{Between Two Belles} ♥ Alyssa the Manicure Guru

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Between Two Belles

Hey y’all! My motivation behind this segment is to acquaint y’all to some of the most inspirational and fabulous women I know. Each Wednesday you’ll be introduced to another “Belle”, get to know them, and gain a little knowledge. Let’s get started!

Meet: Alyssa Winter Thompson


Olivia: Where do you go to school?

Alyssa:First year student at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Psychology major.”

Olivia: How do you describe your style?

Alyssa: “I would describe my style as comfortable. Most days I enjoy wearing leggings and oversized tshirts. Every once in a while, I like to whip out some dresses and flats or jeans and boots…If I am feeling risky. But all in all I would have to describe my style as comfy casual.”

Olivia: What’s something that makes you unique?

Alyssa: “My middle name is Winter?”

Olivia: What’s your favorite season?

Alyssa: “Fall. I love the changing leaves and cooler air. I love having an excuse to drink cocoa and tea without looking like a crazy person. I also love the fact that I can wear boots with just about anything and get away with it.”

Olivia: All time favorite nail polish?

Alyssa: “TOUGH QUESTION GIRL! I am OCD obsessed with nail polish. I love the color variety of Essie but the quality of OPI.”

Olivia: What’s something you can’t live without?

Alyssa: “Leggings”

Olivia: What’s your go-to order at Starbucks?

Alyssa: “Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino”

Olivia: What are your social media links?

Alyssa: Twitter and Instagram

Olivia:You are the queen of manicures! What advice would you give to someone who is tired of dumping hundreds of dollars a month at the salon? 

Alyssa: “To get a great at home manicure, you have to be dedicated to the cause. I could talk about nail polish for hours but I will tone it down for youTo keep manicures at home simple and lasting the first and most important step is a good base coat (REVLON Gel lasting, Gelous, Orly rubberized base coat). Without a good base-coat, nail polish will not bond to the nail right and nails will chip faster than you can say sparkles. Second, I would say a good top coat is important. The base coats listed above all have counterpart top coats except for gelous, which works as both and is low cost. The type of nail polish you use does not necessarily matter! My personal favorites are OPI, ZOYA, Essie, and Sally Hansen Salon Effects! Apply the polish in thin coats covering your nail evenly to allow it to dry well. One mistake people often make is globbing nail polish on! Another helpful hint is keeping nails shorter. As pretty as long nails are, short nails hold a manicure better because the nail sees less action throughout the day. Long nails will hold manicures, just not as long as short nails will. Taking care of your nails takes time but is so worth it in the end! Remember when painting your nails that if you are just starting off, it may not look salon perfect! Practice, practice, practice and do not give up. A home manicure is much more rewarding and cost effective than visiting an overpriced salon weekly.”

Stay Classy,




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