NOTD: Patriotic

Today is Memorial day, and I wanted to honor the occasion with patriotic nails. I couldn’t decide which design I wanted so…I did one on each hand 🙂

Sadly, the big star spangles came off right after taking this picture….so I used little nail crystals instead! I liked the bigger ones for the official picture, though.

On my right hand I got to try the “grunge” look for the first time. I was amazed how this….

…became this!

And here’s a shot with my thumb in it (sometimes I wonder why I bother painting it, it almost never makes its way into my pictures!)

As a humorous side note, I thought it was a little bit funny that I used a Dutch nail polish (the blue, Hema) in a US patriotic manicure. It was the perfect shade, though 🙂

  • Wet n Wild Red
  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Hema 10

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

NOTD: Black and white gradient with crystal accent

One of my favorite blogs is having a nail art contest and the theme is “black and white” You can only use black and white, which was tough!

My first idea that I’d had was done by someone else right before I was about to start on my nails–thankfully I checked the other entries before starting! This was my second idea and I’m so happy with how it turned out, especially my accent nail. Check out how it looked halfway through 🙂

I’m definitely gonna do this accent nail again, I think it’d look awesome as part of an ombre mani or with other colors.

The second part of my mani was a sponged gradient and dots. My black is so opaque, it was tough to get a good gradient, but it turned out pretty good. I really like the dots that swap colors when the gradient starts 😀

  • Sally Hansen White On
  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme
  • Nail crystals

NOTD: Black and White Marble with Glitter

Squeeee! I got all of my supplies for mixing up my own glitter polishes today! Check this stuff out 😀

Suspension base, tons of glitters, and empty bottles

So I’ve been mixing up some tiny test sizes to see if my glitter bleeds or not and if the suspension base really suspends the way it should. The jury’s still out on that, it takes time for glitter to bleed, but I think overall it’ll be ok. I’ll know in the morning. Now, onto my NOTD!

A blog I’m following is doing a Black and White nail art contest and I wanted to do a nice, crisp black and white water marble. My colors ended up bleeding together a little bit and I ended up with black/grey/white, which is neat but not what I was hoping for. Oh, by the way…when water marbling with black, make sure you tape off your nails! It took me about half an hour just to clean off the black 😦 And I still have bits of black stuck in the creases of my hands. Oh well, I’ll be redoing this tomorrow anyways!

Oh, and check out that glitter on my ring finger. I made that myself! *Preens* I’ve been dying for a black glitter polish for a long time but the only one I’ve ever seen is an indie and it’s more than I can afford. Today, after I got my supplies in the mail, I realized that I could make my own black glitter polish! I don’t know why I keep forgetting that I can make all these polishes I’m lusting after!

What I really like about the glitter (which I’ve named Obsidian) is that the small glitter changes color from black to purple and the larger glitter is square, not the usual hexagonal! This is exactly what I’ve been wanting! 🙂 I’m thinking I might make these to sell, would anyone consider buying it? 🙂

Shows Obsidian the best–click for hi-res!

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Sally Hansen White On
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme
  • Kyoti’s Nails Obsidian

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: I’ve made a huge mistake…

So I had a really cute idea: white base, use French tip guides to do asymmetrical rounded tips, then use microbeads to line the area between the two colors. The whole microbead/caviar thing is sort of a nail fad right now and it sounds really neat, but since this is No-Buy April (except for acetone and cotton balls) I couldn’t even buy the little set I saw at my local dollar store.

Then I had a (supposedly) brilliant idea: use some of the ball chain necklace that I was going to be throwing out anyways in place of the microbeads! What’s great is they’re connected so they’d actually stay together nicely, too. Sounds like a good plan, right? Well I failed to take into account the “micro” in “microbeads”, and I didn’t realize just how big the balls on the ball chain were. And well…I’ll just let you see for yourself…

Redonkulously huge balls

Yeah, this only lasted long enough for me to show my honey how bad of an idea I had, then I took it off right away and just did my nails the same light grey as the other nails. Today’s nails are going to be pretty boring, and for once I’m ok with that since my idea flopped so bad!

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Sally Hansen Wet Cement

NOTD: Pretty in pink!

Ok…I realize this is my third NOTD post today…I promise I won’t paint them again tonight! >.> Especially since I’m so happy with how this turned out.

This is the first time I’ve used Sinful Colors Folly–the bright pink–since I got it and I am so sad I waited so long! This is only one coat, too, I absolutely love one-coaters 😀

I used this tutorial for the needle marbling on my ring finger, I couldn’t get quite a thick enough coat with my white, next time I’ll use a thicker formula. It didn’t help that my bottle was almost empty so it took a bit of time to get a thick enough coat, but I just touched up a bare spot using my dotting tool after I was done marbling.

I decided to do something different with my thumb, I did a base coat of Nerd’s Watermelon scented polish (from a cute little gift set, such a teensy bottle!) and then did a coat of this generic “color-change” pink->red polish from Target. By “color-change” they just mean it turns darker when it dries, lol. Oh well, for a dollar it’s worth it and it’s a nice glitter. I stuck on one of my much-loved Broadway Nails stickers and TA-DA! A lovely manicure, if I do say so myself :3

  • Sinful Colors Folly
  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl
  • Nerds Watermelon
  • Generic pink/red color change
  • Broadway Nails nail stickers