Monday, April 30, 2012

manic MANI MONDAY: 90's T-SHIRT NAILS

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I call these 90's t-shirt nails because that is what they remind me of. "Lisa Frank Nails" was in the talk too, I guess either of the names work. Casey bought me a whole nail stamping set with tons of plates and it's taken me a while to do a tutorial with them. That is because they are kind of hard to get used to. I definitely took Elizabeth's advice while creating these nails. Check out her tutorial to learn to use a stamper.

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These are the nail polishes I used for this tutorial:
Clear Top Coat- NYC Quick Drying
Neon Pink- Ultra Pro Punki Pink
Nude- American Apparel Palm Springs
Turquoise- Color Club Age of Aquarius
Light Blue- JULEP Jessica

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This is the plate I used to stamp with- BM10.

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Paint your nails light blue.

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Stamp the triangle design in hot pink polish on the bottom half of the nail. When stamping, you may get some of the design on your finger and you can just clean that up at the end. Some of the design may not actually go onto your nail and when that happened, I just kept it. Every nail will not turn out the same and it's totally fine that way.

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Stamp the nude polish in the middle of the nail.

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Stamp the turquoise polish on the top half of the nail.

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Cover your nails with a top coat. Be careful on this step- you want to make sure the designs are completely dry to make sure they don't smear into eachother.

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And here are some pictures of the finished nails!

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What do you think? Lisa Frank or 90's t-shirt?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

the RAVE: BABY LIPS

1- Grape Vine/ 2- Pink Punch/ 3- Cherry Me/ 4- Quenched/ 5- Peach Kiss/ 6- Peppermint

DISCLAIMER- THIS POST WAS NOT SPONSORED BY MAYBELLINE. ALL PRODUCTS WERE PURCHASED BY OH SO PRETTY.

Well it all started with the pink one. I bought it mostly because the packaging is fun and I liked the idea of a lip product that would make lips feel "baby soft." Turns out, I LOVE THIS STUFF. It goes on so smooth and some of these give off the sheerest amount of color. With the pink one, or the "Pink Punch" one, you can put a few layers on to make the color darker. To me, it's the perfect shade of pink. In one layer it can enhance your natural lip color or with a couple more layers, it can be a fun and brighter pink color. And either way your lips feel amazing. It's not sticky and they all smell awesome! (Hence, the names.) "Quenched" is the only one whose name doesn't reflect it's smell- it's a tropical-y-ish smell. We've tried to figure out what it smells like but that's all we could come up with. Anyways... I love all of these. After I fell in love with the pink one I had to try all of the rest of them so I now own the whole collection.

Grape Vine- Purple-ish Red
Pink Punch- Bright Pink

Cherry Me- Pink-ish Red
Quenched- Clear

Peach Kiss- Bronze-y
Peppermint- Clear and Minty

These are the colors swatched onto my hand. I swatched them all with three layers to show you the color they build to. (Quenched and Peppermint don't give off any color.) From left to right we have Grape Vine, Pink Punch, Cherry Me, and Peach Kiss.

Did I mention you can pretty much buy these anywhere and they only cost around $3? Go get ya some! Or don't! Doesn't matter to me but, they are pretty sweet.
 

P.S. I forgot to mention that none of these are glossy. They have a sheen much like chapstick only a little smoother and tiiiiny bit shinier. I'm not a huge fan of lipgloss so to me, these give off the perfect amount of shine. And if you put on a couple layers, the shine gets stronger.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

the DIY: PAINTED DOORMAT

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So Casey and I have been talking about painting our nasty doormat forever but we never figured out exactly how we wanted to do it. Yesterday I decided I was just going to go for it. Our doormat couldn't  have looked worse than it already did. We had seen a doormat that said "Nice Underpants" and well, that is exactly something our doormat would say. So here is how I did it....

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Start with your old doormat or a new one. (Fix up your old one and save money or buy a new one that is already the color you want!)

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I spray painted the first coat with black spray paint. It took a while to cover the whole mat. We didn't really want our mat to be black but it's the only color that would cover up all the designs.

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Then I put another coat of spray paint on the mat to make the color more consistent.

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Using acrylic paint and a sponge brush I outlined the word "NICE" first in the top center area of the mat.

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Then I put another coat of the paint to make the letters thicker and darker.

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One more super super thick coat of paint to make these letters as solid as possible on this mat.

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Then I wrote the "UNDERPANTS" word with a different color of paint and a sponge brush. I tried to center them as best as possible.

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Another coat to make the letters a little thicker.

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And another coat to really thicken the letters and make them as solid as possible.

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Let it dry and then it is ready to use! We think it's pretty stinkin' cute compared to what it used to look like.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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tunes-day TUESDAY: COME BACK DOWN

So these are some songs that we started listening to this week. Two of them came onto our radar through free downloads on iTunes. WORD. This first one is amazing "Come Back Down." And you can actually go download it for free on iTunes this week!



Monday, April 23, 2012

manic MANI MONDAY: COLOR BLOCK NAILS

We super love everything that involves color blocking so you can imagine I loved the nails that inspired this tutorial. Of course, I saw a picture on Pinterest and thought, "I NEED TO RECREATE THIS." I also just purchased these nail colors that I'd been eyeing at Target so I figured they'd be perfect for this design.
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These are the colors I used- Coral Cabana and Paradise Pink.

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Paint your nails a solid color and tape off a random section.

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Paint the empty space with another color.

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Peel off the tape and repeat on all your nails. It should look something like this.

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Draw a black polish line in a different direction than the colored polishes.

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Fill in the empty space on one side of the line.

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And finish with a no-chip top coat!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

inspiration STATION: CANDY HAIR COLOR

We are getting our hair done today and so I (Casey) have been searching the Internet for inspiration.  I went from brown to red last time and while I loved it, I hate how high maintenance red hair is (if it's not natural, of course).  My hair color faded so fast and my roots are unsightly.  However, getting rid of red hair is challenging, so we'll see what happens.  We'll post pictures of our hair once it's done.  Until then, here are some pictures of hair color we are digging.