31 Day Challenge, Day 23-Inspired by a movie

Going into today’s challenge, I had no clue what movie I was going to use.  I thought about a few across different genres–Boondock Saints, Howl’s Moving Castle, Lion King–but I wasn’t particularly drawn to any of them.  I finally settled on Anastasia, but I really wish that I had kept thinking about it.  Because after I started these almost-disasters, I thought of a few good ones (The Croods, The Princess and the Frog, Avengers).  I may revisit those ideas in the future, but in the mean time, I’m stuck with these Anastasia-inspired nails for today.

I chose Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather and LynBDesigns Battle Dress as the background colors based on the ‘dark vs. light’ concept and because I didn’t want to go black vs. white.  Italian Leather turned out to be a good choice, but despite the fact that Battle Dress is a beautiful polish, it doesn’t contrast the gold of the nail art well enough.  Oh well.  Lots of colors used today, so aside from the base colors, I’ll list them individually.

Index: Sally Hansen I ❤ Nail Art white striper, Essie In Stitches, Kleancolor Pastel Pink, Zoya Carey, and Kleancolor Black.

Middle: Covergirl Constant Caribbean, Candie’s Dinner Party, and a Pure Ice gold (which, after finally doing research, I discovered might be called Jaguar, so I’m going with that)

Ring: Pure Ice Jaguar, Candie’s Dinner Party, China Glaze Four Leaf Clover, Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather, Sally Hansen I ❤ Nail Art white striper

Pinky: Bourjois Paris So Lacque Lime Catwalk, Sinful Colors Exotic Green, Kleancolor Black

31DC-Day-23-Anastasia-nails-1(Direct sunlight)

31DC-Day-23-Anastasia-nails-2(Indoor shot to reduce the shine a bit)

I don’t like them.  Plain and simple.  They probably aren’t as awful as I think they are, but I just cannot make myself like them.  My Bartok looks like he either had a bad face lift or took some really nasty drugs.  The other three (the ‘Together in Paris’ necklace, the music box, and Rasputin’s reliquary) just don’t appeal either and I don’t even really know why.  They’re not bad though, I will at least say that.

And as with any of my bad nail art attempts, I tried to make it better with a matte coat.



That strategy was only mildly successful in this case.  I like that it sort of helped Bartok not look so bad, but the dullness that comes with a matte coat is not such a great thing here, since two of the movie items that are featured are made of gold and jewels, and the other glows.  Shine was my friend in this rare case.

I know this post probably comes off a little negative, but I am not the type to claim to love something when I honestly don’t.  And I am a firm believer in posting my mistakes (as should be obvious by this point).  But, I at least got something done for the day’s challenge, and even if I don’t like them, I am still proud that I took a risk for the challenge.

Now, looking to tomorrow.  The challenge is going to be ‘inspired by a book,’ and I’ve picked a difficult one.  So tomorrow may be a bit disappointing too, but the suspense is half the fun!

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