LDTTWC Day 8: Let’s do the time warp again!

Today’s post (the last in the time warp challenge!) is inspired by a mani another challenge participant did.  There has been a lot of really amazing nail art these past few weeks, but one of my favorites was this post from Kelsie’s Nail Files.

Let me just say: kudos, Kelsie, for making yours actually look like Marilyn.  Seriously. I’d say that I’m pretty decent at nail art, but I could not make them look like Marilyn to save my life.  This was my sixth try.  The ones before these somehow ended up looking exactly like Elizabeth Taylor – no joke.  I stopped at these because 1. they look more like Marilyn than any of my previous tries, 2. I was tired, and 3. I really love how they turned out anyway.

I love how cool and pop-arty they look.  I think this is a brilliant idea and I had been meaning to try something like this for a while.  Kinda glad I got that over with.  And it was definitely good painting practice.  Now you all know why I don’t do people/faces on my nails.

P.S. Sorry my finger is so shiny – my skin was so dried out from being constantly exposed to acetone I had to do something.  Believe me, this is better than zombie fingers.

Also, make sure to check out everyone else’s manis for the last day of the challenge by clicking the link below.  The challenge closes in a week and then we find out who wins! I would hate to be the one who has to choose the winner – there has been some phenomenal nail art these past few weeks!

I had so much fun with this challenge!  But I’m definitely glad I can leave the nail art for when I really have time from now on (and not at 2 am after 10 hour work days).  Still, I’m glad this challenge forced me to try things I wouldn’t have otherwise.  Which day was your favorite?

LDTTWC Day 7: You’re timeless to me!

Today’s post is supposed to be inspired by something that’s popular both then and now.  Hardest challenge day by far.  The nails were actually pretty easy, but the idea took me days!  Which is partially why this post is late.  There were several (hugely unsuccessful) attempts before this.  Finally I just picked something that is classic in all its forms: plaid.

Whether it’s private schoolgirl skirts (which I am all-too familiar with) or the inside of a Burberry trench (which I wish I was more familiar with), everyone knows some sort of plaid.  Plus, it goes along with my (inadvertent) European theme for this challenge – kilts anyone?

So here’s my plaid.  I don’t love it, but I do like it.  I wish I had the time to redo it, but this post is two days late as is.  But rest assured there will be more plaid soon. Especially since I think it will be an awesome mani for fall and winter.

Anyway, you should definitely go check out all the other awesome time warp challenge manis by clicking the link below.  And stay tuned for my Day 8 post (last one!) tomorrow.

LDTTWC Day 6: They sure don’t make ’em like they used to!

Day 6 in the Time Warp challenge is a mani inspired by an old fashioned toy or game.  My first thought was to go with the Slinky, but I ended up choosing one of my favorite board games: Candyland!  I’ve always loved Candyland (except for the new version that’s missing my favorite character: Plumpy).  I’ve always loved the game, and I think the board is super fun.  It was designed in 1945 and published by Milton Bradley in 1949.  And it was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame (who knew that existed?) in 2005.

Thumb to pinky: the logo (which smeared :(), Molasses Swamp, Gumdrop Mountains, Lollipop Woods, and Snowflake Lake (with the board squares over all of them).  I used a picture of the original Candyland board as inspiration, and was surprised to find none of the characters on it!  After some research, I found out that the characters weren’t introduced until the 80s & 90s.  I’ll still always think of Plumpy, Princess Lolly, Grandma Nutt, Lord Licorice, and Gloppy when I think of Candyland 🙂

Sorry this post is short, and late, but I hope you like it anyway!

Be sure to check out all the day 6 manis from the other Time Warp challenge participants:

LDTTWC Day 5: “We can do it!”

Today’s challenge is a manicure in honor of an influential woman in history.  Surprisingly, this one was pretty easy for me: I went with Queen Victoria.  Definitely one of the most influential women in modern history, if not of all time.  She is the longest-ruling British monarch to date (though Elizabeth II – her great, great granddaughter – is giving her a run for her money), she gave birth to nearly an entire generation of European rulers (she’s known as the grandmother of Europe – she married off most of her nine children to other royal families), and she started trends and traditions that are still popular.

I actually used a silhouette of Victoria for this – but it didn’t really turn out as planned.  Also, my white has gotten super thick, and didn’t want to come off my skin, so please excuse the clean up.

Why black and white? Because fashion-wise, Victoria is incredibly famous for two things: first, she wore a white dress on her wedding day, creating the tradition of brides in white.  And second, she wore black for most of her reign, beginning after the death of her husband Albert in 1861.

Thumb to pinky: Victoria, the Union Jack, V & A for Victoria and Albert, the cross patée – which is present on most of the crowns made for Victoria, and HRH, which stands for “Her Royal Highness”.

Hope you all liked these!

Click the link below to check out all the other Time Warp challenge manis!

LDTTWC Day 4: Lights, Camera, Action!

Today’s theme for the Time Warp challenge is a nostalgic movie, song, or piece of literature.  Immediately, I knew I had to do something inspired by literature, but it took me a long time to decided on which one.  Ultimately, I decided on a story that definitely has some history, but is also personally meaningful: The Twelve Dancing Princesses by The Brothers Grimm.

An illustrated children’s version was given to me by my aunt when I was younger, and I loved it!  I don’t get to see her much since she lives in Palestine, but the story always makes me think of her.  Historically, the tale of the Dancing Princesses originated in Munster, Germany around the 17th century.

Basically, the story is this:

Twelve princesses slept in twelve beds in the same room; every night their doors were securely locked, but in the morning their shoes were found to be worn through as if they had been dancing all night.

The king, perplexed, promised his kingdom and a daughter to any man who could discover the princesses’ secret within three days and three nights, but those who failed within the set time limit would be put to death.

An old soldier returned from war came to the king’s call after several princes had failed in the endeavour to discover the princesses’ secret. Whilst traveling through a wood he came upon an old woman, who gave him an invisibility cloak and told him not to eat or drink anything given to him by one of the princesses who would come to him in the evening, and to pretend to be fast asleep after the princess left.

The soldier was well received at the palace just as the others had been and indeed, in the evening, the eldest princess came to his chamber and offered him a cup of wine. The soldier, remembering the old woman’s advice, threw it away secretly and began to snore very loudly as if asleep.

The princesses, sure that the soldier was asleep, dressed themselves in fine clothes and escaped from their room by a trap door in the floor. The soldier, seeing this, donned his invisibility cloak and followed them down. He trod on the gown of the youngest princess, whose cry to her sisters that all was not right was rebuffed by the eldest. The passageway led them to three groves of trees; the first having leaves of silver, the second of gold, and the third of diamonds. The soldier, wishing for a token, broke off a twig as evidence. They walked on until they came upon a great lake. Twelve boats with twelve princes in them were waiting. Each princess went into one, and the soldier stepped into the same boat as the youngest. The young prince in the boat rowed slowly, unaware that the soldier was causing the boat to be heavy. The youngest princess complained that the prince was not rowing fast enough, not knowing the soldier was in the boat. On the other side of the lake was a castle, into which all the princesses went and danced the night away.

The princesses danced until their shoes were worn through and they were obliged to leave. This strange adventure went on the second and third nights, and everything happened just as before, except that on the third night the soldier carried away a golden cup as a token of where he had been. When it came time for him to declare the princesses’ secret, he went before the king with the three branches and the golden cup, and told the king all he had seen. The princesses saw there was no use to deny the truth, and confessed. The soldier chose the eldest princess as his bride for he was not a very young man, and was made the king’s heir.

I honestly think this might be my favorite nail art I’ve ever done!  I LOVE them!  If you couldn’t tell, I painted the night sky, the silver, gold, and diamond tree branches, and the soldier in the invisibility cloak.

I think this is one of my favorite days of this challenge, and I can’t wait to see what the other particiapants put together!  Check them all out here:

P.S. I’d just like to say thanks to the lovely Lacquerice for managing to read and comment on this post when I accidentally published it for a few minutes on Monday! Soo sorry I wasn’t able to save your comment, but know that I got it and appreciate it 🙂

LDTTWC Day 3: I Remember When…

Some of you may have caught my brain fart yesterday, when I accidentally published (for about five minutes) day four instead of day three. So this is a day late (sorry!) but still within the rules of the challenge, so here it is.

Today’s theme was to pick a memorable event, either personal or from history. You all know I’m a history buff, so naturally, I had to pick an event from history. After a lot of thought, I ended up with nails inspired by the Diamond Necklace Affair, which you can read about here.

The story involves a 2,800 carat diamond necklace, Marie Antoinette, a con-woman, a cardinal, and some very angry jewelers.

I loved the design of the necklace, so that’s what I went with. Can you imagine wearing 647 diamonds around your neck? Or buying a necklace that costs as much as a battle ship? It’s a bit excessive, but it’s actually really gorgeous (replica anyone?).

I used China Glaze First Mate and Essie Loophole and a dotting tool. Super easy, but I think they turned out pretty well.

Hope you guys liked my (real) Day 3 post! I think it turned out pretty well (especially since I only had about 45 minutes to do these). SOOOO sorry about the cleanup on these btw. I worked ten hours yesterday and was so tired I didn’t even notice until I had taken it off 😦

Click the button below to check out all the gorgeous manis from the other Time Warp Challenge participants! I’ve been seriously impressed by all the nail art everyone’s been doing for this challenge!

LDTTW Challenge Day 2: It’s Vintage, Darling!

Today’s post is supposed to be inspired by a popular fashion look from the past.  My first thought was flapper dresses, but I thought I’d do something different since I used the 20s for the last challenge day.

I’ve always loved the 1950s “housewife” dresses, so I did some research and found some awesome 50s fabric patterns.  These may or may not have been used for clothing, but I think it still fits.

I stuck to four colors to keep the look cohesive.  I used Sally Hansen White On, OPI Call Me Gwen-Ever, China Glaze First Mate, and China Glaze Peachy Keen.

I love the contrast of the graphic and floral elements!  Hope you like these as much as I do!  I’m really enjoying this challenge!

Click here to check out more amazing designs from the other Time Warp Challenge participants:

LDTTWC Day 1: I should have been born in…

As some of you already know, today begins the Let’s Do the Time Warp Challenge sponsored by Nail Polish Canada and Neverland Nail Blog!  I signed up immediately, mostly because I’m a history nerd and thought it was an awesome idea, but also because it would force me to do more nail art.  For those of you who are curious, here’s the schedule for the next four weeks (two posts a week):

I seriously considered being a total nerd and picking a decade from the 17th century or something, but I went the easier route and picked the 1920s!  I’ve always loved the 20s: it was a decade of luxury, freedom, and opportunity.  People traveled around the world, and sat around partying or went to secret speakeasies.  Plus, almost every great gangster movie is set in the 20s.

For this challenge, I was inspired by the gorgeous art deco elements that made their way into almost everything during this period.  Here’s what I came up with:

I used Nails Inc. Hampstead Gardens, Sonia Kashuk Dime a Dozen, Sally Hansen Plum Luck, Sally Hansen Onyx, China Glaze First Mate, and Finger Paints Go Van Gogh.

I’m not entirely happy with them, but I decided I wasn’t patient enough to tape off all the lines, so oh well.  I love the colors and the design, I just wish I was better at straight lines.  Definitely improving, though.

This challenge is a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I’m having a lot of fun with it!

Click here to see the amazing designs from other Time Warp Challenge participants:

Day 31 – Recreate Your Favorite Challenge – Herringbone

It was really hard to decide what I wanted to do for today’s post because there have been so many designs I loved over the past month.  But in the end, I picked one I enjoyed wearing the most: the herringbone pattern from day 26 of the challenge: inspired by a pattern.

For this version, I decided to play with textures and paint  a glossy pattern on a matte background.  I think I like the original a little better, but I still love how these turned out!

I started with a base of OPI Russian Navy Matte (which I accidentally bought instead of the regular version) and painted the design on with Essie No More Film.

I can’t believe I actually finished in 31 days! It’s been so difficult, but so much fun!

What was your favorite challenge?

Day 30 – Inspired by a Tutorial – Neon Splatter

I wanted to try something new for today’s design, so I turned to this tutorial by The Polishaholic.  These are pretty easy to do, but it took me a while to get the hang of the technique – these are my second attempt.  I really like how they turned out and I’ll definitely be experimenting with splatter nail art this summer.

I used Spoiled Correction Tape for the base.  This is quickly becoming my favorite white, which really surprised me, since I picked it up for a dollar and had been perviously using whites by Essie and OPI.  Correction Tape is actually much easier to work with, even though I’m not a fan of the brush.

For the spatter I used three of the six Kleancolor minis that come in their neon set.  I used Neon Lime, Neon Aqua, and Neon Orange.

After I messed them up (about 30 seconds after that photo was taken), I re-did them using Spoiled Visually Slimming as a base.  I think I like the black base a little bit better – it reminds me of these sunglasses from the 80s my aunt used to wear all the time!

Which version do you like better – white or black?

I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of the challenge!