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.

rupaul's drag race S09E0a | Farrah Moan (un)inspired mani
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RuPolished – Oh My Gaga

i finally just saw episode one of rupaul’s drag race season 9! honestly this whole thing has been a let down. it starts out with the show now being on vh1 and the fact that it pretty much does not exist online ANYWHERE!! tv networks need to realize that many people are moving away from cable, and if they want our business then they’re going to have to make show available to us (i pay for 3 different tv services and am willing to sit through commercials for the many networks that provide their content for free).

anyway – i finally found a friend with cable and it seems i will be bugging him every week to get my fix.

the other big disappointment was the show itself. i know it’s early, but i didn’t really like any of the workroom or runway outfits (btw – that new runway is awful! where are they going to lip-synch for their lives?!) and i didn’t really like any of the girls.

i’m going to keep watching and hopefully it’ll get better, but i’m worried – i watched america’s next top model for 22 seasons and when (for the 23rd) it moved to vh1, the set-up, judges and contestents were so… blah… that i didn’t even finish the season. i hope and pray that this same fate won’t befall drag race.

anyway, rant over. kind of. the design i did on my nails was farrah moan’s workroom entry outfit. i chose this one because (besides being easy to paint) i both liked and disliked it. i liked it because it’s just a chain and panties (i liked the potential here). but i disliked it because it could have been so much more. and why on earth did you wear tighty whities?!?! it either needed to be nude panties so it looked like she was completely nekked or a fun color or lace or something to be sexy. this just looked like she stole some little boys underwear from the laundromat on her way in…

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.

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.

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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 :)

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.

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.

rupaul's drag race S08E04 | naysha lopez runway inspired mani
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RuPolished – New Wave Queens

i really enjoyed this episode. the music was fun(ny) and i absolutely loved the runway theme – neon!

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i was floored by most of the runway looks – bob (was that nail polish on her head?), betty (so fishy! & where can i get that wig?!), naysha (one of the top looks, like ever), robbie turner (1800’s realness) & nina (a pointy bra and legs for days) were my favorites!

IMG_9976so much inspiration! but when i saw naysha’s i knew it was all over. the only thing left was to figure out how to do this outfit justice. and there was SO much more i wanted to do. this outfit was crazy – airbrushed to death, spikes, gems, neon, spandex – i wanted to include it all. but as i was working i found out that simpler might be better.

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i did this hand first – i was really wanting to go for it! i got all the colors in there, the vertical gradient, the horizontal stripes (i wish i had an airbrush machine!) and the dots. i don’t have any spikes (neon or otherwise) and all my gems are too big and would have taken over the whole nail. but i got the base of the outfit.

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then it was almost time for bed. what to do. i was just going to leave my other hand as it was – primed with white but unadorned – but decided i had enough time to make it match. as long as it was simple. i did the vertical gradient, then decided i had enough time to do the orange stripes – then time for bed young lady! i actually really like this hand too. it’s much simpler / less busy. i think it works better as a manicure because it’s not overwhelming. but the other bring out more of the outfit.

overall, i’m glad i have both versions!

colors used: sinful colors snow me white, model’s own luis lemon, beach hut, pink punch, toxic apple & pukka purple.

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 ;)

rupaul's drag race S08E02 | acid betty runway outfit inspired mani
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RuPolished – B*tch Perfect

this is a fun project! a little stressful because it means that i have to paint my nails every week (on top of my every other crumpet’s nail tarts challenge), and i have to get them done relatively close to when the episode airs. i think wednesdays will probably be posting day (i watch the show on monday, paint on tuesday).

rupaul's drag race S08E01 | acid betty runway outfit inspired mani

ideally i should be able to paint and post in the same day, but unfortunately i have a 2 hour (each way) commute to and from work each day and that really cuts into my free time. i get other stuff done during that time – but i don’t think my coworkers would appreciate me painting my nails on the shuttle bus! so wednesdays it is :)

rupaul's drag race S08E01 | acid betty runway outfit inspired mani

this week’s drag race inspiration is acid betty’s runway look. just between you and i, my favorite runway look was bob the drag queen’s little (sheer) black dress. super classy yet scandalous – the perfect combo! i decided not to use bob tdq’s outfit because i had just done a little black dress mani for a fashion prompt a few weeks ago, plus i felt like i could do betty’s outfit better justice.

rupaul's drag race S08E01 | acid betty runway outfit inspired mani

this was a fun challenge – i used a lot of different techniques (striping brush, caviar beads, tattoo paper, embellishments, dotting tool) as well as played with the differences between nude and naked. i think the only thing i’m unhappy with is my index finger – i just wish i had either a bigger canvas, or little elves that could paint smaller than i can!

also! i had an epiphany on my way to work today – about the name of these posts – rupolished! haha i crack myself up. (#RuPolished)

rupaul's drag race S08E01 | laila mcqueen entrance outfit inspired mani