Mapped Mani

I am SO excited to share this manicure with you!   As soon as I read up on newspaper manicures, I knew where I wanted to take it - I present to you, the Map Manicure.  This one is perfect if you're headed on vacation, dreaming of traveling the world, or just looking for something fantastic!

I did have a bit of trouble with application at first, so I'll finish this post off with my own step by step tutorial.

Here's the other hand, for your viewing pleasure ;)

My only regret is that everything is backwards...I wish it looked like this (I flipped it in photoshop)...

Are you ready for yours?   Here's the list of things you'll need:
  • A small dish with alcohol (I used rum...yum!)
  • Pieces of a map, cut to the approximate size of your nails
  • Base nail polish color, nothing too dark
  • Clean up tools
  • Topcoat
Step 1:  Paint 2 coats of your base color, no topcoat (yet), let dry until no longer tacky.

Step 2:  Dip your first finger in the alcohol
Step 3:  Place the cut map over your nail, press until it is damp from the alcohol (add a drop if necessary), then wait a minute

Step 4:  Carefully peel off paper (some should stay with the image on your nail.  If not, you didn't get it damp enough or press hard enough) 

Step 5:  Gently rub the excess paper off - it should not appear white

Finish off with a coat or two of your favorite topcoat, and you're good to go!   A bit of work for sure, but worth the extra effort and easier overall than a water marble manicure.  


Backlog post: Welcome, fall!

Hey friends!   This is my first freehand mani since I began blogging, forgive me for using an old one (I did it a couple of weeks ago), but I really wanted to share it with you.  And I am sick with the zombie virus, so this may be the last chance to see my nails before I start eating brains, and who knows what that will do to my nail quality.

 I did some sponging on the bottom layer, with greens and oranges (details to follow), and then freehanded Loreal "Owl's Night" over the top. 
Sally Hansen "Ivy League", Sinful Colors "Rich in Heart", Loreal "Owl's Night", Julep "Zoe",  and Zoya "Shawn"

Now, off to make lunch.  Braiiiiiinssss.....

Under Construction!

Sorry it's been so long!  I am working on a revamp now that I have a functional computer.  I promise, good things are coming!

  • Better manicures!
  • Better photos!
  • More regular postings!
  • Tutorials
  • New Collection announcements
  • Blog Roll of OSM nail blogs
  • Collaberations
  • Giveaways here and the hookup to other giveaways
I hope you stick around to catch it all!

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