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Chevron and Glitter Nails

15 Apr

While some pins lead us to wonderful blogs or websites, others provide a step-by-step pictorial or simply have an instructional caption. Still others are simply pictures of something fun, delicious, or trendy that we’d love to try, but are left to attempt without direction. The latter happened to me with a pin featuring some fun nails.

pinterest chevron nails

Courtesy of Pinterest

The bright pop of color, with both a glitter and a chevron accent nail, really makes a statement without looking tacky. Apparently chevron is becoming a huge trend in clothes, accessories, and home décor, so why not add it to your manicure? This look seemed pretty self-explanatory, but the chevron part did cause some trouble.

The whole tape and nail polish trick didn’t really work, and if you don’t have those awesome nail polish pens that are intended for designs like these, you’re last option will be to work with a Sharpie. If you read my earlier post on Sharpie nail art, you might be a bit skeptical to use a Sharpie. But in this case, a black Sharpie seemed to be the best solution, and it actually worked!

Close enough…

chevron nails smeared

However, when I went back a few hours later to add a clear coat on top of my pinperfect manicure, the black Sharpie smeared with the application of the clear polish. I guess my stance against Sharpie nail art still stands. Even though this look wasn’t completely ruined, it might be time to invest in some nail pens.

Shimmery Manicure

6 Apr

Have you been trying to find new nail art ideas that don’t involve tons of colors, tape, or glitter polish? Or maybe you just want something quick and easy to glam up your manicure. Well this Pinterest idea uses two things every girl should own- make up and nail polish.

All you need is some form of a powder pigment, such as an eye shadow, to dust over your freshly painted nails. If you have a loose eye shadow or a shimmer, that would probably work best and be a lot easier (I used a loose shimmer eye shadow). According to the instructions in this pin’s caption, you simply “dab some powder pigment (like eye shadow) above the cuticle before the polish dries and blow the color onto the nail.”

Need To Make A Few Changes

Turns out, this blowing technique doesn’t really work. I had to lightly brush the shimmer onto my nails, starting from the cuticle, with an eye shadow brush. It still had the same effect, just using a different technique. However, make sure you use very light and gentle strokes to apply the shimmer in order to avoid any brush marks, mess up your nail polish, or mess up the brush. On that note, you want your nails to still be freshly painted so that the powder adheres to them, but you don’t want your nails to be so wet that applying the powder will get nail polish everywhere.

shimmer nails

Once you’ve added some shimmer to your nails, apply a clear topcoat to seal in the powder. And viola! You’ve got a pinperfect manicure in just minutes.

Cookie Monster Cupcakes!

25 Mar

So every year for my boyfriend’s birthday I try to make him a fun cake or dessert. Even though he’s in his 20s, he really is a kid at heart, so his birthday treat has to be reflective of that. So last year I decided to make him Cookie Monster cupcakes! Yepp, Cookie Monster- as in the Sesame Street character.

When I came across these cupcakes on Pinterest, I thought to myself, “this could either go really well, or end up being a disaster.” I looked through several different versions of Cookie Monster cupcakes and overall the execution and idea seemed pretty quick and easy.  So I was determined to make them a success.

How-To

All you have to do is bake the cupcakes (I chose chocolate), cut a whole for the cookie to fit into, and then decorate. I made the blue icing from white icing with food dye, and put it in a makeshift piping bag- just a simple zip-lock bag and cut the very tip of the corner off. Be sure to put the cookie in the mouth before you ice the cupcake so you can ice and holes around the cookie. The eyes are just made from white chocolate melting candies, and the black is food gel pen I got in the baking section of my local grocery story.

Enjoy- Me Love Cookies!

cookie monster!! 

TA DA! Super easy and super fun Cookie Monster cupcakes. I was really happy with the finished product, and my boyfriend absolutely loved them! I would definitely recommend these pinperfect cupcakes for anyone you might know. Whether they’re 4 or 44, who doesn’t love Cookie Monster?

Matte Nail Polish

22 Mar

Recently, I have been coming across more and more pins featuring matte nail polish. Most polishes that I have found are top-quality, brand name polishes- expensive nail polishes.

This shine-free look definitely caught my eye and seems to be trending right now, but I wasn’t completely sold on it. I figured it was worth a shot, but I didn’t feel like spending $8 on a whole bottle of matte polish.

So of course I search around Pinterest for a DIY matte nail polish tutorial, and I found one pin that seemed simple and straightforward. All you have to do is hold your nails over some steam (I just put a coffee mug with water in the microwave for 90 seconds).

And viola! Matte nail polish. I was honestly shocked that this actually worked but was very pleased with the pinperfect results.

Matte vs Gloss Hands

Matte vs Gloss close up

Disclaimer: The matte effect did fade after a few days and the polish began chipping relatively quickly.

Sharpie Nail Art

8 Mar

sharpie nails

Time and time again we see all these intricate and fun nail designs with different colors and patters designs that most assume could only be achieved by a wonderful manicurist with tons of nail polish pens. Well I am no manicurist and don’t have any nail polish pens, which is why I got excited when I saw this pin for Sharpie nail art.

Fun & Easy!

It’s a pretty basic concept- use Sharpies instead of nail pens for simple fun designs. So I grabbed by silver Sharpie and just went with a simple line design I had seen on a different pin. And lo and behold, I had a brand new, quick and easy, look- all thanks to a Sharpie.

Beware!!

I was very pleased with the results… until about a few hours later. Just by going about my day with homework and house chores, the Sharpie design had completely worn off. Adding a clear coat on top is definitely a MUST if you’re going to try any kind of Sharpie nail art. Otherwise, you’ll just watch your pinperfect manicure fade away.

Sharpie Nails faded

It was fun while it lasted.

Valentine’s Day Fail

17 Feb

Red Velvet Cake

Now that Valentine’s day has come & gone, some of you have memorable stories to share, while others might have had some “please tell me that was just a dream” moments. I personally had a little bit of both. Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad but still a little embarrassing, but the worst part had to be that Pinterest let me down.
I had found this scrumptious looking dessert that I thought would be both delicious and different. Red velvet cake, pudding, cool whip, and Oreos… what more could you ask for. However, this pin had no written instructions, it was all taught through pictures.  But even so, it looked pretty simple. And what I loved most was how the pudding soaks into the cake.

 Oops…Image

Well, let’s just say that didn’t exactly happen. There was not a drop of pudding soaking into that cake as Pinterest had promised. Perhaps next time I need to make the holes in the cake bigger, or the pudding a bit “runnier”. Maybe that’s why written instructions are so helpful.

Keeping it Simple…

Next time, I think I’ll just stick to chocolate-covered strawberries or cake made from scratch. But if you or someone you know has made this “pin-fail” a pinperfect treat, please share with us your secrets.

Valentine’s Idea for That Special Someone

13 Feb

52 Reasons Why I Love You

deck of cards

So whether you and your loved one like to go all out on Valentine’s day, or keep it low-key, it’s

always nice to share a small handmade gift. There’s something about a gift from the heart that even Hallmark can’t compete with.

Last year I came across this deck of cards craft and decided to make one for my boyfriend. The version I found on Pinterest was much more elaborate and involved pictures and cutouts on every card. But as a college student overwhelmed with classes and internships, I decided to go for a more simplistic route.

Make It Personal

I still used a regular deck of playing cards and simply took a Sharpie and wrote a reason why I love my boyfriend on each card. Coming up with the 52 reasons was the fun part. I included everything from the typical “you always make me laugh” to personal inside jokes only he would understand.

Valentine's Deck of CardsI got semi-crafty and decorated the box to make it a little personal, but it was such a simple and sweet gift to put together. And the most important part was how much my boyfriend loved it! Seeing the smile on his face while he went through each card was truly priceless.

And the best part is, you two can pull out the cards whenever you want to play a friendly game of Go-Fish, and it will be a wonderful reminder of your love. I highly recommend this pinperfect gift for your valentine this year.

Reasons I love you

I LOVE YOU!