Manicure Monday: DIY Sugar Nails

Hey guys! First off, I just wanted to say that I hope that everyone is having a safe and fun summer!

Anyways, I know that it’s been forever since I’ve done a MM, but lately I’ve been uninspired and lazy. Luckily, I saw this video by RealAsianBeauty on Youtube. Prior to this video, she posted one with salt, which basically gives the same effect, but I like the sugar one more. If you follow me on instagram, you saw these nails earlier today, but unfortunately, I had some malware problems,that have been resolved, that were preventing me from updating my blog.

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The Products:

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  • Polishes: Julep Abbie, Covergirl Lav-Endure, Covergirl Peaches and Cream, Wet n Wild Mint, Essie Cute As A Button, NYC Top Coat (also my base coat), and NYC Matte Me Crazy Top Coat

*My matte top coat, Matte Me Crazy was purchased at my local Wal-Mart for $1.99

  • Sugar
  • A small container/bowl

The Procedure:

  1. Paint all your nails with a base coat.
  2. Paint each finger with 1-2 coats of each colored polish. I personally did two coats each, but it’s not necessary. It might be better if you only applied one coat because it’ll prevent the polish from getting thick like mine did.
  3. Next, paint your first finger with a generous amount of top coat. You want a pretty decent coat because this is going to be your “glue”.
  4. After applying the top coat, immediately press your nail flat into the sugar. In the video, Kristina says that you can either pour the sugar on or dip your finger in it. I tried both and found that pressing it into the sugar is easier because you get even coverage. Also, try not to go too crazy. I tried to make sure that I covered all of my nail, even the sides, which added extra sugar, and contributed to them being kinda thick.
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 on all your fingers.
  6. Once you have sugar coated all your fingers, apply a coat of matte top coat. I didn’t think one coat sealed in the sugar enough, so I added another.

The Outcome:

These nails are surprisingly easy to do. There isn’t too much fuss or mess. Obviously, you can’t expect them to last that long, sugar is landing on my keyboard as I type. I give them two days max. Unfortunately, the sugar will probably come off on your sheets when you sleep and I find that my fingers sometimes get sticky if my hands are wet because despite the top coat, the sugar will still dissolve. All in all, I think these nails are really cute and definitely worth a try if you want to try something different.

So, that’s it for this week’s Manicure Monday! I hope you guys enjoyed and I hopefully I’ll have another one up next week!

Do you have any easy DIY nail art tricks? Share them below!

~Melissa

DIY: Green Tea Acne Scar Mask

So today, I had the day off. It’s finals week and I was exempt from both my 1st and 2nd period, so it was a loungy kind of day. I woke up super early, thanks to my brother, read in bed, watched a movie, and then ate leftover Pappasito’s (YUM). When I was eating, I noticed that the roof of my mouth was really sensitive. I thought I was getting an ulcer (Is that what they’re called in English? I only know what they’re called in Chinese xD). Because I wanted to get rid of it before it got worse, I decided to brew some green tea. Once I finished my tea, I thought I would make this mask from Bubzbeauty! I recently had a hormonal breakout, so I was hoping that this mask would help with the scars that are forming/going to form because I’m a crazy picker.

Ingredients/Supplies:

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  • Green Tea Bag (brewed)
  • Honey
  • Rice Flour
  • 2 spoons
  • A small bowl

Directions:

  • Brew some green tea and drink it. Save the tea bag.
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All these pictures were taken with my new Nexus 4, which has cool filters kinda like insta.

  • Squeeze all the tea from the tea bag. Bubz doesn’t mention this step, and I didn’t, so my mask turned out a little too wet. It doesn’t affect anything, either way, it’s up to you.
  • Tear open the bag and empty the leaves out in to the bowl.

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  • Add about 3/4 a tablespoon of honey. Bubz added a whole tablespoon, but I didn’t feel the need since my tea bag had fewer leaves than her. If your honey is stuck at the bottom, microwave it for about 10-15 seconds and it’ll be perfect.

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  • Mix the tea leaves and the honey.

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  • Add some rice flour and stir. I didn’t use any measurements. I just kept adding until I got a consistency that I liked.

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Application:

  1. Use a gentle cleanser and wash your face. I use Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask.
  2. Spoon the mask on to your fingertips.
  3. Distribute it all over your face and massage with your. (Make sure you’re standing over a sink because the leaves will fall off when you massage your face) Bubz did it for 5 minutes, but I just did whatever. If your mask gets too dry to massage any longer, you can just wet your fingers a tiny bit and that will get it moist enough for you to continue.
  4. Rinse your face with warm water until all of the mask is gone.
  5. Splash your face with cold water to close your pores.
  6. Apply your daily moisturizer, I use Clean and Clear’s Essential Dual Action Moisturizer
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My dorky snapchatting…

Since this is my first time using this mask, I can’t tell if it does any good. In order to see results, you would have to use it multiple times, obviously. While I can’t guarantee that it will help with acne scars, it did make my face feel extremely soft and supple. If you have these ingredients around the house, I say go for it! What do you have to lose? If don’t have all of these ingredients, Buz has some alternative methods in her video.

So that’s it! I hope you guys liked this post! Like this for more DIYs.

Did you try out this mask? How did you like it? What’s your favorite DIY home remedy? Post any in the comments! I love looking at new DIY beauty remedies!

~Melissa

DIY: A Sorta Z Palette

So I was reading the new Allure last night, and in it they mentioned the Z Palette. Of course, I’ve heard if it before, but I’ve never really needed one. But now, I have  a few drug store palettes, so I decided that I would get rid individual palettes and just combine them in to one. First, I looked on the Z Palette website so see how much they were, and they’re crazy expensive. Since I wasn’t going to pay those prices for a magnetic palette, I decided to consult with Youtube. After watching a couple videos, I got an idea of how I could make my own version with things I already had at home.

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  • Hair dyer
  • Tweezers- the skinny ones for your eyebrows work better than the standard ones
  • Metal pencil case
  • Any small magnets that you have/sheet magnet

I kinda have an obsession with pens and mechanical pencils, like the really cutesy/asian kind, so I happen to have a lot of pencil cases. I knew I had one that I was going to give away, but instead I decided to use it to make a palette. Obviously if you don’t have a metal one, you can just line the bottom with sheet magnet, but having a metal case takes care of this. Also, you wouldn’t have to put magnets on the pans. If you don’t have a pencil case, you can use any type of container, but I thought the sizing for this was pretty good, not too big not too small.

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Okay, so now on to the steps:

  1. Depot any eyeshadows that you plan to put in your palette. You can use a blow dryer (that’s what I used), but you can also use a lighter. Basically you just need something that will melt the glue. I wouldn’t place the blow dryer right on top of the palette you’re using. I did that and had it on there too long and melted both the palette and the plastic on the blow dryer. Also, if you’re an Ipster, I would advise against trying to depot the Coastal Scents Mini Quads. I did and it just made a big mess. I warped the plastic and the shadows broke.

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    What became of my Coastal Scents palette

  2. Once you’ve melted the glue, take your tweezers and lift the pan out of the palette. Try to place the tweezers in a corner where there is a gap between the pan and the palette; it’s a little easier. If you’re having trouble lifting the pan, try heating the palette again. If you’re a first time depotter like I was, it may get messy.

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    You can these tweezers at Forever 21. They’re inexpensive, like $4.80 for this one and the standard tweezers.

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  3. Put your shadows to the side. I just placed them on an old palette. DON’T REMOVE THE GLUE.

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    As you can see, I scraped the first shadow.

  4. Take your magnet and cut it to fit on the back of the pan. 

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    The magnet I had. Unfortunately, it’s pretty cheap, so when my palette fell, my shadows shifted some. I would advise using stronger magnets.

  5. Place the magnet on the pan. The magnet I had had a strip of adhesive on the back, but it was awful. Luckily, many of my shadows still had the glue on the back that was still pretty sticky, so I didn’t have to worry about using additional glue. Of course if you want to make sure your shadows stay secure, you could remove the old glue using Goo Gone and add your own. For one of the shadows, I used a small round magnet that was strong enough not to need glue at all.

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    I placed the magnet where the original glue was to help the magnet stick.

  6. Place the shadows in your palette.

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    Shadows in the palette: WetNWild Trio Walking on Eggshells, Cover Girl Trio Shimmering Sands, L’Oreal Hip Duo in Dynamic, and Mirabella single shadow in Semiformal

There you have it, a homemade almost Z Palette!

I hope that this was helpful, and you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. Also, if you don’t have any of these items, you can also try this method. Good luck!

~Melissa