Man, okay, it's 2015. Jeez, I missed this place. I've been struggling with a lot, in between jobs (I was a McDonalds manager for a year) and depression episodes, I haven't felt like blogging much, but I'm going to get back to it! I apologize for the really long post, but you'll like it.
Okay, I'm not going to do the normal thing for this one, I'm just going to post the nail art, do a little blurb about it, and move on to the next one.
Oh! And I made myself a little logo for my Nail Art. All of my future pictures will have it somewhere on it.
Okay, to the Nail Art!
Apparently I never added this one, which I did for Christmas of 2012! Wow, that was a while ago. It was when I got some loose glitter from Julep, whom I still love, and went a little crazy with it. Still love the blue color though.
Halloween 2014, quite the time jump, and I bought some Nail Art Pens called Hot Designs and tried them out. As you can see, the white had air issues, but otherwise it makes pretty nice lines. I swapped out the Frenches for the top photo nails pretty fast, for some reason, but I don't remember why.
Christmas 2014, getting more in step with hand painting my nails instead of using shaping tape. I really liked these, and the photo doesn't do the glitter effects justice, but it felt so festive on my nails.
Okay, out of the time line into just random pictures of my nails, in no particular order. Anyone who's stalked my reddit account, u/Karingan, will see that this was the first nail art I did, ever. Sorry for the crappy quality, it's what I had back then. I'm thinking I might do this again, but water marbling is still kinda messy, and not my favorite thing to do.
Aw, man. I loved this one. I got a really nice Butter London Gold on Valentines Day 2013, and I still think it's my favorite Gold. I left nail tape on and put Regeneration from Lucky 13's Doctor Who line over my nail for a nice effect.
This one was another fun one to try out my new dotting tools. Doing an interlocking french was kind of a pain, but it looks so neat!
Oh, yes, stamping! I loved, loved, loved this design! I got a lot of nice comments about it, and I really liked the color choices.
Believe me when I say I'm not a huge fan of animal print. I just never got into it, but I did like the complexity of leopard fur. This was before the dotting tools, I'm pretty sure I used a toothpick for these.
Oh, this blue. I stared at it for days, I love this blue. I can't even remember what the heck it is, and with my new living situation, it may be a while before I locate all of my polishes again. :(
I freaking love this color combo, really. And the tape patterns! It took oh my gosh forever to space those and remove them but it was so worth it!
This one was interesting. I bought two random purples, grabbed a silver (which you might recognize as Juleps Rebel, because I love this color omg.), and just painted. No tools other than the brushes the polishes came with.
I did another Cloud manicure with three different types of polish; Silk by Sinful Colors, Texture by Sinful Colors, and a gel-like Blue. It was pretty interesting!
This one took incredibly long, and I wasn't too happy because I'm not a huge pink fan. Still, the baroque pattern looks nice.
These two were just drawing flowers with Holo polishes. Trying to capture the intense holographic effect was pretty difficult.
Another beautiful pairing of colors, and a neat secret. I'm a gamer, surprise! Actually, I've always been that girl who could beat you at most video games. This manicure is inspired by the Shurima Desert crest from League of Legends. I just really love Azir, guys.
Back to stamping! And Matte! And that's pretty much all I have to say about these. They felt nice and silky!
Lets try Gradients! It took looking around for a good way to do this, and I stuck with makeup wedges. They work surprisingly well!
Oh my freaking gosh, you guys. I did hand-placed glitter. So...much...glitter. Glitter was everywhere on my desk on on the floor and just, all over. Glitter is the herpes of the craft world. This took almost as much time removing as it did placing.
And yet, I came right back to it! I just couldn't stop thinking of neat designs I could do with glitter. To be fair, once I figured out a good stable way to place it, it actually wasn't that hard.
Matte and flakies, best friends in my book, and I was going on a black kick at the time, so I would put black on my nails and add stuff later, just for giggles, I guess.
And the last photo! Wow! What did I do here? Well, I went to my local Claires, and they were having a sale, as per usual, and I found a "Liquid Metal" nail polish in their brand. I scoffed. I still bought it to try it. It looked, by itself, like old, tarnished metal, but what surprised me the most was the speed it dried at. This stuff dried the second it was laid on the nail, I saw it, and it did not like to be painted over. Surgical precision needed. The patterns are from some temporary tattoos that they also had, and the best way I found to place them is as follows:
1. Cut out the pattern you want to transfer.
2. Remove the clear plastic front, just like you would if you place it on your skin.
3. Place FIRMLY over the nail, make sure it sticks a bit.
4. This is important, bend the design over the nail BEFORE you do the next step.
5. Damped the back of the tattoo, I did this with a makeup wedge, it worked the best for me.
6. DO NOT MOVE THE PATTERN, OH MY GLOB! And it will want to, because your nail is slippery, probably.
7, Carefully remove the backing and pat down any part of the pattern that sticks up.
8. Clean up, top coat, and viola!
I will totally be doing this again, there are so many beautiful tattoos that you can transfer. Even the silly 25-cent ones you can find at grocery stores next to the candy dispensers that made you beg and plead with your parents to let you have just one, ONE quarter!
I will be posting more often, but not on a schedule. Just, whenever I feel like it, considering the hectic work-therapy-gaming schedule I already have.
Random Dragon Fact #10 - In 5 years I have had 5 jobs, but my favorite was serving in the Army!