Thursday, August 16, 2012

Video: My Boyfriend Does My Makeup!

I am so excited to share this video with you guys! We were cracking up the entire time and I literally had tears streaming down my face.

Big thanks to David for editing :)

Kool-Aid Hair

I did something a little crazy to my hair. I dyed the tips with Kool-Aid! I used Pink Lemonade flavor because I wanted it to be a light pink. I literally just boiled some water, poured it into a mug with the Kool-Aid powder, stirred it around, and dunked the tips of my hair into the Kool-Aid and left it for about 8 minutes. It already faded a bit after the first shower so I'm guessing it won't stay in my hair for long. But the good news is that Kool-Aid packets are 25 cents apiece so I can afford to re-do it every week or so for as long as I feel like having it! Yay!

Here's a photo I took on my webcam:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fishtail Braid Mani

Here's my last mani I took pictures of before my camera died. I had this on my nails for almost a week because I loved it so much! I used this tutorial to help me create this look.

First I did two coats of OPI Fiercely Fiona, a slightly greenish yellow, on each nail. Then to create the stripes I used butter LONDON Slapper and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City, a silver foil.

I'm also still really digging the oval nail shape on me! I haven't broken a nail since! I think I'll keep him :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

First Video Blog! July Favorites

It's my first video! I lost my camera battery charger so I can't take pictures at the moment. I wanted to post SOMETHING so I decided I'd make a video! I'd been wanting to make a Favorites post for a while so here are my July favorites.

Aaaaand....I forgot a favorite so I made a second video! (Yes, it was that important!)

Hope you enjoy the videos! Let me know if you liked the videos and what topic you think I should talk about next!

P.S. Sorry about the horrible lag between the video and audio on the first video. I'm not sure why it's doing that. I'm going to try to fix it right now.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Neon Ruffians and New Nail Shape!

Notice anything different about me (other than my bangin' manicure)? I decided to try oval-shaped nails for a while and see how I like them. Before I started growing my nails out a couple years ago, my nails were oval-shaped because I just trimmed (or bit) them down to the nail bed and my nail bed is naturally oval-shaped. They weren't an intentional, graceful oval shape though, they were just ragged and ugly! Anyway, I was constantly breaking the corners of my rectangular-shaped nails and having to cut them down and file them to get them to be even again, so I thought I'd try a new shape and see how it works for me. I didn't really like the shape at first but now it's growing on me! And I haven't broken a nail so far!

Anyway, for my first mani with my new nail shape I thought I'd try something that would emphasize the oval-ness. I did a neon ruffian manicure using hot pink and orange! On my thumb and ring fingers, which were my accent nails, I did two coats of Revlon Tulip, a nice hot pink. On my other fingers, I did two coats of OPI A Roll in the Hague, a bright reddish orange. After my base color dried, I used the opposing color to create the "ruffian" style. It's pretty easy to do because you basically paint the second color like you would paint your nail normally, following the curve of your cuticle, just up a little higher! I did two coats of the second color too, just to make sure I didn't have any patchiness.

What shape do you prefer your nails in? What do you think of the ruffian manicure style?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Turquoise Gemstones

I am so unbelievably in love with this mani, you guys. I love turquoise - the color, yes, but also the gemstone. I saw this mani on the Tumblr Fuck Yeah Nail Art, and I fell in love. It looks just like turquoise! I had already been wearing two coats of L'Oreal Gorgeous Gold, an AMAZING (seriously amazing, guys, I should've taken a picture of it just by itself) gold metallic with medium gold hex glitters, for a day or two, and I thought it would be the perfect base to try this turquoise mani with.

I did a little variation on the technique used by Topcoat It. Here's what I did: I painted one coat of China Glaze For Audrey over Gorgeous Gold. Working one nail at a time, before For Audrey dried, I pressed a crumpled piece of plastic wrap over my nails to create some texture, like I thought a turquoise gemstone should have. Then I let all my nails dry. I then took some q-tips and filled my nail polish remover cap with some acetone-based remover. I dipped it very quickly so it didn't soak up too much remover, then I rubbed it gently over my nails. I rubbed harder on certain spots to get the gold to peek through just where I wanted it. After doing this on all my nails I finished with a glossy topcoat!

I absolutely love how this looks, although I think it would look even more like a real turquoise gemstone if I used a grayer base. Something like OPI Number One Nemesis (the Chanel Graphite dupe) would look awesome. I also think that using a glitter or metallic base makes it easier to rub away your top color without accidentally removing your base color because they are harder to remove. I think with any other color combination this might end up looking like crackle polish, so if you like that look but don't want to spend the money on a crackle polish or are frustrated that you can't get it to crack the way you want, you might try this. What do you think?