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: Weekend roundup!

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
  • Konad s10
  • Konad m48

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 😉

Before

Partway through

Almost done!

Oh heck yeah!

Ok…I might have to do my makeup more often 😉

NOTD: Holo-licious Penny Polish with stamping

First off, I need to take a moment to squeal happily for the fact that I got my first holographic polish for one freakin’ penny. Ready? *Squeals so high-pitched only dogs can hear it.* Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system 😉

As I’m sure those of you who follow my twitter and Facebook know I’ve been pushing my Copious linklot lately, and for good reason. Copious is kind of like a mixture between Etsy and eBay. They give you a $5/$10 credit (depending on how big your network is but at least $5) when you sign up and I get a credit when you complete your first order after signing up through my link.

I’ve already gotten 3 nail polishes for a penny each and a really yummy-smelling handmade soap (almond mocha, yum) for about $2.50. The reason why they were a penny is that Copious requires a minimum of one cent per order, so if your order is less than your credits you only pay one cent (no hidden fees). How can you not love Penny Polish, seriously?! So do yourself (and me!) a favor and sign up! They have some Zoya, Julep, and Kleancolor right now, I might be picking up one of them soon though 😉

Enough gushing about Penny Polish, I have a manicure to talk about!

I’ve been wanting a holographic polish for a while now and I’ve looked at a few different brands and colors. I really wanted Milani Hi-Res or Cyberspace but when I saw Digital for a penny on Copious (sorry, I’m not supposed to be talking about it anymore!) I had to swipe it up before someone else did. I’m really happy with Digital, it took 3 coats for pretty thorough opacity and oh man the sparkle is amazing. Going along with this week’s theme this is a polish I’ve never used before (since it just came in the mail today!)

Here’s what 3 coats looks like; you can still baaaarely see my nail line, 4 coats would probably cover the nail line the rest of the way. I’ve read that holo polish is best with no base coat and no topcoat, so that’s what I’ve done here.

I’m doing my best to keep up with the 31-day challenge that some of my friends are doing and today is “Tribal”. I’m just not a fan of the more common tribal manicures I’ve seen so I decided to go with a tribal-style heart stamping instead.

The one little accent heart was so cute, I love manicures with just one little accent. I really wanted to get some stamping practice in so I added to it…just a little… I think in the end I overdid it a tiny bit but it’s not too overboard, I hope! My desk lamp totally washed out the silver stamping so I had to use just my room’s lamp but all of the sparkle of Digital got lost 😦 I really like the dual-heart look, though!

NOTD: Matching mani/pedi

This has been a crazy weekend so I actually didn’t get the chance to post Thursday’s NOTD. I hope you can all forgive me!

I did my toes a few days ago and since I was going to be out talking to people all day Saturday I had to do a matching manicure. I was so happy to find out that my Bundle Monster set had the very same flower used in the French tip stamp I used on my toes so that I could put a coordinating flower on my fingers! This was also the second time I’d used my Konad special black polish and WOW does it really make a difference. I’d been trying to use Wet n Wild Black Creme and I just couldn’t get it to work but this stuff always works. It’s really a minor investment if you plan on doing lots of stamping 🙂

I’m still learning the special little tricks on how to do perfect stamping so as you can see on my toe I didn’t let the stamping polish dry for long enough and it smeared. I was impatient, next time I’ll let it sit for longer, since it ends up being so thin on the nail it should dry pretty quick though.

Oh, and I took this picture on my new (King sized even though my bed is a Queen! I feel so decadent) comforter. Doesn’t it match nicely?

  • Custom franken Lothlórien Forest
  • Konad special black
  • BM-220
  • BM-207

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 9.0.2.1.Orange
  • 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: Smoky green with stamping

Yesterday I had a successful shoe shopping trip!! This is a rare and joyous occasion as I’m a weird size (between 10 wide and 11 wide) and I can almost never find cute, comfy, and affordable shoes. But yesterday I found two pairs! Ok, one pair isn’t exactly comfortable, but they’re cute enough to make up for it 😉 And the other pair is a very cute sandal that shows off my toes.

Later after I got home from my shopping trip I stubbed my toe and got a huge chip in it so, of course, I needed to do a new pedicure. This is so far from my usual color but I just find myself coming back to it. Perhaps because it has a special place in my heart, it was my first franken I ever made. I did a bit of stamping with my Konad special black polish on top. In fact, I tried a new method of stamping since I was impatient about my toes drying (keep an eye out for a tutorial, assuming my pics turned out good 😉 ). Please pardon the dry toe skin, my feet are very finicky.

I’m still working on making sure my stamps transfer entirely but let’s be honest, anyone who gets that close of a look at my toes probably doesn’t mind that the stamp didn’t transfer perfectly.

  • Custom polish Lothlórien Forest
  • Konad special black polish
  • BM-220 plate