Frostbite

Frostbite 1

We’re sailing in uncharted (frozen) waters here, friends, as these nails represent the first time in over 1,500 manicures (whaaa?) that I’ve not fully painted my nails to opacity, opting instead to go The Full Nail Monty!  Or The Partial Nail Monty, as there’s some edge-of-the-nail accessorizing at work here in the form of Sally Hansen’s very frosty-looking Gem Crush in Showgirl Chic.  Simple and elegant frozen fabulousness.

Frostbite 2

Laces Out

not-ren-faire-nails

I was initially going to call these Ren Faire nails, but there’s really not enough boobs on display.  Gotta have the heaving cleave!  Also brocade, gold filigreed ribbon and enough velvet to choke a team of department store Santas.  But mainly laced-up boobs, and seeing as I don’t really go in for the joke store approach to nail art, it became laces atop a velvety sort of gradient (Glam Polish’s purple Lydia edged with a tiny little bit of night blue Second Star To The Right) instead.  Huzzah!

A Sprinkling of Freckles

sprinkled-with-freckles

So titled after the very sprinkle-like neon glitter topper I used here, Polish Me Silly’s Freckles, over a simple purple-on-cream gradient.  It’s super overcast and gloomy here today, and I wanted a cheerful manicure that reminds me of food – I think this definitely qualifies!

Beetlejuice! (31DC2016)

beetlejuice-fingers

My favourite movie, and a fun little exercise in lettering for day 23’s theme of a movie in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge.  Tooting my own horn here – and if you don’t toot your own, who will? – but I think this manicure turned out beautifully.  Come to think of it, I always take extra special care to make sure my Beetlejuice manicures are spickety span – it’s the difference watching a movie approximately 500 times will do to a person’s work. 😉

Parrotfish (31DC2016)

parrot-fish-fingers

Day 13’s theme in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge called for an animal print, which I naturally interpreted as a fish print, because I’m tired of leopards and zebras and tigers, and I’ve been meaning to redo an earlier parrotfish design of mine for ages now.  And yes, I realize parrotfish – or fish of any description – are not animals in the sense most likely contemplated by the challenge theme, but when there’s a critter this gorgeous and colourful bombing around the world, its exact taxonomy really amounts to a hill of beans now, doesn’t it? And that’s a lesson I think we could all stand to learn, on land or by sea, fish or fowl (but especially the foul.)

These very detailed nails look a bit more stylized than the average parrotfish, though, whose heads and bodies are covered in abstract markings.  But the colourful spirit is the same; parrotfish are some of the prettiest peacocks in the sea with their shimmery turquoise scales and fuchsia, jade green, orange, yellow and cobalt markings, and these nails are not too far off colour-wise from the actual fish.  Beautiful!