October 24, 2011


Another Halloween manicure - this time adorable monsters!

colors l-r: Jesse's Girl All Things Girly, OPI Who the Shrek Are You?, Sally Hansen Complete Crinoline, Wet n' Wild Ink Well topped with Cougar Attack

I love these little guys! I'm a little bummed my pinkie didn't show up better in real life, although I think it looks nice in this picture (just little eyes in the dark). The monster is inspired by this post I found on tumblr, and the frankensteins have been floating around the internet a lot but here's one good source. I made up the silly vampire myself! Yay!

a view with a thumb!

These are the first pictures I've taken with my light box. I feel like I need some practice with posing my hand and taking pictures at the same time; most of my pictures still seem sort of awkward to me. Overall, I'm really happy with this first set of light box pictures and SUPER happy with how much better my manicures look now that I'm leaving a gap!!!

October 15, 2011

Galaxy Nails!

Who doesn't love galaxy nails?! I think they look really impressive with only a little bit of work. Personally, I find the less colors, the better.

For these I used 5 different shades of blue, some white dots for accents and Color Club Covered in Diamonds.

Zoya Cynthia from the fall Smoke & Mirrors collection is my space base, then stamped with two Sally Hansen blues, and China Glaze Bahamian Escape, then some white.

Have you done galaxy nails before? Do you think they're easy, or hard to do?

October 11, 2011


Here's my first super simple 'Halloweeny' manicure! This is China Glaze Zombie Zest from last year's Halloween collection. I made a happy mistake when I was painting an extra horizontal stripe at the tips to try and prevent wear because this polish is a little thin, and I ended up with a subtle gradient!

The cloudy ring finger is a layer of Wet n Wild Fantasy Maker's glow-in-the-dark. It's really not very cloudy in person, but it's pretty cloudy in these pictures. These pictures were taken after a week of wear, so I'm pretty pleased with the longevity of this polish.

PS. I realize these pictures aren't really the best yet, but I'll be working on that once I get a little more time and clean up my work area. I feel like I've had enough practice painting my nails that I'm ready to tackle better photography. This list of photography tips from Chalkboard Nails has me feeling re-inspired to document my nail art better!

Have you done any Halloween manis yet? Do you own this color, or do you want it now?