On your fingertips: stylish mom in a snap… and on a very low budget!

How to be a full-time mom of little kids, capable of helping them with homework despite the baby’s high pitch   crying, not forgetting to devote some attention to the hubby, and yet trying to look good and stylish according to the Brazilian trends? ? I know, pretty hard, right? We all try to be the “perfect woman-wife-mom”, fully committed with school activities, extra-curricular schedules, reserving some quality time for the growing family, keeping up with friends, being a committed professional…

Sometimes, it’s just too much… And then, you remember: you’re still a girl, and you’d like to (once in a while!) to look good, trendy, fashionable, stylish… not for your friends, your partner, your colleagues at work – but for your OWN SELF.

The question: how? You don’t have a whole lot of time for any pampering, and you’re not willing to spend a lot of money. Hummm… The answer: just give your hands/nails a make-up… a few minutes later and, voilá! The beauty of living in Brazil is that one is over-exposed to whatever is trendy/hot…. Why not try something new? And, I gotta say, I went for the nails thing… why not a different color a week? Why not try something metallic (see the pictures below, thanks to Lu Tranchesi, and I’m in love with it! Easy, quick, simple, and very, very affordable! Why not go for something different, just for the fun of it? And be a “very trendy & cool busy mom”, even if it’s only for a week! 😮

How to do it? Simply get your favorite nail polish (or the one you’ve got handy!), borrow some glitter from your kids, and sprinkle a gentle layer of glitter powder over the freshly coated nail… Just like that! Was it easy? Absolutely! Wanna try it? Let me know how it goes! 😮

Nail polishes


Author: 3rdCultureChildren

Welcome! Here I am, 'releasing' my thoughts on traveling, parenting, raising TCKs, teaching, writing, working... and who knows what else! I’m a WIFE, 'geeky-stuff' SCIENTIST, TEACHER, AMATEUR photographer, MOM of 3, TRAVELER by choice and by marriage, and of course, a HOUSEHOLD QUEEN!!

15 thoughts on “On your fingertips: stylish mom in a snap… and on a very low budget!”

    1. Natural nails are actually easier to take care of… And once you realize that, there’s a whole new world of colors, textures and fun ahead of you! Thanks for enjoying the post… Have lots of fun trying new styles! Take care! 😮


    1. Oh, boy… Melissa, as you know, since Mozambique (got really spoiled with that!), nothing beats a weekly mani/pedi… [smiles!] Whenever I can/have time/kids are not sick and needy… I try to have somebody come to the house (again, like in Maputo!)… Only 4 bucks in La Paz??? I hope you find the same “pampering” in Santiago… Hugs from all the Mirandas!


    1. Thank you, Madhu… Wait for the update on this… I’m totally in love with this new stuff.. so easy, quick, simple, and the cost? Almost none! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your impressions! 😮


    1. Sure, Namita!
      There are two ways to get that: one, there are some metallic nail polish stuff already in the market… one can buy the base, and the coat, and get the “metallic look” in 10 minutes.
      The second way, is, just get any coat, and sprinkle the glitter over one coat of nail polish…

      If you’re going for a more professional look, like the ones from pics 1 – 3, I will update this post with several thinks/images/diy instructions… But don’t be scared: still very simple, quick and affordable… Right now in Brazil, we’re living the “metallic mania”…. all hands need to be flashy, and, why not, metallic?!

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your interest… Before the weekend is over, you’ll have your update on this! 😮


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