Happy Valentines day folks!
Today seems like a good day to announce the winners of our Instagram contest with Popup Paris.
Thank you for ALL your innovative entries. We loved your creative snapping :)
FIRST PLACE: @emilykatelias
SECOND PLACE: @lukonaute
THIRD PLACE: @mzliezl
FOURTH PLACE: @msroseberry
FIFTH PLACE: @feel_is
Congratulations y'all - we'll be in touch soon to arrange your prizes!
Well, it's been a nail biting decision (excuse the pun) but we've decided on our winners. THANK YOU to everyone who entered, we were so impressed by your steady hands and tiny detailing. Jolly good work!
So here are our top 3
First place: chiababy with her Soul inspired look.
Second place: handeledim with her Pixie nails
Third place: mzliezl's lightening bolt, Loreli Love nails.
Congratulations guys, we'll be in touch about your prizes! Special thanks to the lovely folks at NXY Cosmetics!
So, it turns out there's a nail art phenomenon sweeping the globe! Since we launched our contest in association with NYX Cosmetics, we've been discovering a whole world of creative finger tips. We caught up with one of the queens of nail art, Sarah from www.chalkboardnails.com. Read on for her handy (groan) tips and hints; there's still time to enter the contest (see the post below for all the details) Get involved!
Hi Sarah! What's happening at Chalkboard HQ today?
Hello! Today I'm thinking of doing a splatter manicure, which involves using a straw to blow abstract splatter patterns on to the nail! It's one of my favorite techniques because of its unpredictability.
We love scrolling through the archives of chalkboardnails.com - can you tell us how it all began?
About a year ago, I was browsing HelloGiggles.com, and one of the articles I came across was a leopard print nail art tutorial. I immediately ran out to the drugstore to get all of the necessary "ingredients" and I've been hooked ever since! Chalkboard Nails was born out of a desire to chronicle those adventures in nail art.
Did you find that you were a natural with nail art or did it take a lot of practice?
It definitely took some practice. There's proof of that in my archives! Over time, my hand has gotten steadier, and I've refined my technique. I've learned from other nail artists, but I've also learned a lot just from trial and error. To all the nail artists starting out, don't get discouraged! It's a skill that can be developed with practice.
Do you ever have days when you don't wear nail polish?
I think there have only been two or three days in the past year where I haven't worn polish. Sometimes I change my nails daily. So many polishes, so little time!
Which is your favourite look on the blog?
Hmm, right now it's probably my starfish pattern manicure. It's so bright and cheerful, and I just want to hug the little starfishes!
Which look was the most difficult to get right?
The most difficult technique for me is water marbling. It takes a quick hand, patience, and skill! It's even harder if you are a perfectionist like me. One time, I had to re-do a single nail eight times to be happy with it!
Which pieces of equipment would you say are essential for someone who wants to get seriously creative with their nails?
Every nail artist needs a dotting tool. You can use them to create perfect polka dots, like in my gradient dot manicure , or to draw with, like in my leopard print tutorial!
I would recommend getting a double sided one, with a large dotter on one end and a small dotter on the other. You can also make a DIY version at home by using the rubber tip of a bent open bobby pin, or by using the large plastic ball on the end of some sewing pins.
More advanced nail artists could invest in a set of nail art brushes. The great thing about having sets is they usually include a bunch of different brush styles, so you can figure out what works best for you. I like to use a medium length striper brush most often.
What's your favourite thing about being a blogger?
I love all of the opportunities that I've had to connect with other nail art fanatics, both bloggers and readers! It makes me so happy to be involved in such a diverse community of artists, and I find myself inspired every day.
What can we expect next from chalkboardnails.com?
I hope to begin doing more video tutorials for nail art designs. It's been a bit of a challenge to start transitioning into that realm, but I think it is especially beneficial in helping to show people that a lot of the techniques that look hard, actually aren't.
photocredit (top image of Sarah, lightandsugar.tumblr.com)
Could your nails do with a little TLC? Do you dream of rainbow-coloured finger tips? If you'd like to win this collection of nail polishes from our friends at NYX cosmetics plus a super-duper Momiji voucher then read on...
We're asking you to paint your nails using your favourite Momiji doll as inspiration. Take a scroll through our archive of dolls here and choose one one to inspire your manicure. Perhaps Silly Billy will inspire a strawberry theme, or Snuggle could be your muse if you feel like going for spots. Fear not, we're not expecting you to make each nail look like an actual Momiji, you just need to be "inspired" by a doll.
When your nails are finished (and dry) upload a picture of your handy work to Instagram. You need to tag your photo with the following #momiji #nyxcosmetics #momijinailart @momijihq You'll also need to tag the name of the momiji doll that inspired your nails eg #marigold. Make sure you're following @momijihq and @nyxcosmetics too!
There are SO many hints and tips available online to help you out. Here are a few of our favourites:
Kaylah at The Dainty Squid creates amazing things here
We love 'Nails of the Day' by the wonderful girls at Hello Giggles.
Pinterest (we're oh-so-addicted!) is bursting with nail art boards too
Good luck! We can't wait to see your nail art masterpieces! (You can enter as many times as you like!)
6 bottles of NYX Advanced Salon Formula nail polish
A voucher to spend on www.lovemomiji.com worth £50 or €60 or $80 US or $80 AUS
A voucher to spend on www.lovemomiji.com worth £25 or €30 or $40 US or $40 AUS
A voucher to spend on www.lovemomiji.com worth £10 or €15 or $15 US or $15 AUS
CLOSING DATE IS MONDAY 2nd JULY 2012 (6pm GMT)
Terms and Conditions are here
Many of you will know that Momiji is a proud sponsor of the NYX Face Awards; they're searching for the National Beauty Vlogger of the Year on YouTube. Each of the finalists just received a huuuge box of goodies from the sponsors, including some bundles of Momiji goodness. We just spotted this video by Charismastar which features her new Loreli Love earphone tidy - looking good :)
You can watch the entire video here
We just received these photos from the gang at U*tique and we're so tempted to hop on a plane to San Francisco to take a look for ourselves.
U*tique create super-fun autoshops and place them in fabulous locations around the US. Each one is filled with a curated assortment of iconic ‘must haves’. If you live in San Francisco you may have spotted an autoshop jam-packed with Momiji goodness in the Westfield SF Centre. Head over and treat yourself to some luxury robot vending!
Read more about U*tique here
First up, THANK YOU! Thank you to every single one of you who took the time to enter our Momiji Decorate December contest. We asked you to use our festive templates as inspiration for a decoration for your home and we were deeeeelighted by the results. You guys really got your creativity flowing and made some beautiful things.
Thanks also to all of you who voted and left comments :)
So the public vote resulted in 5 finalists and from there our creative team at Momiji selected the top 3 winners. Here goes...
In first place, winning a set of signed Momiji Book Club dolls and Kindle is:
Jingle's Inner Glow by Christina Browning
We adored Christina's innovative approach and the magical stained glass effect!
In second place, winning a voucher code worth £25 (or $40US/$40AUS/30€) to spend on www.lovemomiji.com plus a Book Club doll of her choice is:
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen...by Nicole Vellar
We LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the abundance of glorious glitter.
In third place, winning a voucher code worth £10 (or $15US/$15AUS/12€) to spend on www.lovemomiji.com voucher plus a Book Club doll of your choice is:
Rudie the Reindeer Momiji by Jo O'Connor
Super cute stitching! Thanks Jo this certainly filled us with Christmassy cheer.
Thanks again to all out finalists who worked so hard to drum up votes and support for their wonderful entries. The 5 finalists were: Tim Ansley, Nicole Vellar, Jo O'Connor, Christina Browning and Natalia Tabisaura.
We'd also like to give a special mention to the following entries which we thought were simply fabulous. We'll be sending you guys a little something too.
Special mentions to:
Jingle the Paper Doll by Miriam Bos
Winter Woolly Snowflake by Keeley Page
And finally we promised we'd select a winner at random from everyone who left a comment under a competition entry. And the winner is...Priscilla Uriarte.
We'll contact all winners via email or facebook over the next couple of days.
Thanks, guys! Hope your festivities are FABULOUSO!
Oooh we love a road trip. Over the last couple of weekends we've packed up the car with a heap of paint & sugary treats and met many lovely people at our Momiji painting workshops. We loved chatting with you guys in Norwich and Newcastle; it really means so much to hear how much you care about the brand.
You're a talented bunch too; some of the dolls you created were simply amazing. We'll announce future workshops to the collective and on facebook so make sure you're signed up and following us. Where should we go next? Let us know!
Here are a few shots of our painters, there are more on our facebook page.
Thanks so much to the magnificent folks at Toyz and Gamez in Norwich and Travelling Man in Newcastle for such a warm welcome!
Hurray! A final total for our auction. HUGE thanks to everyone involved. Take a look through our recent blog posts to read all about the project and watch a little video of our trip to LA.
We took a little trip to London last week. If fresh design, genius & creativity tickles your fancy then we'd recommend you put it in your diary as an annual event.