Manicure Monday: Mixed Pattern Fall Nails

I meant to have this up Monday, but I was really exasperated with this manicure. And then I ever had time to get around to posting it until now.

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The Products

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  • L.A. Colors Calcium Nail Treatment- Base/top coat
  • N.Y.C In a New York Color Minute in 248B Manhattan- Base Color
  • N.Y.C French Tip White- Stamping Polish
  • Konad Stamper and Scraper
  • Konad m95 Plate
  • Tools for clean up

The Procedure

Part of the reason I was annoyed with this nail look is that I couldn’t pick up the design at all. No matter how hard I pressed, it didn’t transfer onto the stamper. No matter what polish I used (I tried 3 different ones), I had no results. After realizing that I wasn’t working fast enough, my frustration cleared and I was able to do my nails in minutes.

  1. Paint nails with a base coat
  2. Paint nails two coats of a base color. If you’re using a fast dry polish like me, and it gets thick, try closing the bottle and shaking it after every couple of nails.
  3. Let that dry completely.
  4. Take a white polish and paint it on the design.
  5. Using the scraper, quickly remove the excess polish.
  6. Immediately after that, roll the stamper over the design and pick it up.
  7. Transfer the design onto your nail. Since you already have the design on the stamper, which is the most crucial step, you can take your time in stamping on the design.
  8. Repeat on all nails.
  9. Wait 5-10 minutes and apply a generous amount of top coat.
  10.  Using a polish remover and synthetic brush or q-tip clean up around your nails.

As you can see from the picture above, this isn’t my best work. The design is in no way even, but by this point, I was kind of fed up and just wanted to finish them.

Overall, I thought this design was perfect for fall because I used a dark, wine color. It also, has flowers, lace, and polka dots, which I feel like are always in,

I hope everyone has a great day!

♡ Melissa

OOTD: May 11, 2013

So earlier today, I went to the mall to get a few Mother’s Day gifts- one for my mom and one for my aunt. I ended up purchasing this, so if you need a belated Mother’s Day gift, you should check it out. Anyways! I knew it was going to be hot today because my room was blazing and it reflects what it’s like outside since our AC is still broken. With that in mind, I decided to throw on a cool shirt and some shorts.

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What I’m Wearing:

  • Top- B-Jewel from Marshalls
  • Tank- Forever 21
  • Shorts- Union Bay form Macy’s
  • Shoes- “Vans” from Target

If you read my latest haul post, you’ve already seen this top. As for the shorts, I don’t wear these too often, but I thought that the coral would look really cute with the navy (see a different outfit with the same color combo here). I actually chose to wear these shoes because I need a pedicure xD If my toes were presentable, I would have worn flip flops. In the end, I’m happy that I wore these shoes. Obviously, they are more comfortable for walking, but besides that, I liked the overall look. While the top and shorts are fairly girly, I felt that the shoes added a little bit of that skater look to offset it. Idk if that made sense, but whatevs.

Anyways, that’s all of this OOTD! I hope you enjoy it!

~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