Archive | September, 2010

Grosgrain Naiad Frock Giveaway

25 Sep

So, so pretty.

I remember seeing her works on Burdastyle a long time ago, and I’m really glad that I’ve rediscovered her blog. All of her frocks are so beautiful! The ethereal quality of this one is especially breathtaking. I think “Naiad” describes it perfectly – the gathered layers remind me of a waterfall. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the link to the giveaway: Grosgrain Naiad Frock Giveaway

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domo-kun!

8 Sep

domo 1

Domo-kun!

I got the idea for this over at Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/5628965/nail-painting-gallery/gallery/2). The original artist’s nails are definitely nicer than mine, but I tried! ๐Ÿ˜€

At first I wanted to do all ten fingers too, but I changed my mind because I was short on time. Plus I fail at doing my right hand!

Anyhoo, I first tried to replicate this design by just putting the mouth red on top of the brown, but that did not work because the red wasn’t that opaque. So what I did was I first brushed on a square of red (Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in Cherry Red) and then brushed on a warm brown (Etude House in Choco Slushi ์ดˆ์ฝ” ์Šฌ๋Ÿฌ์‹œ) all around it. I then used a tiny disposable nail art brush to dot on the teeth in white (Wet n’ Wild in French White Creme). Lastly I dotted the eyes on in black (VOV Chamon Nail Pop #3901) and dotted white on top after they dried. A topcoat went over everything, but unfortunately the white streaked a bit because I didn’t wait long enough for it to dry. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The rest of my nails are a cool taupe shade (Holika Holika #03 Medium ๋ฏธ๋””์›€) that sets off domo-kun.

domo nails 3

Hope you enjoyed this – I know I have! ๐Ÿ˜€

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sparkly funtime

8 Sep

sparkly nails 1

For a while, I just grew my nails out with the aim of doing interesting designs on them. But the real motivation might just have been laziness and me not wanting to bother cutting them. :3

So I finally decided that I needed to do something on them before they all broke off; one was already starting to rip a bit. I really wanted to try out a gradient manicure and I just love this polish – Castledew Popsky Gold Silver (ํŒ์Šคํ‚ค ๊ณจ๋“œ์‹ค๋ฒ„). It’s a super glittery mix of silver and gold, so it goes with everything! And the glitter aspect meant that mistakes would be less visible on the gradient. ^^

Basically what I did was I polished the tip pretty thickly and used the polish left on the brush to paint thin coats about halfway down the nail. The nature of the polish is pretty forgiving, so lines aren’t really visible. A coat of Sally Hansen Strengthening Topcoat helped even it all out.

sparkly nails 2

(Please excuse the blue marker on my finger :D)

I really liked how it turned out! Next time I’d like to try a gradient using dark blue polish, I think.

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