BeautyManicure Monday: Sunset Nails with Syl and Sam

It’s #manicuremonday again & we’re back to show you guys another fun nail-do. Summer’s just starting for us up in the northern hemisphere, so we’ve really been trying to make the most of the warm weather. We’ve been dressing in bright colours, wearing lots of sheer layers & doing our nails to match! This week we’re going to show you how we put a tropical sunset onto our nails.
 
Here’s the look we’re going for:
 



 
What you’ll need:
- a pink nail polish
- an orange nail polish
- a yellow nail polish
- a black nail art pen
- a makeup sponge
- quick dry top coat


 
Start with a couple of coats of your base colour– pink! 


 
Let your base dry completely and then prepare your tools for applying the other colours. Tear a couple pieces off of an old makeup sponge to use as an applicator.

 
Now apply some of your orange nail polish to the sponge. Then dab the colour onto the tip of your nails, covering about 2/3′s of the nail bed.

 
Do the same to all your nails. If the nail polish is dabbing on thin, you can build more layers but be sure to let it dry completely before applying more.

 
Once the orange coat is dry, do the same using the yellow polish. Apply some to a piece of makeup sponge and dab it onto the tip of your nail. This time apply to only the top 1/3 of the nail.

 
Do the same to all your nails & you’ll have a pretty ombre effect! Don’t worry too much about the textured polish from the dabbing, the top coat will cover it up.

 
Next, grab your nail art pen. The one we are using is by Sally Hansen and it applies like a paint marker, so it’s very easy to control. Draw a little “island” and then add a palm tree silhouette for that tropical sunset vibe :)

 
Do the same to all your nails.

 
And to cover up the texture from all the nail polish dabbing, just add a couple of coats of quick dry top coat, making sure to let your nails dry completely between each coat… and you’re done!

This manicure is the perfect finishing touch for a beach outfit or for holding those yummy summer cocktails! Let us know if you try this one out!

ContestsName the Dress Contest #106!

The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning Dress Name: Audrey Pep-burn

Winner: Chloe


DIYDIY: Make a Friendship Bracelet Out of Old Clothes


Beef up your stack of friendship bracelets with this no-cost, no-sew DIY that will take on whatever colors or textures you choose! From one T-shirt alone, you can make 1-4 double-wrap bracelets, so you’ll have plenty to share with your friends.
TIPS: Regular, jersey knit t-shirts work the best for this project and the more colorful the better!
When you cut your strips diagonally, this will create one continuous strip of fabric. Cut this into whatever lengths you need for your wrap bracelets.

BeautySummer Neons by China Glaze

It seems that summer and super hot colors go together like 4th of July and fireworks! 2012 is a big year for neon, and as we just start to crest into the summer months, things will only get hotter.
That’s why we are IN LOVE with China Glaze’s Summer Neon Collection of nail lacquers. Paired with your personal arm party and some cutoffs, these colors are enough to make you “glow wild”. Colors pictured from top to bottom are Flirty Tankini, Hang-Ten Toes, Sun-Kissed, I’m with the Lifeguard, and Orange You Hot?
Here’s the full line-up of all twelve colors in the Summer Neons Collection!
Would YOU try these?

ArtBehind the Scenes: Interview with a Trader Joe’s Chalkboard Artist

Good afternoon, LuLu*s loves! Today I am super stoked to bring you one of the coolest things I’ve found in forever! After reconnecting a few months ago, I discovered that my lovely friend Rachel is currently working as a chalkboard artist at Trader Joe’s – yeah, she makes those awesome signs all over the store! She is awesome and she graciously agreed to submit to my interviewing her to give all you ladies a sneak peek into her colorful world!
So, we know you do the chalkboards at Trader Joe’s. What is your official title?
Crew member! My position is the same as everyone else in the store; I just get to do special tasks.
What do you do exactly?
All the signs in Trader Joe’s are handmade. With the exception of receipts, if it has words on it we design it in-store. On paper, I’m responsible for making sure that every product has a shelf tag with a price and for highlighting products. In reality, that has translated to everything from sewing a giant turkey, crafting a 4 foot 3D hot air balloon out of paper, small illustrations, and much more.
 
It’s pretty rare to be an artist in your twenties . . . and get paid for it. How do you feel about that?
I feel really lucky. Making a sign for cereal may not be the kind of art that allows for a lot of emotional expression, but I get the opportunity to experiment, learn new skills, and color almost everyday . . . and as you mentioned, get paid for it!  You can’t beat that!
 
Do you have any artistic inspirations or role models?
Dana Tanamachi is definitely a role model. She is bringing a lot of positive attention to hand lettering. I love the vintage styling and how accessible her work feels. I want to apprentice under her!
 
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The most challenging part of the job is finding snap-inspiration when you just aren’t excited about the product.  It might be the third time you’ve designed a sign for the same cereal, and you have to make it seem exhilarating . . . you gotta get creative.
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten was to “get out of your own way.”  Sometimes we create roadblocks for ourselves that don’t exist; you have to believe it’s possible in order to really pursue your dreams.
 
Favorite drawing medium? 
Chalk is great for its handmade appeal, but I think Woodcraft markers may edge out chalk for my favorite medium.  I use them at work almost exclusively and have recently bought a set for myself. They are so pigmented and you can use them on almost every surface imaginable.
And an extra-special treat, crafted just for us!

Like whatcha see? If you’d like to see more of Rachel’s work, visit her blog: Font or Fiction!