Saturday, February 25, 2012

Week 8: tye-dye

Ok so the plan was to do paisley this week but I tried to make the paiseley pattern in water ( the same way you do tye-dye nails) only it didn't work out so well and this is what I got instead.

I think they turned out pretty cool, but If I had planned to do tye-dye they would have turned out better, especially because I wouldn't have forgotten to use tape or Vaseline to keep the polish from sticking to my fingers as well as my nails. For this manicure I used  turquoise, wine, and minty green colors which I thought seemed pretty groovy. Well, peace out for this week. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Week 7: Chinese Characters (Sort Of)

T-minust 47 minutes until "next week." So this week was my terribly botched attempt at chinese characters. I googled and tried to recreate the symbols for luck, strength, happiness, courage, spirit, peace, beauty, patience, love, and family. For my base coat I used a red crackle polish-which I don't think I like much- and then used gold to paint the characters on top. I was hoping that the crackle would give the design a distressed look but from far away my nails just look red and up close they look bloody. I really hope that the characters are at least mutilated enough that they don't say anything offensive. Perhaps things will work out better next week. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Week 6: Fireballs

Okay so sort of, but not really for Valentines day, I painted my nails "red hot love" style. It took a lot of work but I think they turned out pretty cool mainly because I just finished them 30 minutes ago. Yay procrastination! First I put a smudge of red then orange then lighter orange then yellow and covered it in an pinkish-orange-ish sparkle. What do you think? are they V-day worthy?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week 5: Leather

It's tar! It's paint! It's fabirc?

I know, I know it's technically week 6 but I've decided to give myself one free pass because I was terribly bussy this week. It will never happen again (I hope.) Anyway, this week I did leather, and by leather I mean that I stuck fleecy fabric masquerading as leather to my nails. It sounds weird, and truthfully it looks a little weird but also kind of cool. The fake leather gives my nails the appearance of a matte black and slightly tarry polish. To get my leather nails I cut up some fake leather fabric into nail shapes ( a la nail strips) and then painted my nails with clear and then black polish and stuck the fabric on, although of course the fabric wasn't a perfect fit and I spent a good 40 minutes trimming the fabric around my nails. 

A hand in progress (note the pieces of fabric)

At first it didn't feel all that strange but now the edges have started curling up and I have become increasingly aware that there is something on my nails that shouldn't be, in fact I just ripped off the piece on my left pointer. Gosh I have to stop that. Fabric as nail polish is kinda cool but not completely practical unless you happen to be a handmodel or someone who doesn't wash their hands or really do anything at all.