At this point I’m pretty much inactive on this blog, but I felt the need to dust it off for at least this one post.
This one is a little emotional for me because my horse of 16 years died earlier this week, at the age of 41. She was absolutely ancient for a horse and I’ve been expecting this for years now, but I was devastated when I got the news from home. I spent an hour straight just crying and not being able to focus on anything, and then I was hit with the desire to do some nail art.
So here is my freehand attempt at my Seville (‘Villa’). The neon green background on the horse nail is Mod Lacquer Stunned and the others are Stunned with a few layers of Smitten Polish Terra Opal on top. I chose neon green because of that bridle she’s wearing in the picture above. It was basically the only bridle that was ever used on her back when she was still able to be ridden. It’s obviously not color accurate in the pictures, but in real life the greens match really well.
And one more close up matte! In case you can’t tell with the above pictures, there are three each with a shiny top coat and a matte.
I don’t know how time keeps slipping by so fast, but it’s already been about a month since my last post! So much for keeping up with my posts, huh? But I am yet again trying to get back into the swing of things by going back to my nerdy nail art roots. This time, I’ve got Dragon Ball Z nails!
Yes, I watched anime as a kid/teen. And yes, I still do fairly often. Dragon Ball Z was my introduction into anime, and I fell in love with it the moment I first stumbled upon the Namek saga on Toonami as a kid. And even now as an adult, Gohan holds the position of my favorite character (followed by Piccolo in a VERY close second).
So when my sleep-deprived mind decided to do DBZ nails at 3am, Gohan was my first thought. Only…I was sleep deprived. So I didn’t put as much effort into things as I probably should have.
I honestly don’t know what I was thinking trying this. I’ve never been able to draw anime characters, so I don’t know why I thought painting a tiny Gohan on my fingernail was a good idea. Although I do have to say, he might have actually looked like Super Saiyan 2 Gohan if I had given him a bigger forehead. I also sort of lost patience painting the stars on the dragon balls too, but you get the picture. 😛
For all my complaints though, I do like how this turned out. It’s been a while since I freehanded something detailed, and I hope I do it again soon. Maybe I need a good challenge to motivate me…
I would love to open this post by saying that spring is in the air, but I don’t think it really is. It’s still kind of cold here, although there has at least been more sunshine lately. Or maybe spring really is in the air, but I can’t tell because I’m a Floridian in northern England. 😛
Either way, there was a spring mani contest going on over at the Rainbow Connection Facebook fan page (RC Junkies) a few days ago, and I thought I’d try my hand at it. My first thought was to do something with ALIQUID Lacquer Hipster Doofus, since I’ve been wanting to use it for a while now. I thought I’d pair it with a pink creme and a metallic silver (I even had them on my nails already), but then I read the fine print and noticed that I had to use at least one polish that I had bought from Rainbow Connection. Unfortunately, I only had one ‘spring’ color at the time. Fortunately, that happened to be Smitten Polish Whiskey in the Jar, which actually matched up with Hipster Doofus pretty well.
So I ended up putting Whiskey in the Jar over OPI My Signature is DC, and to make the pink holo too I put a coat of ILNP Paige over OPI Suzi Nails New Orleans. Then I added dots over both. And to add a bit more of a spring touch I stamped a flower from Uber Chic plate 1-02 to my middle finger.
The overall effect is prettier than I expected. I knew with almost certainty that I was not going to win the contest (at the very least because I only used an RC polish on my pinky), but I don’t really care because I’m really happy with how this looks. Hipster Doofus is as gorgeous on my nails as I hoped it would be, and look at how clean that flower is! It is easily the best stamping I have ever done (not that I’ve done a lot). I ended up wearing this for three days before taking it off!
You know, I’m sure a lot of families bake and decorate Christmas cookies together, but it’s not something my family ever really did. When I saw the Christmas cookie prompt for Day 10 of the challenge, all I could really think of are those Pillsbury sugar cookies with the Christmas trees in the center. So that’s what I went with. Then I remembered that gingerbread men are sort of a standard for Christmas and added one of them as well.
This was actually much more difficult than I was anticipating, especially the gingerbread man. I don’t have my full range of polishes right now, and nothing here at my parents’ house was a good color for gingerbread. I think I spent more time mixing polishes for that brown color than I did on painting all of the cookies. But things turned out pretty well and I’m happy with the final result.
Oh, and I got to use my first ever NailNation 3000 polish! The background color is #captaincamo, which is described as a grassy green with gold flecks. It was darker than that on my nails, but was still beautiful. It dries to a suede finish, and is good to go in two coats. Honestly, it was probably good in one coat, but I did two anyway.
Isn’t that the perfect background for my Christmas cookie nail art? I think it was a great choice, and was a fantastic introduction to NailNation 3000 as a brand. I can’t wait to try out the others that I bought!
Well, I’m disappointed that I failed to complete this challenge on time. I did complete all the prompts, but just didn’t have time in the days since I’ve been home to actually post them. It’s just been a whirlwind of shopping and spending time with my family. Now that Christmas has passed, I am still going to make the posts just to show what I came up with. So on to Day 9’s Penguin prompt!
When I Googled ideas for Christmas penguins, I found a few images of penguins standing on each other to make a tree, so that’s what I wanted to try. I didn’t like the end result so much though, so I also added a Santa penguin on my index too.
And in case you’re wondering, that gorgeous background is Smitten Polish Shoe Polish, one of the recent group customs for the Smitten Polish Lovers Facebook group. I am sooo glad I managed to get a bottle, because it is a stunning polish with a heck of a lot going on!
Like I said, the penguin tree didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped it would, but it still looks pretty good. And I love how my Santa penguin came out. He’s so cute! I almost wish I had given him some reindeer penguins to pull his sleigh! Maybe next year, huh?
I think pretty much everyone thought of peace signs for this prompt, right? I mean, what else are you gonna do? A dove? Well, I guess that’s an option, but I took the easier route and went with the peace sign. And of course I tried to make tie-dye nails to go along with it. I failed. But I compromised by blobbing on colors on thinning them out with acetone.
I think I would have liked the colorful nails better if I actually had enough neon polishes on hand, but unfortunately I only have a handful of bright polishes with me right now. I did buy a neon collection (Mod Lacquer’s Electrified collection) earlier this summer when so many brands were releasing them, but they were sent to my US address so I won’t have them until December. My peace sign is also very crooked, which was disappointing since it’s otherwise really good. Oh well.
I never thought that I would ever do a fish themed mani and actually like it, but this one is actually kind of pretty. Since I also did my Day 13 book themed nail art before today’s prompt, my mind sort of connected the fish and book prompts and came up with The Rainbow Fish. And as if it was fate, I also got my first ever nail vinyls in the mail today, and mermaid/fish scales were among them.
This mani also features a polish that sort of fits the theme too: the ever lovely original formula of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue. I filled in the other colored scales in by hand.
I think it looks kind of awesome. Almost as good as the Rainbow Fish himself! And it made me love how easy nail vinyls are. I have no idea why I didn’t try them before!