Category: Syl and sam

BeautyManicure Monday: Straw Stamp Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies, 
This Monday we’re going to share a really easy stamping technique with you that creates an abstract, colourful pattern. The only tool you’ll need is a drinking straw!

Here’s what we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
- a straw
- white base coat
- other complimentary colours (we used a purple, teal, lime green and hot pink)
- a quick dry top coat

Start with a light base colour on your nails. We used a pearly white but you can use any light colour that constrasts the other colours you’ll be using.

Take one of your contrast colours and drop some onto a scrap piece of paper or some foil. Take your straw and dip it into the nail polish

Then using your straw as a stamp, simply stamp it a few times on each nail. You may have to re-dip the straw every few times you stamp it.

Continue by doing the same with another colour. You don’t have to worry about it being imperfect or messy because it’s an abstract look we’re going for!

Repeat with three or four different colours!

And there you go– an adorably colourful manicure that doesn’t take much effort. It looks so intricate that a few people have been asking if they’re actually nail appliques! Try it out!

BeautyManicure Monday: Nautical Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies, 
Summer fashion always means flirty little dress, denim cutoffs and flowy tops… but another trend that always screams summer is nautical fashion. The sailor inspired stripes and seaside inspirations are just so perfect for those warm months & we’ve decided to capture it in a cute manicure this week. We took the classic stripes and anchors and threw it together in a crisp red, white, and blue.

Here’s what we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
- blue base coat
- white striper
- red base coat
- quick dry top coat
- microbeads
- a toothpick

Start with a few coats of your base colour. We did blue nails with a red accent nail.

Then using your striper brush, apply thin horizontal stripes of white to your nails to get that cute sailor stripe look!

Do all of your nails with stripes but skip your accent nail

Apply a generous amount of top coat and then work quickly for the next step

Take your toothpick and just touch it to some clear polish. Then touch your toothpick to a single microbead to pick it up! You can read a bit more about microbeads in our studded nails tutorial.

Now that you’ve picked up a single microbead, you can touch it down onto your wet nail and it will stick right on! Work quickly and pick up beads one at a time and form a little anchor on your nail.

And there you have it! A cute manicure that has you ready for yachting… or maybe just a day on the docks :)

BeautyManicure Monday: Citrus Nails with Syl and Sam!

Hey ladies, 
This week we wanted to continue along with the theme of summer inspired nail looks. We’re loving the tropical trends we’re seeing in the LuLu*s shop, especially the fruit prints! The Prada and Stella McCartney runways were full of these Carmen Miranda inspired prints last year & we’re still seeing the impact now!

Here’s the inspiration:
The gorgeous reflected citrus prints from Stella McCartney’s Spring 2011 collection…

& here’s what we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
- white for your base colour
- some “citrus colours”, we used an orange, lemon and lime
- a leaf green colour
- a striper brush

Start with a few coats of your base colour. Make sure that it’s completely dry before continuing.

Then take your orange colour and paint half circle shapes at the base of your nail. If you get some onto your cuticles, don’t worry! You can wipe it off with some nail polish remover and q-tips.

Do the same with some lemon yellow & some lime green. 

Layer the circles so that you have a bunch of fruits on each nail!

Once you have a few fruits, add some leaves by using your striper brush dipped into your green polish.

Try to make the fruits and leaves the same on both hands to replicate the mirrored print

Then take the striper brush and dip it in your white polish. We have a white nail polish that has a striper brush as the applicator, so we used that!

Outline each of the fruits with a white semi-circle outline and some bi-secting lines to make each circle look like a fruit cut in half.

Do the same to each of the fruits that you painted on and then top coat!

Make sure that both hands are mirror images of each other & you’ve got yourself some designer inspired tropical fruit nails :)

(Nail images courtesy of Lipgloss & Black, Stella McCartney via The Terrier & Lobster)

BeautyManicure Monday: Ice Cream Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies,
This week we’re going for a quirky and cute manicure that is sure to put a smile on your face! Nothing says summer like bright colours & cool treats, so I put together a simple manicure that’ll really put the cherry on top of your look :)

Here’s what we’re going for:
 

 
What you’ll need:
- a base colour (we used turquoise)
- some “ice cream colours”, we chose a strawberry pink & a vanilla white
- two shades of brown for the “cone”
- a red for the cherry
- a striper brush

 
Start with a few coats of your base colour. Make sure that it’s completely dry before continuing.

 
Then take your ice cream colour and paint a “scoop at the tip of your nail. You should be able to just swoop over the tip of the nail and get a good circle shape. This might require a couple of coats. Just be sure to let the polish dry between coats.

 
I decided to alternate ice cream colours :)

 
Take some of your cherry red polish & drop it onto some scrap paper or foil. Using the back end of your paint brush, dip it into the paint.

 
Then take the dipped paintbrush end and dab it onto the top of the ice cream scoops.

 
This part is optional, but you can take a toothpick and dip into any colour of nail polish. Then dab the toothpink on an angle onto the ice cream to create sprinkles!

 
I used some hot pink, purple and blue to make rainbow sprinkles

 
Then take your lighter brown and make triangular shapes on the tips of your nails on your OTHER hand. They don’t have to be perfect.

 
Then using your striper brush, grab some of your darker brown and outline the triangles. Then draw a criss-cross pattern on the cone so that it look like a yummy waffle cone!

 
Just top coat both hands & you’re done! Show your friends your weird triangle nails & watch their faces light up when you plop the ice cream scoops on top ;)


BeautyManicure Monday: Splatter Nails with Syl and Sam

 

Hey ladies, happy Monday! One thing we love about nail art is that there are so many new techniques to learn all the time. If you stop thinking of nail polish in those little applicator bottles and start thinking of it as “paint” there’s endless ways to put it on! This week we test out using drinking straws to get a splattered look. The fun part is that it’s different looking every time & it’s really easy to do. So check  it out & learn how to make your own Jackson Pollock on your nails this week :)

Here’s the look we’re going for:
 

 
What you’ll need:
- a base colour (we used grey)
- two splatter colours (we used neon pink and green)
- a top coat
- a straw
- some tape

 
Start with a few coats of your base colour. Make sure that it’s completely dry before continuing.

 
Snip your straws into a more manageable length. You’ll need one per colour that you’ll be splattering.

 
Then take three individual pieces of tape and cover your finger, taping as close as possible to the nail edges.

 
Do the same to all of your nails!

 
Now, drop some nail polish onto a flat surface covered with some scrap paper. Then dip in your straw!

 
Put the straw to your mouth & blow quickly to “splash” some colour onto your nail. 

 
Dip your straw & repeat with all fingers until you get enough coverage.

 
Do the same with your next colour! Drop & dip & blow!

 
Repeat on all nails again until you’re happy with the distribution of colours :)

 
Then carefully peel off all of the tape. This should have protected your fingers from all the excess nail polish flinging around!

 
Just top coat & you’re done! Choose your own summer colours & splash them on!