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Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art Challenge – Day 1

Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art Challenge

Inspired by a book

The Hunger Games Bookcover

This week is my first nail art challenge, the Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art challenge.  Today’s nail art comes to you with the help of a tutorial from Savannah at Oh So Pretty The Diaries.  See it here if you’d like to try it yourself. Being a fan of The Hunger Games book series, I had seen many ‘Girl on Fire’ flame nails before, but never had the guts to try it myself.  Until now. 🙂  As soon as I heard about this challenge and the topic of a book was included, I knew I had to participate.  Below is a list of the polishes that I used to create this manicure.

Red: Mamba from Color Club
Orange: Riveting from China Glaze (Hunger Games collection)
Yellow: Neon Melon from Sinful Colors
Black: Hot Topic’s Blackheart Cursed

As you can see, I used the Blackheart Cursed as a base, then the Mamba, Riveting and Neon Melon to make the flames.  Here is a shot of them pre-application.  This will need more practice, but not bad for a bad artist on the first attempt, I think!  First time using my brushes, so it was pretty exciting.  Please ignore the chip on the ring finger. 😦

Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art Day1- Hunger Games

My manicure depicts Katniss’ costume at the first tribute parade.  She and her partner in the games, Peta, have costumes that appear to be fully aflame but leave them unharmed.  There is another scene in the movie during which she has an evening gown that has a similar effect.  the ’12’ on my thumb represents their home region, District 12.  The manicure shot below shows one of the polishes used in this design, China Glaze’s Riveting from The Hunger Games collection.  Appropriate, wouldn’t you say?

Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art Day1- Hunger Games

Here is a shot of Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence, LOVE her!) in her flaming costume from the tribute parade scene.  Did any of you read the books and/or see the movie? Thoughts?  I loved the books and enjoyed the movie, although (as usual) there was much that they just couldn’t fit into a 2 hour movie.  I still plan to see the remaining movies they will make based on this series of books.

Girl On Fire - The Hunger Games Movie screencap

So, that’s it folks.  I hope you liked my first submission this week.  Hang around and see the rest and let me know what you think.  Have a great Monday, all!!


China Glaze Christmas Manicures

Here is my attempt at holiday spirit.  Things have been so busy and stressful that I just haven’t been feeling it this year.  My hope was that some holiday cheer on my nails would transfer to my general outlook.  The colors I used for this are China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps (a deep ruby red with a ton of red microglitter) , Glittering Garland (a beautiful Eagle, or forest, green packed with green shimmer) and eventually some Fairy Dust.

China Glaze Christmas Mani Colors

China Glaze Ruby Pumps, Champagne Bubbles and Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat (not pictured)

I wanted something simple to start, so I alternated the two colors on my nails.  My quick-dry top coat du jour is Cult Nails’ Wicked Fast.

China Glaze Christmas Mani

China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Glittering Garland

A few days later and I wanted a new manicure, but was far too lazy to do a WHOLE NEW one, so I sprinkled some Fairy Dust on top and it was even more sparkly!  I really do love that polish.  If you’re not familiar with it it’s a clear base loaded with holographic microglitter.  I could just stare at it for hours, like a little Christmas tree on each nail.

Christmas Mani with Fairy Dust

China Glaze Christmas Mani with some Fairy Dust sprinkled on it

My final Christmas Manicure ended up involving Ruby Pumps and Champagne Bubbles.   

China Glaze Champagne Bubbles and Ruby Pumps

China Glaze Champagne and Ruby Christmas

My inspiration for this manicure was Lydia’s Nails Easy Peasy Christmas Trees.  I have had this tape that I have been meaning to work into a manicure, but between school, work and life I just hadn’t been able to.  With the holiday break from school upon me, I finally decided to work it in easily.  I am really loving the results, and will be doing this more frequently, I’m sure! Here’s lefty .  Pardon my nubby nails, they don’t seem to want to stay at a decent length, but I vowed to not let that stop me from making them pretty!!

Here's Lefty

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Champagne Bubbles Christmas – Righty

and Righty who hardly ever gets any ‘face time’.  Let her bask in the glory that is hers, she deserves it.  If it wasn’t for her, lefty would look like a steaming pile of dog crap!  But I digress…

Good ol' Righty

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Champagne Bubbles Christmas

So those are my holiday manicures thus far.  Thanks to Lydia for her inspiration, without which this manicure may never have been.  As always, thanks for reading!! In case I don’t get another post in before Tuesday, Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate!  Those who don’t, have a great Tuesday!