Accent Nails, Glitter, and New Colors

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The accent nail.

This trend reminds me of when I was a youth and I’d paint each nail a different color. Sometimes I’d try to do a rainbow, or a variation on a theme. 

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The premise is that you paint one nail, generally the ring finger, in a different (usually contrasting) color. 

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Glitter. You see it a lot in the world of nail polish. There are fans, and there are people that hate it. I think, like all things, it has its place. I like when it is unusual or interesting in some way.

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That’s alternating black and silver nails with black and silver crackle. 

And combining these 2 ideas, I give you the accent nail look with glitters. Bonus? They are also some of my most recently acquired polishes. 

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This color is called “Insta-this”. It seemed to go on thick and kinda streaky, and chipped on the first day.

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The glitter is a Nicole clear multi glitter. 

These are from the Jessica brand, part of their Fall 2012 collection. I couldn’t even find them on their website, but a friend pointed me to Amazon. Gingersnap and Pumpkin Spice.

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The Jessica polishes lasted over a week before they started throwing in the towel. Of course by then I started remembering that I don’t really like brown polishes on myself. But I did enjoy these colors and found them pretty close to the swatches on the site.

Thanks for reading! 

Read My Lips

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Here’s the back story, from the beginning. I remember being in middle school and the taunts of having “fish lips and a big Humpty nose”. I was never certain what that meant, but now in addition to being insecure about what I was aware of as a large schnoz, I was concerned about my “fish lips”. 

As I grew up and began experimenting with make-up, they always said to “highlight your best feature”. I always went with my eyes. I quickly mastered liquid eyeliner and played with all kinds of looks. Lipstick I would do on occasion, but being a smoker by high school age, I felt like it never lasted very long and needed reapplied often. 

Recently a few factors have altered my perception. 

Number one: I put on weight during a crappy relationship, and lost some of it during an exceptionally shitty break up. The effect of this was that I noticed when my face got fatter, my big nose was less prevalent, but my lips also seemed to disappear. When I lost some, I noticed I had lips again.

Number two: my really bad eyesight. I have a -10 prescription. I am pretty heavily near sighted. Like the kind of near sighted where you need you glasses from the time you wake up until you go to bed. I can wear contacts, and often do, but I ran out of them. My prescription is expensive. After having bought new glasses it’s going to take a while before I can afford contacts. 

So lately I haven’t been emphasizing my eyes with my make-up routine. I’ve been playing with lipstick.

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Tarte “Lucky” and Birchbox Pink lip gloss

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Fresh: Sugar “Plum” and “Silvered Plum” (brand of lipstick uncertain at this time)

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Sally Girl “1st Crush”

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Kat Von D lipstick (I’m not sure of the color name, but it’s a metallic red).

I’ll get contacts soon. But it’s fun to emphasize a part of myself that I’ve kind of rediscovered. 

Art Kid Nails

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Here I am trying to be creative:

I may be dating myself with this one. The other day a friend and I were reminiscing about the days when you could only find black polish on Halloween, and if you wanted any color other than the standards (such as blue, green, yellow, or purple) you had to color your nails with a marker and put a top coat on it. Now if you can dream it, it’s out there. Usually in a kit or an instant mani.

But there are those of us who still like a little DIY now and again. So here are some of my attempts.

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This is me trying to do a fishnet pattern. Admittedly, I did use a nail polish pen to do the lines. So I can’t say I was hardcore “MacGuyver” on this one. This was about a year and a half ago.

This one is the “newspaper manicure” I found online:

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It’s pretty easy. Paint the nail and allow it to dry. Pre top coat, take whatever you want to transfer (newspaper, comics) and soak it briefly in rubbing alcohol. Press that print side down onto your nails. Then top coat it to seal, once that is dry.

There are all kinds of variations and tutorials for this on line, so if you feel inspired, look them up. It’s nice to still find some crazy stuff out there to do, like being a kid again. A kid with cute nails.

Press and Stick

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Today I’m going to post some photos of nail stickers, press on manicures, and nail tattoos.

Press on manicures:

I’ve had some success with these, and some failures. Surprisingly, my success was with the Sally Hansen brand that you can get at the drug store. My biggest failures were the ones I got from Sephora. Here’s the one that lasted a long time. It matched my dress from the prom benefit I went to. I was rather pleased because it matched my shoes and dress pretty perfectly.

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They came in a little kit and went on quite nicely and hung around over a week.

For every success, one finds a failure. As pretty as they were, I just don’t think I live the life of luxury to have rhinestones on my nails. That didn’t stop me from trying.

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They popped off pretty quickly. 😦

Unlike the Hello Kitty stickers.

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In the reviews on the Sephora website everyone seemed pretty disappointed in them, but I was pleased. They lasted about a week, and were almost tough to take off when the time came. I did put clear coat on top of them, for the record.

Then there are the nail tattoos from BigRuby. They are kinda like the stick on tats you had as a kid. You press them on your nail with a damp cloth. They can be a teeny bit tricky, making sure they are straight and that all of the tattoo has come off onto your nail, but I was very pleased with the look. Plus, they had octopi…

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As always, questions comments, opinions, suggestions, etc. are all welcome. Feel free to leave some love.

“Look What I Can Do”

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… said in her best Stewart voice.

Here from oldest to newest is some of my more recent art work. As always, if you like it, let me know.

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My friend started a notebook to pass around amongst friends. This was one of the pages I did. The words are all from movie tickets.

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A separate friend turned her birthday party into a fundraiser for literacy. These are the 2 paintings I did for her auction.

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Another friend organized a fundraiser to give money towards the Tsunami clean up effort in Japan. I did this painting for their auction.

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A friend recruited me to do a CD cover for a friend of theirs. To my knowledge, they never used this. But I liked it.

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The Literazzi group that spawned from the friend who dedicated her birthday party to literacy fundraising is working on an anthology yet to be published. I created this collage for them. It will be the back cover of the book when it comes out.

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This is not the best shot of it, but this piece was in the Unblurred event (first Friday) in Garfield at Most Wanted Fine Arts Gallery, late last year.

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This is one that I did for a good friend for a Mother’s Day gift for his mom. The quote is from Mother Theresa.

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This piece I did on a record to be displayed during Vinyl Day at a local theater.

I’m also planning on posting my other miscellaneous work soon. Such as textile, and other crafty type stuff.

On Being Trendy…

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I subscribe to Birchbox. It’s a service that sends you some pretty sweet beauty samples for about $10 a month. The idea is that you’ll do reviews for extra points, and just even getting a box every month you get points. These points give you money off purchases. The samples are supposed to get you hooked on a product and then you need the full size of it. 

They’ll also send you cute tips, or this month a fall “look book”. One of the things mentioned was the french tip manicure with contrasting colors. I saw this a little over a year ago, on the young ladies on the bus and whatnot, and tried my own. Traditionally, the French tip is done by doing an undercoat of a lighter color. Then blocking of the tips and doing the pink color on the rest of the nail. I’m not a terrible fan of the traditional look. 

I did mine in reverse. I did the under color and allowed it to dry. Then I took masking tape across most of the nail, and painted the tip. I chose orange and gold glitter.

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(I know the quality of the photo is crap, but this was from a while ago, when I wasn’t thinking of “how it would look on my blog”.)

And in the same vein, here is further experimentation of “tone on tone” with 2 different yellow colors. Some of them I blocked off with the masking tape. Some are more free form (the dots or the stripe down the middle). 

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As usual, I’m always begging for feedback, ideas, suggestions, or stories from readers. So if any of these apply, holla!