NOTD: Global Reddit Meetup Day!

As many of you know, since there’s where you first found my blog, I love reddit! For those of you who don’t know, reddit is a social media site where people can upload pictures, new articles, ask the community for help and input, whatever! There’s even a community (called a subreddit) dedicated just to nail polish stuff 😀 

Saturday is a global meetup day for reddit, a day when all across the world a bunch of redditors all gather to hang out. I decided I had to do something special for the occasion, so I did some reddit imagery. When you like something on reddit you give it an upvote so it gets more visibility, and when you don’t like something you downvote it. Two fingers on my hand correlate pretty well with the upvote and downvote system…Well, I’ll just let you see for yourself 😉

Reddit’s mascot, Snoo

Upvote

Upvote, close-up

Downvote

  • Milani Cyberspace
  • OPI DS Magic
  • Color Club Sparkle and Soar
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • Sally Hansen White On
  • nail crystals

NOTD: Monarch nails

Last night I posted to my Facebook asking for color ideas and Jilltastic suggested I use orange. I almost never wear orange but I was so sick of removing glitter polish, I wanted something easier to remove when the time came 😉 I have this sort of ugly orange foil-y franken I mixed up that I try to use up whenever I get the chance so I did a coat of that for my base. It’s a great one-coater, if nothing else, and a wonderful base for other orange colors. Then I got the brilliant idea to try monarch/butterfly nails! This is my first attempt at this so it could use some work, but overall I’m really happy with it.

Since I hate the finish so much (but can’t bear to dump it out) I did two different sheer oranges over it–9.0.2.1.Orange and Sparkle and Soar. It’s a bit difficult to see the difference in the colors but inside the curve at the base of my nail is just my ugly franken and 9.0.2.1.Orange, the rest of the nail is those colors plus Sparkle and Soar over it. I absolutely adore Sparkle and Soar, I’ll have to dedicate a manicure just to it soon 🙂

 

I’m surprised at how much freehand art I’ve been doing lately–it’s great practice for my freehand art week I have coming up!

  • Kyoti’s Nails Dreamsicle
  • Wet n Wild 9.0.2.1.Orange
  • Color Club Sparkle and Soar
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • Sally Hansen White On

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

NOTD: Proud to be a gamer

Any other Mario fans here?  I’m a huge fan of Mario! Those of you who follow my craft blog might remember my various Mario projects. I still have a Nintendo and a Super Nintendo plugged in and ready to play Mario at a moment’s notice!!

Today’s manicure is inspired by the 1UP mushroom from Super Mario. I’d seen ideas similar to this and wanted to try it. I’m overall pretty happy with it–I got a little impatient and I could have done better, but oh well! More freehand practice, right? 🙂 I had to rush to get ready for dinner, that’s my excuse!

After I was done I felt the need to add a little something sparkly, so I mixed up another glitter polish!! Keep an eye out for a post about that really soon (as in, hopefully when I’m done posting this one I’ll write it up, lol)

  • NYC Bryant Park
  • Sally Hansen White On
  • Milani White Canvas
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • Color Club Fly With Me
  • Kyoti’s Nails Bubblin’

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: American McGee’s Alice

This week’s theme is Geeky/Gamer!

I’ve been wearing my Zelda-inspired polishes since Sunday night and I got my first chip last night, which means new manicure time!!

Today’s manicure is inspired by American McGee’s Alice game. I haven’t played the sequel but the original was awesome! I wanted to recreate Alice’s dress from the game and I’m very happy with how it turned out! I think you can definitely see that it was inspired by her dress from the cover below.

 

I think it’s pretty plain to see that the image above inspired my manicure! I’m getting better at freehand art, too, which makes me a very happy girl 🙂

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • China Glaze Frostbite