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Twinsie Tuesday: Halloween

30 Oct

Being that I’ve been doing Halloween manis throughout the month, I saved my best for today.  I’ve had this design in mind for weeks now and almost didn’t do it out of sheer laziness.  I must say, it’s pretty awesome, so I’m happy I finally did it.

I vaguely remember watching Stephen King’s “It” years ago and being terrified of that clown.   Growing up one of my cousins had a bit of a clown theme in her bedroom.  I used to spend the night there regularly when my family was in town visiting.  I was always creeped out by all her clowns.  Granted they were happy circus clowns, but still.  Was I really supposed to believe that they weren’t going to come to life as soon as I went to sleep and come after me?  Thankfully I made it through many sleepovers unscathed.

Clowns, evil or not, are creepy to a lot of people, so I decided it would be fun to take advantage of that.  Knowing this was going to be an involved design, I opted for just one clown and did a fading gradient dot design on the rest of my nails.  I marbled my polka dots and love how some of them came out so swirly.  The base polish on all my nails is Julep Brigitte.  It’s become my favorite white and I’m down to half a bottle.  I need to ease up on it a bit.  The orange gradient is Jordana Orangesicle and the marbled black is China Glaze Liquid Leather.

For my clown I used Julep Molly for the red lips, Sinful Colors GoGo Girl for the nose, Sinful Colors Amethyst for the purple eyes, and Julep Annette for the wrinkles and creases in his face.  I topped it off with Hong Kong Girl top coat.

I hope to be able to wear this for a couple days so I can admire my handy work.  Hopefully my ring finger won’t magically come to life during the night and try to strangle me. 😉

Be sure the check out all the other manis today:

Amanda of Amandalandish
Anna of Going to the Showing
Anne of Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley of Art Evolve
Brandi of The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea of Nailed Blog
ChiChi of I’m Just Me…ChiChi
Cordia of Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth of Did My Nails
Jenn of All That is Gorgeous
Jenna of I’m Still Thinking
Katherine of Haul of Fame
Maribeth of Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite!
Marisa of Polish Obsession
Meredith of Polish and Charms
Nory of Fierce Make Up and Nails
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Tara of Polishy of Truth

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Black and White

20 Sep

I wonder if this mani would look the same if the pictures were in black and white?  That might be an interesting experiment to try.

I thought it would be fun to layer Lynnderella Connect the Dots over a black and white gradient.  I used Sally Hansen White On, Julep Annette and China Glaze Liquid Leather for my grey scale gradient.

I intentionally used a top coat that is heavy on the smear factor to help bleed the colors together even more.  It worked pretty well.

Connect the Dots is one of the roughest glitters I have.  I think it’s because of the bars and the large hexs.  You definitely need a coat or two of a thick top coat to tame it.  Black and white glitters are the perfect compliment to pretty much any color polish.  There are a plethora of options out there on the market now, so you have no excuse for not having one in your stash.

Split Gradient

14 Sep

Sometimes I just really have no idea what to say about a design.  This is one of those times.  I’m having a bit of writer’s block. 

I got the idea to do two different gradients on my nail at the same time.  Split the nail right up the middle.  I think it turned out pretty cool.  I started with China Glaze Liquid Leather.  Once that was dry, I taped off one half of my nail and sponged on OPI DS Magic and OPI Sea Ya Later Sailor for the blue.  For the orangeish-yellow I used Sinful Colors Cloud 9 and the unnamed LA Colors polish I got from the dollar store.

Halfway through this design it was time to get my daughter up from her nap, so I had to slap a top coat on it and hope I didn’t ruin it before I had a chance to finish and take pictures.  I did flub it up a bit, but I think I hid it pretty well.

For the second gradient I used OPI DS Radiance and OPI Calendar Girl with Sinful Colors Happy Ending and I think a little Revlon Zealous and OPI Sit Under the Apple Tree.  I had those two out, but now I can’t remember if I used them or not.  What do you think of my split gradient?

Dewey Gradient

16 Aug

I wish I could have seen the picture Ackeene described in her comment. I had to do my best to imagine what it might look like. Of course, I imagined a gradient.

I dug through my stash for find the colors that I thought would go best together. I started with a white base coat so the colors would pop more. My colors are Sinful Colors Happy Ending, Sally Hansen Hypnotic Pink, OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress and OPI Plugged-In Plum.

The picture that was described was a macro shot of a leaf with dew drops on it. After I applied two coats of Cult Nails Wicked Fast, I tried to create some dew drops on my nails. They are a little difficult to see in the photos. To give the illusion of drops of water I used a dotting tool and added spots of Color Club Femme Fatale.

This look reminds me of a piece of fruity hard candy. It looks like it would taste like watermelon, maybe. Yummy.

Blue and Purple Gradient

13 Aug

When I’m pressed for time and running low on inspiration, a gradient is usually my answer.  I absolutely love these light aqua-ish blue colors lately.

Here I used Wet ‘n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint then sponged on some Wet ‘n Wild On a Trip.  To add a little bling and sparkle I added some Color Club Art Club silver and gold holographic glitter.

After I put the glitter on, I thought I’d taken it a step too far and that adding it was a mistake, but it’s growing on me.  The glitter photographed really well.  I topped it with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

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