Monday, December 31, 2012

NYE Mani

Ah I haven't posted in ages!!! I'm so bad at this!! Whatevs.... I'm just super excited to share my NYE manicure with you all now!! I already love glitter and anything that shines, so NYE is one of my fave holidays because it gives me even more of an excuse to sparkle! Tonight I'll be wearing a multi-colored glittered clutch, so naturally I had to have my nails match. For this mani I used black (my favorite is Wet N Wild Fast Dry in #229C Ebony Hates Chris... I usually only need one coat and it dries super quick!... Winner!!). Then, I did one or two coats of Wet N Wild Party of Five Glitters (depending on the glitter disbursement on each nail). This is one of my absolute favorite glitter polishes A. because it has different sizes and colors, B. because it shines unbelievably, and C. because it's super inexpensive! Top coat to seal it all in and you're done! Hope you all have a good and sparkly New Year's Eve and a fabulous year to come!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

James Bond Mani

So I'm super excited to go see the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, that just came out, and I of course had to do my nails for the occasion!! This was a fairly easy manicure... takes some patience and time to do the 007 nail stickers, but it's totally worth it. For the black I used Wet N Wild's Fastdry in Ebony Hates Chris and for the white on the tuxedo I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White On. (For the white on the sticker, I use white acrylic paint.) So anyways, two coats of black, except on whichever finger(s) you want the tuxedo on. For the tuxedo nail, I did two coats of the white in a triangle sort of way, so it wouldn't be too clumpy when I painted the black over it. Wait for the white to semi-dry, then do the edges with the black. For the "buttons" and "bow tie" I used a toothpick with the black polish, but if you have a polish pen, I would probably use that. For the 007, I made my own nail sticker and applied them once the black polish was pretty dry, so it's easier to press down on the sticker for air bubbles. Hope everybody goes to see the new movie!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Candy Corn Mani

So this is definitely one of my favorite manis I've done and people seem to agree, as I get so many compliments on them!!! The colors I used for this are Piggy Polish in Funshine (yellow), Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed (orange), and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White On. First I did my base coat (duh), then two coats of the yellow. Then I waited for it to partially dry (I'm very impatient) and then took the orange and brushed two coats of it horizontally on my nails. The first time I did this mani, I was surprised how straight the lines came out, but it's easy if you just do a quick swipe of the polish. Then I did two coats of the white for the tips. DEFINITELY seal it with a top coat!!!!! It's very lumpy otherwise!! Happy Halloween all!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Caviar Spiderweb Mani

So I know I haven't posted in a while, but Halloween is coming up and I'm super into holidays, so I will be posting a bunch for Halloween. First up is an accent finger with a spiderweb made out of caviar beads (AKA microbeads from a craft store). I'm already apologizing in advance for the horrible quality photo... forgot to take it with my camera before I left, they got ruined, blah, blah. Anyways, the color is Essie #760 Carry On (it's an extremely dark purply brown). Then I used my top coat (Out the Door) and lightly brushed my dotting tool I got from Sephora with the top coat and painted/dotted little sections with it on my nail. Moving quickly I dipped the dotter into my silver microbeads and positioned them onto my nail to begin forming the spiderweb. You have to keep repeating these steps and do little sections one at time, as the polish will dry too much for the beads to stick if you just did one coat. After I finished the web, I put an extremely thick top coat over it.... huge mistake. The top coat itself wasn't a mistake because otherwise the microbeads would've immediately started falling off, but the thickness of the coat was. It gave me SO many air bubbles. So, what I would suggest is doing a thin top coat, waiting for it to dry, and then doing another thin coat, because those suckers fall off so easily.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fairy Dust Glitter Ombre Mani

My favorite way to cover up wear and chips on my nails is to do a glitter ombre on them! They're super easy to do and look so pretty! What I like to do is first paint a thin coat of glitter just on the tips. Then, one nail at a time, I put a glob of glitter on the tips and brush it back. Finish with a top coat and done! It looks like a fairy sprinkled some magic dust on them, right?! The pale pink is Sinful Colors in Easy Going and the glitter is Nicole by OPI in Twist of Fate. Be sure to use a fine glitter polish for this and not a large glitter, as you wouldn't get the same effect.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fashion's Night Out Mani!

Happy Fashion Week and Fashion's Night Out!! Just wanted to post my mani for tonight before I head out! With FNO's colors being black, white, and red, I of course had to follow that color scheme on my nails! I did two firsts for me on this mani: Louboutin nails and made my own nail "sticker." I first did the Louboutin part, which is just painting red underneath the nail. I used Wet N Wild's Wild Shine #414A and also used my base coat and top coat. For the top of my nails, I used Wet N Wild's Fastdry in Ebony Hates Chris. Then, I made my own nail sticker with FNO's logo and stuck a red square gem on it! Hope everyone has fun shopping and enjoying all the festivities tonight!!

How to Make Your Own Nail Stickers!

Ever want to make a design that was too complicated to draw free-hand? I've got your problem solved! This worked out perfectly for my Fashion's Night Out nails and I can't wait to use this again!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Orange & Turquoise Leopard Mani!

So I've posted a leopard mani before, but I just did this one and loved the color combo so I of course had to share it! I got so many compliments on them from random people!! As I've said before, they're super easy to do, but nobody believes me!! They take me literally ten minutes to do! In my post about my first leopard mani, I only put a couple of leopard spots, but now in doing this one, I think for a true leopard effect, there should be about nine spots on each nail! The colors I used for this are China Glaze's Peachy Keen and Sally Hansen's nail art pens in turquoise and black.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Watermelon Ruffian Mani

So I've been wanting to try the Ruffian manicure recently and thought it would be absolutely perfect to do it as a watermelon!! First I did my base coat, then two coats of Wet N Wild Wild Shine #454D (hot pink) and waited for it to completely dry (I'm talking next day dry). Then I took hole reinforcers and put them against the back of my nail, leaving some space, as this is going to be the green rind. (I used NYC #298 High Line Green and two coats of it.) Then I took a toothpick and black nail polish (preferably a quick-drying one like Wet N Wild Fast Dry #229C Ebony Hates Chris, so it doesn't run when you put a topcoat over it) and made three little "seeds."

Duh I forgot to take a picture of the hole reinforcer on my watermelon nails, but this is how to place it.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Olympic Mani!

So I'm super excited about the Olympics and have been glued to the TV watching as much as possible, so obviously I had to do my nails to show my Olympic spirit! For this mani I used OPI (I think) in Big Apple Red, but I'll double check on that later.. actually I'll check on all the colors later because I have none of the names with me now. Anywho, for the Union Jack, I did two coats of the blue, then did white stripes, and then did the red. For my Olympic ring nails I used, get this: straws. Such a smart idea, right?! A tip though, (that I got from Seventeen's post) is to coat the ends of the straws with the nail polish to get a thicker circle.. worked perf. For my gold nail I used gold foil that I got at Michael's and oh my gosh it's such a pain, but I think totally worth it. It's extremely fragile and wrinkle and rip prone, so I used a tip from the Beauty Department to pick it up with a wet q-tip and wound up smoothing the foil with it also, but as you can kinda see, it doesn't smooth that well. Before I cut the piece of foil, I did one coat of my base coat (I got this new one that I'm obsessed with.. it really helps prevent chipping!) and waited a little for it to get tacky. To finish off I did a topcoat, of course, but beware! Some of the colors run, as you can kinda see on the Olympic rings with the red and black. Hope everybody is getting into the Olympic spirit and rooting for their country! Go USA!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Flower Power

Hola! Yes, I know, I haven't posted in forever, but anyways!! For this floral mani I used Essie Tart Deco (mango), OPI Steady as She Rose (a blushy pink/purple), Revlon #85 Minted, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure #420 Yellow Kitty, and Sinful Colors #101 Snow Me White and you're going to need a tiny paint brush (preferably an inexpensive one because it can get a little funky after using it with nail polish). First I did two coats of the white and waited for it to completely dry. Then I used the paintbrush and just splotted little circles and did two coats of each color. Then I took black polish (I think it was Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear) and dotted it with a toothpick, but I wouldn't recommend using that polish for this because it ran when I put my topcoat on it!! And I put the topcoat on like six hours after, so it was definitely dry! Also the toothpick created too big of dots on some of them, so I would suggest using the nail art pens for better control. Also, don't forget to clean your paintbrush with nail polish remover! (I did it in between each color.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuxedo Mani!

So I'm obsessed with this mani! It was inspired by Zooey Deschanel's one from one of the award shows she went to! I reversed hers and just did the tux on one nail & love it!! I used Wet N Wild's Fastdry in #229C Ebony Hates Chris and Sally Hansen's nail art pens in white!

Monday, June 4, 2012

My Birthday Mani!!

Again. I've neglected this blog. I'm trying people, I am. Anyways tomorrow is my birthday (my first one I'm depressed about) and I have these fabulous gold sparkle shoes I'm wearing, so duh, I had to make my mani match! I used two coats of Essie's Tart Deco (obsessed with this color!) and multiple coats (I lost count) of Milani's Jewel FX #531 Gold (just until it was solid)!!! That's it! The sparkles shine really nicely in the sunlight also!!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Strawberry Mani!

So I knew this was going to happen. I was going to get too caught up in other things and neglect this blog, but I'm back now. School's over and I'm not working that much, so I plan on fulfilling my previous promise of posting at least one thing every week! Today I have my strawberry manicure! For this I used Wet N Wild's Wild Shine #414A, (it's a red that has a slight berry tint to it), NYC's #298 High Line Green, and any black would do, but I used Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear #370 Black Out. First I painted them two coats of the red and waited for them to completely dry! Next I just painted on green tips, then I used a paint brush to do the points, (again, I did two coats, but it could take you more depending on how much you use. I sort of globbed it on, which made it a little lumpy, but my top coat smoothed it out). Finally, I used a paintbrush, (but you could use a toothpick) to do the seeds. I did two coats, but I really depends on what black you use! Of course, a top coat to seal it all in and smooth everything out and done! It's a great mani for the summer!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Beauty PSA

So I'm going to start posting these Beauty PSAs to keep you all updated on some of the beauty sales and events going on! Right now, Sephora is having a VIB only event where you get 15% off (in-store and online) and an in-store preview event, where you get a Sephora umbrella, sample bag, and some other little goodies! If you're a VIB you should've gotten the email with all the deets!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Caviar Mani

If you've been on Pinterest lately, I'm sure you've seen the "Caviar" mani making the rounds... It's that tiny little microbead mani. I did this mani back in October, and everybody loved it, so I decided to do it again! In October I did a gunmetal polish with silver beads to go with my outfit then, and this weekend I did black polish with gold beads, to match my outfit now. Everybody loved it again. :) Since I was only using the microbeads as my accent nails, I did them first so that I wouldn't mess up my other nails if they were wet. I used Sally Hansen's #310 Gilty Pleasure as the base for the gold microbeads. I did two coats of this. Immediately after I did my second coat, I dipped my finger into my container of microbeads. (You can dip them or sprinkle them. I prefer to sprinkle because I feel like it just makes it non-clumpy. Like, when I dipped my nail, there was a ton of extra beads stuck on it, which are easy to remove and flatten, but it's just extra work. If you are going to sprinkle though, be sure to do it over a plate or something to catch those little buggers! They seriously go all over.) After I got rid of all of the excess beads, I did an generous coat of my Out the Door top coat. In the future I think I would try using a different top coat, maybe one that doesn't fill in a bunch, but you don't even have to use a topcoat if you don't want. I just feel it seals it in better so they don't fall off as easily. For the rest of my fingers I used Wet N Wild's Fastdry in #229C Ebony Hates Chris. (It truly is fast drying. Like, it's amazing.) I only used one coat of this and it gave me a fantastic opaqueness. You really don't need a top coat for it because it shines really nice, but I did anyways. Hope you guys try this mani out!! It's truly eye catching and everybody will want to touch them!

These are the microbeads. I got mine from Michael's and I think they were about $4.00. Mine were in the aisle near stamping supplies. They come in loads of different colors and also in little mini packs with the different colors.

You can see where some of my beads fell off after a long day of work.... Super easy to fix though. Just take a toothpick, dab it with some top coat, dab it on the nail, put the toothpick in the microbeads, and place them where they're needed.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hunger Games Mani

Happy Hunger Games! So I haven't read the books (I'm thinking about it), but I'm super excited for the movie to come out tomorrow! For this mani I used OPI Cajun Shrimp. Make sure it's super, super dry before doing the next steps! (Like a couple of hours, at least.)  Okay so then I printed out the mockingjay icon and printed it out on a laser jet printer (the size of it was .38 in x .4 in). Then I cut it out and got rid of as much excess paper as possible, laid it on my nail, and used a paper towel with rubbing alcohol on it. Rub the paper towel on the cutout for like two minutes and press down hard to make sure the image transfers (why the nail needs to be completely dry). Remove the paper. Now, it most likely won't be a solid image, (mine wasn't) so what I did next was used a tiny paintbrush and black acrylic paint to go over the image and define it. Top coat to top it off and you're done!

*I had the little strip of holo stickers at the tip of my nail from the day before and just left it on (not that I would know how to easily take it off). The strips are from Sally Beauty Supplies and you can get them here.
**Oh! Also another little note: I was stupid. I should've flipped the image on the computer so that it would turn out correctly, so I would suggest doing that.
***Another stupid move: I could gone over it twice to make it really solid, but in real life you can't really see the unsolidness.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pink Leopard Mani

This manicure is easy. Go ahead, give me your crazy looks that I got when I told people that, but it really is! (Not to mention, there are tons of color combos you can use!) For this mani I used Sinful Colors' Easy Going as the base and two coats gave me my solid blush color. (I love this color, by the way. Like, love.) Then for the spots I used Sally Hansen's Nail Art Pens in black and coral! (The coral is from the new summer collection that came out recently and they had several other cute colors too!) I really like Sally Hansen's pens because if you mess up, they come off easily with water and your mistake is gone! (Also, this is why it's really important to use a top coat, otherwise your designs will be washed off easily!) Okay so first I did my base color and waited for it to completely dry. Then, I made odd shaped ovals with the coral pen and then I used my black pen and did two lines sort of on either side of each odd shape! See? Easy! Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day Mani!

Happy Leap Day!! In honor of this extra day, I'm giving you all an extra mani! (Like one mani doubles as the base for another, sort of thing.) Okay, so I recently bought Sinful Colors' neon pink #920 and I was SO excited to finally find a neon that I liked! (The other "neons" that I found before just weren't that bright and, well, neon.) I did two coats of it and it was totally solid. Also, it dries somewhat matte, so that's good if you're into that. (I prefer shiny.) Anyways, I couldn't deal with just plain neon on my nails, so I did one coat of China Glaze's Fairy Dust... it sparkles so much! So I left it that way for like a day, but it was still too neony for me (I know, I'm ridiculous), so I decided to pair it with Ulta's Smoke Screen. I taped my pieces of tape diagonally across each nail, did one coat of the charcoal, let it dry, then did a second coat and peeled off the tape right after I applied the second coat. (I waited to remove the tape after the second coat on one nail and it got too gunky and just made it gross and uneven.) Did one coat of my top coat to seal it all and done! It might sound complicated, but it truly isn't. I got several compliments on them, with one girl even saying she was going to do them the same! Hope you all enjoyed your extra day!

Hehe.. get it? Because they leap? I know, I'm a dork.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oscars Nails

So today is the Academy Awards and I fully celebrate them. I plan on plopping down at five with my popcorn and computer, ready to comment on all of the celebs' outfits. (And obviously I'll be wearing my Oscars shirt, duh.) Anyways, I did a little ode to the Oscars on my nails this weekend, and let me tell you, everybody loved them. They are SO simple though, it's ridiculous. All it is is black polish (I used two coats of Wet N Wild's Fast Dry #229C Ebony Hates Chris) and two coats of Milani's Jewel FX #531 Gold. I got soo many compliments on it from complete strangers!!

These pictures really don't do the glitter justice at all.. It shines so, so much. I love it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My First Post!

Oooh first post, how exciting! I always feel like the first post of something has to be important, profound, let's people know about you and lalala. This probably won't be that. I will let you know about myself, though. I'm Rachel and I love beauty things. Okay, done. Oh, you want to know more? Okay, okay, if you insist. I'm really obsessed with nail polish, so that's what you'll be seeing most on here, but I also looove my makeup, especially smokey eyes. I also like doing my hair, though mine does not cooperate with me that much, as it is a hot, frizzy mess, but I make it work. (It's great for messy hairstyles, which I adore.) I also love glitter, chocolate, fashion, grammar, and steak. As I'm sure you already see, I'm very random, but whatevs. I like to try to really add my "voice" to my writings, so hopefully that comes through. My promise to you (and sort of myself): I will upload at least one post a week. I'm hoping for, and it most likely will be, more, but sometimes life gets in the way and blah, blah. Okay, I'm done! Hope you enjoy my blog, I'm excited!!