CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 1 – Silver and gold

And so starts another CYNA challenge!  This month it is centered around Christmas and just like the Halloween challenge back in October, I am meant to be posting a mani every other day leading up to Christmas.

The first prompt of the month is ‘Silver and Gold’.  Nothing could compare to the Yukon Cornelius nails I did for the prompt last year, so I kept it simple this year.  I chose to do a blobbicure with Celestial Cosmetics Incendiary and NailNation 3000 Light Up the Night.

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(And here’s one with more direct lighting, which shows a bit more contrast between the colors)

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This blobbicure actually worked out really well, which was a nice surprise.  Normally the technique doesn’t work quite right for me and so I get really thick nails, but the worst I had this time around was a little bit of merging of blobs.  Does anyone else see the resulting smiley clown face on my middle finger? 😀

OMD3 Day 4-Black and gold

*Picture heavy!*

On to Day 4 of OMD3!  Black and gold.  Gold is yet another color that I don’t particularly like on myself, so my choices were limited again today.  It took a bit of trial and error before I decided on SquareHue Sampokeskus.

But I don’t even care about my gold struggles, because I love my choice of black.  A few days ago my massive ILNP order came in—I got the entire 10 piece Summer 2015 Ultra Holo collection plus 11 others—and among them was the gorgeous Missed Calls, one of those aforementioned Ultra Holos.  So much holo!  I wasn’t sure I would like it because there is microglitter in there, but it definitely wowed me.  Here, pictures:

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(Flash)

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Now onto the actual nail art.  For some reason, whenever I wear black polishes I always want to put a chevron/triangle on top.  So I did.  But then I thought it looked a teensy bit boring, and I added dots over top.  Not sure how noticeable it is, but I switched up the dot pattern on the accent nail too, just to keep it different.

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I kind of like it, purely because it’s an interesting combination of two of my go-to nail art designs.  Plus it’s made fantastic by Missed Calls, which is nice.



Dragonspell melted my gold!

Yeah, I know, corny post title.  But in my defense, it’s been a while since I had one!

Anyway, you know how I mentioned way back in August that I had bought a bunch of ALIQUID Lacquers and that one day I would show them all off?  Well, that’s still not happening because, as it turns out, they are all really pretty and instead of swatching and removing, I end up wearing the polishes for days each.  But, a few days ago I decided to wear Dragonspell, and it’s such an unusual polish that I wanted to do some nail art on top of it.  I’m not quite sure what made me choose to use gold, but I knew from the start that I was going to do paint drips/slime.  Then as I was working on the second one I realized…I just put gold paint drips on top of a dragon-themed polish.   Molten gold!

First off, here’s Dragonspell.  It is described as a “hypnotizing amber jelly polish with gold flakes and green shimmer.”  I love the green shimmer.  It was hard to see without any sunlight in this dreary country, but I did enjoy a nice surprise whenever I managed to find it.  What surprised me most about this was that it only needed two coats!  I really shouldn’t be surprised by that at this point, but I honestly though it was going to take about four.  I did a third coat for the heck of it, of course, but it really did only need two.

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And now for the nail art.  I used Kleancolor Gold Bright for the molten gold, and that’s all she wrote.

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Not my best work ever, but after making the connection between ‘dragon’ and ‘gold,’ I have to admit I like it.  Besides, how could I not like nail art done over Dragonspell?  It is seriously an awesome polish.  I’ve been amazed by all of the ALIQUID polishes that I have tried so far, but this one really stands out to me.  It is completely unique and I am so glad that I bought it.

Challenge Your Nail Art, Avast Ye Bilge Rats! Gold and treasure!

I had so much trouble with today’s nail art!  I went with something a bit more difficult today, and faced all sorts of problems.  First off, I messed up my stick figure silhouettes (one of them looks like a starfish!).  Second, I did the nail art last night, but since my sister now sleeps in my nail room for some reason I had to rush and ended up smearing black all down two of the nails.  Then, I spent today kayaking, which created wear on the tips.  And finally, when I got home to fix the previous mistakes, I somehow avoided smearing the black but still smeared one of the glitters onto my starfish-man.  What an ordeal!

But, even with the mistakes, these nails turned out pretty good, in my opinion.  Here’s the first version from last night:

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Using the flash hid the black smears! 🙂

I have a treasure chest, two pirates sword fighting in a gold-filled cavern, two other pirates sneaking out of the cavern with a chest, and a ‘close-up’ of one of the piles of gold (complete with some 3D gemstones).  The two cavern rooms used Charming Charlie Metallic Metal, Kleancolor Gold Bright, Pure Ice Jaguar, 17 Wishing Star, and Kleancolor Black.  The index used Zoya Louise, OPI A-Piers to Be Tan, Kleancolor Gold Bright, and Kleancolor Black for the chest itself, and Pure Ice Jaguar, 365 Days of Color The Goblet, Kleancolor Red, OPI I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw, and FingerPaints Paper Mache for the treasure inside.  The pinky nail used Kleancolor Gold Bright, 17 Wishing Star, and 365 Days of Color The Goblet, with an addition of rhinestones to act as precious gems.

Here’s the mani after my attempted fix today:

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The ‘diamond’ fell off during the trip down river today, but I thought the nail still looked good without it and so didn’t bother to find a replacement.  I am sad about the smeared gold glitter though, because my pirate already looks weird enough without a missing head.  Still, the challenge was gold and/or treasure, and because I do like my treasure representations, I am happy with today’s nail art.  Actually, I sort of love my index and pinky nails.  3D elements are unusual for me, but they really worked here and I am glad I chose to use them.

I have higher hopes for tomorrow’s mani though!  Treasure maps!

31 Day Challenge, Day 8-Metallic nails

EXTERMINATE!

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Heh, I am such a dork.  But I’m a dork who loves Doctor Who!  And so there wasn’t even any thought involved when the metallic theme came up.  I had to have Daleks on my nails today.  Only, I don’t have a gold/bronze polish that actually qualifies as metallic (and didn’t want to buy one), so I sort of stretched the rules of the challenge a bit.  I used a 365 Days of Color polish called The Locket (from the Horcrux collection), which is more of a shimmer to me than a metallic.  But the Daleks themselves are metal and the nail art looks metallic, so I say I’m good.  And since I’m the only one judging this challenge, what I say goes.  Also used in this nail art were Kleancolor Black, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, Kleancolor Pastel Blue, and some random Pure Ice gold that seemingly has no name.

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So how awesome do these look?  I love them!  They look so good and are so easy that I am seriously considering redoing these for my friend’s Doctor Who wedding in September, even though the rest of my outfit is TARDIS themed.  Although, maybe I can try to recreate the Cybermen vs Dalek nail art seen on Adventures in Acetone.  Because the Dalek/Cybermen burn fest from Doomsday is one of my favorite Dalek scenes EVER.  If you haven’t seen it, then here you go:

I loved the Daleks (as enemies!) before, but this scene cemented them as the best enemy ever in my mind.  They can be so sassy for hateful monsters!  And rewatching this episode may have sparked the original desire for a Dalek mani…and made me cry from all the feels.  So although they irritate me with their annoying voices and make me angry because they never die, who or what could possibly be a better adversary for the Doctor?  If you say the Master, I will reach through this computer screen and smack you.  Lovingly, of course.  

Anyway, long story short, I love Daleks, I love my Dalek mani, and tomorrow will be rainbow nails!

And so I leave you with this:

But not really.