imperfectlyperfect: Close up of fingernails painted green, black & gold. (nails (Loki))
In the interests of playing catch-up, a few different manicures.

1. Winter Wonderland

As in my previous post, I did a certain amount of experimenting with manicures that look WINTRY without looking like they're specifically holiday related. I saw a manicure similar to this one somewhere on the internet (sadly, I no longer remember where, and I don't think I saved it to pinterest) and decided to work up my own version.

She Blinded Me With Science. )



2. Being Disciplined.

I have really fallen head over heels for gray polishes this year. They're such cool, interesting neutrals, easy to dress up or dress down, warm up or cool down, and they generally look great against my skin tone.

Cult Nails Disciplined is no exception.

I keep thinking of this as 'Afternoon Delight'. Heh. )



And then finally:

3. Zuza.

After I took off the Disicplined Charla combo, I was feeling very impatient, but I still wanted to give my new Zoyas a try, so I picked up Zuza.

I just like the way it sounds: ZOO-ZA. )
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I can't get over how much I love Pretty Serious's polishes. I wish it wasn't so pricey, between the Australian dollar rate conversion rate and the shipping, because I would absolutely buy everything the company makes. Of the 6 polishes in the collection I bought, there's not one that's less than AMAZING.

Let's look at Nightmaren... )

Pretty Serious nail polish (and other cosmetics) can be purchased at Pretty Serious Cosmetics

Glitter Gal can be purchased through Llarowe or Harlow & Co or through Glitter Gal directly, though obviously that's a rather more expensive option, as they're also an Australian company.
imperfectlyperfect: Close-up of fingernails painted dark purple with white nail art. (Default)
I have a confession to make.

I was hoping that I would hate this manicure.

Let me explain. This is the manicure I was trying to do on the 27th and ended up giving up in frustration. But I decided to give it another try.

This was my inspiration, and as you'll see, I pretty much copied it exactly. The thing is, it wasn't any less frustrating the second time around. The polishes just did not want to dry. I kept stupidly bumping my wet nails into things: cotton balls, the very nail polish bottles I was using, my OWN skin and nails...meaning that nails kept having to be painted all over again, or badly fixed...it was a royal PITA.

So I was hoping that, though I pressed on through sheer bullheadedness, that when all was said and done, I would HATE this manicure, do I'd never be tempted to attempt this royal PITA manicure ever again.

But alas.

IT LOOKS AMAZEBALLS.

Just look! )
imperfectlyperfect: A woman in a purple a-line dress (Clothes (purple dress))
This is an extremely simple manicure that was, even so, REALLY STUNNING for relatively little effort. It wasn't a riff off any other manicure I've seen; it was just a random idea that came to me.

Though surrounded by darkness, I will still burn bright... )
imperfectlyperfect: Close-up of fingernails painted dark purple with white nail art. (Default)
This is a manicure I've been wanting to do since I first came up with the idea of doing a month's worth of pink manicures. I wanted to do something like a traditional pink vertical stripe wallpaper.

This didn't turn out quite like I envisioned, but I am SUPER PLEASED with how it turned out, nonetheless.

Pink Manicure 23. )

Getting the pieces of striping tape on and placed properly on all ten nails was rather time-consuming and kind of a pain in the ass, but the end result felt really worth it. I had a hard time taking this one off.
imperfectlyperfect: Close-up of fingernails painted dark purple with white nail art. (nails (Hawkeye))
Continuing my thought from last night... I've been kvetching about being restricted to one color all month (by my choice!), but it is true that having a limited palette and limited shades within that color has forced me to be more creative, in terms of coming up with this many manicures that are all the same color but still distinct from each other. I don't know if I'll ever do a project like this again, but it's been a wonderful stretch.

Pink Manicure 15. )

Pink Manicure 16. )

Pink Manicure 16.5. )

Pink Manicure 17. )

Pink Manicure 18. )

Pink Manicure 18.5. )

Pink Manicure 19. )

Pink Manicure 20. )

Pink Manicure 21. )

Lately, I'm also posting my pics to Twitter and Instagram. I'm poisontaster at both places, if you'd rather follow me either of those places.
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It becomes something of a Catch-22. Each manicure is between 2-5 pictures...but if I miss a day of posting, that starts to add up. And I get lazy.

Right now, I have a backlog of around 40 pictures. I'm not going to subject you to all of them in one post, but I gotta get started, because the backlog ain't getting no smaller!

Pink Manicure 10. )

I was so tired I don't even remember what color I used for the dark pink. But I smudged Pure Ice's Cheatin' glitter across the tip and graded it up the nail. Cheatin' is beautiful in the bottle, intense purple and blue microglitter in a clear base, but it was difficult to work with and I feel like it just looked dirty on the nail. The shine didn't really transfer. I'll try it with something else, see if I like it better, but this manicure just didn't do it for me. It was what it was: a place filler.

Pink Manicure 11. )

Pink Manicure 11.5. )

Pink Manicure 12. )

Pink Manicure 12.5. )

Pink Manicure 13. )

Pink Manicure 14. )

I know that I went for the short version of all these manicuresand I keep using the same colors over and over, so I do't know how much to say about each of them.

Somewhere in here, I switched from using Out The Door top coat to the next one I'm trying out, China Glaze's Fast Forward. I'm not especially fond of this one. Firstly, it has a strong odor that I don't like, rather like artifical grape & wet stone combined. Secondly, I don't feel like it dries or cures as fast as Seche Vite or Out The Door. I've had so many more nail flubs in the past week than I'm used to because my nails weren't as dry as I thought they'd be. I don't think it adds much shine, either. Which is not a deal breaker, but is certainly not a benefit. Thickness wise, it's not as thick as Seche Vite, but comparably thick to Out the Door.

And a final note about dots/dotting: on the one hand, I tend to be impatient, so I'm sure I'm putting on my top coat before the dots are fully dry. On the other hand, it would seem that some top coats just have a tendency to smear when you use them, regardless of how long you wait. *shrugs*

I'll try to get up manicures 15-21 tomorrow. Man, I am going to be SO OVER pink when this is all done. But it's been fun and interesting at the same time.
imperfectlyperfect: Close up of fingernails painted green, black & gold. (nails (Loki))
I really like doing my nails in two different colors. I don't know what it is, exactly. This manicure started as another attempt to do that Phases of the Moon manicure that I did in beige & black, but in shades of pink, instead. I didn't like how it turned out this time, either, so I decided to just alternate colors and do a half & half on my middle finger:

Uneven Phases )

conversely, I ADORED this next manicure.

I'd been messing around with incorporating black into the palette, while still keeping the pink front and center. I'd been thinking of it in terms of people we've lost to breast cancer, but in a moment of inspiration, I thought it could also refer, just as easily, to the darkness that surrounds you when you go through a cancer experience, even as a bystander. So I decided to do another riff on the Cloudy Day manicure I did on my Chicago trip. And it came out great!

Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul. )

Looking for inspiration, I'd googled "pink manicures" just to see what came up and I found this ombre manicure. The blogger had used stamping, but it would be just as easy to do actual dotting.

A Little Dotty. )

I decided to give each of the top coats I bought a week-long try out. I used INM Out the Door for this manicure. It's got approximately the same wet-to-surface dry time as Seche Vite, but it's a much thinner polish, meaning it doesn't feel as seamlessly smooth to the touch (I can still feel the bumps of the dots through it) and it doesn't dry as glassy-shiny. Still, I've been wearing this manicure since this morning, and there's no noticeable shrinkage at all. I definitely want to try it with a vegetarian polish like Zoya before I pronounce it my new favorite, but it's definitely impressed me so far.
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I've gotten a number of new polishes recently and I took pictures of them and did some swatches on my fingernails, but trying to get that organized and written up (and failing at it) has been delaying me from posting ANYTHING, so I'm just going to post some manicures and then hopefully I'll get back to the swatch posts.

VERY IMAGE INTENSIVE. )
imperfectlyperfect: Close-up of fingernails painted dark purple with white nail art. (nails (Hawkeye))
Zoya's Phoebe is a polish you've seen before; I used Phoebe to make the little dots over Orly's Mysterious Curse a few days ago. But those little dots didn't do Phoebe justice:

A whole lot of painting going on! (image heavy) )

So, that's been my Great Nail Adventure. What are you wearing today?
imperfectlyperfect: Close up of fingernails painted green, black & gold. (nails (Loki))
Today was another series of trial-and-error. Last night, as I was trawling across Pinterest, I found this manicure, on one of the Julep boards:

Inspirational Stripes. )

I decided to strike out into more original territory and experiment with the first option. So first I put on two coats of Zoya's Caitlin.

I Didn't Earn My Stripes. )

So. While I like all the colors individually, I was very unhappy with the combination. The colors were too drab together to be really interesting, all the "interest" was only viable from close up, and even close up, the colors were too similar. And, at the end of the day, it wasn't enough like the manicure I wanted.

At this point, and still coasting on the hangover of yesterday's migraine, I was vexed. The choice was simple: I could spend another hour of my life in a second attempt, using my B Team of colors (Dreamer, Caitlin & Nein!) or I could say fuck it and do something simple and fast.

Simple and fast won. Well. At least in theory.

Whimsical & 'The FLOTUS'. )
imperfectlyperfect: Nails painted black with shiny black tips. (Nails (black manicure))
Today's manicure is inspired by my own stained nails. A couple months ago, I used a green polish that stained my nail plates badly and I've been waiting for it to slowly (so slowly) grow out, which means the back half of my nail, near the cuticle, is a nice healthy pink and from about mid-nail to the tip, it's a sickly translucent green.

I had just removed the polish one night when my husband announced he wanted to go out to dinner, so I jumped up and went out with my naked nails and found myself kind of fascinated by the look of them, the way the light shone through the tips and lit up the green and I though it could be a really cool idea to replicate the look more artistically by using a "nude" polish and painting the tips a bright, lime green. So let's try that, shall we? )

Another thought about the manicure and its inspiration: looking at my nails, with their sad, green stains, I wondered how many of the other nail bloggers I've come across are also hiding stained nails underneath their fantabulous manicures. I bet it's a lot of them, and I bet a fair number of them have some shame about their discolored nails, which is at least one of the reasons they keep covering it up with polish.

Which...there's a huge and obvious metaphor in that; the ugliness we hide beneath fancy persiflage and how, looking from the outside, all you really see are the pretty colors and interesting designs. The ugliness is yours, to hide or expose as you see fit. And even if you go around wearing your damage for everyone to see, the only person who is really likely to care is you.
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So, after vowing that I was going to wear that Loki manicure into the dirt, it started chipping within a day. *sighs* O, Loki, I only want to love you.

Without any serious intentions of what I wanted to play with next, I decided to try out a newer polish I'd scored over the weekend, I Don't Give a Rotterdam, part of the 2012 Holland collection by OPI.

Ka-Pow! )

Today, I already noticed some shrinkage--one thing I've read and noted first hand about Seche Vite top coat is that it encourages shrinkage in a lot of polishes--and I was ready to keep experimenting.

However, today was a busy day and I didn't have a lot of time to devote to my nails, so I scrapped my initial, more complicated ideas for the day and decided to try out Orly's Mysterious Curse:

Curses, dots and dings. )
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This is the absolutely most complicated manicure I've done to date. So, I suppose it's a good thing that it turned out so great. *laughs*

Loki & a lot of talk about it. )

This is a manicure I'm definitely not wiping out tomorow; I'm going to wear this as long as I can. For all that work, there's definitely commensurate sense of satisfaction.
imperfectlyperfect: Nails painted black with shiny black tips. (Nails (black manicure))
A follow up on yesterday's manicure. After swanning around for a while, I decided I wanted to see what it would look like matte, so I took a page out of [personal profile] rivers_bend's book and matted my ring finger and left the rest shiny.

A modified Black Widow. )

What to do for Thor was kind of a problem. I mean, his colors are very similar to Captain America's, first of all, and his most noted symbol is Mjolnir, the hammer, which I neither have the skill nor the tools to replicate on my nails. And then, also, I've been avoiding doing anything that's too much on the nose. So.

I decided to go with a simple lightning bolt design. I wanted to do a vertical design, kind of like this one from Chalkboard Nails but this was obviously a little intimidating. I've only tried a tape manicure once before, to mixed results.

After using [livejournal.com profile] quietdiscerning as my color wheel to find the 'perfect' blue, we settled on Essence Just Rock It!, a dark, midnight blue.

Thor: a long, messy, only partially successful process. )

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