Hi polish lovers! I’m Kim from College Polished and I’m SO excited to be writing this guest post for the wonderful Jess here at Love For Lacquer. It’s a huge honor, especially because LFL is one of the blogs I used to drool over before I started my own!
Today I’m here to talk to you ladies about Pinterest! I’m sure many of you know of Pinterest, and probably even have an account. If you don’t, PLEASE email me & I’ll send you a link. Trust me you’ll never leave. Never. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize all of the great ideas or “pins” you find into categories for easy access later. Some of my personal pinboards are Nail Lovin’ (as if you didn’t know), DIY projects & places that I’d love to travel to one day. The topics are endless and you can search basically anything your little heart desires. Every day while scrolling through Pinterest, I’ll always see these gorgeous nail designs and be all like “Ooooooh, I could do that!”, then repin it and never end up doing it. Well today, that’s going to change! Here’s my take on a few of my favorite nail designs inspired through Pinterest.
To start off, I’ve been dying to do newsprint nails for a long time. I just haven’t had the time or was too lazy to sit down and actually do them. I saw this mani posted by Julep on Pinterest and was dying to try it. Instead of just newsprint nails, they called them “Love Letter Nails”. Too cute. These would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or even your honey’s birthday! For this manicure, I used newspaper, Wet n Wild French White Crème as the base, Sinful Colors Flutter for the accent & Revlon Mon Cherry for the lips (Bundle Monster plate BM02). I’ve read a few different ways that you can apply the newspaper to your nail so I decided to try it out. On my pointer finger, I dipped my finger in plain vodka, and the middle finger in rubbing alcohol. The vodka definitely produced a darker, clearer print but I like the rubbing alcohol version better because it’s lighter.
Another Pinterest idea that I’m sure many of you have seen on blogs as well is the microbead/Kaviar nail. I found my Pinspiration from Emily from Lacquerologist (lacquerologist.blogspot.com). I’m going to stick with calling it the microbead mani for this post because of recent drama with a certain company but that’s another story for another day! You can find microbeads at any craft store and I know a few girls who have found packs of 6 at their local Dollar Tree or Dollar Store for only a few bucks. I themed mine around an event I was going to for my college & our colors are, you guessed it, black & gold.
The microbead mani is so versatile because they come in all colors & you can create just about any combination you can think of. All you have to do is pour the beads over your nails (one nail at a time) while they’re still extremely wet with polish (second coat) & then press the lose beads in place and voila! I also took two pictures, one with a topcoat and one without. Personally, I like without the topcoat better because you can still see the individual beads as compared to the topcoat where you lose the 3D effect. For this mani I used Nina Ultra Pro Black.
The last Pinterest idea I’ve been wanting to try is the ombre trend using a triangular makeup sponge. I know, I know ombre has been a trend for a while. I’m my opinion though, it NEVER gets old. You can always change it up, use different colors, different styles of ombre. Even some polish companies now are making ombre sets you can buy! All you have to do for this design is paint a thin strip of the darkest color at the edge of the sponge and work your way up to the lighter color above your first strip. I only used three colors because I’m still new at it, but I love the way that it ended up turning out.
For this mani I used Wet n Wild Lavender Crème (which is definitely pink), OPI You’re a Pisa Work & OPI Pink Friday.
A huge thanks again to Jess for letting me a guest blogger! Please feel free to come over to my blog & ‘like’ my Facebook page and check out College Polished where you can support your nail addiction on a college student’s budget!