31– Pastels
Sugar-coated nonsense

So ends the May nail art challenge! I’ll definitely have to do more of these. They’re a lot of fun! And if anyone’s wondering where my left hand is… I’ll just say that power tools and long nails don’t always get along.

Illamasqua– Scorch, Harem, Milf
China Glaze– Peachy Keen, Lemon Fizz, For Audrey, Sweet Hook
SOPI– Havana Dreams
N.Y.C.– Polyester Pink Creme
Urban Outfitters– Crowded
Claire’s– Tiger Lily
Lynnderella– Ghost of a Chance
Deborah Lippmann– Glitter in the Air

P.S. I should finally able to go shopping this weekend for giveaway things, so I promise that’ll be up soon!

31– Pastels
Sugar-coated nonsense

So ends the May nail art challenge! I’ll definitely have to do more of these. They’re a lot of fun! And if anyone’s wondering where my left hand is… I’ll just say that power tools and long nails don’t always get along.

Illamasqua– Scorch, Harem, Milf
China Glaze– Peachy Keen, Lemon Fizz, For Audrey, Sweet Hook
SOPI– Havana Dreams
N.Y.C.– Polyester Pink Creme
Urban Outfitters– Crowded
Claire’s– Tiger Lily
Lynnderella– Ghost of a Chance
Deborah Lippmann– Glitter in the Air

P.S. I should finally able to go shopping this weekend for giveaway things, so I promise that’ll be up soon!

28– Fav Animal
It was between spiders and hippos, but spiders definitely don’t get enough love, so I thought I’d give them some!

Unfortunately, work ran really late today, so this mani was quick, kinda sloppy, and quite Halloween-y (but, come on, they’re spiders!). All that said, there are spiders on my nails, so I can’t be too displeased. :)

Sally Hansen– Black Tie and White On
SOPI– Never Enough Shoes
Chanel– Peridot
Milani– Red Jewel FX
Konad plate M28 and Shany plates SH01, SH09, SH25 and SH206

28– Fav Animal
It was between spiders and hippos, but spiders definitely don’t get enough love, so I thought I’d give them some!

Unfortunately, work ran really late today, so this mani was quick, kinda sloppy, and quite Halloween-y (but, come on, they’re spiders!). All that said, there are spiders on my nails, so I can’t be too displeased. :)

Sally Hansen– Black Tie and White On
SOPI– Never Enough Shoes
Chanel– Peridot
Milani– Red Jewel FX
Konad plate M28 and Shany plates SH01, SH09, SH25 and SH206

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been kinda quiet the last few days. My little cousin came up to visit, so I’ve been hanging out with her. We had a great time, and I got to teach her how to do classic gradient/ombre nails!
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She used Essie Aruba Blue and Jade Delírio Rosa. They were very bright and summery! (even if the weather up here wasn’t)

And I got to finish a set of very armored nails for a friend.
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They almost seem more like jewelry than nails. But man, I’ve been wanting to do something like this since I got all those studs and spikes, so I’m glad she wanted these! The base color was China Glaze Millennium and all of the studs and spikes came from Born Pretty Store.

Also, I can’t believe May’s almost over! There’s only two days left of the challenge, and I’m very excited to do some animal nails!

your nailart is amazing !! are you on instagram too? i would like to follow you ! my user name is @nailsbyrainbow on instagram

Thank you!! Yours is really amazing as well! I’m not on instagram yet, but I’d like to get started there. I’m always terribly behind on social media things, but as soon as I get it together, I’ll find you there!

05/27/2013
16:41
25– Yellow.

Inspired by an exercise I had to do some years ago in art school. I’m pretty sure my color theory teacher would kill me for how irregular the gradient is. Oops?

Illamasqua– Boosh, Scorch, Load
China Glaze– Lemon Fizz, Mahogany Magic
Cult Nails– Feel Me Up
Color Club– Almost Famous
Barielle– Aura Angora

25– Yellow.

Inspired by an exercise I had to do some years ago in art school. I’m pretty sure my color theory teacher would kill me for how irregular the gradient is. Oops?

Illamasqua– Boosh, Scorch, Load
China Glaze– Lemon Fizz, Mahogany Magic
Cult Nails– Feel Me Up
Color Club– Almost Famous
Barielle– Aura Angora

22– Polka dots
Big dots, little dots, dots within dots, dots dots dots….

Are they still polka dots if they’re all over the place? Let’s say yes. :P

Illamasqua– Milf
Ulta– Sun of a Gun
Butter London– Royal Navy

22– Polka dots
Big dots, little dots, dots within dots, dots dots dots….

Are they still polka dots if they’re all over the place? Let’s say yes. :P

Illamasqua– Milf
Ulta– Sun of a Gun
Butter London– Royal Navy

Technicolor texture rings.
I really really love texture polish. Like… a lot.

There are way too many polishes to list here, but I used textured polishes from OPI, Nails Inc, Barry M, China Glaze, Zoya, Julep, Milani, and LA Girl. If you’re curious what any of them are, feel free to ask! :)

Where did all of you lovely people come from!? Wow though, this is a slightly surreal and very happy moment for me, and it’s completely thanks to all of you!

A while back I told myself that if I ever got 1000 followers I’d do some kind of giveaway to celebrate. Now that it’s happened, and then some, I very much intend to do just that. In the next week or so I’ll be putting something together for you guys, so keep a look out! 

Thank you guys infinitely! You’re all absolutely amazing!!!

Where did all of you lovely people come from!? Wow though, this is a slightly surreal and very happy moment for me, and it’s completely thanks to all of you!

A while back I told myself that if I ever got 1000 followers I’d do some kind of giveaway to celebrate. Now that it’s happened, and then some, I very much intend to do just that. In the next week or so I’ll be putting something together for you guys, so keep a look out!

Thank you guys infinitely! You’re all absolutely amazing!!!

05/21/2013
16:24

20– (Totally Adorable Mutant Cannibal) Strawberries
I am physically incapable of keeping a manicure classy simple.

Illamasqua– Boosh, Scorch, Throb, Harem
OPI– I Theodora You, Gargantuan Green Grape, Need Sunglasses?
OCC– Echo
Fimo fruits, rhinestones and pearls

Heavy metal bacteria!

The design’s kinda quick today, but I found something neat! I’ve doodled on my nails plenty of times with sharpies, but I’ve never tried with regular markers. So, I busted out my set of classic Crayolas, and this was the result! I colored all over the nail and the color naturally separated like that. And when it dried the bigger spots had darker rings around them. I think it looks a bit like bacteria under a microscope. It’s kind of a mix between a water spotted and watercolor look. And it’s super easy!

OPI– My Vampire is Buff
Green, Blue, Purple and Black Crayola markers
Lots of Born Pretty studs

Heavy metal bacteria!

The design’s kinda quick today, but I found something neat! I’ve doodled on my nails plenty of times with sharpies, but I’ve never tried with regular markers. So, I busted out my set of classic Crayolas, and this was the result! I colored all over the nail and the color naturally separated like that. And when it dried the bigger spots had darker rings around them. I think it looks a bit like bacteria under a microscope. It’s kind of a mix between a water spotted and watercolor look. And it’s super easy!

OPI– My Vampire is Buff
Green, Blue, Purple and Black Crayola markers
Lots of Born Pretty studs

16– Spring Swatch

So for today’s challenge prompt I’m swatching a polish I made last year at some point. It’s called Specimen. I have to say, getting those little butterflies out of the bottle is like trying to find a unicorn. But, well, I made it, so I’m still kind of fond of it.

16– Spring Swatch

So for today’s challenge prompt I’m swatching a polish I made last year at some point. It’s called Specimen. I have to say, getting those little butterflies out of the bottle is like trying to find a unicorn. But, well, I made it, so I’m still kind of fond of it.

Nature at your fingertips.

Once upon a time I was obsessed with miniature terrariums. I thought I’d transfer that idea to my nails. There’s no way I could wear these very long, especially not to work tomorrow. But I’m still having fun looking at them!

CND– Perfectly Bare
Nubar– Swiss Chocolate
OPI– Jade is the New Black
Sand, rocks, reindeer moss and dried flowers

Crazy glitter tips!

So, I thought I’d try to do my own acrylics. They’re not perfect, but they came out better than I expected! And then I slathered them in glitter. Naturally. :)

Claire’s– Little Dipper
Lots and lots of loose glitter

Crazy glitter tips!

So, I thought I’d try to do my own acrylics. They’re not perfect, but they came out better than I expected! And then I slathered them in glitter. Naturally. :)

Claire’s– Little Dipper
Lots and lots of loose glitter

12- Doodles.
This is definitely my favorite prompt in this challenge. I’m an artist and an art teacher, so my entire life is doodles! Also, my doodles tend to be very messy, creepy, and usually a little NSFW, (I think most of these are pretty PG. Or PG-13. Mostly…) so, sorry about that. Lol, no I’m not.

Cult Nails– Tempest, Feel Me Up
Illamasqua– Boosh, Throb, Noble
Ulta– Sun of a Gun
Butter London– Slapper
Sally Hansen– Ruby Sequin

Where did you get the design for the xray nails? thats so cool looking! I wanna try it out.

Hello! And thank you! I pretty much just yanked all of the images off google and used the parts I wanted to. If you’re looking for the exact images, here are the links:

Right Hand
Thumb
Index
Middle & Ring
Pinky

Left Hand
Thumb
Index
Middle
Ring
Pinky

But there are a lot of cool x-ray images out there. Start out by just image searching for x-rays, but if there’s a specific body part you want (E.g. chest x-ray, hand x-ray etc.) you’ll get better results this way. Even better than that is if you know what bones you want (skull x-ray, lumbar spine x-ray etc.), because you’ll usually find exactly what you’re looking for. There’s also some cool things to be found in childrens’ x-rays (like the teeth on my right thumb) and animal x-rays.

I’d love to see these if you try it!

05/12/2013
18:02
Hey everyone! I'm Alana, and this is my nail blog. I post my designs, tutorials, and any fun and strange nail techniques I come across. I hope you all enjoy!

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