4.16.2014

Retro Goth Manicure DIY

Retro Goth Nails

I became enamored with Moth's nails from her blog Through the Looking Glass, and wanted to try to find a good way to do it myself at home. Like most things, I suffered through some trials and errors, so I figured I'd share with you some tips about what worked and what didn't, so that you can create a similar look on yourself if you like!

Retro Goth Nails

Leaving the half-moon shape at the base of the nails un-painted (or natural-looking) is also sometimes referred to as a reverse french manicure, and is often referenced as "Dita Von Teese nails," because she sports this look, only with red polish, as a signature style. A fun fact that I learned was that the reason this look was so popular in the 30's-40's was because women could go longer between manicures without the outgrowth showing, thereby saving money. Score!

Retro Goth Nails

I'm sure it's no secret to most savvy blog readers that you can use adhesive hole reinforcers to get a nice masked-off curve on your nails. What I didn't realize was that cutting them in half is pretty dang important, because they'll lay better. I tried sticking them down the first time as whole circles and my masking was just pretty embarrassingly sloppy. So cut those suckers in half and get twice the mileage out of them as a bonus!

Except for the hole reinforcements, all of the supplies to do this can be found at your local Sally Beauty Supply. If you don't have one near you, use your Amazon Prime account and order it to your house today because it only takes two days and that's not very long. If you don't have a Prime account, go get one. You'll wonder why you didn't do it earlier. Here's what you need:


I followed the basic layering steps from this blog post in order to achieve a faux "gel" nail (spoiler alert: it doesn't really last any longer than any other polish for me, but it did make my nails feel thicker and stronger, which I like). I recap the layering steps below:

Retro Goth Nails

  1. A coat of Gelous polish to the bare nail. Let dry completely.
  2. Firmly adhere paper reinforcer to your nail where you want to mask off the nail. The amount masked off should be the same for all five nails (I made this mistake the first round).
  3. Paint nail with black polish, and remove sticker while polish is still wet. Let dry.
  4. Apply a second layer of Gelous. Let dry, then apply a second layer of black polish, getting as close to the edge as possible. Let dry.
  5. Apply Seche Vite top coat. Let dry, then apply one final layer of Gelous. 
  6. Try not to mess them up while all those layers dry and solidify completely. I recommend an hour of Plants vs Zombies 2 on the iPad. That oughta do it.

Retro Goth Nails

Even though the polish itself ends up not even making it a week on me, I love the look, and I've been extending it by just touching up the chips with black polish and another layer of Gelous here and there. I'm considering just getting fake nails in this style, only slightly longer and pointier to mimic Moth's nails, I love them so much.

Retro Goth Nails

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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4.14.2014

Thrift Shop Score OOTD

Thrifting Dresses
dress - thrifted / leggings - Torrid / cardigan - Target / boot - Target / Adventure Time socks - gift
This is one of those outfit posts where I was looking at the photos and I was all "ugh I don't even want to post these" kind of not liking myself sort of days. But I'm posting them anyways in an effort to just push through the funk. And because I was a bad outfit photographer this week and didn't have anything else to share with you. But the story of this dress is pretty cool.

I went out for an epic thrifting day with Steph on the Friday of spring break that I was off, and I always casually look through the clothes racks but never really expect to find anything worthwhile in my size. But I found this dress, marked size "L," but I could tell that it was super stretchy, and I thought "hmm just maybe..." so I bought it even though it was marked $8 (I know! $8! That's scandalously high in thrift shop land! What the heck!), and crossed my fingers.

Thrifting Dresses

Well, it fits! So that's awesome, because I did not waste my $8. And it's black, so I know it goes with um, every single thing that I own, so that's also a good thing. Like my black cast. Ugh. I hate this thing. And all I can think of every day that I wrap it in a garbage bag before I step into the shower (where water STILL leaks into it anyways) is that this had BETTER fix the problem with my ankle so that I can just be normal again. And skate again. Because all I do right now is sit. I've never been someone who enjoys exercise, but when you can't do anything, all you want to do is to get up and move. And now the weather is getting nicer, too. That doesn't help. Blarrrrrrrrgggghh.

Thrifting Dresses

My mismatched Adventure Time socks from my brother have proven to be priceless in my current situation. They're single socks anyways, so that's good, but they're also super stretchy, so they fit over the end of my cast and keep my toes warm. Iggy likes to identify and announce which character I have on each morning when he wakes up.

So, besides a super cool dress on EPIC THRIFTING DAY, I also found some other excellent items. The main item I was on the hunt for was some Pyrex in turquoise blue, or with blue patterns on it. We walked into Savers, and I was like Woo Hoo! Score!

Thrifting Dresses

Steph also spotted (ha ha pun intended) this cute little Pyrex bowl with orange dots. She let me snag it though. And then I also picked up this amazing wood carving of a sacred heart:

Thrifting Dresses

Right now it lives in my little bathroom alongside my statues of Mary and other assorted skeleton/skull things. I love a good thrifting day, don't you?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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4.12.2014

Birthdays are a DRAG!

Birthday

Last night, the "Betties N Brimstone" ladies went out on the town to celebrate Jen's birthday! In addition to myself, Stephanie, and Jen, our crafty friend Jessy joined us for the fun. We went to Kit Kat Lounge in Chicago. When I had found out that Jen had never been to a drag show, I knew this had to happen for her birthday, and it worked out perfectly!
 Pasties
Vinyl

The diva of the evening was named "Sunny Dee-lite" and she was amazing! In between enjoying cocktails and a yummy dinner, she would come out and perform a lip-synced song as patrons swoon over her and give her dollars. It's all great and silly fun, for me it's even more fun to watch the insane people around us drinking HUGE blue drinks and acting cuckoo! But the best part was seeing Jen all smiley! I really hope she enjoyed her birthday as I enjoyed having a night off and just being with the girls (and no diapers!) If you are in Chicago, check out Kit Kat in Boystown. You have to experience a drag show at least one time - I even brought my Mother here on her first trip to Chicago!

Theladies

Stay Sweet,
Lisa
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