NOTD: Trying to use up an original Zelda prototype, and possibly drive myself insane

In the process of planning my Legend of Zelda collection I mixed up preliminary prototypes using craft glitter, which does NOT hold up in nail polish base. Over time it bleeds out and now I have a whole set of 12 minis at varying degrees of bleeding. Some of them are so bled-out that the original color of the glitter is completely gone and they’ve turned silver with a colored base (sometimes brown due to the original glitter mix, ew) but this color has maintained its original slight yellow tinge. This is 4 coats of Prototype Prelude of Light, it’s NOT going to be fun to take off 😉

Being a frugal lacquerista I can’t justify throwing this stuff away!! And so I’ve decided to work my way through them and try to empty out at least one bottle in the foreseeable future. I absolutely failed at doing even a single manicure for last week’s theme so I’m just counting last week as a break, I’m re-starting week 12 and hoping to ACTUALLY do some stamping this week!

The purple I used is Color Club Electronica, I got it on Copious for just a penny after I applied my credits (this has been an AMAZING way to get through no-buy months) but haven’t had the chance to try it out yet. I thought it paired nicely with my base color and it’s even prettier than I thought!! I think my next mani will have this as its base 🙂

  • Kyoti’s Nails Prelude of Light (original prototype)
  • Color Club Electronica
  • MASH18

And just for fun, I wanted to show how drastically a jelly sandwich can change a glitter, so I did my first jelly sandwich(ish)!

Un-sandwiched; half-sandwiched; full-sandwiched!

With a normal jelly sandwich you use a jelly polish as a base as well as on top, but I didn’t want my nail line to show so I used an opaque red base.

  • CoverGirl Cherry Brandy
  • Love & Beauty silver glitter
  • Wild n Crazy Pierre

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: Christmas in July

I spontaneously wanted to wear red nail polish today. Don’t ask me why because I have no idea. I have probably 20 pinks/reds but I wear them maybe once a month, but I can’t bear to part with most of them! I think red nail polish just makes me think of being a mom too much, which is a thought that terrifies me!!

So to break up the red, “Mom” feeling, I decided to do something fun. A blog I follow was doing a Christmas in July nail art contest and another was doing a season-inspired contest (I think a mish-mash of winter and summer counts!) and so I got my creative gears goin’. Here’s what I came up with:

And descriptions of my inspiration for each nail:

* The tinsel that continues to clog up the vacuum every. Single. Time.

* The glitter. Oh god, the glitter. Why does it never come off?!

* The Christmas tree you’ve been meaning to take down since January but have never quite gotten to.

* The re-gifted present that you can’t for the life of you imagine why Great Aunt Ethel thought you’d like it.

* The final credit card payment for your extravagant Christmas…just in time to start buying for this year!

This was tons of fun to do and I’m really glad I took the dive and participated. I generally don’t like Christmas-y stuff, but this was fun enough to make up for it! 😉

  • CoverGirl Cherry Brandy
  • Love & Beauty silver glitter
  • Wild n Crazy Pierre
  • NYC Bryant Park
  • ManGlaze Santorum
  • LA Colors silver striper
  • Orly Lucky Duck
  • Sally Hansen Green with Envy
  • China Glaze Twinkle Lights
  • striping tape

NOTD: I’ve been a busy blogger!

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!

  • Revlon Impulsive
  • Valmy 155
  • Valmy 156
  • Sally Hansen White On
  • Sally Girl Lime
  • Kyoti’s Nails unnamed green glitter
  • Sally Hansen Crystal Chrome

NOTD: Link, he come to town!

Let’s start with a cute song and video, shall we?

I haven’t actually gotten the chance to try on my Legend of Zelda collection‘s final formulas–how ridiculous is that?!

I accidentally mixed up an extra Link mini so I’ve decided to keep it for myself 🙂 I’ve also had China Glaze Agro for like 2 months and haven’t used it yet even though I’ve been dying to try it on. So tonight I decided to use both of them! And boy do they look great together. Link has gold, green, brown, and blue glitter. I just love the blue since it’s such a stark contrast to the more low-key colors.

I haven’t bothered to topcoat this yet so it’s not as smooth as it could be but I’m actually not sure how long I’ll be keeping this on–I have a design I just need to try!

Click for hi-res

  • China Glaze Agro
  • Kyoti’s Nails Link

NOTD: Super-glittery bi-pride

This week’s theme is bisexual pride! This is an awesome theme because I get to use three of my favorite colors: pink, purple, and blue 🙂

As those of you who follow my Facebook know I was mixing up a ton of polish from my Legend of Zelda collection (pre-sale still going on now!). I now have the finalized formulas completed 🙂 Because I was elbow-deep in glitter all evening I, being a glutton for punishment, decided I had to do glitter French tips.

This was so simple to do, also! I started with a coat of white (underwear, yay!) because I didn’t want to stain my nails using Savage like I did a few days ago. Next, two coats of each color, then a quick swipe over the whole nail of quick-dry topcoat and a quick dunk into a vial of loose coordinating glitter. Lots and lots of scraping off loose glitter that got on my skin and TA-DA! A lovely effect. I’ll be topcoating over these and I still expect half of the glitter to come off in my bed but who cares, right? If glitter comes off easy I’ll take it, lol!

This post is also part of Try It On Tuesday, my friend Jill at Jilltastic Nails is getting her blog buddies to use a polish on Tuesdays that they’ve just had sitting in their collection but never worn. Presto Pink was my Try It On color, and I think Urgent Orchid is unused, too! Check out her page, she’ll have a round-up of all the bloggers taking part in Try It On Tuesday.

As a side note, I adore Savage’s natural finish. I tried to get a picture of it but none turned out well. It’s a lovely satin-y matte, it just looks so smooth 🙂

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Sally Hansen Presto Pink
  • Sally Hansen Urgent Orchid
  • Sinful Colors Savage
  • Loose glitter from Dollar Tree

NOTD: LGBT flags

Holy cow, guys. I’m a major slacker! I did this manicure like 3 days ago and forgot to post it! I hope you’ll forgive me 🙂 I’m super proud of this though and wanted to do it justice with a good post. First I want to show off the final mani 🙂

Wow, I am really impressed with myself with this one! This week’s theme is LGBT pride but I was at a loss for anything other than more rainbow designs but a friend suggested paying homage to each letter in LGBT with their flags! There’s a lot more than just “LGBT” in the non-heteronormative spectrum but I only have 5 fingers so I stuck with the biggies. From my index finger: Transgender, bisexual, rainbow (gay), and pink triangle (lesbian) flags/symbols. I should have done my pinky with the colors inverted so it was a black triangle on pink, and the triangle should have been pointing down instead of up…oops! That’s what I get for being in a hurry. Last night I took off the polish from my pinky and did a pink background with a black downward-facing triangle, I like it much more. You can learn more about each flag here.

It’s been bright and sunny here in SoCal lately so I was dying to break out my holographics! I figured that there was no better set of colors to use for this mani, especially for my ring finger’s rainbow flag–it’s a rainbow within a rainbow! And oh how they sparkle ❤

I also finished mixing my rainbow glitter, Pride, so I used my thumb to symbolize the LGBT ally flag. This is two coats of Pride over black and white stripes, I’m so happy with how it turned out 🙂 It’s been marinating for a few days now and there doesn’t seem to be any warping, bending, or bleeding either!

LGBT Ally

Transgender

Bisexual

Gay

Lesbian

This entire mani was freehand!! I got some more much-needed practice, I think I’m really improving 🙂

Remember, there’s still over 2 weeks left to enter my LGBT nail art contest! There’s also 2 weeks left to order the Legend of Zelda collection, if you order the full collection you get a free full-size Pride!

  • Milani HD
  • Milani Digital
  • Milani 3D
  • Milani Hi-Tech
  • Milani Cyberspace
  • Milani Hi-Res
  • Sally Hansen White On
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • Kyoti’s Nails Pride