Monday, October 22, 2012

spatter up.

Dexter nails!!! 
I didn't come up with this 'technique' but I did it &
 I would say that any skill level can handle this. It's literally painting your nails white
and spitting/blowing paint onto them with a regular straw. 

Check out the full spatter tutorial on 

Btw... I'm still disturbed by the fact that the strip club dicks made the sweet bartender 
who loved his family kill himself last night. Not cool.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

diy. skelly nails.

skelly nails.

(found mine on ebay)
Photoshop & Printer
Base Color & Top Coat

Here is a screen shot of my print out, but I can share the hi-res file with you
if you ask me nicely.

I've done this twice now, once on a laser jet & once on an inkjet. So far I had the best luck on the laser jet and got a lot of smearing from the inkjet printer. However, for my halloween nails the smearing actually made is look more ghostly, so it worked out. 
I will look into this in the future.

Mini designs.

1. Once you have your print out, cut out your little designs. 
2. Literally apply it exactly as you would a temporary tattoo to your skin.  
3. Design, face down on the nail bed.
4. Sopping wet paper towel or sponge directly on top for approx 15-30 seconds.
5. Lift paper off carefully and the design will have transfered.

After I have applied the sponge.

After the paper was lifted off. All that's left if the top coat, which
can you be done immediately.

Other Inspirations.

blue velvet.

I am obsessing over this song right now.
I have the MP3 if anyone is interested.
Just leave me a comment with your email and I will send it to you.

high brow halloween.

Skeleton costume/wardrobe pieces that you will certainly wear again.  
Here are some key pieces that just might be worth their price tag.

Jeremy Scott Runway

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

blue hair love.

I finally took the blue hair plunge yesterday at
Sally Hershberger Salon with with master colorist Sean Gallagher!
And I am in love with it!

To get this shade of blue, it was not as simple as you might think.  Many 
test pieces were processed & variations were tested.  Manic Panic
makes a light blue color called Bad Boy Blue, but don't for a second think that
that's all you need.  

The formula was kept a secret from me, because I 
tend to overshare so my only advice is this. 

Go to a pro & definitely don't try to dilute the manic panic 
with conditioner (like many blogs say). the blue turns sea foam green.

the color looks much darker here. 
the sun light makes it look pastel.

other blue haired ladies to gather inspiration from.

Monday, August 27, 2012

creative process.

Inside look at my creative process. for nail art. :)

diy. creme de le creme.

Found these online over the weekend and thought I'd make my own version!
Top: Zoe Karssen Crème de la Crème cotton-blend terry sweatshirt $160
Bottom: Kate Spade Garance Dore studio pullover $128

I found my sweatshirt yesterday (from uniqlo $15) after all of my usual craft stores had closed, but I was by Washington Square Park, so I popped into New University Pen & Stationary, Inc. to see if they had iron on letters. They did, but not was I was looking for.  They did however have vinyl alphabet stickers, so I figured I would just make some stencils & hope for the best.

grey sweatshirt
painters tape
pouncer sponge
fabric paint
adhesive letters

Cut out all over the letters you need 
with as much room around the edges as you can manage 
& space everything out.

Tape everything down with painters tape. 
Anywhere that you don't want paint, tape it down.
I used a pouncer sponge and basically you just bounce it up and down.  
Since you are painting in this motion, your stencils shouldn't bleed.
Don't completely saturate the fabric either, use only as much paint as you need.

Ta Dah! I was really worried I would have some bleeding, but surprisingly I didn't.
I did have a happy little accident on the bottom C. Whoopsy. 
I forgot to cover that little spot of the stencil.

Before you wash it, make sure you heat set in the fabric paint by 
hitting it with an iron on the back side. 

Total time: 1 hour & 30 minutes.
Under $20.
(but I already had some supplies on hand)

image via Atlantic Pacific