Author Archives: Shelly Najjar

About Shelly Najjar

MPH in Public Health Nutrition, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist // Freelance Writer, Community Builder // I have a very long Goal List (Bucket List) and I enjoy doing nail art.

Fall Brushed French Tips Mani

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It’s been a really long time since I painted my fingernails (my toes are always polished but I rarely do my fingers anymore). But… I decided somewhat spontaneously (similar to how I decide to cut my hair 😂) that I wanted to do a little nail art today.

So… a fall version of a brushed French tips manicure:

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Colors: Mod Mauve from elf (base color) and Lure from Wet ‘n’ Wild Crystalic (tips), with clear base coat, and currently, no top coat.

The technique is simple. After base coat, put down the main color, let dry, and then using a brush with barely any polish, drag the polish from the nail edge toward the middle of the nail multiple times, until you get the look you want. (It’s similar to the idea of the Brushed with Gold design).

Apparently, after not doing my nail art for so long, I’m greatly out of practice now. Took me forever and was pretty sloppy. But overall, I’m happy with the look even though I definitely need more practice to get back to where I used to be!

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Easy Easter Bunny Nail Art (on pistachio shell)

This year I was so busy I didn’t do any nail art for Easter, and last year, I was working at a place where I wasn’t supposed to wear nail polish, so I had painted this pistachio shell instead. It’s kind of the cheapo makeshift version of the nail wheels.

Happy Easter everyone!

Easter bunny nail art (pistachio shell) - by Shelly Najjar on Ten Tiny Paintings

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

I’ve had these black corduroy shoes in my closet after I bought them and they weren’t as useful as I expected. They were too dark and awkward looking to match with my current outfits, so I made them over using a white fabric puff paint, black fabric paint, single-hole clear plastic beads (to look like buttons), Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, and white ribbon.

What do you think?

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

Visual Inspiration: Christmas

Christmas is only 4 days away, and I have yet to post one Christmas/winter nail art design or art project! I searched Flickr for some inspiration, and I came across these photos to share with you. If they inspire a project or design for you, please put a link in the comments section to a photo of your work so I can check it out!

(These photos are all from a Flickr search for “Christmas” filtered by Creative Commons license, with ability to be used for commercial purposes.)

Christmas #27 - by Kevin Dooley via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

eaton's by paul bica via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo credit: paul bica via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license
This is a Swarovski Christmas tree, and I like how you can see the sparkles in the photo, as well as the motion blur which turns it into a fuzzy striped/woven pattern

Regent Street - Christmas In London by Simon & His Camera via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license

Photo credit: Simon & His Camera via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-ND 2.0 license
The colorful fern/lacy look with the amber against black is so striking!

seventy-three (cc) - by Martin Fisch via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Photo credit: Martin Fisch via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Coral de Natal by Juliana Coutinho via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo credit: Juliana Coutinho via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license
This one is fun. It makes me think in a different way.

Gingerbread Houses by Diana via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Photo credit: Diana via Flickr, used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license
This one looks like it would make a good puzzle

Newsprint nail art for literacy awareness

Newsprint Nail Art by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

November is a time to be thankful for what we have. I’m grateful that I have had people investing in my literacy development throughout my life, because it has helped me in my academic, professional, and personal activities. It makes me sad to think that everyone does not get the same opportunity.

As part of my bucket list, I want to raise $1000 for a cause I’m passionate about. That cause, among others, is literacy. The organization I chose to support is a non-profit called National Novel Writing Month, and in addition to sponsoring an event by the same name, they also support literacy efforts, donate curriculum kits to schools worldwide, and help teach children and adults healthy expression through storytelling.

In a world where there are so many problems with self-esteem and violence, I am happy to support an organization that tells people their story is worth telling, and then helps them tell it. I did this nail art to bring awareness to this cause and my fundraising goal, and perhaps get some more people to give (at the fundraising page www.classy.org/shellynajjar).

Newsprint Nail Art by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

What I used:

  • base coat
  • rubbing alcohol
  • white polish (unnamed, no number) by Kiss Colors (part of French Mani kit)
  • newspaper article, cut up into strips
  • generic quick dry top coat

What I did:

Step 1: Base coat. 2 layers of white polish. Let dry. Add quick dry top coat.

Step 2: Take newspaper and lay across nail. Drip 1 drop rubbing alcohol on top of newspaper and press gently onto nail and hold for 12-15 seconds. (You may want to use a piece of plastic between the newspaper and the finger you use to press it to your nail, or the skin will dry out.) Gently peel off the newspaper. (Think temporary tatoo – leave it on long enough for the print to transfer but don’t hold it on too long or it could mess it up or the paper could get stuck to your nails.) Top coat and done!

If you’re interested in learning more about the non-profit or donating to this cause, please go to my fundraising page: www.classy.org/shellynajjar.

Newsprint Nail Art by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

Technique: Reverse Stamping

Just learned about a technique called reverse stamping, where you combine the techniques of DIY decals (which I’ve mentioned before) and stamping plates to come up with almost a stained glass effect. Yes, I’m a little behind, it’s been out in nail blogs for about a year and a half, but it’s never too late to learn something new.

When I followed all the links back to what seems to be the original design, I found 3 new blogs to follow and great examples of this technique. Follow me through the rabbit hole…

1) Start with Sarah at Chalkboard Nails, who just posted this example of the technique.

2) The tutorial she used was from Drama Queen Nails, who posted this mini-tutorial on Instagram (full version on her blog).

3) She learned the technique from the tutorial by Shatter Me Claire

4) …who modified the technique (to make it easier) from what seems to be the original: this Nailz Craze tutorial (mini-tutorial below, full version on the blog).

Have you tried this technique? How did it turn out?

I’m not a winner… but it was fun

The winners for the Big Blog Exchange were announced on Tuesday and unfortunately I didn’t make the list this year. Thanks for all your support and encouragement over the past few months. It’s been a fun experience, I learned a lot, and I plan on entering again next year!

If you want to see the winners list and the exchanges, they are listed here on the competition’s blog.

I’d love to keep seeing you around here and on my other blog The Goal List, which will continue with 2-3 posts/week with stories, inspiration, and resources for achieving your goals and reaching your dreams.

Until next week,
Shelly