Ok, so I haven’t gotten to post a few things recently because stuff has been super crazy. Working non-stop on my rainbow skirt, learning to ride a motorcycle, and getting all the orders out from the Legend of Zelda collection. I actually went 3 or 4 days this week with totally naked nails–not even a basecoat! I was almost ashamed when I went out of the house, I tried to keep my nails out of sight, lol.
But now most of the craziness is over and hopefully I’ll be able to return to my usual posting schedule of 3 or 4 times a week 🙂 So let’s do a recap of what’s happened over the past week or so, shall we?
First, I got my prize from a flash giveaway Set in Lacquer held on Facebook as well as a few other goodies I picked up at Sally’s and from Copious.
Sally Hansen Preps’ Cool; OPI Lil’ Shooters minis; Orly Out of this World; China Glaze Smoke & Ashes; Orly Mysterious Curse (Royal Velvet re-release); nail crystals
Last week’s theme for my personal nail art challenge was Trans* pride but I didn’t get to devote nearly enough effort into it so I’ll be doing a couple more trans* pride manis soon. This was my first attempt at “Spun sugar” nails and I’m fairly pleased with it!
Finally, the Frankenbug bit me and I just had to mix up a neon green glittery polish. I added some of my loose glitter to it and came up with this, which I’m pretty pleased with! I wore it over Sally Girl Lime because I knew I couldn’t stand to remove 3 layers of glitter polish 😉 I added the random stamp as I just had a plate swap with a friend and I thought this one was kinda funky!
I entered this manicure into a “cute nails” nail art contest (if you can spare a Like for me I’d be very grateful!), I almost didn’t enter but…how could I turn down the chance at a cute mani?! I was trying to think of adorable animals I could put on my nails (because animals are the epitome of “cute” for me!), I flip-flopped between piggies, kitties, penguins….and then it hit me–owls. Who doesn’t love owls?! Ok, maybe small rodents, but I don’t think any rodents read my blog or care too much about nail art 😉
I decided to do a purple owl because…well, purple is a wonderful color, and I thought having a bright color would just up the “cute” factor a bit over a brown or other “normal” colored owl. I was a little impatient with this one so I freehanded all of it, I wish I’d taken the time to make my French tips a little neater but, as I’ve been saying a lot lately, more practice with freehand can’t hurt!
As some of you have likely heard, Nerd Lacquer has been having family troubles and has basically dropped off the Internet. Her polishes are no longer being sold 😦
I’ve been dying for a Nerd Lacquer for *months* now but since she’s taking a break from selling polish I was left high and dry! My friend let me use hers (which you can see here) and another friend posted a “recipe” for a frankendupe here. I didn’t follow it too closely but it was a great starting point. My formula was this…
Love & Beauty silver holo, Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope, Sinful Colors Mint Apple, franken Galadriel, magenta and silver square glitter
I opted for the silver square glitter because…well heck, I love square glitter! And I felt like the Love & Beauty polish didn’t quite have enough large glitter in it, nor was the glitter large enough. Mint Apple had the perfect green shimmer, a little went a long way. I might use Milani Fuchsia glitter in place of the loose fuchsia if I ever make another one of these, my loose glitter might bleed over time and that would make me so sad!
The picture doesn’t capture it well (that’s what I get for late-night lacquering!) but comparing my nails to swatches of All of Time and Space shows that they are super close! I really do prefer mine though, especially because of the square glitter 🙂
Finally I’ve swatched the two remaining colors from the Zelda line: Zelda herself and Prelude of Light. Both of these colors have teeny tiny holographic glitter (check it out in the bottle), I can’t wait to see these in the sun tomorrow!
Both pictures are two coats over bare nail. Check out the rest of the collection here and pre-order by clicking here!
For my indie polish line I’m starting up I definitely want the general theme to be “geeky”. Of course I’ve talked about my Zelda line about a million times in the past week or two, but today’s creations are just a mini collection.
These two polishes are inspired by the Nintendo game Bubble Bobble. It’s a game my brother and I played a ton growing up 🙂 Basically it’s a game where you play as adorable dragons Bub (green) and Bob (blue) and you try to rescue your kidnapped girlfriends!
I used the actual colors of Bub and Bob as inspiration. Medium dark blue and small light blue glitter for Bobblin’, medium light glitter and small yellow glitter for Bubblin’. Simple, but I love them!! Bobblin’ on the left, Bubblin’ on the right. Click for hi-res so you can see the little glitter better! 🙂
And just because I thought it looked really neat before I started mixing… (Bobblin’)
These are just prototypes but a slightly reformulated version of these will be available for pre-order once my Kickstarter is up! Keep an eye out for them 🙂
Sunday night I finished prototypes for my very first nail polish line!! This line was inspired by The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time. I am so happy with how these came out, words can’t even describe it!
First off, let’s check out the bottle shots.
I only have 10 fingers (the one time I’m sad about this fact!) so two of the colors above are missing, but here’s swatches! 2 coats on each nail. Click for hi-res!
I’m in the process of setting up a Kickstarter now. It’ll be basically for pre-pre-orders. I have no idea exactly how much interest there’s going to be and I can’t afford all the supplies up-front. If you’re interested in this collection please consider pledging and sharing with friends!! My expected date for mailing out Kickstarter rewards and pre-orders is late July/early August, but I’ll be working hard to get it out even sooner 🙂
This weekend has been so hectic, I haven’t even had time to blog!
Saturday was a-maze-ing! My friend had a nail polish get-together at her house and invited some of her friends, everyone brought nail polish and makeup and we spent 6 hours painting our nails, doing each others’ makeup, and baking cookies. I was in heaven! I don’t get to hang out with people too often so it was great to get some girl time 🙂 I even got to try my first Nerd Lacquer polishes (which totally fit in with this week’s theme of “geeky/gamer”)!!! Check it out!
After I had my Nerd Lacquer on I just had to use the little kitty and paw print stamps on my ring finger and thumb. I just got my first cat last Friday and I’m still gushing over how sweet and perfect he is 🙂
Sinful Colors old nameless silver
Sinful Colors Nirvana
Nerd Lacquer All of Time and Space
Nerd Lacquer Exterminate
Konad special silver
My sweetheart even did their nails! And it matched their shirt 🙂
Sinful Colors Nirvana
10 Chocolate Kiss (hard to see the stamp)
Sally Hansen Crystal Chrome
Sally Hansen Fuchsia Chrome
One lady and I totally hit it off and talked for pretty much the whole time we were there, lol! She loved my Obsidian and I couldn’t pass up a chance to show off the first person to try my new indie brand 🙂
Sinful Colors Fiji
Kyoti’s Nails Obsidian
After I was done playing with the polish I got into the Makeover Chair. I’m the kind of gal who wears makeup every 3 or 4 months and I haven’t had someone else do my makeup in probably about a decade. I’m glad I went for it, though! That night I only wore it out to one store but who cares, I felt awesome 😉