Utopia is a real glitter, and it goes on kind of thin. It wouldn’t be a problem normally, but I applied it over the white bottom part of this nail design and there was a really nasty edge showing through. I had to glob it on to keep it from showing.
Idea shamelessly taken from this tutorial on youtube by CelestialDreamx3.
The tutorial recommends putting tape around your nails to keep polish off them, but in my experience, don’t bother. You will get paint all over your hands, your table, your shirt, your hair. I got more than I’d care to admit on my face! But it’s very cute, and nothing a cotton ball with nail polish remover can’t take care of.
Holy cow was this time-consuming. Simple enough, but time-consuming, especially because I had to start over after a tragic smearing accident. The white coat under the water marbling was really what made the colors work, and it gave me a little bonus border when the extra polish was cleaned up with a q-tip.
The clouds are made with the same sponging technique that you’ll see in galaxy nail tutorials: a hunk of makeup sponge dipped in a bit of polish. I did two layers of sponging to get multiple levels of transparency in the clouds. I painted on the sun first, so that he could be partially covered by one of the clouds. And that’s it!
This has been the warmest, rainiest winter I can remember. Right now we have about an inch of snow that’s clinging to the ground despite above-freezing temperatures, but with no snow in the forecast (and rain instead - are you sure this is February?) I thought I’d put some snow on my fingers instead.
The Shaken Snow Globe is the new one today. It didn’t come out as dynamic and crunchy snow as I would have liked, especially against the background color I picked (my mistake), so of course my response was ADD MORE GLITTER. I think I ended up with about six coats of polish on the tips of my fingers, which of course means it will all chip off in about a day.
The base color was Sally Hansen’s Platinum. It’s a bit treacherous a color because it doesn’t come out half as white as it seems like it should. It’s quite sheer, but the pink tones, which seem subtle in the bottle, really overpower it. Here’s what it looks like without MORE GLITTER over top of it.
(alas I did not beat the sun, so I resume my angst about there being no such thing as good lighting)
I decided to mess with a new skinny brush and that same gray as last time. The stripes idea was one of those ones that sneaks up on me when I’m falling asleep, so of course it didn’t come out quite as nice as I was picturing. The black polish came with its own little brush, but the white didn’t, and you can see the difference in quality pretty easily (the black is so much nicer ;~;)
I also have no idea how I’m going to clean the dang brush well enough.
L’Oreal: 495 Cockatoo’s Mystery (grey) - …unknown
Art Club: NA2 Black - $2.99
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear: 21 White On $3.29