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: A still more glorious dawn

I adore Symphony of Science. Symphony of Science is a collection of scientists’ quotes set to music. Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Brian Cox, Jane Goodall, Richard Feynman, and so many more. SoS is what really got me interested in science and space; I’d always been interested in science to a degree in school but it didn’t capture my attention the way SoS did. I haven’t bought music in years but even on a limited income I bought the Symphony of Science collection because I just find it so amazing. Please check it out, the person who makes it is wonderful!

I was inspired by the 31-day challenge for this pedi. One of the days is “Inspired by a Song” and the song “A Glorious Dawn” has always been my favorite. There’s a line in the song in which Carl Sagan says “A still more glorious dawn awaits; not a sunrise but a galaxy rise”, and the mental image that conjures is simply mindblowing. I try to capture my mental image in this pedi but it still doesn’t do it justice.

Doesn’t it look sort of like a galaxy rising over the side of the moon, though? Next week’s theme is space….man, I’m gonna love this upcoming week!!

  • Beauty Concepts metallic blue
  • Custom franken Blue Box
  • Wild n Crazy Crush on You
  • Wet n Wild 9.0.2.1.Orange
  • Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
  • Wet n Wild Wild Orchid
  • China Glaze Electrify
  • e.l.f. Golden Goddess
  • Sally Hansen Wet Cement

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: Galaxy toes

To match my solar system nails I had to do galaxy nails! I’d never done them before but just my second try (on my left big toe) turned out better than my first. I had dense makeup sponges but I didn’t like the way it looked so I picked up some face buffing sponges instead and it worked so much better! I did my right toe first and as you can see the colors I used kind of got lost in one another. I used a glittery topcoat as well and it made it even harder to see. My left toe turned out much better, though!

  • Maybelline Denim Dash
  • Essence Blue Addicted
  • Wild n Crazy Crush on You
  • Hema 09
  • Zoya Rea
  • Sally Hansen Spectrum
  • Wet n Wild Hallucinate

NOTD: Tons of sparkle!

Good news, everyone! I’ll never have to worry about picking colors for my manicures again! Now that I’ve swatched all my colors (I’ll have a whole blog post about that soon-ish!) and put them into a spreadsheet I can just use a random number generator to pick my color(s)! 😀 Now the only problem is I need help picking out what sort of nail art to do 😉

Since I skimped and didn’t use a base coat for yesterday’s Scandalous mani I got a chip late last night, just a few hours after I’d finished 😦 I expected it’d chip quickly but not quite that quickly! Oh well, it gave me an excuse to try out something new even though I’ve been lacking inspiration recently.

So I grabbed a couple numbers from a random number generator and went to work. The first color it picked was Sally Hansen’s DVD which I don’t like layered just over the nude nail so I had it pick another color from my blues. It picked a wonderful color to be paired with DVD–Wild n Crazy’s Crush on You! I normally don’t wear the same base colors or even glitters more than once a month and I just wore Crush on You two weeks ago. But I can’t argue with entropy, and the computer gods had decided. I picked out a couple other glitters to layer over it and in the end I came out with a sparkle-fest!

I’ve added in a blurry photo to try to show the sparkle but it still can’t capture some of the lovely microglitters, especially Busted! Once again I regret that I do my nails at night so often, I have to wait until tomorrow morning to see it in the sunlight 😦

  • Wild n Crazy Crush on You
  • Sally Hansen DVD
  • Prisma glitter purple/blue
  • Pure Ice Busted

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

NOTD: Polish I haven’t worn in over a decade!!

So I’ve had this bottle of Wild n Crazy’s Crush on You since my 8th grade graduation ceremony about 11 years ago. This color’s so old I couldn’t find a single swatch of it on Google’s image search! This was WAY before my nail polish addiction so I haven’t worn it since that day, but I finally decided I wanted to work on finishing off the bottle so I can justify getting a new one to replace it 😉 It’s still got a few manicures worth in the bottle but I made a dent!

Sadly, so did everything I touched!! (Made a dent, that is.) I swear, I’d put on my last coat about an hour prior (AND my quick-dry topcoat) but I still kept getting dents in it 😦 So I snapped a couple pictures and then took the whole thing off to try again with a whole new look. I added some holographic glitter to my silver nail but they didn’t show up in the pics. Thankfully, my next mani turned out pretty good, so keep an eye open for it in my next post!

  • Wild n Crazy Crush on You
  • Sally Hansen Silver Chrome
  • Pure Ice Busted
  • ma.nish.ma Blaster