Friday, October 18, 2013

This Day

Very rarely there's a time that you stop everything and ask now what?
Especially when you've had a guiding hand all the while
You think
Really think if you will be able to do it
But then you remember all the things that you've learned
Never compromise
Never forget your basics
Never doubt your creative talent
But most importantly never forget what made you YOU

It's time to move on
Am I sad?
But am grateful
For everything I've learned
For the opportunity
For having a guiding hand
Thank you

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

NailsbyJo: Red Edge

These nails are easy to do, while they may look complicated, I can assure you they are not.

All you need is a little scotch tape and patience.

First, apply the base coat. I used my trusty Sally Hansen Golden I. Two coats should do the trick. Now wait for it to dry. While Sally Hansen nail paints are of the fast drying type, I suggest you still wait a while before doing any nail art on them.

Now take the tape and cut it into squares so that you have a nice edge to it. Place one corner at the centre of your nail and paste down the rest. Use the next colour. I used two coats of Maybelline's Crimson nail paint.

Wait. Like really wait for about 30 minutes or so before you out on a transparent top coat.

Let me know how it goes. Share your pictures too to my blog. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Garlic Chive Prawns

Masterchef Australia and the various shows I watch on TLC are the inspiration for this dish.    

I came up with this recipe one Friday evening when all I wanted was to cook some prawns without a lot of hassle. Do try it and let me know how you liked it. Let a comment, I'd  like to hear from you.

For the ingredients you'll need 1 whole pod of garlic skinned, a few stalks of fresh chives, prawns, and olive oil.

For the prep, add a little salt and olive oil to the prawns and leave it to rest for a few minutes.
Roughly chop the chives and garlic too.

Now let's start cooking
Step 1: Pour some olive oil in a wok. Bring it up to a sizzle.
Step 2: Add the chopped garlic. Cook till lightly golden.
Step 3 Add the chives to it and cook for a minute.
Step 4: Add a little more salt for seasoning.
Step 5: A little bit of pepper.
Step 6: Add the prawns and cook on a medium flame,
till the prawns turn pink.
Step 7: Cook on a low heat for another 5 minutes
till the prawns are golden brown. Serve hot.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

NailsbyJo: True Blue

I absolutely love this shade of blue. It's Models Own True Blue. And am going to say it again, I love it.

For the accent finger I simply dabbed on some of my Gold nail paint stronger towards the tip, and voila!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

NailsbyJo: Graduated Greens

Step 1: Put on a base coat. This one is Sally Hensen Green with Envy. I love the pastel nature of the shade.Use two coats if you must.

Step 2: Get a sponge with a nail gradation of both the tones. For the darker tone, I used a dab of Models Own True Blue to get a deeper green tone.

Step 3: Finish the tips of your fingernails with a deeper shade of blue. Clean off the additional nail paint from your fingers before you apply the top coat.  

And here you are, your graduated greens. 

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

NailsbyJo: Mixin' it up

For this manicure, I mixed it up. Does look interesting doesn't it?

Like I said in my previous posts, there ain't any rules to beautiful nails. Simply do what you must do. And while you are at it, have fun.

This time I used Sally Hensen Green with Envy for the green coats, Sally Hensen Golden I for the accent finger, and a transparent glitter coat on the thumb and accent finger.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Thursday, October 03, 2013

NailsbyJo: The Blue Manicure

I love a french manicure, but those white tips are simply boring.
There's a new trend going around, one of highlighting a finger, usually the ring finger, but there's no rule.

For this manicure I used Lakme Absolute Fast & Fabulous Aqua Blue nail paint. The top coat is the transparent one from Maybelline Express Finish.

The transparent coat is my absolute favourite and use it over any nail polish to give it a long-lasting finish.

How to get a clean tip finish? For this I used the manicure tape. You can use scotch tape too, just make sure you remove the adhesive well by rubbing it on your skin before putting it on your nails.
If you have good control over the brush, I suggest simply following the curve of your grown nail.

Try it and let me know how it goes.

Keep it stylish ladies!

Nails by Jo

From today, I'll introduce you to the amazing world of fashionable nails.

First things first, buff your nails. I am a big fan of block nails. They look much cleaner, healthier and prettier.

Here's my 3-step method to block nails.

1. Grow your nails for a period of time, say a week or two, without cutting or shaping them.
2. When your nails are of a decent length, take a nail file and horizontally buff your nails.
3. Lightly round the edges.

And there you are! Fabulous block nails.

Do write in with your comments and wishes, I'd love to hear from you.

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