Internet Beauty Test Subject: DIY Valentine’s Day Manicure

Vday ManiPicture from here

Well, hey there! Valentine’s Day is coming up and I know some of you ladies want to feel a little fancy (even if you don’t have anything planned). And why not? You should feel fancy. So I’m trying a DIY manicure that I found on pinterest so you can be informed if you’re thinking about giving it a try.

As you can see, this manicure is a little different. It’s called a “reverse French manicure” – which in and of itself is chic – but this particular manicure uses the Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail stickers for extra fanciness.

Hypothesis: With nail stickers, hole punch reinforcements and some nail polish you can create a fun and different manicure (here’s hoping!)

Prediction: I’ve never tried the nail stickers, but I’ve heard they are fairly easy to use and last longer than regular polish. However, I’m a bit wary of how the hole punch reinforcements will affect the stickers.

Items Used:

  • Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Patterns (I used “Kitty Kitty”)
  • Hole punch reinforcements (I got mine at Rite Aid)
  • Red nail polish
  • Top coat

I started by sizing the nail stickers on my nails and It took me about 45 minutes to apply them. I was meticulously placing each sticker on the base by my cuticle and stretching it so it covered the whole nail. Then, I filed the excess sticker off with the little emery board that comes with the nail stickers. Applying the nail stickers was exhausting.

I let the nail stickers set for about 5 minutes and then put the reinforcements on each nail (see picture above). I ripped each reinforcement to make the rounded edge larger. Then, I painted the red polish on the top part of my nail, using the reinforcement as a guideline. I put two coats of red and the clear top coat over it.

Analysis: As you can see, my manicure did not come out as pretty as the original tutorial. The stickers were not as easy as I had hoped. The reinforcements were very sticky and threatened to remove the nail stickers on every nail. I think with some practice I may be able to make my nails look a little better. Have you ever seen the Pinterest Fails on Buzzfeed? Well, I feel like the picture of my nails could be on there, and underneath it would say “…Nailed It” (ha – so much pun).

Nailed It 2

Sally Hansen Salon Effects “Kitty Kitty” = $10.00
Hole punch reinforcements = $2.50

Time Consumed: It took me about an hour to apply the Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips and paint my nails over the reinforcements.

Pre-Event Feasibility: This would be fun to do before a party (or before date night) – but I would suggest a few test-runs before.

End Result: I would like to try this style of French manicure again, but with plain nail polish instead of the nail polish stickers. 

Have you tried this type of manicure before? Leave a comment below!

Bottom left photo from here

Mood Board Monday: Man Party

After a whirlwind week of last minute details, complications, resolutions of complications, we pulled off an extremely successful surprise 30th this weekend.

For the record – my measure of success is the amount of sheer goofiness I can achieve out of the most straight-faced of the party guests.

For this party, I focused on a few of the guest of honor’s favorite things – beer, cheese, and chocolate. Since his birthday actually takes place two days before the end of the Mayan calendar, and therefore the rumored end of existence, I added that into the theme as well: beer and cheese and chocolate and the apocalypse.

I present to you my initial inspiration board. It’s not completely cohesive, but my job was to make it that way in execution.

man party final1. Guinness Chocolate Cake from here 2. Killer Cheese Spread from here (with more awesome cheese photos, so check it out) 3. Black and Red Linens – the most apocalyptic colors I could think of. Photo from here.  4. Pimp your drink station. Such a goofy and good idea. From Rock n Roll Bride.  5. Wine glass lamps for centerpieces, from here.  6. Photo arrangement – I substituted “50” for “30” and added more collages. Photo from here.

Stay tuned to see how it all came together!