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Great Nail Art Ideas – hot pink + mermaid scale

since drag race is over but i’m used to doing more than one mani a week, i’ve decided to jump on the second half of the crumpet’s nail tarts challenge: a color prompt plus an assigned style. since i’m not officially on that list i don’t have an assigned style so i’ll probably just pick and choose :)

40gnai - hot pink + mermaid scales | @bulletnails

this week’s prompt was hot pink and i had an idea for mermaid scales a while back that i’ve been wanting to try. everyone seems to use stamping for mermaid scales but i suck at stamping so my big idea was to use my dotting tool and add the scales individually. i really like how it turned out – i think it would have been slightly better with one or two more colors – then the pattern wouldn’t have overlapped as much.

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i also decided to show how i touch up my photos. i try to never mess with the actual manicure, but i just can’t seem to get all the polish off of my cuticles or to keep them from being dry and gross. so i touch them up. nobody wants to see dry cuticles. and i don’t want anyone focusing on my bad clean up job when i work so hard on the art.

i wonder how much or if anyone else touches up their photos. sometimes i see people’s photos and can’t believe their hands are so perfect! well, now you know mine aren’t ;)

40gnai - hot pink + mermaid scales | @bulletnails

colors used: salon perfect fired up fuchsia, kbshimmer pt young thing, sally hansen wedding glitters.

40gnai - hot pink | @bulletnails

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rupaul's drag race S08 winner | bob the drag queen inspired mani
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RuPolished – Winner!!

i know i said that i would have been happy if any of the top three won rupaul’s drag race (and i would have!) but i am so happy it’s bob. she’s been a front-runner in my mind (and the race) since day one. she deserves that crown!

rupaul's drag race S08 winner | bob the drag queen inspired mani

i started this mani because of a joke that bob had made when i met her at dragcon. so i went up to her to get a picture (!!) and it wasn’t super crazy busy around so i told her that i paint my nails and i did one of her and could i show it to her. she said sure so i got out my phone and opened up instagram. the first thing that popped up was my feed, and on it was someone else’s nails. painted plain black. not missing a beat bob says “they look just like me!”

rupaul's drag race S08 winner | bob the drag queen inspired mani

so perfect! i went on to show her my top4 mani and she said she already knew them! yay :)

rupaul's drag race S08 winner | bob the drag queen inspired mani

thus, a black polish based mani as my final tribute! i added some gold embellishments to represent her finale dress and one shiny gem for her new crown.

rupaul's drag race S08 winner | bob the drag queen inspired mani

i had a little trouble photographing this – i used a matte black polish with a shiny clear coat on part. this last photo looks the best in my opinion because it shows off that shiny/matte effect i was going for.

40gnai - music | @bulletnails
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Great Nail Art Ideas – music

this weeks theme brought a lot of inspiration into this little brain of mine! i had three different ideas and wasn’t sure how to narrow it down. two of the designs were similar so i figured i could eliminate one of those pretty easy. and then i decided i had two hands so would do both of the others!

40gnai - music | @bulletnails

my first inspiration was playing music. i took piano lessons as a child. i was in band in middle and high school (played french horn, clarinet and trumpet). and have tried picking up the guitar a dozen or so times – little hands and long nails haven’t been very helpful here.

40gnai - music | @bulletnails

so i made guitar nails :) i had glittery nails from the crown mani i did earlier in the week and was reticent to remove it. so i worked it in to the new design as the strings. if i were to do this design again my accent nail would have been more of a circle of black with brown around it rather than being all black (to be more obviously the hole in the guitar).

40gnai - music | @bulletnails

my second design is all about the experience of listening to music. i’ve always been a fan of the visualizers on stereos and the computer and this is supposed to mimic the waveforms of music.

40gnai - music | @bulletnails

on this one too i kept the super glitter from my last mani and added the waveforms with a nail art pen. i like the pen a lot because i’m so used to drawing with a pen but it’s super liquidy, it spreads and stains (last time i used it, it was in the crack between my nail and finger for over a week!). so this time i made sure to keep it away from my skin.

40gnai - music | @bulletnails

rupaul's drag race S08E10 | grand finale crown inspired mani
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RuPolished – grand finale

tonight is the finale of drag race – i painted my nails this week in anticipation rather than as homage like usual. although i was inspired by the beautiful sparkly crown on display at rupaul’s dragcon.

rupaul's drag race S08E10 | grand finale crown

i wanted to do something sparkly and simple.

rupaul's drag race S08E10 | grand finale crown inspired mani

i did want a little more purple and pink and orange to match the colors reflecting off the crown but unfortunately i don’t have those colors in glitter polishes.

rupaul's drag race S08E10 | grand finale crown inspired mani

i did put a blue and silver mixed glitter as the first coat – hoping to add just a little color.

i’m a little obsessed with these nails in macro – i love being able to see all the different little pieces of glitter in there!

colors used: sally hansen glare necessities, opi muppets world tour.

 

rupaul's drag race S08E10 | grand finale crown inspired mani

this mani is cool in these photos but where it really shines (wink wink) is outside. it’s so gorgeous in the sun. so sparkly!!! it’s a good thing i don’t drive or i’d probably get in an accident while staring at these, or by blinding someone!

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RuPolished + 40GNAI – Neon

40gnai - neon | @bulletnails

this was a fun overlap in challenges this week. rupaul’s drag race was a highlight episode but my weekend was taken over by rupaul’s drag con! it was a crazy few days. but in honor of that and inspired by this week’s neon challenge for crumpet’s nails tarts, i went with a neon rainbow gradient.

40gnai - neon | @bulletnails

i love gradients because you can get so many colors but actually only use a few. this mani is done with only four polishes! colors used: models own pink punch, models own luis lemon, sinful colors love nails, torrid purple irridecent.

40gnai - neon | @bulletnailsi started out with just the gradient and it was really pretty and vibrant, but i figured if i was going to a convention geared towards drag queens i was going to need more than that!! so i added some glitter and felt pretty fabulous ;)

40gnai - neon | @bulletnailsone problem i always seem to have is when i’m sponging on the color, my sponges tend to fall apart. that’s what all the dark spot are on my nails here. i think it has to do with how much i use the sponge… i use a new sponge for each new mani but i will paint on the colors and then do all 5 nails. then paint the color and do the other 5. and repeat as many times as needed to get to the opacity i want. i think sometimes the sponge gets to dry / sticky after nail 3 or 4 and parts of it come off.

40gnai - neon | @bulletnailsbut i like that technique better than re-applying polish to the sponge after each nail. it goes on thicker but i don’t think blends as nicely and seems more wasteful. i guess there’s gonna be drawbacks either way. and i really like how these turned out so i’m just going to keep doing what i’m doing!

take a look at the other neon manis:

40gnai - neon | @bulletnails

rupaul's drag race S08E09 | top 4 avant garde inspired looks
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RuPolished – the realness

this week was down to the top 4 queens. for the first time maybe ever, i actually like all of them. i wouldn’t be upset if any of them won, and i don’t know that i can choose a favorite. they’re all so good in such different ways!

rupaul's drag race S08E09 | top 4 avant garde inspired looks

kim chi is so creative and out of the box. bob is funny and charismatic. naomi is a literal supermodel. and chichi is loveable and improving more than any girl who’s come before her.

rupaul's drag race S08E09 | top 4 avant garde inspired looks

sadly chichi went home this week. i saw it coming, she’s amazing but not quite up to par with the other girls, but that didn’t make it any easier. i don’t know what’s going to happen next week. well i do – next week is the recap episode, so i guess i mean i don’t know what’s going to happen two weeks from now. but whoever is crowned will be very deserving of the title.

rupaul's drag race S08E09 | top 4 avant garde inspired looks

on to the nails. these were fun – they don’t match each other at all but were all good to do in a creative / problem solving kind of way. i think the hardest design to mimic was chichi’s lace number. so much small detail! i think i pulled it off though :)