2011 was a year where I began my nail polish obsession. I always enjoyed a good manicure but I never loved painting my own nails and I relied on salons to get the job done. I owned all of 5 polishes. But then something clicked and I became obsessed, and went from owning 5 polishes to now owning over 250 polishes. This is an intense addiction, but it is one where I actually use everything that I buy. I change my manicure every few days and try new polishes and new techniques.

Last week, I asked on Twitter what kind of manicure I should give myself and ginnnyna suggested a newspaper manicure. Truth be told, I never heard of this before but decided to do a google search and see what I could find out. The technique is simple and the finished design is totally nifty.

Also, I have been going bananas for rings and bracelets recently. Because my bags are held by hand, I love making them stand out even more by upping up my accessory game. Both rings in the photo are from Plukka and I am completely obsessed. If you love unique jewelry, check out their website which has a really interesting set up: what they make is what you want and the more people that order an item the less it costs each person.

How to:

1. Start off by picking a light colored polish to paint your nails. I choose to put one coat of OPI Apline Snow followed by two coats of Chanel Pearl Drop (511) to give a true white with a touch of shimmer.

2. Let the polish dry completely.

3. Cut 10 small strips of newspaper (large enough to cover your fingernails).

4. Get a small plastic bowl (one you don’t plan to eat out of) and pour a bit of rubbing alcohol inside.

5. Dunk one nail in the rubbing alcohol and let it submerge completely for 5 seconds.

6. Place a newspaper strip on top of that nail and press down firmly and evenly for 15-20 seconds.

7. Remove strip and repeat for all nails.

8. Finish each nail with a top coat to protect and seal the newspaper print.

Easy as that!

Since nails and bags go hand in hand, literally, I plan to bring more manicure ideas and accessory tips to you this year. Vlad is trying to talk me into filming how-to videos, and while I completely dislike hearing my voice played back to me, it could be really fun. What do you think?

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  • Olga V.

    Totally fun =) now I want to try!

  • Noura

    I totally agree with Vlad, you should! And could you PLEASE start by making a tutorial for your fuchia with glitter edged manicure? I really loved it!

  • Katie

    Please do! I would love to see your “how-to” videos. I also hate hearing my voice on camera. I hope to get past that this year as well! :-)

  • qudz

    Oh gosh i love it!! 2011 was the year i got wholly obsessed with nailpolish as well… Lol. The first time i heard of a nailpolish mani, i read you have to dunk your nails in vodka, and my heart sank because i dont drink therefore id never have vodka lying around. But i do have rubbing alcohol so im def going to try this out now!! And please do make tutorials, i hate the sound of my voice too (ive got the generic voicemail greeting lol) but your tutorials sound fun!!

    • Rubbing alcohol works perfectly for this!!!

      I will def do some videos :)

      • Jackie Ellis

        wesome! Can’t wait to see the videos!

        I’ll have to look up what we call rubbing alcohol here in New Zealand lol. :)

  • Cin

    I think Vlad is right. You should make how to videos. Love the newspaper manicure.

  • Silversun

    Ahh, this is so cool! And would love to see you giving out tips on video. :D

  • camilla

    thank you for sharing your new discovery. I love it!

  • Vibri Wulandari

    That looks awesome although it’s not something that I would do for myself (I like solid bright or deep red on me).

  • lintmag

    I, too, am obsessed with nail stuff – have you seen this supermodern cool mani?

  • MissTiss

    I love your interpretation of this mani using the shimmer polish. Totally copying.

    Would also love some how to videos starting with your hand and nailcare routine. My cuticles look like butt.

  • Katherine

    Where are these amazing rings from?!?!

    • weaslgrl

      That’s what caught my eye, too! I love the ring on the right, the two-tone “spiky” one. Anyone know what it is?

  • 19yearslater

    Looks great, I’ve been meaning to try out this manicure but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  • Papertiger

    Love the nails, the rings not so much

  • Chris

    I am not a fan of nail polish – I never have the patience to let it dry – but this newspaper polish looks very fab!

  • Nathalie Melville

    The most amazingly fabulous photo – uber cool!

  • Erin
  • Em

    that manicure is adorable! i want to try it out myself now!


  • annabelle

    FYI you don’t need rubbing alcohol for this. as long as the nail polish is almost to completely dry. put the finger in water and place the newspaper. i suggest getting the newspaper wet as well so the letters can be more prominent on your nails.

  • PhotoGirl

    Another member of the nail polish obsessed, here! This time last year I removed my acrylic nails, stopped visiting the salon, and have not looked back. I had about 20 polishes at the time. Let’s just say that I have more now. A lot more…
    Love your mani. This idea was making the rounds last summer and I tried it then and fell in love. I use rubbing alcohol, too — you’ll never catch me wasting perfectly good vodka on my hands! :)

  • luv4lani

    I too became obsessed with nailpolish in 2011!!!! I even have the OPI app on my iphone so I can always check for new colors and am always looking online for new color/art ideas. I love nail art and can’t even imagine my nails without any extra add-ons. I’m looking forward to your tutorials!

  • Daphne

    This looks fabulous, I am definitely trying this soon.

  • Estelle

    I want to try this now, thank you!

    I’d prefer written tutorials as they are usually short and to the point. You can include photos where necessary.

  • Please do the videos because I learn best by watching.

  • Mika

    I’m going to try this one today!

  • Cathi Lizz

    cool and sounds easy to do.. will try.. thanks for sharing!