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,
Are you thinking of enhancing your physical appearance and boosting your mental well-being with cosmetic surgery? The last thing you want to do is blindly rush into it like you would a new haircut. It’s best to weigh your options in order to find a procedure that’s right for you and a doctor who’s qualified to help. Keep the following five tips in mind as you start preparing for surgery and you’ll stand a better chance of satisfaction at the end of the day.
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- Research can make a world of difference. Start your search on the internet, where you can look up and compare procedures, surgeons, dermatologists, and clinics. Most reputable clinics have websites where you can learn more about fees, read patient reviews, and view before and after photographs. You can also verify that a particular doctor is accredited before you even make initial contact. This can save you time and money.
- Different surgeons specialize in different procedures. Although many surgeons are jacks-of-all-trades, many specify in a certain area. If you’re interested in an eyebrow lift, you probably wouldn’t want to go to a doctor who specializes in breast augmentation. Surgeons develop reputations over time for being the best at a certain procedure, so narrow down the field to find a doctor suiting your needs.
- It’s recommended to have a complete physical first. You may have done your research and decided that you’re ready to go in for a rhinoplasty Sydney at drjeremyhunt.com.au, for example. Yet if it’s been years since you’ve had a standard physical, you may not be ready for surgery just yet. It’s important to have the proper assessments completed before you go in for any surgery, taking note of any medical issues that the surgeon should be aware of. This greatly reduces your chance of complications during and after surgery.
- You can have more than one consultation. It’s always a good idea to have a full consultation before the day of surgery. This provides you with the opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations, and to ask any questions you may have. At this time, you can also get a feel for the doctor and whether or not you feel comfortable. If a physician makes you feel uncomfortable or seems overly pushy, don’t be afraid to schedule another consultation elsewhere. You can shop around before making a decision.
- Recovery times can vary. You may have a friend who healed from their laser treatment after only 24 hours, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll react the same way. Different types of skin can react in different ways to procedures, and everyone handles surgery differently. Your pre-existing health conditions and genetics will influence how you handle treatments and recover, which is why the consultation is such an important part of the process.
Weigh the pros and cons of surgery carefully before you agree to any procedure. All procedures have potential risks and side effects, so you’ll need to keep these in mind. It helps to make a list of any questions you may have before you sit down with the doctor of your choice, in order to discuss whether you are a good candidate for plastic surgery. With a bit of care and research, you can increase your chances of success!
With summer almost upon us – or if you’re in the south like me, it has been here for a month now – gentle reminders on sunny skin care are always welcome.
For example, did you know that your family doctor or dermatologist should be checking between your toes for signs of skin cancer?
On that note, this quickie guide detailing nine places your doc should be checking for skin cancer is worth a read through. Unless I truly am the only person out there who lacked the between-the-toes intel…
9 Sneaky Places Skin Cancer Hides
Make sure your derm is checking these spots during your visit
Skin cancer can hide in some awkward or weird places — but don’t let your embarrassment allow skin cancer to be overlooked. Your dermatologist should always check these nine places (yes, including your bum and even between your toes). If they aren’t, it’s time to get a new doctor.
See where skin cancer hides
Enjoy the sun and say hey to your doc for me!
To the Moms across the globe and world wide internet, “Happy Mother’s Day!”
My mom lives about 5 hours from us, so we don’t get to visit too much, but we talk a few times a week and email quite often. My mom always shared beauty advice (some I would take, some I wouldn’t- just like every daughter, I assume) and she raised my sister and I to be strong, independent women. Even though I moved out right after high school, she does not treat me like I’m only 18. She respects me and my decisions and because of that, we go to each for advice and are happy to help each other out. Through my younger years, she would get up hours before work to take care of all our pets (and we had TONS), make us breakfast, pack lunches, and then she’d head to the barn to feed my horse breakfast, turn him out and finally she would head to work. I’m not sure how she did everything. To this day, her parrots have a cleaner house than I do! :) She certainly allowed me to get bit by the critter bug, and I would not be the person I am today without my Mom.
The picture above was taken during the summer of me being 16, just outside of Blairsville, Georgia. My parents would drive me 13 hours to the north Georgia mountains to spend the summer at Trackrock Campground. I would work at the stable all summer- guiding trail rides, teaching vacationers to ride horses and training my horse for barrel racing. My parents would make the drive a least once more during the summer to visit and again at the end to pick me up. Dedication.
Mom, I love you!
And now, onto the gifts…
I bought my mom, mother-in-law, and a close friend a Mother’s Day gift pack of Herbaria Soaps. I picked the varieties based on each personality. I’m also bringing 4 bars to another friend’s baby shower today. I figure if I am addicted to these soaps, I should share my obsession. So what did you ladies buy for Mom?
Three cheers for Mom’s,
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Pervasive, fermented passion. The smell of hunger.
The new Cheeteau by Chester. It’s dangerously cheesy.
A laugh a day keeps the frowns away,