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.
Or: When Good Ideas Go Stupid! So here’s how this mani was supposed to play out. First, paint on a starry night background. Then, using a dotting tool, randomly dot on white polish for your “fireflies.” Once dry, top the white polish with neon yellow polish. Now your fireflies are glowing! Then, using a detail brush dipped in acetone, apply a bead to the top of each neon yellow dot. What’s supposed to happen next is the acetone spreads out, taking a bit of that neon yellow polish with it, depositing it in a sort of glowing corona of light around your dotted-on fireflies. I’ve seen this technique used multiple times in various tutorials, and they always make it seem like it’s just the easiest thing in the world to accomplish.
But guess what? It totally wasn’t! Oh sure, the actual nail art-ing part went fine, but when it came time to drop that little bead of acetone onto my nails, it stayed resolutely put, burning a neat little hole through each of the dotted-on fireflies, straight down to the base polish. In desperation, I finally began dunking my detail brush into acetone and then into the neon yellow polish in an attempt to create a kind of neon yellow wash to encircle the fireflies. And that’s where I left it! I don’t think these nails are great, and the technique as described is not one I’ll be returning to, but hey, the more you know, right?
Well, would you look at that – nail art for the second day in a row, just like I promised yesterday! I probably shouldn’t be quite so excited about just honouring a rather easy-to-hold promise, but as I mentioned, oh, months ago now, I’ve been having a lot of difficulty motivating myself in the direction of my nail art supplies, so this really is quite an accomplishment. Today I’m featuring a simple gum ball-type design, quite easy – just dots made with a dotting tool and a handful of rainbow-hued polishes – but still very striking. Actual candy for these fingers. 😉
It’s my birthday, too! No, actually, it really is – today I am *giant sigh* 41. I won’t dare complain about it, though, as the alternative is pretty darn grim. I’m just not feeling the celebratory thing this year, although I’m sure that will change once I’m half a whisky sour into tonight’s birthday steakhouse dinner; a lot can change once you add whisky sours to the mix. 😉
And so this afternoon, for my 41st, I’m enjoying a few of my favourite things – Dirty Dancing on the TV, pretty springtime Mickey nails and a thoroughly inedible birthday “cake.”
As always, my mani’s got me thinking about Disney. I think this is the part where I’m supposed to say I want to be there RIGHT NOW, but I so don’t want to be there right now – right now is spring break, and spring break at Disney occupies its very own circle of Hell. I saw photos yesterday of the lineup for Space Mountain that just about gave me a panic attack – it extended all the way out of the attraction and down to Auntie Gravity’s. For those perhaps not as well versed in the Magic Kingdom’s geography as I, that’s a gigantic, four-plus hour lineup, easy. Ugh, what a nightmare. I’ll take this simple, springy mani over that any day, thank you, but especially on my birthday! Ain’t nobody got time for that nonsense.
And as has been my little tradition now two years running, I blew out a candle and made a birthday wish on a decorated wax sheet cake from Sniff My Tarts. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth – plus there’s that whole sure-to-be-indulgent dinner thing coming up – so this custom cake (featuring a blend of Peppermint, Coconut Cream Pie and Sticky Marshmallow) really fits the birthday bill.
So happy birthday to me, and happy birthday to you, too, should you also be celebrating on this Friday the 13th. To another great year!
Simple and elegant. Not bad for a manicure inspired by a falsetto-voiced cartoon mouse.
*Cymbals crash, man coughs uncomfortably, single baby begins sad-crying*
Okay, I’ll see myself out now!