Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Melbourne Cup nail art

The Melbourne Cup was just on, so I painted my nails in honour of the Race That Stops The Nation.

On my left hand I did the silks for Admire Rakti, the favourite. I used Essie's Bikini So Teeny and Butler Please, and some nail vinyls from Celestial Cosmetics.

Admire Rakti's silks (from Races)

On my right hand I painted Who Shot Thebarman's silks. I used Kleancolor's Boogie Nights for the orange and Celestial Cosmetic's Snow Clouds for the white dots, which I did using a dotting tool. It was strangely awkward to try and pose my right hand!

Who Shot Thebarman's silks (from Races)

In the end Who Shot Thebarman came third, but Admire Rakti came last and later died of a rare heart condition in his stall just after the race, so that was quite sad.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Portal chamber info icons nail art and Celestial Cosmetics Snow Clouds swatch

As I mentioned earlier, I went to PAX Australia at the beginning of the month, where I cosplayed as Chell from the video game Portal.

I was talking to Caitlin from Nerd With Nails and she mentioned that she'd also gone to PAX, and she'd painted her nails in an Animal Crossing manicure! Check it out, they look amazing.

So here's my PAX mani. In the game, each level starts with a sign that tells you what hazards you'll come across in the level (here's a picture of one). So for my manicure I put the chamber information icons onto my nails! Someone noticed them while admiring my costume and asked to take a picture of my nails as well as my costume - so happy people noticed!

I started by painting my nails white with Celestial Cosmetic's Snow Clouds, a really nice crisp white that goes on very smoothly. I did - I think it was three coats? But you could probably use two careful coats if you wanted. I put a swatch of it at the end of this post.

I then used some nail decals which I'd printed myself, and just stuck them on. This time I let them completely dry before applying topcoat and they hardly smeared - much better. 
L-R The cake is a lie, Place weighted cube on button, Use the portal to fling yourself, Sentry turret.

L-R: High-speed portal exit, Use the portal to fling yourself, Aerial faith plate, Sentry turret.

And here's one with my companion cube in the background! :D

To wrap things up, here's Snow Clouds on its own:

Making my blog easier to follow and comment on

I've been working on ways to make my blog easier to follow, and to that end I've signed up to Bloglovin. Hopefully you find it useful!

As I've mentioned, I've also signed up for Instagram (here's a link).

I've also gone into the settings and enabled anonymous comments, so now anyone can comment with ease. :D

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Lit-up jack o' lanterns

I'm a bit behind on my nail blogging because I've been busy making a cosplay costume for Pax, a video game convention. It was heaps of fun but it took a lot of time!

I did make a quick post to my Instagram with the Halloween nails. I painted my nails with Ulta3's midnight and then reverse stamped using Mundo de Uñas polishes, and finally a Chi Chi glow in the dark polish (unnamed yellow) for the eyes of the jack o' lanterns.