Category: Nails

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)

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

Hook and Line
Inspired by: District 4
Industry: Fishing

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

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

BeautyBeauty How-to: What to Do with Broken Eye Shadows

Don’t you hate it when you drop your favorite eye shadow on the ground and see the pressed powder crumbling once you pick it up? Whenever I had this happen to me I would throw it in my makeup drawer and it would get buried amongst my other forgotten cosmetics. This was a regular occurrence until recently, I found a great way to use your crumbled polish to make awesome nail art. Using your broken eye shadows on your nails creates a matte finish polish that gives your nails a fresh look without breaking the bank.
1. Take the broken shadow and pour a little into a small bowl.
2. Drip about 20 drops of clear polish into the small bowl. If you are feeling creative, you can also add different colors of your choice to create inventive, new color choices.
3. Swirl the mixture together with a toothpick until the polish has evenly mixed with the polish. Add more polish if you need the mixture thinner, add a dash more powder if you need to thicken.
4. Once the mixture is complete quickly polish your nails since the mixture dries quickly.
I love the options of limitless variations with this nail art idea. You can even do this on the ends of your nails or some glitter to give a colorful remix to the classic French manicure. 

If you want to fix your eye shadow afterwards, here is an easy way how:

1. Dump the eye shadow into a small bowl and use an eye shadow brush to wipe the container clean.
2. Use the end of the brush and crush the remaining chunks into a fine powder.
3. Pour a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol into the small bowl. Mix well into a paste with a small spoon.
4. Scoop the paste from the small bowl and pour into the original containers. Spread evenly throughout container.
5. Place aside and let sit for about eight hours. After the eye shadow has set, your eye shadow will come back to life once it has dried! 
This should keep you all busy for a bit!