July 31, 2011
Sweetheart Ring – JewelMint.com
This is one of the easiest nail art manicures I’ve done in a long time and you can use colors that you have on hand. My bloggin bud Love Maegan did a post last week that featured a couple of my manicures amongst others, and I fell in love with one that had multi-colored pastel french tips that inspired this mani, originally featured at www.wah-nails.com.
To get this look, I started with a coat of Seche Clear Base Coat and two coats of Essie Sand Tropez. After it is thoroughly dry (I’ve started using Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat between layers to help it dry faster) I tape off the tips with french manicure tip guides.
Next, paint your tips with fun creme colors you have on hand. I used OPI Chapel of Love (last seen in Chanel Morning Rose look for less), Sephora by OPI in Havana Dreams, Essie Lapis Of Luxury, Orly Spark (last seen in sunny yellow and raspberry tips), and China Glaze Make An Entrance (also seen in sunny yellow and raspberry tips).
So what do you all think of this mani? Is this a look you would try?
July 24, 2011
I saw a pic of Essie’s Tart Deco on my bud Trina’s Facebook page and ran out to get it right away. I was on a huge coral kick in spring, but I’m loving this toned down version of the popular color for summer. I’d say this is more of a peachy orange creme coral, compared to red corals that I was hooked on last season (check out Sally Hansen’s Kook-A-Mango).
This color is beautiful against a summer tan. The shade is light to medium in the bottle, but somehow it seems to have a bright glow against my tan. I love it so much that I’m wearing it on my fingers and toes right now.
What do you think of Essie’s Tart Deco? Is this a color you would try?
July 18, 2011
This is one of those manicures that I wish I’d thought of myself. You know I love to combine my two addictions – manicures and JewelMint, so why not go for a JewelMint inspired manicure? Thanks so much to Ale for the fun idea to design a manicure based on JewelMint’s 70′s glam Midas ring! It was perfect timing because I had already purchased the Midas and it came in the mail that day!
So this started out as the most difficult manicure ever, and I should know difficult manicures, but this one really had me cussing! I didn’t have a nail dotting tool, so I tried to fake it with a bobby pin. I was literally dipping the entire bobby pin in the bottle and getting big blobs on my nails – each time, I’d have to redo the gold base color, ugh!!! Well, after reaching out to my bud Trina of xoxoTrina.com, she sent me a quick how-to video. To get the dots, simply touch a nail polish brush onto a paper plate leaving a blob of polish. Next, dip your bobby pin into the blob and dot the bobby pin onto your fingernail. Why was I making it so difficult??? I had sworn this manicure off until Trina saved me from my frustration lol. It actually turned out to be super easy.
Don’t forget to use a base coat first – I painted gold directly on my nails one time and it stained so bad! My nails looked so dingy and nasty until I grew it out completely. I’ve never let nail polish of any color touch my nails again. Also, I opted not to top with a top coat because I didn’t want to smooth out the blobs of polish. I felt like the blobs looked more like the enamel dots in the ring.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that I tried to represent every color of the enamel drops in the ring with the nail polish dots, and in the same order (OCD much?). I used all creme polishes to replicate the beautiful opaque drops including China Glaze Midnight Kiss as the base gold color, China Glaze City Siren (coming out in Fall), China Glaze First Mate, China Glaze Starboard, China Glaze Urban Night (coming out in Fall), Orly Spark, Orly Wild Wisteria, Essie Tart Deco, Essie Lapis of Luxury, and Essie In Stitches.
July 10, 2011
My husband was just looking over my shoulder and I told him I was wearing JewelMint rings in this pic (imagine that, lol). He informed me that you can see my entire reflection in the silver ring – you can see all of me, squatting and holding out my arm to take the pic lol. Then he told me I was just like the naked man selling a tea kettle on Ebay lolololol. Never heard about that guy, but I can only imagine hahha.
Back to it – by very popular demand, I’m very excited to bring you a newspaper manicure! My friend Trina did an outfit of the day video a few months ago showcasing her newspaper nails and I’ve been wanting to try it ever since. Three reader requests later (thanks Erin, Ashley, and Michi), I finally went for it! I’m so excited that you all think of me when you have fun manicure ideas and love that you take the time to share!
This manicure is so easy – you really don’t need manicure skills or a steady hand for this one. Paint your nails in the color of your choice, one that will contrast nicely against the newspaper print will work best, and let it dry completely! I used Color Club’s Who Are You Wearing because it is a super light grayish nude, which reminded me of a print stained white newspaper. Next, dip each finger one at a time in rubbing alcohol, and for nearly 30 seconds, press a piece of newspaper against your nails firmly. Remove the paper and top the design off with a thick layer of top coat, painting carefully so that you do not smear the design.
I love love love that Trina didn’t use just any ol print – she used print from an Almond Cheesecake recipe featured in her local paper. I used the horoscopes – Capricorn for myself and Leo for my husband – hopefully we’re compatible lol. I got an email from one of my lovely readers Ashley and she had other fun tips such as picking out a variety of fun and funky fonts. She found it better to use freshly printed newspaper, as the print will come out much darker. She also said that shiny or color ads will not work. Thanks so much for the tips Ashley (I wrote you back, hopefully you got my email).
So what do you think of the newspaper manicure? Is this something you would try?
Update – Bunnie’s Newspaper Manicure
I love love love when I find out you all are attempting my manis! I love feedback from you all so much!
@bunniexoxo just tweeted me her quick trial of this manicure and I love it! She used a Korean newspaper and the different color polish is too fun! She definitely took the newspaper manicure to the next level! Thanks so much for sharing Bunnie! I love it!