Retro Pink Flame Nails


                                                                                 


If you paint flames on the side of your car, it is scientific evidence that the flames make it go faster. I don't make the rules. Flames on the side of  clothing instantly made the owner a badass. What brought on this trend?


Was it  Jeff Gordon and his DuPont racing jacket with the flame sleeves?

Every truck driving Dad had a replica of this from' 97-'01
                                             
Was it the popularization of motorcycle gear that even had the likes of Britney Spears wearing leather and fire?
Motorcycle ready? Nah. World Tour ready? Yeppers!
                                                 
Was the popularization of Extreme Sports in the late 90's and early 20's began that made fashionable to wear cargo shorts, board shorts and stretchy neoprene shirts plastered with flames to let everyone know that you were fast or at the very least... HOT?

Quicksilver swim trunks.

*Sigh* Where do I even begin ?



I don't know why this was a thing but I loved it. There was no rhyme or reason to clothing in the late 90's/early 2000's fashion but you know what? I accept this trend for all the wonderful tackiness that it is.







I wanted to stay on brand/be dramatic which is my flames have a glitter element to it. In order to avoid looking like a Hot Cheetos mess, my flames are pink which is also on brand for me.
                         
                    
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Hope your weekend is fye! (fire).  Happy Friday!
       
                 

Supplies Used

Nail Polish

“Electrifyin’ Pink”-(Light pink color)OPI


“Pink Fusion”-(Hot pink color)RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails 

"Hot & Sexy" (Red glitter) RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails

"Elegant" (Tan color) by Revlon

Nail Brush is part of a kit from this link

Let's get festive, Dahhhlings-Mariah Carey Inspired Nail Art


                                               
Today is a very special blog post on My Pizza Fridays because today I am paying tribute to a living legend, diva, singer, songwriter, an angel on earth, butterfly queen, Mariah Carey.  Today is Mariah Carey's Anniversary and like all Lambily know, the Queen has Anniversaries, not Birthdays.

I used to take my babysitting money and run to Sam Goody (A now defunct music store) to buy Singles. For a dollar, I could have a CD with one song that I would wait all day on the radio for.


                                              
If I were lucky the single may have one or two remixes of said song ton the radio or even an extended version so that I could dance to it. I played Mariah Carey's single, "Honey" until the back of the CD looked like Wolverine scratched it. 

On Christmas morning  of 1997, I was blessed with my first full length albums. I received Mase, Harlem World (the explicit version because...ya know..Hip Hop!) and my first ever R&B album, Mariah Carey, Butterfly.


 I fell deep in L-O-V-E with this album. The songs were curated in such a way that you could play the CD and listen to it the whole way through.

I crawled inside this album and lived in it. It got me through so many tough times as well as being the soundtrack to me scribbling in my diary while drowning my sorrows with Raspberry Creme Shasta when the boys didn't call (which was often).

 There were no filler tracks because each song felt so genuine and intimate as if this album was a sort of diary for Mariah.





Her turtle necks turned to tube tops, her locks were ironed out, she had so many Hip Hop collaborations, and she was liberated, honey! This is my favorite album and era. My edges have been snatched since '97 and they still haven't grown back.

                              

To keep things festive, Dahhhlings, I knew that this tutorial needed butterflies. I went to Etsy and found some great butterfly stencils from What's Up Nails (there is a link further down). I also wanted to stay in the spirit of the
Butterfly album which calls for gold and copious amounts of glitter. All the brain storming lead me to the following set                                         
                                              

Side note: What's Up Nails included instructions with the stencils. It advises against using cream like polishes and suggests that you immediately peel off the stencil after you polish over it. These tips were very helpful and I would also like to add that some polish does make it hard to take the stencils off once the color is placed on it to which I would suggest some tweezers or a nail peeler help with taking the stencils off.
               


                                                    


Supplies used- some products will be linked to their website in pink

Nail Polish:

"Gold Medal" (gold color polish)by Sinful Colors

"Dizzy" (gold glitter polish) by L.A. colors-Color Craze

" Kashmere" by Sinful Colors (solid white color),

"My Pearl" (The white glitter polish)

"Frosting" (Top Coat)by L.A. Colors


Butterfly Decals by What's Up Nails

UV/LED Light by Makynail

Nail Peeler is part of a nail art set located at this link

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Powerpuff Girls Nail Art Tribute.



The City of Townsville- has been under the protection of three kindergartners since November 18, 1998 on Cartoon Network . Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were conceived in a lab as a result of Professor Utonium following the instructions of an age-old adage of what makes a little girl by compiling the ingredients sugar, spice, and everything nice. While mixing his concoction, he accidentally added: "Chemical X" which resulted in the girls being born with superpowers. 
All the girls were equipped with superhuman strength, super speed, and the ability to fly. Although the sisters have the same powers, they each have their own personality as well as having abilities unique to them such as Bubbles being able to speak languages and Blossom being to produce ice breath by exhaling.
 I enjoyed this show because it was made by the same creators of Dexter's Lab as well as Samurai which are more of my favorite shows from my childhood. The Powerpuff Girls were so witty, cute and even the villains were likable. 
This show was funny, it was empowering for young girls, it had a great hero origin story, and it challenged gender roles such as featuring Professor Utonium as a doting single father who wasn’t too macho to experiment with fashion.

The Powerpuff Girls were a staple on Cartoon Network since it's pilot aired in the animation showcase "What a Cartoon" in 1995. The show has since been rebooted as of April 2, 2016 and I'm happy to see the girls still retain what made them so great during their initial run.

This Friday's tribute is to the Power Puff Girls, Mojo Jo, and that darling pink glowing heart that would appear when the narrator signed off for the day at the end of the episode. I'v got a list of supplies below, the nails and a video as well.
                           
So once again the day is saved, Thanks to the Powerpuff Girls! Happy Friday, Loves!

              


Supplies used

Nail Polish:

“Electrifyin’ Pink”-(Light pink color)OPI
 “Pink Fusion”-(Hot pink color)RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails 
“Nuclear Energy”-(Grape purple color)by LA Colors
“Mint”-(light green) by LA Colors
“Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses“Wonder Mint” (light blue)by Sinful Colors

Shader nail brush and nail tape from this link
                                         
                                                 

Mighty Morphin Manicure!-Power Rangers Nail Tribute






Premiering on August 28, 1993, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuted as part of the Fox Kids after school line up. This show had me close lining my school mates out of my way after school so that I wouldn't miss a single minute of action.
This is actual footage of me running to get my fruit gushers, capri sun, and a spot in front of the TV.
The Power Rangers consisted of  5 teenagers residing in fictional Angel Grove, California. They were selected by a wise space spirit, Gordon and his robot helper, Alpha 5 for their unique abilities to receive superpowers that will aid them in defending planet Earth from the evil Alien Queen, Rita Repulsa. The Queen inadvertently was released from a 10,000 year slumber so it makes perfect sense to give a couple of teenagers dinosaur powers to really put homegirl and her goons(the putties) in their place.


The Squad!
The show was based off a few Japanese superhero shows by the Toei Company and was later developed for American audiences by the Saban Company. The show’s American format still retained the stock footage from the original shows (mainly the costumed fighting scenes) and dubbed over some lines in English. The show then featured the main characters who were high school students inorder The American actors proved to be extremely talented in that they were either seasoned gymnasts or skilled martialartists which came in handy during the later seasons where they were attacked out of uniform. The original series ran for about three years and spawned 2 movies as well as several forms of merchandise.



The 90’s was filled to the brim with toys that transformed into other things. Please feast your eyes on this piece of nostalgia and question the chest to head ratio with me.



The over the top guitar backing tracks, robots, pyrotechnics, the elaborate transformation scenes, and the fight poses were enough to deem this show cheesier than Kraft macaroni. I have to tell y'all that I recently binged watched season one of Power Rangers and I LOVED it! It brought back so many good memories of roundhouse kicking so many fools on the playground Sabre-Toothed Tiger Style. Who doesn't need a little cheese in their life?








Today's tribute will be to the original 5 Rangers with their prehistoric themed helmets on one hamd. I couldn't resist doing a whole hand for the green ranger(how dope did the series get when they brought
 him in?)


Enjoy the rest of your week and kick procrastination in the booty!




Baby, I'm back!- Baby Phat Nail Art Tribute



                                                        
The Urban Clothing Line Baby Phat was established in 1998. Baby Phat was once an extension of Phat Farm, the clothing line founded by Hip Hop Mogul, Russell Simmons. Russell Simmons appointed his wife, Kimora Lee Simmons was appointed CEO/Creative Director the line in 1999 and grew the brand to the fixture that it was in the Hip Hop Community.
                                                 
Kimora Lee Simmons was a Supermodel in the 90's. She has been modeling since the age of 13. Her time as a fashion model as well as her proximity to the Hip Hop scene made her a credible source to rebuild the brand to cater to urban women.

The Baby Phat logo as an elegant script barring the brand name with a sleek wavy tailed cat in between the two words. The brand featured clothing, shoes, accessories, and even a prepaid Visa card. Common themes with Baby Phat were combining street wear with high fashion which Kimora Lee Simmons cites as being inspired by Lil' Kim and Mary J. Blige. For example, Baby Phat sneakers were athletic looking but featured rhinestones in the logo and were sold with satin cheetah print bags. The clothes fit tight to the body, were low cut, and more often than not carried a shiny element via rhinestones or gold embossing.

I  remember many a Saturday afternoon combing through magazines to look for a Baby Phat Ad. These ads typically feature Kimora herself with her two daughters doing something fabulous while covered head to toe in Baby Phat. These ads gave all Hip-Hop girls something to strive toward. Anyone could be the "It Girl" in Baby Phat.

                                                  

I use to collect samples of the Baby Phat "Goddess" perfume from Teen Magazine so that I could rub the pages on me and hopefully smell like a ”Goddess”. I mostly ended up with paper cuts but I felt fancy. When I bought my first pair of Baby Phat Sneakers with a matching T-Shirt, I forbid my whole family for speaking to me the entire Summer because I was just too ~Fabulous~.

Alas, 2010 saw the disappearance of the popular brand.

Update: Dreams do come true because I've received word that Baby Phat is being revived! Queue the celebratory nail art!
                          

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Thanks for stopping by on this fabulous Friday!

B*A*P*S Nail Art Tribute


                                                       

The 1997 film, B*A*P*S has developed a cult following. B*A*P*S stands for Black American Princesses and it stars Halle Berry as "Nicey" and Natalie Desselle as "Mickey". The film is about  two best friends are waitresses in Decatur Georgia who fly to Los Angeles, California in hopes of landing a role in a music video in order to fund their dream of opening a soul food restaurant with a hair salon attached to it. The women are later propositioned with acting as caretakers for a wealthy though, ailing man, Mr. Blakemore. The two teach the Millionaire how to enjoy life again despite an on going plot between his other staff members who are scheming to get his fortune once he passes.

The movie is filled with fish-out-of-water antics as the girls attempt to adjust to the high society of Beverly Hills such as meeting celebrities, fine dining, and how to use a bidet.

                 
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This movie was slaughtered by the critics which is a criminal offence because it is a feel good film. I loved the way Natalie and Halle played off of each other. They had great chemistry, they were hilarious together, and they really brought the characters friendship to life. I believe that the critics had a hard time seeing Halle Berry playing against her type in a comedic role, but hey, it's their loss.

       
Fellow lovers of this movie further let me know who my tribe is. I appreciated the long acrylics, the big earrings, the latex suits, and the elaborate hairstyles.
                            

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I had to keep it real and pay homage to this gem. Tell me your favorite quotes from the movie. Don't stop, get it, get it!


In Those Jeans-Denim Nail Art Tutorial


                                                    

Congratulations on making it through another work week! It's time to get down and get denim.

Denim. Denim is forever. Each decade since the birth of the blue jean has it's own denim identity. If you are around long enough, you can watch these trends get reintroduced to a new generation over and over again. Not to be outdone, the early Aughts recycled a few jean trends and made it their own. 

The fashion at the turn of the century was bizarre to say the least.  Popular denim washes in the early 2000's were a light to medium wash with a good stretch to them thanks to the cotton being infused with spandex material. Some 1970's fashion fanatic decided this would be as a time good as any to revive the madness that is the Patchwork Denim Jean. 

I got my pair of these from either Rave or Rainbow at the mall.

These "Franken-jean" (like Frankenstein's monster) caused damage and destruction to any soul unlucky enough to get near them...well not really but these were everywhere.

The characteristics of these Patchwork Denim are:
  • They sit low on the hips (the better to flash your whale tail with, my dear).
  • They flared wide at the calf.
  • They were a hodgepodge of light washed jeans frayed together.
  • They absolutely did not have any pockets.
"X-tina" Augilera rocking her patchwork with belly chain.     
                                                              




I've seen these jeans paired with midriff-baring tops or T-shirts that bared sassy sayings on them written in glitter such as"99% Angel or Boys Lie". A cabbie hat is optional only if you didn't care about being fashionable.









I could not pass up the opportunity to sneak in a tribute to ripped jeans and the aggressively bleached out jeans of the decade as well. 
The  bleached and patchwork Jeans of the early 00's from the 3lw "No More(Baby I'ma Do right)" video"
                                                 
This tutorial will be my own kind of "Franken-jean"To complete this nail look you will need the following supplies:

  • A makeup wedge (mine come from dollar tree)
  • A dark blue nail polish (I used "Sea Jewels" by RK by Ruby Kisses)
  • A light blue nail polish (Wonder Mint by Sinful Colors)
  • A white nail polish ( Ulta Ego by OPI)
  • A flesh colored nail posh (optional)
  • A dotting tool (mine came from Sephora)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In order to make the nails truly look like denim, I first polished my nail with the dark blue color and let it dry. Once the nail was completely dried, I took a makeup wedge and polished the edge with white nail polish. I then dabbed the nail with the sponge to create a slight impression of the white polish against the blue background. This will give the appearance of weathered jeans.


















I created the frayed looking pieces by loading my dotting tool with white nail polish and gently scribbling the color along the edge of the nail until it began to have a textured look.






To give my ripped jeans a more realistic look, I first painted the nail a flesh toned color and then colored around the "skin" with blue nail polish. 

                                                   
Check out the video below. It will give you something to watch as you wrap yourself in your favorite jeans for this Friday.
             
                    




I wanna really, really, really wanna zigazig ah-Spice Girls Nail Art Tribute



Tell me what you want, what you really really want. A Spice Girls Nail Art Tribute, that's what.
                               

The Spice Girls was a Pop group comprised of 5 British girls sent from heaven to bring us hits upon hits. They burst on the scene in the mid-'90's to give us some sweet ear candy to restart the pop music craze. The girls were given nicknames by a joke magazine based on their appearances, they choose to lean into their nicknames and motif their stage personas based on the names.

The members of the Spice Girls were:





Scary Spice (Melanie Brown) was marked by her bold fashion sense with her constant donning of animal print, her outspokenness, and her voluminous Afro which really was its own entity. It wasn't uncommon for Scary Spice to rap and flash her tongue ring.









Baby Spice (Emma Bunton) can be distinguished by her blonde hair that she often wore in pigtails, her pink babydoll style dresses, knee highs worn with platform shoes, and her affinity for carrying around a lollipop. She was the youngest in the group and also deemed the most innocent. This sweetheart is also a skilled martial artist, having earned her blue belt in karate.








Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) identifiers are her bright red hair, bright red lipstick, and her glamorous style of dress. One of her most famous outfits was her Union Jack Dress. Ginger Spice was outspoken and often displayed a peace sign while she shouted the girl's motto, "Girl Power!" which was a feminist movement started by the group.








Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) is characterized by her designer black dresses, stoic disposition, stilettos, and fashionable brunette bob hair cut. Posh Spice signature move was to strike a pose that featured her pointing in the crowd seductively and then whipping her hand back with a slight pout.








Sporty Spice(Melanie Chislom) was often seen wearing tracksuits, sneakers and wore her dark hair pulled into a high ponytail. Sporty Spice had tattoos on both of her arms, a nose ring, and she was very agile. I could always count on a back handspring or a high note from her.
                             



All five girls had their own style of singing and dancing which brought a fun element to their performances. Their stage personas made it was for someone to identify with at least one member of the group.
                                   
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Word on the street is that the girls are doing a 2019 reunion concert and I am quaking with envy at all the lucky souls that get to rock out in real time to all those classics. Today's nail tribute will pay tribute to all 5 of the girls.

                                        




                        


Hit me up if you want to show me your Spice Girls nail art or memorabilia. Have a great day and remember to Spice up your life!

Products used

Scary Spice Nail:"Ulta Ego"-(White) OPI, "Gold Medal"-(Gold) Sinful Colors, "Pitch Black Darkness"(Black)by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails

Baby Spice Nail:“Electrifyin’ Pink”-(Light pink color) OPI, "Ulta Ego"-(White) OPI 

Sporty Spice Nail: "Hot blooded-(red) by LA Colors.  Stripes are done with nail tape from Beaute Galleria.

Ginger Spice:“Sea Jewels”-(royal blue)by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails, "Hot blooded-(red) by LA Colors,"Ulta Ego"-(White) OPI.

Posh Spice:"Pitch Black Darkness"(Black)by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails. Nail gems are from CEK Nails 





















                     





Nail Stamping Do's & Dont's (Clueless Nail Art Tribute)

"So adorably clueless"
I was so excited to receive a nail stamping plate from Beauty Big Bang that featured several plaid designs which is exactly what this tribute needed to do justice to one of my favorite films.
The 1995 film, Clueless is a romantic-comedy featuring affluent teenagers living in Beverly Hills, California. The main characters wore designer clothes, were a bit ditsy, and yet they had sizable vocabularies ("I hope not sporadically").

It didn't take me long to be able to quote this movie from opening scene to ending credits. I envied their feather pens, their stylish berets, and endless supply of plaid sets.

Clueless wasn't just a film, it was a lifestyle to imitate. This movie spawned it's own slang (Jeepin', a totally betty, kinda a Baldwin, a full on Monet...the list could go on!).This film had me running to the nearest Claire's and Limted Too for my very own feather pens and knee-highs.
                           
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The movie's merchandise included a phone geared toward lovers of this movie and the color pink. This phone was a head set that had buttons on the side of the receiver that was equipped with catchphrases from the movie such as "As if" ,"I'm Audi", and the ever popular "Whatever!" The phone was even equipped with a mechanism that alert you of any eavesdroppers listening on the other line (or the fun of having a landline phone).

This was a Tiger Electronic's product. This was made by the same company that made Kevin McAlister's "Talk Boy Radio" from the film, Home Alone.

I have long put off my idea of wanting to do Clueless inspired nail art because I wasn't sure how I would be able to pull off doing a plaid design. You could imagine my elation about the plaid patterns on the nail stamping plate. It was my first time using a nail stamper and let me tell you, it was quite the adventure.  

                                   


Rant: I don't know if it's because mercury is in retrograde, or it's my new diet that is putting me in a funk but I noticed that when I'm in a sour mood, my nail tutorials don't come easy. When I'm feeling good, I can go on nail art binges but this one really made me take my time. My tripod broke on me so it was very hard to film this one. Nail stamping is no joke! It looks so easy on Instagram but I felt that I might as well have wrestled a bear with how tricky it was. Whew!* Rant over*

 I was bound and determined to master the art of nail stamping (it is indeed an art) so I practiced for a few days until I got it down. I've made a list of Do's and Don'ts that I've learned along the way so that fellow stamping newbies can have a better time.
                                               


Nail Stamping Do's
  • Do get to know your stamper- Not all nail stampers are created equal. Get to know your stamper and it's behavior. Find out if your stamper is rubber or silicon. Is it see through or is in solid? Is it firm or is it soft? Some stampers pick up by dabbing down then up while other stampers work better with a rolling motion.
  • Do prime your nail stamper- Depending on the type of stamper you have, you may have to prime your stamper prior to use. Typically, if you have a clear stamper you will need to (gently) buff out the shininess by filing the surface with a nail file so that it will pick up the design from your plate with ease.
  • Do use thick nail polish-You will want to use thicker nail polish to cover the design on your nail plate. Thinner polish tends to get stuck in the grooves of the nail plate and it will not transfer to your stamper as easily. There are some polishes designated just for stamping but there are some regular polishes that work just as well.
  • Do clean your nail plate in between design- You will want to a cotton round with a bit of acetone on it to clean the nail plate in between designs. bits of the polish can get stuck in the grooves and make it difficult for a new coat of polish to fit in the grooves properly which means your stamper will not pick up the design as well. Clean off the plate in a circular motion to make sure it's clear of the old polish.


Nail Stamping Dont's
  • Don't take your time-Nail stamping has to be a quick process. If you wait too long between the time you polish the plate, scrape the color, and pick up the design with your stamper, the polish will often dry before your stamper gets to the plate. 
  • Don't over scrape- The less you scrape the polish after you color the design, the better. I've made the mistake of scraping the color too many times over the design and the color dried before I could get to my stamper.
  • Don't give up- Hey, nail stamping as a newbie is tough! Practice using different polishes and stamp some notebook paper to see what works best. Find a way to get a good rhythm between prime, polish, scrape, and stamp.

Once I got my stamping skills in check I was ready for this today's tribute.

The whole crew served looks all movie long.


                                           
I used the following to create this look


Nail polish: “Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails,"Lemonade”-(yellow) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish,  “Emerald”-(dark green color) by Celavi, "Ulta Ego" by OPI (white), "Kashmere" by Sinful Colors (off white). "Gold Medal"-(Gold) by Sinful Colors. (Not pictured)Topcoat by LA Colors gel finish (Not pictured).

Nail Stamp and Scraper: by Caption

Dotting Tool: by Sephora

Nail Stamping Plate: by Beauty Big Bang the "geometric" set (Click here to get the nail stamping plate).

I've included a video of the process so that you too can have some cute nails when you're "rollin wit da homies" in your "loqued out" jeep.
             
               






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