Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Tree Inspired Manicure

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas! I have a very nice quite day with my family. :)

Anyway, this is what I prepared for today. I decided to go with a stylistic Christmas tree look. It looked really good, all the nail polish was shimmery!

If you didn't see from the last post, my nails broke super short. Bummer! I have one more manicure to post this month, maybe I can eek out two. Either way, I hope you all enjoy the rest of the year! Merry Christmas again, and Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Present Manicure

Well, Santa's getting ready to stop by in a few hours, and I just finished wrapping all my presents. So why not celebrate with some Christmas present nails!

I was originally going to do red with green ribbon, but I didn't want to get too matchy-matchy. So I changed my mind and went with gold ribbons instead, and glad I did! I also think this is ideal for short nails, especially if their on the broad side. :)

Only bad thing is that before they were completely dry, I mushed my nails up against my clothes. And to top it off, the gold didn't photograph very weel. :(

Oh well, you get the idea. :)

Merry Christmas!

P.S. Between the last post and this one, one of my nails broke and it's super painful. It got cut off really short, so my finger is really sore because of it. My nails have been really brittle lately, even with everything I do to keep them strong. So I think I'm going to go back to short nails for a while until I can strengthen them up. So no more long nails for a long while. :(

Holly Pedicure

Hey guys! I'm so sorry it's been so long since I last posted. I've had two Christmas designs all ready and set to go, but somehow time just snuck up on me. I meant to post them sometime within the last week or two, but seeing that Christmas is tomorrow, today's going to be a double post! Plus, I have a third manicure which I'll be rockin' tomorrow!

So this is the pedicure I've been wearing all month. It's so simple and clean, but still festive!

Basically, this is a simple french pedicure with two sprigs of holly that I painted, myself. Sorry about the low image quality on this one, but you get the idea. :(

Look for the other half later today! :D

Oh no! It seems this image is broken. Thanks Kat S for pointing it out! I'll try to find the original as soon as possible. :(

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gradient Video Tutorial

Ok, so I promised this for yesterday, but I was having some trouble with youtube. :/

I've been using gradients a lot recently; it's how I did the sunset pedicure and a few others. A user on youtube asked how I did it, so here's a tutorial! I'm trying out a different style for video tutorials, tell me what you think.

Anyway, this is the manicure I show in the video. My camera just did not do it justice! It looked like a peacock in real life, so pretty! :D

So I hope that helps! Enjoy! :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Big Updates!

Ok, just added some new major features, so a double post today!

First of all, probably the biggest bit of news, is that I now have a facebook fan page for DIYNAD! You'll see a section on the side panel where you can "like" it, and then also a link to the fan page, itself. It also shows recent updates on the fan page, which I hope to update more often than here, since I'm on facebook anyway. :)

Then you'll see that right above that is the second new feature! I added a little section that shows the top 3 most popular posts. It's really not all that big, but it's interesting to see what posts people look at the most.

Another big update is that anyone can post comments now! It used to be you had to have a blogger account, or gmail, ect. to be able to post. So now anyone can post, even annomously. The catch is, that I have to approve the comments first. This way bots and such don't spam up my posts. ;)

Finally, I changed the page format slightly. Instead of 5 posts per page, it's now 3. It's a little more a pain to cycle through previous posts, but it also cuts down the length of the page so you don't have so far to scroll.

Kk, that's all for now! Please comment (especially now that anyone can!) and tell me what you think of the changes!

Candy Canes Manicure


Ok, so it's December now and that means Christmas is right around the corner! Christmas time is my favorite time of year, so expect a lot of themed manicures coming up this month. :D

I decided to start off with something pretty simple. So I wore these candy canes last week. I think they'd look better on long nails, but short nails can pull this off pretty well.

All you have to do is paint you nails white and stripe them with red. And to make them more realistic, alternate between thick and thin stripes.

I used a red, glittery Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen. I don't know if it was just my pen, but I found the red to be SUPER thin. This brand of nail art pens are pretty thin to begin with, but this one was even more watery than my other colors. So it was really hard to make nice clean lines. :(

There are lots of different kinds of candy canes, so experiment around with different designs and colors! :D