My inspiration for these nails was an old and beloved OTP, Remus/Sirius. (Also I’d never done galaxy nails before.) The star on my pinky represents Sirius, the Dog Star, and the moon-behind-clouds on my thumb represents Remus/Mooney. Also, they’re on opposite ends of my hand to represent TRAGEDY AND SEPARATION. ;.;
1 coat of OPI Black Onyx topped with one coat of pIcture pOlish’s Altered State (SO SO SO PRETTY) created the night sky base (seen alone on my middle finger). The stars and moon are OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Then I sponged random blues/whites/greys/silvers onto my index and ring finger to try to get the galaxy effect. Basecoat Sally Hansen Triple Strong, topcoat Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.
Spirited Away is one of my favorite animated movies. For those of you who don’t know, Hayao Miyazaki is like Japan’s version of Walt Disney. His movies are incredibly popular around the globe, and for good reason. Miyazaki puts incredible detail into the scenery, character costumes, and paints a beautiful story. Typically his films involve young women overcoming a rite of passage, and being stronger for it when all is said and done. (Although romance is sometimes a feature, there is none of that wishy-washy wait for your prince nonsense!)
For the movie manicure, I knew that I wanted to paint soot sprites, from Spirited Away. (Dedicated fans may feel compelled to mention that they are also briefly in Totoro…) I’ve seen soot sprites painted before, but often times they seem too “nubby” or bumpy… I wanted my sprites to have their shimmery heebie jeebie feel to them. To accomplish this, I stippled on my black polish with a round brush, then added a bit of a shimmery grey too. I think the result has that nice sooty, dusty feel!
Base: Butter London, Nail Foundation Basecoat
Accent: too many… sorry…
Main:Base of Cult Nails, Tempest. Sprites are made using Cult Nails, Never More and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 41 Gone Grey.
I was really excited to see this challenge because it wasn’t something I had an easy solution for (no convenient animal stamps!), so I knew I’d have to stretch myself a bit :) I’m not the best at freehand nail art but I eventually hit on leopard print, which I’d never done before. It was surprisingly non-timeconsuming in the end (although I did only do 4 nails).
This is NOPI I’m a Belieber and OPI Black Onyx over three coats of NOPI One Time Lime (probably could have been two coats if I’d been a bit more careful). Topcoat was Sally Hansen Insta-Dri and base was the vanilla OPI basecoat.
I decided to give this look a try because it looked quick(er) and easy(ier) than the typical nail art my favorite “nail gurus” do. There are a lot of Burberry nail art looks floating around on the Internet, but I followed Janelle’s tutorial (as usual). I think it probably would work better with a slightly darker/deeper red than what I used.
Very cute and easy look! I had some issues with the glitter topcoat from Sally Hansen, though. I’m not sure if it was just my bottle, but the formula was so thick (and I don’t mean glitter-wise) that I got tons of bubbles in that nail. On the other hand, because the formula was so thick, I didn’t even need a coat of Gelous to smooth out the gritty glitter texture, haha.
My favourite colour is purple, but I am weird about wearing dark colours so I don’t wear it much. My favourite colour to wear is red, so I thought I’d combine the two into a stamping manicure. The base is Maybelline Lilac Charm and the stamping is OPI Big Apple Red, which stamps really well. The base is Sally Hansen Triple Strong, the topcoat over the lilac to get it to dry is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, and I’m, um, still not sure what I’m going to do over the stamping since Insta-Dri smudged my pinky so maybe I’ll just leave it and see how that works. The stamping is off MoYou London plates Suki 7 and 8.