femme: nude colors, lace, and sparkle

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I couldn’t find a photo of my most recent inspiration. I saw a red carpet dress that had a nude colored bodice with either rhinestone lace pattern, or perhaps sequins. Lately I’m kind of into lace, as it appeals to my obsession with layers. 

I did find some photos along that theme, so you get the jumping off point.

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My first idea was a very pale pink with a rosy gold glitter on top.

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Next I did the ELF color “Desert Haze” with little rhinestones and mixed glitter. 

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It was really tricky to take tweezers and try to put those tiny little rhinestones on right where I wanted them. 

Speaking of rhinestones, I don’t think I live the life of leisure to have rhinestones on my nails. Not that that fact will stop me when I want to wear them, but maybe I need to try some super glue the next time. They just pop off when you reach into your pocket. Not durable at all.

Most recently I used the same Desert Haze color with a lace pattern sticker from the same set as the rhinestones. I tried a light gold glitter on the tips, though I don’t think it’s very noticeable. 

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This might be the closest so far. I’d like to find a really good actual lace to cut and glue. I haven’t found a good lace to use thus far, but I’ll keep an eye out. These lace pattern stickers were also bothersome because they came in one large strip that I had to cut to separate. 

I’m also taking the Biotin again. I honestly think the most notable difference is the ring finger on my right hand that likes to split if the nail grows to any length. It seems less likely to split. Of course it split again recently, which is when I decided to start taking the Biotin again. 

Don’t know why I’m on such a feminine kick, but it’s just a nice change of pace. We’re all longing for Spring, here in Pittsburgh. Despite the bulb plants peeking (due to some serious Spring weather cock teases), Winter weather seems to be reluctant to release its grip. 

Here’s to Spring ahead.

 

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bright and girly

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I was recently inspired by the chapter I’m reading in John Water’s book Role Models. It may have been intended as satirical, but I took his statement to buck trends to heart. So when I heard neutrals were the look for spring, I pulled out my brights. 

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I used a matte top coat to pull the colors together. 

Then I decided to go femme with a chunky rose gold glitter over a pale pink. Is it just me or does anyone else have an issue with chunky glitters? Seems like if you don’t do multiple coats, you get hardly any on the first application. 

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I’m looking forward to some experiments coming up in the future. I have so many ideas!

Recent Manis

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My first inspiration was a Pinterest post with this image:

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I used a beige/nude color as the base, then used masking tape to block off most of it at a diagonal. On the left hand I did the upper portion coral and on the right hand I did the lower portion, as a mirror image.

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When I finished, it reminded me of the cover of the Ziggy Stardust album:

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I think the only think that could have made it more of an homage would have been a rhinestone on the index finger, but those never last. I just don’t live the life of luxury required to get those to stick around for more than 2 days, tops.

My next inspiration was a nail polish I got in this months Birchbox. It’s “cactus”, but both my roomie and I feel it’s more of a jade color. That, in addition to the Stylenomics Essie color (a greenish black), made me want to try a “plaid” look.

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(As was expected, when you Google search “Highlander Plaid” images like this will appear..)

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Warning: the actual mani didn’t turn out totally gorge. It’s best viewed from a distance…

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It’s the cactus color with crossing stripes of the Stylenomics. Then I used a silver nail pen for the small stripes.

I thought that the green plaid was called “Highlander Plaid” but apparently all the plaids are tartans in Scottish culture. And though it Wikipedia I learned that there are patterns for different areas, but the symbolism of the colors is a modern concept. Huh. You learn something new every day…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartan#Colour:_shades_and_meaning

And lastly, I’ll throw another plug in there for my fundraising. (Don’t worry, there is only one more Monday before it all goes down). 9 days left until Renfield’s surgery. So, if you’d like to contribute, there’s still time. Not to ever be forgotten, a ginormous thank you to those who have contributed thus far. I can’t wait to get down on making those art pieces for rewards. Fodder for posts to come….

http://www.gofundme.com/21seh8

(p.s. Sorry my adorable little “widget” for the page didn’t work in the html… But trust me, if you go to the link and look at his super sweet grey face, your heart will melt…)

Latest Efforts

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Some more successful than others…

I did what was essentially a “holiday version” of the Mermaid Nails manicure I blogged about this Summer. I wasn’t going to post it, until my gynie complimented me on them…

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It’s Leaf Him at the Altar by OPI with a dollar store multi green glitter and Milani gold glitter on top. 

Then I tried again to do the “ombre” nails. Well, to be fair, I’ve been anxious after my last failed attempt. Initially I was going to use loose eye shadow on top of a coat of white, like I had seen another blogger do, but I couldn’t find the original post. Instead I ended up find a tutorial about doing ombre nails with an eye shadow sponge.

It wasn’t difficult. The sponge works nicely, unlike when I tried to use a make up wedge sponge. I feel like following the tutorial, I didn’t end up with as much color as I would have liked. From a distance, it came off primarily white. 

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It’s messy technique. You will require some clean up.

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I’m still planning on doing a manicure with eye shadow and further practice with ombre nails in the future.

Right now, my nails are naked. This winter has not been kind. They’ve been peeling like the devil. I bought a bottle of Biotin, because I saw a post on Pinterest. I’ll let you know if it seems to be working…

Caviar

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So I’ve been dreaming of a DIY Caviar Manicure, ever since I saw it on a nail blog. But for the life of me, I could not find small enough beads at the craft store. So when I got the Sephora Winter catalog (well, to be entirely honest, my roommate did) and saw the Caviar Mini Bar gift set, and had a really good coupon, I dove upon it like a ravenous jackal. 

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From the Sephora website: www.sephora.com/ciate-caviar-manicure-P311207?skuId=1429562

Note — I couldn’t find the picture for the actual mini bar set. They may be out of stock. But the set has 4 different types of beads and 4 paint colors, plus a funnel to pour the extra beads back into the bottle. It also comes with a little instruction manual, but it’s fairly easy.

I elected to do an accent nail with the pearls and silver underneath. The black is not from the set.

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I’d say it has some staying power, about a week, with a thin layer of top coat. As long as one can resist picking at it, which for me isn’t easy. Also, I don’t know if it was because my nails are shorter, but the the tips felt scratchy. I’d recommend wearing gloves when doing the dishes or washing your hair, if you really want it to last.

white “diamonds” and black “velvet”

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First I tried loose glitter, specifically Sally Girl, over Essie “Marshmellow”.

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In case you’re wondering, I put the glitter on top of the clear top coat while it was wet.

Then comes the attempt at the “suede manicure” I’ve seen. The DIY version I’ve seen calls for “flocking”. I only happen to know this really exists because I know modeling hobbyists who use it for terrain, but the woman at Micheal’s looked at me like I grew a second head. So I ended up with embossing powder. 

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The first set of pictures is right after I did it, these are the next day. 

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Still a really interesting texture, but not looking as soft and fuzzy anymore. Next time I will make sure it is “flocking”. I still need to find really small pearl beads to try the “caviar” manicure, but I will eventually.

 

First Foray

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Today my friend, Jess, did some Halloween themed nail art for me. As I mentioned in my last entry, Jess is a “doodling pro”, but she’s never done nail art before. I brought in a variety of possible Halloween colors and an eyeliner brush, but I only have the Sally Hansen pens in black, silver, and gold. We used the pens and Jess says they’re like using Sharpies. I’m quite happy with the nails, very cute.

Imageabove: left hand

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right hand

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“accent nail” pumpkins w/gold on the thumbs.

I did the base coat with White Out by Spoiled Wet N Wild and used a matte top coat before she did the nail art. I put a quick dry top coat over it. We’re both so happy with the results, there may be a repeat for following holidays.