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Glitters!

30 Jun

A lot of you have mentioned that some of the polishes that we’ve posted in the past are too expensive when you’re living on a budget. Well, this sparkly DIY glitter polish tutorial should help you out. Here we go:

  1. Roll a post it into a cone shape and tape the side to create your funnel.
  2. You’ll need 3 kinds of sparkle. I used thick chunky craft glitter from the craft store, a fine craft glitter by Martha Stewart, and a gold pigment powder. You can either use a gold pigmented loose-powder eye shadow or you can get gold pigment powder from the art store.
  3. Get a bottle of clear top coat. Don’t use a quick drying top coat. It will get too sticky too fast. I used a basic clear top coat and dumped out a little bit to make room for the glitter.
  4. My formula: 1/4 teaspoon of the chunky glitter, 1/8 teaspoon of the fine glitter and “a pinch” of the gold pigment powder. Your formula depends on the size of your clear coat bottle, but go easy because you can always add more sparkles.
  5. Once you get it all in there, shake it up. Then you can decide if you want to add more of one glitter or another.

This makes a great gift when you’re a little tight on money– just personalize it by re-labeling the bottle with love. Good luck! Let’s see those sparkling manis!

Flowers Fade

21 Jun

Who doesn’t love a soft, faded floral pattern? You can basically do this mani in any color combo you want– we chose a spring-y palette. Here’s how you get the look:

YOU WILL NEED: Nail polish remover, 4 small paint brushes, a plate or something to put your polish drops on, a white nail polish + 3 of your favorite polish colors that look good together.

  1. Place a dot of each color on your plate. Also fill your nail polish remover cap with nail polish remover. The colors above are American Apparel “Angeline” and “The Valley + Wet & Wild “Club Havana”.
  2. Paint the base of your nails with something light and wait until they dry completely.
  3. Dip one of your small paint brushes in the nail polish remover and use it to dilute the polish drops. You want to add a few drops of polish remover in the nail polish until it starts to look thin and “stain-like”.
  4. Then using a dabbing motion, create abstract flower shapes on each nail. Leave room for the other colors too.
  5. Use your other brushes to dilute the other colors the same way. Don’t mix your brushes in different colors!
  6. Apply the other colors. Create as many abstract flowers as you want. Don’t stress about the shape. Some of the messy flowers ended up being my favorite!
  7. Now take a drop of the white paint from your base coat and dilute that using nail polish remover, just like you did with the other polishes.
  8. Apply a VERY thin dot of white on the center of each flower. If you diluted it enough, it will slowly spread over the flower when you put the drop down. If not, thin your white polish out a little more. When you put the white drop on top, it gives the flowers a more faded look.
  9. Wait for everything to dry and give it a good quick dry top coat.

Hair Dare!

21 Jun

Girls with bangs seem to have some trouble finding updos. Here’s one that I think is super cute and preppy yet easy to do. It takes about 5-10 minutes and keeps your hair out of your way all day. Well, in my first try, it actually took around half an hour to 45 minutes. It’s a great way to deal with second day hair if you just don’t feel like doing it in the morning but have to look prim + proper for work or school. Here’s how this bun is done:

  1. Start with dry hair. It doesn’t have to be perfectly clean. If your hair is on day 2, spray a little dry shampoo at the root before you start.
  2. Use this type of thick rubber band or something similar to gather all of your hair on the top of your head. Don’t worry about it being perfect, just make sure it won’t move.
  3. Take about 1/4 of the whole ponytail and drop it off to the side. Try taking this piece from the side, not all the way from the back– that way the best/thickest part of the braid will show up in the front.
  4. Leave the 1/4 section out and create a regular ballerina bun on top using the other 3/4 of the ponytail.
  5. Once you’ve secured the bun, take the 1/4 section you left out and braid it. Fishtail, regular braid, whatever kind you want. Tie that off with a small clear elastic. But in my opinion, doing the regular braid is the best!
  6. Secure the braid using small bobbypins. I like to put a bobby pin in every inch and a half to make sure it really stays put.