July 4th Stripes

I went a little stripe and dots crazy with these. Mostly because I’m not into glitters and stars are a pain to paint well. My primary idea was to do a distressed look, much like these Kate Spade Keds I knocked off of a while back

but I had a hard time incorporating the red into the look. I think the distressed stripes have promise in future designs (maybe a nautical one), but it was not my favorite of the manicures I tried. When I try them again, however, I’ll put up a tutorial.

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Surprisingly this is the best photo I took. It’s just with my iPhone, but the natural lighting though the window at my desk at work is AMAZING.

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I did my right hand a little differently, primarily because the distressed stripes were a little too time consuming and took a little too much coordination to do on this hand. Also because this way I get to post another idea for you!

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Lastly I did a fun pedicure. I don’t usually post about pedicures, but this one was pretty cute! I am loving this large and small dot pattern I used on my various creations, and I will definitely be using that pattern again.

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Today I learned just how difficult it is to take good pictures of a pedicure. I think I ended up with some pretty good images in the end.

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Stormy Night

These nails were inspired by a whole lot of emotional turmoil. Had my heart broken pretty badly–badly enough that I didn’t even have an interest in painting my nails last night, but I knew I needed to express myself somehow and I knew what I wanted my manicure to look like in order to represent those feelings. I wanted a darkened night sky with a gradient from black to blue and I wanted dark and ominous clouds over that. Ideally I would have liked lightning, but I know my nail art skills are not precise enough to do the true beauty of lightning any justice.

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I’m very pleased with how they turned out. They managed to capture how I feel and what I was envisioning perfectly. Particularly impressive since I freehanded the clouds while tipsy. I’m also relatively pleased with the photos. I bought a daylight lamp for taking my photos. I’m still working out the kinks, but I like it.

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Lastly a doodle. We’ll always be an unfinished piece of music to me.

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Pastel Galaxy

I had been really feeling galaxy nails, but being spring and all, I didn’t want to paint my nails black. So why not try galaxy nails in a pastel?

This is actually the second time I’ve ever attempted a galaxy manicure, I just never posted about the first one I tried. I probably will never get around to posting the actual manicure, so here is the galaxy nail. (The other nails aren’t super exciting, just space-themed stamping)

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I struggled a lot the first time I tried it–I think getting this right took a few tries–but I think I got the hang of it more this time around. Instead of using only cosmetic sponges this time, I also used regular yellow kitchen sponges, which made for a nicer texture, and I did the base using cremes and only sponged a little glitter on top.

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I like these a lot! They don’t look so much like space anymore, but they look pretty darn cool still.

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Although looking at these photos, I’m realizing just how much better photos come out when they are taken in natural sunlight. I’ve been using a light box with EXTREMELY cheap lights. I’ll have to look into making my setup better, as I don’t always have the option to take pictures of my nails in the sunlight (although it becomes a little more likely during the summer when the days are longer).

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