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The Digi Nails - A Hybrid Manicure & The Hybrid Chick - StumbleUpon

The Digi Nails - A Hybrid Manicure & The Hybrid Chick - StumbleUpon
I’ve been seeing lots of outrageous nail art lately on pinterest. One hot new product that’s really caught my eye is adhesive nail polish strips. I love the funky designs and bold colors with these products, but they’re usually a little spendy for me. I have a great alternative and I’m super-excited to share with you a really fun, new way to use digital scrapbooking supplies! To begin with, you will need the following: light color nail polish (white, light pink, cream, pale green, light turquoise, you get the idea….)rubbing alcoholsmall cup (I used a medicine cup.)digital supplies (laser print or copy)nail polish topcoat 1) Before getting started, quickly measure your fingernails. 2) Open a new Photoshop document and create for yourself 10-15 boxes that are a little larger than your nails. 3) Find some great papers that you’d like to have on your nails. You will likely want to reduce the scale of your paper so that the design will better fit your nails. 4) Print your page. A few thoughts:

Homemade Hair Treatments - At-Home Hair Repair at WomansDay.com - StumbleUpon Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast—but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that. And they're not the only ones. Did you know, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin's oils than any product in the beauty aisle does? Or that the mild acidity in lemon is an effective—and gentler—alternative to chemical-laden products? For All Hair Types "The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds," says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home. To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Photo by Shutterstock. For Dull Hair Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. For Itchy Scalp For Limp or Fine Hair

How To Make Your Own Nail Polish In Any Color Pregnancy insomnia can be a little bit of a blessing (depending on how you look at it). Sometimes when I can't sleep I randomly get these ideas that just pop into my head. I quickly jot them down into my phone and revisit them when I am coherent in the morning. I would say only 30-40 % of them actually turn out like I imagined. What you will need: Clear nail polish.Cheap eyeshadow. Take out the eyeshadow you want to use. Empty a small amount of clear nail polish out so you have room for the eyeshadow powder. Use the toothpick to mix up the color into the bottle. You now have you own custom shade of nail polish!

How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch - Health - GOOD - StumbleUpon Let's keep things simple this week. When it comes to personal-care products, we are big believers in streamlining what you use—see "Eight Products You Think You Need But Don't" for a refresher—buying less in general, and getting creative. We have both always loved experimenting in our kitchens and our bathrooms, checking ingredients in products we love, isolating the main ones, and then trying them on their own. Simple body scrub Many body scrubs, even the ones that claim to be sugar- or salt-based, actually contain beads made out of polyethylene, which is environmentally deplorable (it all goes down the drain, remember)—to say nothing of the preservatives, fragrance, penetration enhancers, and sulfates that typically bulk up these products. Honey face wash One-ingredient eye liner For the ladies (or the gents with a flair for the dramatic) this is as easy as it gets: Grab a capsule of activated charcoal, which you can get at most pharmacies and any health food store. Perfume Shave oil

Cheetah Printed Nails photos + post by Kristin Ess Cheetah print nails have been around for some time now but we’ve never actually done a tutorial on them. We got a lot of requests after last week’s Mani Monday heart tutorial, so we’re going for it! TOOLS: 2 toothpicks, black nail polish (American Apparel “Hassid”), gold nail polish (American Apparel “Gold Flash”), clear coat. PREP: Use any color your want on the base of your nails. Take your toothpick and tap it on the table or counter a few times to flatten out the tip. Nail strips are great in cheetah print as well, but so often the stores run out of that pattern. Tags: black, cheetah, DIY, gold, how to, kristin ess, leopard, mani, mani monday, manicure, monday, nail dotting, nails, pattern, print, the beauty department, thebeautydepartment.com, toothpick Related posts:

Work That Core! Quick Workout | QuickieFit - Quick Fitness Workouts - StumbleUpon Workout Time: 12 Minutes Work That Core workout does just what is says, works your core! The best thing you can do for your core is to vary up your exercises. Keep your body guessing. This workout will give your core a nice burn while also strengthening your arms and legs. Set your interval timer for 12 rounds of 10 seconds for rest and 50 seconds for work. Write Down Your Scores! By scores I mean your reps for each 50 second interval and exercise. Faded Floral Manicure photos + post design by Kristin Ess Who doesn’t love a soft, faded floral pattern? You can basically do this mani in any color combo you want– we chose a spring-y palette. Here’s how you get the look: YOU WILL NEED: Nail polish remover, 4 small paint brushes, a plate or something to put your polish drops on, a white nail polish + 3 of your favorite polish colors that look good together. Place a dot of each color on your plate. Good luck with your pretty faded florals and as always, tweet us a picture when you’re done! (Special thanks to Kimberly, our new nail intern for showing us this technique!!) Tags: DIY, faded florals, floral, floral nails, flower nails, flowers, how to, kristin ess, mani, mani monday, manicure, nail art, nail polish, nails, polish, polished, spring, the beauty department, thebeautydepartment.com, tutorial Related posts:

8 Beauty Breakthrough Products That Make Life Easier Photo credit: iStock Photography Were you ever one of those girls in high school who needed over an hour to get ready? Back in '91, my Conair curling iron and I were BFFs. And while I still agree that beauty takes time, as a busy mom, time is something in short supply around my house. That is why I would like to celebrate my favorite additions to the drug store aisles over the last few years. 1. For women who do not just "glow" but sweat (I personally put a field hand during harvest to shame just running errands), these effective anti-perspirant and deodorant combinations are a godsend. Try it: Dove Clinical Protection Cool Essentials $7, Secret Clinical Strength Advanced Solid $8. 2. If that clinical-strength roll-on gets white stripes on your little black dress, it will come right off with one of these nifty mistake removers. Try It: Gal Pal Deoderant Remover $9, Miss Oops Rescue Sponge $12. 3. 4. 5. You can use these little slanted razor blades to groom your brows, sure. 6. 7. 8.

Create your own Nail Polish Here it is, finally! The Pigment Tutorial! For our purposes, pigment is a dry coloring material that can change the color or texture or a nail polish. First, some pigments: TKB Trading Yellow 5, MAC, Fyrinnae. Pressed eyeshadows can also be a good source of pigment. However, there is one type of pigment that you should NEVER be putting on your body. Artists pigment. So, if you’ve got your non-toxic pigment, what else do you need? A little teeny spoon (I got this at a Japanese coffee shop) and silicone baking tins. Last, you need a spare bottle of clear nail polish. The most basic pigment mixing is with clear polish. Left to right: MAC Teal, Fyrinnae Aztec Gold, Fyrinnae Boytoy, MAC Green Brown. Next, get ready to mix! 1. 2. 3. Voila! Here’s one coat (over the bright yellow I had on before!) With a coat of Seche. Well, there’s Part 1 for you…next time I’m going to talk about eyeshadows and adding pigment to color polish. Like this: Like Loading... Nail artist.

Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn - StumbleUpon It didn't totally blow up my radar, however, until only a few weeks ago. I was celebrating a bachelorette with some of my favorite girlfriends at a too-cool-for-school Atlanta restaurant. We had already overindulged in one too many courses of food, but our waiter gently encouraged us to order the sampler platter of desserts. Never one to say no to sweets, I caved against my (stomach's) better judgement. I couldn't begin to tell you what else was on that giant tray of desserts. It was the monkey bread that took it all home for the gold. I fell hard for monkey bread that night; I've been waiting patiently for the right time to recreate it. Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise Serves 6-8 For the dough1/4 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast1 1/4 cups whole milk 2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 egg, lightly beaten1/4 cup sugar1 teaspoon salt4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

DIY Drippy Nails We were immediately inspired the moment we saw bare nails with blood-like, drippy polish accompany Prabal Gurung‘s spring collection at New York Fashion Week. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and thus, the timing couldn’t have been better to recreate this deliciously daring DIY for our phalanges. Though a more vampy, burgundy color went down the runway, I went for more vibrant red . . . but the best part about this tutorial is that you can make it your own with just about any color, for any season! You’ll need: Dip the toothpick into the nail polish bottle so that the tip collects a round bead of polish. Place the bead of polish on a bare nail and drag it upwards, creating a tapered line. Create two to three more tapered lines, re-dipping the toothpick into the polish each time. Reload the toothpick with polish and drag a line across the tip of the nail. Repeat the steps on the other nine fingers and voila, you’re done!! (all images by HonestlyWTF)

Cinnamon Toast&Rolls - Circle B Kitchen - Circle B Kitchen - StumbleUpon The USDA released its new food pyramid the other day (which is actually a plate now instead of a pyramid), and I am sorely disappointed to report that cinnamon rolls did not appear anywhere on that plate. I think by now most of us know what should be on our dinner plate in terms of healthy, well-rounded nutrient-laden meals, but it is my considered opinion that our breakfast plate should include cinnamon rolls now and then. And not just any cinnamon roll, mind you, but how ‘bout a homemade cinnamon roll hybrid that is a cross between a cinnamon roll and cinnamon toast, is super easy to make and gosh darn delicious. In honor of their ancestry, I call these little gems cinnamon toast rolls, and here’s all you need to make them… Yep. Trim the crusts off of the bread Roll the bread really flat Brush both sides of the bread with butter Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar Roll in any fashion you like (I’ve also folded them into little triangles) Cinnamon Toast Rolls Click here for a printable recipe

Faux Diamond Tipped Nails I’ve been dying to try out this new deep teal polish by Sephora by OPI for a few weeks now and am so excited to finally do so. I really love the color! It appears very dark, almost black even, but has a fantastic blue hue which happens to work really well with silver glitter. Here’s what I used: * 2 coats of My Personal Serpent Sephora by OPI and I love that this is an effective, safe, environmentally conscious brand. * Carefully apply a layer of chunky silver glitter to your tips like a French Manicure. * One coat of your favorite top coat {mine is Chanel extreme brilliance} fills in the thick edge and smooths out your nail. …but admittedly, difficult to photograph! Have Fun! Find all of my Nail Art Tutorials Here

GUEST POST - thebeautydepartment.com - StumbleUpon photos by: Kathleen Bly post designed by kristin ess Mad love for our first guest post winner, Taylor Nick!!! I am fully obsessed with this bohemian-inspired-braided-goodness! Even though Taylor had some SERIOUS competition, there’s no doubt that this little lady took the cake in our hair tutorial contest. Xx Kristin “My look is inspired by all of the bohemian braids on the 2011 runways. Tools: 2 Claw clipsBobby PinsHair tie, preferably matching your hair colorFine tooth combHairspray Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. XO Taylor Tags: congrats, congratulations, contest, hair, kristin ess, lauren conrad, taylor nick, the beauty department, thebeautydepartment.com, tutorial, tutorial contest, win, winner Related posts:

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