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Guest Blogger Ashley of @perfection polish

7 Jul

Wow. You all need to check Ashley’s YouTube channel out. She does these nice looking videos on all things nails! If you ever wondered how to get started on setting up videos on YouTube, please check out this special video Ashley made for my readers on this blog! She kindly subtitled it for me! Thank you Ashley! You rock for doing that!! 🙂

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Please click on that image above and it will take you to the actual video on YouTube, or you may go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MwlJf6h_YM to view it. She discusses the recording set up basics in this clip.  Ashley also has other amazing videos including one that involves using shavings off colored pencils on nails. It’s a must-see!! Ashley’s YouTube channel is at http://www.youtube.com/user/oxcomplextion

I hope you all enjoyed viewing her video(s). Please feel free to comment on here or on her videos on YouTube if you have any questions or comments. Please check out Ashley’s instagram account @perfectionpolish or http://instagram.com/perfectionpolish

Ashley is a 14 year old amateur nail artist whose addiction to everything nail polish started late 2012. With her YouTube channel she can express her love for nail art with everyone else!

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Guest Blogger Katherine of @supernovastars

3 Jul

We have a little budding star among us and her name is Katherine. Katherine has only recently begun doing more detailed nail art. You can check out her work on Instagram @supernovastars or at http://instagram.com/supernovastars Here’s her fun florals tutorial for you guys!

Enjoy! ~ Rica

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Hey everyone! I’m here today to bring you a tutorial thanks to the generous courtesy of Ricarda, who has given me this opportunity in order to break out of the box and venture into the world of nail blogging. This is indeed my first blog post ever, and also my first nail art tutorial ever, and I really hope you all enjoy learning how to make this fun, bright and summery look as much as I enjoyed creating it for you! What is this ah-mazing tutorial, you may be wondering… What looks beautiful 3 months out of the year but never goes out of style?

You guessed it, flowers! (If you didn’t, that’s okay too. We’ll pretend you did :P). Now, I don’t know about you, but I blame my mom for my love of all things floral. She’s had gardens ever since I was a baby and they’re always full and beautiful year after year. I’d say that her gorgeous flower beds are what inspired not only the actual idea for this design, but also the bright and happy colors.

The following is a list of polishes I’ve used for this look. I recommend picking colors that stand out against each other.

  • Duri Rejuvacote
  • Seche Vite
  • Essie polishes: Blanc, Where’s My Chauffeur, Hip-Anema and Saturday Disco Fever
  • Cover Girl: Coral Silk
  • An unnamed The New Black (TNB) polish
  • An also unnamed Color Club
  • Sally Hansen: Lightening

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Are you ready and raring to go? Let’s get started then!

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First apply your base coat. I use Duri because I have an affinity for nail strengtheners (I must own at least 4 separate brands, if not more haha) and Rejuvacote is my new favorite.

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Apply your color. In this case, Essie Blanc will be used under our nail art. I applied two thin coats to achieve my desired look. It will be covered up, so if it’s not perfect, don’t worry (:

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Here is where the fun part begins! Take your lightest colors―Cover Girl Coral Silk and Essie Where’s My Chauffeur―and a small nail art brush and draw star or flower shapes all over your nail. Try to keep the contrasting colors in their own little sections. If you have white spaces that’s alright! We’ll cover them later.

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Now take your next darkest colors. In this tutorial, I am using Hip-Anema and Saturday Disco Fever over the coral and the unnamed TNB over the teal. I ended up painting over all of the coral and only some of the teal. Mix it up and have fun on this step!

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Next I used Lightening to fill in all of the small white spaces between my flowers. Then I used the dark grey Color Club to make the middles (you could also use a black polish instead).

I used my nail art brush for the dots, but you can use a dotting tool, a toothpick, a bobby pin, etc, whatever works best for you. If you have any large white spaces, you can make small flowers using the same dark grey or black.

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Final step! Make sure you let your nail art dry completely before attempting to top coat it, otherwise you run the risk of smearing all your beautiful work 😦 I used Seche Vite to seal in this fun floral design.

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And here is my final look! I went with a skittle style mani, however you can see that my thumb has the same all over print as my ring finger. Check out below if you’re interested to see how I made the other three nails (:

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For look #1 I applied two coats of Essie Blanc over my base coat and then applied a fast drying top coat like Seche Vite, let it dry completely, then applied two pieces of tape to form a triangle in the middle of my nail. *It is important to let your polish dry completely or your tape will pull it up.*

Another tip is to stick the tape to the back of your hand 2-3 times to remove some of the stickiness. Firmly press down in order to seal the edges of the tape. Then repeat steps 4-7 from above.

For look #2 I applied one coat of OPI Samoan Sand, let it dry and then applied two coats of Essie Blanc a little farther down my nail. This is called a ruffian manicure. If you’re not comfortable doing this with a brush from the bottle, feel free to use a nail art brush instead. Then repeat steps 4-7 again, but leave an area of white going through the middle of your nail.

For the final look, #3, I applied one coat of Samoan Sand and then painted on a regular french tip. Repeat 4-7 over the white and viola! You have a beautiful summer floral manicure.

I hope all of you decide to rock a funky floral print on your nails at least once this summer and if I inspired you to try any of these looks, tag me on Instagram @supernovastars because I’d love to see them! I’d like to thank Ricarda for giving me this amazing opportunity and I can only hope she doesn’t regret it now! And thank you everyone for coming along for the ride ♥

Katherine Humpal is an 18 year old Pennsylvanian nail art fanatic and hobbyist whose obsession is new this year and has a mom that claims to not support her addiction but is secretly an enabler. Much to her appreciation.

Guest Blogger Hillary of @hillarykozuch

2 Jul

Hello beautiful readers! I am so excited about my second guest blogger. Hillary is one of my all-time favorite nail girls to follow on Instagram. Hillary has a good eye for color, does these awesome freehand chevron tips and I’ve always been envious of her flawless nails! You can see her work on Instagram @hillarykozuch or at http://instagram.com/hillarykozuch

Hope you enjoy this freehand chevron tips tutorial post as much I did! ~Rica

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Let me start off by saying how excited I am that Rica has asked me to be a guest blogger! If you’re a follower of mine on Instagram, you probably know how often I do freehand chevrons (since I suck at doing tape manis); so, this is a tutorial on how I do them! (Disclaimer: my husband dubs them “nonchevrons,” but we will refer to them as “chevrons” for all intensive purposes 😁)
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Guest Blogger: Jackie of @jcee718

1 Jul

Hi Dolls! As some of you may have heard, I have been recently looking for guest bloggers. I am so excited about the lineup of guest bloggers I have in store for you guys! Please allow me to introduce my first guest blogger. Her name is Jackie. She isn’t a blogger however you can see her work on Instagram @jcee718. This is her first guest post ever! Show her some love and I hope you enjoy her post on using stripes and tapes in nail art.    ~Rica

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My Love Affair with Stripes & Tape

Hi guys! This is my 1st guest post ever! So please be nice. I’m very honored and excited to be a part of this. So excited! In fact, it’s only been about 2 hours since Ricarda emailed me about this opportunity and I’m already “blogging” ha ha I don’t know if I’m allowed to call this blabbering blogging but you get the hint on how excited I am.

Ever had a love/hate relationship with something that you’re crazy for and it drives you crazy at the same time? Like a certain nail polish color that is just so gorgeous like McDreamy, that’s Patrick Demsey from Greys Anatomy if you didn’t know who McDreamy was. This would be the love part. And the hate part? When this McDreamy polish’s formula turns out to be something that sucks so bad. So bad that you just can’t seem to get it to work. Well, right there is exactly how I felt about striping tape.

At first, I couldn’t get it to work for the life of me. It would either peel off my base color or not stick enough that the nail polish would just seep under the tape and ruin my base coat. I gave up and stopped using my tapes all together. Until very recently, strips and tape was calling my name. I decided to give this love affair another try… and not to toot my own horn but I’ve actually gotten better I must say (I’ll let you guys be the judge of that). Now let’s get down to the fun part.

Materials Used
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  • Basecoat
  • OPI Nail Lacquer
  • Striping Tape
  • Wooden Orange Stick
  • Essie Nail Lacquers
  • Tweezers
  • Top Coat
  • Clean Up Brush

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Here’s my simple “Tape Mani 101”

1. Start off with a base color of your choice. For this one I used OPI’s Don’t Pretzel My Buttons. Top it off with a top coat of your choice. I would recommend a fast drying one like Seche Vite or Out The Door.

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*Tip: The base coat should be 100% dry before you move on to the next step.*

2. Once your nails are completely dry, you may apply the striping tape in any angle you wish. I decided to do random triangles in no specific pattern.

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*Tip: Push the striping tape as close to your cuticle and edges as possible. I use a wooden orange stick to push it down. This will prevent the nail polish that will go on top from seeping under the tape and ruining the base color.*

3. Grab one or more colors of your choice. For this tutorial, I used Essie polishes. The colors are: She’s Pampered (Red), Play Date (Lavender) and Smooth Sailing (Blue). Slowly paint along the inside of the striping tape patterns. It’s like painting inside the lines of a coloring book. Do one color each time before using a different color. It works the best if you do one finger at a time as well as one color at a time. I already applied the red color on my nails and did the lavender next.

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*Tip:  If using more than one color, it’s a good idea to open all of the nail polish bottles. Doing so will allow you to work faster by being able to use the next color easier. Also, it is recommended to do thin strokes instead of thick ones.*

4. Remove the striping tape slowly while the nail polish is still wet. Remove whichever tape you placed on the nail last first. I use tweezers to help remove the striping tape from my nails. Repeat the steps until all patterns are painted and the tapes are removed. Viola! Enjoy the end results, a striping tape mani!

photo 2*Tip: Give yourself at least 5 minutes or so before you seal your mani with a top coat. Putting a top coat right away may cause the colors to smudge.

You can leave it as an accent nail (pictured above) or do a full striping tape mani (pictured below). The possibilities are endless!!!

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I’ve learned that practice does make perfect. I wasn’t very good at using striping tape at first. I can’t believe I was proud of these at the time. See for yourself.

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I’m glad I only took a “mini vacation” from striping tape before trying again because now I am unstoppable! I love using striping tape manis now! For those who had difficulties with tape manis, don’t give up!It isn’t impossible to achieve. With practice, you can only get better! It is a nice feeling to look back and see the progress. All it takes with tape mani and any other nail art is practice, practice and a whole lot of practice and a lot of drying time. Literally. Ha ha! I hope you found this tutorial helpful and you enjoyed my pictures. I know I enjoyed it – look at me “blogging” and stuff! A huge thank you to Rica for letting me be a part of this and giving me my first “guest blog” post experience.

Disclaimer: Rica did some editing on the written content.

Jacqueline C. is a 24 year old nail art addict engaged to a nail art addict supporter (yay!). Born and raised in the Big Apple but currently residing in PA. Has been a nail art addict for about two years now with a mad love affair for stripes and tape! Loves anything nail related. Future nail technician.

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Yay! Wasn’t this tutorial great? Now I think I’m going to do a tape mani! I hope this inspired you to try a tape mani! Jackie is great! Please be sure to follow her on Instagram @jcee718 – go show her some love! You can also see her pictures online at http://www.instagram.com/jcee718 for those who do not have an Instagram account.

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