24 July 2008

My Awesome JieJie, and a Nail Tutorial

Thanks for all of your comments! They really keep me going (: There are a few questions that are being asked more than a couple times, so I'll dedicate a post just to answering questions soon. However, for tonight, I got a present from Lady L (my jie jie!), and I did my nails, so there's a shitty tutorial that comes with it, lol!


I got home from work today and found this package on my bed. L made it so pretty (:

She even sent a Thank You card! (:

We swapped, and she gave me her MAC Beige-ing shadestick (we all know I love these things!)

She's the best jie jie that I never had! haha. I can't wait until she has the opportunity to come visit Cali so we can meet (:


Anywho. I got inspired by L's gold glitter nail post a few months ago, so I decided to do this. Mind you, it's my first time ever to really use acrylic by myself on my nails. It took effing 3 and a half hours to finish doing my nails today (that's a record!), and the results are... okay, haha. Well, have fun reading!

Start with different nail sizes.

Find the right size for each nail.

And cut them down to size (it doesn't have to be perfect)

Apply glue to the tip and press down on the nail

& for the rest of the nails

File down and shape with a nail file. I filed it square shaped with sort of rounded edges.

Paint on a french tip using whatever color you desire. I used a teal blue from Sephora.

Dip the tip into glitter before the polish dries so it sticks.

(I didn't take a picture, but you should put a clear coat over the glitter so it stays)

Then, I took an acrylic kit I got from RiteAid, and filled in the rest of my nails. Mind you, it was my first time really doing this, so it took like 2 hours lol! And the results weren't the best ): haha

After I filled in the nail, it looked like this.

I cleaned up the edges with a nail file, and a buffer block.. then put a clear coat on top, and voila!

My right hand.. lol. It looks soo bad! But I blame my unsteady left hand, haha. And the rogue polish on my middle finger nail is because I didn't realize there was a smudge on it before I glued on the tip, haha! So, yeah..

I'm so proud of my left hand though! It's pretty enough for my first try. It doesn't look as good as it could because I don't have one of those power sander nail file things; I'm totally picking one up before I attempt this again!

I hope this inspired you or you simply enjoyed this. Have a good Thursday! I asked for the day off of work, and I'm hitting up the mall with the Bestie and getting my tattoos (and so is the boyfriend!). I'm so excited! I'll have pictures for sure.


fuzkittie said...

Cool blue nails, and awesome jie jie of yours indeed!

Stephy said...

wow ur nails are so pretty!!! i could've never had enough patience to sit there for 3 hours doing my nails LOL

Naomi said...

Very pretty! Good for your first try!

Lily said...

i love your nails! you make it look so easy!

iamgrape1119 said...

Whoa! Those nails look totally cute! I tried doing acrylics...but...it SUCKED!!! I wish I could do them like you!

Nic Nic said...

awesome nails for first attempt i must say!

Christiana Divine @ Memoirs of A Shopping Addict said...

L is a doll, isn't she? :) i just noticed that you said you're trying to transfer to mt. sac. that's where i go! haha. i start the RT program there next fall. :) haha. maybe i'll run into you there should you transfer.

miemiemie said...

cute! looking at it from afar makes it look like they're real nails :D

Aradani said...

i'm still thinking of getting that kit, i'm just so worried that i can't do my right hand hahaha

I love the results. I kinda want to do sparkly white tips.

oh and I nominated you for a Premio
= ]

Anne @ yummiebitez.com said...

pretty!!!!! you did a pretty good job being it's your first time! you make me wanna do my nails now!

Anonymous said...

that's so pretty omg I wanna try that! how did you draw such a perfect french tip line? and what kind of glitter did you use, from where?

sittinprettyinpink said...

OMG! I can't believe you did that yourself. SO impressive. I think it looks great. Wish I had the patience to do something like that myself.

Fei said...

I bought an acrylic kit a few months back. Man, it takes a lot of patience. I ended up returning it because it wasn't as easy to work with or as great quality as pro stuff probably is.

Very cute version! Where do you buy your tips?

Vanessa said...

Nice tips! I love that color!