Category: Nails

BeautyManicure Monday: Lace Nails with Syl and Sam

Happy Monday! It’s Syl and Sam back again to show you another cool nail technique. 

We’d noticed how there were amazing manicures online of extremely detailed designs and wondered how people achieved these looks without using nail stickers. That’s when we learned about a technique called nail “stamping”. With just a few specialized tools and nail polishes that you can buy online, you can start stamping extremely intricate designs on your nails without needing a steady hand! They’re great because buying a kit opens up endless possibilites for designs & they’re far less wasteful than nail stickers or appliques that are one-time-use items. We’re going to take the lace trend and put that on our nails today– an awesome feminine look to go with all your lacey summer dresses!

Here’s the technique we’ll be showing you today:
What you’ll need:
- Nail Polish Remover
- A base colour
- Konad Special Nail Polish
- A top coat
- Makeup Remover Pads
- Konad Image Plate, Stamp and Scraper

Start with a few coats of your base colour & allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next steps.

Now gather your Konad Stamping items together. These special tools can be purchased online & getting a starter kit costs under $25. The metal image plates are available with hundreds of different designs on them. You also need a “stamper” and a “scraper” and their special nail polish… which you’ll learn more about in this tutorial!

First, grab your special polish & apply it over the entire etched design that you want to apply to your nail.

Then take your scraper and using one swift movement, scrape off all the excess nail polish off of the design. It helps to have a piece of scrap paper sitting under your plate so that you don’t end up scraping the nail polish onto your table.

Moving VERY quickly, take your stamper tool and pick up the design from the plate. It’s important to move quickly or the thin coat of polish will dry onto the plate.

Now that you’ve transferred a detailed design onto your stamper, you can carefully stamp it onto your nail in a rolling motion.

Then clean up the plate of any leftover nail polish with a makeup pad and some remover. Be careful not to ruin any of your other nails while removing!

Now repeat all of the above steps for each nail. It seems like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of it, it does go rather quickly :) After finishing all nails, top coat them to seal in the design & be sure to take quick swipes so that you don’t smear the design.


And there you go! Amazingly intricate designs without needing to have a steady hand or any artistic skills :)

Are you going to try out nail stamping?

BeautyManicure Monday: Studded Nails with Syl and Sam

 
Hello! It’s Syl and Sam here again & we’re back with another #manicuremonday post for you to follow along with. We’re so excited to be participating in the LuLu*s Blog Stud Week  & we’re kicking things off with this cute and edgy manicure. This look is easy to achieve but takes a bit of patience!
Here’s the look we’re going for:


What you’ll need:
- A base colour
A top coat
- “microbeads” (they can be purchased from eBay or Michaels Craft Store)
- a toothpick
Start with a couple coats of your base colour. We used a coral-y pink and a slightly darker pink on our accent nail. Let each coat of your nail polish dry completely.

Now you’re going to work on one nail at a time. Take your top coat & put a generous layer on only ONE finger!

Working very quickly, dip your toothpick in a tiny amount of nail polish and then touch the tip of your toothpick to a single microbead.

The microbead should easily stick right to the end of your toothpick :)

Take your microbead and stick it right down onto your wet topcoat. It’ll stick wherever you touch it to your nail, so place it down carefully.

Continue placing beads one at a time in an alternating pattern onto your wet top coat!

Then repeat all of the above steps, doing one nail at a time.

Let the coat of polish dry completely with the microbeads on it & then top coat with a quick dry top coat & allow that to dry before doing anything with your hands ;)

And there you go! Cute studded nails that bring an edgy touch to the girliest of outfits! If you allow each coat to dry completely, the beads stay on quite well & mine lasted for over 5 days before any fell off.

Would you try out studded nails? Let us know what you think!
(photos by Syl & Sam)

BeautyManicure Monday: Caviar Nails with Syl and Sam

 
(Photo by Carrie Jade)
 
Hi there, we’re Sylvia and Samantha! We’re two Canadian sisters who are obsessed with fashion and all things DIY. On the internet people know us as Syl and Sam and we’ve run an online store called Lipgloss and Black for about 8 years now. We make clothes, reconstruct things, do our nails, cook & make tutorials of the things we think people will want to learn to DIY too. We grew up making the things we wanted & love to inspire others to do the same. If you’re a regular reader here, LuLu*s recently featured us in their Blogger Spotlight, and we’re so excited to now be guest blogging here with some nail tutorials!
 
So let’s get started with our first post… Here’s the look we’re going for:
 
(Photo from Ciaté)
 
 
What you’ll need:
-A base colour (we used black)
-A top coat
-”microbeads” (they can be purchased from eBay or Michaels Craft Store)
-a large bowl
 
 
We bought our microbeads from eBay & it was only a few dollars for a rainbow set! There is only enough of each colour to do one or two nails though, so we decided to do an accent nail instead of doing a full caviar manicure.
 
 
Start with a couple thin coats of your base colour. Make sure to let your nails dry completely between each coat of polish!
 
 
When your nails are dry, top coat a single nail with your clear top coat. Make sure to do only one nail at a time!
 
 
Holding your hand over your bowl, pour your microbeads over your wet nail.
 
 
If necessary, rotate your nail slightly while pouring to make sure that microbeads catch onto the entire nail! Then press them down gently with your finger to make sure they are set in the polish. Repeat with as many nails as you would like to cover :) No need to topcoat or anything.
 
 
And there you go! Let your nails dry completely so that they beads set & don’t get knocked off too quickly! The Ciaté Caviar Manicure is said to last about 48 hours. It’s true that after a few days, some of the beads close to the tip of your nails do start to fall off but most of the beads have lasted almost a week now! Is a caviar manicure something you would try out? Let us know what you think or if you try it, show us how yours turns out!
 
 (all photos by Syl & Sam unless otherwise indicated)

 

BeautyTrend Alert: Candy-Colored Nails by Obsessive Compulsive

I have a confession: I’m wearing nail polish for the first time in a decade! 
 
I can’t help it, I’m totally smitten by the candy-colored palette I just received from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Not only is OCC 100% vegan and cruelty-free, but the color palettes are totally on-trend, and the quality far exceeds the price (just like LuLu*s!). When I brought these new colors out, the warehouse became a frenzy of nail painting and we discovered that these nail lacquers have a super-smooth coat that goes on really nicely, and dries quickly. What more could you want?
 

Obsessive Compulsive Nail Lacquer in Something, Pansy, and Pageant.
 
The Results: The warehouse favorite was undoubtedly Something, being a creamy almost-but-not-too-shocking shade of pastel blue. For me, though, it’s gotta be Pansy, bearing an in-between shade of pinky-purple that is actually a little more subtle than pictured.
 
Check out their entire color palette here!

BeautyCapital LOVE for the Capitol Colours Collection

 
 
 
The Hunger Games fever has officially set in here at LuLu*s, and with just two more weeks ’til the much-anticipated premiere of The Hunger Games movie, I think it’s about time to get all gussied up for the reaping. Lucky for us, Lion’s Gate and China Glaze have teamed up to bring us the “Capitol Colours” line of Hunger Games-themed nail polishes, inspired by the twelve districts of Panem, but clearly with a Capitol-worthy spin. Are you feeling the Hunger pangs, too?
 
 
 
 
Despite some serious controversy surrounding the production and the “original” names (which may or may not have been preferable), I think we can all agree that there are more than a few gems here.
 
Without further ado, allow me to introduce your nail tributes, ordered by district, with flawless applications by All Lacquered Up to show how they really look out of the bottle.
 
 
 
Luxe and Lush
Inspired by: District 1 (and The Capitol)
Industry: Luxury
 
 
 
Stone Cold
Inspired by: District 2
Industry: Masonry
(Okay, so I may have ordered this one for myself yesterday)
 

 
Riveting
Inspired by: District 3
Industry: Technology and Mechanics
(….and this one too…)
 

 
Hook and Line
Inspired by: District 4
Industry: Fishing
 

 
Electrify
Inspired by: District 5
Industry: Power
 

 
Fast Track
Inspired by: District 6
Industry: Transportation


 
Mahogany Magic
Inspired by: District 7
Industry: Lumber
 

 
Dress Me-Up
Inspired by: District 8
Industry: Textiles

 
 
Harvest Moon
Inspired by: District 9
Industry: Grain
 

 
Foie Gras
Inspired by: District 10
Industry: Livestock
 

 
Agro
Inspired by: District 11
Industry: Agriculture
 
 
 
Smoke and Ashes
Inspired by: Katniss’s own District 12
Industry: Coal Mining
 
Who will you sponsor?
 
(Images courtesy of Us Weekly, All Lacquered Up, & The Hob.org)