04 June 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Blogger Inspired

Welcome to another Twinsie Tuesday! Today's theme is a manicure inspired by another blogger, and wow, was it hard to narrow down the choices! There are so many amazing bloggers out there who inspire me on a daily basis, and I have the ginormous collection of bookmarked pages to prove it. So, spoiled for choice, I decided to go with someone I followed from the beginning of my obsession, Nail Nerd. Even there, she has so many great manicures to choose among, but on this visit her cute triangle design especially caught my eye.

triangle nail art

Like the original, mine started with China Glaze Elephant Walk and used acrylic paints, but I failed to consider some key factors vis-à-vis my own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to nail art... My favourite part of Nail Nerd's original design is the playful clusters and groups of triangles, but on my nails, 'twas not to be, because of a teeny little problem I forgot about before I started painting--namely, that I can't draw straight lines. That, and I'm terrible at keeping my sizes consistent, which meant my inspired manicure was not coming out even close to the way I wanted it to.

Fortunately or not, when it comes to nail art...and a surprisingly high percentage of the rest of my life...what I lack in control and finesse, I make up for with exuberant overcompensation. So, cute little triangle clusters not working out? Fine. Paint ALL the triangles!

matte nail art

One more area where my painting needs some work is in getting my colours consistent and smooth, so with the rougher outlines and texture, I decided to finish off my triangle nails with butter LONDON Matte Finish Shine Free Topcoat (thank you, Tara!), and I like the way it kind of ended up working with these little flaws instead of against them.

I don't want to sound like I'm all ragging on these because I really do like the way they turned out! And even if they didn't end up quite where they started, I still enjoyed doing them, thanks to inspiration from Nail Nerd's adorable original. Now, to see where my fellow Twinsies found their inspiration this week!

Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Traci at DrinkCitra


  1. I love these colors together in this pattern!

  2. This reminds me of a neon mosaic or stained glass. This is beyond amazing!

  3. Super cute! It looks like a chalkboard drawing.

  4. So cute!! :D Aw, what are you talking about, you are one of my favourite nail artists!!!

  5. It's very pretty, fun and bright too!

  6. I like the original version, but I love your version, it is so cheerful! :-)

  7. Beautiful, these colours work so well together :)

  8. This is fantastic! Can't wait to hear what you think of my recreation of your mani :)

  9. Exuberant overcompensation is a great substitute for any perceived detriment. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself as I hunt for a job xD


  10. I like it! Straight lines are hard to free hand. That butter LONDON matte top coat looks awesome! I'll have to get me that one.

  11. This is awesome!!! It looks like colored stone.

  12. These are quite gorgeous !! I love all the colors together :)

  13. This is amazingly cool!!! Nice work doll!!!

  14. I absolutely love this, these are so adorable!

  15. Really cool, reminds me of a pathway full of colorful stones :)

  16. They look like magical cobblestone :)

  17. SUPER late to this party, but I love this. I love those colors together, and, y'know, the imperfections are fine ... you just put your own "twist" to NN's original design. ;)

  18. I actually like your version a little bit more because I like all of the colour!


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