Saturday, December 31, 2011

Surprise! I'm back!

It has been nearly a month since my last post and I feel terrible about my absence.  I do plan to keep this blog running smoothly into the new year, so I thought I would explain my delinquency and try to make amends.

I work 60+ hours a week, so finding time to do anything outside of that is difficult, least of all my nails.  On top of that, I haven't been feeling exceptionally inspired to create any new designs.  I've found that in these past few weeks of down time I've been able to just paint my nails one color and marvel at the unique aspects of the polish all by itself.  It's made me really happy.

And I'd be lying if I left this little part out...I've become completely engrossed in the A Song of Ice and Fire fandom and it's eaten my life.  In the short span of two months I've read all the books, listened to hours and hours and hours of podcasts, began helping out with one of said podcasts, reblogged thousands of gif sets on tumblr, made countless friends equally obsessed, started thinking of myself as an actual Baratheon, and participated in a lot of really freaking strange jokes within the fandom.  These books have taken over my life like nothing ever before.  I love every single character (except Ramsay Bolton), I love every theory (except Tyrion is a secret Targaryen), I love every single fan, and I want to talk about it non-stop.  So...yeah, you can blame George R. R. Martin for my disappearance from the nail art community.  But I regret nothing.  (and if you really feel like seeing how creepy I am, my tumblr is pretty much solely ASOIAF check that out here).  I probably lost like 20 followers by giving that link out...from the outside, ASOIAF fans look craaazy.

Moving forward, I do plan on getting back to regular posting here.  It might not be daily like before, but my goal is two or more posts per week.  Good news...I'm really energized about music again, so those posts will be coming back as well.

And to top it all off, today is my second favorite holiday of the year!  New Year's Eve!  (As you can tell, I rather hate holidays, unless they involve a party.  I pretty much solely celebrate Halloween and New Years).  So, I will share with you the nails I will be wearing for tonight's festivities...

China Glaze Blonde Bombshell
This shiny glitter bomb is China Glaze Blonde Bombshell, which I believe is part of the 3D glitter collection that was just released.  It is the one with the silver cap.  It has micro glitter, small gold hex glitter and bar glitter to give it a very multi-textured appearance.  It is both shiny and matte at the same time and I really, really love how it looks.  It looks fabulous with my dress and a gold Tyrell Rose bangle I will be wearing tonight.  (Yes, I bought jewelry because it reminds me of an ASOIAF reference...I'm a horrible person, but I just really love the Tyrells, okay?).

ooh shiny
To add even more multi-dimensional aspects to this polish I layered it over OPI Designer-de Better from the Muppets Collection.  The small copper flakes in that polish shine through just enough to add a really cool effect.

OPI Designer de Better

See you all next year!  And thanks for sticking with me during my long break.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I really don't have a clue what this is.  I'm kind of thinking it is a subconscious nod to Cylon Centurians, but let's pretend I'm not that big of a nerd, okay?

I was too lazy to use tape for this, so it's freehanded in about 5 minutes or less.  I apologize for any less than straight lines resulting from this.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winter is Comng

Bahaha, seriously, I love that I can say "winter is coming" over and over and it is actually appropriate this time of year.  (For those that don't know, it is the motto of House Stark in the A Song of Ice and Fire books, as well as the TV show Game of Thrones).  I've also taken to shouting "WINTERFELL!" in place of cheers or skaal when taking shots.  I highly suggest it.

This design doesn't really hold up to close scrutiny, but it actually looked amazing from a distance.  The blue is Zoya Tallulah, and it just glows.

We don't have snow yet in the part of Wisconsin where I live which is actually kind of depressing.  I love snow, and I keep writing stories at work about snowfall in New Mexico or North Carolina and it's upsetting.  This is freaking Wisconsin...we should have way more snow than all of these places.

I decided to do this wintery design in lieu of a more "Christmasy" one as I have zero Christmas spirit.  I think it is a stupid holiday, sorry.  I have major problems with the history of Christmas, and I'm kind of (okay...not kind of, more like very much) anti-religion.  I also think it is blown way out of proportion and that people spend too much money, decorate to the point of being outrageously tacky, and play the worst music ever created.  Ugh, I'm all for giving your loved ones gifts...but it should be about things they really need, or appreciate...not just spending a shit ton on crap to make yourself look good.

So yeah...winter themed designs trump straight up Christmas for me.  And yes...I am the grinch, sorry.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I kind of regret putting this dotticure over a metallic.  I think these tend to look better over cremes, and any fun finishes like metallics or holos can be used in the dots.  But I REALLY needed to redo my Thanksgiving manicure, and I wasn't feeling very inspired.

I'm not quite ready to graduate to the Christmas season yet, so I'm still playing with fall colors.  I live in Wisconsin, so it's not the holidays until we get some snow.  And on top of that...I kind of hate Christmas, so don't expect a ton of holiday cheer around here.

The gold is Nicole by OPI Not a Gold Bigger, the others are Stripe Rites or Love & Beauties with no name.
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