Thursday, December 22, 2011

diy nail stamping

Check out our latest tutorial on Everybody is Ugly or below:

- base coat & top coat nail polish
- any base colour of nail polish
- konad special nail polish in white
- konad nail plate (we used m59)
- konad nail stamping kit (includes a scraper and stamper)
- nail polish remover
- cotton pads and cotton swabs

[ BASE COAT ] – Start with a clear base coat to protect your nails from turning yellow! Then paint on a few coats of whatever colour you want. We used turquoise & caicos by essie. Grab a magazine or your favourite blog & wait… make sure to let this dry completely before proceeding.

[ PICK DESIGN ] – You can purchase dozens of different designs of nail plates from konad. There are endless designs to pick from, but we decided to use plate m59 for the cute little snowflakes.

[ APPLY ] – Take your Konad Special Nail polish and apply it over the entire design you picked. Konad brand nail polish works best on these plates, but some other nail polishes can be used to stamp with— it depends on the consistency of the nail polish, so it’s a bit of trial and error if you want to try other polishes.

[ SCRAPE ] – Now take your scraper and scrape off any excess nail polish in a swift, firm swipe. It’s best to have a scrap piece of paper under your plate because the excess polish will end up off the plate.

[ TRANSFER ] – Now take the stamper and immediately transfer the design from the plate to the stamper by pressing it firmly on the plate. You have to be really fast between scraping & stamping or the thin coat of polish will dry onto the plate instead of transferring to the stamper!

[ STAMP ] – Take your stamper and carefully press the design onto your nail!

[ REPEAT ] – Between each stamp, clean your stamp, scraper and plate with some nail polish remover on a cotton pad & then repeat the stamping process on each of your nails.

[ REMOVE ] – If you stamped some of the designs at the corners of your nails, you’ll inevitably have some messiness around your nails, just use a cotton swab and nail polish remover to clean them up.

[ TOP COAT ] – Use a quick dry top coat & paint it on in quick swipes. Try not to go over the same spots twice and try not to paint too slowly because the stamps can still easily smear at this point.

[ GET CREATIVE! ] – Use your stamps with different colours & in different formations. You’ll be addicted! :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

277: tutorial - snowflake nails

Tired of all that Christmas shopping yet? I sure am. So why not take a moment and slow down and do your nails? Time to be festive; today's manicure will be snowflake nails with the help of Konad of course!

Here are the completed snowflake nails. Perfect for the holidays!

What you need: Base coat, Red Nail Polish, Konad Special Nail Polish, Quick Dry Top Coat, Konad Stamp Plate, Konad Stamper, Konad Scraper

Today we'll be using the snowflake stamp!

After a basecoat - do one to two coats of red (or any colour of your choice!)

Wait for nails to dry and prepare to be quick at stamping!

Apply Konad Special Nail Polish to Konad Plate

Scrape away excess nail polish

Quickly stamp plate

Make sure that the nail polish has transferred onto stamp with no imperfections

Transfer stamp to nail - do not centre

This is the challenging part. Stamp second snowflake directly beside other one try place it as close as possible without overlapping the first stamp. Repeat on all nails, wait for the polish to dry completely. Apply quick dry top coat as fast as possible. If you apply top coat too slowly, it will smear the detailed Konad stamp.

There you go, amazing Konad Snowflake Nails! Now you can throw on your Ugly Christmas Sweater and attend your next Family Potluck dinner!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

276: tutorial - gift box nails

This week, I'm working on finishing all of my Christmas gift giving-- so I wanted to keep my nails festive to go with it & did this look:

pretty little packages!

Here's how we do it:

Start with a base coat, a light base colour, red, white striper and a top coat

I started with a base colour of turquoise

The taking the deep red, I drew on some squares at the corners of my nails

Continue drawing boxes on all of your nails

I randomized the directions of the boxes so they weren't too uniform

Take your striper brush and draw crosses on your boxes

Then draw a bow on top by drawing a super wide & short "X" shape

Then topcoat with a quick dry & you're done!

Festive right?!

Are you done your holiday shopping yet?! eek!


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Friday, December 9, 2011

275: diy shoeaholic christmas stocking

Check out our new tutorial on Everybody Is Ugly!

Learn how to make your own stylish shoe stocking!

Check it out, make it your own, share your art, comment, vote, and favourite!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

274: tutorial - peppermint candy nails

It's the holiday season and I absolutely love the candy canes and peppermint candies involved. Who doesn't? So with the holiday season upon us we thought that peppermint nails would be a more than suitable tutorial.

You'll need:

-Base Coat
-Orly Instant Artist polish (or another thin brush nail polish)
-Red Nail Polish
-Quick Dry Top Coat

Apply base coat, let dry and then paint nails red

Let red coat dry, start painting diagonal lines

Continue painting lines in various thicknesses 

Allow nails to dry and apply Quick Dry Top Coat

Voila! Perfect nails for any holiday get together. It's so simple but we're sure you'll love the results!!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

263: cake balls

So it was my bff's engagement party this past weekend. She told us a bit last minute that we could bring baked goods for the desert table because it's a greek tradition... so I whipped up my first ever batch of cake balls (just like cake pops, minus the sticks) & it was actually really easy! The recipe is insanely simple, it's mainly the chocolate coating and decorating that take a bit more dexterity and patience! Check out the process:

Start with baking some cakes. I made a pack of Duncan Hines Devil's Food cake, which is pretty much foolproof! Bake 'em & let them cool too!

Throw all of the cake into a big bowl & mix them until they're crumbly

Grab a matching frosting!

Spoon in about half the tub of frosting and keep mixing

The cake & frosting mix should be a bit pasty & moldable now!

Scoop up some teaspoon-fulls into the palm of your hand and form some balls.

Do that about 85 times. ahahha
& refrigerate for a couple of hours so that they're dippable

Now grab a handful of molding chips & put them into a bowl. You can microwave them for about 20 seconds at a time, taking them out and stirring to make sure the heat is evenly distributed.

Once you have the chocolate melted, just dip your cake balls into it & drip off the excess and place them onto some wax paper to set. I don't have any photos of that process because it was sorta time-consuming and labour intensive & I just forgot :(

Then you can take any extra chocolate & melt it in a ziploc bag, cut off the tip & decorate!

They're so delicious & really rich too! Make sure to make each ball pretty small so that you don't OD on sugar after eating just one. They were a hit with my girlfriends too! Congrats to the happy couple on their engagement! Love you J&J!


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