As a warm up, I have tested a few pins this weekend, knowing that I would be writing something up for the Pintester Movement today.
In case you don’t know, pintester.com is a humorous blog run by the gorgeous Sonja Foust, where she simply tries tutorials and recipes that have been pinned on pinterest and writes up a description of her antics. Generally she botches them, but she’s such a good sport about it, it’s totally fun and amusing. And every once and a while we learn something in the process!
My earlier attempts included making some abstract wall art and doing my hair, but for my official submission, I have opted to work on my nails. I have an entire board on Pinterest based on nail art and manicures, and as this is a category I generally find intimidating, I decided to try an assortment of ideas from over there.
I had been doing some painting of the wall paint variety all day before I tackled this, so I began with not only old janky polish, but a few layers of purple and grey Benjamin Moore as well. My nails are not long or luxurious, but c’mon, I’m a home blogger, what did you expect? I simply cannot maintain the type of fab nails I worked in college. Lets consider this “idea application for normal people.”
I removed my polish, which I only mention because I used one of the pinterest tips for that– I had changed over my old school capped nail polish remover bottle to a pump bottle that had once held hand soap– shelbytaylor.hubpages.com/hub/The-Right-and-easy-Way-to-Use-And-Store-Nail-Polish-Remover. I really do like this idea a lot, like the original blogger I detest the uncapping, cotton soaking and recapping of the old method… she said something about spills, but frankly, that isn’t my worry. I *always* have a beverage (usually a cup of coffee or sparkling water in a can), and I am just a little bit paranoid that one of these days I’m going to get thoroughly distracted by nail-doing and TV-watching, and lift the wrong liquid, and tip an open bottle of nail polish remover to my lips. The thought horrifies. Anyway– this little tip is brilliant because it totally removes that as a potential boner, BUT I have had to learn how to hold the cotton pad and slowly pump, because the first few times I shot it across the room in a ray of blue acetone. Powerful stuff. Watch out, kitty! (Boy howdy, I just re-read those last few sentences, and could I have made that sound more dirty?!)
In the original post she recommends altering your new pump bottle so that no one mistakes it for something else. This is a smart idea. I have simply covered mine with a few strips of washi and some stickers, mainly because it was easy and I’m a washi/ sticker junkie. I’m the only (human) girl that lives in this home, so it shouldn’t be a huge issue, but I did it just in case. Anyway, this pin is a WIN. Changing over your polish remover to a pump is brilliant.
Not brilliant– the tape heart tutorial. thebeautydepartment.com/2013/01/mani-monday-washi-tape-glitter-heart/ I tried this one *three times.* Yark. I fixed that nail *twice* and started to get annoyed. The third time I just left it ugly. Nothing about it was good. Some of the things I had pinned recommended using painter’s tape; many of the pins recommended scotch tape; the one pictured suggests washi tape. I tried all three, due process and all that. None really *worked* for me as the pins had promised. And the thing I find really annoying about this is that I put in a good hour or two of dry time on my base coats before attempting the heart treatment, and all times it jacked the nail up royally. Actually, “royal” sounds like it would be a good thing, and this was not good. The edges of heart peeled up, the base polish came up with the tape, I just couldn’t get it to work and look good. I spent enough time trying that I started to get pissy– I don’t know how Sonja does it.
The last thing I tried was making a dotting tool using a straight pin stuck into a pencil eraser– www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/27-nail-hacks-for-the-perfect-diy-manicure. This worked okay, I dotted one lonely nail… it bugged me that my dots weren’t uniform. I don’t know if that’s a practice thing, or if its just one of the bummers of not actually having the right tool, but I’m too much of a perfectionist when it comes to painting things, and this is just not perfect. Its not horrible, not so bad that I immediately soaked it off like with the hearts… but bad enough that I really struggled with myself on whether I should topcoat it or not. I did, but I’m not thrilled about it. Also, if you look at my third and final attempt at the heart– with the washi– you will see it is not smooth or prettily defined. I suppose if I had to rate them on effectiveness, I would say the washi worked the best, but none of them looked good enough to really feel proud of….
Lastly, I will finish up this post with a little tip of my own: You’ll notice that all of the polishes pictured are from Wet N Wild’s Megalast line. I LOVE this polish. It runs about two bucks at the drugstore, which would be reason enough to love it in my opinion, and it IS long-lasting like the name implies. But the thing that really *makes* this line (besides the fantastic range of colors) is the flat and shaped applicator brush– this thing is AWESOME. It works so well and easily that it makes you wonder why none of the makeup pros have thought of it before! I have been systematically buying all of the colors in the line, I love it so much. For the manicure pictured I used: Through the Grapevine (purple), Heatwave (deep red-orange), and Club Havana (light orange details).
((Oh, and some of the pics of my hands were taken by my six-year-old son, budding photographer!))
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