Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fun Easter / Spring Nails

Today just a quick tutorial for a great spring or Easter nail. I like this take on an Easter Egg without being too literal about it.

I got this idea from a Pinterest pin, so I cannot claim the creativity on this one. However, I loved it so much I had to try and recreate it.

Start by taking an all over color. Choose something light so that the overlay will show up. I chose Harmony Gelish Seafoam.

After you paint your 1 or 2 coats of an allover color, paint a diagonal line with your thin nail brush with a black.

Fill in the tip of the nail from the diagonal line up with black polish.

Using a dotting tool, make medium sized dots over the black polish.

Use a thin nail brush to create a glitter accent diagonally where the light color meets the black.
Lastly, finish with a top coat!

I will post pictures when I do it next :-( sadly I didn't have my camera while I was doing this.
This was done with gel nail polish. The base color is
Gelish Harmony Seafoam

Friday, March 15, 2013

St Patty's Day Clover Manicure

Ayyy mi lads and lassies! It's that time of yer again....

Green beer, corned beef and cabbage, awful Irish accents, and lots of green! Whatever you do to celebrate  be safe and have fun!

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I've added a special Clover Manicure just for you. Yes you! If you've seen or attempted my hearts manicures in the past, you will find this super easy as its just a few hearts connected.

Start by painting your nails as normal. I painted my nails green and left my ring finger a glittery gold color. This is the finger I will add my clover accent.

Once you've got your nails painted, on a piece of foil, put a small dollop of green polish.

Put small amount of polish on foil
Using a dotting tool (i got mine on amazon), create three sets of two dots next to each other. This will be the start of your leaves for the clover. I am doing three leaf clover. If you want to make a four leaf clover just make sure you have enough room.

You will want to use a medium sized dotting tool. If it's too big, the dots will run together. If the dotting tool is too small, you will not get the right size you need for the leafs.

Small dots next to each other to start the leaves
Now, put a large dot in the middle of your smaller sets of two dots.

Add large dot in middle

Start to blend all the circles together using the smaller end of your dotting tool. You don't necessarily need to add any polish, just blend the dots to look like a clover.

Blend circles together

Lastly, add a stem at the bottom of the clover. I did this with the small end of the dotting tool. 

Last step: add stem

Here is the finished product. It's pretty easy try it a few times on the foil if you want to practice before you try it on your nails. Add more accents or add some dots around the clover for something a little different. If you have black polish and a thin nail brush, feel free to outline the clover with black polish!

Now go out there and drink lots of beer, eat lots of food, and show off your new manicure! 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

China Glaze Whirled Away Polish Review

I was aimless gawking at everything at my new store addiction (Sephora) and stopped in front of a China Glaze end cap.

There, looking at me with perfect nail polish daze was the China Glaze Whirled Away polish. I had to try it. Plus I had a coupon! Oh yeah! 

I was going to try this without an undercoat but decided to top it over China Glaze Spontaneous. This being one of my all time favorite purples.

I will tell you, this polish is hard to work with. The little pieces are kind of big and don't go onto the nail evenly. You want to make sure you shake the bottle well before you start to paint. Also, use a tooth pick or pin to adjust the pieces once you apply. They tend to stick over one another, so I used a pinhead and spread them out so it wouldn't look so thick. I recommend to do one nail at a time.

Overall it's a neat effect, I like it on top of another color. It took awhile to dry because it is so thick so if you have some time to kill and wait for your polish do dry and want a cool effect, try this. 

If you are impatient, stray away from this one.

China Glaze Whirled Away on top of
China Glaze Spontaneous 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wrapping paper funzies - DIY Magazine Wrap

I am sure we have all been in that situation where we need to wrap something but you have nothing to wrap it with. I have had this happen many times.

I used to wrap things in tissue paper. This is a great solution and super cute way to add your own personality on gifts. You can add stamps and stickers etc. This only works if you have tissue paper on hand :-/

I went to wrap a gift for my sister for her birthday and checked for wrapping paper. Of coarse I didn't have any, then I went for my secondary choice; tissue paper. I had run out of that too. With only 10 minutes until I had leave the house and not enough time to hit a store for a gift bag, I improvised.

Take a magazine and start by ripping a few pages out.

Next tape the pages together, but hide the ripped edge.

Wrap the gift and add a ribbon and wa-la!

This is a fun way to wrap without having to spend a bunch of money on paper. You can customize the pictures you rip out to the person you are giving the gift to. This adds a personal touch to your wrapping and my sister loved it!

Finished product!