We finally got our Konad stamper in the mail yesterday!  The package was the size of a box of bank checks.  Apparently I bought the “mini” version (no wonder it seemed so cheap).  The good news is…it still works just the same.  I just feel like a giant when I’m using it.  We ordered several stamping plates. The original plan was to do white nails with black sheets of music for Annika.  We could NOT get the music notes to work.  Everything else was easy peasy.  So we’ll save the music for another day.  Instead, Annika chose a fishnet looking stamp.  It’s amazing how crisp this thing stamps.  I know seasoned nail bloggers have been stamping for years.  But for a mom and her tween – this seems like magic.  Here’s Annika:

I’ve been doing a lot of grey and blue lately and was in the mood for something pink.  I did simple white polka dots on my ring fingers.  I love this mani (I say that everytime).  Here’s me:

I chose this pink China Glaze off the shelf without looking at the name.  Annika and I figured it was “Bubblegum” or “Teen Dream” or something like that.  But no…it’s called “Sexy Lady”!  What??  I’ll have to ask Sheldon.

Annika

  • Polish: OPI Arctic White, Konad Black
  • Tools: Konad Plate M57

Leela

  • Polish: China Glaze Sexy Lady, Konad White
  • Tools: Konad Plate M79

Annika had a sleepover last night.  The girls got to pick their own online pseudonyms.  So the crew included Annika, Max and Jade.  Not surprisingly, I had requests for Hunger Games and superhero manicures.

Annika (China Glaze Scarlet and Electrify)

Max (China Glaze Frostbite, Scarlet and Happy Go Lucky)

Jade (Finger Paints Where Art Renoir?, China Glaze Electrify)

My dear friend Herrneee (I picked the name, but I totally know she would have chosen it if given the chance) did a boring old manicure with China Glaze Fast Track.  I tried to get her to do something fancier, but she kept rambling about her “job” and her “patients” and something about “glitter getting in people’s eyes”.  Anyway, no pic of that.  But we shall break her in the future!

More Hunger Games

May 6, 2012

Hi, this is Annika and I finally get to talk! Yay! I really, really like Hunger Games (if you couldn’t tell by now) and we wanted to do something unique and challenging.  We found a great YouTube tutorial online, so we just had to try it.  We made some changes.  We painted the mockingjay pin on a plastic freezer bag instead of painting it directly on the nail.  By building up the polish really thick, we could get it the way we wanted and then peel it off and attach it to the nail.  We were nervous about messing up another mockyjay pin, so we put HG on the other ring finger instead.  The circly thingies are in the background of the cover of all the books.  I am really surprised by how they turned out because it really looked hard.  But luckily for me, it’s really easy…if you just have a mom who was a former college art major and professional nail technician…then it’s not so bad!  🙂

  • Polish: Finger Paints Where Art Renoir?, China Glaze Pelican Gray, China Glaze Happy Go Lucky
  • Tools: small dotter, sandwich bag, small brush
  • Inspiration Link: Hunger Games Nail Art

Katniss

April 29, 2012

Annika wanted a Katniss inspired manicure and I wanted to try the scotch tape technique.  I found a perfect youtube tutorial and followed it to the letter (link below).  It’s an abstract rendetion of Katniss’ arrows.

This was time consuming.  First we polished two coats of a bronzy gold and let that dry completely.  Annika has such great nails.  We could have stopped there because it looked so good.

While she dried, I cut up about 30 small elongated triangles with regular scotch tape.  I should have taken a picture.  Be sure to stick the tape to your hands first to get most of the “sticky” off.  You can see what I mean in the video.  Then I applied about 3 triangles per nail, making sure to focus the points in a different place on each.  After sealing it all down, we applied two coats of a sparkly black.  Removing the tape is tricky.  Wait too long and you’ll peel everything off, don’t wait long enough and the black will flood.  Because we did two coats, our outcome was kinda chunky.  One coat may have been better.  But I still think it looks great!

Penguins

April 26, 2012

This is so easy and cute.  Annika found it on Pinterest which linked to a simple tutorial (it’s so hard to find the originator of some of these ideas!)  We had to buy some supplies for this one, two nail art pens.  They are worth the money.  They write like a fine Sharpie.  All we did was polish her nails blue, then paint the white circles and draw on the eyes, beak and feet.  We finished off the ring fingers with a light sparkly topcoat.  It was a nice touch.  I think this is a better look for winter.  But not bad for our first attempt at an animal.

  • Polish: Revlon Dreamer, OPI Alpine Snow, Pure Ice Don’t You Wish
  • Tools: Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens in Black and Orange
  • Inspiration Link: Nail Art 101 Penguin Nails

So here we are…our very first manicure post.  Annika and her dad were going to a UFC Pay Per View/Hunger Games party (the dads watched the fights while the girls did their thing).  Annika has great nail beds!  Everything looks awesome on her no matter what.  We painted a hot pink background, two coats.  After it dried, we used gold sparkle (which we got free in our April Birchbox …yeah)!  Paint the gold polish on a makeup sponge, then lightly tap each nail about 3/4 the way down.  Reapply the polish to the sponge and this time lightly tap down to half the nail.  One more round – apply the final taps just at the tip and lay it on think!  Follow with a good topcoat.  Next time we do this, we’ll use a glittier glitter.  The Essie polish is too subtle.

Polish: Confetti Get the Party Started, Essie As Gold as it Gets
Tools: makeup sponge
Inspiration Link: Cute Polish Effie Trinket Nail Art (Hunger Games)

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