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Monday, January 30, 2012

Week 5 - Newspaper and a Blast from the Past

Here is a longish story of Essence - Can't Cheat on Me.  What started out as an attempt to make a holo newspaper manicure turned into a 3-day headache.  Read on to share my pain...

First, here's Can't Cheat on Me by itself. A subtle holo you can find at Ulta for $1. What a great idea.
Blast from the past! This was my first attempt at a newspaper mani using water.  This was around 6 months ago, and as you can see, my nails have improved a lot! So this made me confused.  Why wasn't my newspaper working with Can't Cheat on Me?!
Say no to the top coat! Don't put top coat before transferring newsprint! I thought this would give the print a suspended look.  Wrong.  So I tried a coat of Matte About You to see if it would help.  It didn't!
I figured this was a good time to answer my own question, "What happens when you mattify a holo?" (L - Matte, R - Glossy)

Giving up on the Newspaper for now, I still felt an obligation to use newspaper in some way. So I shredded some up and tossed it on!
Being me, I couldn't leave things alone.  Step in, Wet N' Wild Black Creme.
Boom! Bundle Monster plate BM-223.  Still not enough.
French tips! Wahoo!
Essence - Can't Cheat on Me, Two coats
  Wet N' Wild - Black Creme, Tips and Stamping
Bundle Monster - BM-223
Base: Sally Hansen Quick Care Growth Treatment
Top: NYC - Grand Central Station
I hate how it feels, but this long process is guilting me to keep it.  Being in a rush, fussing with Fang's harness, and helping my mom bring in groceries didn't help.  So here is where the story ends.  Not a newspaper manicure, but I tried.  I promise!

Also, I've passed 50 followers! Thanks for making my hobby an obligation now...just kidding!

I'm tired for now, but I've been tagged in an 11 Questions post - soon!


  1. First time I tried, I used topcoat, didn't work :(   Then the next time, perfect!!   Very pretty mani!!!

  2. I really need to try the newspaper nails, and it definitely helps to know not to use nail polish! Thanks for the tip.

  3. Lol funny post! I can never find Can't Chet On Me @ my Local Ulta stores! :p you can't even get it online :( not that I really Need another holo. Still every time I see one I don't have I crave it!

  4. Haha. I like this post! You're funny. I had the same problem with topcoat. Sigh. Good intentions but not the best outcome. I love the shredded look, great use of the newspaper!

  5. Lovely post, love the result, that black line on the top of the nail is so glam ! <3

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  6. Hey...it never really says HOW the newspaper has to be used. Hooray for thinking outside the bottle! :D

  7. Nice! I love the stamping you did


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