ncu - rainbow watermarble | @bulletnails
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rainbow water marble

this is not a rainbow water marble. i’m not amazing at them and didn’t have enough time to deal with one right now, so i thought i would see if i could do it without water. or nail polish for that matter…

i have had some really good luck using gel pens and i wondered if i could do a fake watermarble with them. (nope – but it’s still pretty)

ncu - rainbow watermarble | @bulletnails

i started with a white base coat and glossy topcoat. then i just started doing concentric flower / shamrock / watermarble-ish shapes. and it was SO ugly. i don’t have a picture of that, because it was so bad i expected to go wash it off right away. but when i was done and had spent so much time on it i decided to try one more thing. i used a silicone nail brush to blend / scrape the paint around. and this is what happened.

ncu - rainbow watermarble | @bulletnails

i like it. i think the pens didn’t dry because of the glossy topcoat so i had a lot of time to work with them. i did put a topcoat over the pens too, but it did smear it a bit. i think the key there is to just put it on really thick, so the brush never gets too close to the nail (and wet ink on top of it).

ncu - rainbow watermarble | @bulletnails

colors used: sinful colors snow me white, color technik glitter gel pens.

ncu - anti-valentine hearts | @bulletnails
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red & black hobbies

i like this one. i did struggle a little bit – again i think the prompt is too constricting. but i think i worked it out ;)

ncu - anti-valentine hearts | @bulletnails

i don’t know that i’d consider playing cards a hobby of mine but i do really enjoy it. from super simple to super fast – i grew up playing cards with my family. and i still really enjoy a good game night!

ncu - anti-valentine hearts | @bulletnails

colors used: sinful colors snow me white, color technik glitter gel pens.

ncu - gold snowflakes | @bulletnails
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gold snowflakes

okay. new year. i’m gonna try and do this nail thing again! the first prompt for nail crazies 2018 challenge was gold snowflakes. i learned this while watching the santa clause (1-3) over the holidays and it made me think of the snow-globes in those movies. so my nails are representing gold snowflakes in a just-turned-over snow globe :)

ncu - gold snowflakes | @bulletnails

colors used: sinful colors tokyo pearl, pop gold glitz, and sally hanson twinkle toes.

ncu - neon | @bulletnails
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ncu – neon

this past weekend was pride here in sf. it was very easy working some neon into my mani to fit in!

did one hand stripey, like the lgbtq flag. (you can see i added glitter from the first pic to this one. obviously it wasn’t done until there was glitter!)

ncu - neon | @bulletnails

 

and the other is a fun bubbly rainbow :)

ncu - neon | @bulletnails

colors used: sinful colors snow me white, wet n wild red a good book, pop ablaze, model’s own luis lemon, salon perfect loopy limebermuda baby, torrid purple irridecent, spoiled shaken snow globe.

ncu - delicate print | @bulletnails
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ncu -delicate print

ncu - delicate print | @bulletnailsi love the way this mani turned out! i only wish i hadn’t used a peel off base coat – so it would have lasted longer!

i had originally tried to do a stamp. that’s the only way i can actually image something on my nails being a delicate print! i tried and failed. i can’t seem to get past the point of getting the polish from the stamp to my nail/silicone mat. i’ve tried with a ton of different polishes and it’s just too inconsistent. i’m super jealous of everyone who can do it, and because of them, i won’t give up! i’m sure after so many fails, i’ll eventually get the hang of it. right?

ncu - delicate print | @bulletnails

but out of my stamping failure came a glitter pen mandala to the rescue! i was inspired by sealemon’s mandala journal doodle and figured that was something i could handle.

i used my new favorite, useful-for-every-application pens from color technik and just started making patterns.

i really like the texture of the polish underneath. i’m always a fan of something a little different, and that texture is just enough to set this apart from the usual high-gloss.

ncu - delicate print | @bulletnailscolors used: sally hansen deluxecolor technik glitter gel pens.

26gnai - yellow + 1 bold color | @bulletnails
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26gnai – yellow + 1 bold color

once again i’m ho-hum about this prompt. i don’t know if my being uninspired is due to me (there’s a lot going on in my life right now) or the prompts.

either way, i don’t like this mani – but i took the time to do it, so figured i might as well post it. i had a hard time with bold color with yellow – because yellow is such a bold color. i typically like to pair it with muted or neutral colors (grey is my fave with yellow) so that the yellow is the bold color.

26gnai - yellow + 1 bold color | @bulletnails

i thought purple would be good because it’s opposite on the color wheel. and i thought the chrome style would make it stand out more. it didn’t. i probably should have used the purple from my watercolor nails instead. oh well!

colors used: claire’s tropic thunder, sally hansen mellow yellow, pop gold glitz.

rupaul's drag race S09E05 | night of 1000 mandonnas part two: valentina's "sex book" runway look
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RuPolished – Snatch Game

halleloo i’m back. i have had naked nails for the past two weeks while i’ve been on vacation and then working 14 hours days. sometimes you just don’t have time for the upkeep…

this week’s drag race was snatch game. something we do every season, and every season at least one girl still seems surprised she has to do an impression. anyway, there were definitely some stand-outs, both in the good category and the bad. obviously the best was alexis – girl had liza down pat!

on to the runway: “night of 1000 madonna’s, part II” – except we gotta minus a few because somehow there were still repeats!

how has no one done either of these classic 80’s looks? they’re still what i picture in my head when i think of madonna. maybe everyone figures someone else is going to do it so they pick something else? i feel like after the kimono-no-no that if i were told there was going to be a madonna challenge i would bring two outfits.

anyway, even though there were repeats there were some great looks. farrah’s was amazing and trinity looked great but when valentina walked out on stage i just died. i lived! and then i died. i thought it was a clever, beautiful, tongue-in-cheek choice and she was serving that body-ody-ody.

rupaul's drag race S09E05 | night of 1000 mandonnas part two: valentina's "sex book" runway look

so that’s the outfit i chose for my nails. one because it super simple and that is my favorite thing ever. two because it was so smart. and three because i’ve lived with naked nails for the past two weeks – of course they’d get censored sooner or later ;)

rupaul's drag race S09E03 | trinity taylor "princess aquapussy" inspired mani
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RuPolished – Draggily Ever After

i knew the second trinity taylor walked out onto the stage what my mani this week was going to be. her princess name was very james bond, but her outfit was all me! i love mermaids so much – and that crown! ugh heaven.

rupaul's drag race S09E03 | trinity taylor "princess aquapussy"

just look at it. amazing.

rupaul's drag race S09E03 | trinity taylor "princess aquapussy"

she did a reveal – going from a mermaid dress to a swimsuit. i have mixed feelings about reveals on the runway. i feel like they’re on stage for 10 seconds in their first outfit then rip it off and are in something else the rest of the time. why even bother. but i did like both of her looks. i would wear the gown, well anywhere. and i’m going on vacation soon and really want the swimsuit for my lazy days on the beach!

so for my nails i played with some sculpey and created a few stars. i tried to make them starfish (longer points) but at the size i needed i just couldn’t stretch them out without pulling off one or more points. i think it’s because i typically run hot and so my warm hands were making the clay super malleable. i think i need one of those frozen tables they have at coldstone if i’m going to continue working with tiny intricate clay sculptures ;)

rupaul's drag race S09E03 | trinity taylor "princess aquapussy" inspired mani

i painted my nails in a vertical gradient (which i’m not sure i’ve done before) in three shades of green/blue to mimic trinity’s shimmery fabric. i did my thumbnail pink to represent her sassy starfish companion.

rupaul's drag race S09E03 | trinity taylor "princess aquapussy" inspired mani

lastly i glued on all the clay pieces and painted them with a glittery top coat and called it a day!

the only thing i wish was different about this mani is the middle color in the gradient. i liked it at the time but now that i compare my pictures to trinity’s outfit i realize there was a lot bigger contrast between the light and the dark colors. that doesn’t make me like it any less though :)

colors used: nicole iceberg lotus, femme fatale jasmine, salon perfect loopy lime, rimmel london (pink – no label). 

rupaul's drag race S09E02 | cynthia lee fontaine "white party" mani
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RuPolished – She Done Already Done Brought It On

yay cynthia’s back! i told my friend last week that whoever the returning queen is will already have a huge advantage just because no one on this season so far stood out. and while that is true (and cynthia (and her cucu) is the biggest personality on the show now) i do think the other queens stepped it up this week.

i do think quite a few of the “white party” outfits were pretty great: i really liked aja’s with the mask (i wish she had kept it on the whole time though and stayed in the creepy hanibal lecter character through the entire runway), i liked farah’s showgirl-mirrored-feather ensemble, and i loved valentina’s wedding dress (even though it was a slightly obvious choice). i really think, even though everyone was clocking her for being a newbie, she’s the one to watch.

i’m also relieved that they’re back to the regular runway set – i would have died if they kept the high-school-gym-turned-pageant-show set they had last week.

rupaul's drag race S09E02 | cynthia lee fontaine "white party" mani

so my nail’s are painted for ms. fontaine’s white party look. 1: because it was gorgeous and sparkly and super classy and i’m glad she’s back (although it would have be the best if it was shangela again!) and 2: because i had no idea how i would paint some of these other plain white outfits onto my nails!

colors used: wet n wild french white crème, sinful colors tokyo pearl.

26gnai - mixed tape | @bulletnails
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26gnai – mixed tape mani

today i was feeling the most literal! i couldn’t think of any ideas for this challenge then suddenly it hit me – be weird ;) i had 4 out of 5 of these tapes already sitting on my desk from other projects and i just figured, why not!

26gnai - mixed tape | @bulletnails

this is not a lasting mani. i had to press on my nails in between every photo for some of the tapes to even look like they were stuck down. the duck tape in particular wouldn’t stay stuck. which surprised me because it has the stickiest adhesive.

26gnai - mixed tape | @bulletnails

the one with the least sticky adhesive, painter’s tape, actually stayed in place the best. huh. the electrical tape stayed fairly well too – i think because it’s so stretchy it can handle the curve of my nails better than the thicker duck tape.

26gnai - mixed tape | @bulletnails

colors used: masking tape, painter’s tape, unicorn duck tape, rainbow glitter washi tape, electrical tape.

ncu - blue & white | @bulletnails
26gnai - red & pink | @bulletnails
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26gnai – red and pink

it’s way too early for valentine’s, although try telling that to target etc! but when i see red and pink together i can’t help but think of valentines. it’s the only reason i combine the two. so i got a bit of early valentine’s celebration in today with this mani.

26gnai - red & pink | @bulletnails

i really like how this turned out – it’s a cute simple pattern that was pretty easy to do. i started with the base coat of gold + glitter on three fingers, hoping to make it not too overwhelmingly red and pink.

then i made two rows of double dots, one pink one red and connected them with a little triangle of the same color with a small paint brush. i did my thumb first and learned the spacing, therefore like my ring and pinky fingers a lot better ;)

26gnai - red & pink | @bulletnails

i’ve also gotten in the habit of painting my “painting” hand with something that matches but is not as fancy, just so that while i’m wearing it throughout the week it matches when people see my hands. mostly i’ve just used the same base coat as my fancier design.

26gnai - red & pink | @bulletnails

this is what my right / “painting” hand looks like this week. this would have been cute for the challenge too actually. i haven’t been posting pics of this other hand because they’re not as interesting, but i thought it’d be fun to share that this is what i do – instead of leaving it blank or painting it some random way or spending a ton of time and energy to make it look the same (except worse because as ambidextrous as i may be, i’m still much better as this with my right hand).

26gnai - red & pink | @bulletnails

to be honest, the reason i showed my right hand was to give context to this photo. i’m so in love with this perfect tiny little heart that i managed to make on my thumb!

colors used: sally hansen fuchsia powerred carpetwedding glitters, pop gold glitz.

26gnai - new year | @bulletnails
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26gnai – new year new you

i’m not really in to new year’s resolutions. and “new year new you” doesn’t really speak to me. i’m actually really happy with who i am – and i feel like the resolution thing every year just makes people unhappy with themselves. people are constantly asking what are you going to change about yourself this year. why do we do that? only focusing on what needs to be changed or “fixed” instead of celebrating what is good leads to bad feelings about ourselves and insecurities.

so once again, this new year, there will be no new me. i am going to continue to love who i am. if there is something i think i need to change, i will work on it but i will not dwell on it. (end: new year’s resolution rant!)

26gnai - new year | @bulletnails

on to my nails – i did a new years celebration theme. i think this chunky glitter is so cute and it reminds me of fireworks and bubbles – both which remind me of new years celebrations. as far as the base coat goes, i just think black and gold together are super classy!

26gnai - new year | @bulletnails

colors used: wet n wild black crème, kbshimmer toast-ess with the mostest, essie matte about you.

ncu - coffee | @bulletnails
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ncu – coffee

i’ve decided to join another nail art challenge (since crumpets an every other week challenge this year) that will happen on opposite weeks. so now i will have a challenge every friday. as worried as i am about finding time for it, i think this new challenge (nail crazies unite) has some themes that speak to me a little more so hopefully will get my creative juices flowing.

ncu - coffee | @bulletnails

anyway this past friday was their first prompt. and having just been accepted i did one today! the theme is coffee. i can only drink decaf because caffeine gives me migraines and what really is the point of coffee if not caffeine. so i don’t really drink it. but when i do it’s such a light shade of brown that some people wonder if there’s actually any coffee in it.

ncu - coffee | @bulletnails

ncu - coffee | @bulletnails

so that’s where my design came from. the amounts of ingredients i use when having a cup of coffee. it kinda reminds me of an infographic – i’ve seen some really cool ones for cocktail ingredients done this way.

i think this is a really fun & funny way to make a coffee mani. i love that it’s super not obvious that it’s coffee :)

colors used: sinful colors tokyo pearl, essie partner in crime, sally hansen pearly whites, opi muppets world tour, and kiss spa10 silver glitter.

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galaxy all the things!

this past weekend was halloween and dia de los muertos – my two favorite holidays (why are they within 3 days of each other?!) i didn’t really do much for either this year, but i got dressed up :) at work on friday, i wore this super cute tardis dress. i’ve had it for a while but i haven’t worn it yet (the tulle makes me feel like i’m going to prom and the design, while super cute, doesn’t scream everyday wear). to finish the look i galaxied my nails and some $5 goodwill shoes :)

i used the same nail polish to do the shoes that i used for my nails. goodwill is great for stuff like this – i had no idea how the nail polish would react with the material of the shoes and didn’t want to ruin any good shoes. but they turned out so great! i’m going to wear them on the regular now, well as regular as i wear any heels (which is hardly ever).

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they’re just so cute! i’m curious how they’ll hold up in the long run. i had no problems wearing them around all day, no chipping or flaking off. hopefully that’s a good sign :)

and then right after halloween was dia de los muertos. i didn’t go out but i did a galaxy sugar skull face paint. i really like it – i couldn’t get the colors to show up as well on my face as they do on my nails (and the shoes) though.

i think the pictures wash the colors out more than in real life, but it’s okay because i had fun doing it. even though i didn’t go out to celebrate i really wanted to feel connected to the holiday and spending some time on artwork was a good way to do it. although, it’s an interesting experience to work on your makeup for 2-3 hours and then hop in the shower and wash it all off.

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colors used: wet n wild black créme, mentality gumdrop, kbshimmer hookah-smoking caterpillar, models own aqua violet, salon perfect fired up fuchsia, sinful colors tokyo pearl, wet n wild kaleidoscope, sally hansen glare necessities.

40gnai - mint green + leopard | @bulletnails
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Great Nail Art Ideas – mint green + leopard

i like doing this second set half of the crumpet’s nail tarts challenge. one big reason it because it’s making me do designs i wouldn’t normally do. for instance i never imagined i would to a leopard mani. it’s just not me. i’ve watched the tutorials and always thought it wouldn’t be hard to do. but i just never really wanted it on my fingers.

40gnai - mint green + leopard | @bulletnails

leopardand yet here it is. it’s not bad. cute even. but not something i felt very comfortable in. maybe if it had been more lisa frank (neon rainbow and glitter) i have been more comfortable with it. another bonus of this part of the challenge is that i am forced to use certain colors. this time was “mint green” i originally didn’t think i even owned a mint green but then found this little beauty waaaay in the back of my polish drawer. and it’s a great color. i’m really happy to have discovered it again.

40gnai - mint green + leopard | @bulletnails

colors used: sally hansen mint sorbet, models own everyday grey, sally hansen golden-i, orly in ageless sleep, spoiled shaken snow globe.

here’s the other newly minted mani’s from this week:

40gnai - mint green + leopard | @bulletnails

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

this week’s prompt is weddings. i haven’t attended too many weddings in my life and i’m not one for super girly things. but i really like this manicure. it’s simple and sparkly – like me ;)

40gnai - weddings | @bulletnails

i used a nice pearly white for the base because… well it’s classic! then i have a nice glitter that i sponged on near the nail beds. i was originally going to put it on the edges like a french manicure – but i just bought a bottle of liquid latex and wanted to try it out!

40gnai - weddings | @bulletnails

it worked great :) i paid like $8 for 4 oz. tub of liquid latex body paint. i used a wand from an old lipgloss and am trying to figure out if i want a smaller container so that it doesn’t dry up while applying.

40gnai - weddings | @bulletnails

colors used: sinful colors tokyo pearl, essie hors d’oeuvres.

40gnai - weddings | @bulletnails

here’s the other man-i do’s ;)

40gnai - weddings | @bulletnails

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!

40gnai - neon | @bulletnails
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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 :)

40gnai - animal | @bulletnails
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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!

40gnai - animal | @bulletnails

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.

40gnai - animal | @bulletnails

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…

40gnai - animal | @bulletnails

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 :)

40gnai - animal | @bulletnails

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

this week’s prompt is spring. the first thing that popped into my mind was “fall back, spring forward” but that’s not very inspirational when it comes to having to paint my nails. so i tried thinking about springy things – flowers, easter, the birds and the bees, actual springs (both of the bubbling water and circular metal varieties). after all that brainstorming i remembered the phrase, “april showers bring may flowers.” well it’s almost april and it’s practically been monsoon season here in cali (on a realistic note, while it seems to have been raining a lot lately, it’s only because we’re in the midst of a 5+ year drought. in actuality, we’ve only gotten enough rain this year to account for normal annual downfall. someone told me (so take this with a grain of salt) that we would need at least a year of daily rain to make up for how much we’ve lost!).

40gnai - spring | @bulletnails

so i chose to make a rainy day design. i was inspired by lacquer or leave her’s ocean rainstorm mani. super cute combination of waterfall technique and glitter :)

i didn’t have quite as many blue polishes as i would have liked, but after overlapping them and mixing some i ended up with a good range of colors. i also added a cute little yellow umbrella! it reminds me a bit of how i met your mother – maybe subconsciously i chose that color because of that show. i mean, that yellow umbrella was practically a character towards the end!

40gnai - spring | @bulletnails

colors used: models own  chrome blue, sally hansen velvet deluxe, covergirl deep blue sea, mentality gumdrop, sally hansen babe blue, spoiled  plenty of fish in the sea, essie no more film, sally hansen glare essentials, spoiled visually slimming, top speed snow bunny, models own luis lemon.

40gnai - spring | @bulletnails

40gnai - spring | @bulletnails

rupaul's drag race S08E03 | ruco's empire inspired mani
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RuPolished – RuCo’s Empire

week 3 of rupaul’s drag race brought back a contestant, featured some (great) overacting, and the first ever runway in rollerskates! the runway fashions were fun (and kinda my style – ie 80’s), but my favorite part of the show was ruco’s empire. so funny!

rupaul's drag race S08E03 | ruco's empire inspired mani

rupaul's drag race S08E03 | ruco's empire inspired manibob the drag queen killed it! her and her acting team were my inspiration for this week’s manicure. i tried to do the outline mani – i’ve never really liked it but thought it would work well for this look. i think it really only works if you can make the lines really thin but i had a few things working against me. 1: i didn’t have a thin enough brush, 2: my gold was too thin to show up enough (already have 2 coats on), 3: my nails are really curved so if i had been able to paint thin lines you wouldn’t probably even be able to see the lines on the sides.

 

rupaul's drag race S08E03 | ruco's empire inspired mani

i still think that this turned out pretty cute – i ain’t mad at it ;)

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neon gradient

it’s been really foggy and cold lately. since i can’t do anything about that, i decided to make some sunshine on my nails. i got a whole rainbow of new polishes when i was home for christmas and wanted to do some more with those. i wanted to use all the colors but my nails would need to have been twice as long and that’s never gonna happen.

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these turned out really nice. i was going to use loose glitter flakies for the whole thing but after struggling with my accent nail i decided i didn’t have an entire day to do the others.

neon gradient

40gnai - wibbly wobbly new years | @bulletnails
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40 Great Nail Art Ideas – New Year

so this week’s prompt is new years. i couldn’t think of anything new years related (except for champagne, which i’ve already done), so instead my manicure is based on the most important thing happening today: the doctor who christmas special!!

40gnai - wibbly wobbly new years | @bulletnails

i started with galaxy nails and added a cute little tardis sticker. just some wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff…

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happy birthday to me!

yesterday was my birthday :) i had the day off and i slept in, ate super delicious pie and painted my nails!! the perfect day (oh and went out to dinner with some friends and then drinks with more friends – even more perfect!!)

birthday pennantsso for my nails i decided that since i don’t do birthday parties, my nails could. so i hung up some cute pennant banners ;)

birthday pennantsi used some scotch washi tape that i got at target for the triangles. they’re super cute and sparkly – but stick up a lot. after i took my pictures and before i went out i decided to top off with a (pretty thick) gel coat so they wouldn’t get stuck on anything or just fall off.

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simply bright

i needed a good simple manicure for my trip to hawaii tomorrow!!! i’m so excited and want to make sure my nails will look great the whole time. but i’m definitely not bringing nail polish on my trip. so i needed something that would look great to start with but that would wear well and not be über noticeable if it chips.

colors used: pop ablaze, wet n wild fergalicious and wet n wild kaleidoscope.

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yellow glitter chevrons

no challenge prompt today. i decided the other day that i really wanted to paint my nails yellow and grey. it’s just such a good color combination! one is so neutral while the other is so bright and vibrant.

yellow chevrons

i also knew i didn’t just want plain colors. my original thought was to do chevrons in matte and gloss so it would be really subtle. i love that look but as i started cutting the chevrons out of painters tape (with pinking shears) i realized that i didn’t want to cut out enough for all my nails!

yellow chevronsit’s amazing how a little laziness can dictate the entirety of something! so instead i did pretty glitter chevrons on my accent nail and left the rest matte grey. i really like matte nails – i think i need to get a better matte topcoat though. these are pretty but i would call them satin. for the glitter i used a sponge to apply so i would get better coverage. and boy did i! i love the macro shot of these. the glitter is so dense. yaaasss!

colors used: sally hansen gunmetal, sally hansen mellow yellow, pop gold glitz, and revlon matte top coat.

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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.

31dc flag

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 nineteen: galaxy

i love galaxy nails. but i’ve done them (and will do them again). so i challenged myself to the planets of my galaxy.

31dc galaxy

31dc galaxy

i don’t know. it’s kinda silly. but kinda cute. i like the sun. i had thought about spacing my fingers out so the spacing between planets was correct, but my fingers are not double jointed, nor removable. so here’s my disclaimer: “planets and their relationship to each other are not to scale.” :)

31dc galaxy

pluto’s cute too. poor little pluto. demoted before he even took a lap around the sun. you’ll always be a planet in our hearts dear pluto.

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31dc: day seventeen: glitter

i love glitter. anytime someone asks what my favorite color is, i say glitter. unfortunately i learned a hard lesson about glitter today. it does not like coloring within the lines. i did a tape manicure with glitter and i’ve figured out that the glitter should always be the base coat.

31dc glitter

anytime i pulled the tape up, there was either glitter poking out over the line or peeling up with the tape. i pushed it around enough as it was drying for it to turn out okay, but i definitely learned my lesson today.

colors used: essie coctails & coconut & hors d’oeuvres.

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all the ombre

i just dyed half of my hair green/teal/turquoise! i’ve had “loud” colored hair for a long time but it’s always been the underneath part. or the tips. but i decided i needed something more dramatic. and it is :)ombreso in honor of my new hair, i colored my nails to match. teal/blue ombre. now if only i could figure out how to dye my hair with glitter!

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circus wedding

my best friend got married yesterday! and it was the cutest wedding to have ever happened! it was circus themed and everyone dressed up and had the most amazing time. i dressed up as a fortune teller. in the main picture you can see my giant ring crystal ball, my billions of bracelets and my sparkly nails.circus wedding

this was a really easy manicure. step one: base coat. step two: before base coat dries, dump a ton of glitter on your nail. step three: top coat. repeat step three until your nails stop snagging on your dress. done!

circus wedding

glitter!!!!

circus wedding

this is me and my mom in our outfits! i handmade the tarot card fan and mom handmade the snake that she’s wearing around her neck. so much fun crafting with her! i wish we lived closer so we could do it more often.

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pink stripes

i just ordered a nail stamping kit! i’m so excited. but in the meantime my nails are chipped like nobody’s business. so i decided to do an inbetween. at first i just had it pink with glitter at the bottom. but the glitter barely shows up in real life so it was too boring. yesterday i added the stripes just to give it more fun. i’ve gotten so many compliments on this! it’s so funny how some of the harder, more time consuming designs nobody notices. then i slap some polish on (this probably took me 10 minutes) and everyone loves it. i mean, it is cute.

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(guardians of the) galaxy nails

i’m so excited for the guardians of the galaxy movie. i still haven’t seen it and i’m practically bursting at the seams! in honor of that movie i decided to try my hand at galaxy nails. i’ll admit – this one looks complicated and i’ve been avoiding it. once i actually got down to it, it was one of the easier ones i’ve done. you can be messy and it won’t matter. brilliant.

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pink + yellow

so, apparently i’ve been doing gradients wrong. well, maybe not wrong but the hard way. up until this point, i’ve been taking a makeup sponge and dipping it in a single color and blotting it from the edge of my fingernail down. as i go in, sunset1the sponge loses most of the paint and that’s how it fades. it’s worked out well for me – i’ve had some nice gradients. but every time i want to do more than one color it turns into a bit of a production. so, i’ve been watching a lot of videos and looking at a bunch of blogs and stuff and it seems that everyone and their dog do gradients with all their colors on a single sponge (see pic). huh. i tried it out and it IS easier. i was worried about how much polish was going to be wasted this way but i was able to do one strip of each color on the sponge and do an entire hand. i had to do this three times to get the colors vibrant, but that’s one less swipe of color per hand than if i had painted them each a single color (with two coats). so that definitely made me feel better about it – i hate wasting polish! the cool thing about this gradient too is that, as you can see in the photo above, i only used three colors but with the overlaps it looks like at least 4 (thats a really pretty orange!).

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watermarbling again

okay – i’m trying water marbling again. this time i did the tape trick on my fingers – last time was a SUPER mess because i didn’t have any protection on my fingers and ended up spending a long long time trying to get the polish off :( again i like these colors – they’re almost fluorescent. also i’m tanning right now (bad i know) so i don’t turn into a lobster on my upcoming vacation and they practically glow under the uv light!watermarble2

nobody should ever see their fingers this close up! i really like the macro shot of this nail though because it shows the patten and the super cute flake glitter that i put on top.

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tequila sunset

another pretty gradient. again, i wanted to try a new color – orange! i dubbed this color combo tequila sunset because it’s purple instead of red. man, sometimes i amuse myself more than is normal ;) anyway, again i used my cute blue and silver sparkles on top and my new fave gel topcoat. i didn’t do as thick of a gel coat on this one and so it doesn’t look quite as liquidy as the pink and purple one, but i’m still counting on it to hold up to all the roughness i put my nails through!

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moss

i thought i’d try something different here. most of my polishes are in the pink and purple families. i wanted to try out my new gradient skills and some new colors. i’m not a huge fan (although i’ve gotten quite a few compliments already) – i think it looks like there’s mold growing on the end of my fingers!

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shiny

i really loved the pink and purple gradient i did a little while ago. but it chipped SO FAST! argh. it’s frustrating spending so much time to do something so cool looking, and it to be ruined in only a few days. so, i bought a cute little gel mani kit. it’s from target and it’s a single finger LED but that’s really all i need. so i’m trying my pink and purple gradient again. i used the same colors as last time (i put more purple in it) and did a gel top coat. it made it SUPER shiny! but i like it – it looks liquid. it’s been a few days and everything is seeming to hold up pretty well. as you can see there’s a few chips but this would have been way worse if not for the gel top coat.

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champagne

champagne2happy almost new years! this is my going-out polish. i have a few parties in the next few days and i’m really excited for 2014 :) to celebrate all the champagne that i plan on drinking i painted my nails to look like little bubbly drinks. i had to hunt around a bit to find a good champagne colored polish – all the ones that i own and found in stores were too gold. i think this ended up being a good color for it. i used two different glitters to make the bubbles, a small one for the bubbles up the center and a larger one just at the tip.

champagne glass midi ring

haha and here’s a little ring that i made for the occasion. (this is cute but the worst ring idea ever. it kept getting caught on everything!)