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

Manicure Monday: The Great Gatsby

I really shouldn’t be posting this. I should be working on my AP Stats or AP Chem project. I know, right? Who gives projects? It’s the flippin’ year end of the year! But I can’t help myself because today, I took a field trip to the movies! Since we took the APLAC test a couple of weeks ago, and we read The Great Gatsby, my teacher wanted to take us to see the new film adaptation. After reading the book, I wasn’t that impressed; I didn’t understand all the hype surrounding it. Because I didn’t find the book phenomenal, I wasn’t that excited about the movie either… Well until this weekend. My teacher saw the movie ahead of time and she said that it was good, and I heard the same from others. Because of this, I started thinking that maybe it would be better than the book. In honor of this, I decided to do a Gatsby inspired nail look!

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The products I used to create this look were:

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  • Polishes (left to right): Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris, Wet n Wild Fergie Gold Album, and Wet n Wild Fergie Going Platinum
  • A dotting tool
  • A nail striper
  • 1-2 paper reinforcement(s)  (not captured)

Haha! I just realized this looks like I’m being sponsored by Wet n Wild xD

For the designs on my pointer and pinky fingers, I watched this tutorial. Obviously, the tutorial tells you how to do the other fingers, but I didn’t have studs and I didn’t like the rest as much, so I decided to do my own thing. I kept my other fingers pretty simple. For the thumb, I just decided to do a half moon on the bottom of my nail. To do this, I used the paper reinforcement. First, I painted my finger with the gold polish, let it completely dry, cut a piece out of the paper reinforcement (to make it more flexible), placed it on my finger, then painted over it with black. For my middle finger, I did a simple french tip. Then, for my ring finger, I used a dotting tool and wrote the letters “GB.” In reality, I should have done “JG”, but I wasn’t thinking clearly. If you want to use Gatsby’s initials, I would suggest using the font from the poster.

The “JG” in this poster is a major motif in the the movie, for obvious reasons.

So that’s all for this look! It’s not my best, I actually struggled quite a bit, but it was fun! I’ve never really done a “themed” nail look.

Really quickly about the movie! If you didn’t like the book, I think you might still like the movie; I did! It’s not as slow as the book and I felt that the changes they made were smart and helped to further the plot. It also cleared up parts that I didn’t understand when I was reading the book. I cried a little, but I’m a pretty maudlin (that SAT vocab ;)) person. But I actually really liked the movie, though I probably couldn’t watch it all the time.

Okay, that’s all! I gotta get back to work! I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week and I’ll try to have my Ipsy Bag: May 2013 post up this weekend!

Did you like the movie?

~Melissa

Manicure Monday: Lav-Endure and Mint Condition

This is just another quick update, since I haven’t posted in a while. So, I actually painted my nails yesterday, but since I have a crappy top coat, they started chipping this morning. Since there were already chipped, I kept picking at them throughout the day. When I got home today, I decided to redo them ago. Instead of sticking to a single color like I did last time, I decided to paint an accent finger. Unfortunately, this isn’t my best mani because I was painting my nails in bad lighting, while trying to watch The Voice. On top of that, I kept fast forwarding it since we were watching the recording and kept smudging the polish. With all of these things, plus a old, thick top coat, the manicure came out kinda clumpy. Despite the poor job, I wanted to post this since I haven’t done a manicure in a while and I was too lazy to take off all the polish and start again.

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Lav-Endure by Cover Girl and Mint Condition by Ulta

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So sorry for the lack for nail posts, I’ve just been kinda lazy lately. I know this isn’t my best post, but I felt like I owed it to you guys since my last Manicure Monday was like a month ago! I hope you enjoy it anyways :)

~Melissa

Manicure Monday

For this weeks Manicure Monday, I was inspired by this Gilly Hicks bag.

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I tried to create the look by creating the same colors, but it came out awful, so I just took all the polish off. Instead I just decided to do a simple ombre with the colors I already had. This is the finished look!

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The products I used were:

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A makeup sponge, OPI No Spain No Gain, NYC Fuchsia Shock Creme, and a Love & Beauty polish that came in a trio for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Nail polish remover, a Q-tip, and a synthetic makeup brush (optional).

All I did was paint a stripe of each polish on the sponge and dabbed it on my nails. 

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The colors go lightest to darkest and I dabbed the darkest color to the base of my nail.

I made sure that my stripes overlapped a little so it would create a more natural transition. Also, make sure that your sponge is flat, not smashed together like mine. I took this picture after I did my nails, so my sponge is all messed up because I tried to clean it. If anyone has any tips for cleaning nail polish off of makeup sponges, please let me know!

Obviously, this is bound to get messy, so I cleaned the sides of my fingers with nail polish remover with my My Glam concealer brush. After that, I also used the Q-tip to get rid of any polish that was more stubborn. To clean my makeup brush, I took a paper towel and folded it a couple of times. Then I poured some nail polish remover in to it and brushed it back and forth on the towel.

So that’s all for this week’s Manicure Monday, sorry it was late! I hope you enjoyed this post!

~Melissa

Manicure Monday

Obviously, it’s not Monday, but I created this look earlier this week. I know I said I probably wouldn’t have time to do my nails, but I actually did them on Tuesday. I was going to create a post about them but my brother took my camera hostage. Also, this look isn’t one of my finest. I love the colors and the style, but I’m not very good at it :/ With that being said I decided that I was okay with posting a less an mediocre look, I’m no pro. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this earlier, but if not, here you go!

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For this look, I was inspired by a Sally Hansen ad and a picture I saw on Instagram. When I read that Mila Kunis wore the color Tangerine Crush, I decided to check it out. Once I saw Peaches and Cream by Cover Girl, I knew that I wanted to created this two toned look. I used two coats of Peaches and Cream because one isn’t nearly opaque enough. Next, I applied a top coat. After letting it dry, I used Tangerine Crush for the tips. As you can tell, my French tips aren’t really my thing. I kept trying to fix them, but they ended up getting worse. The polish got really thick and there are even air bubbles in the polish from applying so many coats.

Even though my nails didn’t turn out the best, here were some things that made them slightly better:

  • Working in good lighting- At first I worked in dim light and I thought my nails looked pretty good, until I realized none of my tips were even. Good lighting makes it easier to see your mistakes.
  • Resting my hand on my knee instead of the table- When I placed my hand on my knee, it was a little easier to control the brush and you get the tip more even.
  • Instead of painting the tip up and down, paint from left to right- As long as make sure to wipe off excess polish, this ends up working the best because moving from left to right gives you a more natural looking/even tip because you’re following the curve of your nail.

I really like the idea for this Manicure Monday even if the finished product isn’t all that great. I love this modern twist on a classic style. I also decided to use these two colors because they look great together and they’re very spring-y.

What’s your favorite spring nail look? Do you have any tips on creating the perfect French Manicure? If you do, let me know in the comments below!

~Melissa

P.S. I’m not sure if I’ll have a Manicure Monday for this upcoming Monday because I have homework to do, and I’ll be going the rodeo tomorrow to see Demi. Hopefully, I’ll be able to squeeze in a manicure!

Mini Nail Polish Haul

Hey guys, today is going to be a busy Monday, so I probably won’t be able to upload a Manicure Monday. I might not even have time for one this week, since I’m taking the SAT on Wednesday, and I have an AP Stats test on Friday.

Since I most likely won’t be able to have a MM this week, I decided to do a short post on the nail polish I got yesterday.

I got one from Target and 4 from HEB.

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The L’Oreal one is from Target, and the rest are from HEB.

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With flash so you can see the colors a little better.

Quick Swatches:

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The colors I got were:

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L’Oreal 400 Tangerine Crush

This was $4.99 at Target, but they’re slightly cheaper at HEB. I think they were $4.17.

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The new Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brillant Nail Gloss in 125 Peaches and Cream

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The same kind in 145 Lav-Endure.

Because these polishes are new, they are $4.94 at all stores, but you can find buy 2, get $3 off coupons in magazines. I got mine in the new Allure, but I know they also have them in People’s.

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Revlon Nail Enamel in 260 Girly

I got this one for $1.17! It was originally priced at $3.67, but at HEB, they had a $2.50 off coupon for items over (I think) $3.50.

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Orly Nail Lacquer in 40710 Pixie Dust

They only drugstore that I know of that sells Orly is HEB. Not only do they have a a decent selection of colors, they also always have the older ones on sale. This color was $1.99. Because of the “pixie” theme, there was even a little fairy charm that came with it. HEB also had other colors on sale, mainly pinks and reds.

So that’s the quick nail update for this week! Hopefully, I’ll be able to post again in a couple of days, but if not, I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

~Melissa

Manicure Monday

So, as you guys know, I’m really bad at Manicure Monday’s. Monday’s are usually pretty busy for me, and I don’t have enough time to make a post or even do my nails. From now on, I’ll try my hardest to post every week, but the likelihood of that is very small.

Fortunately, I do have a nail look for this week! The items I used were:

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A makeup sponge, a dotting tool (the thicker end), and a Bath and Body works candle lid.

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My dotting tools came in a set like this from Amazon.

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Essie Where’s My Chauffer and Circus by Andrea’s Choice Reverso

If you don’t have dotting tools, you can always use the top of a pin or a pencil eraser. Also, instead of using a candle lid, you can obviously just use paper or a plate or whatever. I just like using the lid because you can clean off the polish and use it again.

Here’s the final product:

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My right hand.

I saw the tutorial for this nail art here. I really do love this look. It’s cute and very simple. In the video, the lady tells you to dab off the excess paint, but that’s just optional; I didn’t do that. Also, I don’t remember if she mentioned it, but I would wait a little for the base to dry before you start sponging on the other color. In total, this look probably took 10 minutes; I did it while watching tv, so you don’t need to concentrate too much. Honestly, the longest part was just painting the base coat. I hate working with white polish! Especially with this white. This the first time I used a polish by Andrea’s Choice, and I felt that because the brush is pretty thin, covering the whole nail took some time. It might just be because the polish was white though; they are generally harder to work with/more streaky.

I hope you enjoyed this nail look and that you have a great Monday!

~ Melissa