NOTD: Cute purple owl

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!

  • NYC Mulberry St
  • Franken Purple Frost
  • Diamond Purple Shimmer
  • Sally Hansen White On
  • nail crystals

NOTD: The Ages of Myst

Note: I’m not a huge fan of flowers so I’m actually doing a second week of geeky/gamer nails for my personal challenge. Enjoy!

Ah, Myst. Myst was the first game I ever played through entirely on my own. I had the walkthrough book since I was only 11, but I still got through it without asking another person for help. Sometimes it was scary, sometimes it was so hard I wanted to just give up, but in the end I made it! I still replay it every so often, too, along with the rest of the games in the series.

I’m such a big fan of the game that when I recently came across my original walkthrough book, which was falling apart, I salvaged the map pages and mounted them on my wall!

There are 5 areas in Myst, the 1 main island (center picture above) and then 4 other areas. Each nail in this mani has been inspired by each of the other areas (Ages).

L-R Selenitic, Stoneship, Mechanical, Channelwood

For Selenitic and Stoneship I had to get a little creative. The Selenitic nail was inspired by the keyboard you use to open the age, specifically the diagram from the book to show you which keys to press. The stamp was a pain to use all those really thin lines took about 5 tries to pick up fully, and even then it got a little wobbly when I stamped it onto the nail. I hilighted the keys just like they were in Myst, too!

My Stoneship nail is even more obscure. In the Stoneship age you need to press a certain button to turn on the lights. The button is one in a series of buttons around a compass rose image, so I tried to recreate the compass rose on my nail. Not bad, for what I had on hand! It would’ve been nice if it had been centered but my approximating skills were off a bit.

The Mechanical Age and Channelwood were the easiest. A series of gears for Mechanical and a tree trunk for Channelwood. I actually used a zebra print stamp for the Channelwood nail, I just turned it 90 degrees so it looked like a tree pattern!

This was such a fun manicure, I might try to do Riven (the sequel) nails soon!!

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Generic French cream
  • Playboy mocha
  • NYC Broadway
  • China Glaze Stone Cold
  • Sally Hansen Crystal Chrome
  • Orly Glitz
  • Konad special black
  • Kiss white pen (for touchup)
  • Kiss black pen (for touchup)
  • BM203
  • BM204
  • BM207
  • BM223

NOTD: The good Alice

I couldn’t figure out what to do after yesterday’s Alice mani started chipping. Looking through my Pinterest inspiration board I saw this and knew I had to follow up Bad Alice with Good Alice! It doesn’t quite follow this week’s theme but oh well!

Alice in Wonderland is still one of my all-time favorite cartoon movies. I watch it every few months 🙂 I hope you can all tell who inspired which nail, but just in case my art is that bad…from thumb to pinky: White Rabbit, Alice, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Red Queen.

I did this all freehand, it didn’t turn out perfect but I’m still really happy with it. I need more practice with freehand, I have a whole week of it coming up in a little over a month!

Bad, blurry close-up of my favorite nail, inspired by Alice herself. Please ignore my cuticles! They are in need of some TLC.

  • Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter
  • Kiss pink striper
  • Kiss blue striper
  • Kiss purple striper
  • generic red striper
  • generic purple striper
  • Sally Hansen White On
  • Sally Hansen Green with Envy
  • Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • Milani White Canvas
  • nail crystals

NOTD: The Day of Silence

I’m almost done with week 1 of my 13-week challenge! Only 3 more months!

Friday, April 20th, is an important day for me for two reasons: first and foremost because it’s my mommy’s birthday!! We’ll be having a day of sushi, movies and manicures–you can’t beat that!

Friday is also very important to me for another reason. Friday is the Day of Silence, the day in which we acknowledge members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community who have, for various reasons, been silenced, and it also protests the bullying and harassment of LGBT people and their allies (people who support equal rights for LGBT and straight/heteronormative people). I also interpret this day to honor those of the LGBT and their allies who have been killed or have killed themselves for simply being themselves and desiring equality and for not being supported. This day is honored by taking a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters.

My partner and my mother are very aware of LGBT rights and therefore I’ll still be able to celebrate my mom’s birthday without resorting to texting or using sign language, but any time I am out of the house on Friday I will be silent. I’m sure it will be strange to some for me to be silent, especially since I’ll be going to a restaurant I go to frequently, but I will be asking my mom to explain to them why I am silent. I will be wearing a purple shirt (a color I’ve seen associated with LGBT a lot, if I had a rainbow shirt I’d wear that) and a black armband in memorial of those who have been killed or who have killed themselves due to bullying and for not being accepted for who they are.

Today, tomorrow, Friday, and every day I honor those who have been victims of violence and oppression. It’s a small thing, and I’m just one person, but enough “just one person”s can change the world. Check out the NO H8 Campaign to learn more about supporting equal rights.

On a more playful note, I’ve decided to do my toes in reference to a group of characters from the new Doctor Who. They’re called The Silence and you only remember them while you see them, as soon as you don’t see them you forget them entirely. To help the Doctor and his companions remember the Silence they would write tick marks on their bodies, so I’ve done tick marks on my toes.

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • Milani White Canvas (for touchups)
  • Generic red striper
  • China Glaze Ruby Pumps (for heart and stamping)
  • Konad special black
  • Sally Hansen Wet Cement
  • BM-202

NOTD: Pretty in pink!

Ok…I realize this is my third NOTD post today…I promise I won’t paint them again tonight! >.> Especially since I’m so happy with how this turned out.

This is the first time I’ve used Sinful Colors Folly–the bright pink–since I got it and I am so sad I waited so long! This is only one coat, too, I absolutely love one-coaters 😀

I used this tutorial for the needle marbling on my ring finger, I couldn’t get quite a thick enough coat with my white, next time I’ll use a thicker formula. It didn’t help that my bottle was almost empty so it took a bit of time to get a thick enough coat, but I just touched up a bare spot using my dotting tool after I was done marbling.

I decided to do something different with my thumb, I did a base coat of Nerd’s Watermelon scented polish (from a cute little gift set, such a teensy bottle!) and then did a coat of this generic “color-change” pink->red polish from Target. By “color-change” they just mean it turns darker when it dries, lol. Oh well, for a dollar it’s worth it and it’s a nice glitter. I stuck on one of my much-loved Broadway Nails stickers and TA-DA! A lovely manicure, if I do say so myself :3

  • Sinful Colors Folly
  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl
  • Nerds Watermelon
  • Generic pink/red color change
  • Broadway Nails nail stickers