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: Stained glass

Today is the last day of week 1 of my 13-week challenge, I’ve decided that weekends can be a mash-up of the two themes. For today’s NOTD I was inspired by stained glass windows. Sadly, my nails didn’t turn out quite as gorgeous as the ornate stained glass windows I’ve seen but…heck, my sweetheart knew they were supposed to look like stained glass so I suppose that’s a good sign!

I wanted something that would really pop as the middle color and I also wanted to use foil polishes for this (for no particular reason). Orly Sweet Peacock was the perfect color to use for the diamonds, I think, but I do wish I’d chosen more contrasting colors for the rest of the accent. The silver and gold are a bit too subtle I think. For the rest of my nails I used a silver chrome polish topped with my custom color Galadriel and some chunky holo glitter. Galadriel is a light, creamy shimmer with a bit of glitter but I just wanted more shine after I applied it and the chunky glitter definitely added some shine. One of these days when I’m feeling particularly like punishing myself I’ll do a glitter explosion mani using this glitter, it’s fantastic.

I’m actually really proud of myself for how I laid this pattern out. I did a base of quick-dry white, used my Kiss nail artist pen in black (that I got from my best friend for my birthday!) to do the outline of my pattern, freehand filled in each section using the big  clunky brush that comes with the polish, then outlined with my black striper. Even if I’m not happy with the final product I am really happy with the process 🙂

Please excuse the spot on my index finger; I had to disassemble some furniture and that spot just refused to wash off.

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Orly Sweet Peacock
  • Orly Luxe
  • LA Colors Live (dupe of SH Celeb City)
  • Sally Hansen Crystal Chrome
  • custom franken Galadriel
  • Love & Beauty holo glitter
  • Milani Black Sketch

NOTD: Failed experiment

So before I decided to do my Day of Silence manicure I did a little nail experiment based off an idea I had while trying to get to sleep last night. It failed. With some tweaking the idea will work but my execution was just all wrong. Let’s see where this went wrong, shall we?

Step 1: curved white tip, silver striper along the curve. Pretty cute as-is!

Step 2: stripes. Kind of a neat look.

Step 3: fill in between the stripes... What have I done?!

Ok so next time I’m stopping at step 2. I might do thicker lines next time but filling in between the stripes was just too much. I think this would look awesome with black and white, I’ll be trying that next time. Ah well, they can’t all be winners!

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • LA Colors silver striper

NOTD: Girl on Fire

Let me preface this by saying: I am not an artist. And I’m not happy with the way this manicure came out. But the only way to get better is to practice so….I’m posting it anyways 🙂 Hopefully some of my lovely readers (whom I hope there are actually a few and I’m not just deluding myself ;-D) will have constructive criticism for me! If you have any tips on freehand painting pleeeeease let me know!

This manicure was inspired by the Hunger Games. I’ve just finished reading the first book and I’m going to be starting book 2 tonight. I think I read the whole thing in the span of a week, I stayed up until 2AM reading every night!! I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in years 🙂 If you haven’t read it you should definitely check it out. As many of my fellow lacqueristas know there’s a movie coming out this weekend. I almost never go out to the movies but…I might have to check this one out. I can’t wait for it to be on DVD or Netflix!

For my first attempt at painting fire I think I’m ok with it (I know, at the beginning of this post I said I wasn’t happy with it…but that was like 20 minutes ago when I wrote that!!), I’ll probably like it more tomorrow once I accept that it’s not perfect, but it’s my best and that’s good enough for now 🙂 I’ve included pictures of before and after adding glitter to my fire, I’m not sure if I like it better with or without the glitter. The glitter evened out the colors in my flames and hid some flaws but it may have obscured it too much… what do you think?

  • China Glaze Stone Cold
  • Finger Paints Key to my Art
  • Orly Glitz
  • LA Colors Electrified
  • China Glaze Electrify

NOTD: Taped and dotted rainbow gradient

A few weeks ago I saw a great tutorial for gorgeous gradient nails that incorporated both taping AND dotting, it looked pretty complex but the final product was so amazing I knew I had to try it sometime.

Fast forward to last night, I spontaneously decided I wanted to do these nails but that I wanted a rainbow gradient. I decided to do it in 3 stages: Stage 1, the flat base color; Stage 2, the taping; Stage 3, the dotting. Stage 1 happened last night and I’d planned on Stages 2 and 3 being spread across 2 days but I got too impatient, I did Stage 2 this afternoon and I just finished Stage 3 tonight.

At first, I hated it. The dots just weren’t turning out right, they were inconsistent in size, and I just wanted to take off all my polish and go to bed angry and with naked nails. But then I told myself, “ok, the reason you hate it is because your dots aren’t ‘good enough’. Why aren’t they good enough? Because you don’t have enough practice. So how do you fix this? You finish this stupid manicure and get practice so next time it’s perfect!” (yes, I pep-talk myself, what of it? ;-P) And so I took my advice and just trudged on until I finished. When I looked at the final product I was so glad I’d continued with it because despite its imperfections I think it turned out pretty darn awesome!

I took more pictures than usual to try to show the whole manicure so be forewarned! I’ve included a close-up of my favorite nail, the blue/purple on my thumb just look so great together! 🙂

  • LA Colors Electrified (with a bit of Wild n Crazy Pierre, a deep red, mixed in to give a deeper red color)
  • Custom color Orange Metallic (because I haven’t had time to give it a good name yet. Suggestions??)
  • Orly Luxe
  • Color Club Kiss Me Mistletoe
  • Orly Sweet Peacock
  • Zoya Rea