Happy Friday, everybody! The weekend is upon us as is the start of the Twinkie Nail Art challenge. This is a one manicure per week challenge, on Fridays during August, which is more my speed as far as these things go. I’ve only done one challenge before, and that was a 5 day one which seemed to work OK. this challenge is being hosted by Polished by Beckie and Spilled Milk Nails. Thank you, ladies, for giving me a chance to force myself to practice nail art LOL. I am excited to do my actual first ever gradient for this challenge, stay tuned to the blog to witness that next week! First, however, is today’s challenge: the Throwback mani.
While checking my e-mail today, I came across a simple and wonderful homage to one of my absolute favorite shows – Dexter – in my daily email from NailNarcotics! While I had seen the blood spatter manicures around, this one added another layer to it in that the manicure is a skittles like the one the Ice Truck Killer liked, hence the name “Ice Truck Killer” Nails. Needless to say, once I read Ice Truck Killer Nails, I squealed with delight then shouted MOST AWESOME BLOGGER EVER!!!! But I digress…
Above is a pic of her manicure. If I hadn’t just painted my nails before reading her e-mail, I would at least have done the skittles part. I’ve never done a splatter manicure, and figure that is probably more of a weekend manicure attempt, not an in-between-work-voting-and-schoolwork-at-8:30-on-a-Tuesday-night manicure attempt.
Thank you, NailNarcotics, for posting this. It really made my night!!
Anyone out there a fan of Dexter? If so, how are you liking the new season? If you don’t watch Dexter, start watching! It’s a great show about a blood spatter analyst for Miami Metro Homicide who just happens to moonlight as a vigilante serial killer, bringing those to justice who have fallen through the cracks of the judicial process.
Have a nice week all! Thanks for reading!
This manicure started with a couple designs I created on a wheel, here is one of them. Since I have
exactly ZERO limited drawing skills, my nail art tool of choice is my set of Mash 5×2 tool set. I think these tools pack a good bang for the buck. It’s amazing to see what can be done with just dots, seriously. When looking for images/ideas of things to do with them I was amazed by the creativity and variety of designs that can be created with these simple tools.
Here are the colors I used.
- Delaunay by Julep (Trina Turk Fall ’12 Collection) – chili pepper red crème
- Riveting by China Glaze (Hunger Games Collection) – vibrant orange with a gold shimmer
- Alma by Julep (Trina Turk Fall ’12 Collection – dijon yellow crème
- Feelin’ Froggy by Cult Nails – muted kelly green crème with a bright green shimmer
- Taylor by Julep – a deep, sky blue crème
My nails are a bit shorter than the nails on the wheel, so I adjusted the design a bit.
Here is a close up of the accent nail.
I would have done the entire manicure with these dots (and should have made the base red dot smaller), but I was short on time as that day I was heading to a birthday dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord and didn’t leave enough time for my nails. I know, I know <smacking own hand>. I will try and not let it happen again. But it’s Shady Maple! A cornucopia of PA Dutch delights mixed in with just about every other mouth-wateringly delicious thing you can think of. And all you can eat of them all! I wasn’t thinking clearly.
Thanks for reading – I hope you all are having a great week!
It all started with an awesome bargain find at Ulta. While checking their clearance area I found this awesome set of minis. While I am not necessarily a Kardashian “fan”, who can pass up cute polish at a great price! Not THIS gal <points at self>….
The set below contains mini versions of four colors:
My Empire… My Rules is a charcoal grey creme
Follow Me on Glitter is a gunmetal/charcoal grey glitter polish full of multicolored hex glitter
Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam is a dark teal/forest green creme
Hard-Kourt Fashionista. is a deep brown with a bit of a red undertone. This is the one I am using in today’s manicure.
These colors are great for fall/winter, as they are dark, rich and very warm.
At first I was going to just do a manicure with the lighter accent nail and dots in the darker color. I’ve been playing around with dots a lot lately and figured it would look nice. I liked the way the accent nail looked so much that I decided to carry the dots throughout the manicure! It looks like my middle and ring fingers weren’t as dry as I thought, as you probably notice a bit of a smear in the dots. I still love this look, though, and I am sure I will be using it again.
Here is a shot with the wee little bottle of Hard-Kourt Fashionista.
Here is another shot with the Decades of Dysfunction bottle. This color seems to pop up a lot in my manicures. I think it’s my favorite of the Dark Shadows Collection from Orly. It’s not completely nude but it still goes well with a number of other colors.
That’s it for now. I hope you all enjoyed this design. What neat things have any of you done with your dotting tools? Let me know, I am always looking for new ways to work in dots!
Thanks for reading!