Friday, July 18, 2014

Do you Mehndi?


It's the final day of the Digital Dozen's Countries and Cultures challenge week.  Today I'm back to a culture inspiration.  I've done some mehndi or henna inspired nails for you today.  Mehndi body art is an Indian and Pakistani art form which is used primarily in the celebration of weddings.  It's gotten pretty widespread in the past ten years or so and you can actually buy kits or have it done in a number of places now.  In the US at least, almost every tourist location offers henna tattoos.  I've had it done twice myself.  Once in one of these said tourist locations and it didn't take very well.  It was very light and lasted only a day or so.  The second time I had it done was at an Indian festival and the result was MUCH different.  It was very dark and intricate and lasted over a week.  So it's quite important how it's mixed and with what.





I really love mehndi.  I think it's so beautiful and I love the intricate designs that are made with it.  I hope you all enjoyed Countries and Cultures week!


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

St. Petersburg is gloomy...



It's day four of the Digital Dozen's Countries and Cultures challenge!  Today I've done another country mani for you! This one is for Russia and the beautiful city of St. Petersburg.  If you're not familiar with this design then I've included some pictures below of it's inspiration, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.  This church can be seen from all over the city of St. Petersburg, It is built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory.  Not only is the outside beautiful but the inside is stunning as well.




I've done my art based on the four most prominent towers of the church.  The pinky should be squares and not circles but I couldn't figure out how to do it in a way that I really liked and in person the gold was more shiny which detracted from the round shapes.  There are some pictures of the outside and inside of this beautiful landmark below.  If you ever get to Russia it's definitely a MUST SEE.



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I bless the rains down in Africa...



It's day three of the Countries and Cultures challenge with The Digital Dozen.  Today I have an African inspired mani for you. I'd like to call this a country manicure but as Africa is not a country it's probably more of a culture design!  It's also upside down so apologies for that (you can see a right side up pic below!).  I really love African art and culture.  The colors and the vibrancy of it is just amazing.  I wanted something really bright for this and then I used some African tribal type patterns for the art.


There is a sun on my ring finger over the elephant because I thought combined with the fade it would sort of resemble a sunset.  I've also got a little giraffe and a tree!!


I hope you enjoy these African nails!! 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Like Toy Soldiers...



Well it's day two of the Digital Dozen's Countries and Cultures week! Today I have a country inspired mani for you.  Hopefully you've guessed what it is by now, even though these didn't come out exactly how I planned them.  I used Zoya Raven for the black part and I don't love it now that it's been photographed! I wanted it to add some depth to the little hats.  I originally thought of using flocking but I was covering a co workers position and flocked nails wasn't really work friendly!! In any event HOPEFULLY you can tell that these are little British Royal Guards. It also occurred to me after I did them that the little piece that goes around the chin should probably have been gold. In either even I quite liked their cute little faces!



I hope you enjoyed them as well! Maybe next time I'll go all out with some flocking! :)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

The Digital Dozen does...Countries and Cultures!!



It's time for another week with The Digital Dozen! This week the theme is Countries and Cultures.  I went with a good mix of both this week.  With the World Cup and everything we've been doing with it at work my mind got kind of stuck on flags at the beginning and I REALLY didn't want to do that.  I really love Japanese culture too but I've kind of done that in the past a few times so I took that off the table too.  Then I had to really think some!! I'm starting the week with these.  They're meant to sort of look like a mandala.  If you aren't familiar with them, Mandalas are symbols for spiritualism and the universe. I first became familiar with them through Buddhism but they are used in Hinduism as well.  A traditional mandala should start with a circle or dot in the center, like my pinky nail.  The stamp I used was pretty small so I changed to a different one for the other nails and they have a more heart shape at the center but I think the basic concept is there!




Each color of the mandala also has a symbolism. Here I've used blue which is for calmness or serenity, green for nature and harmony, yellow for light, intuition and sun, and purple for life and imagination! I hope you llike them!! Have you ever made a mandala?  

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Rock-a-teal...



Today I have some fun gradient nails for you!  I wanted to try out something new and this seemed like a good plan!  I will say it didn't come out the way I had imagined it but I really loved the final result.  The even better part is that it took me about ten minutes to do these, start to finish. I do use a fast dry topcoat and that helps, but even without it this is a quick mani AND it's also an easy way to spruce up an older one that might have some tip wear.  



I started out with two coats of Butter London Fiver, a light minty green.  Then I applied my top coat, let it dry and finally, sponged on some China Glaze Black Mesh.  Then I applied a matte top coat over everything. I really liked the shiny/matte effect that it had before I topcoated at the end. BUT having no top coat on matte nail tips really seemed like a bad plan since I type all day.  That said since I went with a matte top coat instead of a shiny one...they lasted a few days that way! So next time I think I'd just leave the base shiny and the crackle matte.  I hope you enjoy them and thanks for following along! :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Star Spangled Crackle...



This is just a quick post before I head out to my Independence Day festivites!!  Here are my nails for the day! I wanted a sort of aged flag type appearance and then the accent has an abstract fireworks design. I hope you enjoy them and for those of you who celebrate, I hope it's a safe and happy holiday!!