Ok, so, I love this mani. I love how it looks, I love the colors, and I LOVE the magnet! I got a new magnetic polish from the Born Pretty Store to review…and somehow, unlike every other magnetic polish I own, this one works like a charm. Maybe I am just getting better, but the design on my pointer finger stayed looking perfect for three days. Most magnetic polishes just can’t do that!
Anyway, this is two coats of Astral Realm over black. The first coat was thin and the second coat was thick; I magnetized both times (and again when I put top coat on, although the magnetic particles didn’t actually move). Astral Realm is a multichrome magnetic. I was doubtful at first, but its actually true! The shift is a bit more subtle than pure multichromes of the same color range, but it is definitely there. This polish shifts from a bright fuchsia to pink (the primary colors) and then to orange and gold. I even saw hints of green at sharp angles!
I got a whole bunch of compliments on this at work. People were stopping me as I was typing on the computer to ask me how I got my nails to look like this :-D. I also love the stamps! When Whats Up Nails had their stamping sale, this is one of the 6 plates (oops!) that I picked up! I bought it on a whim but it has turned out to possibly be my favorite of the bunch. Stars! Moons! A super fancy sun! Anyway.
It is rare that I only use three colors in a mani, especially when only two of them are visible! But the magnetic polish was cool enough that I thought adding anything else to this would be a waste.
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Magnetic multichrome: Born Pretty (Magnetic Aurora Series) – Astral Realm
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BM – XL213
That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed! In case anyone was curious…my pinky I just magnetized the very edge of my cuticle, for the ring and middle I used one of those strong magnetics to make a line (diagonal vs horizontal), my pointer I used a repeating diagonal line full-nail magnet, and my thumb I pushed around the polish using the rounded head of a strong double-sided magnetic wand. You can pick up Astral Realm at the Born Pretty Store for $5.39, which is a lot for a tiny 6ml bottle, but it does work!
Galaxy day is one of my favorites, because I love making and wearing galaxies! This one was a bit of an oddball though.
I went searching online for other examples of galaxy nail art based in red, since I was curious about light vs dark colors, and glitter amount. As it turns out, no one does red galaxy manis! I’ve found pink, purple, lots of blues and blacks, pastels…even an orange. But no red! So I decided to go ahead and fix this.
To create this, I ended up using 9 shades of red (glittery or otherwise) so I am not going to bother listing them. Suffice to say it was a lot and I have maybe too many red polishes.
I also rather love that redshift is actually a real term. It occurs when the wavelength of light increases, or gets “redder”. When referring to astrophysics, it describes a object getting further from our viewpoint…the cosmological redshift is a result of the expansion of the universe. If that isn’t cool, then I don’t know what is!
Of course, blueshift occurs when things get closer together, but a blue-based galaxy mani is just a normal galaxy mani so thats boring :-p. Hope you enjoyed! Both the nail art and the impromptu physics lesson 😀
Looking back over nail artists who inspire me, I’ve realized that a number of the women who’s nail art I loved years ago and who eventually persuaded me to try my own hand at nail art have faded out of existence. The two biggest names that make me very sad are WorkPlayPolish and KaylaShevonne, both of whom were extraordinary. Even the ones who are still around post infrequently, like ChalkboardNails. One of the only ladies who predates me and has stuck around posting amazing nail art day after day is Cathy at More Nail Polish. So this mani is inspired by and in homage to her!
I actually went through the past 3 or so years worth of her nail art….at least what is on instagram. I personally hate instagram, I like being able to say things about my nail art and post more than one photo…and IG takes all of that away. However, it is good for quick scrolling!
While looking, I found a number of things I liked…one of which reminded me that I hadn’t worked with blue recently AND that I had this really cool stamp that I had never actually used! So here we are, with some art inspired by MoreNailPolish.
~ Darkest blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Sia
~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Glitter: ORLY – Sparkling Garbage
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BM – 610
Anyway, this concludes the 31 Day Challenge of 2016. I almost made it! *sigh* who knows what I’ll be up to next year, but hopefully I’ll still be posting! It makes me sad that so many women give up on their blogs, and that they do so without warning. I want to know where all the people I used to follow have gone off to! If I ever do have to stop posting (which I’m sure will happen during intern year of residency), I will at least give warning, I promise!
The inspiration for this mani is two steps removed, I saw a similar design by nargisjonik, which had been inspired by the cover for the movie Gravity. Either way, I loved the concept and so ran with it! It is also “weird science” day at Lacquer Legion and I love how strange the different layers of the atmosphere act with regards to color! Hence the cool gradient thingie.
According to my boyfriend, this is my “best nail art for a while” which hurts a little since it only took about 30 minutes! But hey, what can you say. Glittery mutlichrome bases and space make for a good combination! It helps that he loves space. SPAAACE. (You know, in the PORTAL voice).
The intent was to make that little ball on my ring finger the moon, but I didn’t feel like adding enough detail to make it recognizable. It was too small! I also feel like this mani is a bit of a secret…when my fingers are spread out it just looks like a slightly confused french manicure. It is only when I line them up that you see the surface of the planet falling away!
– Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
– Duochrome: piCture pOlish – Aurora
– White: KISS Nail Art Striper
– Light blue: Sally Hansen – Breezy Blue
– Blue: Zoya – Rocky
– Dark blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
– Silver: A England – Excalibur
I hope you enjoyed! Go check out the other weird science manis 🙂
I can’t stop thinking that this mani looks like the side of some confused spaceship. Bright colors, black, glitter, and 3D holo dots. That being said, it is kinda a cool look! And I’ve always liked spaceships.
The star of this mani are the rainbow studs. They look like the glitter from OPI’s I Snow You Love Me but in stud form. And I love them. I only top-coated my pinky (all the others I just placed the studs in a little pool of wet top coat so they would stick but I could still pull them off without killing myself), but the holo-glitttery-goodness remained!
- Pink: Petites Color Fever – Raspberry Ice
- Black: Zoya – Storm
For some reason, I couldn’t get a pink + black holo pairing out of my mind when I saw these studs. So here is what you get!
To acquire some rainbow holo studs for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store. They are $4.20 for 300 pieces, and will be even cheaper when you use my 10% off code: LY5X31! Happy polishing!
…itty bitty living space. Ok, so this polish has nothing to do with the Genie from Aladdin, but I couldn’t help myself! Today, I have for you my #1 lemming, Cosmic Forces by Emily de Molly.
This is a BEAUTIFUL deep purple jelly with large and small circular glitter (the large ones are holographic too), and small and tiny hexagonal glitter. Basically, lots of glitter. And sparkle. And purple.
Shown here are two thickish coats of Cosmic Forces. Two thin coats would have kept more of the jelly appearance, but for my first try I wanted to make sure it covered. The polish goes on very easily, except for the large circle glitters. Although there are many in the bottle, they need to be fished for and placed!
When I was done, I added some cosmic surroundings on my accent nail…and turned one of the circle glitters into a planet with rings, and some of the smaller glitters into comets.
Unfortunately, even with two coats of top coat, this does not sit smoothly. I think I need to acquire myself some gelaous top coat! I will certainly be using more of this polish in the future though…it is absolutely stunning. So many sparkles!
- Purple: Emily de Molly – Cosmic Forces
- Silver: A England – Excalibur
What do you think? As stunned as I am? Thank you Llarowe for making this polish possible! (Emily de Molly is based in Australia, I got this polish from llarowe).