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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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)


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.


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


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).