rupaul's drag race S08E08 | kim-chi book ball runway inspired manicure
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RuPolished – Book Ball

this weeks episode consisted of way too much bickering between derrick and naomi. at one point i told my friends that if they cut into the runway portion to show this squabbling that i was going to riot. luckily for my friends – this week was an hour and a half episode and i got a full runway show.

rupaul's drag race S08E08 | kim-chi book ball runway inspired manicure

the main runway challenge this week was to make a gown out of books! and the outfits turned out amazing. i love the challenges where the queens have to make something. they’re always so creative (or awful, which is also fun to see). three of the five were something that i could see on a real runway (naomi especially needs to go into fashion design i think).

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for my mani i chose kim chi. even though i only used one outfit as inspiration – it was her set of three that made me like hers the best this week. her story had to do with her being a little sprout with lots of creativity, then her traditional mother who doesn’t know kim does drag and then kim as a flower – all the potential and beauty that she has and will achieve.

rupaul's drag race S08E08 | kim-chi book ball runway inspired manicure

unfortunately, my mani was not as much of a win as the girls’ outfits. i tried two new techniques and neither of them worked how i wanted them to. the first was newspaper transfer. i’ve seen this before and was never something i was super in to, but thought it was perfect for this mani (perfect only after my printer decided not to work and i couldn’t do my temp tattoo instead). i watched a few youtube vids then went for it. and nothing happened. i tried again. no transfer. the problem was that i had used a top coat (so my nails would be dry as i’m smooshing newspaper on to them). so i put on a matte top coat and whallah! text on my nails. but big text. with lots of space between the lines. so i did a second transfer at an angle to show more, and i guess to match all the overlaid papers on kim’s dress.

rupaul's drag race S08E08 | kim-chi book ball runway inspired manicure

my second new technique fail was the one stroke style (where you have two colors on your brush and it looks really cool on flowers and stuff when done right). well i apparently didn’t do it right. i used two pinks – trying to match kim’s headpiece – and they must’ve been too close in color because it just looked like pink. i ended up going back over the tip of my nail with another color to fake the style.

when it was down to the final two, i told my friends that if bob went home i was going to throw the tv out the [6th story] window. this was an easy threat to make because there’s no comparison between the two, but also because i was at my friend’s house and therefore it was not my tv ;) lucky for me and the owner of the tv, the right person went home this week. but after this – anyone could win! they’re all great and i won’t be upset no matter who wins (i will be upset every time someone goes home though).

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40 Great Nail Art Ideas – animal

animal is a hard prompt – the first things that pop into my mind are the myriad of “animal print” manicures that i’ve seen. they’re fairly simple, which is why they’ve been done so many times. but they’ve also been done so many times!

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so i tried to think of something unusual. when i had this prompt during my 31-day challenge i modeled my nails after a green rose chafer beetle. that was fun and different. and i wanted to be fun and different again.

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then it hit me – use your spirit animal! which is a unicorn. they bleed glitter and fart rainbows. and impale their enemies with a giant sparkly shaft on their faces. what more could anyone ask for?

i started with a shimmery white basecoat and topped it off with iridescent flakies. my accent nail is a beautiful sparkly unicorn braid.

i’m a little sad about the pictures – it was tough getting a shot of these nails. the sparkles and flakies on the white base almost always showed up as solid white. :( and it’s been cloudy since i painted them so can’t try any sunshine photography…

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colors used: sinful colors snow me white, sinful colors social ladder, sally hansen pearly whites, models own luis lemon, models own toxic apple, models own beach hut, salon perfect fired up fuchsia, models own pukka purple, spoiled plenty of fish in the sea, and torrid purple iridescent.

click below to view the mani zoo :)

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rupaul's drag race S08E07 | bob the drag queen black and white realness runway inspired mani
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RuPolished – Election Year

i really liked this week’s challenge. i liked the pairings (i was worried about bob and derrick – way to werk it out!). i liked the runway looks.

rupaul's drag race S08E07 | black and white realness runway inspirationthe runway was black and white realness – inspired by this amazing look from detox during her season’s finale episode. i remember when i first saw a picture of her in this outfit/makeup – i just assumed i was looking at a black and white photo. then the episode came out and i was blown away!

so i’m really glad they used this as a challenge. not everyone did very good with it (why was naomi so blue – and did derrick put any makeup on?

rupaul's drag race S08E07 | bob the drag queen black and white realness runway inspired mani

the most surprising thing to me was how beautiful bob looked. i don’t know why – she’s dressed up as a clown – but i think she looks so feminine and soft. and super fun! i only wish her hair was a little more extremely white – rather than just really light blonde.

rupaul's drag race S08E07 | bob the drag queen black and white realness runway inspired mani

so i started by painting my nails white. then on three fingers i painted half black then went to town with my dotting tools. i tried to make the dots line up (index) but that was too much hassle so i gave up. i actually like them not lining up better anyway.

rupaul's drag race S08E07 | bob the drag queen black and white realness runway inspired mani

i painted the silver accent to match bob’s makeup (looked a little more silvery than just flat grey). and then came the hard nail. the diamonds. i used a striping brush and did the outlines in black, then filled them in. but with that technique the white parts were disproportionate. any other time i would have left it – but since i was trying to match i went back in with a striping brush, dotting tools and other small brushes. let’s just say there is a lot of polish on my middle finger!

rupaul's drag race S08E07 | bob the drag queen black and white realness runway inspired mani

eventually though – it got to what i was imagining and i am very happy with it :)

rupaul's drag race S08E06 | naomi smalls wizards of drag runway inspired mani
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RuPolished – Wizards of Drag

rupaul's drag race S08E06 | naomi smalls wizards of drag runway inspired mani

this weeks drag race was the dress-somebody-else-up-in-drag episode. it was fun – they had ladies from little women LA as their somebody-else which was a good change from the macho men they usually have.

the main challenge involved each queen having to dress up herself and her little lady (as chi chi kept calling them) as a character from the wizard of oz.

rupaul's drag race S08E06 | wizards of drag | todrick hall

i think my favorite outfit of the night was todrick hall, who was on the show as a judge – not a contestant. i just like him in general anyway, but he killed it as the wizard (if that’s what he was going for. and i assume he was).

rupaul's drag race S08E06 | naomi smalls wizards of drag runway inspired mani

unfortunately – green sequins and sharp angles are awesome on a suit, but not too interesting on (or easy to translate to) a manicure. so i went with my second favorite outfit: naomi smalls and jasmine. i thought it was a really clever take on the scarecrow – like the yellow brick road meets haute couture. good job naomi!

rupaul's drag race S08E06 | naomi smalls wizards of drag runway inspired mani

colors used: essie cocktails & coconuts, essie buy me a cameo, sally hansen golden-i, sinful colors tokyo pearl, sally hansen deluxe and essie partner in crime.

40gnai - children's cartoons | @bulletnails
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40 Great Nail Art Ideas – children’s cartoons

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when i read the promo for this week’s challenge i knew just what i was going to do! i used to watch this movie everyday before pre-school. i sort of think of it as the original toy story – when you’re not looking all the stuff in your house comes to life and has adventures :)

it was heartwarming and funny and a little scary. the scene in the junkyard still scares me a little!

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colors used: model’s own hypergel everyday grey, sally hansen mellow yellow, claire’s liquid metal dime a dozen, wet n wild red red, spoiled visually slimming.

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rupaul's drag race S08E05 | madonna inspired runway challenge
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RuPolished – Snatch Game

oh snatch game, you bitch. when it comes to rupaul’s drag race, snatch game is a certain. and yet these girls aren’t prepared. chi-chi acted like a cat because ertha kit played cat woman and chi-chi has a cat. gurl. you have to be at the top of your game here!

rupaul's drag race S08E05 | bob the drag queen as uzo aduba (aka crazy eyes on orange is the new black)

derrick barry was good at britney – but then again he better be! bob was my favorite. his uzo aduba (crazy eyes from orange is the new black) was so perfect – in action and looks. and then his switch to carol channing was a risk but totally paid off – his carol was hilarious.

the  runway look this week was inspired by madonna. i hadn’t though about it until this week (out of how many seasons?!) but the girls must get notified ahead of time about what the challenges are going to be. they have to. it’s the only way there could be 4 queens who went out on the runway in a kimono. they must have known there would be a madonna challenge and packed one thing for it. otherwise at least 3 of them should have been wearing something else.

and really? a kimono – that’s the look that you chose? ew. she’s had so many fashion rebirths during her career and you all chose the same. exact. one. so this week instead of copying one of the queens looks i decided to do my own madonna recreation. (although bob’s was my favorite – she won it for me this week)

rupaul's drag race S08E05 | madonna inspired runway challenge

when i think of madonna it’s 80’s madonna. bleach blonde hair with jet black roots, lace, bracelets on bracelets and necklaces on necklaces, crosses, pearls, bows. so this is my attempt at hand-drawn lace. i like it – if you were to look at it without knowing the challenge i don’t think you’d get it, but that’s okay it’s still cute without knowing the theme.

spoiler warning: do not continue reading if you haven’t seen this episode (and care what happens in it): i am really upset that acid betty went home. yes she was bad in snatch game, but so were robbie, nina and chi-chi. and her runway was cute and creative (and not a kimono). she was always so out-of-the-box creative and over-the-top on the runway – this is one of only a small number of times i have disagreed with someone leaving the show (i may not always agree, but usually don’t think they were actually wrong in their decisions). i think we lost a lot by not getting to see more from her.

colors used: essie cocktails and coconuts, spoiled visually slimming, sally hansen wedding glitters, sinful colors snow me white, sally hansen celeb city.