It’s been a long time since my standing Sunday night appointment with The Simpsons, but man, back in the day, I had a real Simpsons problem. In university when I lived at home with my parents, I’d hog the remote and make them watch two episodes over the dinner hour. They always laughed, but after the fourth time hearing “Yes, Lisa, a magical animal” (my Dad’s favourite, and frequently uttered, quote) they started feeling a bit of Simpsons fatigue. I watched a bunch of season 4 episodes this afternoon for the first time in ages, and they were absolutely hilarious – must add more Simpsons to my life, starting with these nails!
I’ll preface this post with an apology to the handful of kind readers who liked the unfinished fragrance piece I accidentally published some minutes ago. It’s very much a work-in-progress (in fact, these nails are a small part of the larger, to-be-published whole) and I didn’t intend to loose it on the world until it was good and ready. Which it’s not! So down she goes. On the plus side, that’s the first time in over two years of nearly daily blogging that I’ve hit the “publish” button as opposed to “edit.” That has to be some kind of record, right?
Here’s another manicure inspired by a recently acquired bottle of cologne, Demeter’s sublimely yummy Angel Food. Rest assured that all this now-not-so-secretive perfume business will clarify itself in the coming days, but for now, let’s enjoy yet another “inspired by” manicure, one that reminds me that my talents do not like in baking, either of the real or lacquered variety. I mean, really, look at that cake. Somebody left that bastard out in the rain for sure.
Oh my glob, looks like it’s time for another Adventure Time manicure, this one a nail art design heavily influenced AND inspired by Sarah Waite of Chalkboard Nails. Lumpy Space, for the uninformed, is the pastel cloud-covered kingdom of the Lumpy Space Princess, a giant purple blob with a speech impediment and a raging diva attitude. She’s one of something like 50-odd (VERY odd) sovereigns in Adventure Time, and her fluffy cloud kingdom (think Care-a-Lot, but dark, and with a heavy emphasis on purple) is pretty spectacular.
So spectacular, actually, that back in June of 2014 Sarah did an awesome Lumpy Space manicure, and one I’ve admired right from the get-go. Perhaps it’s the not-so-basic background of dark purple and magenta dots, or maybe it’s the bright pastels of the lush, plush clouds, or perhaps it’s the matte finish, but whatever “it” is, I just love this manicure, and so I decided to finally recreate it, Finger Candy-style. Not a bad likeness either, although I think I prefer the colours Sarah used – a little closer to the original.
That’s my term for the warm, orangey-pinky-purple clouds that stand like fluffy sentinels along the horizon at sunset. I’m fortunate enough to live in a location with unobstructed views of a major river and the mountain-dotted province just beyond it, so come this time of year, I’m treated to some truly spectacular sunsets. For reasons I’d have to be much more scientifically inclined than I am to understand (which is to say not at all), the combination of the hilly landscape and the reflective water make for a beautiful, watercolour kind of effect where the setting sun’s lush reds and pinks, purples and blues stain the clouds a beautiful rainbow of pastels.
Heavens, that was poetic! But I really love those fluffy cotton candy clouds, and so I put them on my nails in service of week three’s theme of pastels in April’s N.A.I.L. Challenge!
I’ve just noticed that I have featured a lot of blue polish-based manicures on the blog as of late. This runs contrary to my general nail art MO, which is to dabble a bit across the entire rainbow spectrum, never lingering too long on any one hue. But I guess I’ve been feeling the blue lately (as opposed to just plain old feeling blue) because here’s another one!
It looks like Mickey’s got his head in the clouds again with this mani, where I brushed on one coat of All Ears, a Mickey glitter-studded polish from Whimsical Ideas by Pam, over a background of fluffy white clouds in a blue (and glow in the dark) sky. All Ears is lovely and classic Mickey – tiny red, white and yellow matte hexes make up the bulk of the glitter mix, but the Mickey heads are plentiful and not the least bit difficult to capture on the brush – and the blue background polish is a favourite of mine, Serum No. 5’s Blue Blazes, a sky blue creme that glows electric neon turquoise. Here’s the best shot of Blue Blazes in action I’ve ever taken, which is still not saying much, but we’re getting better!
Here’s a sad little thundercloud sitting atop a puddle of glittery blue polish that reminds me a bit of extra sparkly rainwater. That I made this particular glitter polish – name’s I Blue It – just adds to the overcast fun.
These nails are my entry in the second week of the May N.A.I.L. Art Challenge for the theme of clouds, despite the fact that I am sporting but one cloud on my nails, singular. Hopefully no one will take me to task for it and (GROAN) rain on my polished parade.