Hot off the press!!

Happy hump day y’all. We’ve made it through the first half of the week and the rest is downhill from here. Just push the clutch in and let it coast the rest of the way. =)

Here is the last manicure that was on my list of “Manicures To Try” (for now that is).

Newspaper manicure.

I was turned off on this manicure at first because all of the words would be backwards, which is kind of annoying. But I was surfing around and I noticed another blogger had used a Korean newspaper and I thought this was a great idea.

On my trip to Hawai’i I was determined to find a Japanese newspaper. The large amount of not only Japanese tourist, but also Japanese locals, creates a large demand for almost everything Japanese from food to language to department stores and, yes, newspapers.

So, for this manicure you will need a newspaper that you choose and a pair of scissors.

Pick out any block of words that you want. I was pretty picky about this for some reason. I really didn’t want any numbers on my nails so I made sure to avoid those (except one number made it on my nail, darn it!)  Cut out the strips of newspaper and set them aside. For the transfer you will need an alcohol of some sort. Some use rubbing alcohol and others have used vodka. In this case I used vodka. Say “Hello” to Izzy. =)

This was the smallest bottle of vodka we had in the house. Hahah gotta love Costco!

The base colors I used were OPI Moon Over Mumbai and on my accent nail I used OPI I Vant to Be a Lone Star.

Then, when your nails are completely dry, pour a small amount of alcohol into a small dish to dip the strips of newspaper into.

Place the soaked strip on to the nail and firmly press onto the strip in a rocking motion. You want to make sure you get the sides of the nail as well so it doesn’t look incomplete.

If you don’t press hard enough then the print won’t show up.

If this happens no worries. You can just rub the print off of your nail with your finger and try again.

If you press too hard sometimes the newspaper will stick and it won’t come off.

This happened to me about once or twice, but it’s ok. I applied a couple of topcoats and you can hardly tell.

It is very important to apply a top coat onto the newspaper transfer because without it the print will easily wipe off. As soon as the print is dry apply a good top coat. Some have experienced smearing of the transfer, but as long as it is dry, you’re good to go.

To make this manicure a little bit more “cute” I added a heart on each accent finger. I was walking around the local drug store and found these:

“Oh heck yeah!” was my exact response. Having to cut out my own stencils can get pretty frustrating so I was pretty happy to find these. They are super easy to use: peel, apply, paint.

For the hearts I actually used my OPI Red Shatter and here is the finished product!

That’s it!

Happy polishing! <3

Glitter and Butterflies!

This post is featuring Konad stamping. This is my first time so it’s a little messy, but still cool.

Konad is a nail art stamping company. You can buy a variety of different plates to use with their stamp and scraper. They do sell their own paints, but you can also use any creamy polish that you wish to use. For more information on Konad you can click this link here.

I purchased the Double sided stamp set that came with the stamper and the scraper.I also purchased two plates, m36 and m69.

Konad plate m36

Konad m69

So first I painted my nails a base color of OPI Moon over Mumbai. Moon over Mumbai was released with the OPI India Collection that was released in Spring 2008.

OPI Moon Over Mumbai

After letting the base color dry I picked plate m36 with the butterflies. Using OPI Dim Sum Plum, I painted the butterflies lightly.After using the scraper to scrape off the excess, use the stamping tool in a rolling motion, starting from one side to the other, to pick up the image.You should have the image on your stamper like so. In the same rolling motion, apply image to the nail. You have to work fast while konading. Since the image uses very little paint, the nail lacquer dries quickly and makes it a little harder to apply to the nail. So cute! I can’t wait to try more plate designs. To top off this manicure I topped it with essie’s Carnival.I didn’t wait long enough so the top butterfly was a little smeared, but it’s ok. I am in love with essie Carnival. It’s like OPI I Juggle…Men, but x10.I can’t wait to try more Konad plates, but until then…

Happy polishing!

 

 

Oscars 2011

Let me first start by saying, I did not watch the whole awards show.  My mom had called me over for ribs that night, I didn’t have a hard time choosing between the two.  I love me some home-cooked ribs. BUT I saw more than enough.  As far as nails go, it looks like it was a nude show.  The only one that dared to wear a bold color was the stunning host, Anne Hathaway.  

Most actresses decided to not take away from their gorgeous dresses.  I would say the best dressed was Mila Kunis.  She matched her lacy fit with a nude polish and nude clutch. Perfect.

The always adorable Amy Adams did a slightly darker nude, bordering on a tan polish.  At first glance I thought it was a pale pink, which would have been absolutely fine too. 

In this picture of Jennifer Hudson, she paired her vibrant orange gown with a light metallic.  It was a flawless match, in my opinion.  

(Pictures courtesy of peoplestylewatch.com)

With Spring approaching nudes are a perfect answer for what shade to wear.  Here are a few colors that I can’t wait to use.  The first is a few new bottles I picked up last week.  From L-R: Sew psyched, In Stitches, and Topless & Barefoot.

These two almost look the same in the picture.  On the left we have It’s totally Fort Worth it.  It’s part of the new Texas collection from OPI.  It’s a light grey with a light holo(graphic) tone on it.  On the right is Moon over Mumbai.  It’s a a flat light grey, almost white.

A few light pinks. From L-R: Malaysian Mist, Hearts & Tarts, Bubble Bath, No Bees Please. And the last are pearls.  Pearls are always classic.  Again, L-R: Pearls Night Out, Pearl of Wisdom, and Oh So Glam.

Thats it folks.  Sorry for the long post!

Happy polishing!