Outfit: Study Day

outfit lazy daySweatshirt: Topshop, Leggings: Topshop, Boots: Buckle, Scarf: Topshop, Earrings: Pacsun, Glasses: Urban Outfitters

It’s outfit time! Today’s theme is study day – you know, when you want to head to the library and just get some studying done or get a steaming cup of coffee from your nearest Starbucks. Regardless, here’s a comfortable, yet stylish outfit. I kept to mostly a dark color scheme, with a few color accents. The leggings from Topshop are actually leather leggings, which dress the outfit up a bit. The boots give a touch of fierceness with the studs. Personally, I liked the scarf because it gave the outfit a bit more of a softer touch. I actually do have glasses, so I would wear those but if you don’t have a pair and feel like you want that look, Urban Outfitters has a nice & cheap pair for $14 (linked above). As for the earrings, I’d suggest nothing too flashy (as in chandelier earrings or something to that effect), but a stud in any color/pattern/animal you like should look cute but not distracting. If you try this outfit, feel free to send a picture to me!

Until next time,

shivaaani

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All about the Nails

So, first of all, I’d like to showcase my newly painted nails.

Tribal Print

Ta-da! Exciting, huh? I’m actually pretty proud of the way they turned out, although it was a right pain to try and paint them. I believe it took around 3-4 hours? Yeah. Exactly. What a pain. But I think the rewards more than make up for it. (: I really like my nails.

TUTORIAL.

So, I know that a lot of websites make painting tribal nails easy, and once you get the hang of it, I guarantee that it won’t be as hard as it looks.

Materials

Colors – It honestly doesn’t matter which colors you use. I chose to go rather simple, but you can search the web for examples. The amount of colors is up to you. Personally, I used Revlon Colorstay in 120 Red Carpet for the red nail, Sephora by OPI in SE 220 What’s a Tire Jack for the black, and L’Oreal 220 i will! for the white. I did also use a few colors for one of the nails (the thumb on the left side), but really this design is about what you want.

Bobby pins.

Mechanical pencil.

Nail art brush (I threw the nail polish away since it was too goopy to be salvaged, but the brush was perfectly fine!)

Matte nail polish top coat

Standard base coat & top coat

Procedure

1. Put on your base coat. Let it dry.

2. Put on the base coat (as in the color you want underneath everything). It’s up to you if you want one different nail, but here I chose to paint my index fingernail red. I used black as the color to go underneath everything.

3. Bobby pins are really good for making dots. Just dab some of the nail polish from the brush onto a piece of cardboard or something. Then, use the bottom of your bobby pin (the one with the two prong things) and dip one of the two round things into the nail polish. Then make dots on your nails!

4. For making lines, I found that using the nail art brush made things ten times easier. I have a relatively steady hand, so I just did lines on my nails that I liked.

5. For dots, you can also use a mechanical pencil (weird huh?!). Basically, just make sure the lead’s not too close to the actual pencil so you don’t smear the pencil with paint. Dip the lead in the polish and paint on the nail. These tend to turn out smaller than the bobby pin circles.

6. Before using the matte top coat, I brushed on top coat (just the normal one) so that it would give my polish extra protection. Once that tried, I brushed on the matte coat and voila! All done.

Note – You can use actual, professional nail polish tools. I’m just too cheap to get those, so I make do with what I have available for the most part.

Hope you enjoyed this!

shivaaani (:

 

A long time ago in a GALAXY far, far away…

There was a girl who discovered she had a passion for painting nails. That’s me, in case you didn’t realize. Today, I didn’t really do much until I figured I wanted to paint my nails. I don’t really like doing the same thing over again, so I end up searching for a while on nails to do. After surfing pinterest (awesome website), I found a tutorial for, you guessed it, GALAXY NAILS [http://www.adventuresinacetone.com/2011/10/galaxy-nail-tutorial.html]!

Anyways, I tried this one before, but it ended up looking dumb and I got frustrated so I scrapped the idea. However, I decided to give it another shot. Lo and behold.

galaxy nails – final product!

Anyways, I guess I’ll give a little tutorial/tips as to how to do this nail, based on what I found while following the other tutorial. (:

NEEDED.

Many colors! I used –

Zoya Vivi, Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine Nail Color in 60 Spark, L’OREAL Nail Color in 105 Club Prive, L’OREAL Nail Color in 540 Jet Set to Paris, Kiss Nail Art Paint in White, Revlon Nail Enamel in 901 Fuchsia Fever, Wet n Wild Rock Solid Nail Lacquer in 33229 Golden Topaz, CG Boundless Color Nail Polish in 555 Luxe Lilac, CG Boundless Color Nail Polish in 603 Bronze Beauty, and CG Boundless Color Nail Sparkle Topcoat in 415 Gold Rush. Whew. Basically, blues/pinks/purples/white & SPARKLES!

Nail Polish Remover

Base Coat (or Nail Hardener!) & Top Coat (I used Nail Hardener & OPI Top Coat)

Makeup Sponges!

STEPS – Just follow the tutorial above!

The thing I like about this nail is that you don’t have to have the exact colors. You can use whatever you have on hand, and it’ll come out pretty well. However, this nail is pretty time consuming and so if you’re looking for something that’ll be quick and easy, this is not for you! Blending is pretty important as well, because if the colors merely look pushed together, it’s not going to take the effect you’re looking for.

This does get pretty messy, so have an open workspace! And lots of nail colors. The more you have, the more interesting it will look.

Overall, I did like doing this nail, although doing the right hand was a pain (I’m right-handed). If you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, I’d definitely go for it! (: