The Glitter Tears Nail Art ‘Trend’

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I’ve seen a few publications writing about ‘Glitter Tears Nail Art’ as if it were a new trend making the rounds. I just wanted to go on record to set things straight – nail artists were doing it long before Glitter Tears were a thing. No shade… just giving credit where it’s due!

It’s really just your classic glitter gradient on a blank base i.e. no base colour, just clear polish. Calling it a trend is a little… reductive. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book and will always be in style.

This particular take on the look is inspired by Hannah Rox it who has the tutorial up on her YouTube channel.

Now I know what you’re thinking – and yeah, of course it takes a really long time! I had to place every piece of glitter individually. But that’s half the fun of it if you’re an anally retentive perfectionist like myself, right?

In all, the whole hand took less than 45 minutes and I was distracted by Gilmore Girls on in the background so I think I could do it in 25 if I was concentrating. There is an easier way to get the look – read on for more.

How to do the Nail Art
1. Apply your usual base coat.
2. Find a clear polish or top coat that isn’t a quick dry polish – the longer it stays wet, the longer you have to attach the glitter.
3. Using something pointy (I use toothpicks), pick up your pieces of glitter one at a time and start at the tip of your nail. Place them in a falling pattern – with more coverage right at the tip, using less as you get close to the cuticle.
4. If the clear coat on your nails dries before you finish, just apply another or dab on the spots where you need it most.
5. Finish with a couple of layers of top coat. I’d recommend using quite a thick top coat to really smooth over the glitter chunks.

The Hack
If you want to get the look in half the time, all you need is your favourite glitter polish and a makeup wedge.
1. Apply a clear base coat.
2. Paint a little glitter polish on to the edge of your sponge and dab it straight on to the tip of your nail.
3. Keep dabbing gently (but never drag/swipe) and take it halfway down your nail to create the fade.
4. Finish off with a few layer of top coat to smooth things over.

A Few Tips
Practice on falsies first and try to have patience. Practice makes perfect!
If you’re going to use the sponge hack, use a fine glitter
HAVE FUN! Have you seen the glitter options flooding stores lately? The possibilities are literally endless!

Fresh Lemon Buttercream to Make Your Mouth Pop

Lemons pair well with so many flavors, bringing a fresh, tart element to all kinds of treats. One way to add that sweet-and-sour flavor to your cakes is to top them with homemade lemon buttercream! This easy lemon buttercream recipe will brighten up a cake like no other.

The scent and taste of lemon is refreshing, clean, crisp and reminiscent of warmth and cheer. When sweetness is added to the naturally sour flavor, the combination is deliciously harmonious.

This lemon buttercream recipe uses both fresh lemon juice and lemon zest — which really packs a flavor punch.

STEP 1:
Zest two large lemons using a microplane zester (if you don’t have one, try these methods). Make sure to only zest the yellow parts of the skin and not into the pith, which is the white, spongy and bitter part under the skin. The zest of two large lemons should equal about a tablespoon or a bit more. Let’s use all this lemony goodness.

Then, juice one of the lemons. Measure out 3 tablespoons of juice and set aside.

STEP 2:
In a bowl of a stand mixer using a paddle attachment at medium speed, cream both butters and lemon zest. Beat until smooth and fluffy, for about 2 minutes, scraping sides as needed. Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer.

STEP 3:
Sift the powdered sugar and add 2 cups of it into the bowl. Beat at low speed to prevent the sugar from being pushed out of the mixer. Then increase the speed to medium.

STEP 4:
Add lemon juice and remaining 2½ cups of sugar. Beat for another 2 minutes. Add a tablespoon of heavy cream or use the extra ½ cup of sugar to get to the consistency of your liking. Use promptly.

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Nail Care

But pretty nails don’t take much work if you know the right secrets. In 7 years of at-home manicures, I’ve learned more than my fair share so I’m going to bestow them upon you!

Here are 4 minimally time consuming and easy nail care hacks to improve the appearance and health of your nails without even trying very hard.

Upgrade Your Nail File (-50%)
Get yourself a crystal nail file and you’ll find that shaping your nails takes half the time it would with the flimsy cardboard one that came inside a manicure kit someone got you for Christmas 2 years ago (I’ve been there, girl).
The glass nail files that you pick up in the drugstore should have a fine ‘grit’ which means they’re gentle on natural nails. You can tell if a file has a fine or coarse grit by just running your finger along it. If it feels ‘sandy’, it’s probably too coarse to use on the tips of your nails and can do more harm than good; so steer clear.

Lazy Girl’s Protip: You can run a crystal nail file through the dishwasher to clean it

Always Use a Base Coat (2 minutes)
Using a good base coat before you apply your colour will make your mani last longer and strengthen your nails while you go about your day. Win win! You only need a very thin coat and they tend to dry very quickly. By the time you’ve finished the 10th nail, the first one is dry and ready for your colour.

Moisturise Your Cuticles at Bedtime (3 minutes)
Most of us have some sort of nighttime routine that we can’t sleep without. Here’s how mine goes…

Moisturise face
Apply lip balm
Tie up hair
Plug in phone
Moisturise cuticles
I keep a few choice products on my nightstand so I can do it when I’m already snuggled in bed. I don’t like anything too greasy that’s going to make a mess of my bedsheets, so I go for Nail Butter or Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab. Nail Butter takes a while to soak in but the Sally Hansen absorbs really quickly.

Generously apply your product to the cuticle area and massage it in. Repeat nightly until it becomes ritual!

Crush Those Cuticles! (6-10 minutes)
Most cuticle removers clock in at 1-2 minutes of waiting time. Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover only needs 15 seconds to melt away any unwanted cuticle growth. You’ll also need a good tool to push them back and a brush to wash them away. Once you’ve found your flow and practised a few times, you could even get this whole routine down to less than 10 minutes.

Paint Ideas For Your Living Room

It doesn’t matter whether you have a large house or a small one, your living room remains a central, essential part of your home. The paint colour you choose for your living room can create a bold burst of flowing energy, or a soothing ambient atmosphere to lounge in. Whatever the choice, our helpful tips will help you to make the best decision!

1. Don’t Be Discouraged By A Small Living Room
Having a difficult time deciding which paint colour is best for your small living room makeovers? While the space itself may not be as big, the bright side is that smaller living spaces can handle anything you throw at them – if you consider every angle of the room including furniture and decorations.
Colours that can lend energy to a small living room include yellow-green, beige, and grey.
Calm and airy colours include pale shades of blue, green, grey, lavender, and brown.
Smaller living room spaces can even take bolder shades that are very bright or dark. Try using warmer shades of red, yellow, brown, orange, and reddish purple. You can contrast these shades by painting the ceiling a different colour from the walls. This may seem a bit scary, but if you really love these colours you can give them a chance to be appreciated and really focused on. People will be complimenting your well-designed paintjob rather than focusing on the size of the room.
Decorating a smaller living room with reflective items like glass, mirrors, and metal wall art can help your space appear bigger than it is. Don’t overcrowd a small room with big accessories like a large boxed-in coffee table or a huge couch.

2. A Big Living Room Means A Big Colour Punch
Accent walls, bright and bold shades, and neutral shades are all feasible options for you if you have a larger living space. The walls can take darker shades without making the room feel closed in.
When thinking about accent walls bright red and orange or dark blue and purple are excellent choices. Remember to choose the wall that will be the main focus of the room. Painting the wall where the TV or fireplace is located a brighter shade can work wonders.
Try to stay away from pale colours unless you like the idea of painting the trim an even brighter shade to create an opposite effect. White is usually not a great choice for large living spaces because it makes the room appear to blend in too much, causing it to look very dull.
Decorating bigger living rooms with tall vases, big flowers, large candles, and big pieces of art is a good way to create an easy flow to the space as a whole

3.Living Room Color Ideas
What does colour mean to you? How do certain shades make you feel when you’re surrounded by them? Do you have a paint colour that’s your favourite but definitely won’t agree with the room or the other people living in the house? These are only a few of the countless questions you could be asking yourself, but why put too many doubts in your head? Remember that painting the walls of a room is not a permanent action, and you can always change up the colours when you feel like it.
Find a complimentary shade for your room by taking a close look at the features in your living room. Do you have large wainscoting, windows, built-in bookcases, or arched doorways? If you do, you should find a colour that will play up these features nicely.
For example, you can choose a bright colour on the wall with the arched doorways and paint the trim white to create a visual statement that’s sure to draw focus. Others might suggest that you paint the moulding or doorways a shade darker or lighter than the primary wall, which will subtly draw your eye to the architectural features. A room with wainscoting can be painted with contrasting colours.

3 Steps to Perfect Freehand Lines in Your Nail Art

Straight, freehanded lines in your nail art can be tricky to master but when you have the right combination of tools at your disposable and a few of my tips, you’ll be on your way to nailing the technique.

Having been building on my gel nail art skills since the tail end of last year, I was very eager to try out some gel paints. When I paint fine lines or intricate details on regular polish, I normally use acrylic paint – but as it’s not made with nail art in mind it’s not the ideal material. I find it dries up too quickly and sometimes colours can run between the nail polish and acrylic paint. So I had understandably higher expectations for gel paints, which are developed purely to be perfect for painting details on nails.

The paints and polishes I’ve been experimenting with are from Semilac – a gel brand created in Poland that has recently launched in the UK with a price point that’s pocket friendly for girls like me doing their own gels at home. I got rolling with the Individual Starter Kit and a few additional bottles of the UV Hybrid Gels. The kit contains everything you need to start experimenting at home and a 24W LED lamp which is my favourite lamp I’ve tried to date. It’s very powerful yet compact enough to store away neatly – a must for me!

So let’s move on to why you’re really here – 3 steps to perfecting your freehand lines. As you may have guessed I’m using gels for this and the gel paint certainly helps (cuz, as mentioned, it’s literally made for this!) but you can apply the principles to whatever material you’re working with.

Step 1: Equipment
First thing’s first… get your hands on some Semilac Geltaq and a long, thin brush – also known and commonly sold as a striping brush. The consistency of the Geltaq combined with a longer brush makes for perfect lines because the brush literally follows the paint – more on that later.

The Geltaq paints are really pigmented (and I’m using the white to prove it!) so you don’t have to worry about colour payoff – you can focus your attention on getting poker straight lines! The consistency is quite tacky but it won’t dry out and that’s what you need to really hold your lines and lead your brush.

Step 2: The Dip N Slide
You need to make sure you have just the right amount of Geltaq paint on your brush. Too much paint on the brush and you’re going to end up with wobbly edges and but if you don’t have enough you’re going to find the brush catches and won’t glide smoothly across the nail. It might take a bit of time to find the right balance, but a bit of practice makes perfect.

Dip the end of your brush straight into the paint and slide it along the rim, while turning the brush, to evenly cover the tip with paint.

Step 3: Perfect Lines
It all comes down to this! Take your time and be prepared to hold your breath!

Using light pressure, press the tip of your brush flat to your nail and slowly drag it to create the line. The trick is to use the ‘straightness’ of the brush to guide your painting hand. This is why it’s so much harder to create lines using a brush with short bristles.

Don’t expect the line to be perfect on the first swipe. As you can see, mine are patchy and tend to taper off to start with. They just need going over a few times to get them perfect!