Today I did my Fall Foliage design as a full manicure today, instead of just the single nail I sent in to be part of the Nails Magazine design submission.
Not only does it look even better with a scattering of leaves used across the nails, but adding rhinestones in red, yellow, and pale green added a fantastic finishing sparkle. I love how these turned out!
It may be cheating, but sometimes a simple stamp to put art on your nails is all you need to make people love 'em. The pharmacy tech at my neruologist's office thought these were fantastic.
I also realized that while my wedding ring shows up occasionally in pictures of my left hand, my Aggie ring doesn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves, so I got a shot of my right, today. And I must say, using a camera with your left hand is very, very awkward! But I manged to get a decent shot, so I guess anything's possible.
And I must say, olive drab with black filigree does go beautifully with an Aggie accent ;)
So I have my sourdough at close to finished and ready to shape, when the urge suddenly strikes me to paint a design I saw this morning. I get these urges. But they're not uncontrollable, I don't need therapy. Don't Judge Me!
... So anyway I meander over and paint an absolutely adorable little owl on my thumb. Well, I start to, at any rate. 'Cause right about the time I finish the third color and have big thick blobs of polish on my thumb for the eyes, the timer goes off. Fantastic. Luckily all I need to do is to move the dough into a greased bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. I can do that one-handed, no problem!
Heh. For future reference, to anyone who is curious... you canNot, without practice, operate a tube of plastic wrap using the fingers of only one hand. And plastic wrap and wet nail-polish are do not play nicely.
So long story short, isn't this a cute little owl?
I think I'll name him 'Hindsight'. At any rate, by the time we finished him - again - I was about through with detail work. I had a pretty good color scheme going though, so I'm currently sporting an owl, and 9 leopard print nails.
I feel positively at one with nature. Not sure where in nature you find both tawny owls and leopards, but I'm right there.
Warning: the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens work wonderfully. But...
They're easy to use, and they have bright, vibrant colors. What could be wrong?
They stain. Changing my polish wiped off the base coat, and the polish, and the design, but not the stain. This picture's base coat is two coats of China Glaze's Heaven -- and if you look carefully at my middle finger, you can still see a faint purple/pink flower. That's what didn't come off with the rest of the polish :( But it's faint, and the blue ones take attention away from the ghost of a magenta flower.
I am loving having a whole bunch of tips to work on and play with nail art designs. It's just too easy to do a single nail and then change designs rather than doing the same thing ten times. And the ability to turn it upside down and backwards, if necessary, is nice too. I think most people tend to complain if you disloacate their fingers to get a better angle.
A white/white shimmer marble. Great subtle background! : Sally Hansen's Ink Splatter crackle polish : a Rockstar nail gradient. Going to have to perfect the glitter gradient process, this has serious potential!