Neon Geometric Nails

I was in the mood for something different this week, so I pulled out the neons.  I like neons, but I don’t really like them on me.  Still, I’ve acquired quite a few of them.  I decided to go all out and go for the neon yellow.  I have a terrible habit of putting on neons at night, loving them, and then kind of hating them the next morning in the sun.  They’re just so damn bright, even though I guess that’s the point.  So, instead of taking it off, I decided to add some designs using striping tape.  I think they turned out pretty cool (even my dad complimented them!), but I still couldn’t wear them for more than a day.  Baby steps.

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The neon yellow is Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare over white.  Once it was dry, I created the designs with striping tape and painted on Essie Power Clutch before peeling the tape off.

The thumb is my favorite, but it too soooo long! I definitely need some more striping tape practice.  I copied most of these designs from The Nailasaurus, who is ah-mazing!

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What do you think of this mani?  When I have another three hours (yes, it took that long to do both hands), I will definitely try this again with different colors.

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Death Day Party

The Lac Attack Magical Musings Collection is hands-down my favorite polish collection of 2012.  And when I first saw pictures of Death Day Party, I knew it was going to be a favorite (I love that part of the books, too!).  It is a clear base filled with tiny gray flakes, tinier orange/copper flakes, and some pink/blue/purple shimmer.  So, so gorgeous!

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I took a close-up of the polish in the bottle so you can see how beautiful this polish is.  I really can’t tell you how much I love Death Day Party!  It is seriously magical!

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I used it for some accent nails over yesterday’s OPI Do You Lilac It?, but I can’t wait to do a full mani with this, so you will definitely be seeing it again.  I used one coat here, with a bit of dabbing to fill in some sparser areas.

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I think I want to try Death Day Party over a darker color next.  Maybe a cobalt blue.  What color do you want to see it over?

If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out the Magical Musings collection, available in Lac Attack’s shop.  I’m pretty picky about the indies I buy, but I really love every single one of them!  I really need to get some more swatches of them up soon!

Advent Calendar Day 23 – Rudolph

I’m not all that great at painting faces on my nails, so this was a bit of a challenge for me.  I ended up finding this tutorial and just going with that.  Other than taking kind of a long time, these nails were pretty easy.

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The base on all my nails is Zoya Harley, which I just discovered and now love!  For me, silver polish can be a bit too flashy, so this is definitely perfect for those days that call for silver nails.  For Rudolph, I used Sinful Colors Black on Black, Sally Hansen Slick Slate, Essie Beyond Cozy, and China Glaze Ruby Pumps.

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Isn’t he cute?

I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of the challenge, and Christmas eve!  I still haven’t decided which mani I’m recreating for tomorrow, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

Advent Calendar Day 15 – Something Cozy

I actually had a bit of a hard time coming up with something for today’s post.  For me, cozy means a cup of tea in front of the fire with a blanket and a book or some knitting (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of my knitting).  So I decided to attempt something I’ve been wanting to try for a while – knit nails!  I really wanted to use this stamping plate (isn’t it awesome?), but it’s not here yet.  So I attempted some freehand “knitted” nails.  I kind of love them.

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After several attempts, I discovered that the best way to do these is to paint the lines in between the stitches, rather than the stitches themselves.  So I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and then painted on the lines with Orly Mirror Mirror.  What is cozier than a white winter knit?

I have to say, this is one of those times where these look a million times better from a normal distance, rather than a close up picture.  So take a few steps back to fully enjoy the effect of these.  Also, try not to focus on the lines, focus on the white parts so you can actually see the “stitches.”

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I am so glad I gave these a try!  I’ve been planning them in my head for months, but was never brave enough to do them.  They did take forever, though, and I am crazy excited to get that stamping plate!  No joke, I will probably use it like every day for a few weeks.  Sorry 🙂

Edit: Today the nail blogging community is doing white nails in remembrance of the tragedy in Newtown, CT yesterday.  Since these are white, I thought I dedicate them to children who lost their lives yesterday, and to their families and friends whose lives will never be the same.  Please don’t make this political (at least on this blog) – just be content with remembering the innocent lives that were lost.

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Blue Chevrons

This design combines three of my favorite (nail art) things: cobalt, a sheer base, and chevrons.  I’ve been pretty into patterned (especially graphic) nails lately (seen here and here) and I love how simple chevrons are, while still making a big impact.  I freehanded these, and I wish the lines were a little cleaner, but they looked good from a distance. The sheer base idea is something I picked up from Mr. Candiipants, and I’ve been adding sheer/jelly polishes to my collection just for this purpose.  I really like how these turned out.

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For the base, I used OPI My Pointe Exactly, and I painted the chevrons with China Glaze Man Hunt and a striper brush.

What’s your favorite pattern (I could use some more ideas)?

Chinchilly

I think gray is one of the most versatile nail polish colors, and it’s a favorite of mine for fall.  Needless to say, I have collected my fair share of gray polishes, but I always come back to this one.  Essie’s Chinchilly is the perfect mix of gray & greige, which just a hint of purple thrown in.  It’s a soft color, that isn’t too dark, and is super flattering on almost everyone.  If you need a good gray, this is it.

I’ve only ever finished one or two bottles of nail polish ever (I have too many to choose from), but I am almost on my second bottle of Chinchilly.  That’s how much I love it.  Can’t believe I hadn’t shown it here before!

This is two coats of Chinchilly with Essie Good to Go.

What’s your favorite gray polish?  I’m always looking for good ones.

Glitter and Bats

I think this is one of those times my idea didn’t quite pan out.  But they aren’t all that bad.  So I thought I’d share anyway.  I used another Halloween-themed polish, Sephora by OPI If You’ve Got it, Haunt it.  It’s a charcoal base with holographic glitter – so pretty.  In normal lighting, the primary colors are purple, orange, and green, which makes this one really awesome and different.

The weird blobby things you might see are my attempt at stamping bats.  I thought they would look awesome in black over the glitter, sort of a shadow effect.  While it did work, they weren’t as visible as I would have liked.  I used Bundle Monster plate 213 and Sinful Colors Black on Black.

I actually really love this polish.  It’s a great two-coat glitter that’s a bit different than anything I’ve seen before.  Last I checked, it was on sale at Sephora.com for $5.