NOTD: A teeny tiara on my toes!

My mom is the Queen. Therefore, I am the Princess! This week’s theme is mom/Mother’s day and I was inspired by her and by my tiara mani from a few days ago.

My toes have been naked for 2 days so I needed something and I needed it quick! I love doing nail art on my toes since I only do them every week or two and especially since I have the cutest open toe shoes that I’ve been wearing a lot lately.

I love these holo polishes! HD (silver) ended up a little thin and I should have done another coat, but Cyberspace was perfect with 2 coats. Sadly I lost some of the holo by using topcoat but it still looks great, you just don’t get the same “rainbow” effect as you do without topcoat. I can’t wait to show these off in my cute shoes!

NOTD: Catching up!

This weekend was so busy I didn’t have any time to update you all on my nails! Saturday was spent with my mom celebrating Mother’s Day and then Sunday was spent with my honey’s family at a really nice winery for Mother’s Day. I had lots of fun!

First off, here’s a manicure inspired by a painting my good friend Kelli did for me. It’s a character from the video game Machinarium, and my art is nowhere near as good as hers but I’m still really happy with it.

  • Hema 79
  • Zoya Kelly
  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme
  • Sally Hansen Wet Cement

Next up I did a special Mother’s Day mani on Saturday for my mom. This week’s theme is mom/mother’s day so they’re all done with her in mind!

I didn’t have a lot of time so I just removed my Machinarium art and replaced it with what was supposed to look like a tattoo banner that says “MOM”. Sorry for the blurry picture, it was so hard to even get one this “good”.

My mom is a tattoo fanatic and she’s always “bugging” me and saying I should get a tattoo…well, here it is!! I really like the idea of this mani but I don’t think I executed it very well. Next time I’ll do better, I’m sure, and there will definitely be a next time with this look!

  • Hema 79
  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • Kiss black pen

Next up is the manicure I wore for Mother’s Day. My mom picked out the color combo which ended up matching the outfit I was going to wear very nicely! Can you tell Mom’s a fan of purple? 😉 Please excuse the tip wear, my base color wears really easily and I didn’t care enough to touch up >.>

  • Runt’s Grape
  • Finger Paints Purple Palette

Finally, on to today’s mani! It’s my favorite of the ones I’ve done recently. This one is inspired by my mom’s beliefs, paganism, and symbolizes the 5 elements of Wicca. From the pinky: Earth, Fire, Air, Water, and Spirit. I’m definitely going to be wearing this one for a few days!!

  • Sally Girl Lime, Orange, Banana, Coconut
  • Wet n Wild Disturbia
  • Finger Paints Easel-y Entertained
  • Kyoti’s Nails The Hero (pinky) and Hey, Listen! (index) (working names, but keep an eye out for the whole line! Read more about them here)
  • Rainbow Honey Hoof-wrassle (ring) and A Little Kindness (middle)
  • Milani Sketch

NOTD: Belladonna and a tiny tiara

Just a quick blurb about this one, my bed is calling me!

I’m totally not sticking to my space theme this week, but whatever! I wanted to do a little manicure inspired by my favorite author, Anne Bishop. My all-time favorite book series is the Black Jewels series (so good, definitely check it out!). I wanted a little update to yesterday’s holo mani and I noticed the colors were pretty similar to Belladonna’s cover. I added a few little nail crystals to my accent nails and called it a day–I was feeling pretty lazy, what can I say? 😉

Then I wanted to do something with my right hand–it never gets any blog time! So I used Milani HD on an accent nail and did a teeny tiny tiara on it :3 Isn’t it adorable??

NOTD: Oh so holo

Ever since I got my first holo from Copious (still stunned I got it for a PENNY omg) I’ve become a little bit obsessed with them. I went very quickly from zero holo to 5 of them 😀 I really like Milani’s holo line, reasonably priced, pretty easy to find, and some very pretty colors.

This week’s theme is “space” and I’m getting a little sick of doing nail art, I wanted something “simple”. I settled on using Milani’s “Cyberspace“, which is a very loose interpretation of “space” 😉 I tried putting some star glitter on one nail but they didn’t stick well so I ended up redoing them.

I decided to do a little bit of experimenting with holos this time. First off: does putting a topcoat over holo really make a difference? Answer: yes! You can see in the photo below that on the left I’ve added a topcoat, on the right there’s no topcoat. On the right you can still see the linear rainbow effect, that effect doesnt’ show up as well on the left (topcoated).

Left: topcoat, right: no topcoat

Next I wanted to know if I could “make my own holo”. I put on two layers of e.l.f. Metal Madness then put one coat of  HD (silver holo) over it. It gives a really good holo effect! It’s not exactly like it would be if it was an actual holo color but it still looks great. My thumb has Metal Madness by itself and my ring finger has Metal Madness plus HD.

Thumb: Metal Madness, ring: metal madness + HD

Here’s the finished manicure! I’m really happy with it 🙂

  • Milani Cyberspace
  • e.l.f. Metal Madness
  • Milani HD

NOTD: A still more glorious dawn

I adore Symphony of Science. Symphony of Science is a collection of scientists’ quotes set to music. Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Brian Cox, Jane Goodall, Richard Feynman, and so many more. SoS is what really got me interested in science and space; I’d always been interested in science to a degree in school but it didn’t capture my attention the way SoS did. I haven’t bought music in years but even on a limited income I bought the Symphony of Science collection because I just find it so amazing. Please check it out, the person who makes it is wonderful!

I was inspired by the 31-day challenge for this pedi. One of the days is “Inspired by a Song” and the song “A Glorious Dawn” has always been my favorite. There’s a line in the song in which Carl Sagan says “A still more glorious dawn awaits; not a sunrise but a galaxy rise”, and the mental image that conjures is simply mindblowing. I try to capture my mental image in this pedi but it still doesn’t do it justice.

Doesn’t it look sort of like a galaxy rising over the side of the moon, though? Next week’s theme is space….man, I’m gonna love this upcoming week!!

  • Beauty Concepts metallic blue
  • Custom franken Blue Box
  • Wild n Crazy Crush on You
  • Wet n Wild 9.0.2.1.Orange
  • Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
  • Wet n Wild Wild Orchid
  • China Glaze Electrify
  • e.l.f. Golden Goddess
  • Sally Hansen Wet Cement

NOTD: Matte franken triple moon

I’m only sort of breaking the rules today! My theme this week is “a polish I’ve never used” and the only polish I used in this mani which I hadn’t used before was just for the accent. I really like the other color I used here though and I’ve only worn it once so…it almost counts! For the base I used one of my favorite frankens (ok…they’re all my favorite!) that I call Nazgûl.

This was a really easy look to achieve. Using a dotting tool I did the basic shape of the triple moon (which symbolizes the stages of life), then (still using my dotting tool) I covered up the mistakes with black polish (for opacity), and finally covered the black polish with Nazgûl to blend it all together. It’s late and I was impatient so it’s not my best art but I’m pretty fond of it 🙂

Nazgûl (in my humble opinion) looks best with a matte finish. Here’s a comparison.

Without matte topcoat

After matte topcoat. Poor sad smudge 😦

  • Custom franken Nazgûl
  • Sally Hansen Silver Sweep
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme

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