Friday, March 30, 2012

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder?

Well friends, I tried my first attempt at the "ombre" nail art trend, with mixed results. I was trying to go for a more subtle effect, fading a metallic blue into a metallic silver. Thoughts?

Ignore the grooves on my first two fingernails, that's from the last time I had acrylics.

How I did it: I applied a single coat of the metallic silver (Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in silver sweep) to each nail. It's a very opaque polish so I only needed one coat. Then, using a makeup sponge, I applied the metallic blue (Rimmel vinyl mirror in blue bird) to the top of each nail and faded it down until I was satisfied with the color and the fade. To finish, I applied a clear topcoat.

It is important to let each layer/color dry in between coats.

Now I know this isn't the best manicure job I've ever done so I'm open to comments or suggestions! Stay tuned for more of my nail art adventures!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Most Logical Place to Start

Hey everyone! I took a little hiatus from blogging but now I'm back with this brand new blog I'm calling Yippee Pretty. I like the name because It's a little whimsical and is also so descriptive of that feeling women get when we're decorating, or shopping, or gardening. The relaxed feeling when we are just appreciating something beautiful. [I'm just speaking from personal experience here, I'm guessing most women get that feeling too. Maybe some men do, just not the ones in my life. They're all pretty clueless when it comes to design. =p ]

This blog is basically a place for me to share my ideas, things i make and draw and paint, and things i like. And if i happen to inspire people in the process, that's an added bonus!

So, before we get started, I'm going to tell you a little about myself. My name is Jess, I'm a 23 year old single mom and college student. I love all types of art, including painting, sculpture, interior design, and even body art [tattoos]. I would describe my style as eclectic. I love bright colors, but at the same time I appreciate old-world style and details. I have a beautiful 3 year old daughter named Lea. She is the light of my life. I will probably be blogging about her a lot as well, because I'm always looking for fun and creative ways to entertain her.

My first real post will be coming soon, but for now feel free to follow me on Pinterest and Twitter! My username on both is jessk1513. I look forward to interacting with all of you!