First, a big shout out to my sister and brother-in-law, Chrystal and Delano, for buying the pizza and Dairy Queen to fuel our mini mani marathon. I’m not sure if they’ll like their blog pseudonyms…but I do…and it’s my blog. ūüôā

I’ve wanted to try a half moon manicure for awhile now and finally got around to it. I’m loving gold and navy. And surprisingly, my favorite gold is a Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in Golden. It’s really vibrant, sparkly but not glittery and isn’t too yellow. It dries quickly with one coat. I started with a base of golden and placed hole enforcers at the cuticle and did one full-coverage coat of China Glaze First Mate. I really like it! I’ll have to take another picture in the sun because this indoor shot doesn’t do it justice.

My other niece, we’ll call her Brandy (Barbie’s sister) started off with a base of the Sally Hanson Golden. It looked so good, we decided to keep it that way. We added First Mate polka dots to each of her ring fingers. I love it!

  • Polish: Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Golden, China Glaze First Mate
  • Tools: office supply hole reinforcers, dotting tool


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!

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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