NOTD: Blue color blocking

I’m sorry this post is a little rushed but I have SO much to work on right now, I’m working hard on moving my blog over to a REAL website so that I can integrate everything (blog, shop, whatever) into one place.

Today’s NOTD is another entry into a nail art contest. I love nail art contests, they give me the inspiration I’m often lacking! This theme was color blocking and it gave me an excellent opportunity to use my striping tape for the first time. I did the different colors freehand then covered the dividing line with striping tape, it left me with a very neat finished product!

I’m sorry the picture isn’t very good, I just took a quick shot with my camera phone and my new phone doesn’t seem to have as good of a camera as my old one–which is really weird because this one’s an iPhone 4S, the other one was just an iPhone 4! I’m going to try to start taking pictures with my fancy-pants camera more often so you can actually get an accurate idea of what the colors look like 🙂

  • Anise Urban Jungle
  • Hema 09
  • Maybelline Denim Dash
  • Essence Blue Addicted
  • striping tape

NOTD: The Last Unicorn

This may be my Pièce de résistance manicure. Inspired by my favorite cartoon from my childhood, incorporating all nail art techniques I’ve tried my hand at, and despite the art not turning out perfectly I am so pleased! Stamping, water marble, precision brushes, dotting tools, crystals, and taping–oh my! This was one epic manicure. 27 colors, 2 stamping plates, 3+ hours, and years of nostalgia at my fingertips.

The Last Unicorn is one of my two favorite movies from my childhood, the other being The Labyrinth (and later in life, The Nightmare Before Christmas, which will most certainly get its own manicure come October). It’s one of those movies that I could watch every day and never get tired of it. I’m 24 years old and to this day I still tear up during the movie, especially at the end. I even have the book, er, somewhere.

Neverland Nail Blog is having a nail art contest with the theme “Do you believe in magic?” I wasn’t entirely sure of the specifics for what I wanted to do but I knew I needed to do it based on The Last Unicorn. I love the idea of having a theme and doing each nail with a different character/aspect. The Unicorn/Amalthea and the Unicorns got two nails each because I love them so much!

Now, I know my art isn’t amazing but please indulge me–I’m proud of this and my ego is fragile 😉 Click the pics for larger versions!

  • Sally Hansen Purple Potion
  • Custom franken Merry & Pippin
  • Konad special black
  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Deborah Lippmann Prelude to a Kiss
  • Revlon Pink Freeze
  • Sinful Colors Midnight Blue
  • Anise Urban Jungle
  • NYC Cashmere Creme
  • Wet n Wild Red
  • Wild n Crazy Pierre
  • Wet n Wild
  • Sinful Colors Dancing Nails
  • Sally Hansen Celeb City
  • Milani White Canvas
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • Diamond Opal Glitter
  • Hema 10
  • Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl
  • NYC Flat Iron Green
  • Sally Hansen Green with Envy
  • Orly Luxe
  • Orly Sweet Peacock
  • Art Deco silver
  • Orly Fowl Play
  • Sally Hansen Rose Wine
  • Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter
  • BM-215
  • BM-222
  • Nail crystals

NOTD: Let the polish fall where it may; a nail experiment

So I very quickly got sick of the flowers from yesterday’s NOTD. I didn’t bother to topcoat them after I put the stickers on so I just scraped the stickers off and used a q-tip with nail polish remover to get rid of the flowers’ stems. That, my friends, is why I topcoat over my base color when doing nail art!! So easy to remove if I’m not happy with the results.

I ended up totally destroying my ring finger when removing the flower stem so I just took all the polish off of it before doing my nail experiment. My experiment was to create a random marbled effect. I didn’t remove the polish on any of my other nails so I’m most happy with how the ring finger turned out.

To get this effect (the proper way, as on my ring finger) I swiped the blue polish somewhat thickly and randomly over part of my nail, then took my green polish and dripped dots onto the bare part of my nail. Using the small end of my dotting tool I made sure the two colors connected and didn’t leave any bare nail. In the end I got a fairly Earth-y looking design which I like! The other nails I cheated on, I dabbed nail polish onto them and tried to make a random pattern with my dotting tool–not the same effect but still neat 🙂

  • Orly Lucky Duck
  • Anise Urban Jungle

NOTD: Creamy green and teal

I actually finished this mani late last night but I was too tired to post it…it’s already almost time to change up my mani 😉

A couple weeks ago Love for Lacquer held a flash giveaway on her Facebook page for an Anise nail polish–the first people to send her an email listing the colors in Anise’s new collection got their choice of color! I’d just woken up but I immediately opened up Google to find a site listing the collection’s names thinking it had already been too long (I think it was 5 or 10 minutes after it had been posted) but figuring it didn’t hurt to try. I was so happy when I heard that I was one of the first to email her and I got to choose a color!

I narrowed my preferences down to Grape Escape and Urban Jungle. I love purples, but I have so many and I didn’t have a teal yet so I decided on Urban Jungle. I anxiously awaited my nail mail and it came yesterday! I immediately swatched it onto my nail wheel and put it into my collection spreadsheet when I happened to notice that Urban Jungle and Orly’s Lucky Duck (which I haven’t used on my own nails since I got it in December) would match so nicely together, I knew I had to pair them for my next manicure. I’m still trying to work through all my nail stickers and use some up so I decided on a floral design. Lucky Duck is a bit hard to see over Urban Jungle but I love how Lucky Duck and Urban Jungle look next to each other on my nails, I’ll have to try this idea again sometime!

  • Orly Lucky Duck
  • Anise Urban Jungle
  • Kiss nail stickers