Yes, I made it back from the States! No, I don't feel entirely human again yet, thanks to some neat-o jet lag that just won't die. Yes, I am so happy to be surrounded by my nail goodies again! And tragically, no, I was not able to buck that horrible tradition wherein my nails break to bits when I go out of town. Within 24 hours of leaving my flat, literally half my nails had broken down to the quick. I spent a month nursing them back to health...only to break my middle nail all over again just ONE DAY before I headed home. Oh, and I apparently have carpal tunnel now, which means I can't really feel half the fingers on my right hand, which makes doing my nails challenging, to say the least. Thankfully, I did this week's Twinsie Tuesday assignment, a circus-inspired manicure, before my trip, and I really liked how it came out!
I prefer circuses without animal acts these days, such as Cirque du Soleil, but when I was little, the word "circus" meant Ringling Bros., and Ringling Bros. meant tigers. A quick Google of "tiger nails" yielded this great design, which I absolutely had to try.
After a base of (what else?) OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, I couldn't resist going with polishes from the On Safari collection, so the very roughly sponged gradient uses China Glaze Kalahari Kiss (hey, I used that for my first zebra nails too!) and China Glaze Desert Sun. Once those were dry, I used my Orly Jet Black nail art striper to add the tiger stripes.
Man, before I went to the States, I knew animal prints were in, but I just had no idea--they were everywhere!
Please swing by my fellow Twinsies for more circus-inspired manicures! Also, please wish me some drastically improved nail strength (and wrist strength, for good measure) because I am itching to get back to more nail art!
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