Monday, December 9, 2013

Winter Nails!

I am in love with the manicure I did on myself this week. It's very simply but I love the colors. They are more winter colors than Christmas themed, which is exactly what I was going for.

I did this in gel polish over acrylic nails. For my acrylic nails I did a simple clear tip with natural powder. Then I proceeded to apple the gel polish.

I didn't do a step by step tutorial on this one because it's very simple. I think next week will be something more challenging for myself!

Happy Holidays All!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday Nail Idea

I am getting into the holiday spirit as of lately! And that means... holiday manicures. I did this one for my friend Jaycy. She wanted something 'holidayish" but not too obvious.

This is done with gel nail polish. We went with a hot rod red and a white on the ring finger. We topped the ring finger with a loose white glitter and we got this. I didn't get the lighting for these pictures but they came out really good in person.

Overall I love the way this turned out and I will be trying this one on myself. The white almost looks like snow! It's the closest to snow we will get in Arizona so I will take it!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fall Nail Idea

I got this idea initially off of Pinterest. I did a copy cat of it and here is my version. I have always like the idea of dark browns for fall.

I did this in gel polish over acrylic nails. I did the acrylic nails on my own and someday I plan to post a video tutorial on how to do your own acrylics. It is so very easy and cheap! I was not a huge fan of getting acrylic nails because of the cost and damage it does to your nail. When you do it on your own it seems you don't need to drill the natural nail as much and it causes little to no damage.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I did not take pictures during this one, but it's pretty simple I think you can figure it out! Enjoy :)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Neon Peek-a-Boo Nail Tutorial

Photo in natural light

Happy Holidays! It's been a fun past few weeks. I've been busy but I haven't forgotten about my nails. I did this nail design about a month ago but I love it so much I had to post it even though it's a bit summery. You can try this with so many different colors but I love the neon touch. I am heading to the Dominican Republic in about 6 weeks and I may have to recreate this!

What you will need:
- base and top coat
- 4 different colors
- nail striping tape

Prep your nails (clip, file, etc) then paint your base coat. A base coat is very important because it helps your nails look more even so the polish goes on smoothly. Also, they sometimes have vitamins so it will help hydrate your nails. Lastly, they help so the polish does not stain your nail.

Paint each of your index, middle, and pinky fingers a different color. I chose to use pink, yellow, and orange.

Now on your thumb and ring finger, paint stripes of each of the colors you painted on your other nails.

Using your striping tape, make a triangle design on your thumb and ring fingers

Now paint the exposed area with the last color (in my case, blue). I chose to make an opposite effect where I painted inside the triangle on my ring finger and outside of the triangle on my thumb.

Let polish completely dry before removing the tape. Once dry, apply the top coat. Try different designs and different color combos on this one. Enjoy!

Photo in artificial light

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Striped Nail Tutorial

This is a fun easy one that you can do if you have nail striping tape or you can use regular tape. The great thing about this mani is that the possibilities are endless and there are so many color combinations.

Here is what you will need:
- Base coat and top coat
- Two nail colors (I used white and purple)
- Nail striping tape (or scotch tape)
- A glass of wine (ok not necessary but important nonetheless!)

Start by prepping your nails (clip, file, etc). Then paint your base coat and let dry. Then paint your nail with your all over color. You want to make sure you accent color can cover the all over cover well. I chose to use the purple on the bottom because I knew the white would cover the purple.

Now, place your nail striping tape (or regular tape) in your design manner. I chose to do different designs.

Now, paint your accent color on the side of the nail you want. If you are using the nail striping tape, be careful not to paint onto the other side of the nail. If you want and have a steady hand, feel free to leave the striping tape on the nail and just paint the top coat over the tape. Make sure to trim the excess edges.

Let dry completely before removing the tape. Then apply your topcoat. Enjoy!