Monthly Archives: October 2011

Who Needs Minx Nails?

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Hello my fellow nail fans. I *almost* didn’t do a post on this subject because this isn’t my nail art. But they got so much attention that I wanted to tell you all about how cool they can be. I like to peruse the clearance sections at Sally Beauty, Ulta, Target, grocery stores, etc. for any kind of nail products that might be on a deep discount. I found these babies at Sally Beauty and thought, “Wow those look like Minx nails!…wait $5.00?! They’re MINE!”

So if you don’t know about Minx nails, a brief description: basically they’ve patented a solid coating that can be applied to natural or artificial nails using heat and pressure. They look like sets of nail-sized sheets of pre-designed nail art and they come in ALL SORTS of colors, patterns, images and metallic finishes. Here’s an example of a few sheets of them:

They’ve been around for a few years and there are many imitators but one thing that, in my opinion, set Minx apart and keeps celebrities like Rihanna, Beyonce, Victoria Bechham, and Katy Perry coming back for more is their use of metallics. There is no nail polish (that I’ve found so far) that can match the mirror-like reflective metallic finish of Minx nails. If you wanted that flashy metallic finish on your nails, you’d better be ready to plop your butt down in a Minx-certified nail technician’s chair and pay up to $65 for a manicure ($85 for a pedicure) to get them done properly. Oh and they usually last about 4 to 8 days for a manicure…yep…up to $65…for as little as 4 days. Guess what has 2 thumbs and wasn’t in line for Minx nails? *points thumbs at myself*

But it’s been a few years since Minx got popular and imitators (like Dashing Diva) have created their own Minx-like nails for the at-home nail diva like myself. I found these babies in a package that looked like this and purchased them without a second thought. I ended up saving them for this past weekend for Halloween! The quilted appearance is actually a raised texture and they definitely caught the attention of friends and strangers alike…one lady in an elevator with me reached out and rubbed one nail then caught herself and apologized. I’m used to people staring at and touching my hands so I wasn’t offended at all…but it was funny. 😀

So these, like many fake nails can be applied with special 2-sided adhesive nail stickers for super temporary use (like a day) or with nail glue for a longer lasting manicure. I opted for nail glue but first I prepped my own nails by applying 2 coats of top coat. I also jazzed them up a little by filing them down from the square tips you’ll see in the picture below to the almond shape in the top picture, my current favorite nail shape. I think the almond shape looks so edgy yet feminine and elegant; a nice middle ground between the borderline scary stiletto nail shape and the regular old square or round nail tip. It makes my fingers looks so long and graceful….ok let me stop looking at them and wrap this post up. Yes I am typing this post with them affixed to my nails RIGHT NOW. Gosh, I love these. And I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more like them.

So don’t be afraid of fake nails folks!! Just make sure to protect your natural nail and you too can enjoy the look of celebrity nails at a greatly reduced price.

The original square nail tip shape…

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…filed down to almond tip shapes. You can even see my reflection in the facets of the nail surface!!!

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Look at that shine in the direct sunlight!!!

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Honeycrisp Apple Manicure

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Haiku for Honeycrisp

honeycrisp apple,

you bring joy in the morning.

i dread harvest’s end.


pineapple’s my fave.

but you, lovely honeycrisp,

rule the fall season.

Ok folks, this post will be short and sweet. I love honeycrisp apples. I mean, I wrote poetry and dedicated nail art to them. They, in my humble opinion, are deserving.

For this manicure I did 2 coats of China Glaze Electric Pineapple (a bright yellow green creme) and allowed that to dry. Then I did one coat of China Glaze Cherry Pie (a shimmery semi-sheer red) one nail at a time and gently scraped down each nail with a fanned paint brush to create that textured appearance. I followed up with a thin coat of Wet n Wild Fast Dry The Gold and The Beautiful (a brassy gold micro glitter) to top it off. Sadly it’s cloudy today so I couldn’t post a picture with direct natural sunlight but I will be updating this post with a picture of this manicure in direct sunlight ASAP. It’s so pretty!

Viva la Honeycrisp!

Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwich Nails

Lately I’ve been experiencing a writer’s block of sorts when it comes to new ideas for nail art. I’m only interested in doing original work and sometimes I just get…stuck. I have a long list of things I’d like to do but I’ve been struggling to come up with interesting, new, and different ways of painting each idea. I voiced this frustration on Twitter and I got 2 funny/great responses back. Response #1 “I’ve got an idea, Ice cream sandwich nail art! I’m hungry.” Response #2: “Neopolitan nails. You could easily do an Ice Cream series.” Well well…how about Neopolitan Ice Cream Sandwich Nails? This is for you Carmelita and Kyra!

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For the “strawberry” and “vanilla” ice cream colors, I used China Glaze Go Go Pink and White Out, respectively. The “chocolate” ice cream and chocolate cake sandwich pieces (what are those called?!) colors were a bit more difficult. I have one chocolate brown nail polish color: China Glaze Goin’ My Way. I had to figure out a way to make it a little lighter for the chocolate ice cream and a little darker for the chocolate cake sandwich pieces. Through some experimentation of layering different colors underneath and on top, I ended up using a black layer (Wet n Wild Fast Dry Ebony Hates Chris) under Goin’ My Way for the chocolate cake sandwich pieces and a mocha layer (China Glaze Swing Baby) on top of Goin’ My Way for the chocolate ice cream. I love a good challenge! Thanks for the idea, ladies…now I want one of these ice cream sandwiches!

This wasn’t my first foray into ice cream nails. Check out my Superman Ice Cream nails post.

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Detroit Lions Manicure

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WE’RE (sharing) #1! WE’RE (sharing) #1! Last night my fantastic Detroit Lions played their first Monday Night Football game in a decade and the first at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. I tailgated in Detroit’s Eastern Market then watched the end of the Tigers-Rangers game and the Lions-Bears game. I was sad that the Tigers lost to the Rangers and that we’re now down 2-0 in the current playoff series BUT the next few games are at home and I’m confident home field advantage will boost their morale!! Check out the Detroit Tigers manicure I did earlier this year.

Ooooh but my heart belonged the Detroit Lions last night. I’ve loved football since I was a little girl (I dressed up as Barry Sanders for Halloween one year in elementary school) and I am a hometown team FANATIC. The Lions went into last night’s game undefeated and WE WERE VICTORIOUS AGAINST OUR LONG-TIME RIVALS THE CHICAGO BEARS. The Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers are the only 2 teams that remain undefeated in the NFL, so I dedicate this manicure to my wonderful Detroit Lions.

For this manicure I created a custom color for the base. I used 2 coats of Nina Ultra Pro Bossa Nova and 1 coat of Sally Hansen HD Blu to achieve the perfect Honolulu Blue of my beloved Lions’ jerseys. I then painted stripes in various patterns using Art Deco Nail Art Stripers in Black (layered with Black Sparkles), White, and Silver (layered with Silver Glitter) to mimic the detailing on the jerseys. Now you can click on the picture above to look into buying some Lions paraphernalia of your own, but be warned,the Calvin Johnson–a.k.a. Megatron–jerseys are sold out on that site…of course :-/ But that’s ok! I’m showing that I’m a part of the Lions’ Pride with this manicure. Lions…Pride! See what I did there! 😉

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DETROIT LIONS 5-0!!!! Wooooooo!!!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Manicure

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This past Saturday, I was visiting all my favorite stores looking for nail polish deals and I happened upon this promotional package from China Glaze and Seche Vite at Sally Beauty for $8.99. Not only was it a great deal but I was in the market for more Seche Vite AND I loved the shade of the pink China Glaze polish, Go Go Pink. I even didn’t think twice about picking this up.

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To create the manicure in this post, I used Go Go Pink as the base color, then sponged on Orly Pixy Stix, a darker but more vivid pink, near the cuticle of my nail and Orly Dazzle, a silver chrome, near the tips of my nails in sort of a french manicure arch. I used Orly Etoile, a iridescent top coat that is a part of their French Manicure collection, on top for a sparkly effect that can really be seen in direct sunlight. The weird thing about Etoile is the majority of the bottles I found were transparent with a slight lavender tint except one which had a slight pink tint. Yep, I bought both and used the pink tint version for this manicure…they were both so pretty! I also had a coupon so I didn’t feel too bad. I used Orly Pixy Stix to create the pink ribbon on my ring finger.

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For your entertainment, check out Musiq Soulchild’s new video “Yes”. Musiq was recently announced as the new ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Circle of Promise, a movement designed to further engage black women around the globe in the fight against breast cancer. His video below is a tearjerker but it is absolutely beautiful and the song is touching. Get your tissues ready! Here are a few lyrics…

When 2 or 3 years from now, you start having some doubts about if this love will last, the answer is ‘Yes’

I’ll still think you’re beautiful because I’m more attracted to what’s inside of you. You don’t have to guess, the answer is ‘Yes’ ”

*tears*

Finally, I dedicate this post to the memory of my aunt who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 49. I miss her.

I hope you find some way to support Breast Cancer Awareness this month and throughout the year. 😀