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31dc: day twenty nine: inspired by (the) supernatural

supernatural is one of my favorite tv shows. it has perhaps jumped the shark but i still won’t miss an episode. with 218 episodes and counting, there’s no way i could hear the word supernatural and not think of this great show.

31dc supernaturalif you don’t watch the show all of these nails will be the most random things for you. but if you do watch – hopefully i’ve done all of these things justice! on my right hand i’ve got the mark of cain, PIE!, fire and rock salt, the license plate from the impala, and the angel banishing sigil (does this have a name?). my left hand is the anti-possession tattoo, cas (and his super awesome angel wings), and dean’s amulet.

31dc supernaturalthe rock salt is actually table salt – this came off almost immediately after taking the picture. but that’s okay – i didn’t really intend it to stay. i think my favorite of this manicure is cas and his angel wings. when planning out this design, this was the only thing i knew for sure i was going to do. i used the sugar spun trick that i did for yesterday’s “inspired by a tutorial” for his wings and i think it adds a really nice texture to our favorite lost angel… assbutt.

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anyway – last day of 31dc!! yay i made it :)

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31dc: day thirty: inspired by a tutorial

i accidentally mixed up my last two days. so while the calendar may say today is the 29th, my nails say it is the 30th. that means tomorrow i will go back in time. did i just invent time travel?

31dc tutoriali may not have invented time travel but i did manage to do a pretty cute manicure. a while back my niece posted this sugar spun tutorial on my facebook page. and i thought today was a great day to try it for myself.

31dc tutoriali started out using sally hansen gunmetal as a base with kbshimmer shade shifter and nicole by opi iceberg lotus as the sugar on top. i really like the way it looks – subtle and a nice texture (that i couldn’t stop touching all day).

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before i took it off for the night i wanted to try a little bit more just as practice. so i added some strands of kbshimmer pt young thing and spoiled plastic flamingo. i got some big blobby bits with the pink but i actually kinda like that. overall this was definitely a success – i will do this technique again – i already have some ideas for it!

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31dc: day twenty eight: inspired by a flag

good morning!! boy, am i ahead of my time! i’ve had these nails done for a little while now (i went to vegas for a few days and cheated on my nail challenge – did multiple mani’s for a few days to get ahead). my real purpose was to have my rainbow flag for PRIDE this weekend. and lo and behold – the supreme court ruling came out while i was wearing these. i let everyone think that i had done it especially for that ;)

31dc flagbut luck just happened to give me the flag prompt during pride month, and on the same day as the san francisco pride parade. and now with gay marriage legal this is the most perfect manicure EVAR!

so as i said i went to vegas with these bad boys – i love how they look in the sun – so sparkly! they did struggle to keep up with my hours in the swimming pool though. i thought the temporary tattoo paper with a gel top coat would be enough to keep them in tip top shape for a while. but sadly that is not the case.

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this picture (yay sun and palm trees) was taken only two days after application. womp womp. today looks even worse (i won’t subject you to a picture of them now). but this is my constant struggle with my nails, when not doing a manicure a day challenge i want the designs that i do to last a while. the gel top coat definitely helps but i wish it was more like at the salon. my friends who get their nails did don’t seem to have to mess with them for weeks and they still look good (besides the signs of growth).

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31dc: day twenty seven: inspired by artwork

this was a really fun one. the artwork i chose is dr. seuss. his books are so whimsical and happy. they immediately bring you back to a simpler time, when all you had to worry about was why would a fox need to wear socks.

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i decided to pay homage to a few different books through my nails. one fish two fish, green eggs and ham, cat in the hat, horton hears a who and the lorax. the cat in the hat nail gives away the theme but i think horton is my favorite.

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31dc artworkgreen eggs and ham is fun too – this is the second time i’ve done eggs for this challenge! interesting.

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31dc: day twenty five: inspired by fashion

i’m not super into fashion. most of the time i only care about it when it decides to change standard styles and causes me not to be able to find clothes i like anymore (like with short shorts or skinny jeans and you either wore them or nothing).
IMG_0029but i do love shoes! these flamingo shoes are one of my favorite pairs. i always get comments when i wear them because they’re so fun and cute. plus they’re actually really comfy – bonus!

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i’ve been saying for a while now that i’m going to paint my nails to match these shoes and this was the perfect prompt to get me to do just that :)

colors: sally hansen mint sorbet, bubblegum pinkfuchsia power, and pep plum.

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31dc: day twenty four: inspired by a book

okay okay i know this has been done before but i had a lot of trouble thinking of a book to model my nails after. I read A LOT but none of the titles or plots or even jacket art screamed manicurable! plus i was just talking with some friends about what houses we’d be in if we were sorted at hogwarts. did you know there’s an official website that will tell you your house? it’s real in depth and honestly kind of annoying  (you have to create an account – with a legit email tfrom which you must respond- ugh) but I feel like i trust the results ;) IMG_0021 the house scarves were a pretty clear and obvious sign of harry potter, but the little lightning bolt really puts it over the top :) (i’m a slytherin by the way…) colors: spoiled very slimming, kiss silver glitter, spoiled did I die it to blonde, maybelline racing rubies, sally hansen babe blue, essie no more film, sinful colors (yellow?), essie garden variety, spoiled distant memory.

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