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NAILED IT!

NAILED IT!

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.

  1. Place a dot of each color on your plate. Also fill your nail polish remover cap with nail polish remover. The colors above are American Apparel “Angeline” and “The Valley + Wet & Wild “Club Havana”.
  2. Paint the base of your nails with something light and wait until they dry completely. I used Alpine Snow by O.P.I.
  3. Dip one of your small paint brushes in the nail polish remover and use it to dilute the polish drops. You want to add a few drops of polish remover in the nail polish until it starts to look thin and “stain-like”.
  4. Then using a dabbing motion, create abstract flower shapes on each nail. Leave room for the other colors too.
  5. Use your other brushes to dilute the other colors the same way. Don’t mix your brushes in different colors!
  6. Apply the other colors. Create as many abstract flowers as you want. Don’t stress about the shape. Some of the messy flowers ended up being my favorite!
  7. Now take a drop of the white paint from your base coat and dilute that using nail polish remover, just like you did with the other polishes.
  8. Apply a VERY thin dot of white on the center of each flower. If you diluted it enough, it will slowly spread over the flower when you put the drop down. If not, thin your white polish out a little more. When you put the white drop on top, it gives the flowers a more faded look.
  9. Wait for everything to dry and give it a good quick dry top coat.

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!!)

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NEW FAVORITE

NEW FAVORITE

photos + post by Kristin Ess

By now you know we love pink hair. We do it often around here. But… most people can’t get away with having pink hair at work or school. Well, there’s a new favorite in town. This Davines Alchemic “Red” color conditioner turns medium to light hair into a temporary pale pink dream! It’s actually made to keep red hair fresh and vibrant, but it doesn’t actually come out red (which is great!). Unfortunately it doesn’t work on darker hair, but it DOES work if you’ve had your tips lightened, as many of you brunette beauties have. Honestly, this is the easiest thing– all you do is shampoo your hair as you normally would, ring it out and apply as much or as little conditioner as you like. I put it all over because, well… why not!- Left it on for about 5 minutes, rinsed it out and then blow dried as usual. You can do just the ends or a section underneath– whatever you want! Best part is there’s?nothing harsh about it and you won’t have to remove it with corrective color. It conditions your hair and washes out in a few shampoos. I’m so obsessed with the super light peachy-pink tone that it leaves behind. Please enjoy the “Unicorn Braid” above. It’s really just a rope braid, but on pale pink hair it just looks much more magical! The conditioner retails for around $20-30, depending on where you buy it. We used about a 1/5 of the conditioner for the whole head. One jar could last a really long time if your just putting it on light ends!

Special thanks to my pink-haired friend Britt Bardo for introducing me to this!

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