Saturday, April 23, 2011

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.

It's jazz appreciation month!  I didn't listen to any jazz, but I themed my nails for it.

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I know my right hand is kinda lame, I did it first without the detailed inspiration, and I'm right handed anyway...

I used MK Perfect Surface Base Coat, Sally Hansen Wild Life, Black Out, Pure White Tip and Nail Art Pens in Black and White for details on the keys, Orly Hook Up, Finger Paints Sketchy Character, Ulta Brownette, Beauty Secrets Top Coat.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Remember When Atmospheric Contaminents Were Romantically Called Stardust?

Lyrids Meteor Shower is scheduled for April 21-22 this year, so I did shooting star nails.

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I used: MaryKay Perfect Surface Base Coat, Sally Hansen Spark and Aqua Chrome, Beauty Secrets Top Coat.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden perhaps get so boring that eating the apple was justified?

April is National Gardening Month!  I've "planted" a mixture of vegetables and flowers for your viewing pleasure.

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Cucumber, carrot, plumeria, tomato...

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Broccoli, sunflower, daisy, hot pepper...  (Yes, clearly I should have used a reference for some of these...)

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Rose (what, you can't see that?), pansy.

Base is MaryKay Perfect Surface, and the red on all nails is also MaryKay but I can't read the name...  Rose something, I think.  Wet 'n' Wild Metallic Green, Orly Hook Up, Sally Hansen Pure White Tip, Cherry Red and Spark, Finger Paints Scenery Greenery and Sketchy Character, Beauty Secrets top coat.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

If you are in a spaceship that is traveling at the speed of light, and you turn on the headlights, does anything happen?

April 12, 1981 is listed somewhere as the first space shuttle launch.  To celebrate (or to include a geeky post so my dad could feel included) I did rocket nails.  It begins on the launch pad and ends on the moon.  I realize that the first space shuttle probably didn't make it to the moon*; we'll call that artistic license.

*Apparently, no shuttle has gone to the moon.  Rockets have, the difference is that rockets are one-time-use and shuttles are reusable.

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I don't have a good shot of my right thumb, it's light blue blending into dark blue with an air stream...

I used: Mary Kay Perfect Surface Base Coat, Orly Blue Collar, Love My Nails Black Rage, Sally Hansen Spark, Sinful Colors Midnight Blue, Finger Paints Scenery Greenery, OPI I Want To Be A-Lone Star, Pure Ice Frosted Ice Platinum, Orly Hook Up, Avon Lagoon, Ulta Dance Teal Dawn, Sally Hansen Pure White Tip, CO2 #237 (Silver shimmer, I can't find a web site), Wet 'n' Wild Having Fun, Love and Beauty Fuchsia, Beauty Secrets Top Coat.

Monday, April 4, 2011

My life is like a stroll on the beach... as near to the edge as I can go.

It started with Orly Rubberized Base Coat and a teacher who was kind enough to let me paint while she lectured...

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Cindy, here's your day at the beach!  Yay for spring break!

After the base coat:  Sky - Orly Blue Collar, Water -  Sinful Colors Midnight Blue #13, Sand - MaryKay 24Karot, ball - Maalouf Aphrodisiac and Ulta Dance Teal Dawn, sun - Orly Hook Up, tree - Finger Paints Sketchy Character (also sail boat base) and Scenery Greenery, sails, texture on water, kite string - Essie Picket Fence, kite - Love and Beauty Fuchsia and OPI A-Rose at Dawn...Broke by NoonOPI RapiDry TopCoat.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Tips - Animals and Nature

The last two sets of beauty school tips:

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You get the flash and no-flash shots, cos I couldn't decide which looked better.  First is pink zebra stripe, suggested by a classmate (but I couldn't do just black n white!), then ladybug print cos my baby is obsessed with them, then a bumblebee, dalmatian, and spiderweb.

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The first is a sunburst, the second is a flower design after a temporary tattoo I had once, third and fourth are roses, fifth is a sunflower, sixth is the sun on an ocean, seventh is lightening, eighth is a crescent moon and stars.  Still working on the photography thing...
Aren't you glad I did these in sets instead of individuals!?

Tips - Objects

These posted by request:
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The first was the German flag (the woman in charge of my school is German), the second obviously is the US flag, the third kinda looks like an eye but was just a dot for no reason, the fourth was a holiday bow, the fifth is hard to see but it's an apple or cherry (really don't remember) the sixth is a UFO in honor of my mom, who's obsessed with X Files, and the seventh is a Valentine's inspired heart.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tips - Designs

More tips from beauty school:
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Random splashes of colors, and I don't remember the polishes.

Tips - Decals

For your viewing pleasure, since I'm not going to redo my Starry Skies manicure until Monday, I bring you a collection of tips that I did in beauty school.  Admittedly, this set of tips were when I was feeling lazy, tired, cranky, or uninspired...
But anyway:
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Again, I don't remember most of these polishes, but the first (top left) one I polished red, then when it was still tacky dipped it in gold glitter shreds, the second I applied tiny gems in a spiral, the third I applied little heart confetti as a french tip, the fourth has the same tiny gems as the second, the fifth is MaryKay 24K (which I can't find anymore) with decals, the sixth is another spiral with hexagon confetti, the seventh (bottom left) has the heart confetti, the eighth has flower/star confetti, the ninth was dipped in a fine glitter for a french tip, the tenth and eleventh have the hexagon confetti, the twelfth has the flower/star confetti.