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
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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

Zelda and Prelude of Light swatches

Finally I’ve swatched the two remaining colors from the Zelda line: Zelda herself and Prelude of Light. Both of these colors have teeny tiny holographic glitter (check it out in the bottle), I can’t wait to see these in the sun tomorrow!

Both pictures are two coats over bare nail. Check out the rest of the collection here and pre-order by clicking here!

Prelude of Light

Zelda

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: 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

Prototypes for my new polish line

Sunday night I finished prototypes for my very first nail polish line!! This line was inspired by The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time. I am so happy with how these came out, words can’t even describe it!

First off, let’s check out the bottle shots.

I only have 10 fingers (the one time I’m sad about this fact!) so two of the colors above are missing, but here’s swatches! 2 coats on each nail. Click for hi-res!

I’m in the process of setting up a Kickstarter now. It’ll be basically for pre-pre-orders. I have no idea exactly how much interest there’s going to be and I can’t afford all the supplies up-front. If you’re interested in this collection please consider pledging and sharing with friends!! My expected date for mailing out Kickstarter rewards and pre-orders is late July/early August, but I’ll be working hard to get it out even sooner 🙂

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 😉