04 November 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Minimalist

This week's TT theme is "minimalist." My manicure is so utterly minimalist as to be non-existent. Unfortunately real life has taken a hard turn this week, and it may be a little while before I'm able to post regularly again. I hate to go on an official hiatus, but it's going to take some time for me to find enough balance to resume regular blogging.

I don't wish to sound over-dramatic; I'm going to be okay. I just need to devote my energies to real life for a little while. I'll be back just as soon as I can! And in the meantime, please visit my fellow Twinsies and check out their (I'm sure, awesomely) minimalist manicures...

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision

01 November 2014

Halloween Nail Art

I really had hoped to share my Halloween nail art on actual Halloween, but I ended up doing a much more intricate design than originally planned and ran out of time to put the post together. Crossing fingers you'll agree it's better late than never, though, because here are my Halloween ghosts...

Halloween nail art ghosts

I mentioned I'd planned a much simpler look for Halloween, but that was before I saw these stunning transfers done by More Nail Polish (I almost hate for you to look at hers, though--the image she reproduced looks so amazing, and I love her temporary tattoo paper technique). Working freehand, I'd say my ghosts were kind of a Monet (Clueless, 1995). Up close they're all stroke-y and messy, but at arm's length they really did look all floaty and wispy and spooky and awesome!

Halloween nail art ghosts

I started with a couple coats of CrowsToes Season of the Witch layered over Orly Liquid Vinyl (black). The ghosts and wisps obscure SotW's fantastic duo shift, but I figured that would happen--I just couldn't resist the name/holiday combo.

Over the polish I used acrylic paint in approximately 50 shades of grey (give or take 43 shades). I tried to get them all watery and blendy but was only partially successful at that. I finally hit the point where it felt like it was time to leave it alone, rather than gunge it up by doing too much. All in all, I don't know if they were a total success, but they were by no means a failure either. They were definitely super fun to paint, and I really enjoyed stretching myself a little and trying something new!
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