(Unintentionally) Wonder Woman Nails

Hello lovelies! Switching things up a bit & posting on a Saturday because I’m starting to feel better from my head cold, & really wanted to show off the nails I wore for my birthday on Thursday!

I really wanted to do some chevron moons, because it’s been a while, & after a paired the shades together I realized the colour scheme reminds me a lot of the movie version Wonder Woman costume! & even though I didn’t set out to create Wonder Woman nails for my birthday, I thought it was very fitting for my birthday!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Essie Birthday Girl
  • Essie In Hot Purse-uit
  • Essie Tote-ally in Love
  • Starrily Vantablack
  • Chevron nail vinyls
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush(COFFEE10 to save 10%)

Oh man, I seriously always forget just how much I adore a good chevron until I haven’t worn one in a while & then I’m reminded why they are my favourite kind of design! & the colours are just so perfect for Autumn (& you know, meeting up with the Justice League to save the world.) It was the perfect choice for celebrating my 34th year.

What do you think about this look? Do you usually chose a special look for your birthday nails? Let me know down in the comments below!

July Manicure Favorites.

Since July has sped past us, leaving us behind in it’s dust (seriously… it’s August! When did that happen?!) I thought I would share my favorite manicures from the past month. So now, in no particular order, here are my July monthly manicure favorites!

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July actually saw some fun new manicures for me (and a return to some old favorites), so it was harder than I thought picking 4 stand out favorites of the bunch. It came down to a toss up between my purple ombre nails, and my Wonder Woman nails… but since I already was showing off my Justice League manicure I thought I’d let the purple have it. =) After all, everything is better with purple.

I think I might start doing this at the end of the month. It’s a good way for me to go through what I’ve done and figure out what I’m most proud of from the previous month. It also pushes me to want to create more, and new, manicures.

Wham! Pow! Justice League Nails!

Like I promised, I have a fun manicure to share with you today. I’ve been itching to try a newsprint manicure as (1) it looked relatively easy and (2) I have never tried one before. But I didn’t want to just grab an old newspaper–I wanted to try something different. So I started Googling “paper transfer nail art” and found this link to an old blog post about making your own nail art decals by printing stuff off with your printer. It’s the same as a newsprint manicure, except instead of using newspaper you can use anything your heart desires!

And you know what my heart desires? Superheroes.

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Basically I typed “Golden Age Justice League” into Google, found a picture I liked of the group that I felt like I could print out small enough, and still be able to place each individually, and then followed steps from the above tutorials. I had originally painted my nails the base color (China Glaze White on White) the night before, and tried placing them but the colors didn’t adhere at all. So I took that all off, repainted them my base, waited about 45 minutes and tried again. Bam! Pow! Wham! That definitely worked. And then end result?

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Now obviously they’re not perfect mirrored images, but I kind of like the distressed look as it’s more resembles a comic book. Also only some of the color transferred over from the paper to the nail, but again I like how it turned out. (I also had a bit of paper stick to the nail when it transferred, but I just dabbed it down with the rubbing alcohol, and then applied two coats of  Essence Gel Look top coat and one coat Essie good top coat over each nail to seal it in.)  I’m always nervous trying something I’ve never done before, and it took me a couple tries to figure out how to make it work, but the initial frustration means nothing with such a pretty end result!

The only pain was cleaning up the ink off of my fingers after I had sealed in the nails. Oh man, Batman got me good–I had so much blue and black ink around my cuticles, which you can still kind of see in the pictures (and I scrubbed with nail polish remover to get rid of it!) Next time I would definitely cut closer to the top of the design so that way I don’t have to worry about covering my fingers in ink!

So what do you think of my Justice League? Have you ever tried a newsprint manicure, or one by printing off your own pictures? Now that I’ve done these I definitely think it is a cute way of getting detailed images on your nails that you might not always be able to paint yourself.  =)

Inspired by Wonder Woman!

Because I have a huge love affair with all things DC superheroes, I really wanted to do another Superhero inspired manicure. I’ve only done a couple to date: A Flash manicure last summer, and my Spiderman nails. Now most people who know me would figure I would do Batman nails since he’s my all time favorite (I even have a Batman tattoo). Instead, I decided to go with my second favorite: Wonder Woman.

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The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • ACO by Ardene Golden Luxury.
  • ACO by Ardene Strawberry Blush.
  • Revlon Spidey Sense.
  • Maybelline Sapphire Siren.
  • Revlon Superpowered.
  • Vernis Classique by Cherimoya Black
  • Essie Good to Go top coat.

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This manicure was pretty simple to do. I painted my nails all the gold color, and waited for them to dry over night. Then, I taped off the L shapes, and painted on first my creme blue and red, followed by my Revlon polishes. I peeled that off carefully, then outlined with my black and applied top coat. And tada! My nails are super powered!

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The only thing I wish was that I had little star glitters that I could have added to my blue to make it really look like her costume. Next time! These would go perfectly with my Wonder Woman costume (which I wore for Halloween a couple of years ago.) I might even have to come up with some more Superhero inspired manicures–Batman, for sure, but all my other favorites as well. I remember seeing an awesome Star Sapphire manicure on pinterest a while ago that I feel absolutely in love with.

#HePicksMyPolish — Floral edition.

I’m lucky, as I have a boyfriend who can put up with the fact I own so much polish,–a collection that just keeps on growing! I’m also lucky because every so often I give him the responsibility of picking my polishes when I can’t, or don’t, feel like doing it myself, and he’s always a good sport about it. A couple months ago, I read about the #hepicksmypolish challenge, and thought it was an awesome idea. So I sat him down, made him pick three colors, and created a manicure from them. I hadn’t done that in a while, so I figured another round of #hepicksmypolish was in order.

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For this manicure, the boyfriend picked the following polishes:

  • Maripose Nail Polish with no name — the teal base color.
  • Essie in The Lace is On — purple pedals of my flowers.
  • OPI in You’re So Flippy Floppy (from the OPI Brazil collection mini sandies) –Yellow middles of my flowers.

He didn’t really go through all of my polishes to find these–he chose them all from my mini’s drawer. I don’t know what it is, but he always picks a purple and yellow combination for me. The second I saw these three colors, I knew I was doing a floral! Haha. And I do love how they turned it–they kind of remind me of the 60ies, and Andy Warhol.

I ended up adding my Icing It’s a Matte World top coat, which I feel just upped this floral to a whole other level.

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Have you ever let your significant other chose your nail polish/or what you should paint on your nails? I keep trying to convince him he should actually paint my nails, but he hasn’t agreed to it… yet. Maybe someday haha.