15 March 2013

Galaxy Nails

It's been a while since I did galaxy nails (since last May, in fact), and wow, a lot has changed since then! I've gotten better at shaping my nails, I think. I no longer feel the need to cram my awkward thumb into every other picture, and my cuticle gap isn't quite large enough for small children to play hide and seek in after school anymore. I've even started to wrap my head around the concept of adequate lighting and have at least a clue what my camera's white balance is for, so, yay for progress!

When it came to doing the actual galaxy nails, though, I did everything pretty much the same way as I did in my tutorial, even down to using most of the same polishes, and I love this look every bit as much as I did last year.

galaxy nail art

One difference this time was that instead of a straight black, I started with a base of Bandi G703, Glittering Dark Khaki. Oh, MAMA, this is a fabulous polish. I might wish for it to be a bit thicker--by the time it built to opacity, I was 4 coats in, and the "khaki" is only a hint of olive to the black. Whatever, next time I'll layer it. And top coat it so that all the pretty bits can really shine because it is packed with flakies and holographic glitter.

Bandi G703 Glitter Dark Khaki swatch

Yeah. Flakies and holographic glitter. I can only imagine what this is going to look like on its own, all top coated and shiny. If I hadn't had my heart set on galaxy nails, that's exactly how I'd have worn it, and I'm glad I thought to take a picture. Love! (Sidebar: Isn't it insane how pale my fingers get next to polish this dark?! Same lighting, but my hand is suddenly the Ghost of Manicures Past.)

galaxy nails

Of course, then I went and covered most of the base, so buh-bye, sparkling flakies, and hello, swirling nebulae! You still get a hint of the bits in back, though, so I'm definitely glad I tried the Bandi with these. I did sponge less of each colour this time and kept going without letting things dry--which let them blend and swirl together a little better, I thought--and I also did fewer stars. Didn't quite nail the attempted shine lines on the bigger ones, but I won't complain. I also added a drop of China Glaze Pink Plumeria to brighten the Max Factor Deep Mauve (for the fuchsia highlights), and I used Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond for the dusting of glitter on top. Oh, and I also mixed some OPI Don't Talk Bach to Me in with the OPI Did It On 'Em to mellow the lime green a bit, as well as sponged a tiny bit of Revlon Stiletto (black) along some of the edges of the clouds to blend them out.

galaxy nails

I forgot how much fun it is to do galaxy nail art! Definitely not going to wait another 10 months before I do these again--maybe next time I'll get really daring and try a new colour scheme! I'm in no hurry to take these off, but I'm going to redo my nails tonight because...drum roll, please... tomorrow is my birthday! Woot! Husband is taking me to the ballet to see Sleeping Beauty, and then we're going to eat all the Korean BBQ. I haven't decided exactly what I want to do with my nails yet, though. Part of me says something ballet-related; part of me wants some bright, colourful cupcakes. Part of me says pandas. Because pandas are cute. No telling where I'm gonna come down on this one.

Won't have those done and photographed to post tomorrow, but I will be posting something else--I'm having a birthday giveaway! ^_^

50 comments:

  1. These nails are so amazing! Definitely one of the best galaxy nails I've seen :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Little Miss Candor-that's so sweet of you!!

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  2. I love galaxy nails and yours are gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you very much, Lindsey! I've always been in love with this style. Need to try it in some more colours soon!

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  3. Oh my goodness, this is beyond stunning. Love, love, love this!

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  4. OH MY! Love these Liz! Absolutely wonderful!

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  5. Holy cow! These are fabulous! I love me some great galaxy nails. You nailed it! Happy birthday. I hope you have a lovely night out with the hubby. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, for both! Really loved doing these, and I am so looking forward to tomorrow night! =)

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  6. These are so pretty and I love that purple you're holding! In case I forget tomorrow, happy early birthday!!! Take pics for us!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharra! That OPI is The Color to Watch, and it's crazy sheer. Gorgeously glowing, though, with some purple/blue shift. It really adds some great highlights! ;o)

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  7. Bandi G703 is a beautiful base and your galaxy manicure is perfect! :-)

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    1. You are too sweet, Tanja, thank you very much!!

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  8. Woow! Gorgeous design! It's so rich and beautiful - well done ^^

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  9. Elizabeth these are hands down my most favorite galaxy nails EVER!

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    1. Omigosh, Heather, thank you so very much!! ^_^

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  10. These are so beautiful!! :D
    I hope that you have an amazing birthday!!!

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    1. Thanks bunches, Ash! It *was* amazing! :D

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  11. This looks so awesome!! Love it!

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    1. Really appreciate it, Nory! Thank you!!

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  13. Nossa que lindo.
    Adorei o blog, muito lindo, amei tudo. Parabéns mesmo, vou sempre estar aqui (:

    ontendency.blogspot.com

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    1. Isso é tão gentil de sua parte! Muito obrigado!

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  14. This is the BEST galaxy nails I have ever seen!! I love the colors you chose. Happy Birthday!

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    1. Jenni, that's so sweet of you! Thank you so, so much!!

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  15. love your galaxy manicure :D
    oh mama, you're so right, that base color is really something *.*

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    1. Haha, when I picked up the bottle, I just stared at it like, "That can't be right...," but it really is amazing. Thank you very much!

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  16. this made me say "ooooo" out loud :)

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  17. These are so gorgeous! I absolutely love galaxy nails! They are one of my all-time favorite looks!

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    1. Thank you very much!! I really love this look too--gotta remember to try it with more colours!

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  18. woww.. super pretty >.<
    do the tutorial please >.<

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    1. Thanks so much, piedev! I've added the link to the tutorial I did last year. Hope you find it helpful!

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  19. Your galaxy nails looks absolutely gorgeous! I need to try them too :).
    Happy belated Birthday!

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    1. Thank you very much! They really are a lot of fun to do--I say go for it! ^_^

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  20. Wow Elizabeth, you've really outdone yourself! I think these are the best galaxy nails I have ever seen! Love them! :D

    ~ Yun

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    1. Yun, that's so nice of you to say! Thank you very, very much!! ♥

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  21. Gorgeous Elizabeth! Just amazing!

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  22. Stunning! It's amazing how the nail art gets better and better as the months go by. You can really see what you're capable to creating!

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    1. Thank you, Jayne!! I do love being able to look back and see progress along the way. It really is encouraging! :D

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