Here’s an updated take on an old nail art technique known as galaxy nails. That’s basically beauty speak for “sponge a bunch of colourful polishes onto your nails in a nebulae-like fashion, top with tiny pinprick planets and GO!” But no actual “Guardians of the” in this post (wee confession regarding the movies: I no like) – just trying to guard these pretty galaxy nails from chips and general destruction. 🙂
Here’s some ultra shimmery, very unicorny nails for no reason other than it’s Thursday, the weather’s all bummy and I have an entire diningroom’s worth of painting to get done before 5 pm this evening. No sweat, says I! Although I have been sweating a great deal, which is what happens when you’re contorting yourself into positions never before attempted by the world’s most practiced yogis in order to just. reach. this. onnnnneeeeee. spot. in. the. corner. of. the. closet. that. no. one. but. you. will. ever. see. or. even. know. is. there. But it will haunt your dreams if you I don’t deal with it immediately, so here we are!
I won’t tell you the base colours I used in this manicure – a chromatic, vaguely fuzzy-looking pink topped with diagonal sponging in chromatic teal and green to mimic the prism of light captured along the edge of this new cup I purchased – because the company is long out of business, and also went down in a spectacular blaze of not-so-glorious glory. None of the polishes I own were affected by said blaze, so I’ve continued using them, although I try not to talk up the company.
But I did top the whole works off with another polish that I’d be happy to talk up, Orly’s unicorn-in-a-bottle glitter topper, Anything Goes. This polish hits all the fun P requirements – pretty, pastel and purple! Now back to a P word of my own, sigh – painting.
Never actually been into Hendrix (so random, very tiresome) but I am into these nails, which technique-wise, are way outside my usual. In that there is an identifiable technique at work here – two of them, actually, sponging and striping tape – instead of my usual free-handed approach. I like the precision, even if I think there needs to be more of those cool holo-striped beams. And perhaps a change in colour, something a bit more vibrant that won’t merge quite so seamlessly with the silver base polish I used here, ILNP’s ultra holographic Mega.) Maybe pink? You know, like the long lost Jimi Hendrix song, Pink Haze. 😉
Fun fact: The song Lightning Crashes by the band Live is my least favourite song of all time. And by that I mean I f*cking LOATHE it. No song should ever, EVER, contain the word “placenta,” especially if that word is sung all lustily by a slithery, rat-tailed proto-bro. Not that I have any particular feelings on the matter! Although my husband likes to tease me about my Lightning Crashes reaction time when we’re listening to music in the car – unlike the song, it does NOT suck, and it takes me maybe 1/100th of a second to shriek and snap off the radio in disgust.
I’m not disgusted by these nails, though, because they turned out really well! I particularly like the sponged-on, ozoney bits. 🙂
I was over at my parents’ for dinner last night, and both prior to and after I had THE most delightful time sllllooowwwwlllly driving my car up and down their double driveway, windows open, listening to the solid sheet of ice beneath the wheels of the car snap, crackle and pop. It was a bit like driving over a frozen body of water without the fear of plunging to an icy and untimely death. Gotta get your fun where you can, right? 🙂
These sponged-on nails are just as icy as my parents’ driveway. For New Years, I hope it sees a bit of melt.
Is truly outrageous, truly, truly, truly outrageous!
So I’ve noted on more than a few occasions that I’m total crap at drawing stars. Always have been – it’s one of those odd little mental blocks that decades of practice have failed to rectify. So I thought to myself, “Self, why not jump head-first into the starry abyss and do a manicure that’s practically nothing but stars? And completely inspired by Jem and the Holograms, which you never watched because you thought it was stupid, but pink and guitars, yay! And that will also take you about two hours, because stars are still not your thing, even when you go super slowly and carefully?” Okay, so I said that last part to myself after the fact – two hours after the fact, actually. What can I say, myself and I both have a lot to say for ourselves. 😉
So there’s a lot going on in these nails, right? I see the gradient here from Jem’s yellow star-topped band logo, the yellow stars themselves, the pinky-purple sparkle dust that seemed to accompany every toss of her platinum-pink hair, the little pink guitars that I assume at least one of the Holograms actually played, plus Jem’s magic-and-music-making red star earrings (again with the freakin’ stars!) Cute, although I’m not sure I’d call them truly, truly, truly outrageous. Maybe just one truly.
Sing it with me now! “Skinamarinky doo…I! LOVE! YOOOOOOUUUUU!” And I really kind of love this manicure, too, even though it didn’t quite turn out as I had intended. I was going for a kind of all-pink galaxy look here, but the three pink base polishes I sponged on were all sort of samey (in that they were all blue shimmer-enhanced, bubblegum pinks), leading to a kind of muddled and unidentifiable mess. But a pretty mess! So pretty, especially when topped with two coats of Rose Coloured Glasses, an all-fuchsia holo glitter positively brimming with purple-flashing hexes and stars.