Saturday, July 28, 2012

Week 30: Olympics

I actually missed the opening ceremony but I figured this made up for it.

From left pinky to right pinky: Silver Medal, American Flag (because I have to cheer for my country,) 2012 Olympic Logo, Bronze Medal, Olympic Logo, Olympic Logo (not a typo, both thumbs are sporting the olympic signia,) Gold medal, British Flag (london is hosting,) Olympic Torch, Gatorade Logo (because all athletes need gatorade.)

Ciao, I've got some gymastics to watch.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Week 29: Jail Break

This week's manicure admittedly looks very Halloween, but if you look closer you'll realize that my nails have been incarcerated. My thumbs are being strangled with barbed wire;black with a design in grey, my pointers are wearing some striped pajamas; white with black stripes(horizontal,)  both middle fingers are stuck behind bars; black with grey stripes(vert,) my ring fingers are sporting the classic orange jumpsuit; orange with black numbers, and finally my pinky nails are weighed down by handcuffs; black with grey design. I'm not really sure what inspired this week's manicure but it just popped into my head one day "hey it would be really cool to do a barbed wire design" and just evolved from there. maybe I've been watching too many cop shows and murder mysteries. So... opinions! Three months too early or is jail cool year-round? Gotta go watch some Rookie Blue.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Week 28: Tupac Hologram

I know the Tupac hologram at Coachella is old news, but I was watching Jimmy Kimmel and he had Gary Oldman reading from R. Kelly's new memoir Soulacoaster and mentioned the Tupac hologram; I have been wanting to do hologram nails and thought OMG Tupac is perfect! (If you want to watch the video - which I thought was somewhat funny- just follow this link

So to do my Hologram nails I started with a sheer iridescent base coat and printed out the pictures I wanted to use- in this case Tupac, music notes, and lyrics from the song "Me Against the World." The whole process was very similar to newsprint nails; I soaked the images in rubbing alcohol then pressed them onto my nails. This time I let the sheets of paper dry on my nails so that I had to soak them in water to take the paper off but it left a film of paper on them which made everything cloudy which I thought improved the whole look. I think this method would work great for any manicure since you can print pictures of whatever you want to transfer to your nails. To finish the manicure I just sealed it all in with a top coat.

The Tupac images turned out the best, I think it was because there was so much more ink the music notes were really fritzy but actually the lyrics were okay except I forgot to flip them before I printed so they are all backwards, that is important if you want your image to go on one way you have to print it the opposite. I hope you don't think I'm cheating by using the same technique as the newsprint nails, I thought they were different enough that it could slide. Let me know what you think below!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Week 27: Stained Glass

I have actually been wanting to do stained glass nails for a while; but I had an elaborate plan that involved colored tissue paper (which I do not posses and kept neglecting to purchase.) Finally I decided, screw it, if I want to to stained glass nails I will do stained glass nails... and so my friends, here we are.

I used a toothpick (of course!) to draw on the panes, if the lines criss crossing my nails can be referred to as panes, in black. Then I used a few of my sheerest colors for the colored glass I found my Revlon Glimmer Gloss ( the red one) to work out the best because it doesn't have a sparkle but still goes on sheer, which, now that I think about it is probably why I don't use it very much otherwise. I used four different colors a purple, yellow, green and the previously mentioned red. The green is kind of hard to see so if it just looks clear or slightly grey, that's the green you're seeing.

I would still like to try this with  the tissue paper, if I do I'll post it here Toodles!