Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Easiest Design.... Ever! :D

Hey, so the other day, I was looking through pictures of nails and found a really cool one that had text on it!! Text!! So I did more research and found out how to do it..... the instructions were not that clear, so I kinda figured it out as I go. So here are some clear instructions ;)

I was looking for some newspaper and tried to find the Style section.... but our paper no longer has it :P Sooo I found a sports section (not my cup of tea).... But I found one that was about Tebow! He's awesome, so I was totally happy to use that story ;) lol Even though, truthfully, it dosent matter what the print says...you cant read it anyways. I just like knowing that what my nails say is something I like =)
So anyways.....

Step 1: After applying a clear base coat, put on 2 coats of your white to give it a crisp background...

 TIP: You may need more than 2 coats, it depends on how thick your white is... you dont want thin spots on this design! 

Step 2: Put 2 more coats of the almost sheer pinkish/orangish color, just so that it makes your nails look worn (in a good way, of course) =)
TIP: Remember that nobodys perfect with their brush skills! So if theres a mess around the edges, then so be it... itll always come off later! Knowing that will relieve the stress of trying to be absolutely perfect!

Step 3: After your nails are completely dry (it should take around 20 minutes for it to be where you want it) 
Dip your nails in the Rubbing Alcohol so that your nail is realllllly wet!

TIP: I just put the Alcohol in its own cover... no need to use a different bowl! 

Step 4: Press the newspaper on your nail with the print that you want facing the nail. Then take a Q-Tip dipped in the Alcohol and run it over the newspaper to make sure that it will transfer. After that, firmly hold the newspaper on your nails for about 10 seconds to make sure that it will stay.
TIP: Make sure that you press all around the nail (without moving it) to have the text be all around your nail.
If you wanted to make a cool fading pattern, just play around with how hard you press the paper onto your nail! (and let me know how it turns out!!)

Step 5: Take the newspaper off, and as soon as it starts to dry, put on a clear top coat!! This seals the ink on your nails, and wont let it fade more then it should! (plus, it makes it nice and shiny ;) )

And your DONE!! This is seriously the easiest design I've done in a loooong time :] Ill definitely be doing this again! 

I hope this was clear enough for you! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out! I can guarantee, you wont be sorry :D


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Summer Fever :]

Hey, ya'll!! So a while ago.....before spring even started... I had summer fever. Totally skipped spring fever and went straight to summer lol I'm a warm weather girl :] I love the sunny days and the warm nights where you wear shorts, flip flops, and a huge sweatshirt... The sweet tea, the salads, and of course the fresh fruit :) Ahhhh why cant it be summer right now?? Grrrr, anyways, back to my post lol
So as soon as I got that feeling, I had to do something about it! I couldn't exactly wear shorts and flip flops in at least 3 feet of snow outside, so I got my polish out and set to work :]

So what says summer like watermelons?? I actually hate the taste of watermelon, but I love the smell and of course the looks of them :D

So I actually took step-by-step pictures and I'm gonna explain the best that I can.......so ready? K, lets get started :]

First, take the pink/orange of your choice.....Mine is Wet 'n Wild's Dreamy Poppy (such a cute name, right?)and put on 2 coats.
 TIP: Be sure to wait 10-15 minutes between coats, otherwise it just not gonna dry right.
Of course, don't forget to put a coat of clear nail polish before you start anything! You don't want your nails to turn yellow from the dyes in the colored polish! 

Next: Take a lime or a bright green.... mines Sally Hanson's X-treme Nail Wear's Green With Envy....and put a stripe on the tips of your nails (1 or 2 coats, it depends on how dark you want it) It doesn't have to be a perfect line, because your gonna cover the bottom anyways. 

TIP: Let them dry FULLY before you start the next step... believe me, its a mess if you don't!

I took them as soon as I painted them, so please excuse the messy edges, I always clean them up when its said and done. 

Ok, now's where you gotta bring out your steadiest hand... or, if your worried, have someone else try it for you =) 
 Your gonna need your white striper for the rind. (remember the polish with the tiny brush) And run it right underneath the green, or on top of it if your stripe is kinda off.
TIP: You can paint it in however many strokes you need, as long as you like the end result! I started on the opposite side of my nail and pulled it towards me, in one stroke =)

My white striper is Kiss Nail Art's White ( it came in a set with black and silver )

And last but not least, most watermelons have seeds, so you gotta do seeds!
 In order to make them, grab your black striper and make vertical lines under your white stripe :]
TIP: Start the line where you want the seeds to end (like mid-nail) And pull the brush upwards. It helps give it a teardrop look and it gives you better control over the size/length.
Clean up your mess with some nail polish remover on a Q-tip (or you could just wait until you next take a shower.... the extra will fall right off) 
Put a clear coat on top to seal and you have Summer ready nails!! (even if its not summer out lol)
TIP: Please, please, please, wait at least an hour before showering or doing something that would scratch your nails!

Finished product!! :D

Every time I looked down at my nails, I felt soooo much happier..... and coincidentally a tad bit warmer ;) 
Hope you enjoyed learning how to make watermelons! And remember: Have fun with it!! It shouldn't be a chore, but a nice relaxing getaway from the world :D

Questions?? Just comment, and Ill answer :]


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Beginning! :D

  So, today is GRADUATION DAY! Yep, thats right, I am now no longer in high school on May 15th (thank you homeschooling! ;) )
 Well my last assignment I had to do was a book report on a super long book.... which would be no problem because I had a couple of weeks to do it. But, heres the problem..... Im am a procrastinator. Big time. I get distracted very easily, and one of those ways that I get distracted is when I look down at my typing nails and see chips in my polish...
 I am a perfectionist on lot of things, but I think when it comes to my nails, its just bad lol
So of course I have to stop, take my current nail polish off ( gotta find the remover before I start chipping them off!!), and find some crazy design that of course takes me forever to do...
 And then it begins. The research (google images is my friend), asking peoples opinions and of course, looking through my huge basket of nail polish to see if I have the "perfect" colors :] 
 A little while ago, when I was asking for ideas on what to do, my boyfriend asked me if I could possibly do one of his favorite designs.... the John Deere logo. lol
So after some thinking about it, and looking up some pictures, I figured "You know what? Why not!" Im always up for a challenge!
So yesterday, after finding all the the polish I needed, I set to work! And after almost a half hour I came out with this:
 I thought it was pretty good! I only did my thumbs because I had to be somewhere, but this is my left hand (and I am left handed)  and it somehow turned out better then my right hand did! Go figure! :]
 Its definitely not perfect, but it was way better then I ever thought possible! I did it with my yellow striper (nail polish with a very small brush) And just kinda winged it! I thought about making a tutorial, and I probably could it you wanted me too, but its basically just going extremely slow until the nail polish goes where you want it to!

So thanks for reading my rambles! And Ill be putting up different designs and tutorials on how to do them, as I do them :]