Saturday, November 30, 2013

Catching Fire Two Hand Manicure

     Tonight, I am going to go see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (for the first time) and I had planned on seeing it a lot sooner but life got in the way (as it tends to do). But anyway I designed this manicure last summer after reading the books at my friend Marcie's insistence. Which I actually liked (Who knew?). And since everyone asks which team I'm on I'll tell you I'm on the non-team "I Think Teams Are Stupid Team" It's so high school IMO (Sorry). I'm a grown ass woman I don't pick teams. However I will tell you my favorite characters are Cinna and Peeta, and (obviously) Katniss. So without any further blathering on my part, here's my Catching Fire manicure:


Left Hand Indoor No Flash. 

Right Hand Indoor No Flash. 

Left Hand Outdoor In Sunlight. 

Right Hand Outdoor In Sunlight.


Left Hand:

Mocking Jay.


District 12.

The Peeta's Pearl & Beach Background.

Girl On Fire. 

Right Hand:

President Coriolanus Snow's Blood Scented White Rose With Coughed Up Blood.

District 13 & Nuclear Symbol.

Clock At Midnight With Lightening Background. 

Finnick Odair's Trident & The Beach Background. 


What I Used By Nail (This Will Take A While):

District 12 Nail:

China Glaze - Smoke And Ashes
Americana - Mustard Seed

District 13 Nail:

China Glaze - Solar Power
Ceramcoat - Black
Americana - White Wash

Dandelion Nail:

China Glaze - Gaga For Green
China Glaze - Westside Warrior
China Glaze - Kinetic Candy
China Glaze - White On White
Americana - White Wash

Finnick Odair Nail:

China Glaze - Jitterbug 
China Glaze - Man Hunt
China Glaze - Bahamian Escape
China Glaze - Isle See You Later
China Glaze - White On White
China Glaze - Kalahari Kiss
China Glaze - Lemon Fizz
China Glaze - Street Chic
China Glaze - Foie Gras
China Glaze - White On White

President Coriolanus Snow Nail:

China Glaze - Sea Spray
China Glaze - Concrete Catwalk
China Glaze - Immortal
China Glaze - Black Diamond
China Glaze - Salsa
China Glaze - Jitterbug
China Glaze - Holly-Day
Konad - White
Stamping Plate - Mash36

Pearl & Sand Nail:

China Glaze - White On White (used on all of the below)
China Glaze - Dandy Lyin' Around
China Glaze - White Cap
China Glaze - Man Hunt
China Glaze - Bahamian Escape
China Glaze - Isle See You Later
China Glaze - Kalahari Kiss
China Glaze - Lemon Fizz
China Glaze - Street Chic
China Glaze - Foie Gras

Mocking Jay Nail:

China Glaze - Smoke & Ashes
China Glaze - Passion

Girl On Fire Nail:

China Glaze - Smoke And Ashes
OPI - The Spy Who Loved Me
China Glaze - Riveting
China Glaze - Solar Power
China Glaze - Dandy Lyin' Around

Midnight Clock Nail:

China Glaze - Jitterbug
China Glaze - Smoke And Ashes
China Glaze - Dandy Lyin' Around
China Glaze - Ghoulish Glow
China Glaze - White On White
China Glaze - Cowardly Lyin'
Sharpie - Black 

Effies Butterfly Dress  Nail:

China Glaze - Riveting
China Glaze - Orange Knockout
China Glaze - White On White
Konad - Black
Stamping Plates - CH50, SH206, & SH207

   So there you have it, my Catching Fire two hand manicure. What do you guys think? I'm rather pleased with myself actually. It was crazy complicated and planned well in advance I used images from the book (pearl, dandelion, Snow's rose, etc) as well as the movie trailers (Effies Dress, Mocking Jay, Girl on fire flames, etc). I really hope you guys like this manicure. And please for the love of all that is holy don't ask me how I did it. Just appreciate the result and be thankful that you didn't have to put in the work to achive this look. Also if you comment below about the book or movie don't spoil it for anyone, no who dies, no who lives, no plot twists, no ruined endings, no changes from the book, nothing that may ruin it for someone who hasn't read the books or seen the movie. I am a stickler for not ruining things, I may never forgive you if you ruin an ending. Also I monitor comments before they get posted and I will delete it before you can ruin it for anyone else so don't bother. Other than that comment away. Now that I have talked about this manicure enough for now, I'm off to see the film. So until next time, stay classy, and stay polished.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Two Thor 2 - Loki Inspired Manicures

     Today, I have a 2 different manicures to show you guys. I am going to see Thor 2 tonight (it had to be put off on account of illness until now). Actually, I did one of them before I got really good and sick so my nails are a bit longer (before they chipped while I was sick). I painted one and then ended up not going to the movie because I got to go to the doctor instead. Not a fun trade. Anyway my favorite character in Thor, and The Avengers is Loki. I'm not going to lie Tom Hiddleston is man pretty, but he's also more fun and more charming than Thor IMO (plus Thor is all blond...and a muscle bound monkey. Gross...). So I did a couple abstract homages to his royal Asgardian trickster self. Here are my Loki manicures:

Loki Manicure 1:

Indoor no flash. 

Indoor with flash. 

What I Used:

China Glaze - Liquid Leather

China Glaze - Goldie But Goodie
China Glaze - Passion
Deborah Lippmann - Defying Gravity

Loki Manicure 2:

Indoor no flash. 

Indoor with flash. 

What I Used:

China Glaze - Liquid Leather
OPI - Goldeneye
Deborah Lippmann - Defying Gravity

In case you don't know who Loki is:
Have you been living under a rock? I don't know if we can be friends if you don't know who Loki is... pretty. 

Movie Trailer:

      So there you have it. Which one do you guys like better? I like them both. To be honest I feel a little rusty having been away from nail art for so long. I have to get back into the habit. I've got another one coming up that's pretty epic, look for it later this week. Anyway that's all I have for you guys today. Until next time, stay classy, and stay polished.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I'm The Host of Viral Plague.

I just wanted to do a quick post from my phone to let you guys know why I haven't been posting. For the last two weeks I've had a nasty cold that turned into what my doctor referred to as a "raging" sinus infection (3 words I never want to hear together again) and bronchitis. Yeah...not awesome. Anyway I just wanted you guys to know I'm not ignoring you I'm just a host animal for a virus that's kicking my butt right now. I'll do a real post as soon as I feel better. I take solace in the fact that while the germs are making me sick, miserable, and crabby, my body is killing them. I'm taking pains to make sure no one else gets them so they die with me (Vengeance will be mine!). Anyway I'm going to go rest now and I'll be back as soon as I feel better. Until next time, stay classy, and stay polished.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Duo-Chrome Curls Manicure

      As I am carrier of viral plague once again I am going to post a mani I did a while back but never posted. Don't get me wrong I love my job working with kids but I'm not a big fan of their germs. Anyway disregard nail length as I said this was an older mani that I did and took pictures for but never posted until now. I have another stamping manicure to show you guys. I decided I really like pairing two duo-chrome polishes together and I'm pretty happy with the result. Here it is:


Front view. Indoor no flash. 

Tilted back view. Indoor no flash. 

Tilted down view. Indoor no flash. 

What I Used:

OPI - Just Spotted The Lizard
OPI - Peace & Love & OPI
Stamping plate: Mash-49

     I used 3 coats of Peace & Love & OPI then stamped Just Spotted The Lizard over top. I really like the effect. A subtle duo pattern, that screams fall. Do you guys like it? I also tried a different clean up technique where I used a brush around the cuticles (Hence the tiny bit of exposed nail bed near the cuticle). What do you guys think of this nail polish clean up approach? I can't decide if I like it or not. I keep looking down and going "Ahh! Naked Nail!" Thoughts? Anyway that's all I have for you today. Until next time stay classy and stay polished.