Happy Valentines Day!
What are you doing today?
Here I will be popping popcorn tonight, as my husband and I have decided to rent the new 007 Movie “Skyfall” on our Direct TV’s Pay Per View (or whatever they call it, “showcase”?). Rick and I simply love Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond in his movies.
Did you get anything for Valentines Day? Or buy yourself something special?
When I was single I would buy myself something special on Valentines Day… just because you haven’t met your soul mate yet, doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate! Me? I received a beautiful card with “Lady and the Tramp” on it (always a favorite of mine and my husband as it represents us in a way) and the card scared me when it started singing. lol That’s a first for me! And a received a lovely box of Russel Stover Chocolates, which I plan to share with Rick my sweet husband, though I may eat an extra one or two myself. lol
Onto the Hearts Nail Art Project
Today I finished decorating my fingernails, for Valentines Day. Late lastnight (so hubby didn’t have to smell the fumes) I did my acrylic nails, for the first time in years. I tell you when I was a teenager I was self taught with Acrylic and in Cosmetology training we were taught just simple manicures, just filing the natural nails and polishing. So the other students and I would play after classes with Acrylics together and later as a Cosmetologist we often got together and had a day of beauty together, dying our hair and putting tips and acrylics on each others nails.
So basically I know a little about acrylics but I usually just grow out my natural nails and deal with the breaks by cutting them off and cutting down other nails to match. So my Acrylic application is now far from perfect as I picked up the products needed for this at Sally’s for the first time in ages.
Anyhow, I polished my nails red after I finished applying the Acrylic over my natural nails last night, leaving off the top coat planning on decorating them this morning.
Today I got out the supplies for decorating my nails, I decided to try out the kit that I bought a while back at the drug store for stamping the nails. I knew there were some hearts on the plates and I was vacillating between Pink for a delicate look over the red or white. I opted for the white finally and decided on one design on a plate.
Well the first design I tried the narrow area on the plate was too very thin to really look good on the nails… I have heard that these cheaper plates are not as good as the more expensive products, but I admit I am frugal and I am a skeptic sometimes when it comes to other experiences. This time I do think that the reports may possibly be right and that these cheaper plates are not as deeply carved as the more expensive ones.
Now I admit that I am new to using the plates and I did a rather sloppy job, but I wanted to share with you my nails for Valentines day with hearts on them. 🙂
The product I bought at the Drug Store was called Salon Express, and I found it in the area where Walgreens has the As Seen On TV products, though I never saw it on TV myself, I kept walking back to them and examining them and decided I just had to try. My Mother had purchased the more expensive stamps and when I looked into them I decided not to purchase since I am so frugal and hey we are constantly budgeting to even try to get our medications and bills paid here since hubby and I are disabled.
For my nail decoration and base color I used:
- Base Coat was Beauty Secrets Base Coat (from Sally Beauty Supply)
- Red Base Color is Zoya “Diana” polish
- I used Salon Express Nail Stamping plate #SE18 (one of the 5 plates that were included in the Kit that I purchased at Walgreens).
- For stamping my nails, I used Sally Hansen’s “1 Natural White” polish (I bought this in a French Nail kit that they sell, I am not sure if you can buy this one separately)
- Top Coat I used was, O.P.I “Top Coat”
- And I use Beauty Secrets Non Acetone Nail Polish Remover (since you should not use an Acetone Polish Remover with Acrylic Nails) – this was for cleaning up the plate, scraper, plate holder and 2 sided stamper as well as any mistakes around the nails.
- An Orangewood Stick for clean up around the nails
- Cotton Balls
After trying out one of the plate designs that I really liked and finding that it wasn’t stamping well as the narrow areas of the scroll-work type heart. I gently removed the attempt with the Non Acetone Remover, this did remove some of my red base coat, so I re-polished my nail and as I waited for it to dry I used another heart pattern on this same plate. This other heart design worked out well.
The problem with the stamps is that it is so difficult to get exact placement on the nails, but mind you, I am new to doing this so perhaps with practice the location on the nails can look much more uniform.
First did my right hand, attempting to center the stamp on the nails. They look pretty good only one heart in the design got left out and it was on my narrow pinky finger. Not bad.
Now I went to my left hand and by mistake I got the design nearer my finger tips on my thumb. Looking at it and first thinking to myself “oops”… as I looked at it I decided that I like the design better on the tips then on the middle of the nails. Well I decided to do all my right hand like this but messed up with the pinky finger as I got that more towards the middle of the nail.
Instead of making the other hand look just the same, I decided that I would share with you, both looks so you could decide what you like better… next time I may use the little gem like nail decorations that I have a nice little ziplock bag of with this design it may look good with it, though it takes a lot more clear polish to help keep them from falling off even with nail glue.
I am not perfect, the acrylic coating over my natural long nails isn’t done “right” with the 3 ball method (easier to do on others then on yourself) so you may notice it’s not perfect. lol
I think that these plates are great, except for the other design I tried on the same plate. This opens up a new world of decorating nails, I may play with these some more and share with you what I’ve done, I think I shall try to multi color some of those applying 2 colors to the plate and carefully scraping it so as not to mix the colors sometime soon. I do wish that the application could be more exact with the stamp however, but I bet that someone somewhere has developed a product with deeper carving in the plates and a more exacting application on the nails.
While closing out this post I want to share with you the direction in which I wish to concentrate more on in the new blog
I hope to share with you a lot more Beauty Products (hints, tips,experiments and just plain playing around), a lot of DIY, Creative Stuff (with Arts and Crafts mixed in), Fashion, Food and Beverages, and get more into Computer related posts here… These things are my passion and I have a lot of knowledge in these areas, I hope that you too share in my passions and have some fun.
Thank you all for reading and Happy Valentines Day!
Love and hugs,