September 30, 2011

Primary French Nails

I have a really cool design for you guys today! It's basically a French tip, but awesomer (yes, I know that isn't a word lol)















Here's the supplies I used:

- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Mellow Yellow
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Blue Me Away!
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Cherry Red
- Top & Base Coat/Clear polish














The first step is doing a red stripe down the side of the white part of your nail. The length of the stripe depends on how long your nails are.














Next, a stripe of yellow. I did this one kind of wide, but you can always put the next color over top of it a little if you want.














And a blue stripe.














The key to this design is trying to get the stripes going across so that the tops of them make a straight line (or straight-ish) across your nail. I kind of failed that way on some nails, but I was making this up as I went, and this is my first try at it that I'm showing here.














Add the rest of the stripes, however many you need to cover your nails, and add a top coat.


September 23, 2011

Cherry Nails

This design is one of my absolute favorites! Sadly, I went swimming the day after I did this manicure, and it chipped BIG TIME. Chlorine and nail polish don't really like each other, I find. Anyways, here's how to do this super cute Cherries & French manicure.














Here's the supplies I used:

- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Going Green
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Black Out
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Cherry Red
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Invisible
- Billie, Reign














Okay so tell me guys: does the one on the left totally look pink in the bottle to you too or am I really just crazy? I thought it would be a pale, shimmery pink but it's 101% SILVER on my nails! Oh well, I still like the color, I just wanted a pale pink instead.

So the first step is painting your index, middle and pinky nails with the pink/silver and your thumb and ring nails with the red.














Take the same red and make a french tip on your silver nails.














Then make two black dots for the cherries. I didn't use a dotting tool or anything, just dripped it off the brush. You can make them as close together or far apart from each other as you like.














Next, take a toothpick with some green polish to do the stem. Or, if you have a green striper polish (with a super thin, long brush) use that.














It's okay if your stems are kinda fat (mine are!) it's still super cute. Now, add a black line above the red. On some nails, I had to add more red or silver on either side to make the black straighter. If you do have a black striper polish, use that.














A top coat or clear polish, and you're done!














September 16, 2011

Crocodile Nails

Ready to chomp your way back into school? (Sorry for the lame joke) But this nail design is super cute. My mother was actually the inspiration behind it. Thanks mom!














Here's the supplies I used:

- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Going Green
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, White On
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Mellow Yellow
- Rimmel 60 Seconds, Camouflage
- Viva Cosmetics hardener (base coat)
- Billie, Clear (top coat)














First, paint your nails all green, except for the ring finger and thumb; paint those white.














Next, make a zigzag design with the darker green over the light green. I did this with tape that I cut with pinking shears, but didn't have time to do a detailed tutorial on how I did it. I probably will sometime in the future.














And now, take the same light green from before and paint on the crocodiles' teeth.














Then the eyes.














And you're all done! Don't forget a top coat.

September 9, 2011

French Manicure + Rhinestones

So I already had a plain coat of Profusion #2 on my nails and then I did a curved french tip with Miss B Rainbow #75 and then added a single rhinestone (the sticky ones from the post this morning, in red) on each thumb. This isn't a tutorial, just pictures.

















The rhinestones stick really well. I put a clear coat over top of everything, and they've been on almost 2 days before I took these pictures.

Glitter & Rhinestone Experiments

So this week I was just doing some experimenting on fake nails. I had this loose glitter I wanted to try out, and btw it turned out being way too messy with disappointing results, so I got rid of it. I was also trying out some rhinestone stickers I'd found. Here's the pictures:



























I put the painted nail on a piece of wax paper held down by other polishes to keep the glitter off my computer desk.














The glitter didn't even stick to all the parts of the wet polish. You can see bald spots on the right side and bottom of the yellow nail. Here's the blue sparkles: (I tried to do a french tip on purpose)
















Here's all three nails. The rhinestones stuck easily and stayed in one place where I put them. I've also tried them on my real nails and I'll post some pictures for you guys later today.


September 2, 2011

Starry Lotus

This manicure I did on a set of fake nails, because I wanted to show a design for nails longer than my own. It was pretty simple to do, and very pretty.














Here's the supplies I used:

- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Strobe Light
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Disco Ball
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Virtual Violet
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Black Off
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Invisible
- Rimmel 60 seconds, Night Before
- Rimmel French Manicure, Soft Violet
- small paintbrush














 The first step is to paint all your nails with the Rimmel French Manicure polish.














Next, make a dark purple french tip (Rimmel's Night Before), longer by a couple millimeters than you'd like it.


Now, take the lighter purple (Sally Hansen's Virtual Violet) and paint a shorter french tip over the black.














One coat of sparkle polish (Sally Hansen's Disco Ball).














Paint the lotus flowers with black polish. You can do them in the same area on each nail, or on different areas like I've done here.














Taking a paintbrush or thin nail art brush, take a sparkle polish (Sally Hansen's Strobe Light) and outline the lotus petals.














Add a top coat (Sally Hansen's Invisible), and you're done!