That’s a big Buffy-ism – tacking a “Y” onto the end of any word, not to describe a thing, but the general state of a thing. So this manicure, which looks like a purple gemstone caught somewhere between an amethyst and a tanzanite, definitely qualifies as an entry in the suffix chapter of Buff’s Good Guide to Grammar. The little round studs up by my cuticles are natural seashell gems I picked up from Daily Charme. They come in all sorts of colours and mimic the look of natural gemstones. I liked these blue/purple stones best, so that’s why they came home with me!
I did these nails using exactly the same marbling technique as this manicure from the other day. I just switched up the polishes, using three purple lacquers (a pale lilac creme, a chromatic periwinkle and a deep purple holo), highlighting the “fissures” with a glittery purple topper. Aw man, I’m really going to have to do that tutorial now, as these are too easy to keep to myself, but also just a touch too hard to describe simply with words. You know, in a grammar-y-type fashion. 😉 Keep a look out for that one in the coming days, should you be interested in how to create a super high impact, ultra low effort mani.
Heh, that’s a line from the second best character* on my favourite TV show, The Good Place. Janet, played by D’Arcy Carden, is an “informational assistant” – basically an Alexa that can walk and talk and learn to throw shade. Janet’s natural state is to walk around as a hot brunette (in inexplicably stodgy 1960s secretary wear) but when the goings get dicey (and are they never not dicey on The Good Place?) she can be “marbleized” – shrunk down into a easily hideable glass marble, simply by inserting the end of a paperclip in the tiny port behind her ear, and booping the end of her nose. Wow, is The Good Place ever a weird show.
Anyhow, none of that has anything to do with these nails – was just bandying about some ideas for the title of this post and thought, “Huh, these look like marble. Let’s Play Marbles? Ugh, no, that’s crap. Venus de Marble? Seriously? Gawd, go home, you’re drunk, that’s terrible. *GASP!!!* MARBLEIZE ME, MICHAEL!!!” Yup, sometimes it really is just that scattered. Also, I need to re-watch last season of The Good Place before the fourth – and final – season starts this fall.
Oh-kay, getting back to these nails! They were insanely easy. Like, embarrassingly easy. And they only took about 20 minutes, including dry time. Maybe I ought to create a tutorial? But the hows for now? I dipped a small, wide-edged detail brush into three polishes – here a dark brown, a lighter brown and a pale pink – and gently zigzagged it down my nails, already painted in a simple white creme, to create the veiny look of marble. I repeated that process wherever there was space, trying to keep things loose and not too “done.” Annnnnnnnd that was pretty much it. Oh! I also added just a tiny bit of glittery gold detailing, just to really highlight those little “fissures.” Also, too many quotation marks in this post. 😉
*The best character is clearly Jason Mendoza of Jacksonville, Florida. BORTLES!!!
Sprinkled birthday cake nails! Just because.
Or to slightly mangle a Jimmy Buffett song, somewhere it’s Birthday O’Clock. 😉
Here’s a nifty, multi-look mani that makes the most of the polishes I used, four colour-shifting chromatics from Polish Me Silly. And with thanks to that colour shiftiness and the tiniest tilt of your hand, this simple dotted nail art can look like three different manicures in one, perfect if you’re looking to maximize your manis, or even if you’re just really indecisive. 😉
Here I used four Polish Me Silly chromatics, two duo-chromes (Holy Shift, first, and Guilty Pleasure, third) and two multi-chromes (Dreamer, second, and Paradise, fourth.) In the polished nomenclature, chromatic refers to the lacquer’s finish, in this case a liquid metal-type paint job to rival the flashiest of cars in the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (actually, I think Twink’s Incredible Hulk car is the exact same shade of green as Dreamer, and shut up, I KNOW I know too much about that stupid movie, but I can’t help myself, it’s awful/terrible and Han is way hot and I can’t. stop. watching…except it actually features real stunt driving, instead of Vin Diesel smirk-driving on, like, submarines in the Arctic, and it’s pretty badass. I think this comparison may have gotten away from me a bit.)
Duo-chrome means the polish shifts back and forth between two colours, and multi-chrome means it shifts between three or four. This just means that depending on the lighting conditions or the angle of your hand, your nail art can look like a few different manis in one. Quite economical of time and polish, yes, but just a fun look to play around with all the same.
Here’s another Stranger Things-inspired mani to add to…oh wow, six other manicures I’ve done in honour of my favourite television show. You’re living under a rock if you don’t know that season 3 of the hit Netflix show just dropped, which is really where I should be if I want to avoid spoilers. So not only can I NOT talk, because I am busy watching season 3 – just two episodes in; I really want to parcel them out this season instead of just gulping them back – but I literally CANNOT talk, because I can’t talk to anyone until I’ve finished watching it and/or they’ve also watched it so we can (not) talk about it together.
This super simple, striping tape-enabled mani reminds me of Stranger Things’ opening credit graphics, which are NOT simple – that’s why I did this inspired-by manicure instead of attempting to do the title lettering. No way was that one going to turn out on my tiny nails!
For this manicure, I used a base coat of Different Dimension’s cherry red holo, Naughty, under a bit of artfully arranged striping tape and two coats of Lilypad Lacquer’s black holo, Rainbows in Space. This is one of those manicures that I actually prefer in the shade, but you can’t deny that bonkers holo effect out in the sun, even if technically, it’s nothing the Upside Down ever sees.
I got a bit screed-y in my last post, and while I stand behind the sentiments expressed therein (TL;DR – Canada Post sucks) I don’t care to continue lingering in that frame of mind. Since my kitty passed away not quite two weeks ago, I’ve been mired in a sea of fretful unhappiness, and I desperately need a break from the heartbreak. I don’t need to make it worse by freaking out about the mundane and expected (that Canada Post sucks.)
So that’s what led to this simple manicure, my first attempt at any sort of nail art-ing in about a month’s time – I just needed to get out of my own riled-up mind for a second or two. Here I used nothing more complicated than the polish brushes themselves to swipe on first one stripe of KB Shimmer’s Blush Money and then one stripe of KB’s glittery Turning Pointe over a sheer nude base. Pretty in a monochromatic sort of way and not too difficult, ideal for my first foray back into some more arty, less teary and rage-inducing, endeavors.
Because the colours I used in this manicure are quite Frankenstein-y, no? Also because the topcoat I used (name withheld to protect the cruddy) dragged most of the polish off the dots, giving these nails a very undone sort of look. It really doesn’t help that by adding the matte topcoat (name also withheld to protect the likewise cruddy) it caused the polish at the very edges of my nails to pucker. Or maybe it does help – I’m sure Frankenstein’s skin was not unblemished. Now there was a man in desperate need of a rejuvenating skin mask.
Anyhow, happy early Halloween! Let’s celebrate with these nails, because they’re kind of a (pretty) nightmare.