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.
imperfectlyperfect: Text: I like being weird. Weird's all I've got, that and my sweet style (Sweet Style)
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: A woman in a purple a-line dress (Clothes (purple dress))
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Though I don't honestly expect that I'm going to raise anyone's awareness, I decided I wanted to try and do a month's worth of pink manicures. I don't know if I'll succeed, but just the action of doing it has given me a sense of comfort and solidarity.

Six Days of Pink. )

I feel like this project is being good for me in a few different ways. I do have a feeling of connectedness, of being part of something larger that I don't think I've ever had, in relation to cancer. I spent a lot of my cancer time defining and having illuminated all the ways I was RADICALLY DIFFERENT from everyone else, both in how I dealt with my cancer and in how the various medications and side effects affected me. So this is a new thing and it's a...IDK. A reminder that this is something that has affected me, at a very personal level. And then, at the other end, it's something very life-affirming and creative, to bring beauty out of something that has otherwise affected me so negatively. It's a mental exercise to work with a single color (albeit in many shades) and come up with something different each time. Like I said above, I don't know if I can realistically come up with 31 different pink manicures. But I will enjoy the hell out of trying.

"I was very against pink and purple when I was young, because they were girls' colors. But that was only because I didn't want people to write me off for what I can do. When I got into my 20s, I decided that was stupid. " ~Danica Patrick
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: 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. )
imperfectlyperfect: A woman in a purple a-line dress (Clothes (purple dress))
So, my spreadsheet. In one of the columns, I link to the pictures I've taken of the various colors. However, there's a number of colors that I had tried, prior to the spreadsheet and when I was only indifferently photographing, so there were a dozen or so colors that were marked off as 'tried', but didn't have a corresponding picture.

This could not stand!

So, last night I ended up painting just my left hand with a lot of different colors and photographing it. I'm not going to bore you with my OCD craziness (more than I already have), but, in doing so, I discovered two things:

1) As of last night, I had tried 99 polishes.

2) Two of the colors I had already tried look AMAZEBALLS together!

My thought process was thus:

a) I would replicate that AMAZEBALLS manicure on both hands today and

b) I should do something special for my 100th manicure.

This morning, I realized that using two polishes I'd already sampled would not get me 100 polishes, so I decided I would try to replicate the EFFECT of last night's accidental manicure with a different base color, one that I had not yet tried.

Well. That didn't work out so good. The two colors I'd accidentally combined were Essence's Choose Me! (blue, green & gold microglitter in a blue jelly) and Essie's A Cut Above (rose-copper hex glitter of various sizes in a clear base). Together, they looked (to my eyes) like turquoise, or like cloisonné beads, or both.

So, with that image of turquoise in mind, I picked Revlon's Dreamer, a periwinkle blue-gray polish, thinking that would be closer to what turquoise actually looks like.

Dreamer & Dreamer w/A Cut Above. )

So, with my duty dispensed by sampling one new polish, I decided, FUCK IT, I was going to do my nails the way I wanted. So. I pulled out Choose Me! and started all over.

Here's Choose Me! by itself: )

When I put A Cut Above over Choose Me!, the blue faded out quite a bit and looks more like a patinaed coppery green. As usual, the pics don't do this justice and, out in the sun, it's even more striking and brilliant.

I Ch-Ch-Choose You!: )
This is one of those manicures where I walk around with my hands out in front of me, staring at them constantly. I just can't get over how great these look together.

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