Sunday, April 28, 2013

Blue Galaxy Nails

Hey there! :) So, for this post I have some galaxy nails for you! Yes, they've been done a million times before. I know. There's nothing new about galaxy nails. But I, for one, think they are still beautiful and never get old! So I went ahead and did some. THEY ARE GORGEOUS.

(outdoors - direct sunlight)

(outdoors - shade)

So pretty!! I usually don't do blue-toned galaxy nails, they're usually pink and yellow. So this was new to me! And they are pretty labor-intensive for galaxy nails. So I'm just going to list the steps and colors I used for you:
  1. My base color was the blue polish end of the Revlon Moon Candy nail art double-ended thing in the combination Galactic. It's really opaque, plus I'm going to add a ton of extra colors and glitter, so I did one very thin coat. You can substitute a black polish, because this one pretty much looks black.
  2. I sponged some white (Sinful Colors Snow Me White) using a small piece of makeup sponge in a random pattern on each nail to create the "nebula."
  3. Then I took a shimmery dark blue (a nameless BonBon polish) and sponged around the edges of the white to blend it into the blue/black base color.
  4. I then used China Glaze Ahoy! and lightly sponged it in a few places. I just wanted a hint of the rosy pink, but nothing too overpowering. 
  5. Then comes the fun part. GLITTER!! I used three different glitter polishes for this. Can you spot them all? First I used one of my all time favorite polishes - a nameless BonBon polish. Yep. One of those teeny tiny bottles of polish from Walmart. It's one of the few that are still left in stores, as far as I know. I picked up three new bottles just in case they stop making them! It's a shimmery clear base with multi-colored iridescent glitters of all sizes in it. So lovely. Then I dabbed on some Pure Ice Look My Way on the shimmery blue I sponged on earlier. Look My Way is a jam-packed glitter polish with purple and blue glitters in it. It actually didn't show up too much, but it did give a nice spotted effect over the white. Then I topped it off with a few dabs of Sonnetarium's Snowfall for the white stars. Combined, it gave a beautiful effect! I LOVED these nails so much. Of course, if you want to recreate these, polishes and dotting tools can be used to substitute the glitter.

I hope you like this as much as I do! Let me know if you want to try them or if you have any questions! Thanks for reading, have a good day, and happy painting! :)

Mario Bros. Nails

Hi there! Long time no see! I've been really busy at school and I just got a few new games for my Xbox (aka Bioshock Infinite and stay tuned for that nail design in a few weeks once I'm done with school!) and yeah. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I couldn't be bothered to finish updating my posts. But I'm going to try and do that today! Again. I'll try not to be so wordy in posts so they don't take me so long. And of course, I'm saying this on this post, which is probably going to be really long. Because Mario Bros. nails!!


I started with these base colors - I made sure the two green nails weren't right beside each other, because it would have bothered me, but you can do it in whatever order you want:

(From thumb to pinky - China Glaze Starboard, Sinful Colors Soul Mate, Starboard again, Wet n' Wild Red Red, and Sinful Colors Snow Me White)

Then I used acrylic paints for the details. I used white paint for Luigi's hat:

(Bonus Luigi! He's my absolute favorite!)

For Princess Peach's dress on my index, I used a darker pink, yellow, and I topped her little amulet decoration with Orly's Spazmatic:

For Bowser's shell (hopefully you can tell it's Bowser, not many people could) on my middle, I mixed together a light yellow and a reddish orange for his spikes:

For Mario's hat on my ring, I used white paint, just like Luigi:

(Sorry for the blurry picture! I think I was in a hurry when I was taking these!)

Finally, Toad was on my pinky! I just used a plain old, garden variety red paint for his spots:

(Again, blurry??)

I did the same characters/designs on my right hand, but I switched Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser around. And like I said, I used acrylic paints, but I think you could also use polishes! And if you don't have paint brushes, you could probably use toothpicks/dotting tools. Although if you're using a dotting tool, you may need to use the smallest one you can find. But this design was super fun, and I really wish it had lasted longer! I'm a huge fan of pretty much all Nintendo games, but I just needed a Mario Bros. pick me up in the middle of the semester! So let me know if you want to try it out or if you have any questions!
Thanks for reading, have a good day, and happy painting! :)