Sunflowers DIY Nail Art

Well hello there,

Welcome to another nostalgic blog post. I know the winter has got everybody down and wishing for warmer days. To combat those winter blues, I thought it would be nice to delve into something yellow to brighten up the mood.
                                        
In the 90's, there was an obsession with Sunflowers. I 'd like to attribute that sunflower fascination with the 1960's nostalgia that saturated the decade as experienced with the popularity of bell bottoms, beads, and other flower children fashion staples.
Left column: Tia and Tamera, tattoo choker with Sunflower charms, Angelina Jolie, Blossom wearing a sunflower hat
Right column: Will Smith as a sunflower ballerina, an iron on patch of sunflower petals with a yin/yang head,Britney Spears in the "From the bottom of my Broken Heart" video, Tori Spelling in a 91201 scene wearing a Sunflower hat.

To further swear your allegiance to Sunflowers, you had to have a bottle of  the "Sunflowers"perfume by Elizabeth Arden on standby. I can remember many evenings as a little girl watching my cousin get ready for a date. She would line her lips, aqua-net her curls, put on her hoop earrings, and baptize herself in this perfume.







The perfume came in a bright yellow box that had a fruity scent upon the first spray which dried down to a light floral scent. It's still available online!











                       To create this nail art, I selected yellow, orange, black, and green polishes.

                                                               
Nail Polish colors from the upper left to lower right: “Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails,"Lemonade”-(yellow) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish, Orange U Jealous”-(orange) by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails, “Emerald”-(dark green color) by Celavi.


  • I began with my dotting tool and my yellow polish. 
  • I started with the sunflower petals by drawing yellow v shapes in a semi circle. 
  • I then took a bit of the orange polish to add some depth the the petals by making smaller v's  on top of the larger yellow petals. 
  • For the center of the sunflower, I used the black polish. I dotted on the black polish to mimic the texture of the sunflower head.
  • Check out the the video below to see the process.



                              Here's hoping that you'll thaw out or at least in your mind. 

                         
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Mother's Original Circus Animal Cookies Nail Art Tribute


 Like a true 90's kid , I dipped these cookies into Strawberry Nesquick Milk..
The was once a bakery called "Mother's Cookies" based in Oakland, California that was founded in the early 1900's. This bakery gave life to the "Original Circus Animal Cookies". This was one of my favorite cookies from childhood. These treats are distinguishable by their animal shapes encased in pink or white frosting with rainbow sprinkles on both sides of the cookie.

                    I thank my lucky stars that these cookies are still available today.
               
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I paid tribute to these by eating a whole bag of cookies while I did my best nail impression of them.

First you will want to select as many colors as you can to complete the rainbow look. Here are all the colors I used below.

Polishes listed clockwise from bottom left: “Electrifyin’ Pink”-(Light pink color)OPI   
“Pink Fusion”-(Hot pink color)RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails 
“Nuclear Energy”-(Grape purple color)
 ”Purple Passion”-(Light purple color) by LA Colors
“Wonder Mint” (teal color)by Sinful Colors
"Lemonade”-(yellow color) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish
Orange U Jealous”-(orange color) by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails
“Sea Jewels”-(royal blue)by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD, 
"Ulta Ego" by OPI 
”Mint”(light green) by LA Colors.

I left a few nails in the polka dot pattern (made with a dotting tool) but I wanted to add in a fun element to the nails by creating a melting pattern. To create a "drip effect" I loaded my dotting tool with lots of my hot pink polish and painted a semi circle on the top of the nail as if I were doing a french manicure. Before the polish dried, I dragged the color down at certain points to make it appear that icing was melting from the cookie. I finished with a few rainbow sprinkle dots and the I put a top coat on the nails.


                               
 



                                            Happy Friday and happy snacking to you all.


                    






Dunk-a-roos Nail Art Tribute

The kids that brought their lunch to school were always trying to one-up each other with the contents of their lunch box. I compare lunchtime to an arms race; whoever could pull out the best lunch items would be deemed superior. Having the best lunch means that you could barter with your classmates for other items or simply bask in the envy that comes from having a bomb lunch. 

Queue the angelic choir! Behold the greatest snack of the 90's!

If you pulled out a Tuna Salad sandwich, you automatically lost. Sorry, I don't make the rules.

 You had to have good sandwich game, a cool drink, and you had to have the best snacks.  Chips were great, fruit snacks were a plus, but you needed to have Dunk-a-roos to rule the playground. 

                          
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Dunk-a-Roos were cookies paired with a vanilla flavored frosting as dipping a sauce. Some boxes had rainbow sprinkles inside the frosting and some boxes offered a fudge dip. These were the best snacks in the whooooolllle world. The Dunk-a-roos mascot was a cartoon Kangaroo who would slap dunk the cookies into the frosting. You can travel down memory lane by visiting the link in pink:1994 Dunk-a-roos Commercial

 Since nothing lasts forever, these Betty Crocker snacks were discontinued in the U.S. in 2012.
There was an awesome campaign launched by General Mills called "Smugglaroos" that encouraged all the Canadian homies to bring some Dunk-a-roos over the border to Americans having snack withdrawals.  Alas, the Snack Fairies canceled the snack in Canada in 2018 which means that more of us are mourning the loss of these delicious treats.

In memory of this 90's classic, here is a five finger tribute to the good times we had. May we never forget.   


               

Wedding Nails-My Size Bride Barbie Inspired Nails




Hello Friends,

Yesterday was Valentine's Day but today we are going to go back to Christmas.

Story time!


The Christmas Morning of 1994 was a morning full of anticipation for me. I circled half of the toys on the Toys R Us catalog but the toy that I wished with all my might for was a ”My Size Bride Barbie”.Check out the vintage commercial here. This Barbie doll was approximately 3 feet tall and the selling point for me was that you and Barbie could share the wedding gown. I was so sure that Barbie was under my Christmas tree. When I realized that she wasn't, I was crushed.

That's not the worse part.

 I had a playmate whose family was friendly with mine, let’s call her Denise (names were changed to protect the innocent). We were invited over to Denise’s house for Christmas dinner. I was already in a sour mood. It got worse when Denise invited me to her room to look at all the gifts she had gotten for Christmas. We go upstairs to her room and there in all her plastic glory... was the life size Barbie Doll dressed as a blushing bride.

 Barbie was beautiful. Denise was smug. I was livid. Denise gloated all evening long. I died a little inside.


Check those shoulder puffs, they're full of dreams.
Since I am not at all bitter about what transpired, here is a My Size Bride Barbie Inspired Nail Tutorial.

For this tutorial, I selected a light pink (very barbie-esque) as the base coat in the shade “Baby N’Little” by RK by Kiss HD Nail Polish. I painted on two coats of the pink polish and then I selected a white polish for the lace detailing. I picked “Ulta Ego” by OPI. The color is a bit translucent but that’s perfect for this tutorial because I wanted to keep the colors on the softer side.    

I don’t technically have an exact method for drawing lace except to alternate between wavy, curly shapes and lots of dots to make a design. I just made the design up as I went and came out with some dainty details. To take this manicure up a notch, I dusted each nail in the Sally Hansen Salon Chrome Powder (Peacock color)with a makeup wedge.

Tools for this tutorial (minus the dotting tool) Pick-N-Stick, Makeup Wedge, and Sally Hansen Chrome Powder.
I couldn’t complete the bride look without a ring which gave me the idea to construct one out of the nail jewels. I found a shop on Etsy and was instantly smitten. The gems shipped quickly, the packaging was so cute, and there was a sweet note that came with the goodies. I was shocked by how shiny the gems were. I couldn’t stop staring! You visit the shop by clicking the pink link: CEKnails

With Pick-n-Stick, I picked up the nail jewels and placed them on the nail. The center gem was gorgeous on it's own and I added a little rhinestone on each side of the piece to create little accent stones. I used nail glue to attach them to the nail instead of topcoat because the jewels were heavy duty compared to the gems I’ve used in the past.

After the topcoat on the nails dry, you are now pronounced ~*fabulous*~ and ready to wear your bridal nails all over town.
                       
                            


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Wear them for a belated Valentine's Day dinner, wear them to your own wedding, wear them to the office, or any location where there are well-adjusted individuals who are defiantly not bitter about not getting giant Barbies.

                                                            
I’ve got a video below so that you can swoon over all the sparkles in action. Enjoy your Friday!
            

Valentine’s Day Nails- Kiss From A Rose Inspired Nail Art


                         
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Hello Lovers,

Valentine's Day is almost upon us and it's time to get romantic. I love this holiday for the aesthetics, an excuse to demand chocolate, and for the grand romantic gestures. One song in particular that comes to my mind about this holiday. This song holds nothing back. The artist really put it all out on the line. which is "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal

The song is "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal. As evidenced in the Gif below, he is sooooo into it.
                   
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The song was originally written and discarded by Seal in the late '80s. Miraculously the song was reworked and became the US's 1995 radio hit from the Batman Forever Soundtrack. This power ballad went on to win at the 1996 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The music video for this song features Seal singing next to the Bat-Signal while scenes from Batman Forever were interspersed throughout the production. If you would like to join me in howling along to this masterpiece I included the link for the video in pink:"Kiss From A Rose"


The aforementioned 1995 film.
I'm not gonna perch on top of a tall building and sing in the dark but I sure am going to do some nail art about it.

Behold the tutorial for today:


I used clear press-ons for a fresh negative space look.


I wanted something fresh for this nail art project so I opted for clear press-on's to make use of the negative space and to highlight the roses.

I've got two techniques for nail art roses for which I have included collages for tutorial purposes.

                                                                         Nail Art Rose Technique #1


I have been using this method for years.
  1. Begin by selecting a darker and lighter polish in the same color family (light pink and dark pink 
color).

2. Use a Dotting tool or toothpick or bobby pin to make white circles to form the base of the roses.

3. Add bumps to some parts of the circles so that they become slightly misshaped, this adds a realness to the roses.

4. With the darker color, make C like shapes around the white shapes.

5. Dot the lighter color in the center of the darker color while the polish is still wet. Stir until the colors begin to mix.

6.Dot white polish in the center of the roses.

7. Take a green polish and dot on either side of the rose. While the polish is still wet, pull each green dot into a point to make a leaf.
                                                                           Nail Art Rose Technique #2

This is a new method for me and I can't wait to perfect it.
1. Begin by selecting a dark green and light green polish.


2. Select another pair of polishes from the same color family ( I used a cherry red and a light pink).

3. Select a blackmail polish and a dotting tool.

4. With your dotting tool, draw a vertical line halfway up the nail to form the rose steam.

5. Using the red polish draw a semi U shape on top of the steam. Fill in this U shape with your red polish.

6.While the red polish is still wet take a dot of your black nail polish to place in the center of the rose.

7. Draw an open circle by gently dragging the dotting tool to mix the red and black polish. It is important to do this while both polishes are wet to create some depth to the rose.

8. Take your dotting tool and use it to pick up your pink polish. Use the pink color to add some highlight to the rose ( I highlighted toward the top of the flower).

9. Take a green polish and dot on either side of the rose. While the polish is still wet, pull each green dot into a point to make a leaf.

If you have a minute (and a couple seconds) there is a video below. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!





Tiffany Heart Tag Bracelet Inspired Nail Art




Hello Friends,


Happy Friday to you and welcome to another ode to nostalgia with nail polish! We are continuing with our early 2000's theme and paying tribute to another 00's Baddie's status symbol: A Tiffany Heart Tag Bracelet.  The characteristics of the jewelry were large sterling silver links with a dainty heart-shaped charm that read "Please Return to Tiffany &Co. New York 925". This Bracelet adorned the wrist of every Queen Bee especially if they veered more on the preppy side.    

Tiffany Heart tag to be paired with Ugg boots and a Juicy Couture Track suit.
The tutorial below is easy to follow along to as well as being easy on the pockets(have you seen how much these bracelets go for?).

Let's polish like it's 2003, shall we?
                       
                              
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You are more than welcome to select a white, silver and teal polish from any brand to your liking but I selected the following for my version of this project:
Polish from Upper Left: "Wonder Mint"-Sinful Colors, "Silver Stallion"-Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, and "Ulta Ego"-OPI
With my trusty dotting tool, I made a heart with my silver polish. I find it's easiest to make a heart by placing three dots in a V formation, from here I can decide on the width of the shape as I fill in the sides and the top portion. I've included a collage below for a picture of what this looks like.  
Valentine's Day is coming up!


For the chain design, I drew lines of silver coming to form the heart. Using my dotting tool, I made little dots along the silver lines. Once the dots were dry, I went back over with making white dots in the middle of the silver dots to give a more chain-like appearance. I wanted to make sure that the bracelet nail was highlighted which is why I decided to create different designs on each nail. A nice top coat and Voila'! A Tiffany's worthy manicure. You can follow along with the video below and tag me if you attempted this tutorial. Smooches!  




           

Multicolored Louie Vuitton Hand Bag Tribute with Nail Wraps


Calling all the 00's Baddies! Have I got something for you...

The early Aughts were ripe with blinged out, glossy, and hyper-feminine accessories.

Truly, if it didn't come dunked in glitter and awash in bubble gum pink, I didn't want it!

 I'm guessing that the rise of reality television and the emergence of "celebutantes" (think Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie) was a contributing factor of the shift in fashion trends. In my neighborhood, we weren't exactly living fabulously but we wanted to put off the facade that we were which meant that one had to buy luxurious (looking)fashion staples of the time. The baddest at my high school wore velour track suits, rocked sunglasses with a little rhinestone heart in the corner.
Shield your eyes from the haters in style!
                        
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The baddest of the bad however had to have the ultimate 00's accessory: The Louis Vuitton Multicolored Monogrammed Bag. This bag typically housed accessories that every 00's baddie needed such as Lacome Juicy Tubes, Victoria Secret "Heavenly" body spray, and a flip phone. This bag had all of us peasants salivating. 


The true star of this blog post.
The pastel shades of the monogram, the butterscotch colored leather handles, and the gold hardware were enough to make me swoon. Alas, I never owned this coveted handbag. To make up for times that never were, I've got a manicure to pay tribute to this iconic print. 

In order to do justice to this design, I took to Etsy to look for a Louis Vuitton Nail wrap. I found this adorable shop on there (click the pink link to visit them!) called OG Nails. I spent hours looking through all their decals because they were all so cute but I finally landed on the print I needed and set to work. 


The decals shipped to me so quickly and were so easy to use. The decals operated with the same principle as applying a temporary tattoo: Wet the design, pull off the backing and place the transfer on the desired location. 

I added in a few rhinestones over the top of the decal that I just so happened to have laying around and to further emphasize how extra I was trying to be.

I've got a video below of the process. Is there a more iconic 00's accessory? Hit me up and let me know!





             

“What’s it Gonna Be?!”- Janet Jackson Inspired Nails


A still of the nail inspiration.
In 1999, Busta Rhymes and Hype Williams teamed up to one of the most expensive music videos in existence for the song, ”What’s It Gonna Be?!” Busta Rhymes delivers his bars in his classic rapid-fire style over a mid-tempo funk infused track.
Do yourself a favor and go watch this video!
 Sandwiched in between verses as well as helpings of soulful guitar licks are Janet Jackson’s angelic vocals. The futuristic tones and fish-eye lens(signature of a Hype Williams video)drew me in but it was Ms. Jackson that held my attention. She was clad head to toe in leather with a set of the most lethal nails that I have ever seen. Her pierced manicure was something that I only dreamed of recreating...until now.
Gonna make, gonna make...the most extra nail tutorial ever!
This tutorial will go over how to get your very own set of Janet Jackson inspired nails. Most of my tutorials can be done in natural nails but since there will be piercing involved, I suggest using artificial nails for safety.

                                     ”What’s It’s Gonna Be?!” Nail Tutorial
  • Collect supplies such as black nail polish, press on nails (long), a top coat, a hand drill, and jump rings.
  • Use Black Nail Polish to apply two coats to your nails. Let your nails dry. Apply top coat.
  • Using your hand drill in a clockwise motion, place the tool into the front tip of each nail and turn until you drill a hole into the nail. Depending on the size of the nail, you may have to drill two holes. The shop on Etsy that I purchased mine from is in the following pink link:Golden Depot Shop
  • Select one jump ring per each nail. The jump ring size 
  • that I used for this tutorial are size 15 mm (ya know, for drama) and can be purchased at any craft store in the necklace making section for a couple dollars.                          
  • Using needle nose pliers or your hands, open the jump rings. 
  • Thread the rings through the holes that were drilled and then close the ring
  • Rock it!                     



                                                                Words of Wisdom:
This tutorial is for fun/these nails are not practical for everyday use. By all means, snatch some wigs but make sure it isn’t your own. As always there is a video of my labor. If you recreated this tutorial, tag me in your socials and let me know how it worked out for you. Have a great Friday!





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