge frequently. If the sponge is too dry (ie doesn’t have enough polish on it) some bits of the sponge can stick to your nail and give it a yucky texture. Apply two or three coats of the sponged on ombre to each nail (to ensure that the colors are opaque and that the ombre is smooth). Then, use a toothpick, dotting tool, or tweezers, apply the gems to the nail (after putting little dabs of clear polish in the places where you want the gems). Finish up with your favorite top coat (which will really smooth out the ombre), and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Camera
SONY DSC-S650
ISO
100
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/60th
Focal Length
5mm

Nail Time!

Easy ombre nails!

After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat, apply one thin coat of white. Then, put a stripe of yellow, pink-orange, and orange-red on the square side of a makeup sponge. Then, sponge that onto the DRY (or nearly dry) white coat. Make sure to add more polish to the sponge frequently. If the sponge is too dry (ie doesn’t have enough polish on it) some bits of the sponge can stick to your nail and give it a yucky texture. Apply two or three coats of the sponged on ombre to each nail (to ensure that the colors are opaque and that the ombre is smooth). Then, use a toothpick, dotting tool, or tweezers, apply the gems to the nail (after putting little dabs of clear polish in the places where you want the gems). Finish up with your favorite top coat (which will really smooth out the ombre), and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on FacebookInstagramCynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!

192/365

I am grateful that I am organized. I used to be so confused when my childhood friends told me that their parents made them clean their rooms because I always got annoyed with any mess in my room weeks before it would have been bad enough to bother my parents. I think it will come in very handy next year when I have downsize to be in a dorm room. I share a (fairly small) room now. But my sister lives at college most of the time so I have been able to take over some of her space. Plus our beds are bunk beds so they only take up the space of one bed and there is only one desk. On top of all of that, the room that I will be in at school is even smaller than my one at home. So it will be quite an adventure to figure out how to arrange our beds so that we can both have our desks and still have room to move from one place to another. But it is obviously possible, as tons of people have done it before us. 

Nail Time!
Roses
After cleaning, filling and applying a base coat, put two coats of nude polish. Then, use a big dotting tool in pink to make a couple big blobs on the nails. They do not need to be perfect circles. Then, use a tracer in green to make lines coming down from those blobs to the tip of the nail. Use the same green to add little points sticking out of the lines. Then, going back to the pink blobs, use a small tracer with some of the same pink and mix it with a little black (or in this case, you could use green), then apply this shadowing shade to the area where the pink blob meets the green line. Also put a little bit throughout the blob. Then, using the same small tracer, mix some of the blob pink with a little white, then use it to draw little highlights. Finish with absolutely tine dots of black in the very center of the pink-blobs-turned-flowers. Then, mix the green line color with a little black and apply some shading to the bottom part of the green line, the area right under the flower and the underside of the leaves/thorns. Then, mix the same green with a little white and apply it to the tops of the leaves/thorns and the mid-height edges of the green line. Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!
Zoom Info
Camera
SONY DSC-S650
ISO
160
Aperture
f/2.8
Exposure
1/40th
Focal Length
5mm

Nail Time!

Roses

After cleaning, filling and applying a base coat, put two coats of nude polish. Then, use a big dotting tool in pink to make a couple big blobs on the nails. They do not need to be perfect circles. Then, use a tracer in green to make lines coming down from those blobs to the tip of the nail. Use the same green to add little points sticking out of the lines. Then, going back to the pink blobs, use a small tracer with some of the same pink and mix it with a little black (or in this case, you could use green), then apply this shadowing shade to the area where the pink blob meets the green line. Also put a little bit throughout the blob. Then, using the same small tracer, mix some of the blob pink with a little white, then use it to draw little highlights. Finish with absolutely tine dots of black in the very center of the pink-blobs-turned-flowers. Then, mix the green line color with a little black and apply some shading to the bottom part of the green line, the area right under the flower and the underside of the leaves/thorns. Then, mix the same green with a little white and apply it to the tops of the leaves/thorns and the mid-height edges of the green line. Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on FacebookInstagramCynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!

191/365

I am grateful that I finally came to a realization that could take me from understanding and remembering the material to expressing my understanding in tests to get the grades I deserve. I have finally realized that the only people who really do as well as they want and like and can in college are the people who use every single resource they have (their friends, their lab groups, their professor’s office hours, etc) and I did not take advantage of any of those opportunities last year. There is no chance that I will make that mistake again. I am just glad I realized that while I still have a chance to turn things around for the better. 

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