Thursday, August 23, 2012


Hey friends! Last night I knew I wanted to paint my nails but I didn't know what colors I wanted to use or what design I wanted to do. I was also grouchy so the more time I spent looking around and thinking about what to do the grumpier I got and the less I even wanted to paint my nails! BOO how stupid is that. So finally I stomped into my office and just started pulling polishes off my racks and slamming them onto my desk. I mean, not literally slamming, but you get the idea. The whole "irritable small child who has too many toys and becomes overwhelmed with them and thus a little angry at them" bit.

Anyway, I ended up with probably 25 polishes on my desk. The only thing I knew was that for the base I wanted to use Essie - Sand Tropez. I almost shelved it in favor of OPI Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh? because I figured the OPI would have a better formula (since I feel like most of my light-colored Essies are notoriously streaky and thin) and by that time my mental state was such that if I had to do more than 2 coats of my base color I probably would have lost my shit.

But! It was my lucky day. The first coat of Sand Tropez was a little streaky and patchy and I almost began to cry, but the second coat evened everything out like a dream and made it perfect and beautiful. I think I actually sighed out loud in relief. Also, the color is so, so pretty. I can't get enough neutrals in my life. I just can't.

The only thing I had a picture of in my mind was the design on my thumb nail, so I picked up my favorite polish of the bunch (Orly - Beach Cruiser, the hot pink) and started there. Then I just started randomly picking polishes from the collection in front of me and went to town. After the thumb nail I had no real plans, so I just started painting whatever patterns popped into my mind until I was happy with the way each nail looked. I think this "unplanned nail art" game is a lot more fun and turns out a lot nicer when you use a shit ton of different colors. In my humble opinion.

To be totally honest with you guys I could probably list each polish I used just by looking at these pictures even though I don't have them in front of me right now. And by probably I mean definitely. I could definitely do that because I am a really big weirdo. But since I ended up using 15 (I counted) I am not going to do that. HOWEVER, to make up for it, if anyone wants to know any specific color I used just ask and I will be happy to tell you.

And here is my right hand! I made a valiant effort at carrying the patterns over, but since I spent so long on my left hand and also since I love glitter I decided that three nails on my right hand was enough, and that she deserved some sparkliness to make up for that.

Okay, so there you have it! Also, in case anyone was concerned, by the end of this manicure I was in a significantly better mood. My boyfriend Nathan asked me if I felt better and I was all, "Yeah, how'd you know? How're you so smart? How you know me so well?" and he was all, "It's something you love doing, I figured it'd make you feel better." Smart boyfriend.


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    1. Thank you so much! You can't go wrong with neon and neutral :)

  2. Love 'em! What you didn't say is... how much time did you spend doing this awesome mani?! I'm just curious!

    Some of us are just big scary weirdos. I am able to tell every single name of the polishes I own (140 aprox). My boyfriend uses to pick one randomly and stare at me with it in his hands.

    - Rally pretty pink.
    - Damn!

    He keeps trying to get me. Neves has. Never will.

    1. Haha, an excellent question :) Um, it was probably 20-25 minutes for basecoat and base color, probably just over an hour on the designs on my left hand, another half hour on my left and 20-25 minutes for cleanup and topcoat... so uhh well over two hours haha. This was definitely one of the more time-consuming things I've done but it was really fun.

      I LOVE that story about your boyfriend trying to stump you with your polish names! I have well over 200 at this point so I could probably be gotten on a few of them, but not many :)

  3. Aaaaah they're so pretty! Next time I'm stuck for designs I'll definitely be coming back to this post :)

    1. Thank you! haha me too, I will probably replicate at least a couple of these designs as a full manicure at some point! If you try any of them let me know, I'd LOVE to see!

  4. These are seriously amazing! Love them!

  5. Love these! Found via Tumblr /wave

  6. Even though this is not really my style, you made them look beautifull and your work is very clean!
    Deff following you!

  7. HOLY FREAKING CRAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP... I am in love with these nails so much! New follower, you're blog is amazing. I want to marry your nails/nail art skillz. Okay not really, I'm not that creepy I promise! Hehe ^-^


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