Any Iron Man fans out there?
Tony Stark: “Tell you what. Throw a little Hot Rod Red in there.”
JARVIS: “Yes… that should help you keep a low profile.”
Even if you aren’t an Stark Industries or Avengers junkie, you can probably recognize the value in finding the perfect red nail polish. It’s taken me over a decade, but I finally found my must-have red!
On My Nails:
- Gelish gel polish base coat
- Gelish polish in Hot Rod Red
- Gelish top coat
Hot Rod Red is a bright, traditional red creme. No shimmer, glitter, or other sparkly bits. Simple and beautiful. I got all three polishes at Sally Beauty Supply during one of their buy 1, get 1 free sales a few weeks back which makes them super thrifty, and makes my wallet even happier.
On My Hands & Cuticles:
YBF Skincare’s Private Reserve Energy Blend Antioxidant Oil. Yes, it was made for the face, but it makes an absolutely amazing cuticle oil and hand moisturizer! Plus you can get a sample size for only 4 bucks or a trial size (I keep this size in my purse!) for $11.75. Woot woot!
What’s your favorite red polish? Who’s your favorite Avengers character? Or… what do you use to keep your cuticles soft n’ happy?
Happy Mani Monday… and watch out for the super genius in a flying metal suit,
As many of you know, the newest Transformers movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, opens today in theaters across America. I’ve been a Transformers fan since the 1984 cartoon series. I can (mostly) recite the first three movies line-by-line. I even walked down the aisle to a song from Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon. So I had to do something to my nails to celebrate the latest movie’s release!
I pondered, brainstormed, and pontificated. I knew I wanted the Autobots insignia on my two big toe nails. Hand-painting the design seemed like my only option until I glanced at our printer cabinet and saw a pack of clear mailing labels waving at me. Ding ding ding! Lightbulb moment!
First, I’ll show the results of my Autobots nail art; then I’ve got a tutorial to make your own nail decals!
++ The Results ++
++ The Materials ++
- Seche Clear base coat
- China Glaze nail polish in For Audrey
- Seche Vite polish top coat (or other thick, glossy, quick-drying top coat)
- Printable sheet of clear mailing labels (decal or tattoo “paper” would also work – maybe even better!)
- An inkjet or laser printer - either variety will work just fine.
- Digital image of the Transformers Autobots (or any design you wish) logo.
- Big Hint: Make sure your chosen image is in png format with a transparent background! This will allow your nail color to show through.
++ The Creation ++
- Use Microsoft Word, Open Office, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign or a similar program to place your Autobots insignia on the appropriate template for your chosen clear labels.
- Hint: You can find templates for your specific label size by Googling the brand name plus the label number plus the world ‘template’. For example you could Google “Avery 8329 template”.
- I found it easiest to use a full sheet clear label. Basically my label sheet is an 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of paper that just happens to be one huge peel n’ stick label.
- Resize your image/logo/insignia to approximately 1cm by 1cm (approximately 0.4 inches x 0.4 inches) size for use on the big toe nail.
- For use on your fingernails, a size of 0.75cm by 0.75cm (approximately 0.3 inches by 0.3 inches) should work for most nails except the teeny pinky nail.
- Hint: I suggest placing multiple copies of the logo/insignia in your document similar to the ones I created – shown below. That way you can make a few different size; a variety of colors; even a ton of different logos!
- Print the document onto your clear labels.
- Leave the backing on for now and use scissors to carefully cut out your design.
- Paint your nails with the polish base coat.
- Paint your nails with 2-3 coats of a colored polish such as For Audrey by China Glaze. Let dry completely.
- Use tweezers to help peel away the label backing from your Autobots logo.
- Use the tweezers to hold the logo “sticker” and place it onto your nail. Press down thoroughly.
- Smooth out all air bubbles using your finger or the wrong end of your tweezers.
- Apply at least 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat to seal and protect your design.
- Ta-da! You’ve just DIY’d personalized nail decals!
Honestly, this step-by-sep list makes the process look difficult but it is actually darn easy. The most difficult and time consuming part is finding the right image (Google Images is your BFF here!).
Please do not hesitate to post questions, requests for help, or a photo of your own design in the comments section down below!
Pedicures are cooler with Autobots on your toes,
On a jaunt to my local CVS drugstore this week, I spotted these completely awesome glue-on nails by Kiss.
The complete collection:
And a close up of my absolute faves:
I am DEFINITELY going to recreate those rainbow-ombre-sparkly-goodness nails as soon as I can! I’m figuring I’ll custom mix some pastel colors with my Gelish top coat – that should get the job done.
Which set is your favorite?
Rainbow nails and glitter,
P.S. You can click the photographs above to view them in a larger size!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Bionic Beauties!
And… I managed to squeeze in a teensy bit of *me* time last night for a minimalistic St. Valentine’s manicure!
Base color is Sally Hansen’s Pat on the Black; and the bitty hearts are done in the new Sally Hansen Purplexed (which is AWESOME by the way!).
Hope you all are having a marvelous day.
Lots of hugs, pink cupcakes, and candy hearts,
P.S. Please, pretty please, don’t pick on my beat up, short, stubby nails. We’re in the midst of a home reorganization, helping some family move across the country, and re-sodding our entire yard. So I’m just happy they are painted. *grin*
On one of my (many) jaunts to the local CVS drugstore, I spotted this tiny display of nail polishes from elf cosmetics!
I had no idea elf cosmetics (aka eyes.lips.face cosmetics) was going to be coming to CVS. Total surprise to me!
So Bionic Beauties, keep your eyes peeled on those drugstore shelves and please post in the comments below if you spot elf nail polish at your local store!