Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Gold on Gold Stripes

Sometimes it seems like manicure fails are the story of my life... I picked up this gold-flecked black Maybelline Color Show that looked so pretty in the bottle. On the nail, it was tragically disappointing. It went on poorly and messily, and just wouldn't look smooth. I had also grabbed one of the Essence Ready for Boarding collection, Via Airmail!, so I jazzed it up a bit with an accent nail of that. It was a lovely, bright, basic blue creme - exactly the sort of thing that I love.

Of course, that didn't quite do it for me. To bring things together, I decided a healthy helping of gold was in order. I liked the boldness of these stripes, and they were terribly easy to do - I just chose one polish with a wide brush, and one with a thin one. The first stripe was Jade Mystic Gold, and then a coat of China Glaze Blonde Bombshell down the middle of that.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Fangs and Blood Nail Art

For my actual Hallowe'en nails, I wanted something a bit scarier! I really like this sort of cartoon-aesthetic nail art, and was especially inspired by this manicure for the general idea, and by this video tutorial for the style of the fangs.


And that's it for that holiday! Can I start posting Christmas nails now?

Monday, 5 November 2012

Candy Corn Nail Art

I've actually never eaten candy corn in my life - when I showed my mother this manicure, she didn't even know what candy corn was. So, I think it just isn't really a thing where I'm from. But I was seeing so many lovely candy corn gradients going around this Hallowe'en season, I had to make one happen.

I did a sponge gradient with white, orange, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening for the yellow. For the accent nail, I followed this tutorial for mini-candy corns.

Unfortunately, my topcoat caused this to bubble horrifically, adding some unattractive... brown polka dots? That's what it looked like, the bubble were so deep. So the next day, I added glitter! Polish, Eh?!? Lil' Monsters upped the Hallowe'en factor, and the sparkle. I really love this glitter combination.

I know it's past Halloween, but I have one more to show you after this - think of it as inspiration for next year!